On Tuesday evening I attended the induction evening for Luttrellstown Community College which was held in Scoil Choilm on the Porterstown Road.
It was a fascinating evening, watching as the new principal, Fionnuala Ni Chaisil discussed with parents and future students the plans for September.
Parents in attendance raised a number of issues – transportation to the temporary location of the school at the Institute of Horology beside Connolly Hospital, the extent to which religious education would be a compulsory subject, what sort of uniform will be worn.
Pat O’Conner, the CEO of the County Dublin VEC, was also in attendance. He told those attending the meeting that while the goal was to have Luttrellstown CC in a permanent building on the Porterstown Road site by Sept 2010, it was probably more realistic that the permanent building would be ready by Sept 2011. However, he did point to the fact that another new VEC secondary school, Ardgillan CC, was constructed in just 5 months, so once the finance is confirmed and Fingal has arranged to buy the land on behalf of the Department of Education, the school can be completed at a rapid pace. Obviously, there’s still a lot more work to be done and if I’m elected in June, I will be fighting hard to make sure Luttrellstown Community College is delivered quickly.
I want to wish the teachers, parents and particular the students all the best in their new school.
Green Party Castleknock Ward candidate, Roderic O’Gorman has welcomed the announcement of the appointment of a Principal for Luttrellstown Community College.
“The County Dublin VEC have informed me that they have appointed Ms. Fionnuala Ni Chaisil as the new Principal of Luttrellstown Community College. This is a hugely significant announcement as the appointment of a principal is a key step in ensuring that this new school is swiftly established”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.
“The County Dublin VEC have confirmed to me that Luttrellstown CC will open in September of this year. Currently it is planned to temporarily set up the school in the College of Horology on the grounds of Blanchardstown Hospital for the 2009/10 school year. This will be subject to planning permission. In light of this the VEC will soon be publishing ads in local papers informing people across Dublin 15 about the schools opening”.
“The VEC has also assured me that it is in contact with the Castleknock Schools Group, which lobbied so successfully for the establishment of the school, and that it intends to meet with representatives of the schools group and prospective parents in the near future”.
“Ms. Ni Chaisil will take up her new position in March. I wish her every success in this vital new role she is taking on”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.
Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777
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Green Party Castleknock ward candidate, Roderic O’Gorman has written to the CEO of the County Dublin Vocational Educational Committee (VEC) and asked him to clarify the next steps to be undertaken in order to establish the new Luttrellstown Community College. He has also called on the VEC CEO, Pat O’Conner, to rapidly meet with members of the Castleknock Schools Group to begin the establishment process.
“I have written to Pat O’Conner, the CEO of the County Dublin VEC asking him to clarify what will be the next steps in the process to establish the new Luttrellstown Community College. While everyone in the area are delighted that the Department of Education has confirmed that the school will be established, people want to see the VEC getting involved in the project as quickly as possible. While many parents in the area have been involved in setting up primary schools previously, this is the first secondary school established in the area in over 10 years. As such, guidance from the VEC as to what comes next in the process would be really useful”, stated Roderic O’Gorman
“I have also urged Pat O’Conner to quickly meet with the Castleknock Schools Group. This committee invested a huge amount of work in negotiating a document that the various primary schools signed up to and I feel it will have an extremely useful input to the process of setting up Luttrellstown Community College as it moves forward”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.
Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777