Friday, June 15th was a day that will be forever etched in the illustrious history of Dualla NS. The School Community worked religiously behind the scenes for many months prior to the ‘Big Day’. This involved huge sacrifices on the part of many and the sense of community spirit was very evident on the day.
Former pupils, Past Teachers and Principals, Former Board of Management Members and Chairpersons and many Parishioners with strong links to the school all returned in unison to reminisce on the past and to admire the new and modern Learning Environment that the new school now provides.
Dualla NS welcomed its first pupils to the school in May 1861. We moved into our new school on June 13th, 2011 which was exactly 150 years after the first children entered the school. Our fundraising effort secured one quarter of the necessary finance to fund this ambitious project. Our Board of Management applied successfully for a Grant under the Devolved Grant Scheme, which guaranteed the remaining three quarters of finance required. When the new school was being built, we relocated to the Parish Hall across the road. Thanks to our school community, we succeeded in turning this old building into a school for the year.
They enjoyed eating their lunch outside on the benches, playing tennis in the tennis courts and even the odd ‘cooking class’ with our Comenius Teacher Anita! The staff enjoyed having a kitchen for the first time ever and we even had an office! It was symbolic that we found ourselves in the Parish Hall for the year. The Parish Hall housed many of our former Principals over the years including Andy Finn, James Sheridan and more recently Liam Ó Duibhir, so it was appropriate that we spent the 2010/2011 school year in a building that has so many nice links to our proud past.
On the day of the Official Opening, we allowed the children to have a “Lie in!” and rewarded them for their good behaviour with an 11.30am start!
Our former pupil and Munster and Irish Rugby star Denis Leamy had dropped into the school around 11am to wish the children well for their “Big Day”. When the children arrived into school, they were summoned to the Junior Classroom and much to their great surprise; they were greeted by Denis Leamy.
The next item on our Agenda was the Creation of a Time Capsule. The children from both classrooms put things that had special significance for them into our Time Capsule. Some items put into the Time Capsule included a Confirmation Scrapbook, The Official Opening Booklet, Sir’s Speech Cards (Far too many!), Junior Room News Stories, Sliotar, School Newsletter, Alive O Religion Book along with many other items. 2nd Class pupil Ciara Gahan was given the job of locking the Time Capsule. The objective would be to open it again in maybe fifty years time on the next significant milestone day for the school.
Full story in the Tipperary Star.