National Induction Programme for Teachers (NQTs) – NIPT

Registration is now open for the NQT Induction Workshops & Droichead Clusters. Please complete and return the Registration Form 2018-2019

For more information on the NIPT click HERE

Write-a-book Project

YOUNG AUTHORS CELEBRATE SUCCESS

Parents, teachers and pupils from twenty-six schools across Counties Cavan and Monaghan gathered in the Garage Theatre in Monaghan on 31st May, to celebrate the successes of the young authors who had won awards in the latest literacy project run by Monaghan Education Centre.

The Write-a-Book Project has been running in County Monaghan since 2001, and has been co-ordinated by Wendy Flood for the past 11 years. The project was launched in January, and schools have been working hard on their creative, and technical skills in English lessons since then. The literacy projects are skills-based and encourage pupils at all ages in primary school to plan, draft and edit their own work, under the supervision of their teacher. The Write-a-Book Project encourages individuals to produce an entire book, which is a great undertaking. All aspects of written literacy are involved, from the early planning stages to completion of an illustrated product which has incorporated imagination, editing, correct grammar and spelling.

The proceedings were opened by Wendy Flood who welcomed the winning 150 pupils, their families, and the teachers. She praised the efforts of all involved and stressed that these winners were the tip of the literacy iceberg, as some of them were chosen as winners from class groups as large as 28 pupils.

All pupils were called up by name, and the title of their book, and were presented with a Merit winners medal and certificate before being photographed in school groups. As the names of the Merit winners were read aloud, it was noted that there were several repeat winners from previous events, and that these writers might consider further nurturing their skills.

Mr David McCague, Director of Monaghan Education Centre, thanked all the teachers who had encouraged and supported their pupils in this project, and explained how this project was a great way to develop the art of imagination, the skill of critical thinking and self-evaluation, during the editing process. The Staff in the Education Centre, Mary Savage, Carmel McKenna and Mary Mc Quaid were commended for their hard work behind the scenes, as were the staff at the garage theatre itself for ensuring a great venue was available and that the event ran smoothly.

It was a great night for celebration, Congratulations to all the young authors who wrote their own book this year. It really is a feat of endurance to start the writing process, and manage to create a book. Keep up the good work over the summer ready for another exciting literacy project in the next school year.

Farm Safety (Primary Resources)

At this point of the year, our HSA partners launch a campaign asking primary teachers to help them give important farm safety messages to their pupils before the Summer break. Summer holidays are a high risk time for children who are off school and spend a lot of time on their family farm or visiting friends’ and relatives’ farms.  It is also a very busy time for farmers when much work needs to be done.

Farm accidents have claimed the lives of 23 children in the last decade and account for 11% of all farm fatalities over the period. Farms remain the only workplace in Ireland where children still continue to die.  Farm deaths involving children are always a horrific tragedy for families and heart-breaking for communities and schools alike.

The HSA website has numerous online farm safety resources for teachers to use in the classroom which can be covered in an interactive, fun and stimulating way. The IPPN is also supporting the HSA in communicating this important message to its members.

The Health and Safety Authority has developed resources to give farm safety messages to Primary students in 30 minutes. These are available at www.hsa.ie/education under Teacher Supports and Resources.  These include a Farm Safety Presentation-primary: a set of seven PowerPoint slides, specifically developed for use in all Primary classes<http://hsa.ie/eng/Education/Teacher_Support_and_Classroom_Resources/

Farm_Safety_Presentation_-_Primary/>. Teachers can use them with their whiteboards or print off to photocopy.  On the Farm videos showcase child safety on the  farm from the child’s own perspective. In addition to this, the HSA’s dedicated e-learning portal www.hsalearning.ie contains a short interactive course for Primary students called Keep Safe on the Farm https://hsalearning.ie/ (2 x 40 minute online lessons suitable for the whiteboard). A certificate can be downloaded for the class once complete.

Primary Schools Debating Final 2017/18

“The voting age should be lowered to 16”

In October 2017, 16 schools registered to participate in Monaghan’s Primary Debating Project run by Monaghan Education Centre.

Having battled their way to the forefront of the Primary Schools’ Debating league of 2017-2018, these 5th and 6th Class pupils had argued emotive topics such as “To tackle climate change, all people should be vegetarians”, “Children under 14 should not be allowed on social media”, “Ireland should give more money in aid to poor countries”, and “Advertising on childrens’ T.V. should be outlawed”. Now, only two schools remained.

On May 11th, in the final of the Monaghan Schools Debating Project, the motion: “The Voting Age should be lowered to 16“, was debated by St Louis GNS, Monaghan and Corcreagh NS, Shercock, Co Cavan.

With their teams of three competent speakers, ably assisted by their research team and timekeeper, St Louis GNS team proposed the motion, which was opposed by Corcreagh NS.

Both sides presented convincing arguments with statistics, and quotes, to support their standpoint, but in conclusion, the three impartial adjudicators declared St Louis GNS as the 2017/2018 winners. Both teams congratulated the other for having worked hard and for arguing their points convincingly. St Louis GNS are the fifth school to be awarded the prestigious title of “Monaghan’s Primary Debating Champions”. Both schools deserve tremendous credit for their preparation and delivery and while only one team emerged with the silverware all participants grasped the opportunity to develop skills and competencies that will serve them well in the future. Congratulations to both teams of six debaters, their classmates for their planning and research, and of course, to their teachers, Ms. Deery and Principal Ms Farrell in St. Louis GNS and Ms. Sherry and Principal Ms. Duffy in Corcreagh NS.

Audience members were amazed at the confidence and oratory skills on display and we wish to thank all the schools who engaged with the competition and the adjudicators who made this project a great success.

Monaghan Education Centre Data Protection Update May 2018

A new data protection regulation, GDPR, is coming into force on May 25th 2018. It applies to organisations that are based in the EU.

Monaghan Education Centre is sending out an e-mail to schools to outline our approach to maintaining continued contact and to make clear to all Monaghan Education Centre service users what their data rights are with respect to knowing:

a) what data Monaghan Education Centre collects on its service users;

b) what Monaghan Education Centre does with user data; and

c) how to obtain a census of what data Monaghan Education Centre holds on you as a service user.

The answers to these questions are straightforward:

a) Monaghan Education Centre holds no information on its service users other than that which was given on school contact databases or participant contact forms (name, address, institution, title, e-mail address, participant role etc); that which service users voluntarily put on their Education Centre website user account; information given to us on Expense Claims (expense details, bank paying-in details, and receipts); e-mails and correspondence; details of financial transactions made, for example course fee payments taken, and grants paid out to individuals or schools.

b) This limited amount of data that Monaghan Education Centre holds is only used for the following purposes: for having an up-to-date list of schools, event bookings, attendance rolls, course and project participants; for sending out communications, and staying in touch with schools, tutors and account users; for keeping track of who has paid course fees, when, and how much has been paid; for compliance with the Charity Regulator’s or Department of Education & Skills’ requests for information and legally-binding accounting purposes (e.g. knowing to whom Monaghan Education Centre has paid grants and expenses, when, and how much has been paid); e-mail addresses and contacts necessary for administering and carrying out Monaghan Education Centre projects and centre business.

c) If any Monaghan Education Centre service user would like further clarification on what data are kept on them personally, or, moreover, if any service user would simply like us to delete and dispose of any information we have on them, you can get in touch with the Centre at any time using the following e-mail address: info@metc.ie (please note, that Monaghan Education Centre will process such a request within legal parameters within 30 days).

Finally, please note that Monaghan Education Centre payments received as part of course fees are handled by third party banking websites, so we do not have any members’ PayPal/credit/debit card details at all; nor does Monaghan Education Centre analyse the cookie information that may be gathered on our website, nor do we sell any information on, nor do we give any information we have to third parties unless legally obliged to do so or unless the Education Centre network has a working relationship with relevant organisations for the provision of courses and projects. For specific courses or projects operated in collaboration with relevant organisation, such as support services, the Health & Safety Authority or Arts organisations, the collaborative partner is identifiable at the outset. Monaghan Education Centre protects the devices such data are stored upon, and is obligated to report to its service users any data breaches perpetrated.

David Mc Cague (Director)

PDST Primary Language Curriculum 2018/19

I would like to inform you, that as per circular 61/2015 and associated clarification letter, there will be no national roll-out of Primary Language Seminars in the coming academic year.

The 2018/19 year will instead involve teachers implementing and embedding the Primary Language Curriculum (PLC) from Junior Infants to Second Class. To allow schools time to engage in this process, ‘an additional planning day to assist the implementation of the Primary Language Curriculum’ has been sanctioned by the Department for the coming academic year. (Circular 16/2018) This closure will be school-based and therefore will be organised by the school themselves. Further clarification on this school closure is due to be issued from DES to schools shortly.

If schools require further support as they continue to implement the PLC in the 2018/19 academic year, they can apply for PDST support in the following ways:

(i) School Support: Schools can apply online to receive an advisor visit to support them in the areas of both Literacy and/or Gaeilge. Applications for support will open on 1st June 2018 on http://www.pdst.ie/schoolsupport. (School support typically involves one advisor visit, depending on advisor capacity.)

(ii) Sustained Support: Schools can alternatively apply online for sustained support, a model which involves receiving multiple visits from an advisor over the course of the academic year. Schools need to complete an application form to apply for this model of support and they can apply for support in both Literacy and/or Gaeilge. Sustained support applications will also open on 1st June 2018 on http://www.pdst.ie/schoolsupport.

(iii) Evening Workshops: A variety of evening workshops for Literacy and Gaeilge will be made available in Education Centres as per usual.

Limited places available on Summer Courses commencing 20th August

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