New era for ‘Jes’
Coláiste Iognáid (the Jes) is entering a new era, symbolised by the construction work which began in early August. There have been many setbacks since this work was first planned, so it was with some relief that the builders were welcomed onto the site, even though there will be noise and disruption. The plan is to pull down the old Jesuit Community building and rebuild the school on its footprint. Firstly, however, the builders had to erect prefabs that would serve as classrooms in time for the new school year. They worked right through the Sunday before school recommenced on Monday, and they had it all ready on time. The school is currently up and running, and Leaving Certificate students this year are expected to do even better than last year’s students, whose results (in the words of Principal Bernie O’Connell) were “solid”.