Parents to vote on patronage for new gaelscoil for Saggart-Rathcoole

by Gary Ibbotson
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The Minister for Education has designated the new primary school in Saggart-Rathcoole-Newcastle as a gaelscoil.

The online patronage process system (OPPS) opens this week and parental preference will help determine the new-school patron.

Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board (DDLETB) have applied to the Department of Education and Skills to be patron of the new gaelscoil due to open in Saggart-Rathcoole-Newcastle in September 2020 and which will have eight class rooms.

The state’s Community National School (CNS) model is the only school model that has been developed in the 21st Century.

“DDLETB has an outstanding track record working with the Citywest/Saggart community.

“Our schools, Citywest & Saggart CNS and Scoil Aoife CNS, are pillars of the local community and we want local families to reflect on our commitment here when they decide on the management of their new Gaelscoil,” said DDLETB patronage officer David McGuinness.

“We currently have four gaelcholáistí across Dublin.

“What will not surprise anyone in Saggart to Newcastle is that our schools prioritise Excellence in Education, Equality, Community and Multi-denominational education.

“Our schools are also technologically advanced that are designed to prepare students for the many diverse needs of a modern society,” added McGuinness,

“Parents do not need to be concerned about their level of proficiency in the Irish language.

“Their children will be immersed in Gaeilge through a process known as tumoideachas.

“We also support parents through after-school classes and bilingual school communications such as school newsletters and Classdojo updates,” added McGuinness.

“Voting is open to all families, living within the outlined area the attached map, who have children under 5 years of age.

“The Department of Education and Skills will soon open an online portal where parents can express their preference.

“We are asking parents to visit to register for information on the new school,” concluded McGuinness.

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