Minister Ruairi Quinn launches advanced new digital education and library facilities at Adamstown Community College

21/05/2012
 
Minister Ruairi Quinn launches advanced new digital education and library facilities at Adamstown Community College
A range of excellent new digital education facilities and a highly modern new library were opened today in Adamstown Community College by the Education and Skills Minister Ruairi Quinn, T.D.  Developed and managed by County Dublin VEC, Adamstown Community College is one of the most modern and best equipped schools in Ireland. 
 
The 1000 pupil Adamstown Community College was built and opened in 2009 with a total investment of €14 million from the Department of Education and Skills.
 
Information technology facilities at the school are state-of-the-art including computer tablets, broadband wireless internet access throughout, an advanced design and communication graphics classroom, ePortals for course content delivery, electronic radio frequency student I.D. and transaction cards, and all of the latest advanced educational systems to ensure the best possible learning experience for pupils.
 
The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn T.D., said:  “This technologically advanced school is exemplary of the forward looking approach to personal skills development that I want to see for every pupil in Ireland.  The community based partnership of interests that the school has fostered is also making a significant contribution to educational progress and I congratulate everyone involved.  In times of constrained economic resources,  I am also pleased to see how public funds have been used effectively to establish such a modern and vibrant school which will contribute to the wellbeing of students, the local community and society long into the future.” Adamstown students with new tablets
 
The new school library has been established in partnership with South Dublin County Council.  All students have been enrolled with South Dublin Libraries who have stocked the library as well as assisting with expertise in its setup and running. South Dublin Libraries have also provided funding for a major literacy enhancement initiative using specialist education technology.
 
In a strong corporate contribution, the technology company Hewlett Packard provided laptop computer systems to the school at very beneficial rates.  The school’s technology leadership has also been supported by the information management systems provider Ivertec and online communications specialists Sonas Innovation.
 
Principal Des Newton commented:  “Adamstown Community College is making an excellent contribution to the entire community based on the commitment of our staff, students and parents who have embraced the life of the school and made it their own. I am delighted with the excellent facilities we are able to provide together with the Department of Education, South Dublin County Council and our technology partners.”
 
County Dublin VEC Chief Executive Dr. Marie Griffin said:  “Adamstown Community College is delivering the highest standards of learning and is meeting the educational needs of the entire community in Adamstown and wider Lucan.”
 
Adamstown Community College is a non-designated, co-educational and multi-denominational school.  It has an ethos of total inclusivity and mutual respect in the formation of life skills which enable children to meet their full potential in society.  The diversity in the student body at Adamstown reflects society in modern Ireland
 
With a capacity for 1,000 pupils, the College already caters for 340 students (with 160 more due to enter next September) in an exceptionally bright, modern and well equipped school.  It provides educational programmes for the junior certificate, transition year and leaving certificate cycles.