St Mochta’s National School pupils eagerly await the turning of the sod

Over ten years on from when it was first promised, work has finally begun on the long-awaited redevelopment of St Mochta’s National School in
Clonsilla.
The first sod was turned at a ceremony on Friday that was attended by pupils, parents, teachers and local politicians.
The project will see the building of a new 32 classroom school on the current site, as well as a state-of-the-art PE hall and library.
The new school was initially promised by the Department of Education and Skills in 2006 but hit a number of delays, much to the frustration of parents and staff.
In September last year, the school’s board of management, parents and pupils protested outside the Dail as part of their campaign to force the Department of Education to progress the project.
This campaign ultimately proved successful and the board of management said that they are delighted that work has finally gotten underway.
Chairperson of the board of management, Tony Rock said: “The months ahead will bring new challenges for us all, maintaining a school of 898 pupils on site during construction, but one that we are absolutely delighted to be facing into.”
He also expressed his gratitude to locals who supported their campaign.
“St Mochta’s National School would like to thank everyone involved in our school for their support over the years and in particular in recent months, helping us to achieve our goal of commencing our new school building and turning our vision into a reality,” he said.
“Our journey has shown us how important it is to listen to our children and the power of collective voices.
“By working together, children, parents, teachers and school management, and with the support of all of our local politicians and wider community, we can achieve great things together.”
The first full phase of the development will commence during the summer holidays and will involve the demolition of 10 classrooms and will include the construction of the PE hall, library, staff room and 16 new classrooms.
The entire building project is expected to take 28 months with final handover of the new 32-classroom school to take place in August 2019.