On 9th September 2017, the South Kildare Educate Together 2nd Level campaign group turned three years old!
Hard to believe it but we’ve turned 3! 3 years of campaigning to highlight the second-level capacity shortfall in South Kildare. Read our story here:
South Kildare Educate Together Second-Level Start-up is a voluntary group of parents, whose aim is to provide choice in the South Kildare region, where little exists, to cope with the growing demand for places needed at second-level, and who are dedicated to the establishment of an Educate Together Second-Level in Kildare South.
19th July 2016 – Minister Bruton Commits to Review Campaign’s Data Analysis & Department’s Decision to Deny Kildare South a New Second-level School
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.
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.
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?
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 whyproviding an alternative choice in secondary education in Kildare South will ensure the needs of all children in the area are met.
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..”
an Ireland of, ‘…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:
“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.