Educate Together petitions for new North Wicklow secondary school
PARENTS and supporters of both Bray School Project and Greystones Educate Together came out in their droves last Thursday to sign a petition for a new Educate Together Secondary school.
Both primary schools, the Greystones one only having opened on September 1, are multi-denominational, with their committees encouraging an alternative to the traditional religious educational model.
Two signing sessions during the day at Bray School Project yielded 200 signatures, while almost every parent and plenty of other community members went along to Greystones Educate Together that evening to add their names to the campaign.
A member of staff in the Bray school said that the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. She said that everyone who was approached agreed immediately to sign the form.
She added, however, that this is the first step in what is expected to be a very long battle.
‘Anyone who wishes to have an alternative type of education for their families should get on board,’ she said, explaining that the facility would be available to more than those currently attending multi-denominational schools in the area.
She explained that there is no site in mind at the present time, nor a particular town as long as the school would be accessible to people in north Wicklow. She concluded that what is being sought at the moment is a commitment from Government to begin the process necessary to get the project off the ground.
Cassia and Jo Murphy signing the petition at Bray School Project.
ABOVE LEFT: Petition signing at Bray School Project – (from left) Joe Murphy, Rachel Kerskers, Janet Owen, Mary Dillon, Laura Burrows; (front) Claudia Dillon and Shana Burrows; ABOVE RIGHT: Petition signing at Greystones Educate Together – Jessica Bird, Eve and Christopher McCaughey, Cllr Caroline Burrell, Cllr Derek Mitchell, Cllr Tom Fortune and Garrett Phelan.