Stella Maris Primary School, an independent classical school, has officially opened in Limerick City. The Official Opening Day was held at the school’s premises in Assumpta House on Windmill Street.
The new primary school was started because there was a growing desire for an authentic Catholic education to be provided in Limerick and surrounding areas, according to Stella Maris principal Mr Richard Casey.
Speaking to Gript, Mr Casey said that the school community enjoyed a ‘joyful celebration’ at the official opening last week, adding that the day was marked by a sense of “great excitement”.
Students and staff were joined by parents, members of the local community, and others who travelled to the Opening Day from further afield.
“The day was a joyful celebration of Stella Maris School’s mission to provide authentic classical Catholic education to pupils in Limerick and the surrounding areas,” Mr Casey said.
The day started off with an address by Chairperson, Teresa Leahy who spoke about the “exciting educational venture” that Stella Maris School embarked upon by the school.
“The great gift of a true Catholic education, centred on the person of Christ, is now being offered to children in Limerick and the surrounding counties”, she said. She added that the School will help children to become “well ordered persons that will renew Irish society”.
The ribbon was cut by treasurer of the school’s board of Management, Mr Maurice Fennessy.
Mr Fennessy said: “This is a wonderful day for Stella Maris School and for Catholic education in Ireland. These children are being provided with a top-quality education in our new school, which will help them to greatly flourish as they grow older”.
Giving thanks to school principal Mr Richard Casey, he said: “We would like to thank all those that have made this great day possible, and in a special way we wish to thank our principal, Mr Richard Casey, for all his tireless work”.
Pupils at the school wowed attendees with the recitation and performance of three poems, followed by the traditional Irish song ‘Beidh Áonach Amárach’ and ‘Sweet Heart of Jesus’.
School principal Mr Casey said he was thankful for the ‘wonderful occasion’, describing the opening of the school as a “momentous day”.
“Thank God for this wonderful occasion and for you all being able to join our school community on this momentous day,” he said.
“We are very proud of the fact that the children of Stella Maris School are being provided with a wonderful academic, human and spiritual education”.
He said the happiness of the children attending the school was palpable, adding:“As well as this, the happiness of the children coming to school every day is truly something to behold. These wonderful boys and girls are being nourished in their education, so that they can develop naturally and joyfully into great men and women for Christ, and for our future Irish society”.
One parent at the school, Mary Kenny, spoke of her child’s own happiness going to school every day, saying the school is doing “amazing work”.
She said: “This day has been such a great celebration of the amazing work being done in Stella Maris School. My child is so happy to go to school every day, and I know she is receiving an excellent education”.
Stella Maris School relies upon donations from the public for its income. Those who may be interested in finding out more about the school can do so here.