It has been a whirlwind week for the pupils, staff and school community of Clintyclay P.S. Last Friday saw the verdict by Justice Treacy overruling the Minister of Education’s decision to close the school at the end of this term based on the fact that Mr O’Dowd’s approval of a proposal to close Clintyclay Primary was “infected” by relying on erroneous information that the school had financial problems. The judge referred to the missed opportunity the Minister had made in also turning down the school’s development proposal to become the first maintained primary school to transform to an integrated school, he continued “The minister was faced with the possibility of saving an educationally successful and obviously much-loved school at the epicentre of its [local community],”. As the good news filtered from the court, the pupils and parents were delighted that their battle of the last two years and the good work of the legal team involved was not in vain.
The parents and steering group wish to thank all those who have supported our battle against closure to date and hope we can rely on further support from the Clonmore and wider community as we begin to make plans for the sustainable future of Clintyclay PS.
Wednesday 1st April saw our P4 pupils making their First Confession at the school in a service conducted by school chaplain, Fr White. It was a very special occasion for the five pupils and the rest of the school joined in the ceremony with hymns and prayers. We look forward to First Holy Communion in May.
Finally in school news, the school will be holding a Easter cake sale and coffee morning in Clonmore Hall on Saturday morning (4th April) at 11 am – all support is greatly appreciated.