GET2LS AGM 2015

GET2LS will be holding its 2015 Annual General Meeting at 8pm on Friday, June 12th in GETNS, Newcastle.

If you have already filled out an expression of interest form, are a parent of a child attending an Educate Together school in Galway, or are just interested in finding out more, we’d love if you could attend.

At the meeting we’ll give an update on our activities for past 12 months. These include:

  • preparing a 10-year analysis of enrolment figures for primary and post-primary schools in Galway;
  • holding separate meetings with Minister Jan O’Sullivan and the Forward Planning Unit of the Department of Education and Skills;
  • informing directors of services in Galway City and County Councils about our campaign;
  • presenting at the Humanist Association of Ireland’s 2014 education conference;
  • increasing awareness of the GET2LS campaign by winning the national Better Together video competition with a video created to promote our cause;
  • increasing awareness of the GET2LS campaign through social media, radio, and national and local newspapers;
  • increasing awareness of the GET2LS campaign through running a “My Dream Secondary School” essay and art competition;
  • ensuring continued compliance with the Governance Code for the Community and Voluntary Sector;
  • gathering expressions of interest covering 200 additional children. This means that in total we have now collected 1,077 expressions of interest from parents who would like their child to attend an Educate Together post-primary school in Galway.
  • We are very interested in hearing your views on the GET2LS campaign so if you have any questions or issues you’d to raise you can do so on the night or you can contact us beforehand by replying to this email.

Click here to view minutes from the 2014 AGM.

Finally, we would be delighted to welcome additional members to the committee so if you are interesting in supporting this exciting campaign please let us know via our contact form/email or at the AGM itself.

Hope to see you there!

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My Dream Secondary School Competition Results

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A big thank you to all the pupils from the Educate Together primary schools in Galway city and county, who participated in the My Dream Secondary School Art and Essay-writing Competition and, of course, not forgetting the parents and guardians who supported the children in their wonderful artistic work.

Míle buíochas to the teachers who creatively incorporated the competition into their curricula; no doubt your enthusiasm and commitment helped fuel the same in the children.

We at the Galway Educate Together 2nd Level Start-up group would also like to extend our gratitude to our prize sponsors:  Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Cregal Art and Powell’s Art and Music Shop.

We are also very grateful to our fantastic judges,Bernie Crawford, John Hearne and Frank Sanford, who did very detailed and professional assessments for us, all on a voluntary basis.

Award Winning Art Under 9 Yrs

Award Winning Art Over 9 Yrs

Award Winning Essays Under 9 Yrs

1st Prize 2nd Prize Joint 2nd Prize Joint 3rd Prize

Award Winning Essays Over 9 Yrs

1st Prize Joint 1st Prize Joint 2nd Prize 3rd Prize Joint 3rd Prize Joint 3rd Prize Joint

Click through to see the rest of our wonderful entries and the comments from our Judges…

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My Dream Secondary School Competition

My Dream Secondary School Competition Poster

Click here to download the Competition Entry and Parental Consent Form

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GET2LS Wins At Better Together Video Competition

Last night GET2LS won the volunteer category of the Better Together video competition!

The ceremony took place in Dublin Castle, where the winners in each category were announced following a great speech from Joe Schmidt.

In a very glitzy venue on a very large screen the hundreds of people who were present watched the GET2LS video below in full and gave it a huge applause.

We are sincerely grateful to all those who made this win possible. In particular, we would like to thank the wonderfully confident and articulate children who participated in the video, the staff of Kilcolgan ETNS who facilitated filming, Frank Delaney for producing the video, the GET2LS committee for promoting the video and … all of you for voting and sharing (again and again!).

Today we celebrate, but next week we’ll be back to work striving to achieve our ultimate aim … an Educate Together Second Level School in Galway!

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GET2LS In Galway Advertiser

GETLS were mentioned in the Galway Advertiser today concerning our entry in the Better Together competition. You can view the full issue the clipping came from here.

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GET2LS on Flirt FM

GET2LS were speaking to Galways Flirt FM today about our groups mission to get a Second Level Educate Together for Galway and about our Better Together video entry.

@get2ls Galway Educate Together 2nd Level School – Startup Group Speak to newsfeed by Flirtnewsfeed on Mixcloud

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GET2LS Enters Better Together Competition

We have entered a video promoting our campaign in the Better Together competition. We believe that if we can achieve a very high number of votes for this video (or perhaps even win!) we can use this as further evidence of how much support there is for an Educate Together second-level school in Galway.

The link at which you can cast your (daily!) vote is: http://www.bettertogether.ie/video/galway-educate-together-second-level-school-start-group

The voting period for this competition runs from September 25th – November 21st 2014. During this period we are asking our supporters to do 2 things:

1. Vote once a day every day – voting takes only a few seconds.

2. Ask your extended family, friends, colleagues and other contacts to vote by emailing them the link below and sharing the link on your Facebook page.

Voting is not limited to those who have children who are hoping to attend an Educate Together second-level school in Galway. Rather, anyone anywhere who supports our campaign is invited to vote.

Thank you very much in advance for your support. We strongly believe that if we work together we can achieve an Educate Together second-level school for all our children in Galway.

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GET2LS AGM 2014

GET2LS will be holding its 2014 annual general meeting at 8pm on Monday, June 16th in GETNS, Newcastle. If you have already filled out an expression of interest form, are a parent of a child attending an Educate Together school in Galway, or are just interested in finding out more, we’d love if you could attend.

At the meeting we’ll give an update on our activities for past 12 months. These include:

  • preparing a submission for the Minister for Education and Skills and the Department of Education arguing for an Educate Together post-primary school for Galway. This submission was largely based on a demographic analysis of relevant census data conducted by Dr. Valerie Ledwith for the GET2LS campaign;
  • meeting with Paul Rowe, CEO of Educate Together, to discuss and advance our campaign;
  • liaising with and learning from committee members of other ET start-up groups;
  • promoting our campaign through information stands held in local shopping centres;
  • increasing awareness of the GET2LS campaign on social and other media;
  • ensuring our continued compliance with the Governance Code for the Community and Voluntary Sector;
  • gathering expressions of interest covering over 300 additional children. This means that in total we have now collected over 900 expressions of interest from parents who would like their child to attend an Educate Together post-primary school in Galway.

We are very interested in hearing your views on the GET2LS campaign so if you have any questions or issues you’d to raise you can do so on the night.

Finally, we would be delighted to welcome additional members to the committee so if you are interesting in helping advance this exciting campaign please let us know either by email or at the AGM itself.

Hope to see you there!

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Department of Education Announce 5 New Educate Together Secondary Schools

Fantastic news as Department of Education announce 5 new Educate Together Secondary schools, us next please.

BREAKING NEWS this morning: Government announces new Educate Together post-primary schools in CORK, KILDARE, WICKLOW and DUBLIN.

– 5 new Educate Together schools opening in 2015/2016
– increasing demand for this innovative model of education
– importance of parental choice in education recognised

More Details: http://www.educatetogether.ie/media/national-news/new-secondary-schools

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Primary Times

The latest issue of Primary Times magazine has a nice piece about our campaign and the growing demand for an Educate Together second level school in Galway.

You can read the article on page 7 of the issue linked here, or you check it out below.

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