Varadkar attends special day of openings at Sacred Heart of Jesus NS in Huntstown

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Dublin West TD and Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar took part in a very special day at Sacred Heart of Jesus National School in Huntstown on Monday.

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The Minister was invited to raise the school’s new yellow flag for equality and diversity, open a new playground, declare the new playing pitch officially open, and cut the ribbon on a new classroom.

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“This was a really special day for Sacred Heart of Jesus NS which raised its first yellow flag and opened some fabulous new facilities,” Minister Varadkar said.

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“It’s great credit to the school, the staff, the Board of Management, the parents and its pupils that it had four openings in one day.

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“Congratulations to the school on securing a Yellow Flag.

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“You need to do a lot of work to gain a Yellow Flag so this is a major achievement.

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“It shows that Sacred Heart of Jesus School has really embraced multiculturalism, inclusiveness, and diversity.

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“We formally opened the new playground, and I’m delighted that the Government contributed to the cost, but I know the school had to engage its own fund-raising to raise the total.

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“We also declared the new playing pitch officially open, which was funded through the Local Works Programme, and is a credit to the school.

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“And we also cut the ribbon on the new classroom.

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“This was funded with an award of €200,000 from the Government, and built by Valtra Construction. It’s a great facility and a magnificent addition to the school.”

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The Minister paid tribute to Margaret Mullany, the Yellow Flag co-ordinator in the school, Kevin Kilmurray for developing the playing facilities, Valtra Construction for the classroom, and architect Ann Blackwell.

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He also thanked the Chair of the Board of Management, Margaret Condon, and Maria Cummins, the Chair of the Parents’ Association.

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He also made a special mention to Principal Sean O Diomasaigh, who is retiring soon, but would love to stay on.

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After the ceremonies the Minister was brought on a guided tour of the school’s various displays for Inter-Cultural week before being treated to an amazing performance by the school choir.

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