Balloons go up at Celbridge school

North Kildare Educate Together National School, Celbridge. Photo Tony Keane.
A north Kildare school has celebrated its twentieth anniversary.

A north Kildare school has celebrated its twentieth anniversary.

On 1 September, North KiTwenty children from the North Kildare Educate Together National School in Celbridge released 20 balloons at the school at 12 noon to mark 20 years since it opened on 1 September 1994.

Located on the Celbridge to Clane Road behind St Wolstans) the school was the first multidenominational, co-educational primary school in Co Kildare.

In its first years it used portacabins on a temporary site in Ballymakealy.

Today it caters for 240 children, including a special unit for children with autism, with 26 Teachers, 8 Special Needs Assistance, a secretary and caretaker

Principal, Rita Galvin, said it is now being extended to double capacity from 240 to 480 over the next 8 years. The extension became necessary due to the increasing population in the north Kildare area and also due to the increase in demand for places in the multidenominational sector now the fastest growing sector in the Irish Education system with some 74 Educate Together schools across the

Ms. Galvin said: “We have had many high points over the years including our permanent recognition from the Department of Education and Science, a visit by then President Mary Robinson, the opening of the Unit for Children with Autism, and our move to our new building in 2003.”

The building of Kildare’s first Educate Together secondary School has been approved for the Celbridge area and investigations of suitable sites for the building are currently under way with opening planned for September 2015.

“This will be another milestone in the provision of choice to parents with respect to their children’s education.