Ed­u­cate To­gether opens in New­town

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By BRENDAN KEANE

THERE were scenes of great ex­cite­ment in New town mound kennedy last week as pupils at­tend­ing the new Ed­u­cate To­gether pri­mary school cre­ated their own bit of his­tory.

The school opened in a tem­po­rary lo­ca­tion op­po­site the towns com­mu­nity cen­tre in Kil­mac­ul­lagh, New town mount kennedy, on Thurs­day.

With nine pupils en­rolled on its books at the mo­ment and with Prin­ci­pal, Dr Ni­cola Martin-Hod­gins, tak­ing on a teach­ing-prin­ci­pal role the school can of­fer a high level of ed­u­ca­tion to its pupils.

Speak­ing to this news­pa­per Ms Martin-Hod­gins said she is very ex­cited about the prospects for the school and its po­ten­tial to grow over the com­ing years.

Ini­tially, she will be joined by staff mem­ber Eithne Kennedy and said it’s ex­cit­ing to be part of a first-time school setup.

With a com­pre­hen­sive back­ground in teach­ing Ms Martin-Hod­gins said she is look­ing for­ward to help­ing the chil­dren de­velop in a stim­u­lat­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

She also praised the par­ents for being very sup­port­ive and also mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity in­clud­ing the man­age­ment and staff in the lo­cal com­mu­nity cen­tre.

‘We ser­vice all around Wick­low and it’s a very ex­cit­ing time,’ Ms Martin-Hod­gins said.

‘We are start­ing small on a tem­po­rary site but we will be planning on grow­ing the school over the com­ing years and I have no doubt that it will grow,’ she added.

‘I feel very for­tu­nate to be in this sit­u­a­tion as a prin­ci­pal.’

She said the long term plan is to ac­quire a site to de­velop a per­ma­nent school build­ing and open­ing the school is a first step on the road to that ob­jec­tive.

‘I feel you have to look at so­lu­tions to chal­lenges that come up and it wasn’t easy to get this school set up for open­ing day but we got there and the fu­ture is very promis­ing,’ she said.

The school opens at 8.35 a.m. and the work be­gins at 8.45 a,m.

She said the school fully em­braces the ed­u­cate to­gether ethos which is based around em­pow­er­ing demo­crat­i­cally run, equal­ity based, co-ed­u­ca­tional, child cen­tred ed­u­ca­tion.

To find out more about the school con­tact Ms Martin-Hod­gins di­rectly on [email protected]

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