an open meeting is to be held in the Parish Centre in Kildare Town on Monday September 26 at 7.30pm to discuss the possibility of securing a new community national school for the town.
Marianne Henry, Principal of Piper’s Hill Community National School will be one of the speakers, while Sean Ashe, CEO of Kildare VEC will explain how the schools are operated under its patronage.
Speaking in advance of the information evening, Marianne Henry said, “our school, Piper’s Hill Community National School, Naas opened in September last year and in a single year we have increased the number of our students from 6 – 57 which clearly shows there is a demand for this model of primary level education. Indeed, census figures indicate that our birth rate is increasing and we must plan for the future accordingly by offering inclusive, multi belief, education programmes for our children. ”
CEO of Kildare VEC, Sean Ashe said, “current providers in the catchment area do not provide co-educational, multi denominational belief nurturing within the school day. We have had a number of submissions from parents wishing to have their child educated within their own belief system and we firmly believe that diversity and respect for children of other beliefs allows for greater understanding, equality and respect. That said, if a parent does not wish their child to be part of any belief nurturing programme that too is respected and is an essential part of the Community National School model.
Application forms and teaching staff will be available to everybody on the night. Log on to www.kildarevec.ie/kildarecns for more details.