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Catch up with the Schools!

Despite the sweltering weather conditions and the summer holidays being upon us, our network of schools didn’t slow down for a second and ended the last month of this academic year on a high! From success at the Different Families, Same Love Awards (a competition run by INTO LGBT Teachers’ Group) to demonstrating democracy in action, find out more about what the schools have been up to recently below

Different Families, Same Love.

It was a clean sweep for Educate Together at the Different Families, Same Love Awards run by the INTO LGBT Teachers' Group! This year the INTO LGBT Teachers’ Group competition was centered around the theme of ‘Different Families, Same Love’; calling on teachers to take action in their classrooms to celebrate the diversity of people and families in Ireland and to address homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools.


Junior Category

1st: Shellybanks Educate Together NS

2nd: Dun Laoghaire Educate Together National School

Joint Runner Up: Dublin 7 ETNS


Senior Category

1st: Hansfield ETNS

2nd: Castleknock ETNS


The Dun Laoghaire ETNS' entry was a collaboratively designed art project which was shared with the school community. The judges loved the beautiful texture to the children's art pieces as well as the inclusive messages portrayed on them.

The 4th class of Hansfield ETNS looked at current portrayals of family in children's toys and decided to create their own play kit of different characters to allow children to represent their own families. The judges loved the creative and innovative approach to the message and the real world impact of their project.

A huge well done to all involved! 


Congratulations to Balbriggan ETNS teacher, Cecelia Gavigan!

Cecelia Gavigan, teacher at Balbriggan ETNS, was named ‘Teacher of the Year at this year’s Our World Irish Aid Awards. The Our World Awards seek to enable pupils to learn about the lives of children and their families in developing countries and how Ireland, through Irish Aid, and 192 other countries in the United Nations are working together to create a safer and fairer world, and a better future for all the world’s children. Cecelia’s award is recognition of the quality of her class group’s submission this year, and of the effort she has put into teaching her students about the important work of Irish Aid, as well as the energy and creativity that she has invested in the Our World Irish Aid Awards over the last four years.

You can read more details of the amazing submission Cecelia and her students made to the awards here.

Congratulations to Cecelia and her students! What an achievement! 


New School Crest for Citywest ETNS! 

Last week the Student Council of Citywest ETNS met with the school's Board of Management to present their proposed design for the school's brand new crest. The crest was the culmination of months of collaboration, cooperation and creativity between the entire school community. From all accounts, the students delivered a very accomplished presentation which explained the process that the school had taken to design the crest, as well as what each part of the design represented. After some deliberation, the Board of Management voted and then officially ratified the design as the school’s official crest! 

Well done to the Student Council and everyone at Citywest ETNS, not only on your fantastic new crest but also on so perfectly modeling the ideals on which Educate Together is built upon throughout the entire process! Really inspiring work!

You can read more about the new crest and its democratic design process here.


The Creative Schools Initiative

15 Educate Together Primary and Post-primary schools have been named amongst the 150 schools selected to pilot the Creative Schools initiative. Creative Schools is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme to enable the creative potential of every child. Creative Schools is led by the Arts Council in partnership with the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. 

Commencing September 2018, this pilot initiative aims to develop and celebrate the arts and creativity in schools. It will establish a range of collaborative opportunities for schools and will develop and strengthen the relationships between schools and the broader cultural and community infrastructure within which they operate. The long term aim is for every school to be supported to fully embrace the arts and creativity, ensuring a positive experience and strong outcomes for children and young people. 

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