Gaelscoil Bandon to set up home in former swimming pool           03/12/2012 10:23 PM - General (share to everyone) -------------------
Gaelscoil to set up home in former swimming pool
By Niall Murray, Education Correspondent - Monday, September 26, 2011
THE notion of total immersion in the Irish language is being taken to new lengths by a Gaelscoil which will move to a former swimming pool next year.
The 105 pupils of Gaelscoil Dhroichead na Banndan are already looking forward to the move from the Charlie Hurley Park GAA grounds in Bandon, where the school has operated since it opened in 1995.
With the help of the owner of a leisure centre that closed in 2008, it is hoped the clubhouse and prefabs will be left behind before the next summer holidays.
"Weve been really grateful for the use of the GAA club over the years and well be keeping up links with the facilities here. But everyones delighted at the idea of being in a more suitable building designed specifically as a school," said principal Sen Limhn.
The luxury of having daily access to an 18-metre pool will not, however, be part of the deal. But although the pool is being filled in, it is being turned into a large sports hall that should make the Gaelscoil the envy of hundreds of primary schools.
The refurbishment works at the former leisure centre have just been granted permission by An Bord Pleanla and are expected to ready the premises for leasing to the school in November.
The changes include the addition of first and second floors, and the provision of six classrooms, a learning support room, resource teaching room, principals office, staff room and other facilities.
"We already have pupils coming from seven miles and its the only Catholic primary school in the town for girls and boys around but this has great potential for us to attract more pupils and we already have a lot of prospective enrolments for next year," said Mr Limhn.