From an acorn a mighty oak grew!
Scoil Mhuire Junior School began under Principal Nan Carey back in 1976, with three classes in the hall of our Senior School. The following year when our own school building was ready they moved in. Within two years the eight classrooms had both teachers and children to fill them!
In 1983/84 the growth of Newbridge brought on a need for even more classrooms – and so four more were added on at each end of the two halls (presently rooms 1 & 2, 7 & 8 at the front and 9 & 10, 15 & 16 at the back). This doubled the number of classes to sixteen!
September 1997 saw Mrs Carey take retirement having developed the school from three to sixteen classes with a new building. October 1st saw the new Principal Bryan O’Reilly take over the seat. Extensions continued with the growing needs of the school in the shape of new larger offices, staff room and prefabs for Learning Support Teachers, along with a new parents’ room for the new post of Home School Liaison Teacher.
Two years later in 1999 we had the honour of welcoming the President of Ireland Mary McAleese on a visit (click here view some photos of the day).
A 2 million euro refurbishment was completed in 2005 improving the School and its environment considerably.
More recently in September 2009 the latest building project added further permanent space to the Junior School, giving us four learning support rooms which cater for Learning Support, International Children and Resource work.