Ed­u­cate To­gether pe­ti­tions for new North Wick­low secondary school

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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.

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