On 19th January last, members of our group were interviewed by Kieran Cuddihy at Kildare Town Educate Together NS. Check out this condensed video version: https://goo.gl/hekhdf
On January 5th, our Chair, Aideen McDonagh talked to Shane Beatty at KFM. We were interviewed with Cecilia Semple of the Forgotten children campaign in light of our common aims. We have always maintained only a new-build 2nd Level school will provide the new ASD unit needed in south Kildare, where we have 62 ASD places at primary level, but only 18 at 2nd Level.
The campaign appreciates Senator Catherine Noone’s efforts raising the shortage of second-level places in Kildare South in the Seanad on 26th September last.
The reply she received from Minister of State at the Department of Education & Skills, Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor is however disappointing.
The Minister referenced the Report commissioned by our Campaign, based on data from Census 2016, and quite wrongly inferred a contradiction between the findings and the census data contained therein.
The report was submitted to Minister Bruton on 28th August last, however we have yet to receive a reply from his office to indicate that the content has been read and reviewed by the relevant officials. We are also still waiting on a reply to our request for a meeting.
Despite the Department’s reluctance to engage with the evidence of a shortfall in second level places we look forward to the results of their ongoing demographic exercises & promised Review of second-level school places in South Kildare, expected before the end of the year.
The outputs of this review are now quite urgent. Any delay in this process is further threatening the ability of children to attend second-level education in their own area of South Kildare, and increasing pressure on the local schools.
We ask yet again for a meeting with the Forward Planning Section of the Department of Education and Skills, and for our local representatives to continue to support the aim of our three year, voluntary campaign.
Commissioned by the South Kildare Educate Together 2nd Level (SKET) campaign group and based on CSO figures, the report has been presented to the local TD’s and sent to the Minister of Education & Skills. It sets out serious concerns relating to school capacity, projected future demand and the region’s increasingly diverse population.
Read Full report here : A Profile of South Kildare Secondary School Demographics
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.
You Can Register your interest here for a Second-level Educate Together school in Kildare South & follow our campaign on Facebook & Twitter.
Have you wondered how a second-level Educate Together school runs in practice?
This article featured in the Liffey Champion in March 2015, takes a look at the Innovative Approach to Learning in Kishoge Community College:
“A unique and innovative approach is being taken by Kishoge Community College, Lucan when it comes to teach and learning.
The Educate Together school has been in operation for six months and Principal Niall Hare explained that they are using the blank state of the new school as a way to find a fresh approach to teaching.
Staff have been speaking with universites and inspectors from the Department of Education to establish the best way to approach the various aspects of the education process.
One difference within the school is classes take place for an hour, compared to the standard 45 minutes.
“The idea is we want students to have a different classroom experience” said Mr. Hare.
“They do not sit in rows, they sit in groups. There is a lot of emphasis on active learning, we would all students to be involved in their learning”
Download PDF to Read the Full Article Here
This article first appeared on the Liffey Champion on 28th March 2015.
Come to our Public Meeting on Thursday 7th May, and find out more about the ongoing campaign for a Second Level Educate Together School in South Kildare, organised by parents in the area.
In recent years Ireland has become a vibrant multicultural society and while we have seen a growing number of multi-denominational primary schools growing around the country via initiatives like Educate Together, there still exists a lack of multi-denominational schools at secondary level, leaving many parents with tough decisions to make.
With your support we aim to change this