Parents felt that the new school should be in the village of Ballymacoda. This would ensure access to the church if practicing for Holy Communion and Confirmation and also it would be near the shops of which there were four at that time.
Fr Gallagher stuck with his original plan and also decided to include the children from Ladysbridge in the amalgamation ensuring that all the children of the parish would be educated together.
The current school opened in May 1972. The new school had seven classrooms, six teachers and over 200 pupils. Children were delighted to have toilets within the school building, central heating and a large play area. The trip on one of the three school buses, was for many, the highlight of the day.
Over the next few years the school continued to grow and develop. In 1985 a new shelter was built at the front of the school. This was built using voluntary labour from members of the local community and provided shelter on wet mornings, a place to play at lunchtime and even on some occasions a meeting room.