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Cyber Bullying Warning Over Controversial App 'SimSimi'

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/03/2017.
Tags: Parenting Teachers Cyber Bullying Warning Over Controversial App 'SimSimi'


Parents and teachers should be aware of a new app sweeping through Ireland which is raising concerns of anonymous cyber bullying among students.

The SimSimi app is marketed as a 'cute' artificial intelligence robot which collects user comments on subjects and generates responses based on ... click to read full post & comments(4)


School buses may be impacted by bus strike

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 23/03/2017.
Tags: ParentingSchool buses may be impacted by bus strike


Updated 30th March - The Independent are reporting that there is now a school bus withdrawal threat as staff payments are delayed. They are reporting that "operators are considering withdrawing from the School Transport Scheme from next week - after it was revealed Bus Éireann does not have the staff to process payments on time.

It is understood a number of operators contracted to the semi-State body have received emails or texts to say that their payment due on Friday will not be met."


23 March
The National Bus and Railworkers Union (NBRU) has announced an immediate all-out strike at Bus Éireann from midnight tonight. Pickets will be placed on bus stations across the country from Friday 24th March at 12.01.am in a dispute over cuts to pay, the casualisation of work and the threat of job losses at the company.

However it is being reported by media outlets that Siptu has said that school buses ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Minister launches ISSU Charter for Inclusive Schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 23/03/2017.
Tags: Teachers ParentingMinister launches ISSU Charter for Inclusive Schools


The Minister with special responsibility for Equality, Integration and Immigration, David Stanton TD was on hand today to launch the ISSU Students' Charter For Inclusive Schools. The launch took place in the Clock Tower Building in the Department of Education on Marlborough Street. 

Minister Stanton stated “I applaud the ... click to read full post & comments


Student campaign for Junior Cert English exam extension

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 16/03/2017.
Tags: Parenting TeachersStudent campaign for Junior Cert English exam extension


Junior Cert student, Tara O’Sullivan has started an online campaign to have the Junior Certificate English examination extended by thirty additional minutes.

According to Tara’s online campaign page, while she and many of her peers feel that the questions on the mock examinations were fair, all ... click to read full post & comments(7)


Type 2 Diabetes risk in kids linked to too much screentime

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/03/2017.
Tags: ParentingType 2 Diabetes risk in kids linked to too much screentime


New medical research suggests that children who spend more than 3 hours a day on phones and tablets or watching T.V are more ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Synge Street to go co-ed and gaelscoil !

Posted by SchoolDays Neshound, on 14/03/2017.
Tags: Parenting TeachersSynge Street to go co-ed and gaelscoil !


Synge Street, one of Ireland’s best-known city schools, is set to introduce a new stream of co-ed students with pupils learning only through Irish.  According to the school’s website,  a Junior Infant-co-ed class which is to be taught through the medium of Irish will begin in ... click to read full post & comments


Local Screening for Charming Boarding School Film

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/03/2017.
Tags: ParentingLocal Screening for Charming Boarding School Film


Press Release:
A NEW feel-good film that celebrates great teaching in Ireland’s last remaining primary boarding school, is currently being screened at selected cinemas across Ireland.

In Loco Parentis takes a heart-warming look at the lives of two soon-to-be-retired teachers whose passion and idiosyncratic teaching styles inspire and challenge the young students in their care at ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Action Plan on School Age Childcare Published

Posted by SchoolDays NewsHound, on 07/03/2017.
Tags: Parenting TeachersAction Plan on School Age Childcare Published


On foot of commitments made in the Programme for a Partnership Government, and following a period of intensive collaboration and consultation, Ministers for Children & Youth Affairs and Education & Skills, Dr Katherine Zappone, T.D and Richard Bruton, T.D, are today publishing the Action Plan on School Age Childcare. Under the plan, funding of €3m is being made available to ... click to read full post & comments


Junior Cert pupils may avoid lost marks in English

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/03/2017.
Tags: Teachers ParentingJunior Cert pupils may avoid lost marks in English


The body responsible for marking the Junior and Leaving Certificate exams, the State Examinations Commission (SEC), has issued a clarification which may remove a threat of lost marks in English that was hanging over thousands of Junior Cycle students. The Guideline published by SEC state that it is not now necessary for students to ... click to read full post & comments


Action Group Aims to Save Top School from Closure

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/03/2017.
Tags: Parenting TeachersAction Group Aims to Save Top School from Closure


Cistercian College in Roscrea, established in 1905 by the Cistercians, is one of the most well-known second level schools in the country.

It has been ranked among Ireland's top ... click to read full post & comments


‘Dead Interesting’ Tour 

Posted by SchoolDays Newhound on 28/02/2017.
Tags: Parenting Teachers‘Dead Interesting’ Tour 


Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum is delighted to announce the official launch of its new 'Dead Interesting' tour. This is Glasnevin Cemetery as you’ve never seen it before, shining a spotlight on the Cemetery’s ... click to read full post & comments


Midlands School to Showcase 'Digital Schoolbag' Scheme

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 02/23/2017.
Tags: Teachers ParentingMidlands School to Showcase 'Digital Schoolbag' Scheme


The Sacred Heart School in Tullamore, County Offaly has been announced as Microsoft's designated showcase school for their 'digital schoolbag' scheme.

The scheme will see all first year students ditch the heavy, book-filled schoolbags this coming September in exchange for ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Challenges of Protecting Kids Online overwhelming

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 07/02/2017.
Tags: ParentingChallenges of Protecting Kids Online overwhelming


CyberSafeIreland, the children’s internet safety charity, says that parents are overwhelmed by the challenge of keeping their kids safe online.

CyberSafeIreland is today - Safer Internet Day 2017 - launching a short scribe animation film for parents that is designed to help them ... click to read full post & comments


Committee to hear submissions on weight of school bags

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 25/01/2017.
Tags: ParentingCommittee to hear submissions on weight of school bags


Every year, particularly in September, parents express concern at the daily weight of schoolbags for children at both primary and secondary level.

The government committee on Children and Youth Affairs is today to hear submissions on the possible ... click to read full post & comments


Students make live video call the Space Station

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 24/01/2017.
Tags: Teachers ParentingStudents make live video call the Space Station


Limerick calling space! Primary school students yesterday reached for the stars when they made a once in a lifetime video-call to space! The 300 students and 50 teachers from Limerick, Kildare and Tipperary made the live video call from Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) to ... click to read full post & comments


Primary School in south dublin closed after fire

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 23/01/2017.
Tags: ParentingPrimary School in south dublin closed after fire


Scoil Naithí in Ballinteer, south Couty Dublin, was badly damaged in a fire overnight. Four units of Dublin Fire Brigade fought the fire for more than three hours. There were no injuries reported.

The school has ... click to read full post & comments


New system for allocating special needs resources

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 18/01/2017.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew system for allocating special needs resources


Minister to implement new model for allocating resource teachers to schools, following policy advice from the NCSE and piloting of new model in 47 schools.

7.2% Increase in Resource Teachers - 900 extra teachers have been provided to support the introduction of the new model which will commence in schools from ... click to read full post & comments


'Cycle Right' - cyclist road training for schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/01/2017.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers Parenting'Cycle Right' - cyclist road training for schools


Cycle Right, the National Standard for Cycle Training in Ireland, has been officially launched by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD. Through a standardised cyclist road safety training course, cycling skills and road safety awareness will be delivered to school children ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Speech by Minister on School Admissions Policy

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 16/01/2017.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsSpeech by Minister on School Admissions Policy

Extract from speech by Minister for Education Richard Bruton TD

Introduction

I would like to thank Michael Barron and Equate for hosting this event and for inviting me along. I have met Michael and his team on a number of occasions since taking office, and I look forward to continuing to work with them as we reform our school system ... click to read full post & comments


Dublin Student named winner of BT Young Scientist 2017

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 16/01/2017.
Tags: Teachers ParentingDublin Student named winner of BT Young Scientist 2017


The winner of the 53rd BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) has been announced.  Shane Curran, aged 16, a 5th year student from Terenure College, Dublin 6, has taken home the top prize for his project entitled ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Enhanced CAO CourseFinder Launched

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 10/01/2017.
Tags: Teachers ParentingEnhanced CAO CourseFinder Launched


An enhanced version of the innovative CAO Course search tool from CareersPortal has been launched this week. This tool should make searching for CAO courses and researching the content even easier for students.

With a database of over 1,600 CAO courses, users can ... click to read full post & comments


All kids to have access to Art, Music & Coding

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/12/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersAll kids to have access to Art, Music & Coding


An exciting new programme initiative launched today by Taoiseach, Enda KennyCreative Ireland aims to ensure that every child has access to art, drama, music and coding lessons by the year 2022.

"The Creative Ireland Programme is an invitation to the entire ... click to read full post & comments


Feeder Schools Lists published for 2016

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 06/12/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersFeeder Schools Lists published for 2016


The college progression data or information on ‘feeder schools’ to third level for autumn 2016 is available today on Schooldays.ie providing school-by-school information on which students have progressed to which colleges this year.

To view the information on your school for the last five years on Schooldays.ie, visit ... click to read full post & comments


Draft Parent & Student Charter Bill published

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 05/12/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingDraft Parent & Student Charter Bill published


The Minister, together with Deputy Jim Daly, announced that the Government have approved the draft outline of a new law, which will require every school to consult with parents and students, and publish and operate a Parent and Student Charter.

This will fulfil a key commitment in the Action Plan for Education to improve information and complaint ... click to read full post & comments


Possible breakthrough in ASTI Dispute

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 29/11/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And Politics ParentingPossible breakthrough in ASTI Dispute


Media outlets are this morning reporting a possible breakthrough in the ASTI dispute.

Talks have been underway for a number of weeks to try and resolve a number of issues of contention around ... click to read full post & comments


Applications invited for patronage of 4 new schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 28/11/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingApplications invited for patronage of 4 new schools


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D., has today invited school patron bodies/prospective school patron bodies to apply for the patronage of four new primary schools due to be established in ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Computer Science to become a Leaving Cert Subject

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 24/11/2016.
Tags: Teachers ParentingComputer Science to become a Leaving Cert Subject


Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, today (Thursday 24th November) launched an expert report on education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in Irish schools, and set out a programme to deliver on the ambition set out in the report of making Ireland a ... click to read full post & comments


Students could sit on school BOMs

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 21/11/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingStudents could sit on school BOMs


The Minister for Education Richard Bruton is due to publish the new Education (Parent and Student Charter) Bill over the coming weeks. According to the Irish Times, the heads of the Bill were approved by the Cabinet recently and are due to be published soon by the Minister.

When enacted, the new legislation will require schools to ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Irish Children Score a 'D' Grade in P.E.

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/11/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersIrish Children Score a 'D' Grade in P.E.


Ireland's children have scored a Grade D on an international scale of physical activity levels, up from a Grade D minus in 2014.

The announcement was made at the ... click to read full post & comments


Natural asthma treatment project wins SciFest

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 14/11/2016.
Tags: Teachers ParentingNatural asthma treatment project wins SciFest


Caolann Brady, a sixth year student from St. Wolstan’s Community School, Celbridge, Kildare was named the overall winner of SciFest 2016, for her project ‘Hum your way to better health’ – a project which focussed on the natural treatment of asthma through humming and ... click to read full post & comments


Exam Support Reforms

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 09/11/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersExam Support Reforms


The exam support scheme, known as RACE (Reasonable Accommodations at Certificate Examinations) has caused a lot of controversy and been the source of a lot of stress for students and their parents in recent years. It was particularly problematic because ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Patronage of 9 new Secondary Schools announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/11/2016.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsPatronage of 9 new Secondary Schools announced


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., announced the patronage of the nine new post-primary schools to be established in 2017 and 2018. In all cases the Minister accepted the recommendations of the New Schools Establishment Group.

These schools were announced in ... click to read full post & comments(2)


ASTI 'No progress on key issues' - Schools to close

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/11/2016.
Tags: Parenting Teachers Education And PoliticsASTI  'No progress on key issues' - Schools to close


Statement from ASTI - 7pm 6th November

'Update on ASTI/ Department of Education talks 
 
The ASTI tonight said it is regrettable that tomorrow’s planned withdrawal from supervision and substitution will go ahead despite ... click to read full post & comments


430 additional Resource Teachers

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 11/01/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers Parenting430 additional Resource Teachers


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D., welcomed the allocation of 430 additional Resource Teachers to schools to provide extra teaching support to children with special educational needs.

Resource Teachers are dedicated posts that support students with special educational needs and are ... click to read full post & comments


School refused to allow emergency medical kit

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 10/25/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersSchool refused to allow emergency medical kit


A primary school student has been awarded €9,000 because his school refused to keep an emergency medical kit on the school premises over a period of nine days.

The boy in question, who was in second class in a gaelscoil in 2014/15, has anaphylaxis which means that he can have an ... click to read full post & comments


Notre Dame School to close

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 10/20/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersNotre Dame School to close


Notre Dame junior and secondary school located in Churchtown has announced it is to close. The junior school will close in June 2017 while the secondary school will continue until ... click to read full post & comments


Temporary Supervisors sought for schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 10/19/2016.
Tags: Teachers ParentingTemporary Supervisors sought for schools


Below is the text of the advertisement on the Dept of Education website for temporary supervisors in schools during the forthcoming industrial action by the ASTI

'Applications are invited for inclusion on a panel of temporary Supervisors in certain post-primary schools.

The ASTI has directed its members to withdraw from supervision and substitution in post-primary schools with effect from 7 November next. In schools affected by this action, the Department of Education and Skills, school management bodies and local school management are putting ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI Strike Dates Announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/14/2016.
Tags: Teachers Parenting Education And PoliticsASTI Strike Dates Announced


The ASTI has announced industrial action including withdrawal from supervision and substitution and strike action to take place in the coming weeks. The announcement follows yesterday’s ballot results in which the overwhelming majority of ASTI teachers voted in favour of industrial action.
 
ASTI members will engage in strike action on the following dates ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI members vote for industrial action

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 10/13/2016.
Tags: Teachers ParentingASTI members vote for industrial action


ASTI members have voted overwhelmingly to take industrial action over lower pay for recently qualified teachers and the worsening of ASTI members’ terms and conditions.
 
In a ballot on recently qualified teachers’ pay, ASTI teachers voted by ... click to read full post & comments


Leaving Cert Appeal Results are out

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 10/12/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersLeaving Cert Appeal Results are out


The State Examinations Commission (SEC) has released the appeal results for the 2016 Leaving Certificate examination. The appeal results have also been transmitted electronically to the Central Applications Office and will be available to candidates on the ... click to read full post & comments


Budget 2017 Education Update

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 10/11/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingBudget 2017 Education Update


Education spending within the Budget of €9.5 billion represents 16% of total spending and an increase in spending of €458 million.

Here is a summary of Budget 2017 released today as it impacts on the Education Sector:  ... click to read full post & comments


'Creepy Clowns' scare students in Blackrock School

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 10/11/2016.
Tags: Parenting Teachers'Creepy Clowns' scare students in Blackrock School


Staff and students at Newpark Comprehensive School in Blackrock were distressed by an incident last week when members of a promotions company entered the school premises dressed as creepy clowns and carrying a prop that students said looked “identical” to a chainsaw.

A group of students who were leaving a PE class encountered ... click to read full post & comments


School Kids Benefit from Cultural Participation

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/05/2016.
Tags: ParentingSchool Kids Benefit from Cultural Participation


The ERSI have published a new study which has found that children who engage in cultural life and arts perform better in school and are more confident later in life.

The study, which was commisioned by the Arts Council of Ireland, draws upon ... click to read full post & comments


Lollipop Sign Cameras deter Dangerous Drivers

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/04/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersLollipop Sign Cameras deter Dangerous Drivers


A programme piloted in Mayo and Kildare which used Go Pro cameras on Lollipop signs has proven successful in detering dangerous driving.

The pilot was trialed in an effort to promote road safety and to catch ... click to read full post & comments



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