Photos from week beginning 7th of December 2015

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Site works are continuing on the site for our permanent building. The diggers are getting progressive closer to where our new building is going to be. Pupils in the school are creating a “construction timeline” to mark the weekly development of the site.


See (to the left) aerial photo of our current school building from 6th December 2015



Here are some photos from the week ending the 4th of December 2015. 

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Ground work started today 26/11/2015 on our Permanent Building. We are super excited. 

ABM contractors have given the school “up to date” plans, which are on display in the Parent’s Room.

The site entrance is at the top of the Powerstown Road. The site is being securely fenced and is not accessible to the public. Site will be in operation from 7am each week day morning. Work may also be taking place on a Saturday. Keep checking in for our regular updates on the building’s progress 



This week, we are finalising details with project manager, contractors and the Department of Education before construction begins.


Site machinery will be entering the site outside the school grounds, therefore no machinery will be accessing the school site.

Our building is going to be take up some of the the basketball courts and extend up to the green area between us and the Gaelscoil. The contractors will be erecting a 6 foot high wall to secure the site. Photos show diggers on the site, assessing underground piping before heavy machinery comes on to site. 




Powerstown ETNS is delighted to announce that ABM are the building contractors who will be starting our Permanent Building in November 2015.

KSN are the project managers for the project.

The Department will also appoint a project manager directly from the Department of Education and Skills’ Building Unit.  


Our new building will be a state of the art, two-storey 16 classroom school with two outreach classes and a hall. 


UPDATE April 2014

We travelled down to Tullamore today (30/4/2015) to view the plans for our Permanent Building. The fantastic team in the Building Unit in the Department of Education and Skills presented us with site plans, floor plans and elevation plans.  


PETNS Permanent Building promises to be an inclusive, welcoming, innovative, state of the art 16 classroom school, with a hall, library and two outreach classes. The building has been designed to the highest standards by creative architects, with fantastic attention to detail. The building itself will be cube shaped building with a landscaped outdoor garden in the centre. It will have an A3 energy rating and a rainwater recovery system. 


Our school grounds will be professional landscaped for two years to ensure that the grounds are adequately completed. this will ensure that the school grounds and our scenic location, continue to play a prominent role in our curriculum. 


A Heritage Study of Powerstown Road and surrounding sites has been completed to ensure that our permanent structure compliments our surroundings.

A Traffic Study in relation to traffic management and roads is ongoing and regular communication with Fingal County Council is guaranteed to ensure minimal disruption to our neighbours and the school community.


Planning permission for our Permanent Building is due to be lodged in the coming weeks. It is hoped the building will go to construction in 2015, with completion in 2016.

We have set up a Permanent Building Noticeboard in the school, to track the progress onsite and are developing an integrated project for our pupils to coincide with the constriction of our permanent building!

We hope you support us in this next, exciting phase in the development of Powerstown ETNS.



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18 December, 2014 – Minister Jan O’Sullivan announces 70 major school building projects as part of €2.2bn five year plan & Powerstown ETNS are on the list!

To read press release go click here.

A big thank you to An Tanaiste Joan Burton & Leo Varadkar TD for the continued support to ensure that Powerstown ETNS was included on this building list.

Thank you to all our local politicians for supporting our plight to secure a permanent building for our pupils on the Powerstown Road.




We are delighted to inform you that we have received the schedule of overall accommodation for our permanent building which is “due to progress to construction in 2014/2015″

Our permanent building will have 16 classrooms, 8 SET rooms for support teachers, 2 Special Needs Units with multi-sensory room and para-educatioal room, a general purpose room (195m2), 2 basketball courts, junior play area, secure hard and soft play area, senosry garden.

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We are delighted to announce recent progress in relation to permanent school building for PETNS.

  • Fingal County Council should transfer land on the Powerstown Road for PETNS permanent building within the next 3 months.

Helena Regan (Principal) & Catherine Coffey (BOM) recently met with Mr Leo Varadkar (TD) to discuss the need for permanent school building to remain on schedule for commencement during 2014/2015 school year and for the school to remain on Powerstown Road site!

Contact was made with CEO of Fingal County Council Mr Paul Reid and his reply is as follows

“In relation to the Powerstown site, our discussions with the DES are progressing well.  It is expected that the site will be disposed of by FCC to DES over the next 3 months. A section 183 proposal is planned to be brought to the September meeting of the Council to support this.
Regarding the acquisition of a site North of Tyrrelstown, the process has been put on hold for the moment as confirmation is awaited from the Department of Education that the proposed schools are proceeding. However as you assumed, the Powerstown school is a completely separate matter to the school sites north of Tyrrelstown. There is no question of that school being moved to those sites.”



April 2014

Today, we are one step closer to having our Permanent Building!

It was agreed by council management and voted on unanimously at the council meeting yesterday, Monday 14th of April to have an objective on the Powerstown site for “a maximum of two primary schools”.

Therefore, it is now possible for PETNS permanent building to be located on the Powerstown Road!

Thanks to all our parents and friends who attended our public meeting and wrote submissions to the variation! Without you, we would not have secured a possible site on our current location!!!

Thanks to all our local councillors for their support! A very special thanks to our local councillors; Cllr Mary McCamley, Cllr David McGuinness, Cllr Ruth Coppinger, Cllr Michael O’Donovan and Cllr Kieran Dennison.

What is next?

The Department of Education recently issued the school with a letter stating that they are in the process of securing land for our permanent building. Hopefully, with this recent vote, Fingal County Council will inform the Department of Education and Skills that they have located a site for our permanent building on the Powerstown Road.

Our Permanent Building Committee and Board of Management will continue our work to ensure progress is in relation to our permanent building. We will be in regular contact with Fingal and the Department of Education and Skills building unit to discuss progress.

We are optimistic that our permanent building will stay on schedule, to be opened in 2015.



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