New prin­ci­pal for New­town school

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By MYLES BUCHANAN

DR Ni­cola Martin Hod­gins has been an­nounced as the first Prin­ci­pal of New­town­moun­tkennedy Ed­u­cate To­gether Na­tional School.

She re­places Gemma Curry, the pre­vi­ously an­nounced prin­ci­pal, who was un­able to take up to role due to other com­mit­ments.

Dr Martin Hod­gins is a ded­i­cated pri­mary teacher with over 18 years ex­pe­ri­ence, a psy­chol­o­gist and Doc­tor of Ed­u­ca­tion and a spe­cial­ist in lead­ing child­hood well­be­ing and re­silience in­ter­ven­tions at school. She has held roles as a main­stream teacher, Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion Co-or­di­na­tor, As­sis­tant Prin­ci­pal and Act­ing Deputy Prin­ci­pal.

Ed­u­cate To­gether is de­lighted to an­nounce Dr Martin Hod­gins as Prin­ci­pal of New­town­moun­tkennedy Ed­u­cate To­gether Na­tional School.

She will lead the school com­mu­nity in their new school that will open in the Wick­low town this Au­gust.

‘My joy of in­still­ing a love of lifelong learn­ing in chil­dren is cou­pled only by my en­thu­si­asm for stim­u­lat­ing the child’s in­quir­ing mind us­ing holis­tic teach­ing ap­proaches such as en­quiry-based learn­ing, drama, mind­ful­ness and ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing,’ said the in­com­ing prin­ci­pal.

‘My vision is driven by the Aris­totelian con­cept that “ed­u­cat­ing the mind with­out ed­u­cat­ing the heart is no ed­u­ca­tion at all” and I am both de­lighted and priv­i­leged to be ap­pointed Prin­ci­pal of New­town­moun­tkennedy Ed­u­cate To­gether Na­tional School. I look for­ward to work­ing to­gether to cul­ti­vate a wel­com­ing, stim­u­lat­ing, car­ing and thriv­ing school for all. A learn­ing com­mu­nity that not only nur­tures the holis­tic devel­op­ment of each child but cel­e­brates the Ed­u­cate To­gether ethos of em­pow­er­ing demo­crat­i­cally run, equal­ity-based, co-ed­u­ca­tional, child-cen­tered ed­u­ca­tion.’

Anne Gre­gory, Chair of the school’s start-up group, has also welcomed the appointmen­t.

‘We are de­lighted to wel­come Ni­cola as our Prin­ci­pal. Her rep­u­ta­tion as a teacher pre­cedes her and we are sure she will be a tremen­dous leader of our school com­mu­nity as it grows and de­vel­ops,’ she said.

The new school with open up in New­town­moun­tkennedy in tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion on Thursday, Au­gust 29.

The Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills is com­plet­ing the ac­qui­si­tion of a site for the school with con­struc­tion scheduled to com­mence on the state of the art build­ing in the com­ing years.

Dr Ni­cola Martin Hod­gins.

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