Demand for DET school increases

EIGHTY-TWO children have been pre-enrolled in the proposed Dundalk Educate Together (DET) primary school to date.

EIGHTY-TWO children have been pre-enrolled in the proposed Dundalk Educate Together (DET) primary school to date.

According to DET, the numbers indicate that there is a strong demand for a multi-denominational primary school in Dundalk.

DET launched its pre-enrollment list on October 23 last in the Imperial Hotel, Dundalk and achieved a subscription of 47 names on the day.

Since the launch DET have increased the number of prospective students on their list by a further 35 bringing their current tally to 82.

Thirty of those pre-enrolled are ready to begin school in September 2011. Fifteen of these are registered to start as junior infants with a further seven prepared to begin as senior infants at the same time.

Of the 36 national schools in the Dundalk area (as listed on the Dept of Education & Skills website) 34 are sponsored by the Catholic Church, one is run by the Presbyterian Church and the Church of Ireland is patron of the one other.

The members of DET believe that in a modern society people in Dundalk deserve the option of a “more inclusive model”.

Educate Together spokesperson Gerry McKevitt said: “Eighty-two registrations is a credit to the effort put in by the members of Dundalk Educate Together and is a great achievement for the local start-up group.”

Pre-enrolment forms are now available to download from the website www.dundalkeducatetogether.com or by request from dundalkeducatetogether@gmail.com.

To secure a place on the list for a child, the forms should be completed and signed by the parent or guardian and posted to the address on the form.

Registration of a child on the pre-enrolment list gives parents the option without any obligation to send their child to the school when it opens.

Jennifer Purcell, Secretary of Dundalk Educate Together said: “We plan to continue to lobby for an Educate Together school by raising awareness of our campaign.