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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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Free Public Transport for Kids with Leap Cards

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 11/07/2016.
Tags: ParentingFree Public Transport for Kids with Leap Cards


Minister for Transport, Shane Ross and CEO of the National Transport Authority, Anne Graham, have today announced that children in possession of Child Leap Cards will enjoy free transportation from Monday, July 25th until Sunday, August 7th.

Children between the ages of 4 and 18 can look forward to ... click to read full post & comments


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


Majority of adults feel our sense of community is declining

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 27/06/2016.
Tags: Parenting Majority of adults  feel our sense of community is declining


Macra na Feirme and Calor launch the 2016 ‘Know your Neighbour’ Campaign

Seven in 10 (71%) of adults feel that children today feel a lesser sense of community than they themselves did growing up in Ireland. This rises to three quarters (75%) of adults living in ... click to read full post & comments


Parents urged to apply for School Transport Tickets now

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 21/06/2016.
Tags: ParentingParents urged to apply for School Transport Tickets now


While many parents and families are turning their minds to summer holidays, school transport tickets for the new term will issue in the coming weeks.

In some cases, these may be restricted availability of seats on vehicles, so Bus Éireann is ... 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


860 Extra SNAs by the end of 2016

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/06/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Parenting860 Extra SNAs by the end of 2016


7% increase in number of SNAs to meet level of need.

Government also agrees to carry out comprehensive assessment of the SNA scheme under National Council for Special Education aimed at providing better outcomes for students with special educational needs.


The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, today (Tuesday) announced the provision of ... click to read full post & comments(1)


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


Back to School Allowance Applications

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/06/2016.
Tags: ParentingBack to School Allowance Applications


New Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar, is urging families to get their back to school Allowance applications in early this year ahead of the August deadline.

Last year, over 153,000 families ... click to read full post & comments(3)


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


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


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


Mentoring parents improves children’s IQ, Health and Behaviour

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 17/05/2016.
Tags: ParentingMentoring parents improves children’s IQ, Health and Behaviour


Parenting intervention causes a 10 point increase in IQ by age four.

A major parent and family intervention programme trialled in North Dublin has had a dramatic impact in improving outcomes for children and families.

The first in a series of results from the Preparing for Life early childhood programme were announced today and show dramatic impacts on children’s IQ, obesity levels and ... 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


HSE cuts eye exams for school kids

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 10/05/2016.
Tags: Parenting EachersHSE cuts eye exams for school kids


The HSE have discontinued the routine eye screenings of school children in fifth and sixth class with immediate effect.

In letters sent to primary school Principals around the country, the HSE stated that the service will be stopped as there was a ... click to read full post & comments


Parents don't consider crisps, chocolate and sweets as 'treats'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 09/05/2016.
Tags: ParentingParents don't consider crisps, chocolate and sweets as 'treats'


safefood is urging parents to redouble their efforts to reduce unhealthy treat foods in their children’s diets as new research¹ indicates over 40% of parents routinely give their children treats like crisps, chocolates and sweets at least once a ... 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


Things Irish Mammies Say: True or False?

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 04/05/2016.
Tags: ParentingThings Irish Mammies Say: True or False?


Kicking off health month, Science Foundation Ireland is looking into the science behind the things Irish mammies say.

We’ve all been told at one stage or another to bundle up in winter to avoid catching a cold, as well as the magical powers of ... click to read full post & comments


200 Dublin schoolboys take part in rugby concussion study

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 03/05/2016.
Tags: Parenting200 Dublin schoolboys take part in rugby concussion study


Sports Surgery Clinic last week launched a pilot study to assess the effects of rehabilitation post concussion in adolescent rugby players and the development of a Concussion Passport screening service.  The aim of the study is to collect data using a comprehensive range of computerised, exercise and physiological tests before and ... click to read full post & comments


Irish kids with Asthma miss 1.5 million days of school yearly

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 03/05/2016.
Tags: ParentingIrish kids with Asthma miss 1.5 million days of school yearly


More than 1.5 million (1,851430) days of school are missed each year by children with asthma, according to the latest figures from the Asthma Society of Ireland ahead of World Asthma Day, today, 3rd May.

The Asthma Society of Ireland is hosting the first ever Bubble Day 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


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


Applications sought for patronage of 9 new schools

Posted by SchoolDays Newshoun, on 27/04/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingApplications sought for patronage of 9 new schools


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, T.D., has invited school patron bodies/prospective school patron bodies to apply for the patronage of nine new post-primary schools due to be established in September 2017 & 2018.

Yesterday’s invitation follows on from ... 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


'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


Improvements to Student Grant Scheme for 2016

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 15/04/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingImprovements to Student Grant Scheme for 2016


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan T.D., has announced improvements to the student grant scheme for 2016/17.

The Minister’s announcement coincides with SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) opening its online application system for grant applications for the 2016/17 academic year. This year’s scheme opened more than two ... click to read full post & comments


Facebook & Google Team Up to Keep Kids Safe Online

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/04/2016.
Tags: ParentingFacebook & Google Team Up to Keep Kids Safe Online


Facebook has launched a new tool to protect children on it's social media platfrom from harrassment and bullying.

The tool notifies users if it detects that another person may be ... click to read full post & comments


Increase in number of kids educated at home

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 11/04/2016.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsIncrease in number of kids educated at home


According to a report in the Independent, the number of Irish parents home schooling their kids has jumped significantly to 1,090 compared with 699 in 2011.

Parents are legally entitled to Home School their children under Article 42 of the Constitution. Under Section 14 (1) of the Education (Welfare) Act, 2000, children who are educated at home or who attend a non-recognised school - that is a school that is not funded by the Department of Educational and Skills (e.g. a private primary school) - must ... click to read full post & comments


Gardai to vet over 34,000 Teachers

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 05/04/2016.
Tags: Education And Poltics Teaches ParentingGardai to vet over 34,000 Teachers


New child protection legislation  (National Vetting Bureau Children and Vulnerable Persons Act 2012) due to come into effect this month will see over 34,000 teachers vetted by Gardai, including those who have been teaching since ... 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


Energy Drinks Not Suitable for Under 16s

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 15/03/2016.
Tags: ParentingEnergy Drinks Not Suitable for Under 16s


A new report conducted by Safefood has found that the sale of energy drinks has soared in recent years and that these drinks are not suitable for children under the age of 16.

The report outlined that some brands contained a startling ... 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)


Gardai Investigating Fire at Galway school

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 14/03/2016.
Tags: ParentingGardai Investigating Fire at Galway school


Gardai are investigating a fire at teaching prefab which was destroyed yesterday evening at a Galway primary school.

Both the Gardia and the local fire services ... click to read full post & comments


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)


Au Pair wins test case as 'employee'

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 09/03/2016.
Tags: ParentingAu Pair wins test case as 'employee'


A landmark case involving a spanish au pair has resulted in a host family being ordered to pay her over €9000 in back pay and compensation for a five month period she spent with the family.

The Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI), which supported the au pair to take the case, has ... click to read full post & comments(1)


Jump in CAO Applications for 2016

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 09/03/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics ParentingJump in CAO Applications for 2016


A record 76,000 people have applied to the CAO this year, with points increases likely across a range of popular courses. This number is likely to grow as late applications will be accepted up to May 1st. The increase represents a growth of ... click to read full post & comments


One Third of Children in Ireland have never Climbed a Tree

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 03/03/2016.
Tags: ParentingOne Third of Children in Ireland have never Climbed a Tree


ESB Tree Week launches today with a survey of parents that reveals almost a third of children in Ireland (31%) have never climbed a tree and 1 in 10 have never even ... 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


Experts urge schools to ban tackling in rugby

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 03/03/2016.
Tags: Parenting Education And PoliticsExperts urge schools to ban tackling in rugby


Over 70 doctors and academics are calling for a ban on tackling in rugby matches played in Irish and UK schools. The group have written to the Minister for Sport, the Chief Medical Officer, and the Children's Ombudsman in Ireland calling for a ban on tackling in school rugby games.

In an open letter (see below), they say ... click to read full post & comments


3 days school closure for JC reform

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound on 03/03/2016.
Tags: Education And Politics Teachers Parenting3 days school closure for JC reform


A new circular letter issued by the Department of Education has indicated that schools will be allowed to close for three days in the 2016/17 school year to allow teachers and principals prepare for the new Junior Certificate programme.

Teachers will also be granted ... click to read full post & comments


Positivity Packs: Spreading the Joy

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 01/03/2016.
Tags: ParentingPositivity Packs: Spreading the Joy


Limerick teen, James Corneille, a 17 year old entrepreneur, has developed a novel idea to brighten up someone's day. Positivity Packs are designed to be 'the perfect chill out kit after those horrible, rainy, hair-pulling, frustrating and unfortunate days.'

The pack contains little things such as ... click to read full post & comments