01 June 2011

Fitzgerald Opens Adamstown Community College

Minister Frances Fitzgerald has officially opened Admastown Community College. “It is a great privilege for me to have been invited to officially open Admastown Community College. At a time of difficulty in our nation’s history, it is immensely optimistic to be opening a venture of this size and complexity. Adamstown Community College is a wonderful project which incorporates all that is good and progressive in our society at present, and we should be thankful that it has got off to such a promising start,” said Minister Fitzgerald in her address at the schools opening.

The opening ceremony heard from Dr. Marie Griffin of the VEC, Principal, Des Newton, the Deputy Principal, Shane Foley as well as representatives of the Bord of Management, Parent’s Council, staff and student body. Members of the schools choir and dance class were on hand to provide the music and entertainment and the Minister paid special tribute to their creativity.

“Adamstown Community College is a definitively 21st century school. It is run on modern lines with ICT at the heart not only of the instruction but also the administration of the college, with the facility for parents to become involved through a special e-portal as a window to the progress made in the college. Wireless broadband is available throughout the school, and students will keep track of their work, attendance, their books and equipment, the library – and all using a swipe-card system. This is the way forward, and is only currently available in a relatively small number of schools. It will become the norm, and remember the beginnings in Adamstown when it does. It is very exciting to be in at the ground floor!,” said Minister Fitzgerald.

The Minister went on to acknowledge the excellent work of the staff and VEC and claimed that Adamstown is a shining example of the way forward,

“it is a co-educational, non-denominational, multi-cultural school, with the aim of achieving inclusive and integrated education in this area of greater Dublin.”