What is an Educate Together School?
Educate Together schools are a specific type of state-funded primary school in Ireland. They are a part of the National School System as it was founded in 1831 and operate under the same National School curriculum as all other Primary Schools in the State. What makes them different is their ethos which is that all Educate Together schools are to be multi-denominational, co-educational, child-centered and democratically run.
For more information you can visit the Educate Together website at www.educatetogether.ie.
When do I need to enrol my child and how do I get him/her on the waiting list?
School enrolment is a continuous process, there is no set date when enrollment forms have to be sent in so you can apply for a place in the school for your child anytime from the day they are born and they will be put on the waiting list for the appropriate year. This list works on a first-come, first-served basis so places will be offered based on the order children appear on the enrolment list.
What is the catchment area of the school?
There is no catchment area for Greystones Educate Together, the school is open to any child with the only pre-requisite being our policy of first-come, first-served.
Is religion taught in the school?
In an Educate Together school, the daily period of time normally set aside for religious education is used to deliver our Ethical Education Curriculum. This programme is called the “Learn Together” curriculum and is published by Educate Together. It seeks to explore and explain the major belief systems in the world in an educational manner, teaching the children about these faiths and beliefs without endorsing any particular one.
What if I want my child to receive preparation for Holy Communion?
In addition to offering the “Learn Together” programme, the Board of Management will enable any group of parents who wish to use the facilities of the school outside school hours to organise specific doctrinal instruction classes. Roman Catholic sacramental preparation for example is often made available in these out-of-hours programmes.
Can I come and visit the school?
If you would like to make an appointment to come and see the school you can contact our Enrolment Oficer: firstname.lastname@example.org.