CBS celebrates 50 years in Arklow.
2011 marks the 50th year of Christian Brothers education provision in Arklow.
From the school’s foundation in 1951 several thousand students have passed through the school to lives in a wide range of professions and occupations.
The original invitation to the Christian Brothers dates back to 1937 but it was 1960 before work began on the current site.
It opened its doors in 1961, in an incomplete building, to 80 students and over the years has grown to over 300 students.
The first Leaving Certificate class, of 10 students, graduated in 1964. As numbers grew, the original building quickly became inadequate for the rising student population and pre- fabricated buildings provided the additional space for the 1970’s and early 1980’s. The go ahead was finally given for an extension in the early eighties and it provided a huge improvement in conditions for students and teachers alike.
As the school numbers and accommodation grew, so too did the number of staff and the range of subjects on offer. The school now provides a range of subjects that would have been unthinkable for those who started their journey in September 1961.
GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS – A HUGE SUCCESS!
Golden Jubilee celebrations by Arklow C.B.S. kicked off in earnest on Saturday 17th last as Eoghan Carroll, Andrew Tancred and Aaron Dunne, three of the school’s liaison students were introduced to President Mary McAleese, her husband Senator Martin McAleese and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, on the occasion of their visit to Arklow.
Later in the evening one hundred and seventy guests attended the Gala Dinner at the Arklow Bay Hotel. Assistant Garda Commissioner Fintan Fanning, a past pupil of the school was the keynote speaker. Bro. R. O’Donoghue, a former principal at the school spoke on behalf of the past principals and Ms. Fiona Gallagher represented the Edmund Rice Schools’ Trust.
Mr. Peter Somers outlined the progress made by the school in recent years which will guarantee its place on the future educational landscape of the town and its hinterland. He thanked all who had contributed to the school’s current well being and looked forward to continued success for its students with the willing assistance of parents and staff.
It was an evening of celebration with past students from all decades since the school’s foundation. Roll on the 60th