Coolderry Central School celebrated 35 years in existence on June 19th.
The school came about as a result of the amalgamation of Ballyegan school and Coolderry school. Prior to the building of the present building, pupils were taught in prefabs in both Coolderry and Ballyegan.
The new Central School cost £200,000 at the time. The staff when the school opened consisted of Mr. Cunningham, Mrs. McCarthy, Mrs. Kennedy, Mr. Lupton and Miss Cleary (now Mrs. Teehan).
A plaque was unveiled by Bisop Fintan Monahan and Mrs Teehan to celebrate 35 years of the school in the presence of pupils, staff, parents and people from the wider community.
This was followed by a blessing of the new school playground by Bishop Monahan. Mrs Teehan said this fantastic facility of which she was very proud, was acquired this school year and she felt it really added to the current facilities at the school.
Mrs Teehan thanked everyone for their support and hoped that this great addition to the facilities at the school would benefit not only the current pupils but pupils into the future in the years ahead. She also thanked the Board of Management and the Parents Council for their help and support down through the years.
This was followed by music and dance performed by the pupils under the direction of Geraldine Bryan. A token of appreciation was presented to Geraldine by Mrs. Teehan on behalf of the pupils , staff and parents .
Afterwards Bishop Monahan enjoyed refreshments, while the pupils also had refreshments in their classrooms.
The Bishop also took the time to visit each classroom to meet with both pupils and staff for a chat afterwards. It was a beautiful occasion for the pupils , staff, parents and the wider community and one which hopefully will be remembered as a “Great Day“ in Coolderry Central School in the years ahead.