Educate Together group make their case to minister

A GROUP seeking to open an Educate Together secondary school in Kilkenny have met with Environment Minister Phil Hogan, and they are hosting a public meeting on May 5.

A GROUP seeking to open an Educate Together secondary school in Kilkenny have met with Environment Minister Phil Hogan, and they are hosting a public meeting on May 5.

This group, including many parents from the local Educate Together primary school Kilkenny School Project, are anxious to introduce this model of education to second level in the city following over two decades of achievement at primary level in Kilkenny.

Educate Together has made an application to the Department of Education and Skills, to open a second-level school in Kilkenny, an area where second-level school places are already at a premium.

“We are very encouraged by the warm way we were received by the minister ,and the interest he showed in our presentation and he was very supportive of our efforts,” said Mary Galway, chairwoman of the Kilkenny group.

Parents of primary school children and anybody with an interest in education in the Kilkenny area are invited to a public information meeting in the Ormonde Hotel on May 5 at 8pm.

This will be an information and expression of interest event, hosted by the local group and with officers from the Educate Together national office in attendance. It will explain the Educate Together approach to secondary education. On the night parents can register their interest and learn more about the Educate Together Secondary School project for Kilkenny.

Educate Together schools are co-educational, multi-denominational, learner-centred and democratically run. See www.educatetogether.ie for more information.