New school de­light for Grey­stones kids

Bray People - - News - Paula BURNS

THERE WERE many happy faces last Mon­day as two new schools opened in Grey­stones.

The ea­gerly awaited Ed­u­cate To­gether School and Gael Scoil opened their doors to a new term for Grey­stones stu­dents for the first time.

The two na­tional schools are a wel­come ad­di­tion to the town and their open­ing has been praised by many lo­cal politi­cians and res­i­dents.

There are 44 Ed­u­cate To­gether Schools in Ire­land with 12 new schools, in­clud­ing Grey­stones, open­ing this Septem­ber.

The school holds a hu­man rights and equal­ity ap­proach to re­li­gion and cul­tural is­sues and its open minded ap­proach is a favourite with many Grey­stones par­ents. Cur­rently there are 45 stu­dents en­rolled with four teach­ers.

‘We have worked very hard for the past year to get where we are and it is a very sat­is­fy­ing feel­ing to see the doors open to­day and all the happy young faces com­ing into the school,’ said Jes­sica Bird School Man­ager for Grey­stones.

At the Gael Scoil that is sit­u­ated just next door, there was just as much ex­cite­ment. This is a slightly smaller school with just 26 stu­dents cur­rently en­rolled with two teach­ers.

‘ This event which marks an­other stage in the de­vel­op­ment of the town of Grey­stones is very his­toric as I doubt that any other town in Ire­land would see two new schools open­ing on the one day,’ said Mayor Coun­cil­lor Ge­orge Jones.

He paid a warm trib­ute to the par­ents and vol­un­tary com­mit­tee mem­bers who came to­gether only last year to lobby for ad­di­tional choices in the ed­u­ca­tional op­tions in Grey­stones.

Mayor Jones said, ‘Th­ese two new schools will aug­ment the pri­mary sec­tor of the area who up to now have been very well served by the man­age­ment and staff of St. Lau­rence’s, St Kevin’s, St Pa­trick’s, St Brigid’s and Del­gany NS and he wished all seven pri­mary schools suc­cess in the years ahead.’

Ju­nior In­fants, Se­nior In­fants and First Class with their teacher at the new Ed­u­cate To­gether school in Grey­tones.

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