Balbriggan Educate Together Quilt Project

September 22, 2013 0

Educate Together schools are characterised by their high levels of Parent involvement in the business of the school. Balbriggan Educate Together is also characterised by a very diverse parent population and their Irish born children, over 40 different countries of origin!.

One year ago the school’s Parent Association sat down to brainstorm how best they could merge these two fantastic energies into a school project that would bring parents together in the school setting. The idea of a ‘Quilt’ was hatched. Slowly, but surely, ideas for the design of the quilt emerged.112 squares of fabric were needed to fill one large rectangle. Each square was to be somebody’s ‘story’;a story from their life, a story from their country of origin, the story of their family. Over the course of a whole year the parents got together and shared their stories and their skills. Collaboratively the squares needed to be stitched together to make a rectangle with the symbol of our Educate Together school in the middle, the tie that binds these families together.

Today the Quilt, displayed prominently and proudly in the school’s foyer, was launched. A sample of parents shared the story of their square with the audience over refreshments. There were two outcomes from this project; firstly a beautiful work of art and secondly a memory of a genuinely successful multicultural project. Visitors are welcome to come to the school and see the quilt anytime.