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 Summer Courses 

Co. Wexford Education Centre in association with Mayo Education Centre are pleased to offer the following online summer courses

Early Bird course fee €59* 

*Early bird offer only available until the 29th of June, after this date course price will be €69 (non refundable & subject to availability).

 All courses are eligible for EPV days

Closing date for early bird registration is Monday the 29th of June.

Courses run from 1st July - 14th of August.  

Courses have a maximum capacity and are subject to availability, so book early!

IMPORTANT NOTE! For Online Summer Courses you will need to register for an account on  E-Learning system with Mayo Education Centre 

 Book now by clicking on www.MayoEducationCentre.ie

 

 

Positive Wellbeing for Teachers and Children in School and Beyond

This year above any, we are faced with many challenges that we could never have foreseen, leaving us tired, stressed and drained both physically and emotionally.

This course affords the teacher the time and opportunity to foster the promotion of positive wellbeing, on a personal and professional level and to explore how they can adapt the resources explored to use with children in the classroom.

Topics of exploration will include, Defining Wellbeing, The Power of Positivity, Combating Stress, Living Mindfully, Understanding Others, Empathy, Positive Change and Gratitude.

The perfect toolkit for teacher and child to recharge the batteries in a light, interactive way and prepare for the year ahead ….. and beyond.

 

Physical, Political, Environmental & Social Geography of Ireland

This course brings you on a virtual geographic tour of Ireland. It varies from the standard physical geography to the social geography of our wonderful place in this landscape. It looks at our geographical heritage as well as the physical heritage and places figures from history in the geographic context.

Nutrition

This course aims to support you in enhancing your own wellbeing, by learning how to nourish your body and mind with delicious, easy and nutritious recipes. It will support your teaching of Nutrition in SPHE and the promotion of wellbeing in your school. 

In Nutrition for Wellbeing, it will explore the science behind nutrition and how to use food to enhance your mood and energy levels. It will explore a variety of resources and initiatives that will support you in teaching children about nutrition and healthy eating through the SPHE curriculum, which will equip them with key skills and knowledge to enable them to confidently make healthier life choices. You will learn how to support children in growing and preparing food at school and how to prepare a Healthy Eating Policy for your school.

It will also explore a wide range of healthy lunch recipes for the busy teacher, and you will be invited to make some delicious, nutritious high energy snacks to bring with you to school!

No Splashing - Teaching Water Safety in Primary Classroom

The overall aim of this course is to support the teaching of water safety as part of the Strand Myself, Strand Unit Safety and Protection (Personal Safety) in the SPHE programme. 

It aims to increase teachers’ knowledge and awareness of water safety at sea, on inland waterways, on the farm, in swimming pools and at home, through the use of factual information and local evidence of water safety incidents. 

Teachers will explore lesson content exemplars and teaching methodologies and provide a variety of resources suitable for teaching and discussing water safety.  Learn how water safety lessons can be evaluated and assessed and how it may be situated within the context of the school self-evaluation process.

The course will also enable teachers to enhance their awareness of their own safety when in, on and near water.

Mindfulness, Resilience & Wellbeing for Schools

Teachers need to be nourished before they can nourish others… This comprehensive, cross curricular course is a well-balanced, creative course with nourishing practices including mindfulness, wellness, resilience, ‘WSE with ease’ and a variety of resources for skillful and easy whole school implementation. Coming from a wealth of creative practices, rigorous  research, and extensive interaction with teachers across the country, it ensures a unique and practical experience for Irish teachers, the Irish curriculum and Irish schools. We wish you a restful and practical experience enjoying simple teacher and pupil activities to support daily life in the classroom, school and beyond.

Mindfulness, Self Care & Classroom Wellbeing

A happy teacher builds a happy classroom.  With over 7,000 previous participants endorsing the course, teachers are its top priority. The course offers a welcome opportunity to learn and practice mindfulness and wellbeing and to gain new and fresh activities for pupils. Not a typical online course, it is very experiential with audios, videos, practices, cute clips, mindful walks and fun. It cultivates mindfulness; enhances positive mental, emotional and physical health; integrates SPHE; reduces stress; increases calm and contentment and encourages a skilful responses to challenging classroom situations. We teach the easy way so you can relax and enjoy! 

Making Music in the Classroom

This course aims to give teachers enhanced skills in teaching music effectively in the classroom in order to encourage an appreciation for music in their students. Also to develop an awareness of linking music with other curricular subjects and enhance knowledge of musical terminology, genres and origin.

20 Inspirational Women

This course looks at inspirational women in Irish history, many of which have been overlooked by the books. It is informative and interesting, choosing women that you may not have considered icons until now. It is a subjective choice and you may wish to suggest others – this can be done in the various Forums.

20+ Irish Writers

This course gives teachers the opportunity to discover Irish writers for children. Offering an opportunity to discover or re-discover some of the best writers in the world for children and adults alike.

Module 4 is devoted to writers as Gaeilge.  It is also an opportunity to compile a list of possible books by Irish writers, for the school library

25 Inventions that changed the world

This course offers teachers the opportunity to consider the various inventions that have shaped our world.  Some of the choices may not have been considered before as things that have shaped our world. These choices may provide wonderful opportunities for individuals or class projects that incorporate many subjects.

Birth of a Nation

This course gives you the background to the 1916 Rising.

It explores the effects of WW1 on the potential new state. 

It follows on from this to the civil war before setting the scene for the foundation of the new state and explores the challenges that come with the foundation of the new state.  Informative and thought provoking.

Fostering A Positive School Climate through the Teaching of Happiness

This course is designed to enable teachers to enhance and foster happiness in their lives on both a personal and professional level.  We focus on promoting positive wellbeing and self-care, exploring that which makes us happy and overcomingobstacles to same, developing effective communication skills, combating stress and anxiety and building resilience.        

What better toolkit could one have at this time of uncertainty and fear of the unknown.?

This course explores the concept of “Teaching Happiness” in a light, practical and interactive way. Starting on a personal level this course aims to demonstrate how by developing skills to enhance our own happiness, we can learn to teach others to do the same and hence help to foster a positive working and learning school climate for all.

An Ghaeilge Labhartha sa Churaclam Nua Teanga

Tabharfaidh an cúrsa seo roinnt mhaith seifteanna simplí, nua-aimseartha do mhúinteoirí maidir leis an nGaeilge ó Bhéal a mhúineadh sa seomra ranga. Déanfaidh na seifteanna seo comhtháthú agus nascadh le hábhair eile ón gCuraclam Bunscoile. Bainfidh an múinteoir agus an dalta taitneamh as na gníomhaíochtaí sa chúrsa seo a chur i bhfeidhm, agus cabhróidh na gníomhaíochtaí maidir le dearcadh dearfach i leith na Gaeilge a chothú sa seomra ranga. Déanfaidh an cúrsa seo roinnt mhaith acmhainní ar líne a roinnt le múinteoirí freisin, seoidíní d'acmhainní a chuireann go mór mór le múineadh agus foghlaim na Gaeilge do chách.

This course will equip teachers with some simple, innovative approaches to effectively teaching Oral Irish in the classroom. These easy-to-use approaches incorporate integration with all subjects across the curriculum.

The activities in this course are enjoyable for both the teacher and pupil, and will help foster positive attitudes towards Gaeilge in the classroom. This course will share a number of online resources with teachers also, hidden gems which make the teaching and learning of Gaeilge an enjoyable experience for all involved.

Historical Buildings of Ireland

This course looks at the built history of Ireland – from the ring forts to modern architecture. It looks at the iconic buildings and places in Ireland and invites you to explore them virtually and physically. The list could be expanded for every place in Ireland from urban to rural landscapes and invites participants to consider these.

Teacher Artist Partnership

Teacher Artist Partnership (TAP) CPD Summer Course is an arts-in-education initiative where Artists and Teachers train to work in partnership.  This programme can lead to opportunities for a TAP trained teacher to host a fully funded TAP artist residency in his or her school in the coming academic year.  This Creative Youth, Department of Education and Skills led primary initiative is a highly innovative, creative and participant-responsive programme that promotes professional learning towards partnership.  TAP online maximises engagement through a broad range of on and off-line activities.  Learning activities include practical, multidisciplinary arts experiences through multimedia interactives, video instruction, collaborative posting boards and discussion forums and reflective practices.  Tutors, teachers and artists provide responsive feedback and encourage collaborators to reflect on personal and professional development through the co-creation of learning.  TAP’s core focus is the development of creative partnership between teachers and artists.

Join us in learning together.

Course is free of charge for teachers

Course eligible for EPV days.

Course will run from Monday 6th July – Friday 10th July 2020.

This course has a maximum capacity and is subject to availability, so book early!  

Closing date for registration is Friday 3rd July.

Visit www.MayoEducationCentre.ie and click on ‘Access Online Courses’.

 

 

Be a Summer Star – join the Reading Adventure in all County Wexford Libraries

Summer Stars 2020

The 2020 Summer Stars Reading Adventure for children starts in all County Wexford Libraries on Wednesday 1st July. To join the reading adventure, call your local library to sign up, then collect your books, activity sheets, and a Summer Stars card to record the books that you read. 

Library staff are offering to put together a mystery bag of fantastic books for you this Summer, to help you discover new favourites in your Summer Stars reading adventure! Keep a list of the books you read on your Summer Stars reading card and bring it back to your local library to receive your Summer Stars Certificate in September!

All you need to get started is a library card!  Sign up for free at https://www.wexfordcoco.ie/libraries/join-the-library Read one book, or as many as you like during the Summer break!

This year we want to tell you about Borrowbox on the Wexford County Council Library Service website at https://www.wexfordcoco.ie/libraries/ebooks-and-eresources/ You will find free e-books and e-audio books to download to read, or listen to, on your tablet, computer or phone. Sometimes it’s fun to read and listen to a book at the same time!There will be a special Summer Stars section on Borrowbox Just log in with your library card and password to download the app with permission from your parent or guardian. 

There will be lots of Summer Stars 2020 online fun activities in the coming weeks.  You’ll find messages from some of your favourite authors, interactive online challenges, readings by Wexford library staff and much, much more. 

There will be an exciting story writing competition with the title, ‘An Unexpected Adventure’. Find out more about this, and the great prizes at https://www.librariesireland.ie/services/right-to-read/summer-stars/story-competition-an-unexpected-adventure

Check out www.wexfordlibrary.ie for Summer Stars information and updates. Full details for the Summer Stars programme with activities and reading lists are at www.summerstars.ie Visit your local library on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and on the Wexford Library YouTube social media channel for regular Summer Stars postings throughout the summer.

 

Creative Cluster 2020 /21

The Department of Education & Skills are pleased to announce that the closing date for receipt of applications for the Creative Clusters Initiative has been extended to Friday 26th of June 2020.

Each Creative Cluster will receive grant funding of €3,000 per school over a two-year period to implement their project in the 2020–2022 school years (e.g. a cluster of 3 schools would receive €9,000 over two years while a cluster of 5 schools would receive €15,000 over two years). Clusters will receive 50% of the total grant funding in Year 1, with the second 50% being provided in Year 2.  In addition, but separate to the grant funding, all successful clusters are further supported with: A fully paid Creative Cluster Facilitator; paid Teacher Substitution to attend training and meetings; room hire, travel & subsistence.

 

Please see the following link for more details: Creative Clusters

  • Schools can apply as part of a cluster which may be an existing network of schools.
  • A school nearing the end of year 2 of an existing Creative Cluster can reapply to be in a new cluster where the other schools in the new cluster have not participated before.
  • Schools nearing the end of 2 years with Creative Schools

are eligible to apply.

  • The local Teacher Education Centre will have a key role in identifying and supporting a Creative Cluster for their local area.
  • A total of 21 Creative Clusters will be selected nationally - One successful Creative Cluster per Education Centre.

 

Creative Clusters is an initiative of the Department of Education and Skills, led by and in partnership with the 21 full-time Teacher Education Centres (Education Support Centres Ireland - ESCI) and funded through the Schools Excellence Fund.

 

         

Please see the following link:

https://www.education.ie/en/Schools-Colleges/Information/Curriculum-and-Syllabus/creative-youth.html

  • Schools can apply as part of a cluster which may be an existing network of schools.
  • A school nearing the end of year 2 of an existing Creative Cluster can reapply to be in a new cluster where the other schools in the new cluster have not participated before.
  • Schools nearing the end of 2 years with Creative Schools are eligible to apply.
  • The local Teacher Education Centre will have a key role in identifying and supporting a Creative Cluster for their local area.
  • A total of 21 Creative Clusters will be selected nationally - One successful Creative Cluster per Education Centre. Send your applications to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Daily Midday Moments

The Education Centre Network ESCI (@ESCItweets) with Breathing Space Ireland (@BSpaceIreland) would like to continue to support teachers during this difficult time.

Take a few minutes for todays Midday Moment as we cannot look after everyone else if we don’t look after ourselves first. 

Midday Moment - Thursday 25th June

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County Wexford Education Centre

Location

Milehouse Road, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

EIRCODE: Y21 T271

Transportation

Local Buses and ample carparking available

Contact

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