The Canal Way ET story by Ivana Bacik and Henri McKervey

As Dublin 8 parents playing the school-waiting-list waiting game, we were only too familiar with the huge demand for multi-denominational school places. We each had a child due to begin Junior Infants in 2010. However, the combined waiting list of the two local multi-denominational schools was approximately 500 children!

The school that will open as Canal Way ET NS began as a conversation over a coffee just before Christmas 2009. We had the first official meeting of 'Canal Way Multi Denominational School' in Ivana's kitchen in January 2010, and it was clear from that first meeting that there were plenty of parents out there who were as frustrated by the lack of multi-denominational school places as we were. We established a committee as a result of that first meeting and began to get ourselves organised. Innocently, we thought that just by demonstrating demand a new school would be recognised in time for September 2010! At times we have both sought recognition for a new school on a stand-alone basis and looked for a transformation from an existing Catholic school.

We became affiliated to our patron body Educate Together almost immediately and they - particularly Amy Mulvihill and Paul Rowe - have always been a huge support and source of information and advice.

It's been a busy few years since then. We've held events attended by well over a thousand people in total, we've fundraised, we've campaigned, we've had volunteers dressing up in bear costumes, we've protested outside the Dáil, we've petitioned, we've lobbied, we've asked nicely, we've complained.... but most importantly, we never gave up. And our perseverance and the perseverance and loyal support of our many members in this area and other local areas, has finally resulted in the wonderful news that our new school will open this September.

As of June 2013, there are over 1,000 people on the mailing list and hundreds of children pre-enrolled from this year up to 2018. The school that started life over a coffer has become a part of our community and our future.

NEWSLETTER 06.06.2018

NEWSLETTER TEACHING AND LEARNING: Welcome Jayne to our school – We are delighted to have you join our teaching staff Jayne !! Third Class have been working on construction and designing a marble game, making hovercrafts using items from re-create. Cian’s class are learning about China. Aileen’s Class are learning about Charlotte’s Web and have […]

Canal Way at Bloom

Bloom Festival 1631

3rd class and the Green Schools committee went along to Bloom last week! We saw some amazing gardens and had some fun in the playground. To top off a wonderful day, we also had ice-cream and sat in the sun listening to the fantastic Tanjier band play a set, with lots of cool shout outs […]

NEWSLETTER 25.05.2018

THE GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION (GDPR) significantly changes data protection law in Europe. We have updated our policies to give you more information about the data we hold and what we do with that data. Please see the following documents on our website HERE. SPONSORED WALK The children will be doing a sponsored walk at 9am […]

NEWSLETTER 18.05.2018

Welcome to this week’s newsletter, Muintir Canal Way A big thank you to all the adults who came and visited for Muintir day this year. We have had two fantastic days of sharing our school with our aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends. Thanks to Hazel for organising and coordinating these days. Thanks to the parents […]

NEWSLETTER 05.04.2018

Welcome to this week’s newsletter, 5 YEAR PLAN: Our school is completing its fifth year this year and management are in the process of writing a new five year plan for Canalway Educate Together. This is a road map for the school, and we shall be engaging with the parents at a workshop evening on […]

20.04.2018 NEWSLETTER

NEWSLETTER: Our Core Value this month is Peace. Aodán’s class performed in Assembly today and sang a song about Peace. SECOND LEVEL SOUTH CITY EDUCATE TOGETHER ENROLLING NOW:  Enrolment for the new Dublin South City Educate Together Second Level School will open next Monday 23rd April at 9am on the Educate Together website. Educate together will be […]

NEWSLETTER 11.04.2018

Welcome to this week’s newsletter,   PERSONAL DETAILS – Please inform the office if you have changed address, email address or phone number. We have noticed that some family’s details are out of date, and we want to update our data base. HENS – We have taken delivery of two hens which you can […]