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Every Educate Together School Starts With A Conversation

Niall Wall, Regional Development Officer, Ireland South

With the imminent opening of New Ross ETNS on 31 August, Niall Wall, Educate Together's Regional Development Officer for Ireland South, reflects on establishing an Educate Together National School.  In Educate Together we say that every Educate Together School starts with a conversation!!! This could be a chat between two or more parents, an enquiry to a member of the Educate Together national...

We Need to Radically Overhaul the School Admissions System

Paul Rowe, Educate Together CEO

Over the past months, there has been a mounting protest movement over the issue of religious discrimination in access to Irish publicly funded primary schools. Changes have been suggested ranging from the repeal of sections permitting such discrimination in the Equal Status Acts to the wholesale removal of independent governance or patronage in the Irish education system. The current debate seems...

'Solving the school patronage problem'

Amy Mulvihill, New Schools Programme Manager of Educate Together, responds to the Irish Times Correspondent Joe Humphries' suggestions on 'How the Catholic Church could solve the school patronage problem' Sir, –  Contrary to Joe Humphreys' assertions, Educate Together remains hopeful that the commitment made by the government in 2012 - to create more diversity in the primary school system - will...

Primary School Governance

Sandra Velthuis

Sandra Velthuis, a parent and former member of the Board of Management at Rathfarnham ETNS shares her insights on the challenges and limitations faced by school boards.  School is out.  Ireland’s primary schools have shut up shop for the summer.  Post-primary schools have been closed for a number of weeks already, entitling the nation’s teenagers to some of the longest summer holidays in Europe...

Esker ETNS - 'Truly an inspiration to all of us'

Paul Rowe, CEO, Educate Together

Paul Rowe, CEO of Educate Together, at the opening of the new Esker Educate Together NS building in Lucan, Co. Dublin on 17 June 2015.  I am really delighted to be here. This is a wonderful day. A really special day. This is one official opening of a wonderful new Educate Together school building that I have been waiting for and looking forward to for a very long time. This is a tremendous day, a...

Tribute to Evelyn O'Brien - former Principal of Galway ETNS

Paul Rowe, CEO, Educate Together

Some sad news. The outstanding former principal of Galway School Project (now Galway Educate Together National School) has passed away. Evelyn O’Brien steered the Galway School Project National School through some of its most difficult and exciting early years. She came to the school from a period of rich experience running schools in the Middle East and she made a tremendous impact.  Evelyn took...

Tribute to Bianca Ní Ghrógháin

Paul Rowe, CEO, Educate Together

I am shocked and really stunned to hear of the untimely and sudden death of Bianca Ní Ghrógháin, an inspirational teacher and innovative educationalist. I was privileged to know Bianca in the course of her work in Griffeen Valley Educate Together National School, as an advisor for technology in education and in her recent work as a PhD researcher in DCU. Bianca was an incredibly positive, lively...

No Child An Outsider

Paul Rowe, CEO, Educate Together

Educate Together may change the terminology of its Charter but its principles of inclusion and equality remain the same. Here Paul Rowe, CEO, explains why Educate Together will replace the term 'multi-denominational' with 'equality-based'.  Every year, the Educate Together AGM is a forum for healthy debate and intense discussion on the issues that effect the many and various members of the...

'This wonderful young teacher...'

Paul Rowe, CEO, Educate Together

On Friday May 8th, I had the honour to speak at the retirement party for Sally Sheils, Principal of the North Dublin National School Project. The event was an evening of celebration, excellent food and conversation in the function room of the Na Fianna club house in Glasnevin, Dublin. This is my speech from the night.  “I’d like to make some short remarks from three different perspectives, but...

Founder's Day

Paul Rowe, CEO, Educate Together

On this date in 1975, a meeting was held in Ross's Hotel in Dun Laoghaire at which the formal documents for the founding of Educate Together were agreed. This meeting was the culmination of six months discussion amongst the group of determined educational pioneers. They were gathered with the aim of establishing the Dalkey School Project - which was the first ‘Educate Together’ school. It is on...

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Educate Together To Apply For Four Second-Level Schools 
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Educate Together welcomes Minister Richard Bruton’s invitation to patrons to apply for four new second-level schools to open in 2019 and...

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Lucan Educate Together National School Celebrates Twenty Years!

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