Midleton Educate Together National School celebrates the official opening of its new school buildings at 1.30pm today (Friday February 24th). The new school is located at Market Green in Midleton and will provide the space the school needs to grow in the coming years.
Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, Seán Sherlock and Cork East TD David Stanton will attend the ceremony along with Educate Together CEO Paul Rowe and other invited guests.
The school first opened its doors in 2008 in the grounds of Midleton Rugby Club with just 19 pupils. It has proved very popular with local parents and now has 132 local boys and girls attending. The new prefabricated buildings will provide the space for the school to move to two streams to meet increasing local demand for multi-denominational education.
Rhodri Mears, Principal of Midleton Educate Together is grateful to all those who have supported the development of the school. The Board of Management, founder members and current school parents all campaigned tirelessly for new buildings as the school soon outgrew its initial home. Local Councillors and TDs also proved instrumental in moving to the new site.
Paul Rowe, CEO of Educate Together said “This is a great day for Midleton Educate Together and a testament to the energy and commitment of the local community. These new buildings will have a hugely positive effect on every aspect of school life, for teachers, children and parents alike. All Educate Together schools base their success on close links with their communities and I think Midleton Educate Together has a very bright future”.
A mark of that community support was the delicious catering supplied for the launch by local businesses The Granary Foodstore & Cafe, The Farmgate and Raymond’s. A celebratory cake was also donated by Kelly Cope of Crafty Confections.
Following today’s celebrations, parents of the school are also invited to an additional event on Wednesday 29th Feb at 6.30pm with the release of hand made lanterns.