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Castlebar first non-catholic school to open Sept 16

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/07/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersCastlebar first non-catholic school to open Sept 16


Good news for the new multi-denominational school scheduled to open in Castlebar in September 2016 - Mayo County Council this week gave its approval to use a council-owned building to provide accommodation for the school.

It is being proposed that Castlebar's old town council building in the centre of the town will be used for the school but planning approval has yet to be granted.

A derelict school building 9 kim from the town was orginally offered to the patron body Educate Together last August but this was rejected as Educate Together felt it was too remote a location to make it viable.

There are currently 11 primary schools within a 5 km radious of Castelbar town centre, all under the patronage of the Catholic Church.



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School Admission Waiting Lists to be Banned

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 06/07/2016.
Tags: Parents Education And Politics TeachersSchool Admission Waiting Lists to be Banned


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, today announced that Government has approved the Education (Admission to Schools) Bill 2016. 

The Bill will be introduced to the Oireachtas this week with view to enactment as soon as possible after that. The Programme for Government targets enactment of this legislation before ... click to read full post & comments(3)


New Educate Together Primary School announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/06/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingNew Educate Together Primary School announced


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D. announced the opening, from September 2016, of a new primary school under the patronage of Educate Together.

This development is part of the process of primary school divestment and follows ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI members to withdraw from Croke Park hours

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 28/06/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsASTI members to withdraw from Croke Park hours


ASTI Standing Committee today decided to accept an invitation from the Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton to discuss “issues of concern” to the Union and the Minister.

“Teachers have experienced a significant ... click to read full post & comments


Berrings NS National Water Explorer Winners 2016

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 16/06/2016.
Tags: TeachersBerrings NS National Water Explorer Winners 2016


Berrings National School from Berrings County Cork has been announced as the National Water Explorer Programme Winner 2016 in an innovative online water conservation initiative organised by the charity Global Action Plan.

The Water Explorer programme focuses on ... click to read full post & comments


On your bike for 5,000 students

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 15/06/2016.
Tags: Teachers ParentingOn your bike for 5,000 students


Schools across Ireland will be taking part in National C.O.W Day (Cycle on Wednesday/Weekdays) today, Wednesday 15th June, as part of Bike Week 2016.
 
This is the eighth annual national celebration of cycling and, as a key partner of Bike Week, An Taisce Green-Schools Travel will be encouraging ... click to read full post & comments


Action Plan announced for Disadvantaged Schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 14/06/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersAction Plan announced for Disadvantaged Schools


A new Action Plan for disadvantaged schools will be published by the end of this year, Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton announced (Monday).

Minister Bruton today visited a primary school in north Dublin to lay out his initial plans to improve opportunities for children from disadvantaged areas, as part of his first major ... click to read full post & comments


Trial New Online Marking Scheme for Junior Cert

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 07/06/2016.
Tags: Teachers ParentingTrial New Online Marking Scheme for Junior Cert


An alternative, computerised marking system will be implemented for a fraction of Junior Cert Exams this year.

The system will see thousands of exam scripts scanned and converted to digital images which examiners will be able to ... click to read full post & comments


Junior & Senior Infants Stressed Over Homework

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 30/05/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersJunior & Senior Infants Stressed Over Homework


In a study conducted by the National Parents Council (NPC), 58% of parents of young children in Junior and Senior infants reported that their children were stressed some or all of the time while ... click to read full post & comments


Have your say on our education system

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 23/05/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingHave your say on our education system


Call for consultation on Statement of Strategy 2016 - 2018 by Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D.

As part of the Government’s first 100 days Programme, we are starting the process of developing a new Strategy for Education and Skills 2016-2018.

This Strategy will be informed by the Government’s Programme for a Partnership Government and aims to advance the transformation of the education system to support the principles of the Programme in developing a strong economy so as to support ... click to read full post & comments


Winners of One Good Idea competition announced

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 20/05/2016.
Tags: TeachersWinners of One Good Idea competition announced


This afternoon, St. Mogue's College, Bawnboy, Cavan was named the overall winner of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) One Good Idea competition.

The students picked up their Award for their project, “Showerlite” which encouraged teenagers to cut their ... click to read full post & comments


Irish secondary school student wins at international science fair

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 20/05/2016.
Tags: TeachersIrish secondary school student wins at international science fair


SciFest national champion, Louis Madden, a fifth year student from Largy College, Clones, Co. Monaghan, won two major awards at Intel ISEF 2016 which was held in Phoenix, Arizona. Louis secured his place at Intel ISEF when he won the top award at the SciFest 2015 national final last November with his project that looked at ... click to read full post & comments


Patronage of 3 new primary schools announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 20/05/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingPatronage of 3 new primary schools announced


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, announced the outcome of the patronage process for three new primary schools due to open in Dublin in September 2016.
Patronage of the new schools in Cabra and Drumcondra is being awarded to ... click to read full post & comments


'Show Racism the Red Card' School Awards

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 20/05/2016.
Tags: Teachers'Show Racism the Red Card' School Awards


Show Racism the Red Card Highlight Need for Government to Combat Racism

The new Government must prioritise integration and funding for anti-racism measures. That’s according to Show Racism the Red Card (SRTRC), an anti-racism charity that use sports and the high profile of sportspeople to tackle ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI members vote to withdraw from Croke Park hours

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 20/05/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And PoliticsASTI members vote to withdraw from Croke Park hours


ASTI members have voted overwhelmingly to withdraw from the Croke Park hours by 68.5% to 31.5%.

Commenting on the ballot result announced today, ASTI President Máire G. Ní Chiarba said that teachers believe the Croke Park hours are unproductive and impact negatively on ... click to read full post & comments


Minister advised schools may close due to funding shortages

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 19/05/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingMinister advised schools may close due to funding shortages


According to a report by RTE today, the new Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, has been warned by civil servants that reduced funding means that some schools may not be able to cover costs such as heating or lighting and that some schools may be forced to close because of inadequate ... click to read full post & comments


IGC survey finds DEIS schools hardest hit by guidance counselling cuts

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/05/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting TeachersIGC survey finds DEIS schools hardest hit by guidance counselling cuts

IGC Press Release

Since 2011/12, in terms of overall practice hours DEIS schools have experienced a 30.0 percent loss, non-DEIS schools a 26.7 percent loss, and fee-paying schools gained 1.9 percent. Overall, there appears to be a socio-economic hierarchy to the provision of hours for guidance counselling, where those who can afford to pay for it receive the greatest benefit. Guidance counselling is on its knees, with ... click to read full post & comments


Luas Strike Times Amended for Exam Students

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/05/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersLuas Strike Times Amended for Exam Students


The Luas strikes arrangements have been reviewed after it emerged that their original schedule would directly affect students sitting their Leaving and Junior Cert exams which begin at 9.30am on Wednesday, 8th June.

The industrial action was originally scheduled for 9am - 1pm on the 8th,9th and 10th of June but the times have now been changed to ... click to read full post & comments


Irish Schools Falling Behind in Digital Studies

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/05/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersIrish Schools Falling Behind in Digital Studies


Trinity College and Googe are calling for more investment to be made towards educating Irish students in digital studies following the results of a survey that found over 60% of schools do not have enough access to technology to provide students with neccessary skills.

A programme run by Trinity College, which Google pledged €1.5 million to back in 2014, aims to ... click to read full post & comments


UL launches High Value Sports Scholarships

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 05/05/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersUL launches High Value Sports Scholarships


The University of Limerick has launched a new suite of Sports Scholarships designed to support elite athletes in pursuing and excelling in their sport while also undertaking study at the University of Limerick. There are three levels of award, Gold, Silver and Bronze with a value of up to €10,000 at the Gold level.

Scholarship holders will benefit from ... click to read full post & comments


Winners Announced for Green-Schools Water Awards

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/05/2016.
Tags: TeachersWinners Announced for Green-Schools Water Awards


Winning schools achieve up to 67% reduction in water usage through Green-Schools Water theme

(24/5/16): Today at the Green-Schools Water Awards schools across Ireland were recognised for reducing their water consumption, raising awareness about water issues and involving their community. The Green-Schools Water programme is operated by An Taisce Environmental Education Unit and is ... click to read full post & comments


Minister annouces €30 million investment for over 197 schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 29/04/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersMinister annouces  €30 million investment for over 197 schools


Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, yesterday announced a €30 million investment for over 197 schools under the multi-annual Summer Works Scheme (2016-2017)

“Funding of €30 million will see major improvements in primary and ... click to read full post & comments


One Good Idea Competition - 20 School Finalists Announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/04/2016.
Tags: TeachersOne Good Idea Competition - 20 School Finalists Announced


Students from twenty schools all over Ireland have made it to the National Final of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) One Good Idea competition after running creative energy awareness campaigns in their schools and local communities.

The One Good Idea competition, sponsored by AIB, encourages students in both primary and post primary schools to ... click to read full post & comments


566 New Resource Teachers Posts announced

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/04/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers Parenting566 New Resource Teachers Posts announced


The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) yesterday published the allocation of resource teacher posts to schools for the start of the 2016/2017 school year.

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


Green Schools BIG Travel Challenge Winners 2016

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 29/04/2016.
Tags: TeachersGreen Schools BIG Travel Challenge Winners 2016


Coláiste Íosagáin, Portarlington was awarded the title of ‘Ireland’s Travel School of the Year’ at a ceremony in Dublin today 28/4/16). An Taisce Green-Schools presented the school with their award at the event honouring the winners of this year’s Green-Schools BIG Travel Challenge 2016 in the Radisson Hotel, Golden Lane. Seven other schools were also ... click to read full post & comments


2016 Junior Spider Awards

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 28/04/2016.
Tags: Teachers2016 Junior Spider Awards


The 2016 eir Junior Spiders Award winners were announced at a ceremony at Croke Park, Dublin yesterday (25th April 2016).
 
Hosted by RTE’s Aidan Power, the Awards recognise and reward youths and young adults aged 4 to 19 for the innovative ways in which they use the internet, especially around ... click to read full post & comments


School Yellow Flag Awards 2016

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 28/04/2016.
Tags: Teachers ParentingSchool Yellow Flag Awards 2016


Bressie and the Ombudsman for Children Niall Muldoon today(26th April 2016) honoured 13 primary and secondary schools for tackling racism and achieving diversity standards resulting in them receiving Yellow Flag status at a multicultural ceremony of pupils representing 83 nationalities and cultures.

Embarking on the 8 step Yellow Flag programme each school must ... click to read full post & comments


Good luck to schools competing in the finals of 'Enterprise of the Year'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 28/04/2016.
Tags: TeachersGood luck to schools competing in the finals of 'Enterprise of the Year'


Eight teams from primary-schools throughout Ireland will participate in BizWorld Ireland’s annual BizFactor competition in hopes of being awarded, 'Enterprise of the Year' tomorrow, Thursday, 28th April 2016 at 10.30am in The RDS, Dublin 4.

The eight finalists ... click to read full post & comments


Big rise in pupils exempt from Irish

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 25/04/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParentingBig rise in pupils exempt from Irish


A new ESRI report, as seen by the Irish Times, shows that the number of students given exemptions from studying Irish, has increased by 50% in 10 years. The Report shows that 32,000 students were ... click to read full post & comments


School Choir Wow Judges on Britain's Got Talent

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 25/04/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersSchool Choir Wow Judges on Britain's Got Talent


Kilkenny Presentation School Choir are in the running to perform at the Royal Variety Show after they received four resounding 'yeses' on the popular talent show, Britain's Got Talent.

The choir performed a memorable rendition of ... click to read full post & comments


Donegal School Targeted in Vulgar Vandalism Attack

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 22/04/2016.
Tags: Parents TeachersDonegal School Targeted in Vulgar Vandalism Attack


A national school in Donegal is planning to install security cameras and enhanced security after what is believed to be human excrement was left in ... click to read full post & comments


Take your students to places a school bus can’t

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 20/04/2016.
Tags: TeachersTake your students to places a school bus can’t


Google Expeditions’programme is currently visiting schools around the world, including Ireland, to pilot their new Expeditions Pioneer Program. Expeditions is a virtual reality platform built for the classroom.

Google have worked with teaches and content partners from around the world to create ... click to read full post & comments


'Sweets out for School' campaign launched

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 19/04/2016.
Tags: Parenting Teachers'Sweets out for School' campaign launched


A crèche owner in Tralee has started a ‘Sweets out for School’ campaign to try stop sweets/sugar being used as a reward for kids in school.

Kate Guerin, who is the owner of Sunflowers Childcare in Tralee, hopes that her campaign will persuade the next Minister ... click to read full post & comments


Schools to prepare plans to monitor students attendance

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/04/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersSchools to prepare plans to monitor students attendance


New guidelines will require schools to prepare detailed plans on how to monitor their pupils' attendence. Although this requirements have been in place for years under existing legislation, they are only being ... click to read full post & comments


Teachers Annual Conferences get underway

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 29/03/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersTeachers Annual Conferences get underway


Approximately 1,800 delegates are attending the three teacher trade unions annual conferences in Wexford, Cork and Killarney this week.

It is expected that unequal teacher salaries will be a major issue of the conferences. The INTO, the ASTI and the TUI are all expected to debate motions criticising ... click to read full post & comments


Over 18s may receive School Reports instead of Parents

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/03/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers ParenitngOver 18s may receive School Reports instead of Parents


According to a report in the Irish Times today, in order to comply with current data protection laws, schools may have to send reports, examination results and disciplinary records directly to students over the age of 18, leaving parents in the dark. ... click to read full post & comments


Austerity measures hit student mental health supports

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 22/03/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersAusterity measures hit student mental health supports


Press Release from ASTI
Austerity measures including a moratorium on school middle-management posts are undermining student pastoral care structures and mental health supports, a study has found.

In a survey of 1,749 teachers and school principals commissioned by the ASTI, 82 per cent of principals state that the ... click to read full post & comments


ASTI planning one day strikes from September

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 18/03/2016.
Tags: Teachers Parenting Education And PoliticsASTI planning one day strikes from September


Statement from ASTI

The ASTI will plan a series of strike days to take place from this autumn if the dispute over proposed changes to the Junior Cycle is not resolved.
 
The second level teachers’ union is currently engaging in ... click to read full post & comments


'Proclamation Day' across our schools

Posted by Schooldays Newshound on 15/03/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers Parenting'Proclamation Day' across our schools


Schools and colleges across Ireland will today hold ceremonies marking the significance of the Proclamation of Independence.

Today is one of the main highlights of the Ireland 2016 Centenary programme in the education sector. Events including raising the Tricolour, the reading of the 1916 Proclamation followed by a ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Cork Student Wins Doodle 4 Google Contest

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/03/2016.
Tags: Parenting TeachersCork Student Wins Doodle 4 Google Contest


Summercove National School in Kinsale must be very proud of their 12 year old student, Mia Buckley, who was this week announced as the overall winner of the Doodle 4 Google competition.

The theme for this year's Doodle 4 Google focussed on Ireland's 1916 Commemorations, called ... click to read full post & comments(1)


INTO Members vote for ban on School Self-Evaluation

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/03/2016.
Tags: Teachers Education And Politics ParentngINTO Members vote for ban on School Self-Evaluation


Members of the INTO have overwhelmingly backed a call from the CEC for industrial action in response to the continued ban on promotion in schools and increasing workload for teachers.

Ninety seven per cent of members voted to stop all involvement with the Department of Education and Skills’ on-going programme of ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Choose Your Words Wisely Because They Can Hurt

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/03/2016.
Tags: Parents TeachersChoose Your Words Wisely Because They Can Hurt


The ISPCC has launched a social media public awareness campaign to draw attention to the issue of cyberbullying, advising that ‘your words can hurt, choose them wisely’.

The week long campaign runs from 7th-13th March and highlights how cyberbullying presents new challenges for children and parents. There can be a much wider ... click to read full post & comments


Students mark 1916 at Flag Ceremony in Croke Park

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 07/03/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics TeachersStudents mark 1916 at Flag Ceremony in Croke Park


Today (Monday 7th March) saw the culmination of the Ireland 2016 Flags for Schools programme when representative groups of students, over 6,000, and teachers from every secondary school in the country,  as well as some of our finest young athletes, received a National Flag and a copy of the Proclamation at a special ceremony in Croke Park.

The Flags for Schools initiative, a ... click to read full post & comments


Wesley College launches 40th Interschools Music Festival

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 03/03/2016.
Tags: Parenting Teachers Education And PoliticsWesley College launches 40th Interschools Music Festival


Today, Wesley College, Dublin 16 officially launched the 40th Interschools Music Festival, which will take place this Friday, 4th and Saturday, 5th March. The Interschools Music Festival is the single largest interschool music event in the country for primary and secondary level school students, established with the aim of ... click to read full post & comments



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