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  • Southside

Parents urged to vote on patronage of new schools

Monday, 30th September, 2019 1:00pm
Parents urged to vote on patronage  of new schools

During the campaign parents have been invited to vote for the patron of choice for their brand new secondary school.

Parents urged to vote on patronage  of new schools

During the campaign parents have been invited to vote for the patron of choice for their brand new secondary school.

PARENTS across the Southside have until the end of this week to express their preference for the patron of several brand-new secondary schools that are due to open in 2020.

The survey will remain open until October 4 and parents with children starting secondary school in 2020 to 2024 are invited to participate by voting online.

Among the schools are Citywest/ Saggart, Dublin 6/ 6W/ Clonskeagh, Dublin Goatstown / Stillorgan / and Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown.

The Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, urged parents and guardians to give their views on the patronage of the six new schools being established next year.

“We are fortunate to have a growing population and a Government that is investing heavily in new schools,” Minister McHugh said.

“But we need parents’ support to ensure we reflect the views of families in the areas where we have younger and growing populations.

“It is a great opportunity for mothers and fathers and guardians to help to shape the education of the future. 

“The wishes of parents and guardians, together with the extent of diversity already available in these areas, will be key to deciding the type of schools we will have in the future. I urge as many people as possible who live in the areas and have children going to post-primary school in the next few years to make their voices heard.”

Paul Rowe, CEO of Educate Together, said this was a great opportunity for parents who want a truly innovative and holistic secondary education for their child.

“Educate Together is going from strength to strength at second level as our schools find ever more effective and creative ways to use our unique Ethical Education curriculum,” Mr Rowe said.

“Having just opened four secondary schools in the last few weeks I have seen first-hand the excitement and enthusiasm that parents, students and teachers have for the Educate Together model.

“Aand we hope to see more Educate Together secondary school communities come together to celebrate the opening of their new schools next year.”

Adelaide Nic Charthaigh, New Schools Programme Manager at Educate Together, added: “We already have very strong support in these areas with some very well established and enthusi-astic start-up groups.

“However, I would urge any parent that wants an Educate Together secondary school to vote as soon as possible and to share the link with their friends and family.

“Every vote counts in this process and ‘people power’ is one of Educate Together’s main strengths.

“Our teams will be on the ground in these areas in the coming weeks and look forward to meeting supporters and working on this campaign with them.” 

Interested parents should visit www.educatetogether.ie to find out more about the Educate Together ethos at second level and for information on voting.

Educate Together has been offering parents a choice in Irish education since 1978, when its first school, the Dalkey School Project opened. In September 2019 there will be 91 Educate Together primary and 17 second-level schools in Ireland, providing an equality-based school experience to over 25,000 pupils. 

The patronage process for new schools is overseen by the independent New Schools Establishment Group (NSEG). This group, which was set up in 2011 to advise the Minister on the patronage of new schools, will analyse the online surveys and consider other criteria before issuing a recommendation to the Minister.

Locations have already been secured for three of the six new schools, which are subject to planning permission.

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