Goatstown Educate Together Secondary School welcomed its first ever group of students this week. The school, temporarily based in the Old Notre Dame Building in Churchtown, saw an enthusiastic bunch of young people make history as the first students of the 19th Educate Together secondary school in Ireland.
First Year Coordinator, Jennifer Egan, described the day as “historic and filled with excitement as proud parents took pictures of the students beside the Goatstown ETSS sign. A moment which will be cherished forever”.
Small numbers allow the students to experience an almost pre Covid-19 education. One student mentioned “I like having a smaller class. At times, in larger classes, students don’t always get the help and attention they need”. Another student commented, “I like the smaller classes because I find it easier to make friends”. Goatstown ETSS is led by an experienced principal and teacher of 28 years, Jonathan Browner, who said “A new school is an exciting place to work – to lead from the very start is a huge privilege”.
A site for the permanent home of the new school, at the Irish Bottle Recreation Site in Goatstown, has been purchased by the Department of Education and Skills. It is hoped that the school will move to prefabs on the permanent site during 2021. Admissions for entry for the academic year 2021/22 opens on Monday, October 5th. This process can be accessed on the school’s temporary website www.goatstownetss.ie from then.