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Primary School Governance

Sandra Velthuis

Sandra Velthuis, a parent and former member of the Board of Management at Rathfarnham ETNS shares her insights on the challenges and limitations faced by school boards.  School is out.  Ireland’s primary schools have shut up shop for the summer.  Post-primary schools have been closed for a number of weeks already, entitling the nation’s teenagers to some of the longest summer holidays in Europe...

Esker ETNS - 'Truly an inspiration to all of us'

Paul Rowe, CEO, Educate Together

Paul Rowe, CEO of Educate Together, at the opening of the new Esker Educate Together NS building in Lucan, Co. Dublin on 17 June 2015.  I am really delighted to be here. This is a wonderful day. A really special day. This is one official opening of a wonderful new Educate Together school building that I have been waiting for and looking forward to for a very long time. This is a tremendous day, a...

Tribute to Evelyn O'Brien - former Principal of Galway ETNS

Paul Rowe, CEO, Educate Together

Some sad news. The outstanding former principal of Galway School Project (now Galway Educate Together National School) has passed away. Evelyn O’Brien steered the Galway School Project National School through some of its most difficult and exciting early years. She came to the school from a period of rich experience running schools in the Middle East and she made a tremendous impact.  Evelyn took...

Tribute to Bianca Ní Ghrógháin

Paul Rowe, CEO, Educate Together

I am shocked and really stunned to hear of the untimely and sudden death of Bianca Ní Ghrógháin, an inspirational teacher and innovative educationalist. I was privileged to know Bianca in the course of her work in Griffeen Valley Educate Together National School, as an advisor for technology in education and in her recent work as a PhD researcher in DCU. Bianca was an incredibly positive, lively...

No Child An Outsider

Paul Rowe, CEO, Educate Together

Educate Together may change the terminology of its Charter but its principles of inclusion and equality remain the same. Here Paul Rowe, CEO, explains why Educate Together will replace the term 'multi-denominational' with 'equality-based'.  Every year, the Educate Together AGM is a forum for healthy debate and intense discussion on the issues that effect the many and various members of the...

'This wonderful young teacher...'

Paul Rowe, CEO, Educate Together

On Friday May 8th, I had the honour to speak at the retirement party for Sally Sheils, Principal of the North Dublin National School Project. The event was an evening of celebration, excellent food and conversation in the function room of the Na Fianna club house in Glasnevin, Dublin. This is my speech from the night.  “I’d like to make some short remarks from three different perspectives, but...

Founder's Day

Paul Rowe, CEO, Educate Together

On this date in 1975, a meeting was held in Ross's Hotel in Dun Laoghaire at which the formal documents for the founding of Educate Together were agreed. This meeting was the culmination of six months discussion amongst the group of determined educational pioneers. They were gathered with the aim of establishing the Dalkey School Project - which was the first ‘Educate Together’ school. It is on...

More than ever, parents want to send their children to Educate Together schools

Paul Rowe, CEO

Recent letters in the Irish Times have tried to cast doubt on the level of demand for Educate Together schools. Some suggest that our schools are "undersubscribed" and others suggest that there is "huge local hostility" to the establishment of our schools. Whilst I do not want to imply that there are no schools in our network of 74 that have low enrolments, the overall reality is so far away from...

Young Scientists and Second-Level Reform

Paul Rowe, CEO, Educate Together

This week I attended the RDS Science Fair to visit five Educate Together primary schools that were showing their projects. The RDS Primary Science Fair, which is non-competitive, is open to 4th – 6th class age groups across Ireland and takes place annually alongside the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. Many of the young scientists that exhibit at the Science Fair will go on to show...

'Remember, Renew, Unite’

Ciaran Burke, Bracken ETNS

In the second part of his blog, Ciaran Burke, teacher at Bracken ETNS and volunteer with VSO in Rwanda, describes city and village life and addresses the issue of the Rwandan genocide in 1994 during which between 800,000 and one million people were murdered.  I had researched Rwanda before coming. However it is still surprising how green the country is. The tourist office calls it the ‘Land of a...

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Nuala Bourke To Be Appointed Principal of Tuam Educate Together National School

Educate Together is delighted to announce that Nuala Bourke is to be appointed principal of Tuam Educate Together National School, opening...

22/06/2015

Educate Together AGM hears of an 'important step' for Educate Together

Delegates attending the Educate Together Annual General Meeting on Saturday 23 May heard of an ‘important step’ for Educate Together. The...

25/05/2015
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Educate Together Chosen as Charity Partner of the Ireland Ranji Cricket Trophy

Educate Together is delighted to once again be chosen as the charity...

17/06/2015

Educate Together 2015 Summer Courses

Educate Together is delighted to be running three online summer...

16/06/2015
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