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Building Connectedness In Our School Communities

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 “Building Connectedness In Our School Communities”, is a series on online talks that are now available for post primary schools throughout Co. Wexford.  Wexford Children and Young People’s Services Committee (CYPSC) developed this series of talks and the team here in the HSE Regional Suicide Resource Office is a partner in the initiative.

There are nine individual talks available and they are specifically targeted at teachers, parents and young people with three talks for each cohort.  The talks are of very high quality and feature inputs from professionals in the area of mental health and resilience.  They are a valuable resource for the wider school community especially now as you are dealing with unprecedented times where the issues facing school staff are especially challenging.  To access the talks click here<https://scanner.topsec.com/?d=1466&t=59f2e3ef12c434eee685fc56dfdaf0d40859282c&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wexfordcypsc.ie%2Fbuilding-connectedness-in-our-school-communities&r=show>.

If you have any questions, please contact Sheila Barrett, Wexford CYPSC Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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N.I.P.T.

Droichead is the new integrated induction process for teachers and is available to both primary and post-primary teachers. 

The traditional processes of Probation, Post-qualification Employment (PQE) and the Induction Workshop Programme have either concluded or are being phased out. 

It is important to note that Droichead is the only route of induction for all primary and post-primary teachers registered from 1 June 2020. 

Teachers requiring information on the Droichead process should click here

Teachers requiring information on Induction Workshops should click here

Teachers requiring information on School Support should click here

Teachers requiring NIPT team contact details should click here.

For queries relating to the traditional process, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Autumn 2021

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We are delighted to invite you to the launch of our brand new resource for teachers of 1st and 2nd class; HTML Heroes: Welcome to the Internet. The HTML Heroes Programme has been designed for teachers of 1st and 2nd class to introduce pupils to the first steps of accessing and using the internet in a safe and responsible manner. The resource has five lessons that can be explored separately or delivered as a whole unit. The lessons explore areas including using the internet safely, communicating online, playing and learning online, getting help and support.

Through five short illustrated stories pupils will learn the basic skills for being safe and secure online, including why it is essential to STOP, THINK, CHECK when accessing the digital world. The five lessons in the resource provide opportunities to engage with digital technology and highlight the benefits and opportunities the internet brings while also equipping pupils with the skills to safely navigate the digital world.

The event will include a showcase of the new online safety programme and hear from special guests from education and broadcasting sectors. We would be delighted if you could attend.

Event Details 

Wednesday 29th, September, 2021

3.30pm - 4.30pm

Webinar: Zoom (details to follow)

 

Please RSVP via Eventbrite: here.    

Jane McGarrigle

Project Officer - Webwise,

PDST Technology in Education.

                                                                                                                                                                                                           

In the context of planned school reopening,  there is a range of materials available for schools to support communication with parents and students and re-inforce public health messaging. These include video messages from public health doctors on the safety of schools, posters/digital graphics and digital animations and videos.

Posters can be printed and the digital resources can be emailed or uploaded to school channels such as Aladdin connect or seesaw as well as social media channels.

Further material is being added to this list and further updates will issue in the coming days as new material is added. All materials will be available herehttps://www.gov.ie/en/collection/5572b-back-to-school-advice-for-parents-students-and-families/   and on the Department’s twitter feed @Education_Ire

You may find these useful in your work.

Please see the text of yesterday’s announcement also for your information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 February 2021

#BeKindOnline - Safer Internet Day 2021

To mark Safer Internet Day, the Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee TD, the Department of Justice and the Irish Safer Internet Centre invite you to the launch of the #BeKindOnline Webinar Series on Tuesday, 9 February at 2pm.

 Register for the Safer Internet Day 2021 Launch Event

Launch Event 

Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee TD, will deliver the opening remarks to launch Safer Internet Day 2021 before commencing Coco’s Law, or the Harassment, Harmful Communications and Related Offences Bill.

Professor Brian O’Neill (member of the National Advisory Council for Online Safety) will then host a panel discussion with the Irish Safer Internet Centre partners, including:

§  Chief Executive of ISPCC Childline, John Church;

§  CEO of the National Parents Council Primary, Áine Lynch;

§  Project Officer of Webwise (PDST Technology in Education), Jane McGarrigle; and

§  Chief Executive of Hotline.ie, Ana Niculescu

#BeKindOnline Webinar Series

As part of Safer Internet Day, the Irish Safer Internet Centre will also host a series of webinars to help keep you and your families safe online:

 

Tuesday, 9 February: 7.30pm-8.15pm 

·     Title: Empowering Healthy Online Behaviour in Teenagers

·     Guest Speaker: Dr Nicola Fox Hamilton, Cyberpsychology Researcher, member of the Cyberpsychology Research Group at the University of Wolverhampton and lectures in Cyberpsychology and Psychology in IADT, Dun Laoghaire.

·     Audience: This webinar is for parents of teenagers.

·     Register here

Wednesday, 10 February 7.30pm-8.15pm

·     Title: Empowering Healthy Online Behaviour in Younger Children

·     Guest Speaker: Mark Smyth, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

·     Audience: This webinar is for parents of younger children.

·     Register here

 

Thursday, 11 February 7.30pm-8.15pm

·     Title: Empowering students to build digital resilience and manage their online wellbeing

·     Guest Speakers: Jane McGarrigle and Tracy Hogan (Webwise)

·     Audience: This webinar is for teachers, educators, school leaders and education stakeholders.

·     Register here

 

 

About the Irish Safer Internet Centre 

The Irish Safer Internet Centre exists to promote a safer and better use of the internet and digital technologies among children and young people. Co-ordinated by the Department of Justice, the Irish Safer Internet Centre partners are:

·     ISPCC Childline: www.ispcc.ie/childline

·     National Parents Council Primary: www.npc.ie/primary

·     Webwise (PDST Technology in Education): www.webwise.ie

·     Hotline.ie: www.hotline.ie

If you have any questions about the launch event or the evening webinars, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Strategic partnerships for Cruinniú na nÓg 2021 

Call for Applications 

Cruinniú na nÓg is Ireland’s national day of free creative activity for children and young people up to 18 years of age. Over the past 3 years it has become a key date in Ireland’s cultural calendar. We provide opportunities for Ireland’s 1.2 million children and young people to be inquisitive and curious, to be inventive and innovative, and to fulfil a creative ambition or showcase an inner creative talent. In 2021, Cruinniú na nÓg will take place on Saturday 12th June.

The Creative Ireland Programme wishes to increase the suite of events and initiatives available, alongside those produced by each local authority, in order to further develop, diversify and expand the offering and audience for Cruinniú na nÓg in 2021. We are seeking applications from individuals/
organisations who have the capacity to devise and deliver content and activities for a national (rather than local) audience of children and young people.

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NCSE supports for schools and parents

For teachers in special schools and special classes that are delivering remote teaching and learning

  • NCSE has a number of dedicated advisors in the area of behaviour, autism and other special educational needs. The NCSE is setting up a phone line where teachers in a special school or special class can speak directly to an advisor. This new phone number is 01 603 3233 (from Monday 11 January).
  • NCSE will be developing a brand new suite of short videos for teachers on how best to support children and young people with special educational needs when they are learning remotely. These will include tips and strategies for engaging learners with online learning as well as more general advice about supporting the well-being of students.
  • The NCSE has a Visiting Teacher Service which provides direct support to children who are blind/visually impaired and deaf/hard of hearing and their teachers. This service will continue to be delivered online.
  • Schools can continue to access NCSE online support https://ncse.ie/school-support provided in the form of telephone support, email support, or via video conferencing. Teachers in special classes and special schools can request support specific to their needs or the needs of the children in their school/class. Bespoke training is designed by NCSE Advisors, with input from Behaviour Practitioners, OTs and SLTs as required and will be delivered using appropriate online platforms.
  • Schools who established their first ASD Special Class for 2020/21 were assigned a link advisor during the 4 day training course in September/ October 2020. These advisors remain assigned to these classes and are available to provide support and advice to the special class teacher.
  • NCSE will continue to deliver a range of online seminars for teachers https://ncse.ie/for-schools/connect-teacher-professional-learning-events-catalogue covering a range of topics including supporting children with autism in school, positive behaviour management, assistive technology etc. These courses are designed to increase teachers’ capacity to support and teach students with special educational needs.
  • The NCSE has a Visiting Teacher service which provides direct support to children who are blind/visually impaired and deaf/hard of hearing and their teachers. Visiting Teachers continue to be available to provide advice and support. Contact details for visiting teachers are available at https://ncse.ie/vt_contact_details. If teachers experience difficulties contacting their Visiting Teacher they should call 01 603 3200.

For teachers of children with special educational needs in mainstream schools that are delivering remote teaching and learning

  • NCSE has created a dedicated phone line for teachers to seek advice with regard to delivering remote teaching and learning to children with special educational needs. Teachers calling this line can access a number of NCSE advisors with expertise in a range of special educational needs. This new phone number is 01 603 3233 (from Monday 11 January).
  • NCSE will be developing a brand new suite of short videos for teachers on how best to support children and young people with special educational needs when they are learning remotely. These will include tips and strategies for engaging learners with online learning as well as more general advice about supporting the well-being of students.
  • Schools will continue to have access to NCSE online support https://ncse.ie/school-support provided in the form of telephone support, email support, or via video conferencing. Teachers in in mainstream schools can request support specific to their needs or the needs of the children in their school/class. Bespoke training is designed by NCSE Advisors, with input from Behaviour Practitioners, OTs and SLTs as required and will be delivered using appropriate online platforms.
  • NCSE will be delivering a range of online seminars for teachers https://ncse.ie/for-schools/connect-teacher-professional-learning-events-catalogue covering a range of topics including supporting children with autism in school, positive behaviour management, assistive technology etc. These courses are designed to increase teachers’ capacity to support and teach students with special educational needs.
  • The NCSE has a whole range of resources https://ncse.ie/teacher-resources covering a wide range of topics, including useful apps to facilitate remote teaching and learning https://ncse.ie/useful-apps and other useful resources that were prepared in response to the last period of remote teaching and learning.
  • The NCSE has a Visiting Teacher service which provides direct support to children who are blind/visually impaired and deaf/hard of hearing and their teachers. Visiting Teachers continue to be available to provide advice and support. Contact details for visiting teachers are available at https://ncse.ie/vt_contact_details. If teachers experience difficulties contacting their Visiting Teacher they should call 01 603 3200.

For parents of children with special educational needs

  • NCSE have created a dedicated phone line for parents to get advice and support from SENOs. The SENO will provide support and advice to parents and where relevant provide specific resources e.g. behaviour strategies, NEPS well-being resources. If necessary parents can book a subsequent appointment with the SENO assigned to their child’s school. This new phone number is 01 603 3456 (from Monday 11 January).
  • For students who might be moving between schools in September 2021, SENOs will undertake structured engagement with relevant students and their families. This engagement will involve advice and support on transition strategies appropriate to the student, along with support in securing a school placement where required.
  • SENOs will continue to provide a series of webinars for parents of students with special education needs starting primary school in September 2021.
  • The NCSE has a Visiting Teacher service which provides direct support to children who are blind/visually impaired and deaf/hard of hearing and their teachers. Visiting Teachers continue to be available to provide advice and support to parents, students and teachers during this period of remote teaching and learning. Visiting Teachers will undertake structured engagement with the families of students to whom they currently provide support to. This engagement will involve an initial check in with advice on available supports and resources. In particular, the Visiting Teacher will provide support on the use of assistive technology in the home. The Visiting Teacher will agree a programme of regular engagement with the student and family as required and will remain available to respond to emerging queries over the course of remote teaching and learning. Contact details for visiting teachers are available at https://ncse.ie/vt_contact_details. If parents experience difficulties contacting their Visiting Teacher they should call 01 603 3200.
  • NCSE will also be releasing a brand new suite of short videos for parents. Topics will include managing behaviour; establishing positive routines; building in movement breaks etc.
  • NCSE will also be updating and enhancing its range of resources for parents available at https://ncse.ie/parent-resources many of which were created with specific reference to remote teaching and learning.

  

Write a pOEM 2021 

Once again, PDST is inviting students to Write a Poem under two categories: Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle. We hope that this popular competition will encourage young writers to compose poetry and assist teachers in supporting the writing of poetry.

Rules of the Competition
➢ All entries must be submitted electronically via email and typed (not scanned or handwritten)
➢ Each entrant may submit one poem
➢ Each entry must include
1. the Title of the Poem
2. the Name of the Entrant
3. the Name and Address of the School
4. the Category
5. Teacher Name, email address & mobile number
➢ Emailed entries must be sent by the teacher or school and not by the student
➢ Where an entry is inspired by or written in response to a particular poem, the name of the poem and the poet must be clearly stated on the entry and, where possible, a copy of the original poem should be attached
➢ The competition is aimed at individual writers. Class sets of poems will not be considered as entries for the competition.
Please note that entrants should keep a copy of their poems, as poems will not be returned.

Prizes for the Writers
The winning poets in each section will receive a commemorative plaque and their poem will be published on the PDST Post-Primary website and printed in the PDST National Poetry Award booklet.
Prizes will be presented at an online award ceremony organised by the PDST in association with Laois Education Centre on March 25th 2021 from 4.15-5.15pm

All entries should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Closing date for receipt of entries is Friday 12th February 2021

 

Best of Luck ! 

 

FÍS Film Project

Storyboard Storytelling Competition

The FÍS Storyboard Storytelling competition provides an opportunity for pupils to visually interpret a story or concept or topic, use artistic media and different types of shots to convey that story in an imaginative and creative way.  A full brief, judging criteria and how to enter this exciting competition is available here.

The brief provides suggested themes & topics, storyboard presentation tips, judging criteria and general competition guidelines for teachers. Entries will be categorized on the basis of class age / level and prizes will be awarded across a variety of categories.

The closing date is 29 January 2021

 

 

 

 

Chinese Language Class for Irish School Teachers

Chinese evening class to Irish school teachers from January 2021 

It is our pleasure to announce that the UCD Confucius Institute will continue to offer Chinese evening class to Irish school teachers from January 2021. 

This is a half year evening course (approx. 30 hours) designed for:

  • Teachers who are interested in studying the Professional Diploma in Teaching Chinese Language and Culture (HSK 2 required), but have no previous learning experience of Chinese.
  • Teachers who have no previous learning experience of Chinese, and are interested in tasting the language.

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Know 200-300 words of core vocabulary.
  • Achieve the language proficiency equivalent to HSK 2, which will enable them to pass the entrance examination of the Professional Diploma in Teaching Chinese Language and Culture.
  • Lay a solid foundation for further study of Chinese language.
  • Start building up their language capacity to teach simple and basic Chinese words or phrases to pupils.

 

Date/Time

Class for 2021 will run from January 2021 to June 2021, 1.5 hours per week, for 20 weeks, 18:30-20:00. 

School holiday calendar will be followed. Dates are as below: 

 

 

Class on Tuesdays

Class on Wednesdays

Class on Thursdays

Term 1

  

 

  

January

12th 19th 26th

13th 20th 27th

14th 21st 28th

February

2nd 9th 23rd

3rd 10th24th

4th 11th25th

March

2nd 9th 23rd

3rd 10th 24th

4th 11th 25th

April

13th

14th

15th

Term 2

     

April

20th27th

21st 28th

22nd 29th

May

4th 11th 18th25th

5th 12th 19th 26th

6th 13th 20th 27th

June

1st 8th 15th 22nd

2nd 9th 16th 23rd

3rd 10th 17th24th 

Venue

Online class via Zoom.

Course Fees

FREE

To secure your place, please visit the link below to complete registration, please note that the registration will be closed on 22nd December 2020.

https://forms.gle/pSrXQd97uCqVabMj9

For any query, please do not hesitate to contact Program Coordinator Ms Lirong Peng via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Irish Institute for Chinese Studies/UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland

University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

Tel: +353 1 716 3000 

Website: www.cii.ie or www.ucd.ie/china

 

Presentation of 2nd Louise Madigan Memorial Bursary in Conjunction with online Education Research Conference Saturday 10th October 20

Recently the 2020 Region Three Annual Education Research Conference, hosted jointly by the three Education Centres in the South East, Waterford, Kilkenny and Co Wexford, took place online. The theme this year was ‘Supporting EAL Students: What Works?’ A number of experienced teachers and researchers who work with and support international students in learning English presented papers on this essential and challenging education topic.  Over eighty teachers participated in this online event.

The opening address was given by Narrell Byrne, EAL Coordinator at Mount Sion Secondary School, Waterford, followed by Aoife Merrins, Primary teacher and PhD student in DCU, Caitriona O Reilly, Principal, Good Counsel GNS, Ferrybank and Marie Delaney, Co-founder of Trauma Responsive Education. The key note address was presented by Dr Fiodhna Gardiner – Hyland, Lecturer in Language and Literacy Education at Mary Immaculate College. Limerick. In order to introduce student voice to the proceedings, students from Mount Sion Secondary School shared their experiences of being supported with EAL through a video link.

During the proceedings the 2nd Annual Louise Madigan Memorial Research Bursary was presented in memory of Louise Madigan, former Project & Course Administrator at Waterford Teachers Centre, who coordinated this Conference from 2016 – 2018. This annual award is jointly funded by the 3 Education Centres and presented to a teacher based in Region Three pursuing a post graduate degree at Masters or Doctoral level.

This year the applications were once again adjudicated by the independent panel comprising Dr Gerard Farrelly, PDST Advisor, Dr Pauline Egan, Director of Schools, KCETB and Chairperson, Dr Helen Murphy, Head of School of Lifelong and Education (WIT). The panel decided to award the bursary jointly to Grainne Mulcahy, a secondary teacher at Gorey Community College who is carrying out Doctoral research at TCD into the impact of Junior Cycle reform and John Murphy, a PE teacher at St Marys Secondary School, New Ross, and doctoral student at DCU. John’s Physical Activity and Wellbeing Study seeks to examine the associations between physical activity and mental health outcomes in Irish adolescents.

The recipients were congratulated by the Directors of the 3 hosting Centres, John O Sullivan, Kilkenny Education Centre, Lorraine O Gorman, Co Wexford Education Centre and Assumpta O Neill, Waterford Teachers Centre. John and Grainne both expressed their thanks and delight in being chosen as Bursary recipients for 2020 and also their appreciation to Louise’s family, her husband, Tom Carroll and children Cormac and Orla for the opportunity to benefit from this award in her name. In accepting her award Grainne stated ‘I am honoured to receive the bursary this year. Louise was a lovely person and it is humbling to receive the bursary in her name. Though a small comfort for her family, friends and colleagues, her memory is alive in the projects this bursary supports. In a very tangible way, she contributes to build a better world for students and teachers’

The former Director of WTC and Conference organiser, Dr Celia Walsh, congratulated John and Grainne and also paid tribute to Louise’s significant talents and skills and her friendship and good humour which are sadly missed by all Centre staff and teachers in the WTC region.  The 2019 Bursary winner, Michelle Bolger, a teacher Knockbeg College, Carlow presented the participants with an update on the progress of her Master’s Degree research.

In bringing proceedings to a conclusion, Dr Walsh thanked all those presenters who shared their experience and expertise in the area of EAL and also those who assisted in the organisation of the conference, particularly Laura Zalcmane, Conference Coordinator, who ensured the smooth running of all presentations. The Conference ended with a beautiful performance by the Mount Sion Choir under the guidance of their Director, Colette Kearney.

 

COMHAR : Leadership Development for assistant principals

Co. Wexford Education Centre is delighted to offer the PDST’s Comhar Programme for middle leaders at both Primary & Post-Primary levels. See poster below for details. Register at http://pdst.ie/onlinebooking

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Milehouse Road, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

EIRCODE: Y21 T271

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Local Buses and ample carparking available

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