On 12 March 2014, the then Minister for Education announced that three new primary schools would be opening that academic year in response to the patronage divestment surveys that had been carried out in forty three areas.
The new schools were to be in Tramore, Trim and Malahide /Portmarnock. It was announced that the school would be based in Holywell ETNS for the first year.
On 5 April families were invited to start enrolling for the school. Over 90 families arrived that day and they pre-enrolled their small children for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019! Very soon after this the recruitment process was started and Emer Hoy was appointed as the first principal of Malahide/Portmarnock Educate Together NS on 3 June 2014.
One of the first jobs Emer had to do was to spread the news to the people in the local area that a new school was coming, one that would provide additional choice of school ethos to parents in the area. Emer spent the following months working together with the school manager, Gerry McKevitt to establish all the administrative aspects of this new business; meeting with prospective children and parents; writing school policies; buying furniture and resources; setting up the website and Facebook pages.
The doors opened on 29 August, 2014 to the first students and parents of Malahide/Portmarnock Educate Together National School. There were 9 children in total and Emer was the only member of staff. The first day was a wonderful occasion, celebrated by the small community by the releasing of balloons and the planting of a tree. During the year many people helped to make the school year successful. The class size grew to 14. Parents became involved in school focus weeks; Irish, American, Italian and French interns and volunteers worked in the school for varying amounts of time; Miriam Brennan worked as a learning support teacher one day a week; from January Sinead Kearney worked in a part-time capacity three days a week and Barbara Merry helped out a few hours a week with administration. The school blossomed due to the dedication of all of the community.
The school has now grown to a ten class school with twenty three members of staff. Visit our meet our staff page to find out more about our wonderful teachers and support staff.