Wednesday 20 March 2019

New Educate Together secondary school open

John Manning

A year on from the intended opening date, Malahide Portmarock Educate Together Secondary School is now up and running and open for learning.

Malahide Portmarnock ETSS opened in the Riasc Centre, Feltrim Road, Kinsealy, County Dublin. The school opening, initially due in 2017, was postponed due to the difficulties in sourcing adequate accommodation.

Aoife Kelly-Gibson was appointed Principal of the school in 2016.

The new school's principal said: 'This is a very exciting time, the beginning of a new journey in education and the introduction of a long awaited Educate Together Secondary School in this area.

'Our team is coming to us with a wealth of teaching experience from Ireland, the UK, the Middle East and Australia.'

Aoife added: 'We are delighted to have them all on board.

'Our curriculum will provide students with a wide variety of learning experiences and opportunities, to grow and develop their skills and knowledge.'

This last week saw the opening of three brand new Educate Together secondary schools in Dublin, including the one for Malahide and Portmarnock.

Educate Together was granted patronage of all these schools after a process to ascertain parental preference so this week is especially meaningful to all the parents and supporters that campaigned so effectively.

After a year's delay in finding a site for the school, it was confirmed back in March that the Malahide Portmarnock Educate Together Secondary School will be able to open this September but the school's temporary site is not located in either Malahide or Portmarnock, but in Swords.

The school opening, initially due in 2017, was postponed due to the difficulties in sourcing adequate accommodation.

Aoife Kelly-Gibson, Principal of Malahide Portmarnock ETSS said at the announecment of the temporary site for the school, back in March: 'I am delighted to be in a position to announce the temporary location for Malahide Portmarnock ETSS. It's been a long road to this point but now that we have a base we can continue to establish what I believe will be a fantastic school and a great asset to the community it serves.

'I look forward to welcoming our new teachers, our parents and most of all, our brand new students who will be joining us on this exciting journey.'

Last Monday, the school principal got to do just that and now the school is looking to the future.

Gerry McKevitt, school manager of Malahide Portmarnock ETSS, said: 'I would like to commend Aoife and the school community of Malahide Portmarnock ETSS for their patience and resilience during the last year while we sought accommodation for the school. We are grateful to the management and staff at the Riasc Centre for their co-operation.'

Educate Together also have a primary school for the Malahide Portmarnock area, currently temporarily located in Kinsealy.

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