At 8PM on Friday May 10th, in GETNS Newcastle, GET2LS will be holding its annual general meeting for 2013.
If you’ve already filled out an expression of interest form, are a parent of any 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 the year including:
- Developing a website and online expression of interest registration system
- Promoting our objective of a Galway Educate Together Secondary School through a variety of local and other media
- Promoting our campaign through information stands held in local shopping centres
- Gaining public support for our campaign from many Galway politicians – see their letters of support on our website
- Ensuring that our group meets very high standards of governance by adopting The Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charity sector
- Participating in and contributing to various Educate Together initiatives at a national level
- Gathering expressions of interest covering over 600 children whose parents who would like their child to attend an Educate Together Secondary School in Galway.
We’ll also be seeking your feedback so if you have any questions or issues you’d to raise you can do so on the night or contact us beforehand by using out contact form.
Hope to see you there!
Tuam and Loughrea may be getting ET primary schools according a new report from the Minister for Education & Skills. The report indicates that 23 towns will see change in the patronage of primary schools. This is based on parental preference which is a huge vote of confidence for Educate Together. You can see the announcement here and the full report here.
There is no doubt that an increased number of ET primary schools in Galway will give even more weight to our call for an ET second level school.
In recent weeks GET2LS has been reaching out to local politicians to gain their assistance in moving our campaign forward.
You can check out the many letters of support we have received on our political support page.
The following parliamentary question was also submitted by Noel Grealish TD:
Addressed to the Minister for Education & Skills (Mr. Ruairi Quinn)
By: Deputy Noel Grealish
To ask the Minister for Education & Skills, given that there are currently 500 children in Galway attending Educate Together Primary Schools and these numbers are set to increase significantly in the coming years has the Minister any plans to provide a post-primary Educate Together School in Galway and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Parents in Blanchardstown West and Drogheda have welcomed the announcement that Educate Together second-level schools are to be opened in their areas. In a historic move, Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn, announced today that Educate Together will be involved in the patronage of two of the 14 new second-level schools planned to open in 2013 and 2014. Find out more on the main Educate Together website and on the Labour Party website
Let’s hope Galway can follow them in the years to come and announce our very own second level Educate Together school. Don’t forget to fill out our expression of interest form so we can make this happen!
Primary times, the magazine for parents, pupils and teachers in the primary school sector across the UK and Ireland, has just posted some news about our group, check it out here.
The Galway City Tribune recently published an article about our launch:
After coming together in the last few months the Galway Educate Together 2nd Level School Startup Group has launched. It is made up of parents from all three of Galway’s existing Educate Together primary schools in Claregalway, Kilcolgan, and Newcastle.