June 1st 2021 was a historic day for all associated with Blackwater Community School as the contract for the new school extension was formally signed. The construction of the extension has just begun in the last two weeks. Blackwater Community School currently caters for just under 900 students with capacity set to increase to one thousand following completion of this state of the art extension.
B.C.S. is an amalgamation of three Catholic voluntary schools with Mercy, Presentation and CBS traditions. Since opening in September 2003, it has been conscious of being innovators and not so much imitators. The school is proud of having exceptional facilities which have been continually maintained and extended since 2003. This new development will further enhance the educational opportunities of students from West Waterford and East Cork, nurturing and developing them into global citizens of the 21st century.
The new development will see the school double in size to keep pace with our continued increased enrolment. The project will see the development of a two-story extension to be built on the Astroturf area and further renovations and developments to the present school building and grounds. This will accommodate the school community within one complete complex.
On Tuesday June 1st Tom O Brien, Managing Director, Tom O Brien Construction was delighted to sign the contract in the presence to Mr Declan Doocey, Chairperson of Board of Management and Mr Denis Ring, school principal. He looked forward to providing the school with such a fantastic educational facility for the area. Also present at the contract signing were Mr Maurice Geary, Deputy Principal, Ms Maria O Brien, Deputy Principal, Russell Moffat, Moffat & Butler Architects, Conor Cooney, Tom McNamara & Partners, Project Management and Gerry O’Sullivan, Mulcahy/McDonagh, Surveyors. Fr Michael Cullinan, Parish Priest of Lismore and Ballysaggart, wished the very best to all involved in the project those who brought it to fruition thus far and those who will oversee it in the days, weeks, and months ahead. He imparted a blessing upon the site, and to all involved in the works.
Denis Ring remarked he often reminds students the building and facilities we possess are one thing but what goes on within them is what really matters. We are very pleased an excellent work ethic exists among students. This new development will allow us to build on the traditions and core values that are part of the fabric of Blackwater Community School and look forward to a future of great opportunities and possibilities.