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Galway’s newest secondary school was officially celebrated at a launch in the Radisson on Monday, 23rd November, 2015.
Our Lady’s College Galway will officially open its doors in September 2016.
The school’s motto ‘Excellence Together’ sums up the intention of the new institution, which promises a new and strong future for girls’ post primary Catholic education in Galway City centre. It represents the union of two great Galway schools; Presentation Secondary School and Mercy Newtownsmith.
In attendance to celebrate the union were the new school’s patron, CEIST (Catholic Education an Irish Schools Trust), the Boards of Management of Presentation Secondary School and Mercy Newtownsmith, Mayor of Galway Frank Fahy, TDs, members of Galway City Council and members of the school community.
A combined choir from both schools opened the event to a packed ballroom, with over 300 members of the community in attendance.
Parent representatives spoke of the trust they had that the new school would provide the best possible education for their daughters.
Students spoke of their excitement in continuing their schooldays with existing friends and in making new ones.
Galway Mayor, Frank Fahy said it was great to see such a fantastic crowd and spoke of the “wonderful union of these two great Galway institutions. The schools are working very well together already and it’s very positive for Galway education”.
The new school will cater for over five hundred girls and will allow for a broader curriculum and new programme options. Both schools are already cooperating closely in terms of the enhanced provision.
Dr Marie Griffin, CEO of CEIST said “As patron of Our Lady’s College, CEIST is very proud to be launching this new girls’ Catholic voluntary secondary school in Galway city centre. The enhanced facility on the Presentation site will offer the opportunity to further develop the teaching, learning and holistic education of students into the future”.
The new school will continue the proud traditions of the Mercy and Presentation Sisters and will ensure the existing provision for girls’ second-level education in the Galway city area, into the future.
The interim Board of Management for Our Lady’s College consists of parents, teachers and Trustee nominees, with Dr Pauline Logue of GMIT as Chairperson.
Our Lady’s College will be located on the Presentation site, based on surveys carried out to determine the most suitable location.
The Mercy Sisters have been providing second-level education in Galway city centre for 78 years and the Presentation Sisters celebrated two hundred years of involvement in Galway city education in 2015.
The coming together of these two long-established schools will ensure the provision into the future of strong second-level education for girls in the Galway city area.