Planned Co Dublin Colleges Seeks Parents' Input

The deadline for expressions of interest from parents for a development of proposed new multi-denominational, co-educational and fully inclusive community colleges has been extended.

County Dublin Vocational Education Committee, (VEC) has confirmed it will apply for patronage of the five community colleges in Lusk, Mulhuddart, Blanchardstown West, Dundrum and Balbriggan.

The leading education provider is calling on parents to express their interest in these modern new post-primary schools and has already held several public meetings with large attendances by parents in these areas.

They said they would offer the highest educational standards as well as excellent amenities and facilities.

In the County Dublin VEC area, a new post-primary school is scheduled to open in Lusk in 2013 and the further four post-primary schools will be opened in 2014.

The schools for Dundrum and Balbriggan will be Gaelcholaisti which teach through the Irish language.

The Department of Education and Skills has designated these locations as priority areas for new post-primary schools.

It has also extended the deadline for parents to express their interest into February 2012, however all interested parents are strongly urged to express their interest immediately in the proposed new schools.

Under the patronage of County Dublin VEC, Community Colleges and Gaelcholaisti are State operated multidenominational and co-educational schools with a community based ethos of inclusivity and the highest educational standards. They also offer an excellent sports curriculum and many other amenities and facilities backed up by state-of-the-art technology and systems.

Parents interested in their children attending the new colleges or Gaelcholaisti in the above areas should express their interest now.

Dr. Marie Griffin, Chief Executive, County Dublin VEC, urged interested parents to express their interest to the VEC and to make their views known within the community.

"Our blueprint for these schools is based on our depth of experience in establishing and managing state-of-the-art Community Colleges throughout County Dublin.

"It's also based on our Education Plan 2009-13 and our Ten Point Plan for these new schools, the most recent of which has been the opening of Donabate Community College.

"Most importantly, community based school development must centre around the future education needs of our young people. Our schools are inclusive, co-educational and multi-denominational and offer a high quality educational experience that reflects modern day needs and changes in society," she said.

"County Dublin VEC patronage of these new Community Colleges will support and encourage the involvement of parents, teachers, elected representatives and primary school interests as the key influencers of the college's future ethos and direction.

"Most importantly, it will equip our young people with the life skills and academic background that they will need for the future."


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