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24 May 2017

End of Year Assembly

Dear Parents,

End of year Assembly will be held on Friday 9th of June at 8.40am for Junior Infants to 1st class and 10.30am for 2nd to 6th class. We hope you can all make it to our last assembly for the year. Tomás

03 May 2017

Parents’ Assembly

The next parents’ assembly

is Fri 5th of May at 8.40am for Jun Inf-1st class

& 10.40am for 2nd-6th class.

We look forward to seeing you all there. Tomás.

24 April 2017

Blue Nose Day Thursday 27th April 2017

Dear Parents,

We are celebrating Blue Nose Day on Thursday 27th of April by inviting everyone to wear Blue and asking pupils to contribute €2 to buy equipment for the Sensory room in Seolta Pre-school.

We hope you will all participate and look forward to seeing a sea of blue in the school. Thank you, Tomás.

31 March 2017

Parents’Assembly & Easter Break Arrangements

The next parent assembly is Fri 7th of April at  8.40am for Jun Inf-1st class & 10.40am for 2nd-6th class.  

School closes at 11.40 on this day also for the Easter Break.  

There is no school lunch delivery on Friday 7/4/17.  

School re-opens on 24th of April at 8.30am.

Have a lovely break!

15 March 2017

School Closed Friday 17th March 2017.

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School is closed on St. Patrick’s day

Friday 17/3/17 and re-opens

on Monday 20th at 8.30am.

Hope everyone enjoys the parade!

07 March 2017

Make The Case For Real Change In Irish Education

Dear Principal,

As you may be aware, Minister for Education Richard Bruton TD recently announced a new ‘reconfiguration’ process to speed up the transfer of religious-run schools in order to increase the number of non-denominational and multi-denominational schools available. This is an area of considerable national interest and as you may be questioned on it by parents or other interested parties, we’d like to pass on Educate Together’s viewpoint on the issue – which is also detailed on this campaign website.

While Educate Together is fully in favour of the reconfiguration process, the national office recently released a statement outlining some of the concerns with the plan as it currently stands. But the proposed plan is bad news for many children and their parents:

    •    Undue influence: the plan gives Catholic Bishops the final say in whether they transfer schools, and who they transfer to. This gives the Church continued undue influence on education that is inappropriate in Ireland in the 21st century.

    •    Conflicts of interest: the plan is to be overseen and run by the Education and Training Boards (ETBs), who are themselves also applying to run the schools. The ETBs act as patron for Community National Schools (CNS). It is a matter of public record that CNS schools are designed primarily to ensure that Catholic children are prepared for Catholic sacraments at school and are the Church’s preferred alternative model. This won’t bring about real change.

    •    Denial of the rights of parents: The plan leaves families who are campaigning for truly equality-based schools outside the decision-making process. Clearly, the wishes of families are not prioritised – rather they play second fiddle to the preferences of the Church.

Community National Schools are the preferred model of both the Catholic Church and the Minister for Education and Skills. The Church has previously indicated that it favours transferring patronage to CNS schools as they will prepare pupils for sacraments during the school day. Recently the national office has been contacted by members of the Educate Together school community querying the key differences between Educate Together’s equality-based model of education, and the model offered by the ETB-run Community National Schools. Educate Together has produced a position paper on the Community National School model, which is available to read here.

Educate Together has proposed an alternative plan that puts parental wishes where they should be: at the centre of the process. For that to happen, there is a need for reconfiguration process that is Fair, Transparent and Equal – detailed on this campaign website. Here’s what it involves:

    •    fairnessfamilies in the 16 remaining areas still waiting for their Educate Together schools under the previous Government scheme should get them as soon as possible. They’ve waited long enough.

    •    transparency: the Government should appoint an independent advisory group made up of all patron bodies as well as parent groups, rather than just the ETBs and the Church.

    •    equalitythere needs to be a nationwide confidential online survey of parents, run by an impartial state agency. We would then, for the first time, know the true profile of parental demand for schools of different types and the Government could allocate school places and resources fairly.

Educate Together is encouraging anybody who wants real change in Irish education to:

    •    contact the Minister for Education: ask him to change these plans and give the people what they actually want: a Fair, Transparent and Equal reconfiguration plan that will deliver truly equality-based schools all over Ireland. Write an email to the Minister or use a pre-written email template here, which you can personalise as you like.

    •    contact your local TD: tell them that, as their constituent, you want them to bring about a Fair, Transparent and Equal reconfiguration plan that will deliver truly equality-based schools all over Ireland. Write an email to your local TD or use a pre-written email template here, which you can personalise as you like.

    •    raise awareness of the #FairTransparentEqual campaign: keep an eye on Educate Together’s Facebook page and Twitter account – share our content using the hashtag #FairTransparentEqual. Download our digital support pack here to help spread the word.

    •    sign up to a local school campaign: if you live in any of the 16 reconfiguration towns around Ireland, or know anyone that does, go to www.educatetogether.ie/reconfigure-now-2017

The national office is encouraging the Educate Together school community to help change this flawed reconfiguration plan. Let us know what you think: email us [email protected]

Many thanks,

The National Office Team

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28 February 2017

Parents Assembly Friday 3rd of March.

Dear Parents,

The next parent assembly is Friday 3rd of March at 8.40am for Jun Inf-1st class & 10.40am for 2nd-6th class.

 

We look forward to seeing you all there.

17 February 2017

Mid-term break arrangements

School closed for the mid-term break from Monday 20th

 to Fri 24th February  

School re-opens at 8.30am

on Monday 27 February.

16 February 2017

Extra! Extra! read all about it!

Hogwarts Educate Together ‘Daily Prophet’ newsletter is hot off the press.  Read all about the fun literacy activities that we got up to!

LITERACY WEEK GAZETTE

14 February 2017

Walk for Water Skerries Educate Together- Thursday 16th February 2017.

Students from Skerries Educate Together National School

to “Walk for Water” in solidarity

with young people in Africa.

 

14th of February 2017

Students from Skerries Educate Together National School will “Walk for Water” in solidarity with children and teenagers across the globe who have to undertake arduous journeys every day to collect water for their families. The “Walk for Water” will take place on the 16th of February at 10.30am. The children in Seolta and the infant classes will parade outside the school as we send 1st to 6th class off on their walk. They will walk from the school to Red Island and back. This action is one of many hundreds of actions taking place around the world in the lead up to World Water Day, March 22nd 2017.

 

About Water Poverty

Did you know that, in parts of Kenya, children, especially girls, walk an average of 6kms per day to collect water, carrying up to 20 litres of water on their journey?

As a result of the time it takes to collect water, many children, especially girls, are unable to remain in school, and without education, find themselves caught in a cycle of poverty.

Often, the water collected is unclean and up to 2,000 children die every day from diseases associated with lack of access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities.

Ending the water and sanitation crisis will help break the poverty cycle, increase school attendance, and save lives.

 

About World Water Day and Water Action Month

World Water Day is held annually on March 22nd as a means of focusing attention on the need for safe, clean, water supplies and the sustainable management of fresh water resources throughout the world. Since 2016, the month of March is designated as Water Action Month – an entire month dedicated to activities and mobilisations across the globe aimed at addressing water poverty.

 

About Aidlink

Aidlink, an Irish NGO working in Kenya, Uganda and Ghana, annually organises the Walk for Water campaign with Irish Secondary Schools in the run up to World Water Day on March 22nd.

Aidlink has worked for over 30 years in the developing world to address basic human needs, including access to safe, clean water and sanitation facilities.

Aidlink emphasises the important role of water and sanitation facilities in prolonging girls’ attendance at school. In the communities where Aidlink work, the introduction of water tanks and girl-friendly latrines has had a huge impact on young girls and their ability to stay in education into their teenage years.