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  • Southside

Exciting day for new school

Monday, 4th September, 2017 8:00am

Story by Neil Fetherstonhaugh
Exciting day for new school

Liz Martin of the Educate Together national office, Anne Marie Lillis, Principal of Dún Laoghaire ETNS, Paddy Monahan, Educate Together Regional Development Officer and Adelaide Nic Charthaigh, Educate Together New Schools Manager, pictured at the opening of Dún Laoghaire ETNS.

Exciting day for new school

Liz Martin of the Educate Together national office, Anne Marie Lillis, Principal of Dún Laoghaire ETNS, Paddy Monahan, Educate Together Regional Development Officer and Adelaide Nic Charthaigh, Educate Together New Schools Manager, pictured at the opening of Dún Laoghaire ETNS.

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THE country’s newest Educate Together school opened on the Southside last week.

The school, which welcomed its first cohort of 27 Junior Infants, is temporarily located in The Red Door School in Monkstown Grove off Monkstown Avenue while the Department of Education and Skills sources permanent accommodation. 

Welcoming the children and parents to the school, Principal Anne Marie Lillis said it was very exciting day for the children, parents and families of Dún Laoghaire Educate Together National School.

“I am looking forward to working in partnership with our local community to nurture and develop an inclusive, happy school environment for the children starting with us here today and for the children who will join us in the years ahead,” Ms Lillis said.

“Together we will ensure that each child is enabled to achieve and learn to the best of their ability."

Katie O’Brien, the parent of Finn, who starting in Junior Infants at the school, added: “We are delighted, and Finn is very excited to be starting his primary school journey in the very first Dún Laoghaire Educate Together Junior Infants class. 

“We have spent time together, digging and planting in the garden of our lovely temporary location, next to the Red Door School for the next year.

“We are looking forward to working with all the local stakeholders to find a permanent site for the new school in the Dun Laoghaire area.”

While Dún Laoghaire ETNS is the only Educate Together school opening in 2017, at least four new Educate Together schools will open in 2018.

They will include a national school that will open in Dublin South City and three second-level schools in Malahide/Portmarnock and Firhouse and in Limerick.

In addition, this year, there has been a significant expansion of capacity of existing Educate Together schools with new buildings and renovations completed in Firhouse.

The Educate Together school there has been in pre-fab buildings since it opened in 2013.

However, the  school is moving into a brand new 16-classroom school at the end of September.

Educate Together opened its first school, the Dalkey School Project in 1978.

Since then, a total of 82 Educate Together primary and nine second-level schools have opened around Ireland, with four more due to open in the next two years.

Educate Together’s first school opened in England in 2014. In total, these schools provide education for over 23,000 pupils.

Educate Together schools are child-centred and teach the national curriculum. A founding principle of its approach to education is that all children are treated with equal respect, regardless of social, cultural or religious backgrounds.

Speaking as he attended the opening  of Stanhope Primary School last week,  Taoiseach Leo Vardkar said it was a big day in Ireland for over one million people heading to classrooms across the country.

“To all those involved – students, parents, teachers, volunteers, everyone – I want to thank you for the contribution you’ve making in educating our young people and for doing it with such passion and diligence,” he said.

“So much of the Government support, over 11 per cent of our total spending every year, is dedicated to weducation and rightly so.”

Young pupils enjoying thier first day at Dún Laoghaire ETNS.

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