By Dan Walsh
Three weeks ago, Minister for Education and Skills, Norma Foley TD, announced that Gorey would be getting a long awaited and much needed new, state of the art secondary school next year.
The Department of Education has handed the decision as to who would run this school to parents; the parents in the area – and hinterland – who have children in 2nd to 6th class in local primary schools.
CEIST, Waterford and Wexford ETB, and Educate Together have put their names forward to seek patronage of the new school.
Last evening, in line of course with government health advice and restrictions, a virtual Open Evening for parents in Gorey was held by CEIST.
Clare Ryan CEO of one of the Educational Trust’s (CEIST) hoping to run the new school told WexfordLocal.com; “We were completely blown away by the level of interest in the kind of high quality, state of the art Catholic secondary school we are seeking to offer to the town. The support has come through the local primary schools obviously and we are grateful to the principals and teachers, parents and young people who are behind our efforts. The local clergy have also been marvellous. Parents want the kind of superb school our Trust are offering and they are taking their role as arbiters of this decision for the town extremely seriously. It was incredibly heartening to be part of it.”
CEIST is patron of 107 Catholic post primary schools and co-patron of 34 Community schools and Community Colleges.
Ferns Diocesan Secretary Fr John Carroll said: “What we want parents to do now is simply exercise their vote; every vote counts and every vote matters. From our perspective here in the Diocese the worst thing would be if parents said – after the fact – that they hadn’t heard about it, or didn’t realise they had the choice in this; that would be a terrible tragedy really and unworthy of the current Department of Education’s patronage process. So, I’d be encouraging every eligible parent to get out and vote; do your research, go to the various websites of the various patrons and see what resonates with you and your family. Think also what’s best for the town into the future.”
For more information of CEIST’s bid, go to www.ceist.ie where you’ll also find a link to vote. You’ll need your Eircode and your child’s PPS number.”