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NEW LIBRARY OPENED

 

The official opening of the new library in F.C.J. Secondary School Bunclody took place on Monday, 16th October.    It is situated in the Convent building and Sr. Madeleine Hayes, fcJ, officially cut the ribbon with Mr. Brendan Daly (Deputy Principal) offering words of thanks and reading poetry. 

This project was achieved by staff and students. The Bunclody Sisters of the F.C.J. Society – Sr. Madeleine Hayes, fcJ and Sr. Madeleine Ryan, fcJ were very very generous in handing over such a striking room to allow the school develop a library.   The fundraising committee with the help of private donations and the whole staff managed to raise €7000. The central piece of the room is the floor to ceiling stained glass window which originally came from the old Bunclody parish church  (1826-1970). The room was designed around the window.   Work began last December when teachers began painting the room. Once the walls were painted, quotes and the F.C.J. Library crest were painted on the walls. Then TY students, Shauna Ryan, Kayleigh Murphy, Eibhleann Bowkett, Ciara O’ Sullivan & Amy Smyth, under the guidance of Art Teacher, Ms. Gail Connolly  – painted a tree with the roots woven into books.  An Art competition was run to add a wall of creativity to the library.  After a huge response, four students were selected – Tara Greenwood, Eimear Donohoe, Sophie – Rose Davitt and Orla Sinnott. Their artwork was professionally framed and winners were presented with vouchers for the art shop Different Strokes in Gorey. Hand crafted furniture designed for the needs of the library came from the Construction teacher Mr. Thomas Mernagh. As the design elements were being added to the room, work behind the scenes on filling the library with books was an ongoing process. A huge amount of support was given from local County Councillor and past pupil, Ms. Barbara Anne Murphy who put the committee in contact with Ms. Eileen Morrissey in Wexford Library.   Wexford Library donated an extensive collection of books. Also, staff member Ms. Carmel Wade sourced books from educational book companies. A rare treasure of a book supplier was found – Rebooks in Bridgetown, Wexford. Wally the owner has been so generous with his time, knowledge and assistance in sourcing books for the library. Rebooks deals in excellent quality second hand books. It is a treasure trove for book fans. When all the books were gathered the school brought in the library system Interleaf. With this system, there is a full catalogue of all the books.    With the help of student Aoife Lawlor the books were catalogued and organised over the summer. In the next few months the Literacy Committee made up of Ms. Louise Kenny, Mr. Justin Kelly, Ms. Ciara Grufferty, Ms. Leanne Nolan and Ms. Rosemary Lawlor will introduce the Accelerated Reading programme into all the 1st year English classes and all learning support groups. It is well known that students who read achieve more academically and this programme will allow teachers to pinpoint where each student is with their reading and give them a guide as to the books suited to challenge their reading  ability. It will monitor their progress and will be linked to home where parents can check their progress on- line. The Library facility will also give the school an opportunity to introduce Paired Reading on a wider scale.  Also, the Library will facilitate a Reading Club during lunchtimes.

Please see a page about the Library under About Our School / Facilities + for more information and photographs

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