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The official opening of the new Library in our school took place in October 2017.    A prosecco, orange juice and cheese event was greatly enjoyed by all present with student Ciara Ashton adding atmosphere with her stunning singing voice and guitar playing.   Sr. Madeleine Hayes, fcJ, officially cut the ribbon and Mr. Brendan Daly (Deputy Principal) offered words of thanks and read poetry.

This initiative was a unique experience as everything in the library 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 so generous in handing over such a striking room in the Convent to allow the school develop a library.   Fundraising was an essential element for this project to be a success. The fundraising committee made up of Mr. Brendan Daly, Ms. Simone O’ Neill, Ms. Louise Kenny, Ms. Ciara Kenny & Ms. Ciara Grufferty, with the help of private donations and the whole staff, managed to raise €7,000.  The central piece of the room is the floor to ceiling stain glass window, which was origtinally in the nearby parish church (1830-1970). The room was designed around the window with the idea of creating a calm environment to allow a place of quiet for students to explore the world of literature.

Work began last December when Ms. Louise Kenny, Mr. Justin Kelly and Ms. Ciara Grufferty began painting the room. Once the walls were painted, Ms. Kenny painted quotes and the F.C.J. Library crest on the wall. From that, Transition Year students, Shauna Ryan, Kayleigh Murphy, Eibhleann Bowkett, Ciara O’ Sullivan & Amy Smyth, under the guidance of Ms. Gail Connolly  – painted a tree with the roots woven into books.

Ms. Kenny ran an art competition with the support of both Art teachers, Ms. Connolly & Ms. Suzanne Murray to add a wall of creativity to the library. With a huge response, four students were selected – Tara Greenwood, Eimear Donohoe,Sophie – Rose Davitt and Orla Sinnott.   Their artwork was professionally framed and the 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 Studies 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, Ms. Barbara Anne Murphy who put us in contact with Ms. Eileen Morrissey in Wexford Library.   Wexford Library under the guidance of Ms. Morrissey  donated an extensive collection of books. Also, staff member, Ms. Carmel Wade, sourced books from educational book companies.

We managed to find a rare treasure of a book supplier – Rebooks in Bridgetown, Wexford. Wally the owner has been so generous with his time, knowledge and assistance in sourcing books for our 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, we have a full catalogue of all our books. This system allows us to loan books to all students and staff. With the help of student Aoife Lawlor the books were catalogued and organised over the summer.

The library has been in use since September 2017 and in the next few months the library will serve a duel focus when the Literacy Committee made up of Ms. Louise Kenny, Mr. Justin Kelly, Ms. Ciara Grufferty, Ms. Leanne Nolan and Ms. Rosemary Lawlor introduce the Accelerated Reading programme into all the First year English classes and all learning support groups. We as educators know, students who read achieve more academically. This programme will allow us 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 it will be linked to home where parents  can check their progress on- line.

The library facility will give the school an opportunity to introduce paired reading on a wider scale.  Also, the library will facilitate a Reading Club during lunchtimes. This is a facility that will serve the interests of students and staff for years to come. 

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FCJ Secondary School,
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