As PrincpaI of this school I was shocked when I read the contents of the blog by Ms Honig. The students and teacher vehemently deny the remarks attributed to them.
Part of our mission statement states that ‘we are committed to developing people who are fair, caring assertive...’ and we are.
Colaiste na Sceilige has worked with the Trocaire Pamoja –together for human rights – Project for the last number of years.
Last year our students looked at Uganda and raised money for Trocaire for two mobile h.i.v. clinics by singing Christmas carols.The year before it was Honduras and they raised money for Trocaire to build a house for a family.This year it was Palestine and they raised money for Trocaire to buy olive trees for displaced Palestinian families.
The lesson content provided by Trocaire states clearly that ‘Trocaire is neither pro Palestinian nor pro Israeli’and having spoken to the teacher and students it is clear that the material was delivered in an unbiased manner. Anything else would be entirely unacceptable.
Students read newspapers ,watch the news and are in touch with the world around them.Ms Honig has referred to the plethora of anti Israeli feeling in the media.
We try to teach our students to be critical thinkers to examine both sides of an issue . We may not always be satisfied with the conclusions students draw and can only try to set them right when they go wrong.
By making such allegations, and indeed publishing photographs of children on a website without parental consent, the writer has been irresponsible and has done our school and the people of Kerry a great disservice.