Picture Special: Royal and Prior opens new €1.5 million extension

first_imgThe official opening of the new extension to The Royal and Prior Comprehensive School took place today, Friday May 26th.The new extension is the largest addition to the School since its establishment in 1970 when two of the oldest schools in Donegal, The Prior School Lifford and The Royal School, Raphoe amalgamated.Hundreds of people attended the event including past pupils and staff, clergy, parents of pupils, members of the Board of Management, the School’s Patron, The Donegal Protestant Board of Education and current staff and pupils. Guests at the opening of the new extension to the royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe. Photo Clive WassonGuests at the opening of the new extension to the royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe. Photo Clive WassonThe opening performance at the opening of the new extension to the royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe. Photo Clive WassonMr. West Former Principal with Mr Shallow at the opening of the new extension to the royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe. Photo Clive WassonThe new €1.5 million extension comprises of two Classrooms, a Chaplaincy, two Learning Support Rooms, a state of the art Computer Room, four new offices for the Chaplain, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, the Home School Community Liaison Co-ordinator and the Guidance Counsellor, a Design, Communications and Graphics Room, an enlarged Staff Room, an enlarged Music and Drama Room and refurbishment of offices and classrooms.The new additions have improved many aspects of the school according to Dr Welch, the current Principal. He remarked: “Before the new building learning support classes were taught in a variety of locations all over the school but now all can be accommodated in a specific area which means that students and staff enjoy a better environment for teaching and learning.“It’s fantastic to have a dedicated Chaplaincy which reflects the importance of the School’s Christian ethos. The School Roll is now just under 600 students and the additional space means a great deal to staff and students.”The Rev Canon John Merrick, Chairman BOM speaking at the opening of the new extension to the royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe. Photo Clive WassonJoe McHugh TD is the Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development speaking with Principal Dr. Howard Welch and Chairman of the Board of Management Rev Canon John Merrick at the opening of the new extension to the royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe. Photo Clive WassonFormer Vice principal George Magee and his wife Violet at the opening of the new extension to the royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe. Photo Clive WassonKeetih Stewart, Tyler Vance and Shay McKinney get there ties ready for the opening of the new extension to the royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe. Photo Clive WassonRay Dunne, Retired TEacher, Robin McDole and Jim King , Retired Teacher at the opening of the new extension to the royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe. Photo Clive WassonFormer Vice Principal Jean Curran with curetn Vice Principal Margaret Nairne at the opening of the new extension to the royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe. Photo Clive WassonThe new building was approved in 2014 and was a result of over a decade of campaigning started by previous Boards of Managements and the former Principal Mr Des West. The buildings are to be officially opened by Mark and Lynda Cookman. The Board of Management asked members of the Cookman family to acknowledge the contribution of their parents, Mr EWR Cookman and Mrs G Cookman to The Royal and Prior Comprehensive School.Mr Cookman was the headmaster of The Royal School Raphoe from 1960 until 1970 and Principal of the newly amalgamated School until the arrival of Mr West in 1990. Mrs Cookman taught in both The Royal School and The Royal and Prior.The packed assembly hall at the opening of the new extension to the royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe. Photo Clive WassonPrincipal, Dr. Howard Welch speaking at the opening of the new extension to the royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe. Photo Clive WassonDr. Howard Welch, Rev Cannon John Merrick, Mark Cookman, Linda Cookman, David Huss and Jayne Chambers with a plaque dedicted to the service of foremr principal and teacher Mr. EWR Cookman and Mrs Cookman at the opening of the new extension to the royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe. Photo Clive WassonLinda and Mark Cookman unviel the plaque dedicated to Mr. EWR Cookman and Mrs. Cookman for there service to the school over 40 years at the opening of the new extension to the royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe. Photo Clive WassonFormer teachers and guests at the opening of the new extension to the royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe. Photo Clive WassonThe School Chaplain, Mrs Jayne Chambers and the Archdeacon of Raphoe The Rev David Huss were also involved in celebrating the opening.The 1,000 square metre extension was constructed by McDermott and Trearty Construction Ltd of Letterkenny and designed by MH Associates Ltd also of Letterkenny.Dr Welch commented, “Although the vast majority of the project was funded through a capital grant from the Department of Education and Skills there was a substantial shortfall that had to be made up, the School had to rely on its own funds as well as a generous donation from the Parents’ Association.” Picture Special: Royal and Prior opens new €1.5 million extension was last modified: May 27th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:eventsextensionpicture specialRoyal And PriorSCHOOLlast_img

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