Bremore Educate Together Secondary School opened its doors for the first time on Monday 29th of August, welcoming its first intake of 40 students who will begin to set the standards and ethos for the students that come after them as the school builds towards an ultimate capacity of 1,000.
The school has partnered with Trinity College's 'Bridge 21' programme which draws on expertise from some of the tech giants operating in Ireland to research and deliver, up-to-the-minute technology and teaching methods to the classroom.
There was a media frenzy both in and outside the building with both television presenters and local newspapers present. The excitment around the school was evident!
Sandra Irwin-Gowran, Educate Together, Education & Support Programme Manager welcomed the Parents Students and Friends to the school, she then introduced Educate Together CEO Paul Row who said he was very excited about the opening of Bremore ETSS. He told the audience "This is a big step forward for the very large number of parents who send their children to Educate Together National School. We have two very large Educate Together Schools here in Balbriggan and we're absolutely delighted to be able to provide a really excellent child centered ethical educational environment for the secondary education of the children. We're very impressed by the high quality team that have come to work here in the school. This will be a path finding, innovative secondary school and it is really going to serve the people of Balbriggan for a very long time to come"
Principal Kathy Jones welcomed the students and Parents to the school, saying 'Our school is like the beginning of a painting on a big canvas. We have our design brief, it places the student at its center. Our students, teachers and parents are the artists, we will provide them with their tools, the pallet is as bright as our school logo! It is my hope that we paint a happy, vibrant, welcoming school, one where every student feels a real sense of belonging. I want to acknowledge the efforts of everyone who has contributed to this milestone - thank you!'
Check out the gallery for photos of the day.