New Educate Together secondary school opens

By Aideen O'Flaherty 

THE NEW Firhouse Educate Together Secondary School officially opened last week, when a cohort of First Year students crossed the threshold as the first students of the new school, which is currently housed in temporary accommodation in Firhouse Educate Together National School.

As reported in The Echo last June, the Department of Education has acquired a 17-acre site on the Ballycullen Road for the development of a permanent school building for Firhouse Educate Together Secondary School, however planning permission has not yet been obtained.

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Principal Claire Matthews and Deputy Principal Frank Milling with students and parents 

At full capacity the multi-denominational school will be able to accommodate 1,000 pupils.

At the opening of the school on Monday (August 27), principal Claire Matthews said: “We are incredibly excited to be opening Firhouse Educate Together Secondary School.

“It is such a special day for the community in Firhouse and everybody that supports the Educate Together ethos.

“We are a listening and learning school community, passionate about the education of our young people to ensure that they have the knowledge, understanding, skills and values to best support them to be happy and healthy as they navigate their 21st Century world.

“Our school motto is ‘Be Your Best Self’ which serves as a reminder that we all have a role to play in building a school community that reflects our shared values, honouring the relationships we have with each other to support our students to flourish personally and academically.”

Enrolment for first year students for the 2019/2020 academic year is now open, more details can be found on the school’s website www.firhouseetss.ie

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