STUDENTS graduating from a southside school received their certificates from Education Minister Ruairi Quinn.
During his visit to Limerick - which saw him visit schools in Croom and Patrickswell - Mr Quinn fulfilled a long-standing invitation to visit Scoil Carmel, located in O’Connell Avenue.
Art teacher at the school, and northside Labour councillor Tom Shortt, said the purpose of the visit was to celebrate the recent refurbishment of the school.
The entire building has been retrofitted and upgraded with new heating, glazing and insulation.
This work was funded through the Department of Education Summer Works Scheme and the school has been transformed with new double glazed colourful windows a brand new heating system and with laptops projector screens and sound systems installed in every classroom. “It feels like a brand new school and we were delighted to let him see it,” said Mr Shortt
Mr Quinn’s visit coincided with the sixth years’ graduation ceremony, so he fulfilled the duty of presenting each member of the Class of 2013 with their graduation certificates.
School principal Aine Bourke said Mr Quinn’s visit represents “a proud and historic day for Scoil Carmel marking another stage in our progress as a proud, long established, Limerick city secondary school.”
Cllr Shortt added that following the upgrade, the school feels brand new.
He said Mr Quinn discussed the new bill, relating to schools admission policy, with him.
“It is an attempt to regulate the admissions policies to schools, particularly to ensure local schools are open to students in their own locality,” the Labour councillor said. “Scoil Carmel has always been a school which hasn’t put barriers to admissions. We felt he was impressed by the diverse student population, and that he was probably impressed by our arts background.”
Mr Quinn enjoyed music from the school choir, while he also addressed sixth years.
He also admired the students’ art work, which Cllr Shortt felt he would appreciate given his background in architecture.