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More than ever, parents want to send their children to Educate Together schools

Paul Rowe, CEO

Recent letters in the Irish Times have tried to cast doubt on the level of demand for Educate Together schools. Some suggest that our schools are "undersubscribed" and others suggest that there is "huge local hostility" to the establishment of our schools. Whilst I do not want to imply that there are no schools in our network of 74 that have low enrolments, the overall reality is so far away from...

Young Scientists and Second-Level Reform

Paul Rowe, CEO, Educate Together

This week I attended the RDS Science Fair to visit five Educate Together primary schools that were showing their projects. The RDS Primary Science Fair, which is non-competitive, is open to 4th – 6th class age groups across Ireland and takes place annually alongside the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. Many of the young scientists that exhibit at the Science Fair will go on to show...

'Remember, Renew, Unite’

Ciaran Burke, Bracken ETNS

In the second part of his blog, Ciaran Burke, teacher at Bracken ETNS and volunteer with VSO in Rwanda, describes city and village life and addresses the issue of the Rwandan genocide in 1994 during which between 800,000 and one million people were murdered.  I had researched Rwanda before coming. However it is still surprising how green the country is. The tourist office calls it the ‘Land of a...

Building Progress

Just before the Christmas holidays, the Department of Education and Skills released the latest update on the capital investment programme with details of 70 major school building projects. It brought very welcome news to many in the Educate Together network with no less than 29 Educate Together schools featured on the list of projects. Many of these schools have been campaigning for years for...

Volunteering in Rwanda

Ciaran Burke, Bracken ETNS

In October 2014, Ciaran Burke, a teacher in Bracken ETNS travelled to Rwanda with international development organisation, VSO Ireland. Rwanda has made great strides since the genocide in 1994 that took the lives of over 1 million men, women and children but challenges remain. An entire generation of teachers lost their lives in the genocide leaving most schools without qualified teachers. Ciaran...

Educate Together Says Thanks!

National Office Staff

As we approach the end of 2014, all of us here at the national office would like to thank each and every one of our supporters and advocates, all the staff who have worked so hard in the 78 Educate Together schools around the country and in the UK this year and, most importantly, the pupils and parents that are the heart of the Educate Together community. We would also like to give a special...

Which Substance Makes the Best Rocket Fuel?

On Thursday January 8, students and teachers from 120 schools around the country will kick-start the New Year when they converge on Dublin for the two-day RDS Primary Science Fair. The event, which is open from Fourth to Sixth class, encourages teachers to use an ‘inquiry-based approach’ to develop students’ scientific skills. The students are asked to choose a particular question or problem and...

Statement on Responsible Pet Ownership Lesson Plans

Educate Together regularly works with partners to develop resources to support its Ethical Education curriculum. Recent projects have involved Plan Ireland and Social Entrepreneurs Ireland. In this case we were approached by professionals working in the animal welfare field about the need to address the issue of responsible pet ownership in Irish schools. We agreed to establish a project to...

Educate Together - Winter Celebrations

Christmas is a very important Christian festival, and of course is marked in Educate Together schools nationwide; just as our schools mark Diwali, Eid, Vaisakhi and other religious festivals throughout the school term. On a practical level, Christmas celebrations in Educate Together schools can be a sensitive issue, because for many families in Ireland celebrating Christmas has a huge cultural...

Working Together to Create a More Inclusive Society

Maeve Corish, Principal of Donabate Portrane ETNS, on how the school became an Ashoka Changemaker School this year. In Spring 2014 I was approached by Conor Ward of Ashoka Ireland and asked if DPETNS was interested in becoming a Changemaker school - schools that worked to develop empathy and a sense of social entrepreneurism in their students.  Not wanting to create an extra layer of work for a...

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Educate Together To Apply For Four Second-Level Schools 
To Open in 2019

Educate Together welcomes Minister Richard Bruton’s invitation to patrons to apply for four new second-level schools to open in 2019 and...

08/06/2018

Statement On Minister Bruton's Plan 'To Increase Provision of Multi- and Non-denominational Schools'

Educate Together notes with interest today’s announcement that parents of pre-school children in 16 areas across the country are being...

28/05/2018
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Educate Together is delighted to announce that Frank Milling has been...

29/05/2018

Lucan Educate Together National School Celebrates Twenty Years!

It was all fun and games at Lucan Educate Together on October 14 as...

15/11/2017
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