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Educate Together Network News October 2014

News, Blogs and Training Opportunities
from Educate Together - October 2014
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Six new primary schools and three secondary schools are now in their first month of operation and we wish all the new students well for the coming term. With the 2014 new schools openings over, we're already looking forward to 2015. In this issue, find out more about the reassignment process in fourteen areas around the country, read about the early days of Educate Together and check out volunteering opportunities in Meath, Laois, Galway, Mayo and Dublin. 
Education Minister Visits Ballymakenny College
On Thursday 2 October, Jan O'Sullivan TD, Minister for Education and Skills, visited Ballymakenny College in Drogheda. Louth Meath ETB and Educate Together are joint patrons of the College which opened in August. Read more here
Celbridge Second-Level Meeting
Almost 200 people attended a public information meeting on Celbridge Community School on September 18. Celbridge Community School will open under the joint patronage of Kildare and Wicklow ETB and Educate Together in 2015. Enrol here
School Patronage Reassignment
Over 96 per cent of schools in Ireland are denominational (religion or faith based) and this is not a true reflection of the Irish population. Educate Together are now opening schools in areas where there is demand from parents. Read more about patronage reassignment here
'Creating ... a revolution in our schools'
Katherine Donnelly of the Irish Independent recently wrote an insightful piece on Educate Together's move into second-level education. Read her article here
Galway Educate Together Second-level Startup
To promote the campaign for a second-level Educate Together in Galway, Galway Educate Together Second Level Startup group has entered a great 2-minute video in the national Better Together video competition. Watch and vote for the video here
Educate Together Supports Amendment of Rule 68
Educate Together welcomes Minister Jan O'Sullivan's intention to amend Rule 68 of a 50-year-old directive to primary schools that states 'of all the parts of a school curriculum Religious Instruction is by far the most important'. More here. 
Data Protection in Schools
Educate Together is involved in a new website that offers sector specific guidance to assist schools in the area of data protection legislation and provides examples, model policies, codes of practice and useful links to other resources. 
'It doesn’t matter what you call it, what’s important is what it means.
Rody Ryan, one of the founders and former Chairperson of the North Dublin National School Project, recently visited us in the national office and spoke about his experiences setting up the school in the early 1980s. Here
DUBLIN Educate Together is seeking patron nominees for Malahide/Portmarnock ETNS. More here. 

GALWAY  Educate Together is seeking patron nominees for Knocknacarra ETNS. More here

Educate Together is seeking patron nominees for Newtownwhite ETNS. More here

MEATH  Educate Together is seeking patron nominees for Trim ETNS. More 

PORTLAOISE  Educate Together is currently seeking a Patron Nominee for the Board of Management for Portlaoise Educate Together N.S. The role description can be found here and application form here
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Board of Management

Patron Nominees:
Liam Friel (Chair)
Lynnea Connolly

School Principal:
Catherine Sadlier

Staff Nominee:
Laura Kavanagh

Parent Nominee:
Barbara Campbell
Stefan Schulmeistrat

Community Nominee:

Laura McAleavey

Patron Nomminee:

John Callahan

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