Taking part in the first Share the Pot draw at The Hunter's Rest.

Knockadea National School are continuing their fundraising drive with the Share the Pot initiative.

The school had its first Share the Pot draw in the Hunters Rest recently and the winner was Pam Fanning of Mitchelstown. The next draw is on February 15 at the same venue and time.

Principal Eoin Maloney, said the funding drive will help the school with modernising the facilities. 

“The fundraising is to help with the general running of the school, for things like re-lining the basketball court, purchasing iPads, school furniture for our extension, transport to and from our various initiatives and sport activities and other educational resources. 

“I would like to thank the share the pot committee for all their hard work in setting up and implementing this initiative and to the parents association and board of management for their continued support. It has been a very busy but very worthwhile couple of months.”

The school has a large-scale building project underway and work began there last month. 

“In a time when rural communities and schools are under such pressure and strains to maintain themselves, the extension will enable Knockadea National School to sustain itself at the centre of this small but bustling community.”

Mr Maloney said the children are especially excited about this project andsaid the construction of the extension will provide many learning opportunities which may not have been forthcoming otherwise, especially with Engineers Week on the horizon in the next month.   

“We now look to the future with further hope and excitement. I would also like to thank the Board of Management, the Parents Association and all members of the school community for their continued support.”

The school is at the centre of a friendly and welcoming community in a beautiful rural setting between Mitchelstown and Ballylanders. 

The efforts of Knockadea residents have meant the school boasts a hard court for tennis, basketball and netball, a grass pitch and large playground as well as a school garden which includes a polytunnel, pollinator patch and wildlife garden.