Why I Love Teaching in an Educate Together Second-level

The campaign group love getting personal stories, but we particularly love to hear what is great about teaching in an Educate Together second-level. From a teacher:

I have had the pleasure of teaching in a second level Educate Together School for the past three years.

The ethos of “no child an outsider” allows me to teach in a variety of creative ways which is inclusive of all abilities.

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Minister Bruton Commits To Review Campaign Data

19th July 2016 – Minister Bruton Commits to Review Campaign’s Data Analysis & Department’s Decision to Deny Kildare South a New Second-level School

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The campaign group met with Minister for Education & Skills, Richard Bruton, along with Kildare South elected TDs Martin Heydon, Sean O’Fearghail & Fiona O’Loughlin, on Tuesday 19th July last, to present some recent data analysis to further challenge the demographic exercise performed by the Department of Education & Skills for South Kildare, and the decision by Minister Jan O’Sullivan last November, to deny a new school build for Kildare South.

The group also had the opportunity to meet an Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who kindly gave them some time to highlight their concerns, and the problems faced by the growing number of parents seeking second-level places for their children in the Kildare South area. The Taoiseach was very supportive and committed to talking to the Minister for Education & Skills on our behalf.

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Down But Not Out – Campaign Fights On #NotGoingAway

On 21st June 2016, our campaign group, and parents who wrote about their concerns regarding Second-level provision in Kildare South, have started to receive communications from the Minister of Education, Richard Bruton TD, and the Department of Education.

Minister Bruton & the Department of Education & Skills believes that a new Second-level school is not currently required for Kildare South. That between all the Second-level schools in the area there will be enough places for all children, regardless of the model of education they seek or what faith they have. And there is no mention of any additional ASD Class provision being provided. We respectfully disagree.

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[WATCH] Our Campaign Story So Far

Our campaign story so far – in numbers.

We are campaigning for a NEW Second level school for Kildare South to provide more places, more choice & more badly needed ASDClass places.

Are you a concerned parent? Make your voice heard.
Talk to your local TDs. Email your concerns to the Minister’s office.

You Can Register your interest here for a Second-level Educate Together school in Kildare South & follow our campaign on Facebook & Twitter.

[LISTEN] KFM Interview Parent Enda Rochford – What Choice Do We Have?

Local parent Enda Rochford speaks with KFM’s Shane Beatty about the lack of choice available for parents and children at both national school and secondary level and how the domination of schools under religious patronage fails to reflect the multicultural and multi-denominational country that Ireland has become in recent years

Read Enda’s article in full here

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No Faith. What School Choice Will My Sons Really Have?

There’s an ad on the TV at the moment with the catchphrase “Change is good”. It could also say that change is inevitable. The modern Ireland we now live in, needs modern schools and a modern approach to education. The time for change is NOW.

Parent Enda shares his story: Having already experienced refusal on denominational grounds at primary level, he now fears for secondary – No Faith. What School Choice Will My Sons Really Have?

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Why Any School Place Is Just NOT Good Enough

Is it good enough to expect parents to just be glad their child has a school place? With the ever increasing demand for secondary places locally, parent Paula explains Why Any School Place is Just NOT Good Enough, and why providing an alternative choice in secondary education in Kildare South will ensure the needs of all children in the area are met.

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Proclamation 2016 – Campaign Group for Educate Together 2ndlvl Kildare South

On this year of the centenary celebration of the Easter Rising and the creation of the 1916 Proclamation, which referred to “an Ireland that cherishes all children of the nation equally..”

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‘…religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities of all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all the children of the nation equally…’

It feels fitting that we too would join in with the schools of the Nation and create our own Campaign Group Proclamation for Kildare South.

Here is our campaign group’s Proclamation:

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“Let us look ahead to our future, to a Kildare South and Ireland where diversity is acknowledged, embraced and respected, and where ALL children can fulfil their potential within an education system that can adapt to, and meet the needs of, ALL children living within the Republic.”

Are you a concerned parent? Make your voice heard.
Talk to your local TDs. Email your concerns to the Minister’s office.

You Can Register your interest here for a Second-level Educate Together school in Kildare South & follow our campaign on Facebook & Twitter.