The installation of our 19 photovoltaic panels (c. 5 kW) is now complete. Since 3 pm yesterday, they have already produced 28kWh, a saving of €5.32. These panels produce electricity in daylight, not just direct sunlight. Each day, students, staff and visitors to the school will be able to monitor the output on a display unit in the front hall. This data is also available to the public via this link: http://www.ginlongmonitoring.com/Terminal/TerminalMain.aspx?come=Public&pid=90380
It has been a busy summer here in Dunmore CS. Our building works are progressing extremely well and we hope to have everything completed for the 26th August, the first day of term for our incoming 1st years.
At this stage, the old heating system has been completely removed and new pipework and radiators fitted throughout the old building and redecoration started. Our old inefficient oil burners are now gone and they have been replaced by four energy-efficient gas-fired boilers. We are just waiting for the installation of our bulk gas tanks. Our boiler room has been completely refitted with a state of the art building management system. Classrooms have been fitted with individual thermostats to control the temperature of each room and a draft lobby is being added to the front hall this week.
The 200mm external insulation is progressing well, with plastering started on some parts of the building already. Phase one of our new energy efficient double glazing and external doors were fitted last month, and the final phase started today, Once these are fitted, the rest of the external insulation will be completed. and the remaining external LED lighting will be fitted.
The installation of our 19 solar panels has also begun and will hopefully be completed in the next few days.
While the works are progressing on the inside, we decided to give the school entrance a little tidy up by felling the tree and removing the old canopy before the new doors and windows are fitted in the next few weeks.
Thanks to Mr Fleming & Mr Gannon (two past students, who were more than willing to help with the demolition) and to Brendan Gildea for his assistance in the safe removal of the porch.
Best wishes to Kathy (KiaXin He) who has now returned to her home in China after spending three months with us here in DCS. During her time here with us, she had the opportunity of learning our culture, our language and attending classes. It was a pleasure to have had her with us.
Also, safe travels to our 2nd-year student, Hannah Kenny, who has now travelled back to China on a reciprocal exchange with Kathy for the summer. I hear Hannah is thoroughly enjoying experiencing Chinese culture, learning some of the Chinese language and she has already visited the Great Wall of China.
Well done to all the students, staff and parents of our school on another successful year in DCS. This was, yet again, a year of outstanding academic performances, excellent attendance achievements and remarkable extra-curricular successes. We were delighted to welcome our special guess, Mr Joe Healy, IFA President, to present awards to some of our students to acknowledge their excellence in various areas of school life.
Special thanks to the students, staff, parents and the broader community of Dunmore for all the support, help and commitment they have given to our school throughout the year. I hope you are all enjoying the lovely weather and the break from school. D.Quinn,
Thanks to Ms Colleran for all the photos and captions. Apologies for the delay in posting these photos.
During our building works a little issue of 30 or 40 thousand bees caused a small delay in the fitting of our external lighting. As much as we would love to have left them in their natural hive, the position of it was unsuitable. They have now been carefully removed and are happily located in a much more suitable location and home!
We are delighted our planning permission application for 30m2 of Photovoltaic Panels has been granted by Galway Co Co, During the summer these panels will be fitted to the south facing roof of our building to further enhance our green energy rating.
The Department of Education and SEAI have concluded the Etendering process, and have appointed E.T. Burke Construction as the contractor to carry out our Deep Energy Retrofit. Everything is on schedule and we have moved out of the building this evening. As of Monday the 24th the work begins and is expected to be completed before the 22nd August. As the main school building is now a construction site, no unauthorised access is permitted until works are completed. Please note we will be based in the prefabs for the summer if you need to see us and are still available on 093 38203 and via email as usual,