Gathering support for an Educate Together school

An information day was held by the Kilkenny Educate Together Secondary School Action Group in MacDonagh Junction on Saturday.

An information day was held by the Kilkenny Educate Together Secondary School Action Group in MacDonagh Junction on Saturday.

This group, which formed in 2009, is working towards the establishment of a new secondary school for Kilkenny City and County under the patronage of Educate Together. Educate Together is the national body that acts as the patron for multi-denominational schools and currently is the patron of 53 primary schools in the state.

The information day gave local parents and learners the opportunity to get more details about the proposed school. Also in attendance to lend their support to the campaign were Mayor David Fitzgerald and the Kilkenny Rose, Sinead de Buitleir.

Committee member Mick Greene said there was a real ground-swell of support for type of school the group is proposing. “This was the third opportunity that the public have had to meet the committee and get further details about the proposed school. To date, we have over 400 expressions of interest, which indicates both the need for a new school and the demand for the Educate Together model of education. We believe that our school will offer a more inclusive environment for our young people and greater choice for parents.”

“The model we are proposing will go further to promote communication skills, critical thinking and problem solving amongst our learners. This will better prepare them for both their working life and their role in society,” added committee member Mary Galway.

For more information, email kilkennyet2@gmail.com.