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SPARKS - THE AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMME WITH A DIFFERENCE

The Sparks Programme is a STEM based primary after school programme that includes Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths & Creative Writing provides an after-school programme with a difference!
The Sparks Programme has been developed in partnership with UCC (University College Cork), CTYI (Centre for Talented Youth in Ireland), CIT (Cork Institute of Technology) and St. John's Central College, who run the courses. Sparks provides children with a fun, supportive and stimulating environment to challenge them and develop their potential. It is open to ALL primary school children from ANY school.  Bookings are now being taken for the 2017 Sparks After-School Programme, starting on 25th September.  Courses run for 10 weeks, are suitable for 6 to 12 year olds, and cost just €80 per child (sibling discounts available). Courses include fun, practical activities and will be held in: Computer Animation, Chess, Creative Writing, Science, and Engineering. Don’t delay - to book your child’s place on any of the Sparks courses starting Monday 25th September by calling Rockboro School on 021 4314324 or by email: sparksrockboro@eircom.net

 

Conna National School opened its multi-award winning garden in June 2017 to a huge crowd of garden enthusiasts including family and friends of staff and pupils; and members of the local Tidy Towns Committee and Conna District Flower Club. The garden looked splendid with lots of colour in the window boxes, raised beds and hanging baskets. Brightly painted raised beds were packed with vegetables and fruit all grown from seed and attended to by pupils. Planning began early in the first term with the help of parents, staff, pupils and Parents Association. The garden’s BIO-DIVERSITY theme was especially suited to bees, butterflies and insects, with a Bug Motel and Bug Dome for flying creatures to nest in!  An outstanding array of up-cycled art work included scarecrows, bee and butterfly mobiles and attractive stone creatures.  Cork County Council and Muintir na Tíre awarded the school a prize in the OVERALL CATEGORY (Highly Commended), presented in Cork County Hall by Lord Mayor, Cllr. Séamus McGrath . Conna School Garden was awarded Overall Winners in 2016 in UP-CYCLING, ART and COLOUR categories, and Runner- Up in 2015 in the SMALL GARDEN category.

 

 

WEEE Pledge Needs your Waste Batteries

Calling all recycling champions! Show your love for the environment this year by including waste battery recycling in your school’s green activities. Can your school be the best in the county? Be in with a chance to win some of the super prizes while your recycling helps raise funds for LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice.

Sign your school up in just 3 quick steps! WEEE Ireland will deliver packs directly to your school and collections are easy with their online request system. Benefit from new educational videos; learn how battery recycling works and why it matters so much. Log on to www.weeepledge.ie to become ‘Guardians of our Planet’.

 

“With over 110 batteries in the average student’s household, every school has the opportunity to make a big difference. Students and teachers are showing us the power they have to make change and to protect their environment. The programme is hugely successful and this year’s prizes of workshops to Rediscovery Centre have been really well received. We are looking forward to another wonderful year of battery recycling” Stacey Moloney, WEEE Pledge Manager for WEEE Ireland to recycle waste batteries on www.weeepledge.ie 

Take the Pledge today by logging on to www.weeepledge.ie #EveryBatteryCounts

 

BACK TO SCHOOL ANXIETY A lot of parents look forward to the beginning of the school year, getting back into a routine and having more child-free time.  However, for some children it is a time of fear and anxiety. Some children don’t know how to process their anxiety and it goes out of control.  One of the tools Marie Crowley suggests to parents of anxious children is to Praise, Prevent and Plan. All children will experience some elevation in their nervousness and apprehension at the start of the school year.   Talk to your children in a very positive way about the next year, and connect what you say to something real your child has accomplished during the previous school year.  Remind them of successes and challenges they have already overcome.  Part of planning includes bringing up issues with your child’s teacher prior to an official parent-teacher meeting.  This can help you and the teacher develop a plan to support your child in any challenges they may face.  For further information or help in supporting your anxious child contact Marie Crowley MIACP on 089 4657377.

 

Chernobyl Children’s Trust Cork Waterford

The 2017 summer visits by the children from Belarus to the East Cork/West Waterford group were a huge success; with good fun and good food had by all - and lifelong friendships made. The Irish registered Chernobyl Children’s Trust charity welcomed many new children this year and new Irish host families.  Pictured is Mrs Sal Tivy, of Perks Entertainment Centre Youghal with children from Belarus, volunteers and local host families.  The children also had action-packed days out at Trabolgan Holiday Village and Fota Wildlife Park. 

If you would like to find out more about the work of Chernobyl Children’s Trust or may be interested in becoming a host family please call Carol on 086 7961208 or email: carolmooney@mac.com

Find out more at Facebook/CCTCorkWaterford  www.chernobylchildrenstrust.ie

 

The Green-Schools Expo is back! Following a hugely successful event in 2016 Ireland’s only free environmental expo for schools returns to the RDS on Thursday, February 22nd 2018.

The theme for next year’s Expo is Climate Action and each element of the Expo will be geared towards educating and informing students, teachers and the wider community about actions they can take to reduce the threat of climate change.

Register your interest now to secure a limited free place on new teacher training sessions with Climate Action Officers. The workshops’ aim is to empower teachers to confidently explore climate change as part of the SESE curriculum. Training will take place at the end of September in four locations - contact Gráinne on 01-4002222 / gryan@eeu.antaisce.org 

Green Schools are also looking for Climate Ambassadors in schools, campuses and communities around Ireland who are interested in learning more about climate change and motivated to take climate action! You’ll meet like-minded people in a fun, empowering and engaging environment, while receiving customised training from Climate Scientists and Communication Experts. Applications are open from September. Visit www.climateambassador.ie, or contact Gary on 01-4002222 / gtyrrell@eeu.antaisce.org.

For more information and to register for Expo tickets visit www.greenschoolsireland.org

 

Try Kumon’s two-week Free Trial now!

With nearly 60 years of experience, the Kumon programmes enable children to take on new challenges with confidence and to develop their study skills.

Kumon believes that this opportunity to grow on both an academic and a personal level should be available to all children. This is why, between 1 October and 20 November, they are offering a two-week Free Trial at participating centres across Ireland.

Your child can experience how the Kumon Maths and English Programmes help children of any age and ability to become confident, independent learners with a positive attitude to study. Your child will be assessed so your Kumon Instructor can tailor the level of study precisely to their ability. This creates a positive learning experience, with work set at just the right level.

Enrol your child now on the two-week Free Trial to get a glimpse of how Kumon could help develop their abilities for the future.

If you would like more information please contact your local Kumon Instructor who will be able to tell you about the two-week Free Trial on 1800 523 191 or by visiting kumon.ie * Terms and conditions apply.

 

 

Aisling O’Connor Opticians: The only qualified optician in Munster offering visual stress assessments

Your local optometrist is the first port of call for all eye-care problems and advice for the family. Aisling O’Connor in Midleton Co. Cork is the only qualified Irish optometrist and a member of the Association of Optometrists in Ireland - who offers visual stress assessments for children and adults in Munster.

Does your child suffer from dyslexia, reading difficulties and visual stress?  Visual stress is sensitivity to patterns which can make reading extremely difficult and uncomfortable. Dyslexia refers to reading problems and while visual stress is not the same as dyslexia; is more common in those who are dyslexic but can also affect non-dyslexic children. Aisling O’Connor and her team at the Colorimetry & Visual Stress Clinic in Midleton Cork assess whether colour can alleviate a patient’s symptoms. A full eye examination is carried out to check for visual stress. If visual stress is present, then a Colorimeter using up to 10,000 different wavelengths or colours identifies the most precise and effective colour required for precision tinted lenses, sourced through the practice.   "It was like a switch being turned on when the coloured lenses were put in front of him, he could see the print clearly - I just couldn't believe it"  Call Aisling O’Connor Opticians on 021 4634452  Visit Facebook/ A O Connor Opticians www.aoconnoropticians.ie

 

 

ROCKBORO PRIMARY SCHOOL & PRE-SCHOOL NOW ENROLLING

Open day Thursday 21st September 2017

Rockboro School provides a diverse education experience based on community values and child achievement. Rockboro, an independent, multi-denominational, co-educational primary school and pre-school was established in Cork city in 1969 and offers an extended family environment with a welcoming and friendly atmosphere.  Parents and teachers ensure that each child is individually nurtured and enabled to reach his/her full potential.  Small Classes - Big Education: With a maximum class size of 20, children receive a high level of individual attention resulting in increased confidence and self-esteem.  All children benefit from classes in Computer Science, French, Drama, Music, Public Speaking, P.E. and Swimming within a broad curriculum. The quality of learning experience extends beyond the National Curriculum, with strong emphasis on Science and Maths. Rockboro opened its fully equipped Science Laboratory last year. Primary School pupils at Rockboro will now avail of practical Science as part of the school curriculum. The varied after-school programme at Rockboro includes Hockey, Rugby, Soccer, Art & Crafts, and Ballet & Performing Arts all on offer along with Homework Club to 5pm. The Sparks Programme, incorporating afterschool Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths & Creative Writing provides an after-school programme with a difference! Contact Rockboro School, Boreenmanna Road, Cork, 021 4314324, email: rockboro@eircom.net and visit www.rockboroschool.ie

 

2018 RDS Primary Science Fair @MIC Limerick

Developing numeracy, literacy and scientific skills in the primary school classroom in an effective and creative way is what the RDS Primary Science Fair is all about. As a non-competitive forum, the RDS Primary Science Fair showcases STEM investigations undertaken by primary school classes across Ireland. It brings together teachers, parents and students to showcase class projects, share experiences and learn from each other. Integrating a range of curricular objectives – in particular children’s oral language development and numeracy skills – the focus on inquiry based skills benefits teachers and children alike.

Now going into its ninth year, the RDS Primary Science Fair will take place at the RDS Dublin, January 11-13, at MIC Limerick, January 18-20 and Belfast Waterfront, June 6-7, 2018.  Applications to exhibit a project in 2018 are open to 4th, 5th and 6th classes.  All the information you need to know about applying is on their website, including examples of class projects previously selected for the Fair. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, October 4, 2017. Visiting schools may also visit the Fair to view projects showcased by their peers and enjoy a world of science-led entertainment - advance booking details available online at www.rds.ie/primarysciencefair or email: primarysciencefair@rds.ie  and call 01 2407 990.

FREE SCHOOL VISITS - Water, Road & Farm Safety 

You can get your local school in County Cork to register for a FREE SCHOOL VISIT to help educate children around Water, Road & Farm Safety.  You will also get a free pack of safety themed games and books for your school – as well as a Safety Flag to fly proudly outside your school!  There is no cost involved and the sessions are run in a manner that is fun, interactive and gets the children thinking for themselves around safety.   Please e-mail caroline.casey@corkcoco.ie for further information to register for your FREE school visit.

 

In Ireland the equivalent to an average classroom of children (30 children) drowns every ten years.  Research has shown that children drown because of a lack of education and adequate adult supervision. Do you know where the lifebuoys are at your local beach?  Is your family familiar with the Flag System operating on the beaches during the summer bathing season?   The World Health Organisation (2014), states that drowning is one of the 10 leading causes of death among 1-24 year olds.  The highest drowning rates are among young children 1- 4 years of age with ponds being the biggest risk factor.

Road accidents account for almost 40% of child deaths in Ireland.  The Road Safety Authority records show that half of fatalities take place between 4pm - 6pm from April to August.  In 2015 a total of 16 children under 15 died on Irish roads. Eight of these children were pedestrians and the remaining eight were passengers in motor vehicles. Children will do as we do - so we need to model safe behaviour around the roads. 

 

FREE FARM SAFETY EVENTS:  Cork County Council is running FREE Safety Days at Tir Na Si, Open Farm, Watergrasshill, Co. Cork for County Cork Primary Schools.  Take a look at what happened at one of the most recent safety days on the farm here: https://vimeo.com/195320956  A great day was had by all and the children learned lots of valuable safety information.  These events run regularly throughout the year so if you wish to get involved in the Cork County Council Circle of Safety Events, please email caroline.casey@corkcoco.ie to register.  Limited places available so early registration is necessary.  

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WEEE Pledge Schools Battery Recycling Challenge 

WEEE Pledge is a FREE battery recycling programme designed for schools. By engaging in fun learning activities and taking charge of battery recycling, students (and their families) learn about the importance of being responsible for the environment and how to make a difference in each community. A big thank you to teachers and students who have incorporated waste battery recycling into their school recycling activities by joining the WEEEPledge programme. An impressive 26,105 kg of waste batteries were recycled through WEEEPledge in 2016.  By recycling waste batteries, your school will also help raise vital funds for LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice. EVERY single battery you collect contributes to a monetary donation to LauraLynn. This year, thanks to the Irish people and schools around the country who contributed significantly, WEEE Ireland have surpassed their donation target for charity partner LauraLynn. WEEE Ireland delivered a donation of €50,000 to LauraLynn recently, bringing the overall donation to date up to €285,000, surpassing their target of €250,000.  WEEE is asking you to go on a hunt for batteries around your home and collect as many as waste batteries as possible. You can get your friends, family members and neighbours involved too! Collect waste batteries at home - bring them to school and place them in the blue WEEE Ireland boxes. The programme also rewards schools with a chance to win fantastic spot prizes too.  For further information about the WEEE Pledge programme or to sign your school up log on to www.weeepledge.ie

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Dogs Trust is Ireland’s largest dog welfare charity. Last year they rehomed 2,957 Irish dogs. As part of their commitment to reduce the number of stray and unwanted dogs in Ireland, they  have a team of dedicated team of Education and Community Officers who deliver Educational Workshops to primary schools completely FREE of charge.  All workshops are fun, engaging and interactive. The focus is to deliver a message of Responsible Dog Ownership whilst educating children on how to stay safe around dogs. A variety of themes and curriculum links means that they can deliver a different workshop and range of activities every time they visit. Last year the Dogs Trust expanded to 6 Education and Community Officers, covering 95% of the Republic of Ireland so there has never been a better time to request a visit. 

To request a workshop email education@dogstrust.ie or log on to www.learnwithdogstrust.ie where you can also find more information, free learning resources and fun & games!

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COPYQUIP is a leading supplier of photocopiers and printers in Munster, and has supplied colour and mono devices to schools and businesses for over 20 years. Their team of trusted advisors has over 50 years of combined experience ready to serve your school’s needs. Copyquip pride themselves on first class service and love to help customers choose the right model for their needs and best option for their budget. With Copyquip you can lease, buy or rent photocopiers and printers. Proud of being up-to-date on the latest industry knowledge, their team can help your school find the right machine for the job that needs to be done. The company offers very favourable terms and if your school is unsure whether to purchase or lease, then Copyquip are happy to run the numbers for you, so that you can be confident you are making the right decision.  Family owned and run, always at the end of the phone, unrivalled service, and ready to meet your needs day after day. Give Copyquip a call on 021-4892720 and quote PRIMARY TIMES. www.copyquip.ie

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79 new schools to be added to DEIS Programme

30 schools already in DEIS to receive additional resources

The DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) Plan 2017 was published by Minister for Education & Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton, TD in February. The overall aim of the DEIS Plan 2017 is to build on the experiences of existing DEIS schools to inform effective ways in which the education system can help to break down cycles of disadvantage through improved identification of schools and calibrating supports to assist those pupils most at risk gain real and lasting benefits from their education. The new DEIS school support programme will be implemented from September 2017. A list of schools with the highest concentrations of at risk pupils/students has been finalised and these schools will begin to receive additional supports from September 2017.  

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Horse Racing Ireland ‘Go Racing Kids’ Club’ Education Days for school groups will take place in Tramore on April 28th; Killarney end of April, Cork June 12th; and Tipperary in October. Some of the highlights of the day include Meet a Trainer: a trainer brings a racehorse to the racecourse and describes how to train a racehorse, how their yard gets ready for a big race day; and Meet a Jockey: a jockey takes the pupils into the weigh room. R.A.C.E (Racing Academy & Centre of Education): provide information about their Trainee Jockey course and give demonstrations on the racehorse simulator! The racecourses and HRI provide lunch for all the children and buses to and from the school to the venue. Children also receive complimentary family passes. If your school is interested in taking part, please contact Claire Rushe by e-mail: crushe@hri.ie

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2017 RDS Primary Science Fair @MIC Limerick

Developing numeracy, literacy and scientific skills in the primary school classroom in an effective and creative way is what the RDS Primary Science Fair is all about.  As a non-competitive forum, the RDS Primary Science Fair showcases STEM investigations undertaken by primary school classes across Ireland. It brings together teachers, parents and students to showcase class projects, share experiences and learn from each other. Integrating a range of curricular objectives – in particular children’s oral language development and numeracy skills – the focus on inquiry based skills benefits teachers and children alike.

 

Now going into its eighth year, the RDS Primary Science Fair will take place at the RDS Dublin, January 12-14 and at MIC Limerick, January 19-21, 2017.  Applications to exhibit a project in 2017 in Dublin or Limerick are open to 4th, 5th and 6th classes.  All the information you need to know about applying is on their website, including examples of class projects that have previously been selected for the Fair. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, October 5, 2016. Visiting schools may also visit the Fair to view projects showcased by their peers and enjoy a world of science-led entertainment! Advance booking details will be available online at www.rds.ie/primarysciencefair Email: primarysciencefair@rds.ie Tel: 01 240 7990.

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Water Explorer is an inspiring new online educational programme for schools where students can get involved in water conservation challenges, collaborate with schools in other countries, gain points and win water workshops and lots of other prizes. The programme empowers thousands of students worldwide to lead joint action on water issues for schools and communities. The website has lots of resources for teachers and the programme is run in schools in Ireland, the UK, Germany, France, Poland, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Turkey, Bermuda and Switzerland.  To register, call 01 8832185 or email: waterexplorer@globalactionplan.ie    

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Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan has announced a new language curriculum for primary schools, focusing on the development of oral language, reading and writing skills and specifically designed for young children in junior infants through to 2nd class.    

According to Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, “For the first time, there will be no distinction in how the teaching and learning in English and Irish are approached as languages.  The new curriculum establishes very clear learning outcomes and development milestones for our young children through both languages.”  From September 2016, the focus will be on the implementation of the oral language strand, with the following year seeing the focus on new reading and writing strands.  All strands of the new curriculum will be taught to young children in junior infants to 2nd classes by September 2018.  Teachers will be given the necessary CPD Days to allow them to train to implement the new curriculum. www.education.ie

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