New Limerick school to host first meeting

Eugene Phelan

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Eugene Phelan

Salesians Secondary School which is amalgamating with St Nessan's
THE name of the newly amalgamated secondary school for Limerick city has been revealed as Thomond Community college and will cater for upwards of 750 students.

THE name of the newly amalgamated secondary school for Limerick city has been revealed as Thomond Community college and will cater for upwards of 750 students.

Following extensive consultation with students, parents, staff and boards of management of St Nessan’s Community College and Salesian’s Secondary School have unveiled the name for the newly amalgamated post-primary school.

The new school will open in time for the 2016/2017 school year.

Thomond Community College will build on the strengths of both existing schools to provide an enhanced co-educational opportunity for up to 750 students from across a wide catchment area in Limerick.

The first open night for Limerick’s newest post-primary school will take place tonight at 7pm in St Nessan’s.

The school will officially open its doors on the existing and recently developed, state-of-the-art St Nessan’s Campus at Moylish Park on the Old Cratloe Road.

For 2015/16 the new school will be named on the Common Applications System as St Nessan’s, but from the following academic year, the new name will come into existence.

The curricular experience that was available in both of the schools will continue to be on offer to students in the new school, resulting in a broader option for all students, management said.

In addition to the traditional Junior Cycle and Leaving Certificate programmes, the school will offer a first year induction and subject taster programme, the Junior Certificate Schools Programme, Leaving Certificate Applied and the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme to accommodate a range of interests.

The patron for the new school will be Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board (LCETB), in partnership with the Salesians Sisters.

“Now that we have finalised the name, we are very excited as we move towards establishing Thomond Community College in September of next year,” said spokesperson Bernadette Cullen.

“Its commitment to excellence is reflected in its mission statement, which affirms its aim is to create a welcoming, caring, positive and supportive learning environment for students.

“In realising this mission statement, Thomond Community College will embody a holistic approach to education, providing a school experience which is responsive to student’s strengths, their potential and individual learning styles.”