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4 News: Optional Junior Cert history is now history - McHugh; New Rapid Response Group on Drug and Substance Abuse in Higher Education 5 News: New campaign calls for reform of teaching of Irish 6 News: ‘Reciprocal Reading’ boosts learning outcomes - Queen's; UL launches €4.2m research on driverless vehicles 7 News: Primary schools 'remain overcrowded and underfunded'; IUA call for urgent change to research funding 8 COVER STORY: All female Tech Apprenticeship to start this November

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Optional Junior Cert history is now history - McHugh MINISTER Joe McHugh went against the recommendations of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) report and opted to give Junior Cert History 'special core status'. The controversy over the status of history in the Junior Cert has rumbled on in political and acedemic cirles over the last number of years culmininating in a review by the NCCA. The report concluded that the should should be optional. The thinking for this is that many schools should be able to cater for their students flexibly. The Minister said that he will request the support of the NCCA in devising a new structure for the Junior Cycle Framework which includes History as a special core status. Minister McHugh has already requested the development of a Young Historians’ Competition and is seeking support from education partners to establish it along with a range of other initiatives to promote History at primary and post-primary level. Minister McHugh said: “The report was

comprehensive and put forward a strong case. I have given it full consideration over the last two months, as well as taking on board the views of many people I meet on a daily basis who dedicate their lives and careers to education and to nurturing the minds of young people. “My view is that our education system is responsive and progressive enough to allow for the Junior Cycle Framework to be structured in such a way for history to have a special core status." A new specification for the subject was introduced to schools in September 2018, as part of the rollout of the Junior Cycle Framework. Prior to the introduction of the new Framework, History was a mandatory subject in approximately half of post-primary schools, although around nine out of ten students across post-primary took the History examination at Junior Cycle. Of the 21 subjects being offered under the Framework, three of these, Mathematics, English and Irish, are mandatory, with the other 18 being optional.

New Rapid Response Group on Drug and Substance Abuse in Higher Education A NEW expert group tasked with developing action plan includes senior academics, Gardaí, students, parents and first responders within third level institutions. Announcing the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor said: “I am taking a two strand approach to this issue. Initially I am setting up a group of experts, including academics, Gardaí, students and first responders within institutions, who are going to consider what the key issues that are facing us are, and what the solutions will be. They are going to report back to me within eight weeks. "I have also convened an extensive data gathering exercise for all higher education institutions which will be led by Dr Michael Byrne in UCC. Currently statistics on drug use among students are anecdotal and I want a clear and accurate account as to what we are dealing with."

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the foundation of the State, for the Irish language in our education system from pre-school to third level. The campaign cited the results of a 2019 Kantar Millward Brown which found: • 64% agree that reform is needed in the Irish educational system to ensure that all students finish their education with a competent level of Irish (only 11% were against this) • 64% agree that Irish should remain as a core subject, i.e. that all students study up to leaving certificate (only 14% were against this) • 63% agree there should be a comprehensive policy that links the teaching of Irish throughout the duration of the educational cycle, i.e. from preschool to primary, to secondary schooling through to third level (only 11% were against this).

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‘Reciprocal Reading’ boosts learning outcomes - Queen's THE reading skills of primary pupils can be boosted by an additional two months when teachers get them to think about, question and summarise different texts, according to new research report published by the UK Education Endowment Foundation. The study was carried out by researchers from the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work at Queen’s University. ‘Reciprocal Reading’ is an approach widely used in English-speaking classrooms across the world but is not commonly used in the UK. It is a structured approach to teaching strategies – questioning, clarifying, summarising and predicting - that students can use to improve their reading comprehension. Over the course of the programme, pupils are encouraged by teachers – who receive training in the approach - to take on more responsibility for leading and shaping the discussion. This trial tested two versions of the programme: a targeted intervention that was delivered to a small group of pupils which

the teachers had identified as struggling with their reading; and a universal programme where teachers were asked to deliver the reading sessions to whole classes. In both versions of the programme, the intervention was delivered in 30-minute sessions for a minimum of 12 weeks over two academic terms. The research team found that pupils who received the targeted version of the intervention made the equivalent of two additional months’ progress in reading and reading comprehension, on average, compared to a similar group of pupils in schools who did not take part in the programme.

UL launches €4.2m research on driverless vehicles UNIVERSITY of Limerick has launched a Science Foundation Ireland backed €4.2m research collaboration on driverless vehicles led by Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre. Researchers from Irish academia, global automotive and Irish firms will collaborate on key international challenges facing driverless vehicles, especially those working in the same environments as pedestrians, animals and human-operated vehicles. The project brings together 11 companies to work on autonomous systems projects across the automotive, industrial and agricultural sectors.

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Primary schools 'remain overcrowded and underfunded' THE INTO has said that the OECD report ‘Education at a Glance 2019’ finds Irish primary school classes among the largest in Europe while funding lags behind the rest of Europe. According to the union the OECD report finds that primary schools in Ireland remain overcrowded and underfunded compared to other countries. INTO General Secretary John Boyle said: "The report from the OECD confirms what we already know. We are topping the league when it comes to class size and funding at primary level. Many teachers have become fundraisers, raising funds to cover basic school costs." The report also showed that Ireland's teach-

ers are paid more than the OECD average with primary teachers earning around 11 per cent more than their colleages in the OECD area. However the INTO pointed out that Irish primary school teachers continue to teach more pupils than other teachers in the Eurozone. The average class size in Irish primary schools remains at 25 compared to the EU average of 20 pupils per class. Irish primary teachers teach an average of 905 hours per year compared to 726 hours at second level and the EU average of 754 hours. The report shows that 56 per cent of 25-34 year olds in Ireland had received higher or further education and the score is the highest in Europe and the fourth highest in the world.

IUA call for urgent change to research funding THE Presidents of Ireland’s seven universities, represented by the IUA, have called on the Government and the national research funding agencies to urgently address strategic deficiencies in how Irish research is funded, following the outcome of the latest European Research Council (ERC) funding programme. Only one Irish-based researcher was funded out of a total of 408 grant awards from the €621 million funding programme. Professor Brian MacCraith, Chair of the Council of the Irish Universities Association (IUA) and President of DCU said: “In a time when some universities see further slippage in international rankings it is clear that addressing research funding as part of an overall investment package for the sector is urgently needed. "Ireland’s poor performance in this year’s ERC Funding Awards is a clear warning signal that demands urgent attention from government and the funding agencies.” “As an island economy on the western edge of Europe, it is imperative that we have a world class university sector to compete effectively for international investment. Research plays an integral role in maintaining a world class system. We now have the highly regrettable situation where many of our top scientists and researchers are getting no national funding. Education 7


All female Tech Apprentices Cyber Security added to the suite of tech apprenticeships ICT Associate Professional is the new National Apprenticeship Programme for all tech enthusiasts wishing to pursue a career in Ireland’s buoyant technology sector. Over 12,000 jobs are currently available in tech – as highlighted by the recent FIT ICT Skills Audit. 75% of these roles can be facilitated through tech apprenticeship programmes, providing immediate employment opportunities for job seekers and students.

Who is the programme for? Age: 18+ at time of application. All ages welcome thereafter. Qualifications: Leaving Certificate (5 passes at Ordinary Level including Maths and English)†. Candidates with other qualifications should refer to the FIT website for details of recognition of prior learning. All candidates must also meet Aptitudes Assessments administered by FIT. Attitude: Motivated tech enthusiasts with an aptitude and attitude to work in the ICT sector. Off-the-job training costs are entirely government funded. FIT manages all aspects of the programme and co-ordinates employer input. Participating companies employ the apprentice throughout their apprenticeship and facilitate the onthe-job application of learning. Apprentices hone their skills while contributing to prod-

uct development, technological advancement and talent building. Apprentices employed under contract receive payment to the value of €260 - €290 weekly in the first year and €340 - €385 weekly in year two. (Figures presented are a guideline) On successful completion of the programme, qualified apprentices have the potential to progress into full-time positions with their employers. What is the ICT Associate Professional Apprenticeship programme? This new apprenticeship programme adopts a learning-by-doing format of ICT skills development, giving new meaning to the concept of ‘hire education’. Over a two year period the programme combines off-the-job skills training with onthe-job application, and culminates in the attainment of the ICT Associate Apprenticeship Award as part of the national apprenticeship programme.

Participating companies are keen to recruit smart people with smart skills and this new programme will enable participants to ‘earn while "These they learn’. Apprenticeships FIT are Ireland’s appointed coordiaim to attract nating providers of the new National and grow the Tech Apprenticeships at Level 6 on talent pipeline the National Framework of by providing Qualifications. These Apprenticeships training in aim to attract and grow the talent Software pipeline by providing training in Development, Software Development, Network Network Engineering and Cybersecurity. Engineering and What are the key benefits to Cybersecurity" your company? • Widen your access to highly motivated tech enthusiasts with bespoke skills • Grow tech-savvy teams efficiently • Bring fresh thinking and energy to new technologies and product development • Free up your more experienced staff to do what they do best • Fast-track access to emerging tech skills >>>

How does the programme work? Employer is approved and apprentices registered. Tech company recruits apprentices for a 2 year programme in either Software Development or Network Engineering.


ship to start this November Ireland’s Females in Technology (I-FITs) Ireland’s Females in Technology ( I - F I T ) : A n e x c l u s i v e Te c h Apprenticeship Programme for Irish females residing in communities at the heart of Dublin’s ‘Silicon Dock’. A two-year programme aimed at equipping local women with the tech know-how to carve out a successful career in a thriving industry. Offering participants the opportunity to earn while they learn, modern apprenticeships foster economic independence, progression and clear pathways to quality employment. The first fully-fledged female class is a pioneering approach to boosting parti c ipa t ion a nd s h o wc a s i n g untapped talent. The programme not only aims to engage female tech enthusiasts, but also to measure the social capital generated from educating, empowering and employing women at the heart of the community. As part of a €1m investment in the Dublin Impact Challenge, Google invited non-profits, social enterprises and educators to submit bold ideas to grow social and economic opportunities in their communities. I-FITs was amongst the final 15 projects amongst 250 applicants in this year’s Google Impact Challenge and secured grant funding of €50,000 to help build opportunity in Dublin. With the first intake due to comm e n c e N o v 2 0 1 9 i n C D E T B ’s Liberties College, FIT is calling out >>> What are the key benefits to the FIT apprentice? • Gain direct experience in a realtime technical environment ensuring increased productivity • Acquire in-depth understanding of the latest technologies supporting innovation • Develop business and interpersonal skills such as teamwork, customer-facing skills and project management Tech sector needs women Tech sector employers are keen to point out that they are seeking more female entrants.

for both applicants and companies who are interesting in either joining or accessing this talent pool. Please contact Aoife Sheehy, Project Lead for further information on aoifesheehy@fit.ie. Advisory Council Members: National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI); JP Morgan; Salesforce; City of Dublin Education & Training Board (CDETB); Dress for Success; Department of Social Protection ( D S P ) ; P e t e r M c Ve r r y Tr u s t ; Technology Ireland; Irish Computer Society (ICS) & Fastrack into IT (FIT).

Gender balance is seen as key to the future success of companies and they are reaching out to females who can expect to benefit from great work environments, career progression and support for continuous professional development. Career opportunities in tech are both varied and rewarding, with strong demand for more women creators, team builders, business developers and leaders. So join in and create the future! Partnership Approach Peter Davitt, CEO of FIT, explained that the new tech apprenticeships

"Gender balance is seen as key to the future success of companies and they are reaching out to females who can expect to benefit from great work environments, career progression and support for continuous professional development"

were as a result of a strong partnership approach between government, the tech sector and the national education & training system. He praised the role of the Department of Education, the Apprenticeship Council, SOLAS and QQI for providing the policy and implementation structures necessary to enable new apprenticeships to flourish. In particular he acknowledged the key role of Education and Training Boards who are partnering with FIT throughout the country in the delivery of the training elements of the tech apprenticeships. >>>


What does an apprentice receive? Apprentices attain an Advanced Certificate in Computer Programming (Software Developer) or Computer Networking (Network Engineer).

What career paths can I take? The programme offers three distinct career paths: Systems and Networks Design, install, maintain and support communication network within an organisation or between organisations. • Network Operating System • Networking Technologies • Internet Server Management • I.T. Virtualisation • Implementing an ICT Systems Security Policy • Design and Plan for an Internal Network Cabling Infrastructure • ICT Systems and Networks Management

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Struggling with credit card debt? Talk to the Teachers’ Union of Ireland Credit Union (TUICU) MORE than half of adults in Ireland own a credit card. A substantial six in ten however don’t know what interest rate they pay. This is despite the fact that most credit card owners use their plastic extremely frequently. The majority of adults tend to use their cards every month for ad hoc spending, rather than for one-off purchases throughout the year. The findings were revealed in a new, national survey commissioned by the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU). Credit card interest Close to three quarters of adults in the survey felt that credit card companies don’t do enough to explain how interest rates work. More than two thirds agreed that the general public lacks understanding of how credit card interest works. It’s understandable then that many don’t know where to turn when they can’t figure out why the interest

mounts on each credit card bill. Mr Paul Roche, CEO says that TUICU can help: “Our friendly staff are always available to talk about complex financial terms and ensure that our members fully understand any financial product they avail of. In fact, we would encourage anyone struggling with their credit card bills to come in to us for a chat and see how we can help. Approach us for guidance "We know there is a worrying lack of knowledge amongst credit card users about both the rate of interest being charged, and how the interest actually works. Part of our ethos at the TUICU is financial education – so anyone struggling to come to grips with credit card interest, or other financial issues, is welcome to approach us for guidance.” Paul continued: “For those who feel they might rely on their credit

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card too much, or think they have no other option but to use the card, we would encourage them to speak to us about a credit union loan. Interest rates on our loans are far better value than even the lowest interest rate on a credit card in Ireland. "Our loans are approved quickly and terms and conditions are straightforward and transparent, with no hidden fees. Our friendly loan officers are always more than happy to take the time to go through all the finer details with the borrower and ensure they full understand monthly repayments and the total cost of credit.” Debt consolidation In addition, TUICU also offers a debt consolidation loan. The product aims to help members refinance high interest debts – and combine all of their debt into a single, straightforward payment at a fair and reasonable rate.* A restructured payment like this can ease the pressure and make it easier for people to get on top of their debt and manage it in a way that suits their everyday lives.

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THE Language Department in the Goethe-Instiut promotes the German language in Ireland through language courses, examinations and training seminars for teachers as well as supporting and advocating for German in the Irish education system. In recent years, the GoetheInstitut has further intensified its collaboration with secondary and third level institutions as well as supporting a professional network with these partners. This has been particularly welcomed by German lecturers and teachers, as well as the Department for Education and Skills (DES). The consequences of Britain’s planned exit from the EU could

potentially expose Ireland to a wide range of political and economic challenges. Irish business has to diversify and seek new markets and is therefore increasingly looking to European markets, especially Germany. The Department of Education and Skills is also committed to meeting these challenges by ensuring that Irish students are better prepared for a future in Europe where foreign language skills will play an increasingly important role. The Goethe-Institut is committed to continuing its support for the cooperation between institutions by encouraging more regional networking and other activities and

"Ensuring that Irish students are better prepared for a future in Europe where foreign language skills will play an increasingly important role"

projects which promote German language in Secondary and Higher Education. If you would like to join with the Goethe-Institut in the development of regional networks, projects or activities such as workshops, competitions or professional development events which could be organised from autumn 2019, we would be delighted to assist you. For further information feel free to contact: Inge.Wagner@goethe.de The Goethe Institut – A brief Introduction The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s international cultural network. Our role is to further


understanding in Ireland about our country and language and to foster cultural exchange between Ireland and Germany. We do this through providing German language classes and teacher services, by running a German library and information service and through an extensive cultural programme, which includes artist commissions, residencies, special events and collaborations with Irish culture and language organisations. Every year more than 200,000 people take courses at all levels at more than 100 Goethe-Institut abroad and the 13 institutes in Germany. Languages open horizons – regardless of where or

"Since it opened in 1961, the GoetheInstitut in Dublin has broadened the professional and personal horizons of thousands of people who have attended its German courses"

when. Since it opened in 1961, the Goethe-Institut in Dublin has broadened the professional and personal horizons of thousands of people who have attended its German courses. But stepping inside the Goethe-Institut means an encounter with more than just the German language – it’s an encounter with Germany. You can get acquainted with the latest works by German authors, available in English and German, in our beautifully restored library on the first floor of 37 Merrion Square. Catch up on current trends and developments in present-day Germany (literature, art, culture, society and history) or relax with a

German newspaper or magazine in our reading room overlooking Merrion Square. Our library is open to the public and use of books and media in the library is free of charge. There is also an e-library/ Onleihe service: the GoetheInstitut’s virtual library allows you to borrow digital documents, such as eBooks and eAudio books, for a predetermined period of time, by downloading them from our eLibrary (Link: https://bit. ly/2QiozLK). Book enthusiasts who are interested in discussing literature written in German with likeminded people are more than welcome to our monthly book club.


Offering excellent education SINCE it opened its doors in 1367, University of Pécs has positioned itself high on the higher education world map among Universities which build up future generations of modern society and offer excellent education. Being one of the most internationalized universities in Hungary, UP is today home to more than 4500 foreign students from over 114 countries. The heart of Europe The multi campus town of Pécs is known as the heart of Europe where history and tradition meet modern life. Choosing to study in the European Capital of Culture of 2010, one becomes a part of a lively multicultural community. Offering almost 70 study programs, the University offers for everybody’s affinities something, so the students who decide to study in Pécs can fulfill their dreams of pro-

spective careers not just in business, medicine, social and natural science, but also IT, engineering and arts. Among them are the BA and MA program in Psychology. Designed to lead to careers The program of studying men’s behavior at UP, founded on biological and social science, is designed to lead to careers in clinical, counselling, educational, forensic, health or occupational psychology. Through a practicum-orientated curriculum, students have the opportunity to gain specific knowledge which is awarded a valuable EU degree for an affordable tuition fee. Psychology BA program’s courses deal with the following disciples: 1. General and Cognitive Psychology 2. Evolutionary Psychology 3. Developmental Psychology 4. Personality Psychology

"The multi campus town of Pécs is known as the heart of Europe where history and tradition meet modern life"

5. Social Psychology 6. Foundations of Psychological Methodology 7. Special Applied Fields of Psychology Psychology MA students gain special knowledge in the field of Counselling and School Psychology. They will study the methodologies and instruments used in psychology, and will be able to use these with individuals, groups or organizations especially schools for their understanding and development. The program provides adequate training to acquire further, legally stipulated, specialized qualifications in the various fields of psychology. They are prepared to continue their studies at the doctoral level.

FIND OUT MORE: For more information on the programs email the International Office at international@pte.hu or visit the www.international.pte.hu.

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DiscoverEU – a journey that is just beginning A SHARED sense of belonging always requires personal connections. The European project is no exception. Every friendship, every bond between people is a concrete step towards a stronger shared European identity. This is the idea that DiscoverEU builds on. This summer thousands of 18-year-olds travelled across the EU. Supported by a free travel pass, some 20,000 young people embarked on a journey to explore Europe, mainly by eco-friendly means of transport like trains, busses, and ferries. They learned about Europe’s cultural heritage, about its history, about others – and about themselves. They followed in the footsteps of 30,000 young people who have already discovered our continent in this way, experiencing first-hand what it means to be European. A big difference This new initiative has now been running for just over a year, and it has already started to make a big difference. Nearly 275,000 young people applied for the almost 50,000 travel passes available over three application rounds in 2018 and 2019. From Ireland 2,698 young people applied for these travel passes. DiscoverEU shows what is possible when a good idea meets political ambition and creative, open-minded people. Hatched in civil society, championed by Members of the European Parliament and put into action by the European Commission in record time, the idea to give 18-year-olds a chance to discover Europe by travelling is a great example of a concrete step that brings young people closer to the European project – and closer to each other. It is fully in line with the focus the Commission has placed on empowering and investing in young people, along with other new EU initiatives such as the European Solidarity Corps. For some DiscoverEU participants, it was the first time they travelled

It is also working to build links with Europe-wide networks such as Eurodesk and the Europe Direct Centres as well as local groups to make the initiative better known in cities and towns across Europe – and to help involve those travelling more closely with the communities they are visiting. But this is only the beginning. To harness the full potential of DiscoverEU, the Commission is seeking to make it an integral part of the Erasmus programme after 2020, with a budget of €700 million. If the European Parliament and Member States agree, about 1.5 million 18-year-olds stand to benefit between 2021 and 2027. without their parents. For all of them, it was a learning experience. Those who have already taken part report that it has helped them to become more engaged and to broaden their horizons. Many of them say they have gained self-confidence and developed important competences such as foreign-language and intercultural skills, adaptability, resilience and organisational skills. And two thirds state that they would not have been able to finance their travel pass without DiscoverEU, Building a community What is more, through this initiative, thousands of travelers have been making new friends and building a community across Europe. Participants who had never met before have linked up on social media, formed groups to travel from city to city or helped each other out by offering a couch for the night. Building on participants’ feedback and working with stakeholders, the European Commission is working to ensure that DiscoverEU becomes even more open and inclusive. Applying has been made easier, and the Commission is providing tips for budget-friendly travelling and putting a special emphasis on supporting young people with disabilities.

"If the European Parliament and Member States agree, about 1.5 million 18-year-olds stand to benefit between 2021 and 2027"

By Gerry Kiely Head of Representation, European Commission Representation in Ireland

Stepping stone This would open up a real chance to keep developing DiscoverEU, further strengthening its learning dimension – and to make it a stepping stone. One DiscoverEU experience should be only the beginning of a much bigger journey for young people. It should entice them to explore more. Become more engaged in their communities, or go abroad again via other EU programmes. DiscoverEU is more than about young people going on holidays. It has confirmed that, given the opportunity, young Europeans take responsibility and, by building networks and connections with others, significantly contribute to European integration. These travelers already act as ambassadors for the European idea and show us that while we have our differences, there is much more that unites us than divides us. Exploring Europe should be the norm for young people, independent of their background, finances, or home city. Young people have a special role in building bridges – bridges that we need more than ever to build a more united, cohesive Europe for the future. That is why the European Union continues investing and believing in young people – not tomorrow, but today.


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Comórtas chun aitheantas a thabhairt do na haistritheoirí óga is fearr san Aontas Eorpach CÉ AR FÉIDIR LEIS BHEITH PÁIRTEACH ANN? Daltaí meánscoile a rugadh in 2002 CÉN RUD É? Deis is ea é do dhaltaí meánscoile a scileanna aistriúcháin a thástáil CATHAIN A BHEIDH SÉ AR SIÚL? Roimh an gcomórtas Ní foláir do scoileanna clárú go díreach ar shuíomh gréasáin Juvenes Translatores idir an 2 Meán Fómhair agus an 20 Deireadh Fómhair 2019. Roghnófar na scoileanna go randamach – i ngach tír den Aontas Eorpach, is ionann an líon scoileanna ar féidir leo páirt a ghlacadh agus an líon suíochán atá ag an tír sin i bParlaimint na hEorpa. Lá an chomórtais – 21 Samhain 2019 I dtíortha uile an Aontais Eorpaigh, ar an lá céanna, aistreoidh na daltaí téacs faoi mhaoirseacht a múinteoirí. Tar éis an chomórtais: searmanas bronnta sa Bhruiséil (go luath in 2020) Aistritheoirí ó Ard Stiúrthóireacht Aistriúcháin an Choimisiúin Eorpaigh a mharcálfaidh na haistriúcháin agus a roghnóidh an t aistriúchán is fearr ó gach tír san Aontas. Mar dhuais, gheobhaidh na 28 mbuaiteoir cuairt trí lá ar an mBruiséil agus bronnfar gradam orthu le linn na cuairte sin. CÉ NA TEANGACHA A BHEIDH I GCEIST SAN AISTRIÚCHÁN? Aon cheann de 24 theanga oifigiúla an Aontais Eorpaigh

Roghnóidh na daltaí téacs ina rogha teanga.

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Juvenes Translatores A contest to reward the best young translators in the European Union WHO CAN TAKE PART? Secondary school students born in 2002 WHAT IS THIS ABOUT? School students get an opportunity to test their translation skills WHEN? Before the contest Schools must register on the Juvenes Translatores website between 2 September and 20 October 2019. Schools will be selected at random — the number of schools allowed to participate in each EU country will be based on the number of seats each country has in the European Parliament. Day of the contest (21 November 2019) On the same day in all EU countries, school students will translate a text under the supervision of their teachers. After the contest: award ceremony in Brussels (early 2020) Translators at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Translation will mark the entries and select the best translation from each EU country. The 28 winners will be awarded a three-day trip to Brussels and will each receive a trophy. WHAT LANGUAGES CAN THE TEXT BE TRANSLATED FROM AND INTO? Any of the 24 official languages of the EU

Students work on a text in the language of their choice…

…and translate it into another language of their choice (we recommend their mother tongue or strongest language)

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Ever wondered what it might b Nursing or Midwifery studen WE asked 3rd year student Ida Lis about her experiences as a Children’s and General Nursing student. Why did you apply to nursing in Trinity? Ever since I can remember, I have been interested in healthcare and wellbeing. All courses on my CAO were nursing related. TCD is the top ranked nursing school in Ireland and it places in the top 50 in the world, which I found impressive. TCD’s location was also a huge factor I considered as I commute to college daily. Children’s and General Nursing in TCD was my first choice as I absolutely love working with children. What was it like on your first week in Trinity? It was incredibly exciting! The atmosphere in the front square during Freshers Week was electric. I was delighted to be starting college. Trinity College has an amazing Student2Student mentoring programme where every first year class group gets assigned two or more mentors from more senior years. They gave us a tour of the campus and were available to help us settle 20 Education

in. They kept in touch for the whole year and we could reach out if we had any issues or questions. Looking back now, I joined way too many societies in first year! The majority of them were healthcare and science related. Getting involved definitely helped me settle in and feel more a part of the college community. Now that you are well into your course, what are you enjoying most and why? My favourite part of the course is definitely applying theory to practice. It is the moment on clinical placement when I remember covering a topic in lectures and can use that knowledge to provide care. It reminds me exactly why I chose to study nursing in the first place and makes the experience an even more rewarding one. What opportunities have you availed of outside of the curriculum? Trinity has provided me with some incredible opportunities in the last two years. I became a first year mentor, the student representative for the faculty of Health Sciences in the

Ida Lis

"My favourite part of the course is definitely applying theory to practice."

Student’s Union and was a founding member of the Dublin University Nursing and Midwifery Society (DUNMS). Getting involved in extra-curricular activities has enriched my experience in Trinity. Last year, I was fortunate enough to be awarded a full scholarship to represent my school in Duke University, North Carolina. There, I completed a summer programme called “Exploring Global Patterns of Health and Illness” and interacted with nursing students from different parts of the world. It was unforgettable and I will always be grateful for such a wonderful experience. I have also participated in the school’s conferences as a Student Ambassador. These experiences have introduced me to incredible people and have allowed me to grow as a person. I truly believe there is something for every student in Trinity. What do you want to do when you graduate? My plan has always been to continue with my studies. I have always had a huge interest in research. Over my time in Trinity, I have been inspired by my Professors and lectur-


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be like to be a nt in Trinity? SCHOOL OF NURSING & MIDWIFERY ers to eventually pursue a PhD. Trinity will definitely be my first choice for postgraduate study because I feel at home here and I know I would receive the best possible education and support. Finally, can you give any advice to a secondary student who might like to do nursing or midwifery at TCD? Trinity opens doors for nursing students by providing outstanding teaching and excellent placements. T C D ’s n u r s i n g a n d m i d w i f e r y degrees are recognised and respected world-wide. There is a great sense of community where students can thrive.

"I have always had a huge interest in research. Over my time in Trinity, I have been inspired by my Professors and lecturers to eventually pursue a PhD. "

FIND OUT MORE: For more information about the School and our courses log on to www.nursing-Midwifery.tcd.ie Contact Jeni Ryan on (01) 896 3860, email ryanjen@tcd.ie to arrange a tour of our facilities, arrange a lecturer to deliver a talk to your class or find out about our transition year programme and open days.

Ireland’s leading School of Nursing & Midwifery delivers a comprehensive range of nursing & midwifery courses for students entering the profession whilst also offering lifelong learning opportunities for qualified health care professionals. Undergraduate courses include: • Bachelor in Science (Nursing) / B.Sc. (Cur.): • General Nursing (CAO codes, TR091, TR093) • Mental Health Nursing (CAO code, TR095) • Intellectual Disability Nursing (CAO code, TR097) • Bachelor in Science (Integrated Children’s and General Nursing) (CAO code TR911) • Bachelor in Science (Midwifery) / B.Sc. (A. Obs.) (CAO code TR913) The School also delivers a wide range of postgraduate and research programmes for qualified health care professionals and those in related fields. School of Nursing & Midwifery, University of Dublin, Trinity College, 24 D’Olier Street, Dublin 2 +353 (0)1 608 2692 nursing.midwifery@tcd.ie Further information on all our courses is available at www.nursing-midwifery.tcd.ie The School of Nursing and & Midwifery, Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin is ranked 1st in Ireland and in the World’s top 50 in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2019.

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Tourism – a world o an exciting and LYIT School of Tourism, formerly the Tourism College Killybegs, is the oldest campus outside Dublin dedicated to education and training in Culinary Arts, Hospitality Operations and Management, and Tourism. Established in 1969, and celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, the campus has produced graduates who are renowned all over the world, ensuring that today’s graduates will be recognised as having received the education and training required to reach the top levels of the industry. Our education offering is expanded through a range of academic partners throughout Europe, where students can choose to study or complete an internship for a semester, supported through Erasmus+. We have partners in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Malta, Romania and Turkey, and we are constantly enlarging our network to benefit our students. Our US industry partners visit Killybegs every year to recruit for Summer placements, Internships and Graduate Programmes. To facilitate our expansion plans we have just completed a renovation project to include a new state-of-the-art training bar, collaborative learning room for group work and a new library / research facility in time for our 2019 intake. Minister for Education, Joe McHugh TD announced in August 2019 an additional fund of €1.8M for additional work in Summer 2020 in preparation for our expanded programme offering. On completion of a programme of study at the

School of Tourism, you will be perfectly placed to take the first step on your career, which will inevitably be exciting and fulfilling. Tourism – a world of opportunities in an exciting and global industry Tourism is Ireland’s largest indigenous industry employing 230,000 people nationally, one in every ten of the labour-force. The industry is twice the size of agriculture and far bigger in employment than the construction industry, the IT industry, or the financial services sector. It crucially cannot be outsourced or off-shored and its economic benefits are felt both in our cities but also throughout rural Ireland. 10% of the workforce in Ireland is employed in the tourism industry, and this rises to 14% in rural locations. On a global scale, growth in tourism is most significant outside of our normal markets of Europe and the USA, with significant business growth in Asia and Africa. Tourist profiles are changing and those working in tourism now require a set of skills that reflect the global nature of the industry. Why study a programme in Hospitality, Tourism or Culinary Arts? Career opportunities, both here in Ireland and abroad, are almost limitless in the sector. The structure of all our programmes allows students to undertake work placements and internships at home and over-

Graduate case study - taking opportunities available GIRTS Mihalkins graduated in 2016 with a BA in Hotel, Restaurant and Resort Management. As a student he stood out as a consummate professional, displaying a flair for perfection in practical settings. He gladly took the opportunities available to compete in a range of national and international competitions, winning gold medals and acclaim from industry mentors. This extra-curricular activity allowed Girts to work with the Capella group, at home, but also for his third year internship, at their Washington DC property in the USA, managing their rooftop bar operation. He returned to Donegal to take up the position of Assistant Conference and Banqueting Manager at Co Donegal’s only 22 Education

5* property, Solis Lough Eske Castle. In September 2018, he enrolled in the BA (Hons) in Hotel Management, and on completion of this one-year, add-on, programme he is ready to take on a senior role in a luxury hotel anywhere in the world. He is now ready for his next challenge and is happy to seek the assistance and support of the School of Tourism and our global industry recruitment partner HOSCO. He has recently been offered two management roles in the Seychelles and Dubai, and has taken the role of Assistant Outlet Manager at the Kempinski Emerald Palace in Dubai. We wish him well in this next stage of his exciting career.


of opportunities in global industry seas, so that they are best placed to enter the world of work on graduation. The School of Tourism continues to develop its professional network to facilitate and support students in selecting their career paths. When choosing a career in the tourism industry, you are setting yourself apart from the many thousands of individuals who work in the industry on a casual basis, either while studying for other careers or while between jobs. Graduates of specialist programmes are destined for senior career roles, many of which are new to the industry. Non-traditional roles such as Digital Media Managers are now as common as traditional roles such as Food and Beverage Director, Revenue and Reservations Managers or Destination Travel Executives, and programmes are designed to open up opportunities in a range of industries with links to tourism, from Finance, IT, Media and Marketing and Outdoor / Extreme Travel Experiences.

Dr Ciarán Ó hAnnracháin, School of Tourism, LYIT

A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITIES AWAITS YOU! LYIT School of Tourism, Killybegs, Donegal has been providing world-class education and training for the tourism industry since 1969. Today it is a thriving specialist campus offering a range of full and part-time programmes in hospitality, tourism and culinary arts.

Full-time Programmes • Higher Certificate in Arts in Bar and Restaurant Supervision • Higher Certificate in Arts in Culinary Arts • BA / BA (Hons) in Hospitality and Tourism • BA / BA (Hons) in Culinary Arts • BSc / BSc (Hons) in Culinary Science • BA in Hospitality Management (Industry-based)

Part-time and CPD Programmes • Diploma in Restaurant Operations Management • Hotel Revenue and Digital Media Management • Food and Beverage Operations • Apprentice Chef De Partie and Sous Chef • Primary Food Hygiene and Management of Food Hygiene

For further details contact: Dr. Ciarán Ó hAnnracháin Head of School of Tourism t: 07491 86603, e: ciaran.ohannrachain@lyit.ie

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BA honours in Geography and Outdoor Education, Mayo Campus, GMIT

Learning through adventure What is Geography and Outdoor Education? This programme combines the study of the Geography, Landscape and Adventure. Graduates will be empowered to promote careful use and management of an increasingly threatened natural world and to educate others in sustainable practise. Graduates will be well placed to manage the different priorities between rural landuses such as farming, tourism, outdoor recreation, nature conservation, forestry and alternative energy solutions. Graduates will also have the skills to deliver adventure programmes and interpret the landscape history of the countryside. Students work towards qualifications in adventure sports while building experience in implementing educational and adventure tourism programmes. Students also explore and examine the Irish landscape, geology, archaeology and ecology and realise the potential of adventure tourism, green exercise and nature therapy. Mayo's mountains and the wild Atlantic coast provide an ideal location for

the outdoor components of the course. Career opportunities Graduates may progress to the Professional Master of Education programme to teach Geography at second level. Graduates can pursue careers in the area of Environmental Management, Spatial Planning, Nature Conservation, Geographical Information Systems, Countryside Recreation and Trail Design, Rural and Community Development, Environmental Education and Activism, Sport Development, Coaching and Eco/ Adventure Tourism. The therapeutic, educational, and developmental aspects of outdoor education are now widely recognised and utilised within many sectors in Ireland, such as schools, outdoor learning settings, youth organisations and social care settings. What will I study? There are modules from six core areas: • The Irish Geological & Cultural Landscape

• Environmental Science, Mapping, GIS and Ecology • Rural Development and Tourism • Adventure Sports Leadership and Safety Management • Developmental Psychology and Teaching/Facilitation Skills • Health and Fitness, First Aid and Water Safety Course Information One day a week of your classes involves taking part in adventure sports on the local mountains, lakes, rivers and sea. In year 1 the focus is on gaining personal skills in the sports and then on leadership level training in the following years. There are also optional trips throughout Ireland and further afield which allow specialisation in a range of adventure sports. The remainder of the week involves lectures, experiential workshops or fieldtrips with an emphasis on active learning. See www.GMIT.ie for more details on the course.

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The GDPR implications of Brexit for Irish Institutions Steven Roberts is head of marketing for Griffith College. A certified data protection officer and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, he writes on strategy, marketing and data protection. The opinions expressed are the author’s own. They are not intended as a substitute for seeking professional legal advice.

THIRD level institutions have undertaken substantial work over the past 15 months to ensure compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), following its introduction in May of last year. During that time, public awareness of data protection and consumer privacy has risen substantially. The recent annual report from the Data Protection Commission bears this out. A total of 4,740 valid data breaches were notified to the DPC in 2018, a year-on-year increase of 70%. In addition, the Commission received 4,113 complaints in 2018, representing a 56% increase on the previous year. Brexit now poses further challenges for Irish schools, colleges and universities. For example, some may currently outsource their HR, IT or payroll functions to UK based organisations. Others may transfer student data as part of educational agreements with partner institutions in Britain. Brexit will affect all of these arrangements. In this article, I look

at some of the data protection implications of Britain’s exit from the EU, and the steps institutions can take to ensure they remain GDPR compliant. A number of potential scenarios One of the most difficult aspects of Brexit is the level of uncertainty it presents; a range of scenarios remain plausible. These include at least three possible outcomes, namely: 1. A ‘no deal’ Brexit, whereby the UK exits the EU without an agreement on 31st October 2019; 2. A deal is agreed between the UK and EU, with an orderly transition period; 3. Another extension to the deadline is agreed and Britain’s exit is delayed for a further period. It is difficult for management and executive teams to prepare fully as each scenario presents its own set of data protection challenges. A ‘no deal’ Brexit is undoubtedly the least favourable outcome. This would mean Britain immediately acquires

It is difficult for management and executive teams to prepare fully as each scenario presents its own set of data protection challenges.

the status of a ‘third country’ under GDPR. It would then have to seek an ‘adequacy decision’ from the EU. T h i s i s w h e re t h e E u ro p e a n Commission decides a country meets adequate levels of data protection. Such decisions are in place with a number of countries, with Japan a recent example. However, it is unlikely to provide a quick solution. Data privacy experts estimate the process could take up to 18 months. In the case of the latter two scenarios, a deal with an orderly transition or a further delay for an unspecified period, each will essentially see a continuation of the current status quo during that time, with Britain continuing to adhere to GDPR. With the complication of differing timelines as to when compliance preparation would need to be completed. Transfers of personal data to the UK Institutions sending personal data to the UK will need to review existing transfer arrangements to ensure


these remain GDPR compliant. Standard Contractual Clauses present one of the simplest solutions. These are model data protection clauses approved by the EU. When included in a legally binding contract, they allow for the free flow of personal data when embedded in a legally binding contract. The EU is currently developing other mechanisms as part of GDPR. This includes codes of conduct and certification schemes. However, both are still under development and are not an immediate option to consider. Binding Corporate Rules (BCRs) are listed as another alternative option under GDPR; however, it is only applicable for businesses with a presence in multiple countries, typically multinationals. As such, it will not be relevant for the vast majority of educational bodies. Derogations exist under GDPR, and could provide a short-term option in the event of a no-deal Brexit. There are six possible derogations to consider: • If explicit consent has been obtained from the data subject

The education sector needs to use the time between now and 31st October to ensure that adequate preparations are put in place to cater for each of the three potential scenarios outlined

to carry out the transfer of data; • If it is required for completion or performance of a contract; • If it is in the public interest; • If a legal obligation exists; • If it is in the vital interest of the data subject; • If the institution can claim a legitimate business interest. These come with some limitations. The European Data Protection Board advises that derogations must be ‘interpreted restrictively’ and used mainly for activities that are ‘occasional and non-repetitive’. The UK has advised it will transpose existing GDPR requirements into new laws, once Brexit has taken effect. While this will assist institutions in Britain sending personal data outward to the EU, it will not affect the EU’s designation of the UK as a third country. Institutions must notify students, employees and suppliers if their data is being transferred outside the EU. As part of this process, privacy policies and statements should also be updated.

Post-Brexit Compliance In spite of recent announcements from new prime minister Boris Johnson, there remains a continued lack of clarity as to if and when Britain will leave the EU. Institutions must ensure that postBrexit GDPR compliance remains a priority issue over the coming months. The education sector needs to use the time between now and 31st October to ensure that adequate preparations are put in place to cater for each of the three potential scenarios outlined. Brexit fatigue There are increased levels of consumer awareness around data privacy and we are also now seeing the first large fines across Europe for GDPR breaches. It is easy to succumb to Brexit fatigue. However, schools, colleges and universities that fail to have adequate safeguards in place risk reputational and financial implications that would arise from non-compliance.


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Leading PLC provision in Ireland FOR many years Further Education, and in particular Post Leaving Cert. ( P L C ) p ro v i s i o n h a s b e e n t h e “Cinderalla” of the Irish education system. Even with over 30,000 participants annually, PLC Colleges and Further Education Institutes fall between the two stools of Post Primary and Third Level. With the restructuring and reimagining of Further Education and Training under the stewardship of SOLAS, PLC programmes and students are beginning to receive the deserved recognition and support. Arguably, Blackrock Further Education Institute (BFEI) is one of the flagship PLC colleges in Ireland. Built on the site of the original Blackrock Town Hall, the Municipal Technical College of 1903 and the Carnegie Library, BFEI’s award winning campus and cutting-edge technology exemplifies the new importance and value of further education and in particular PLC courses. While the BFEI facilities may be exceptional, what happens inside is common to many locations nationwide. All PLC courses are quality assured and focussed either on providing progression paths to higher education or direct employment opportunities. Employment-oriented courses BFEI’s Beauty and Theatrical Makeup are examples of employment-oriented courses. These courses develop industry relevant, accredited skills while remaining accessible and affordable. There is an insatiable demand for quality professionals in the industry and many students have secured employment prior to course completion. Teachers continuously upskill and fine-tune curricula to meet new labour market expectations. The success of a college is measured by the achievement of the students. As well as winning numerous national competitions, four BFEI students enjoyed an all expenses trip to Paris as winners of the 2019 Matis

"The value of life-long learning and social inclusion, while difficult to quantify are also important roles for PLC colleges"

Paris Competition. At last, the concept of PLC as PreUniversity courses has gained traction. Regardless of the number of CAO points gained, not all Leaving Cert students are immediately ready for the challenges of Third Level studies. Vast campuses and anonymity among large numbers can be daunting. Each year some excellent students simply drop out; they become disillusioned about their subject choice; others have not yet developed the necessary skills of critical and independent thinking. Valuable preparatory step A PLC course was often dismissed as merely a contingency. Now, there is a growing realisation that PLC offers a valuable preparatory step between Post Primary and Third Level. For those short of CAO points, it offers an alternative pathway to Third Level. For all, a PLC course offers the opportunity to develop the skills of time management, selforganisation and the practicalities of effective reading, writing and study – at an extremely modest cost. Anecdotal feedback strongly suggests that PLC students are often better equipped to succeed. BFEI recognises the importance of the “College Experience” and actively encourages events and

activities that help create friendships and promote teamwork. The Erasmus+ programme offers potential for European exchange. In 2019, BFEI Beauty Therapy students completed three weeks work experience in Tenerife in 4 and 5-star spas and salons. Computer Science and Network Security students were placed in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Both groups received excellent feedback and Europass certification. Ambitious plans to further enhance these links for the 2019/2020 academic year were recently approved. Upskill or reskill It is difficult to identify the typical PLC student. As the acronym suggests many are in the 18-25 age bracket. However, there are significant numbers of more mature students that wish to upskill or reskill. The value of life-long learning and social inclusion, while difficult to quantify are also important roles for PLC colleges. Remember all are welcome. If studying in Blackrock Further Education Institute is of interest, the next Open Day is Wednesday 15th January 2020, 10am to 4pm. Google Blackrock Further Education or go directly to www.bfei.ie for further details and apply online. Education 31


It’s Your Choice - Th FOR over 50 years, Sallynoggin College of Further Education has been steadily building a well deserved reputation as a centre of excellence in the area of Further Education. SCFE College has a truly diverse range of courses on offer, including our newly introduced courses Pre University Primary and Post Primary Teacher Training, Inclusive Education and Training including Disability Studies and Special Needs Assistant, Yoga and Pilates Teacher Training and Musical Theatre and Dance. Choose what’s right for you, and the staff of Sallynoggin College will be there to help and support you on every step of your journey. In the ever changing world of learning and work, at SCFE we’ve made it our business to keep moving too, ensuring that all our courses are at the cutting-edge of industry and employment demands. Our determination to stay ahead is paying dividends, as evidence by the success of many of our former students. With the introduction of PE as a Leaving Certificate subject, this is a perfect time to check out some of the many success stories from former SCFE famous Fitness and Personal

Training students. Former Sports, Fitness Instruction and Personal Training students Aine O’Gorman has had a fantastic international football career having played for 12 years at senior International level, with 100 Caps and 13 goals for Ireland. Stephen Foley is a former Aston Villa footballer and is currently doing his teaching practice back where he started, in SCFE as part of his Degree in Education and Training (DCU). Both of these super athletes are also successful Personal Trainers.

Erasmus+ Enhancing the student experience "In the ever SCFE recognises the importance of changing valuable work experience and the world of potential of the Erasmus+ prolearning and gramme to enhance the learning for work, at SCFE all. we’ve made it This year for the first time selected our business students on the Advanced to keep H o s p i t a l i t y, Tr a v e l & E v e n t moving too Management course will complete 3 ensuring that weeks of work experience in all our courses Tenerife, whilst selected students on are at the the Advanced Early Childhood cutting-edge Education and Care course will travel of industry to Norway for their placement. and SCFE hosted a number of employment European teachers in 2018, our own demands" staff visited Norway in 2019 and it is our goal to further develop and enhance these partnerships over the coming years.

SCFE Course Coordinators, Siobhan Murphy and Caroline Coyne visiting Early years Services Norway.

Transition Year Students We also welcome Transition Year students who are interested in completing their work experience under the expert supervision of our highly trained staff in our departments. This is a unique opportunity to experience professional level training, along with the exciting buzz of student life in Sallynoggin College.

What our students are saying about SCFE SALLYNOGGIN College is a Gem of a place. Upon entering the door, you are greeted with a welcoming vibe. I found the teachers to be extremely supportive, encouraging, knowledgeable and could not do enough for each student. Trips were organized for us and different learning strategies were applied. I gained valuable skills during my time there as well as making lifelong friends. Sarah O’Donovan Early Childhood Care and Education HAVING graduated from SCFE, I got my first interview as a Passenger Services agent job with Swissport through SCFE and after 2 years there I applied for a Cabin Crew job in Aer Lingus. My two years in Sallynoggin College were very special to me and the teachers were extremely helpful and invested in making sure that we were well prepared for whatever path you wanted to follow after graduation. Dácil Artiles Gracia (pictured right) Aer Lingus Senior Cabin Crew 32 Education


he SCFE Experience FIND OUT MORE: Check us out at www.scfe.ie for a full list of courses. Contact us: reception@scfe.ie Tel: 01 285 2997 Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @ SCFEOfficial

Upcoming OPEN DAY 20th November 10am to 2pm OUR OPEN DAY is the one to look forward to on Wednesday 20th November 2019 from 10am to 2pm. There will be a range of presentations, demonstrations and exhibitions and college staff and students will be on hand to answer any queries.

All courses are recognised for the SUSI Grant and Higher Education Authority (HEA) fund for learners with learning difficulties. The college, located within walking distance from Dun Laoghaire, is well served by public transport and free secure parking is available to students.

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ART & DESIGN (PORTFOLIO PREPARATION) PHOTOGRAPHY PROFESSIONAL FLORISTRY FASHION DESIGN FASHION INDUSTRY PRACTICE (BUYING, STYYLING & MERCHANDISING)

HAIRDRESSING & BEAUTY THERAPIES PERFORMING ARTS MUSICAL THEATRE AND DANCE CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (MONTESSORI)

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Sallynoggin College of Further Education Pearse Street, Sallynoggin, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin Tel: 01-2852997 Fax: 01-2848437 Email: reception@scfe.ie Website: www.scfe.ie Coláiste Breisoideachais an Naigín Sráid an Phiarsaigh, An Naigín, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Átha Cliath Fón: 01-2852997. Facs: 01-2848437 R-phost: reception@scfe.ie Idirlíon: www.scfe.ie

www.scfe.ie Sallynoggin College of Further Education is a Constituent College of Dublin & Dún Laoghaire Education & Training Board

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Getting third level education off to the right start IN September Dunboyne College of Further Education commenced its 17th year of offering a quality education product to Meath, west Dublin, north Kildare and surrounding areas. We have grown to over 900 students doing QQI level 5 and 6 courses at our campus in Dunboyne Business Park. As well as being the only dedicated PLC further education college in County Meath, west Dublin, north Kildare and the surrounding areas, over 90% of the students who have achieved a full QQI level 5 award with Dunboyne College in recent years have received third level offers and countless others have proceeded directly to employment. The feedback on the courses from students has been excellent in terms of the new skills and confidence; students felt they received the confidence to go on to future learning, to build up their skills, and to access job opportunities. Courses are increasing in popularity with this year over 2300 students applying for 900 places. An ideal way to pursue a course One year QQI level 5 Programmes like the majority run in Dunboyne are an ideal way to pursue a course in an area of interest and to access a third level course. By having a day a week in work experience students can also put into practice their skills and assess their competency. The flexible options in Dunboyne allow students to sample various modules in September to make sure they are pursuing the correct course choice. DCFE also runs a week of short courses in subject related skills to make sure everyone is equipped to fully engage in their programme. Students often do far better at further education level as they are now studying in an area of their passion and aptitude like nursing, sports, computers or science rather than in the Leaving Cert where Irish English Math’s etc were compulsory. As students also learn referencing, research and selfdirected learning they tend to stay the full third level course afterwards, unlike many who go straight from leaving cert and not be fully sure of their options. Dropout rates of less than 3% at higher education for those who do a further education course like those in Dunboyne College first, can be compared to an average of 8 to 10% drop out rate in the universities and 20% in the IT colleges. Dunboyne College will be expanding into many new areas of educational opportunity in the coming years and anyone wishing to obtain further information on these opportunities should find us online at www.dunboynecollege.ie or on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. There is an on line enrolment on-going, our open night is the 16th January with interviews on the 27th January, 13th March 29th April, 27th May and late June 2020. Late applications will be taken until late September depending on availability on the courses.

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Make a positive mental health connection today! Poor mental health is touching our lives in ways it has never done before. People across all walks of our society are facing mental health struggles every day. Talking therapies have been proven to be an effective means of easing the effects of poor mental health. The Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and our members are committed to promoting safe and effective talking therapy for all people living in Ireland, from any background of any age. We’d like to help all those in need to take first steps towards positive mental health by connecting them with our members. Someone to Listen There are times in our lives when we or someone we know might struggle with mental health and need someone to talk to in a non-judgemental manner in a safe environment. Someone who is a qualified, accredited and vetted mental health professional. Many people in this situation are unclear where to find a qualified professional. The IACP can help you to make this first connection. When speaking with IACP staff,

you can be assured of the strictest confidentiality. Call us today on 01 230 35 36 to help you find an accredited therapist in your area. Alternatively, you can visit www.iacp.ie, where you will see our online directory. In our directory, you can find a list of our members in your area. These members can help with a range of issues including: Anxiety, Bereavement, Trauma, Stress, Self-Esteem Issues, Relationship Difficulties, Anger, Depression, Childhood Issues, Cancer Support, Work Related Issues, Addictions, Abuse, Adoption, Autism, Cultural issues, Dementia, Disability, Eating Disorders, Financial Issues, Infertility, Obsessions, Personal Growth, Phobias, PTSD, Sexuality, Self-harm, Suicidal Feelings, and Pregnancy. Who are we? The IACP is the leading and largest professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Ireland with over 4,200 members.

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WELL THAT’S SCHOOL OVER AND DONE WITH NOW WHAT? At Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute you don’t need CAO points. We have small class sizes and an excellent range of courses with industry standard resources. The perfect place for a pre-university gap year or pre-employment course.

INFORMATION DAY Thursday 21st November 2019 2.00pm – 5.00pm

17 Cumberland Street, Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin www.dfei.ie • info@dfei.ie • (01) 2809676

Visit DFEi to see the facilities in action


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Sorted...com WHEN summer is over, seaside towns have more to offer than icecream cones and candy floss, and the Victorian seaside town of Dún Laoghaire is no exception. In the quiet end, bordering on leafy Monkstown, a restrained revolution is playing out in a modest building on Cumberland Street. The warriors are students and teachers carrying the banner for that educational sector that does not receive the same media attention as other educational sectors; extraordinary when you think that it is Further Education colleges like DFEi that are very real channels into third level institutions for school leavers who are disappointed with their Leaving Certificate results, and mature students who are looking to improve their prospects. It’s what a casual observer would call a win, win situation in the educational stakes. Personal missions So, let’s dust off our imaginary satchels and go inside the building where we will be met by a veritable ant colony – stairs and corridors filled with students of all ages and from diverse backgrounds, each focused on their own very personal mission. The short-term mission might be getting a seat in the canteen; the longer term one will, of course, be getting a place in a third level college or finding employment; but students always work better on a full stomach, so, while the queue for the canteen moves at its own pace let’s take a quick tour of DFEi. IIf you are lost, Kieran at reception will point you in the right direction, so don’t hesitate to ask him. Perhaps you would like to see the Learning Centre, and why not? It is a very bright and attractive space, specifically designed as a study hub replete with banks of computers. It is also 38 Education

on this corridor that you will get that recognisable smell of newly sawn wood. If you dream of designing and making your own furniture, or making and repairing musical instruments, this is where you need to fulfil that dream. Or perhaps you look at the bigger picture – the buildings that house the furniture and the musical instruments. If this is the case, you need to look at DFEi’s Architectural Te c h n o l o g y & D e s i g n o r Construction & Engineering Technology courses. STEM cells It may seem insincere to say that STEM is a ‘no brainer’ but when you think about it, it’s true. Courses related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics have proven to be reliable and sustainable routes to gainful employment. DFEi’s Pre-University Science courses in Laboratory Techniques and Food Science & Nutrition are the perfect first steps to a STEM career. Indeed, the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs has identified a dearth of graduates to fill available scientific jobs. If you are more attracted to the binary than the organic, a bit ‘nerdy’ perhaps, or a fan of the IT Crowd, you need to check out DFEi’s Computing & Electronic Technology or Software Development courses. These courses are supported by FIT (Fast Track into IT); a unique IT led initiative giving students the opportunity gain the skills that lead to employment. It’s true then; STEM is a ‘no brainer’. ‘Front of house’ roles Of course, while the STEM people are beavering away in the background, other personality types like to be ‘front of house’, or managing situations. If you fall into this category you should consider DFEI’s courses in Marketing & Event

Management, Business Studies with Law, or Police & Security Studies. If your desired theatre of action falls into the medical sphere, DFEi’s Community & Social Care course will get you started on the path that will enable you to work with dementia sufferers, or people with disabilities, mental health or social issues. If your heart is set on the nursing profession, you need to consider DFEi’s very popular Nursing Studies course. The success rates from this course are very high for progression to third level nursing degree programmes in Ireland and the UK. Some people are attracted to the unconditional love of animals; and where would the world be without domestic pets, farm animals and wildlife? Delivered by practicing professionals, DFEi’s Animal Health Care courses boast state of the art facilities and provide regular field trips. On occasion, you might be surprised by a preponderance of dogs around the building; probably a clue that the animal grooming class has gone ‘live’ or the canine obedience class needs willing woofters. You will be relieved to learn that the large farm animals do not stalk the corridors of DFEi but are instead receive visits from the animal care students. Going digital The doings of humans, animals, and machines make for an interconnected machine in a complex world; a world that needs to be interpreted, entertained, investigated, and reported on. We’ve got it all covered at DFEi with courses in TV & Digital Film, Digital Radio Production, Journalism for the Digital Age, Sound Production, and Music Production. The Higher National Diploma in Music Production is taught by working professionals. On each of these courses you will use industry standard equipment and software. You can do your own


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me to DFEi recording in the sound studio, broadcast your own show in the radio studio, or edit your own programme in the TV studio. Why not tune in to 107.8fm and listen to DFEi’s very own radio station, The Wave? You will find an archive of accomplished documentaries. Of course, nothing goes unnoticed by journalists, and the journalism students in DFEi are given every opportunity to report on the doings of the humans, animals and machines that make for that interconnected machine in a complex world. Having visited the Criminal Courts of Justice and listened to the evidence in a murder trial, sat in on a Dail debate, or grappled with the spectres of Brexit and Trump, the journalism students have plenty to write about. Showcasing talent The academic life of DFEi is punctuated by a vibrant calendar of social events showcasing the talents of the students. If you like an audience, there’s a captive one in DFEi. Sound Production students compose their own material to audition for the annual college album release. The skills of the Event Management, Office Administration and Security students are always sought for college events. Gigs, concerts, and talent shows are enjoyed by both students and staff, usually in the canteen, also known as The Hub, which as well as providing hot food, is equipped with a stage, sound booth and acoustic panelling.

will be taught basic research skills, referencing systems, and general academic conventions across all courses. Experience at DFEi has taught us that every student does not learn in the same way or at the same pace. If you have particular learning support requirements, they will be met at DFEii. A tried and tested way DFEi’s quality assured courses are open to anyone who is seeking the knowledge, skills and competencies to enhance their employment opportunities or educational progression. If you did not get enough points for your chosen third level course, consider spending a year in DFEi. It’s another tried and tested way to get a place in college, as incidentally, is our legendary Arts, Culture & History course – an excellent foundation for pursuing an arts degree in NUI. With subjects like archaeology, folklore and local history, this course

"The academic life of DFEi is punctuated by a vibrant calendar of social events showcasing the talents of the students. If you like an audience, there’s a captive one in DFEi.

is perfect for those of you who want to use your fascination with the past to propel your academic career forward. The formula is simple – eight QQI Level 5 or Level 6 modules with as many distinctions as you can get. But it takes work on your part. You need to come to class, complete assignments on time and prepare for exams. The teachers are there for you every step of the way if you are there for them. Find out more Look at our website on www.dfei. ie; it’s really rather attractive and the menu is quite tempting; our brochure is not bad either. We don’t offer ice-cream or candy floss but we do offer a fine education. Our Information Day is on Thursday 21st November 2020 from 12.00am to 3.00pm. Come along and experience the facilities and the inclusive environment that is DFEi.

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A different pat Second Leve YOUTHREACH is for early school leavers aged 15-20, providing them with opportunities to acquire certification through QQI accredited courses. Co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020, it focuses on the holistic development of the individual within a learning environment which is safe, structured, challenging, student-centred and participant-led.

AS a former student of Youthreach, I felt I wanted to contribute to this article to let others see how this decision changed my life for the better. I was a very shy quiet guy who just did not feel the traditional Irish school system suited me. I knew I wanted an education, but could not see how I would achieve this in secondary school. I heard about Youthreach by chance and decided to pop in and talk to the Coordinator. It was the start of an amazing positive journey for me. I enjoyed the teaching styles, the subjects and the centre. I felt it was like a family; extremely supportive, listened, but strict when they needed to be and always respectful and caring. I grew and became more open and confident. I completed a QQI Level 4 in General Education and a QQI Level 5 Business and Office Administration. I did work experience, was well prepared for interviews and heading into the world of work. I went on to

work in Dublin Airport and then worked in Spec Savers in Swords. Specsavers believe that the passion and accountability that comes with a shared ownership model is more inclusive and motivating. This is so evident when it is possible for employees that start out at entry level, can work their way to being entrepreneurs and, ultimately, owning their own store. This company’s ethos and their amazing training programme allowed me to become one of the four founders of Spec Savers in Liffey Valley. I am the Retail Director and my journey to today started in Christine’s office in Rush Youthreach. I am Conor and I would like to say thank you Youthreach.

Students are paid each week and are provided with lunch and breaks. The curriculum is varied, (academic and non-academic subjects), and integrated across modules helping students increase their self-esteem while achieving certification allowing progression into work, college and/or apprenticeships. The following testimonials are from two former students who chose a different pathway through second level education in Ireland.

MY name is Ava and at 16 years old I found myself pregnant and dropping out of school. I really disliked school so I didn’t mind leaving. However, the closer my due date came the more I realised I needed to provide for my baby. I was so pleased when I was accepted into Youthreach in May 2006 and I completed my courses in QQI Level 4 Childcare and Level 5 Office Administration. Rush Youthreach provided childcare and all the supports I needed to make furthering my education possible again. I can never forget the kindness I received from the staff. I was treated with respect and felt as though my opinion was not only heard, but mattered. My teachers made me focus and work hard, letting me see I was capable, could achieve my goals and make something of myself. Completing the Childcare and Administration courses helped me to present myself for interviews, I learned how to work as part of a team, meet deadlines, project management and much more. Youthreach helped me apply to college and after two years, I qualified as a Beauty Therapist, Make-up Artist, Nail Technician and Electrologist. I pursued this career running a beauty salon, then moved to running a nail bar. Two years ago I decided to move onto something a little different, so I completed a QQI Level 5 in Floristry. I was given an opportunity to become a tutor for Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board. I absolutely love what I do! None of this would have been possible without Rush Youthreach and their great staff. They are truly amazing and wonderful people, who have changed lives giving inspiration to those who need it most. I can now provide for my beautiful boy, who is 14 years old and my other two children.


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Different pathways to success at Pearse College PEARSE College of Further Education is based in Crumlin in Dublin city. Their courses are designed to prepare students for employment and third level education in an adult-friendly environment. But the College is not only a training ground for third level, it's also a pathway to employment and up-skilling. Furthermore, we have a long and proud tradition of offering the Adult Leaving Certificate The College also provides a range of courses including Business and IT, Architecture, Sport and Soccer, Science and Horticulture, at all levels on the QQI Framework. Pearse College has excellent progression links to Ireland’s leading Universities including Trinity College Dublin and all leading IT’s including TU Dublin. Further adding to the learning experience are the supports the College offers including a guidance counsellor and a disability officer. They also run regular literacy, numeracy and assignment support workshops. Applications are open all year round so students can access their comprehensive and informative website and start their journey to Pearse College immediately.

My Journey to Third Level started with a small step – enrolling in a University Access Course - a step that was scary but worth it, and now I making giant strides forward studying for a BSc in Economics, and all the credit goes to the the fundamentals I learned in UAC and the tools were sharpened in the rooms of Pearse College. Zaur, UAC 18' studying Economics in UCD "Attending Pearse College definitely gave me the confidence and the tools for my degree course. "Aside from the academic subjects, the Course equips students with very practical but essential training in research, referencing and essay writing. You also cannot put a price on peer-to-peer learning and discussing issues with your peers…” Connie Morahan, UAC’19 studying History and Political Science in TCD “The year I spent at Pearse College has been an integral part of my time at Trinity College. I learned the skills necessary to succeed at third level. "It was a really intense year, but it

definitely prepared me for my undergraduate degree.” Rachel Merriman, UAC’18 studying Sociology & Social Policy in TCD “Now in TCD, we’re constantly reminded of the requirement to be able to write clearly and concisely all of which was covered in Pearse College. "In addition, peer support is extremely important and the friendships and support that started in Pearse has extended to College life.” Anne Fitzharris, UAC’19 studying History in TCD “Without the guidance and encouragement from all the tutors and staff at Pearse, I probably wouldn’t be studying in UCD today. Having amazing tutors to advise, encourage, and inspire the pursuit of education is such a gift… I hope to pop back into the college to visit someday soon, the 17 from Belfield leaves me right around the corner!” Conor Gibbons, European Studies and Languages ’19 studying Languages Linguistics and Culture in UCD

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Vocal health is a key factor for teachers ON a scale of 1-10 (10 being the most), I’d like you to rate how your voice feels right now. Is it tired and scratchy? Is it feeling fresh and vibrant? Do you feel you could happily raise your voice to reach the back of a large hall? Are you spending more time recently clearing your throat? My name is Janet Shell and I am a vocal specialist who works around the country with teachers on their voice and communication skills through Talking Voice which I set up 12 years ago. As a former classroom teacher, I am only too aware of how much we use the voice and my aim is to highlight to teachers the impact that

teaching can have on this precious tool and to show how we can all increase the longevity, health and dynamic characteristics of this vital instrument. The vocal cords are actually two muscles surrounded by cartilage and other muscles which do an amazing job every day without you having to think! Like all muscles, however, they can tire and we are just not great at tuning into those signals until the voice is particularly fatigued. What can be done? Well, the voice is very habit forming so how you learnt to speak as a child and what you heard around you will have had an impact. As a teacher, your voice will influence how others think

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JANET’S book for teachers is Talking Teachers (available through her website and on Amazon) which brings together the vocal and presentation skills needed for great classroom management. “A well thought out and necessary resource that fills a gap” Talking Voice runs inclusive cost CPD and half and full day sessions in schools and for teacher training courses all year round. Please contact Janet Shell Janet@talkingvoice.net and visit the website www.talkingvoice.net. 44 Education

"The voice is very habit forming so how you learnt to speak as a child and what you heard around you will have had an impact. As a teacher, your voice will influence how others think about you. The good news is you are in control of that"

about you. The good news is you are in control of that. Vocal health is a huge factor in communication skills so here are my 3 top tips for maintaining a healthy voice and beyond that, becoming aware of the small changes you can make each day that will improve your range and tone quality. Vocal health tips Preparation: All speech begins with preparation. Most of us launch into speaking without considering the fact that sound requires an out breath! For there to be enough ‘out’ breath there needs to have been an ‘in’ breath. Quite simply it is the fuel for the voice. Notice the difference in your voice when you have taken a conscious breath. Your sound will be more energised and engaging and you may find you can speak for longer before needing to breathe again. Posture: Posture will affect the quality of speech in a couple of ways. Poor posture (slumped shoulders, slightly collapsed rib cage) affects your ability to breathe deeply enough for projected speech and, for a class looking at you, it will send a message of boredom and lack of engagement. It is worth realigning your body


Janet works with trainee and established teachers around the country

and asking a friend for an honest opinion about how upright you are! Most importantly of all, your throat needs a clear passage through to your nose; by lifting your chin or thrusting it forward, you already compromise that. Experiment with speaking while lifting your chin upwards and hear how the tone of voice thins out Hydration: We all hear about hydration and how we don’t drink enough water, however, poor hydration affects so many aspects, so it is worth focusing on your own water intake for a day and taking notice of it. Talking in a ‘presenter way’ involves taking in much more air which can dehydrate the throat quite quickly, particularly in winter with central heating. If your voice becomes croaky or hoarse, try to drink some water as soon as possible. Keep a small bottle handy and sip as frequently as you can. Noticeably increase your hydration for one week and see if it makes a difference to your voice. (It may also have other benefits). People worry they may need the loo more often, but a dry throat is a sign of dehydration already, so the water is replacing what you have lost.

A quick warm up routine for your voice THE voice will respond well to some attention at the start of the day, like an athlete warming up muscles for action. 1. Hum from the top of your range to the bottom increasing the strength and pitch range each time. Become aware of your nasal passages filling with sound and try and maintain a bit of this quality in speech 2. Move your tongue around your teeth and press it against your gums. Stick your tongue out, stretching the middle of the tongue and put it back in again. Do that 5 times

3. Try a few tongue twisters. They need to be said as fast as possible 3 times in succession. For example silly sausages; Greek grapes; tragedy strategy; the crow flew over the river with a lump of raw liver 4. Silent laugh technique. Keep absolutely silent (no whispery hint of sound) and notice the open space in your throat and the engagement of body muscles. Try keeping some of that space and count to 10 and back. It may sound far too Shakespearean, however, going towards this will create new timbres in your voice

JANET Shell was a Head of Music before retraining as a classical singer. She now teaches singing both in schools and privately and maintains a performance profile. She set up Talking Voice over 10 years ago after realising how many teachers suffer vocally. Janet’s unique combination of skills and humour make for a popular training session with lasting impact. Away from teaching and singing, Janet researches her family ancestry and in 2013, when the remains of her WW1 great uncle were interred at a ceremony in France, there was global media interest that continues to this day. Janet has written two books The Sunlight Girl and Talking Teachers. Education 45


Rathfarnham Castle and The Pearse Museum and St. Enda’s Park are managed by The Office of Public Works

The Pearse Muse

Two amazing er IT’S worth considering a day trip to Rathfarnham where you can visit Rathfarnham Castle and the Pearse Museum, just 30 minutes from the city centre and 10 minutes’ drive from each other. A lively, informative guided tour tailored to younger visitors will be included in your visit to each site. Visits to these historic buildings can be used to support various aspects of the school curriculum including social and cultural history, art, craft, design and appreciation of the environment. The Pearse Museum The Pearse Museum is located in the former home and school of Patrick Pearse. Pearse was the leader of the 1916 Rising and he, and his brother William, were among those executed for their part in the rebellion. The Pearse Museum tells the story of their role in that dramatic event, as well as Pearse’s work as a writer, teacher, and Irish language campaigner. The museum tells the story of Pearse’s life and includes unique items such as the handwritten manuscript of his famous O’Donovan Rossa speech. Visitors can also stroll around historic rooms, including Pearse’s study, a school dormitory, study hall and chapel. The school art gallery contains original works by Beatrice Elvery, Jack B. Yeats and Patrick Tuohy.

Pearse Museum Open Daily - Admission: Free Museum Opening Hours: Nov – Jan: 9.30am – 4pm February: 9.30am – 5pm March – October: 9.30am – 5.30pm All year Sun & Bank Hols Open 10am Park Opening Hours: Nov – Jan: 9am – 4.30pm; Feb: 9am – 5.30pm March and October: 9am – 6pm April and September: 9am – 8pm May – August: 9am – 9pm Free parking for coaches and cars. Bookings and Info: 01 493 4208 Email: pearsemuseum@opw.ie www.facebook.com/ pearsemuseumstendaspark www.pearsemuseum.ie 46 Education


eum and Rathfarnham Castle

ras side by side The courtyard at the rear of the Museum houses a recreation of an original school classroom and a Nature Room where visitors can learn about Ireland’s flora and fauna. The museum is surrounded by 50 acres of landscaped parkland. Rathfarnham Castle Rathfarnham Castle is an Elizabethan fortified house commissioned in 1583 by ArchbishopChancellor of Ireland, Adam Loftus, as his private residence. In the 18th century, the house was remodelled, employing the very finest architects of that time, Sir William Chambers and James ‘Athenian’ Stuart. The guided tour covers the history of the castle with a focus on the lives of its former residents, from the 1580s to the 1980s. Visitors will see very fine 18th century interiors including the elegant Ballroom and the ornate Gilt Room with its magnificent gilded ceiling. A small collection of period furniture is on display and a collection of original paintings which includes landscapes and portraits is hung throughout the building. The castle also regularly hosts exhibitions of contemporary art. There is a playground managed by South Dublin County Council in the parkland surrounding the castle.

Rathfarnham Castle May – September inclusive Open Daily 9.30am – 5.30pm Last admissions 4.45pm October – April inclusive Open Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays: 10.30am – 5pm Last admissions 4.15pm There is no admission charge for school visits. Free parking for coaches in the South Dublin County Council managed carpark. Bookings and information: 01 493 9462 Email: rathfarnhamcastle@opw.ie www.facebook.com/rathfarnhamcastle www.rathfarnhamcastle.ie Education 47


Weaving a better well-being place for primary school students ‘IT IS easier to build strong children than to repair broken adults’ – F. Douglass THIS quote sums up the rationale behind Weaving Well-Being – a new, multi-level SPHE programme for primary school children from 2nd to 6th class. It draws on evidence-based skills from the field of Positive Psychology, which is the science of well-being. Its authors are Fiona Forman and Mick Rock, both of whom have an M.Sc. in Applied Positive Psychology. Fiona, who is a primary school teacher and well-being facilitator from Dublin, saw the need for practical resources to promote children’s well-being through her work in the classroom. With growing numbers of children displaying signs of anxiety and worry, she realised that early intervention to promote well-being skills in the school setting could be very beneficial. The programme grew from her classroom practices, as she soon saw the immense positive response from pupils and parents alike. Following a

very successful pilot stage in schools all around the country with feedback from pupils, teachers and parents, the programme was finalised in 2017. The programme was launched in Drumcondra Education Centre by Outside the Box Learning Resources and has gone from strength to strength since then – it is now in use in over 60% of Irish schools. Another milestone was reached in May 2019 when the programme was launched in Australia by Hawker Brownlow Education. Specific focus for each year Each year level has 10 lessons and has a specific focus – Character Strengths for 2nd Class, Positive Emotions for 3rd, Tools of Resilience for 4th, Positive Relationships for 5th and Empowering Beliefs for 6th. Each topic also has a particular theme to make it child-centred and appealing. For example, the theme of the Second Class programme is ‘treasure’ and the 24 Character Strengths of Positive Psychology are introduces as treasure coins. Each

"The programme is underpinned by the concept that a state of well-being is not simply the absence of the negative, but the presence of the positive"

class level has a Teacher Resource Book and a Pupil Book. The Teacher Resource Book contains background information, lesson plans, supplementary activities and a PowerPoint presentation for each lesson. The programme is underpinned by the concept that a state of wellbeing is not simply the absence of the negative, but the presence of the positive. The lessons give children the opportunity to weave positivity into their daily lives through a range of activities in a variety of areas and parental involvement is also encouraged through a range of homework activities. A small initial study on the programme indicated very positive results with more extensive research is planned from September 2019. Teacher summer courses on the programme have also delivered in many Education Centres nationwide.

FIND OUT MORE: More information on the programme is available from Outside the Box Learning resources at www.otb.ie/weaving-well-being-homepage


Flow Experiences

Expressing Gratitude

Random Acts of Kindness

Making a Differencs Self Acceptance

Positive Emotions

Rainbow Moments

(3rd Class)

Empowering Beliefs

Weaving Well-Being

(6th Class)

Growth Minsets Self-Talk

Perspective

Resiliance

Challenging Limiting Beliefs

Forgiveness

Healthy Body Healthy Mind

(4th Class)

Positive Relationships

Problem Focused Planning

(5th Class)

Mindfulness

Active Listening

Respect Looking for Win-Wins

Empathy

Healthy Distraction

Using Character Strengths

Cognitive Re-framing


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New college for County Kerry FROM September 2019, all further education and training provision in Kerry will be offered by one fully integrated college. Kerry College of Further Education and Training will be the new name for KCFE, North Kerry College and the Kerry ETB Training Centre. Kerry College of Further Education and Training will offer over 180 full and part time further education and training programmes in three newly defined areas: courses for employment, courses for progression to further education or higher education courses and apprenticeship. These courses are aligned to Level 5 and Level 6 on the National

Qualifications Framework. Prospective learners/students may follow their chosen Further Education and Training course at one of the four campus locations currently in Tralee or Listowel. New admissions office and website A key aspect of this development is the opening of a new Admissions Office in Tralee town centre. This office will manage the promotion and marketing of full-time Further Education and Training programmes and to centrally process all applications and admissions. A new website will provide a single

"Kerry College of Further Education and Training will offer over 180 full and part time further education and training programmes in three newly defined areas"

reference point for full-time Further Education and Training programmes across County Kerry. Kerry College of Further Education and Training is established by Kerry Education and Training Board (Kerry ETB), the statutory provider of Education and Training in County Kerry spanning primary, post-primary and further education and training in the true sense of creating a lifelong and life-wide learning society in County Kerry. The ETB has around 2,400 full time students, close to 1100 staff with provision to deliver in 33 schools and centres across county Kerry.

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Naomi is cutting it as an accounting apprentice A Waterford hair stylist is thriving as an accounting apprentice after swapping the salon for the office and classroom, thanks to an innovative programme A FORMER hair stylist is cutting it in a completely new profession thanks to an accountancy apprenticeship programme which allows students to earn while they learn. Meanwhile, in Galway, a Donegal native and former full-time student and part-time waitress is helping fill a gap for accountants in the west. Naomi Lonergan (24) found she loved the stock control and commercial elements of the hairdressing business. As a result, she is now taking part i n t h e A c c o u n t i n g Te c h n i c i a n Apprenticeship scheme: a funded, work-based learning programme in which apprentices earn at least €19,000 a year. As part of the apprenticeship, Naomi works with Connors and Co Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors in Waterford City, and achieved top marks in her year one exams. Apprentices work in the office four days a week and study in a local college one day a week, during the two-year programme, which begins this month. Naomi is studying at Waterford College of Further Education. The Accounting Technicians Apprenticeship has two intakes per 52 Education

year, in September and January. The January 2020 application process will open in October 2019, and takes place in Cork and Dublin. The September programme commencement will be offered in Waterford, Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Louth, Galway, Monaghan and other locations, and the application process will open in Spring 2020. Leaving Certificate and mature learners can express their interest to Accounting Technicians Ireland. Career change "I was looking for a career change and accountancy always interested me,” says Naomi. “I found this course at Waterford College of Further Education in an online search and signed up. I didn't want to give up my wage and go back to study full-time so it ticked all the boxes for me. "It is very challenging and there is quite a bit to study, the one day a week - 8am - 5pm day at college - is intensive, but it is so interesting, and if you discipline your time management it flies and you will love it." Director of Connors and Co, Shane Connors says he is delighted the course is available in the southeast, which is guaranteeing quality

"It is intensive, but it is so interesting, and if you discipline your time management it flies and you will love it"

staff in the region. Shane was happy to take on Naomi: "She started with us in the summer and as it's a little bit quieter at that time we were able to spend a lot of time with her ensuring she was familiar with us and our systems before beginning her studies," he says. "The course is quite practical and she pretty much applies what she is learning straight away. The programme is structured in such a way that we can ensure she gets appropriate work to suit the modules she is covering at a particular time. "One of the biggest issues in Waterford is getting staff. Graduates of Dublin accountancy colleges often stay there and it can be hard to attract people to commit to a career here. Hopefully this course will generate home-grown accounting technicians who will seek employment in the south-east." Interest swayed Meanwhile, Donegal native Roisin McFadden (24) initially moved to Galway to study for an arts degree, but quickly found her interest swayed to accountancy. Roisin is working with Denis Brennan and Co in Prospect Hill in the city.


As part of the apprenticeship, Naomi Lonergan works with Connors and Co Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors in Waterford City and achieved top marks in her year one exams.

“I was at college full-time and waitressing part-time and was exhausted, but the course just didn’t suit me anyway,” she says. “So I applied for a job with Denis Brennan and Co with zero experience, and luckily, they took me on. My bosses encouraged me to go for t h e A c c o u n t i n g Te c h n i c i a n Apprenticeship scheme - I’m really enjoying it. The course gives me a great knowledge of accountancy, and I now have a greater understanding of everything I do at work," she says. “I didn't want to give up a wage to study full-time, so it was perfect for me. “Any questions I have had ahead of exams, I’ve emailed or called into the tutors and they’ve been there to help me 100 per cent.”

"The practical nature of the programme, the salary and the fullyfunded fees, make the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship particularly appealing to school leavers"

Impressed Louise Hopkins, a partner in the practice, says she was particularly i m p r e s s e d w i t h t h e AT I Apprenticeship programme; “I joined here as a trainee accountant 20 years FIND OUT MORE: Visit AccountingTechnicianApprenticeship.ie (apprenticeship) or accountingtechniciansireland.ie (college route) to register your interest

ago and we have always been a trainee friendly office,” she says. “Trainees on some courses study in the evenings or at weekends, but it’s fantastic that students go to college one full day in the week, it’s less pressure and less tiring for them. It also develops a great work ethic and the support of the college is top class. I would definitely recommend other employers to look into it and consider giving it a go.” A real alternative This apprenticeship provides a real alternative for Leaving Certificate students who prefer practical training to a full-time college programme, or for students who may have embarked on a college course and found it didn’t suit them. It is also an attractive option for existing employees and mature learners who would like to pursue a career in accounting. Successful graduates of the apprenticeship programme may then progress to full accountancy with Chartered Accountants Ireland or one of the other professional accountancy bodies. The practical nature of the programme, the salary and the fully-funded fees, make the

A c c o u n t i n g Te c h n i c i a n Apprenticeship particularly appealing to school leavers who prefer learning by experience to full-time college education, according to Gillian Doherty, chief operations officer at Accounting Technicians Ireland. Strong, in-demand accountancy “When students complete the apprenticeship programme, they will have a strong, in-demand accountancy QQI Level 6 award, two years of solid work experience and the opportunity, if they wish, to progress to further study in accountancy, business or finance,” says Doherty. “This is a pan-sectoral programme which meets the needs of industry, practice and the public sector, and graduates enjoy exemptions from the full range of professional accountancy bodies including Chartered Accountants Ireland, CPA, ACCA and CIMA.” Accounting Technicians Ireland also o ff e r s p r o g r a m m e s a t t h e AT I Academy in Dublin 2, online, and via partner colleges island-wide. For more on the apprenticeships see accountingtechnicianapprenticeship.ie Education 53


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Careers in the Irish Defence Forces THE Irish Defence Forces is the military of Ireland. We encompass the Army, the Naval Service, the Air Corps and the Reserve Defence Forces. The Army is a standing force and provides the primary capabilities for joint military operations at home and combined military Peace Support Operations abroad. The Naval Service is the State's principal seagoing agency with a general responsibility to meet contingent and actual maritime defence requirements. It is tasked with a variety of defence and other roles. The role of the Air Corps under the Defence Act is to contribute to the security of the State by providing for the Military Air Defence of its airspace. Defence Forces personnel lead a "Life less Ordinary". No two days are the same in the lives of our personnel. All aspects of military life are varied and for each member of the Force each day may bring a new challenge. WHO WE LOOK FOR? General Service Recruitment The Irish Defence Forces are looking for motivated, physically fit, team orientated individuals to enlist as General Service Recruits. As a recruit, you will train to become an infantry soldier. On completion of the initial training program, successful recruits 54 Education

are promoted to the rank of Private 2*. Following a second period of basic training, applicants are promoted to the rank of Private 3*. Applicants should have: • The ability to work in disciplined military environment. • The ability to work with others in a team. • The ability to work well in a high pressure and physically demanding environment. • Be willing to serve aboard for extended periods of time. • Be a minimum of 18 years of age and under 25 years of age on the date deemed as the closing date for applications. On qualification recruits take up a position as a three star private in one of the following Service Corps — Infantry, Artillery, Cavalry, Supply & Transport or Communications Information Systems. After basic training, opportunities exist to undertake further training as anything from a heavy vehicle driver, to a chef, vehicle mechanic, armourer, IT technician, combat engineer, emergency medical technician and many other roles. Officer Cadetships The Defence Forces are also looking to enlist Officer Cadets. A Cadet is a Military Officer in training. Officers are the leaders, decision makers and managers of the

"The Irish Defence Forces are looking for motivated, physically fit, team orientated individuals to enlist as General Service Recruits"

Defence Forces. They are the platoon commanders in our Army, the pilots in our Air Corps, and the navigators and engineers in our Naval Service. An Officer leads, directs and motivates our frontline troops. The role comes with very real mental and physical challenges, with Officers being expected to lead from the front in all situations. Officer Cadets engage in 15 months training in the Military College, Curragh Camp, Kildare, covering many basic and practical soldier skills and military fields of study before taking up an operational appointment in the Permanent Defence Forces. The Defence Forces is looking for people who have the potential to: • Plan, prioritize and organise. • Analyse problems, in order to generate appropriate solutions. • Be clear, concise and with effective communication skills. • The ability to motivate others and work with a team. Can you do all of this while working in a very high pressure, mentally and physically demanding environment? After completing Officer training, cadets are commissioned into a Service Corp — Infantry, Artillery, Cavalry, Supply & Transport or Communications Information Systems. As a young Officer many more opportunities for development,


growth, variety and responsibility will come your way. Applicants must be 18 years of age or over and under 26 years of age on the date mentioned in the notice for the current competition. Trainee Military Aircraft Technician We also look to enlist Trainee Military Aircraft Technicians. The successful applicants will serve a 4 year apprenticeship program and will become Aircraft Technicians in our Air Corps. Technicians provide the maintenance and servicing of Air Corps aircraft, their engines, systems, equipment and weapons. The Air Corps is looking for young, enthusiastic and technically minded individuals who are looking for the opportunity not just to learn a new trade but also to practice it in chall e n g i n g s i t u a t i o n s . Tr a i n e e Technicians undergo their academic training at the Technical Training School, located in Casement Aerodrome, the home of the Air Corps. All Candidates must be 18 years of age and less than 23 years of age on the closing date for receipt of applications. WHEN DO WE RECRUIT? We normally recruit General Service Recruits in March and September. We advertise the Cadet Competition in January/February for induction in September. We also advertise for Air Corps Trainee Military Aircraft Technicians in January/February for induction in September WHEN AND HOW TO APPLY? All applications are made by completing the online application on our website. The online application is only available when we are running a recruitment competition. We do

NOT accept applications outside these times. WHAT IS THE TRAINING LIKE? General Service Recruit The training for General Service Recruits is initially for 15 weeks. The Recruit Training Syllabus is designed to produce a physically fit, disciplined and motivated Two Star Infantry Soldier with basic military skills. Recruit training is foundation military training. It is followed by 3 Star training and at a later stage by Trained Soldier Specialist Training courses. Recruits may be required to complete their training in any Defence Forces location and following their training, may be posted to any Defence Forces location subject to Defence Forces requirements. Once training is successfully completed the fully trained soldier will be sent to their allocated unit. Cadetships Cadets train for a total of 15 months. The training is conducted in the Military College, Defence Forces Training Centre, Co. Kildare. The purpose of cadet training is to develop character and leadership skills and instil a sense of duty and responsibility in the cadet. To benefit from that training, which is conducted in an environment of strict discipline, the cadet needs mental acuity and physical agility. During training an Army Cadet masters basic military skills, such as rifle marksmanship, as well as developing the leadership skills required of an Army Officer. Air Corps and Naval Service Cadets also undertake leadership and foundation military training before specialising as pilots, navigators or engineers. On commissioning the new Officer takes up a leadership position in one of the Army Corps.

"The Recruit Training Syllabus is designed to produce a physically fit, disciplined and motivated Two Star Infantry Soldier with basic military skills"

"The purpose of cadet training is to develop character and leadership skills and instil a sense of duty and responsibility in the cadet"

Third Level Education Personnel of the Army, who were inducted as an Officer Cadet and successfully completed their Officer Cadet training and who have not previously attained an Honours Bachelor Degree (Level 8 of the National Framework of Qualifications) or equivalent may be assigned to a course of study leading to a degree at National University of Ireland, Galway or a course of study leading to a degree at some other third level college of education. On completion of the first year of training, Naval Service cadets spend the second year of the cadetship studying for a degree at the National Maritime College of Ireland. Trainee Military Aircraft Technicians Tr a i n e e M i l i t a r y A i r c r a f t Technicians initially complete basic military training of seven months duration before commencing their technical training. In total their training takes approximately 4 and a half years and is completed at the Air Corps Technical Training School, Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel. The Air Corps Technical Training School is EASA (European Aviation S a f e t y A g e n c y ) a p p ro v e d a n d approved by DIT (Dublin Institute of Technology) to deliver the Bachelor of Engineering Technology Degree in M i l i t a r y Av i a t i o n Te c h n o l o g y. Through these programmes the trainee technicians will be instructed in all disciplines of aircraft maintenance including fixed and rotary wing aircraft, power plant and avionics. The EASA modules (Theory and Workshop Practical’s) and their associated examinations are completed entirely, prior to the trainees’ advancement through advanced access onto the Bachelor Engineering Technology Degree in Military Aviation Technology.

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Registration open for National Flight Centre pilot training courses 637,000 more pilots needed worldwide over the next 20 years according to Boeing NATIONAL Flight Centre’s Pilot Academy, based at Weston Airport just 20 minutes from Dublin city centre, has opened registration for its Airline Transport Pilots Licence (ATPL frozen) pilot training courses in March, June & September 2020. Based in a newly renovated, dedicated college building the Academy offers an integrated/full time course where students can earn an ATPL in as little as 18 months, as well as a modular/part-time option for students who may wish to combine working and studying. One of Europe’s most respected and longest established flight training schools, National Flight Centre Pilot Academy offers a wide range of flight training and conversion courses. Decades of experience Declan O’Shea, Director, National Flight Centre said: “Our Pilot Academy is designed for students who wish to complete an integrated or full time pilot training course as quickly as possible. Our academy boasts a fleet of Cessna 152s, 172s and twin engine BE76s as well as two FNPT II flight simulators and a crew of professional and dedicated instructors. "We have been training airline pilots here since 1977 so our expertise is built on decades of experience and we have strong links with some of the largest global airlines. "Our graduate pilots enjoy successful careers as Captains, First Officers, Training Captains and Type Rating Examiners with world leading airlines including Aer Lingus, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Cityjet, Easyjet, Emirates and Ryanair.” Weston Airport The Academy is located in a facility at Weston Airport that has been extensively refurbished featuring state of the art classrooms, briefing rooms and simulators all under one roof. Declan continued: “While the

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See your career going plac ESB Networks Apprenticeship IN 2015, ESB Networks announced a five-year plan to recruit new apprentices as part of a large-scale recruitment and development programme. Since then, over 200 apprentices have been recruited, with 84 new recruits; 13 females and 61 males starting in our Networks Training Centre in September 2019. We will be recruiting up to 84 apprentices across the country again in 2020. Applications will be accepted via the ESB Networks website from the middle of February. High level of interest The 2019 ESB Networks Apprenticeship Programme recruitment campaign received 6,800 applications, highlighting the level of interest in the programme and a career that is diverse and challenging. As an Apprentice Network Technician (Electrician), recruits receive on the job training, working as part of front-line teams, as well as classroom-based learning. Apprentices benefit from varied work experience, working indoors and outdoors, and learning about tech-

nology, customer service, and delivering results under pressure. They learn a variety of electrical and practical skills and, upon completion of the programme obtain a QQI Advanced Level 6 Electrical Trade Certificate. Seven phases The ESB Networks Electrical Apprenticeship is SOLAS standardsbased, consisting of 208 weeks over four years. During this time, there are seven SOLAS phases and ESB Networks off job training, including phases 1, 3, 5 and 7 are on the job, working closely with a qualified Network Technician on varied sites across ESB Networks. The SOLAS phases 2, 4 and 6 consist of off-the-job training modules, with phases in a SOLAS Training Centre and one of the IT Colleges around the country. Finally, there are 24 weeks of ESB Networks off the job training which takes place in the ESB Networks Training Centre, Portlaoise. Having completed the four-year programme, apprentices will have gained experience working with a l e a d i n g u t i l i t y c o m p a n y. E S B

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"Having completed the four-year programme, apprentices will have gained experience working with a leading utility company"

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following subjects: 1) Irish or English 2) Mathematics 3) Science* 4) Any 2 other subjects * If you have not obtained the required grade in Science, Grade C or higher at Ordinary Level in any one of the following subjects is acceptable: Technology, Art

Networks serves 2.3 million customers in Ireland, providing a safe and reliable electricity supply to homes, businesses and communities throughout the country - ESB Networks apprentices play an important part in delivering this service. Role combines both physical and logical Customer service is at the heart of ESB Networks, through their experience, ESB Networks apprentices will be at the fore in delivering and providing services to our customers. Though the job requires an element of physicality, there is much more to the programme than climbing poles and heavy lifting, the role combines both physical and logical activity. True to the fact that no two days are the same in the programme, apprentices will be assisting and dealing with a wide range of customer’s needs. In their day-to-day work activities they can be responding to faults and fault finding to maintain customer supply, connecting new customers, both residential and commercial to the electricity network, replacing and maintaining electrical assets and

Craft and Design, Technical Graphics, Materials Technology (Wood), Home Economics or Metalwork. Leaving Certificate Grade D / O6 or higher at Ordinary Level in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) in the following subjects: 1) Irish or English 2) Mathematics 3) Science Subject (Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics & Chemistry)* 4) Any 2 other subjects * If you have not obtained the required grade in any of the above Science subjects, the following is acceptable at Leaving Certificate Level (Grade D/O6 or higher at Ordinary Level) : Art, Construction Studies, Design and Communication, Graphics, Engineering, Home Economics, Technical Drawing and Technology.


ces with the p Programme installing new elements to the electricity network like overhead wires and unground cable technologies. Peer support A critical part of the ESB Networks Apprenticeship Programme is the training and peer support given to the apprentices. Throughout the programme, apprentices work alongside and closely with experienced Network Technicians. While the job may be challenging, the apprentice is always part of a team who will be there to assist and support throughout the programme. ESB Networks greatly fosters and encourages the idea of creating a team and peer support network.

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Services at Carlow ETB TRAINING Services at Kilkenny and Carlow ETB offer an extensive range of free full time training programmes for young people and adults who wish to develop the skills and competencies that are required for the workplace and/or progression to further education and training opportunities. All of our courses lead to nationally and internationally industry recognised accreditation. Furthermore, many of our courses lead directly into employment. Traineeships A Traineeship is an occupational skills development programme which is designed to provide flexible training solutions to the identified needs of Irish industry and local businesses. Traineeships gives participants the opportunity to develop cutting edge skills and knowledge on-the-job, making them more skilled, more employable and enhancing their career options and enables employers to access a pipeline of talent and learners. Traineeships are structured learning programmes which lead to awards at NFQ levels 4-6. They are between 6-20 months in duration and learners will complete at least 30% of learning on the job. For further information visit www.traineeship.ie Generation Apprenticeships The SOLAS Standards Based Apprenticeship is a system of employment focused training and 62 Education

education which enables an individual to obtain the knowledge, skills and competencies required to perform effectively as a craft person in industry. It also enables the individual to progress through further education and training within the national framework of qualifications leading to a QQI level 6 Advanced Craft Certificate. Apprenticeship has long been an accelerator for individual and corporate development in Ireland. Generation Apprenticeship is a major expansion project to more than double the number of learners of all ages and backgrounds taking the apprenticeship route. This promises to be a huge source of inspiration in opening apprenticeship into a full range of twenty-first century industries and skill sets. SOLAS has the responsibility for promoting and overseeing the training and education of all the apprentices in the current 27 designated crafts. A national standard is delivered for each craft based on the occupational analysis of that craft, written as key learning outcomes and structured in modular format. New Apprenticeships New Apprenticeships are currently available and are being developed in conjunction with SOLAS and lead industrial consortia across a wide range of industries and sectors, some of which include New Apprenticeships will combine

The 27 designated crafts are as follows:

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• Agricultural Mechanics * • Aircraft Mechanics * • Brick and Stonelaying • Carpentry & Joinery • Construction Plant Fitting * • Electrical * • Electrical Instrumentation * • Electronic Security Systems * • Farriery • Floor & Wall Tiling * • Heavy Vehicle Mechanics * • Industrial Insulation • Instrumentation * • Metal Fabrication • Motor Mechanics* • Painting & Decorating * • Pipefitting • Plastering • Plumbing * • Print Media * • Refrigeration & Air Conditioning * • Stonecutting & Stonemasonry • Sheet Metalworking • Toolmaking • Vehicle Body Repairs * • Wood Manufacturing and Finishing • Mechanical Automation and Maintenance - MAMF * * A person wishing to become an apprentice in one of the trades marked * must pass a colour– vision test approved by SOLAS.


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practical on-the-job learning in sponsor companies, with off-the-job training, which will be delivered by the ETBs and/ or recognised training and education providers. This will allow Apprentices to develop technical knowledge through formal qualifications, as well as key workplace skills and competencies through experiential learning. The programmes will lead to QQI awards from level 5 to 9 on the NFQ. The duration of these apprenticeships will range from two to four years, depending on the chosen field of learning and the degree of difficulty involved in meeting the learning outcomes for the particular apprenticeship programme. Community Training The community Training centres (CTC’s) provide training to early school leavers aged between 16 and 21 years, who are most in need of basic vocational training. This training provision is divided between in centre learning and linked work experience. Courses lead to Major awards at QQI Level 3 and 4 or VTCT awards.

New Apprenticeships are currently available and are being developed in conjunction with SOLAS and lead industrial consortia across a wide range of industries and sectors, some of which include: • Accounting Technician, Level 6 • Industrial Electrical Engineer, Level 7 • Commis Chef, Levels 6 • Financial Services, Levels 6-8 • Insurance Practitioner, Level 8 • Manufacturing Engineer, Level 7 • Polymer Processing Technologist, Level 7 • Manufacturing Technician, Level 7 • ICT Network Engineer, Level 6 • ICT Software Developer, Level 6

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Promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in Irish schools WALK in My Shoes is a mental health awareness and education campaign run by St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services. The campaign focuses on promoting mental health awareness in schools across Ireland. Develop a Positive Mental Health Culture We can all experience high level of stress as part of modern living, and this can lead to feelings of anger and anxiety, lowered self-esteem and self-confidence and depression. And as young people spend up to a fifth of their week in school, if the school environment develops a culture of positive emotional health, then young people learn that they can talk about and express emotions in a culture of respect. With this type of foundation in mental and emotional health, there is a strong chance that these young people will carry that learning throughout their lives. And learning about mental health from a young age will help

If the school environment develops a culture of positive emotional health, then young people learn that they can talk about and express emotions in a culture of respect

reduce the stigma associated with mental health which can be a needless barrier to accessing treatment. Walk in My Shoes Initiatives Walk in My Shoes runs a number of initiatives throughout the school year that are designed to promote positive mental health in schools. These initiatives include: • Mission Possible; School Achievement Awards recognises schools from all over Ireland for their effort and contribution to tackling the stigma surrounding mental health both in the classroom and in the wider community. • Frame of Mind short film competition is open to secondary school students. To enter Students, create a 2-3-minute-long video that tells a story they feel portrays a positive mental health message. • Transition Year Programme – we run five-one week long programmes every year that focus on various aspects of mental health as well as the career options available in this sector. • #MindYourSelfie Day aims to promote awareness of our free MindYourSelfie resource packs. We ask everyone to take a ‘selfie’ and post it on social media using the hashtag #MindYourSelfie. Walk in My Shoes Resources MindYourSelfie activity packs are free to use resources that have all been developed to promote a positive mental health. These packs include the following resources: • Our range of short mindfulness audio and video pieces are an effective way to introduce mindfulness and meditation into your classroom. These exercises not only help to improve students’ mindfulness but function to relax the tension and tightness that has built up within the body and mind. • Mindful colouring asks students to focus on how they choose and apply colour in a design to bring their awareness to the present moment. The classroom mindfulness colouring activity can help students feel more relaxed by paying attention to the present moment. • Our mental health and wellbeing calendar comprises daily actions that students can complete to promote positive mental health and mindfulness. • With our Selfie ‘Steem activity students share positive messages about one another. • Wellness Journals provide young people with a template to record their feelings and thoughts as a once off assignment or as a daily activity. Visit WalkInMyShoes.ie/mindyourselfie for more information about our great, free to use, mental health resource packs. And join our mailing list for reminders about our competitions and closing dates.

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National Commis Chef Apprenticeship Programme The Chefs Apprentice The National Commis Chef Apprenticeship is a two-year programme delivered through training providers nationwide, and consists of a combination of on and off the job training. The apprenticeship aims to address the current shortage of chefs in Ireland and establish a long term supply of qualified chefs within the hospitality and catering industries. The apprenticeship is an employer led programme with over 60% of the training time on the job in a live working environment. It leads to a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Culinary Arts on the National Framework of Qualifications. The Commis Chef apprenticeship programme was officially launched at the end of 2017, with support from industry partners including the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF), the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI), the Irish Hospitality Institute (IHI), Euro-toques Ireland, Catering Management Association of Ireland (CMAI) and Fáilte Ireland. The programme is already running in ten locations and further classes are being planned for 2019. Benefits of the programme • On completion of the programme the apprentice will be a fully qualified Commis Chef, providing them with a range of employment opportunities • The apprentice is employed under a full time contract of employment while in training, allowing them to earn while they learn

• The apprentice will gain valuable on the job experience and get the opportunity to enrich their skills through practice with their employer • The apprentice will train under the guidance of a suitably qualified and experienced employer based mentor • There are no course fees, and the apprentice is provided with a uniform, equipment and essential texts for the programme • The qualification is internationally recognised • Upon qualification, the apprentice will have the choice to progress to further education, or to enter employment as a Commis Chef Entry Criteria Applicants for the apprenticeship must be 16 years or older. Minimum entry qualification requirement is an award at Level 4 on the NFQ including a D in Junior Certificate Maths. You will be required to work as a Commis Chef apprentice with an employer during two years of the programme. Recognition of prior learning (RPL) will also be accepted as part of the entry criteria. Further Information Please contact Ioseph Nestor, National Apprenticeship Programme Coordinator at Kerry ETB on 066-7149600 or inestor@kerryetbtrainingcentre.ie if you would like further information or to enquire about upcoming classes.

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The award-winning Alliance Française Dublin (AFD) has over 50 years’ experience in teaching French and belongs to a world-wide network, the largest in the world, established since 1883 to promote French language and culture in 133 countries. The AFD is a Registered Irish Charity ideally located in a famous listed building overlooking Trinity College. With over 3,500 students and 6,500 enrolments a year, the AFD has the 3rd largest Language Centre in Europe. Group, one-to-one and intensive tuition are available throughout the year for professionals and individuals from the age of 12 months! The AFD is not just a school but also a Cultural Centre that provides a genuine French experience in addition to tuition. Over 100 cultural events are organised each year including, screenings, exhibitions, tastings, talks, concerts, plays, book launches, festivals, markets & fairs, and more! The AFD also offers 2 public spaces: The French Library with its physical and digital collections and the new French Café-Restaurant Chez Max.

Immerse yourself in The French Culture

in the heart of the city centre

1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2 alliance-francaise.ie (01) 676 17 32

Dublin 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2 / alliance-francaise.ie

Presentation Binding are experts in document presentation, with over 35 years experience. We offer printing, binding and lamination services for individuals, organisations and requirements. Suppliers of Binding (Unibind) and Lamination machines (Pouchjet) to schools, colleges and universities DOCUMENT BINDING Manuals, annual reports, thesis binding, training documents, personal portfolios, whatever it may be - we can bind it.

LAMINATION FOIL PERSONALISATION THESIS BINDING We can provide you with Our foil print service A 2 hour print and bind a high quality matte or offers you the ability to service available on student gloss laminate finish for personalise documents with submissions. Our team of your documents, prints or any text or graphic onto a professionals are waiting to posters of any size. vast range of materials make your work stress free.

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Life and Death in Medieval Kilkenny

Exhibition Now Open Kilkenny City

SINCE 2017, the Medieval Mile Museum has shared the stories of Ireland’s most powerful patrons and inspired creators. In what was a 13th century parish church, the award-winning museum is now an amalgamation of cutting-edge architecture, archaeology, history and exhibition design. When skeletal remains were discovered on site in the summer of 2016, the local community watched archaeologists uncover the findings. Now these remains, concealed for centuries, are central to a fascinating permanent exhibition. “Until the mid-1600s, only the very wealthy were buried in coffins” said Grace Fegan, Curator. “Poorer parishioners’ bodies were put directly into the soil, dressed in a shroud. It is ironic that these people are now alongside the grandiose, ornamental tombs of the super wealthy inside St Mary’s. It’s a nice ending to what must have been a very hard life”. A professional archaeologist, Grace is well placed to assist students develop an historical consciousness, learn to work with evidence and acquire the ‘bigger picture’ through interactions with the museum’s collections. “It’s a joy to welcome students of any age to the museum, especially when the visit finishes with our famous LEGO Hunt!”. FIND OUT MORE: For more information or to plan your visit go to www.medievalmilemuseum.ie/schools

Outdoor Learning for All With Field Studies Council Ireland Delivering high quality Outdoor Learning to schools, colleges, groups and individuals, across the island of Ireland… Geography and Biology Fieldwork for Junior Cycle and Leaving Certificate groups, including CPD for teachers. Outdoor Learning for all ages and abilities; including nature skills, bushcraft, foraging, tracking, species identification and wildlife walks.

T: +44 (28) 43 726498

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Located at Tollymore, County Down and Lissadell, County Sligo Also working in partnership with Donegal Adventure Centre. See website for details: www.donegaladventurecentre.com


An action-packed day out REDHILLS Adventure is one of Ireland's most exciting adventure centres located very close to Kildare Village Outlet on a re-purposed farm. Opened in 2014, it is operated by brothers Paul and Owen Murphy, who both left careers in Tourism and Engineering respectively and converted the old family farm to offer great value activities for primary and secondary schools among other leisure and corporate groups. Having secured Leader funding in 2018, they developed a bespoke multi activity zone designed to operate large groups with ease. The centre also features a large indoor seating area in case of bad weather. Thorough instruction is provided before all activities take place so everyone knows how to take part and get the most from the activ-

ity. Great value hot food options are available for students. Redhills Adventure Kildare recently featured on Don't Tell the Bride and Ireland's Fittest Family. Activities range from: • Splatmaster Children’s (Low Impact) Paintball (Up to 14 years) • Airsoft Combat Games (12 years +) • Archery Tag Games – Dodgeball with bows and arrows! • Team Challenge Games featuring Run Mat Relay, Giant X&Os, Giant Jigsaw, Drain Pipe and Mine Field challenges • Human Fuzzball • Obstacle Course – As seen on Ireland’s Fittest Family • Archery Target • Airsoft Target • Mobile Activities Available Discounts for large groups and multi activity packages.

"I ORGANISED an end of year trip for my 3rd year students to Redhills, and it didn't disappoint! Our coaches were greeted on arrival by staff and we were set up in the base area and refreshments were available for the teachers. The group were organised into teams and the staff provided a comprehensive safety talk. Clearly a converted farm, the location is ideal for this activity! The staff were very friendly, cooperative, patient and professional with an overall focus on enjoyment in a safe environment. I would definitely recommend this centre to any school looking for a fun day out. St Fintans HS Sutton For more information and to check availability contact paul@redhillsadventure.ie or phone 087 2481246

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Arigna Mining Experience

An Insight into a Coal Mining Life THE Arigna Mining Experience in Co. Roscommon will certainly appeal to those looking for a day out with a difference. The visitor centre is located in a beautiful scenic location overlooking Lough Allen. Now a popular tourist spot, this visitor centre preserves the mining heritage of this area and allows visitors an insight into coal mining life as it was in the Arigna Valley for centuries. With an ex-miner as your tour-guide, the visit to the museum includes access to an exhibit area where there is a DVD presentation and a wonderful authentic photographic exhibition. The highlight of the visit is an underground tour with an ex-miner as your tour guide where the visitor is brought to the mine’s coal face and where lighting and sound effects add to the reality of the experience. The centre is fully accessible and is an all-weather facility. It is an ideal day out for the family with a gift shop and coffee shop on site. The Arigna Mining Experience and its world class tour is close to the borders of Sligo, Leitrim and Mayo. The centre is open 10-5pm daily, all year round. FIND OUT MORE: Tel: 071-9646466 | www.arignaminingexperience.ie

The West Cork Secret Activity Centre is all about encouragement, setting targets, motivation, character building and reward. It’s all a part of the experience which awaits you at the West Cork Secret. Be it a group of friends, a club or a team, we are ready to tailor a day of fun to your specifications. We offer unique building days, where teamwork and communication are essential in conquering the Secret’s challenges all within an exhilarating military atmosphere. From the assault course to the forest run you’re guaranteed to be smiling through the mud.

Build confidence and self esteem through achievement of challenges and the development of new skills

Develop life skills such as teamwork, initiative, respect & leadership

Increase awareness and understanding of the natural environment.

West Cork Secret, Cloundereen, Kilbrittain, Co Cork.

Phone: 087 833 1206 Email: info@westcorksecret.ie

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Museum & Stadium Tours at Thomond Park Stadium - an ideal stop on your School Tour Day THO M OND Pa r k i s th e h o m e ground of Munster Rugby, one of the most successful and best supported rugby clubs in the world. The famous venue, renowned internationally for its unique history and atmosphere, has been redeveloped and now boasts an increased capacity of 25,600 plus an extensive range of conference & banqueting facilities and state of the art Museum that have further enhanced its glowing reputation. Thomond Park Stadium can offer a truly unique experience including a visit to the fully interactive Munster Experience Museum, plus a stadium tour that offers an exclusive chance to follow in the footsteps of your Munster heroes by taking a look behind the scenes at the historic Thomond Park Stadium Located close to many attractions in the Shannon Region, why not take in some sporting history as well as Irish history?! The visit begins with a guided tour of the spectacular Thomond Park Stadium, from a seat in the home dressing room to a walk down the tunnel.

aids & images • Test your skills in the interactive game zone • Ample car parking and easy access to all major routes • Perfect for both Primary and Secondary schools.

"A guided tour from a seat in the home dressing room to a walk down the tunnel"

• Tour Time: 1 hour 15 minutes approx Quote ‘Education Now’ when booking for €5 per pupil on 061 421100 or email: museum@ thomondpark.ie to claim this special school tour rate

Interactive museum Also included is a visit to the interactive museum and specially commissioned film that showcases the proud heritage of Munster Rugby. The specially commissioned film, ‘We are Munster’, portrays the tradition and history of the club, and the unique bond it shares with its loyal supporters. The stadium tour takes you to places usually only accessible to players and officials. Reasons to visit Thomond Park Stadium & Munster Experience Museum? • Fully guided tour with experienced Tour Guides • Experience the history of Munster Rugby through visual Education 71


Waterford Treasures: three museums in the Viking Triangle DELVE back in time with a tour that’s bound to bring out your inner Strongbow or Aoife in the most ancient part of Ireland’s oldest city ‘Veðrafjǫrðr’ (Waterford). Waterford not only boasts the House of Waterford Crystal and three museums but features an award-winning walking experience, the Epic Tour of the Viking Triangle. From the Vikings to the Victorians, the one hour all weather trip gets you into six national monuments, including Greyfriars Medieval Franciscan Friary, the Mayor’s Wine Vault and Christ Church Cathedral, all in the capable hands of professional guides. Comes to life History really comes to life at the award winning Medieval Museum. This stunning modern building incorporates a 13th century Choristers' Hall and a 15th century wine vault. Our professional guides regale visi-

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tors with tales of times gone by with the help of a priceless collection of unique artefacts. Among the great treasures of international importance are the 4 metre long Great Charter Roll dated to 1373, which Queen Elizabeth specifically asked to view on her state visit to Ireland, the only piece of King Henry VIII’s clothing to survive – the ‘Cap of Maintenance’ and the 15th century cloth of gold vestments - the only complete set of High Mass Vestments to survive in Northern Europe. The story of Waterford Within a few metres of the medieval museum is the beautiful Georgian Bishop's Palace built in 1743. It is here that the story of Waterford from 1700 to the 1970s is told by re-enactors against a backdrop of rare 18th century Irish furniture, glass silver and paintings. The Bishop’s Palace is home to the

From the Vikings to the Victorians, the one hour all weather trip gets you into six national monuments

only surviving Napoleon Bonaparte’s Mourning Cross and the world’s oldest piece of Waterford Crystal crafted in 1789. Unveiled in 2019 as p a r t o f t h e g u i d e d t o u r, ‘Masterpieces in Glass’ is a re-enactor led experience culminating in a 17 minute 4D presentation detailing the long history of glass making in Waterford and vividly immersing you 18th and 19th century Waterford. At Reginald’s Tower (named after the Viking chief who founded the city in 941) you can get up close and personal with weapons from a Viking warrior’s grave. All these attractions are only 15 minutes away from the seaside town of Tramore and Mount Congreve Gardens in Kilmeaden, 20 minutes from the fishing village of Dunmore East, 25 minutes from the Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross and half an hour from the Copper Coast Geo Park. www.waterfordtreasures.com


Enjoy an authentic eighteenth century Georgian grand residence, the Bishop’s Palace in 1743. Don’t miss: the oldest surviving piece of Waterford Crystal in the world (1789) and the only surviving gold mourning cross commissioned by Napoleon’s mother on the Emperor’s death in 1821. Unveiled in 2019, spectacular new 4D Masterpieces in Glass experience.

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Lullymore - exciting new venue for Field Trips and Environmental Tours LULLYMORE Heritage & Discovery Park in Rathangan, Co. Kildare is now offering Leaving Cert Biology Field Trips and Environmental Tours designed for Junior Cert/Transition Year Geography/Science students and can also be adapted for Third Level students. The Park, set on 60 acres of ancient woodland and rehabilitating peatland, won Best Environmental Innovation at the Irish Tourism Industry Awards in 2017 and is renowned for its biodiversity and unique combination of mineral soil and acidic peatland habitats. Students will get the opportunity to explore the plant and animal life present on these habitats and get a comprehensive insight into the peatlands and the people who have lived around them for millennia. The Field Trips immerse students in a woodland habitat and cover mapping, biotic/abiotic/qualitative/quantitative (quadrats)/line & belt transects/adaptations/food webs and prepare students in a very practical way for exams. Workbooks are provided for each Field Trip student. Cost per student is €13.00 for Field Trips and €12.00 for Environment Tours. Cafe on site can cater for up to 200 for lunches. FIND OUT MORE: To book call 045 870 238 or contact Ray by email:ray@lullymoreheritagepark.com. Website: www.lullymoreheritagepark.com

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The way we wore THE history of Irish fashion in clothing and jewellery. Come and see garments made in Irish fabrics and the importance of textile production and clothing manufacture to the economy of the country. The Way We Wore exhibition displays clothing and jewellery worn in Ireland principally from the 1760s to the 1960s. Although many still think of ‘Irish Dress’ in the context of woollens worn in the West of Ireland, this exhibition shows that in the past the majority of Irish people, even those who wore locally woven fabrics (silk, linen, wool and cotton), dressed in styles that competed with the fashion conscious of Europe. The exhibition of jewellery features some of the materials from which jewellery has been made, the variety of reasons for wearing jewellery, and the range of styles that people have bought and worn over the last few centuries. Location: National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, South Block, Benburb Street, Dublin 7.

Are you free? So are we! Free admission to the greatest collections of Irish heritage, culture and history in the world.

Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7. LUAS Red Line Museum Stop

Open: Sun & Mon 1pm to 5pm. Tues to Sat 10am to 5pm. Closed: Christmas Day/Good Friday.

Information: Tel: +353 (0) 1 6777 444 Email: info@museum.ie www.museum.ie

Are you free? So are we! Free admission to the greatest collections of Irish heritage, culture and history in the world.

Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Merrion Street, Dublin 2. Benburb Street, Dublin 7. Turlough Park, Co. Mayo.

Outreach Events, Guided Tours & Lectures. Museum Shops & Cafés.

Open: Sunday & Monday 1pm to 5pm. Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm. Closed: Christmas Day & Good Friday.

For further information: Tel: +353 (0) 1 6777 444 Email: info@museum.ie Visit: www.museum.ie


Education opportunities at Galway Atlantaquaria DPSM Discover Centre WELCOME to Galway Atlantaquaria, the National Aquarium of Ireland. As Ireland’s largest Native Species Aquarium, we are the perfect location for school tours and workshops based around Ireland’s marine envir o n m e n t a n d b i o d i v e r s i t y, sustainability, environmental awareness, care and ecology investigation. We cater for students of all ages, with options available to pre-school, primary, secondary and third level educational needs. We are located on the seafront in Salthill, within easy access to parking, food service providers and habitats to explore. Our educational options include · Galway Field Studies Modules including Grassland and Seashore Ecology Investigations (secondary level only) · Seashore Safari’s (preschool and primary)* · Animal anatomy workshop based

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around a squid dissection (primary and secondary)* · Engineering Workshops based on designing flood defences* (primary and secondary) · Maths Workshop based around tank design in the aquarium (primary and secondary) · Sustainability Workshop based on fisheries and sustainably food production (secondary) · Marine Litter Workshop based on materials and environmental awareness and care, and responsible personal choices. Option to include a beach clean on our local shore available to schools. (primary and secondary) · Water Investigations Workshop based on the properties and characteristics of water and the oceans. (pre-school and primary)* *DPSM accredited workshops. All workshops include a one hour guided tour of the aquarium. Our

"We are also a designated Discover Primary Science and Maths Centre, meaning a visit to us will help your school achieve its 'Award of Excellence’ under the DPSM scheme"

Galway Field Studies modules provide grassland and seashore field studies which are ideal for junior and leaving certificate students. We are also a designated Discover Primary Science and Maths Centre, meaning a visit to us will help your s c h o o l a c h i e v e i t s ' Aw a r d o f Excellence’ under the DPSM scheme. All workshops include a one hour guided tour of the aquarium. All our staff are highly experienced in the delivery of education workshops and fieldwork, Garda vetted and trained in child protection policy & practice. More information We are open daily from 10-5, and provide a host of indoor and outdoor activities all year round. Have a look at our YouTube Channel Contact us today, call 091 585 100 or email info@nationalaquarium.ie C/O Toft Park, Promenade Salthill, Galway City. H91 T2FD. www.nationalaquarium.ie


NEW! VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE FOR WICKLOW GAOL The fully immersive experience will transport visitors back in time to Wicklow Gaol in the 1700s – a grim 3-dimensional world of corruption, rebellion and dark dungeons. Some of the Gaol’s most notorious prisoners will feature and there may even be a guest appearance from one of the haunted Gaol’s famous ghosts! The hugely-anticipated new experience has been made possible following the awarding of a €200,000 grant from Fáilte Ireland.

Wicklows Historic Gaol • Kilmantin Hill Wicklow Town • Co Wicklow • 0404-61599

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• Reassurance for parents & teachers with NST’s Locate My Trip app, providing live updates on your group’s tour location • On-the-ground support from NST’s representatives, guides & escorts in many destinations • Fully bonded through ABTA, ATOL & IATA and bonded & licensed by the Irish Government as a travel agent

Start planning your next school trip today! Call our team of group travel experts on +353 (0)1 8940300 or visit nst.ie

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WHETHER you teach history, languages, geography or simply want to boost your students’ sense of self-esteem and teamwork skills - walking the Camino de Santiago is perfect for your student group. Our Camino adventure sees student groups walk the historic last 100km of the Camino Frances, reaching the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and the tomb of the Apostle St James. Thinking about going on an extraordinary school trip this year? Here’s why you should consider the Camino de Santiago has so much to offer... 1. Immerse your students in Spanish culture The last 100KM of the Camino de Santiago sees pilgrims walk through idyllic Spanish farmland, sample authentic Spanish food and of course, chit-chat with the locals. Students who are learning the Spanish language have a unique opportunity to use what they’ve learned to interact in the real world. You won’t get that in any school book! 2. Explore Spain's rich history The history in the Galician region is perhaps the most interesting in all of Spain. Known as the seventh Celtic nation, it is home to ancient relics, pagan folklore, and a colourful living history unlike anywhere else. Galicians are proud of their Celtic routes, and along the trail, you may be surprised to see Celtic symbols or hear the sound of traditional Galician gaita (bagpipes).

"Walking the Camino is like taking a step through time - weave in and out of medieval hamlets past centuries-old churches and farmhouses"

3. A great sense of achievement Equally important is the sense of achievement as you reach your goal and arrive at your destination after 5 days of walking. This is a great boost of confidence for students, particularly at a time in their life when students may need it most! 4. It’s easy to organise Camino tour specialists Follow the Camino can organise group tours for up to 70 students, which include luggage transfers (if necessary), accommodation, 24/7 support and we’ll even come to your school and deliver information talks to help you get prepared.

To find out more visit www.followthecamino.com email info@followthecamino.com or call 01 687 2144 Education 79


Generations of knowledge OUR business is The Carpentry Store and we are an innovative woodworking centre that services the trade, schools and enthusiasts sector all over the island of Ireland. The Carpentry Store is based in the M7 Business Park, Naas, Co. Kildare just off junction 10 on the M7 motorway. The company was initially set up as a mid to high end kitchen and bedroom manufacturer and in 1995 started contracting machining before opening a dedicated woodworking store in 2003, specialising in timber mouldings, quality hand tools and affordable machinery. World's largest woodworking brands What makes us different is that we are a small family run dedicated woodworking centre with generations of knowledge. We have a number of exclusive arrangements with some of the world's largest woodworking brands. We strive to

bring a personal touch to our customers by offering honest advice on their requirements and projects. Our store has the latest innovations and tools and with our courses, evening demonstrations, Woodwork Hobby and Craft Fair we attract people from all over Ireland and the UK. An Aladdin's Cave Many of our customers have described the store as an Aladdin's Cave and a playground for woodworking enthusiasts. All of this combined with our regular in-store product demonstrations brings a certain amount of theatre to what we do and keeps our customers coming back for more. We are now expanding again and will soon be recruiting new machinists and a project manager. We will be adding new woodworking machinery brands to our range and welcoming a much larger range of Mirka abrasives and Kreg

"Our store has the latest innovations and tools and with our courses, evening demos, Woodwork Hobby and Craft Fair we attract people from all over Ireland and the UK"

tools to our store. Following on from the success of our website we are adding an integrated B2B portal to allow customers generate quotations and allow the access to a greater range of stock and volume discounts. We are holding our Woodwork, Hobby and Craft Fair again this year on Friday 8th & Saturday 9th November with the special guest demonstrators; author and woodworker, Vic Tesolin and woodturner, Andrew Hall. They will be joined by 20+ other demonstrators. A wider range Over the next year we will be adding a wider range of woodworking courses led by mastercrafters from Ireland, UK and Germany that will be held in our dedicated in-store classroom. Our displays in-store will expand to offer more choice and we will be increasing our range of preprepared timber from our factory.

One of Ireland’s largest suppliers of quality woodworking tools and supplies MACHINERY | POWER TOOLS | HAND TOOLS WOOD | HARDWARE | CRAFT SUPPLIES GLUES & FINISHES | COURSES THE CARPENTRY STORE, UNIT D4, M7 BUSINESS PARK, NEWHALL, NAAS, CO. KILDARE. W91 XH68

TELEPHONE: 045 883088 | EMAIL: info@thecarpentrystore.com

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Government announces €7.5m funding to support Apprenticeship Programmes THE Government has announced capital funding of more than €7.5 million for nine I n s t i t u t e s o f Te c h n o l o g y a n d t h e Technological University (TU) Dublin. The funding forms part of the commitment to increase investment in higher and further education and training and to the modernisation of equipment available for craft apprenticeship provision. The announcement brings the total capital funding allocated to support the modernising of craft apprenticeship programmes in the sector since 2017 to more than €23 million. This funding will support the roll-out of new syllabi for apprenticeships in Plumbing, Carpentry, Electrical, Brickwork, Motor Painting and Decorating, Vehicle Body Repair, Fitting, Toolmaking and Wood Manufacturing and Finishing.

It will enable Institutes of Technology and TU Dublin to provide apprentices with training in the most up to date techniques, including sustainable and renewable technologies such as solar and wind energy and energy efficient construction methods and materials. It is being provided by the Department of Education and Skills through the Higher Education Authority (HEA). The equipment needs have been identified by the HEA, in conjunction with SOLAS. 6,500 apprentices are expected to undertake training in an Institute of Technology or TU Dublin in 2019. Minister Joe McHugh said: “There was an 80% increase in apprenticeship registrations between 2015 and 2018. This €7.5m funding will enable Institutes of Technology and TU Dublin to purchase new equipment

2019 Capital Funding Allocated for Institutes of Technology & TU Dublin Electrical

Brickwork

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and update their infrastructure. “Apprenticeships offer fantastic opportunities and I would encourage any person looking at their career options to strongly consider the benefits of apprenticeship.” The Government has said that it is committed to more than doubling the number of new apprentices registered and the number of apprenticeships on offer over the lifetime of the Action Plan to Expand Apprenticeship and Traineeship. Budget 2019 allocated €142m for apprenticeship training, an increase of over 16% on the previous year which would allow for the delivery of 10 more apprenticeship programmes and over 7,000 new apprenticeship registrations in 2019.

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Perfecting student presentations

REGARDLESS of their academic or career ambitions, there is one skill that is universally beneficial to every student in Ireland. The ability to deliver a concise, effective and engaging presentation not only allows students give voice to their thoughts and expressions. It is a skill which can be used to bolster self confidence, improve interview prospects, hone debating skills and master the art of pitches and presenting. Working with thousands of students all over Ireland as part of our radio and podcasting workshop we’ve seen how a little bit of structured guidance can vastly improve students presentation skills. Our workshop takes an innovative approach, combining interactive facilitated classroom sessions with onsite recording in our high spec mobile recording studio. Students get to put their presentation training into practise, generating ideas and creating scripts which they then get to record. Whenever we ask, feedback from teachers and principals is extremely positive. In particular they are impressed by the way in which we can help students signficantly improve presentation abilities as well as unleashing their own creative potential.

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iClass - jump starting parental communication iClass is a leading website and mobile app platform for schools. It tackles 2 of the biggest issues facing schools today; student enrolment and parental communication. With parental communication being a key challenge for schools they set this out as being key focal point of the platform. Indeed the parent is at the core of what iClass is all about. With the website module the objective is to help the school drive enrolment and sell itself to prospective customers or parents. Once the parent signs up to the school, they then focus on providing first rate communication through the fully integrated mobile app The approach taken is very much commercial with everything coming down to customer acquisition and customer retention. iClass is built specifically for schools A lot of research was carried out on the issues schools faced, both with websites and mobile apps alike. Most government funded schools were using freeware products such as Wix, Wordpress, Weebly, Joomla etc which are not built for schools and each has their own issues when it comes to usability. iClass is built from the ground up specifically for schools. It is a live platform constantly under development based on the needs of its users; Principals, Teachers, Administrators, Students and Parents. The first objective is to deliver a leading edge, fully responsive website for the school, enabling schools to completely control every aspect of their website. There are dedicated teacher, parent and student publishing modules with simple ‘one click’ moderation of content. There is also a full event management module allowing individual teachers to manage their own events and blogs. Ease of use is critical and a key selling point is that all key tasks can be carried out in under 60 seconds! The Content Management System is also optimised for Google, further helping to drive enrolment, and includes a very simple and intuitive interface for users and administrators. Built to engage iClass can transform the digital presence of a school. ‘The iClass team designed and launched a striking, responsive website for our school including a fully integrated mobile app for parents in less than eight weeks. Our website provides a unique, evolving window into life at our school; it is easy to update; fully supported; and provides value for money. Without hesitation, I would recommend.’ Colm Rice, Deputy Principal, Abbey Community College 84 Education

"The first objective is to deliver a leading edge, fully responsive website for the school, enabling schools to completely control every aspect of their website"

All sizes and types of school There are all sizes and types of school now using the iClass platform including; Abbey Community College Waterford, Coláiste Bhaile Chláir Galway, Mount Sackville Secondary School Dublin, Mount Anville Secondary School Dublin and St Joseph's College Lucan. There are also many primary schools on the platform with the added benefit that parents can setup multiple siblings on the app provided the schools in question are using iClass. More information We would recommend checking out other testimonials online at www.iclasscms.com For any enquiries made we via this magazine there is an offer of 10% discount on the development cost. Simply mention Education Magazine! For more information or to book a demonstration see: www.iclasscms.com, info@iclasscms.com, 01 691 8833.


Stairlift solutions for educational institutions ABLE PLUS have been providing stairlift solutions to the private consumer for over 20 years. We pride ourselves on providing a first class customer focused approach. Our only aim is to ensure we provide you the customer with a profession adequate product that is fit for purpose and won't let you down. We have fully trained technician installers that will recommend measure and fit your stairlift to the highest standards. Our customer service team are at

hand to provide full after sales assistance to make sure all your needs are c a t e re d f o r a n d re q u i re m e n t s exceeded. Here for You We are here to give you the best possible products and services, but we are also on standby to help you after we fit the stairlift to ensure that your product is fully operational and functioning to the required standards. We excel in excellence. Straight Stairlifts We have a full range of straight

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stairlifts that we will supply and fully install to your requirements. We will ensure that all your needs are forefront to the product and installation and complete customer satisfaction is our number one goal. Curved Stairlifts We have a full range of curved stairlifts that we will supply and fully install to your requirements. We will ensure that all your needs are caterered for with the product and installation, with complete customer satisfaction is our number one goal.

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As Little Sisters of the Poor, we find our Joy in God…in the elderly…and in community

In 1839, Jeanne Jugan, (the Foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor), was devastated by the misery and desolation of the poor around her. She heard through them God’s gentle and persistent cry for help. She picked up a blind paralysed old lady from the street and gave her, her own bed. The door of her heart was open, never to close again. Young girls, inspired by her example, began to join her and the work flourished...

“Jesus gives us the example of prayer... He teaches us how to pray and He sends His Spirit to pray in us.” For more information please contact Sister Miriam Phone: 01-8332308 Email: ms.raheny@lspireland.com www.littlesistersofthepoor.ie

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SUAS VOLUNTEER PROGRAMME 2020

Suas seeks Team Coordinators, Development Coordinators and Education Coordinators to lead and support teams of volunteers in India and Zambia in summer 2020. In challenging environments in the global south, coordinators play a vital role by supporting volunteers, exploring international development issues and developing their teaching skills. "Being a coordinator was like the equivalent to a practical application of an MBA" Brian Fallon, CEO and Founder of Daft.ie Coordinators will be involved in the design and delivery of the programme from January through to June before going overseas for a 6 or 10 week placement. This is a voluntary role - training, overseas expenses and a stipend are provided.

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to robino@suas.ie For further information on each role, please download the information pack at: www.suas.ie/become-a-coordinator. DEADLINE TO APPLY IS MIDNIGHT, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30TH.

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Hidden army of young carers in Irish schools YOUNG carers are children and young people under the age of 18 whose lives are in some way affected because they provide care, assistance or support to another family memb e r. Yo u n g a d u l t c a r e r s a r e recognised as a separate group, and are aged between 19 and 25. The person they care for is often a parent but can be a sibling, grandparent or other relative or friend who needs care, support or supervision because of disability, chronic illness, mental health difficulties or problems with drugs or alcohol misuse. The caring role has the potential for significant negative effects on young carers, including educational disadvantage (increased likelihood of absence from school, responsibilities encroaching on time available for homework/study, poor academic results, inability to participate in extra-curricular activities, increased

risk of early school-leaving) and social disadvantage; resulting in reduced life choices and limited opportunities. Young carers are a diverse group and all these children and young people have different needs and levels of disadvantage and vulnerability. In every classroom There are an estimated 57,000 young carers aged 10-17 living in Ireland, that’s the equivalent of 2 young carers in every classroom in the country. Despite their prevalence and the issues they face, young carers often slip under the radar of teachers and other professionals. That’s why Family Carers Ireland has developed a school programme which raises awareness about young carers. The programme also helps young carers to self-identify so that they can benefit from the range of

Despite their prevalence and the issues they face, young carers often slip under the radar of teachers and other professionals

supports available through the organisation. Recently Family Carers Ireland launched their Young Carers Card which gives young people with caring responsibilities access to a variety of deals and discounts and can be used as disclosure tool for schools, colleges and health services. There are over 20 deals and discounts available to young carers including offers from Carlingford Adventure Centre, Zipit Forest Adventure, Grafton Barbers, Omniplex Cinemas, Gym Plus, The Body Shop and many more. The Young Carer Card can be applied for online via familycarers.ie at no cost to the young carer. Young carers, schools and other professionals can also get in contact with Family Carers Ireland directly by phoning 0579370208 or emailing youngcarers@familycarers.ie.

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Reading Brendan Behan

By John McCourt

SAMUEL Beckett referred to Brendan Behan as “the new O’Casey” and yet, despite all his international success, despite his enduring popularity, and perhaps because of his fame (and indeed, notoriety), Behan remains a neglected figure in literary criticism today. This is why this new volume edited by leading Irish Studies expert, John McCourt, is so timely. Penned by an impressive group of international scholars, Reading Brendan Behan looks beyond the author’s all-too-well-known personality and focusses on what ultimately matters - the writing. Reading Brendan Behan is the first volume in 20 years to focus on Behan’s rich and eclectic body of creative works – his poetry and plays in Irish and English, his short stories and his extraordinary autobiographical novel, Borstal Boy. It explores how Behan sought to identify the proper role for the post-independence Irish writer in a country where clerical and political policing and rigid censorship laws

allowed little room for artistic manoeuvre. These essays position Behan between the founding father of Irish modernism, James Joyce, and Behan’s own generation, bringing him into dialogue with figures such as Flann O’Brien and Martin O’Cadhain. It pays attention to his connections with Irish Republicanism, his formative time in England, his links with theatre directors, such as Joan Littlewood, as well as his engagement with politics and popular culture. The essays use a variety of critical approaches, among them cultural Studies, theatre studies, translation and comparative studies, Post-Colonial theory, Queer theory, and reception studies Reading Brendan Behan will reinvigorate scholarly interest and renew critical appraisal of one of Ireland’s funniest, trickiest, and, at the same time, most serious experimental writers. Cork University Press • Around €39 Hardback

Writing Home: The ‘New Irish’ Poets

The making of inequality

By Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi and Pat Boran

Women, power and gender ideology in the Irish Free State, 1922–37 By Maryann Gialanella Valiulis

Writing Home: The ‘New Irish’ Poets is a major new anthology of writing from Ireland that acknowledges and celebrates the contribution of those whose roots lie outside of Ireland. This 200-page anthology features poets whose places of origin range from Angola to Japan, Saudi Arabia to Poland, Italy to India, Canada to Romania, Greece to Brazil, with the UK and the US also represented. Individually these writers bring new energy and perspectives to a subject that has long been a constant in writing from Ireland; collectively they provide readers with a fresh new portrait of a changing Ireland and, by extension, a changing world. The 51 writers gathered here remind us of the unique place of our small island in international writing – at a time when a great many borders, physical and psychological, are threatened with closure across the world. Dedalus Press • Around €14

HOW did Ireland travel from the glorious Proclamation of 1916, with its promise of equality and universal citizenship, to the conservative constitution of 1937, which allowed for only a domestic identity for women? This book is a study of that journey, an overview of how specific pieces of legislation worked together to create an unequal state. Through an analysis of this legislation, which restricted women’s political and economic rights, and the gender ideology it revealed, this book looks at how the promise of the revolution was thwarted and denied. In so doing, it examines the roles of women and women’s organizations in this journey from equality to inequality and how women’s citizenship was conceptualized. Maryann Gialanella Valiulis is a fellow emerita of Trinity College Dublin. She was director of the Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies, TCD, from 1994 to 2012. Four Courts Press • Around €19

National Gallery of Ireland Diary 2020

From dream to dream – where science meets art

The 2020 edition of the annual, best selling diary from the National Gallery of Ireland. The week-to-view diary contains a new image from the Gallery's collection each week, from our most famous and best loved images, to hidden gems from the collection. The hardback format makes it the perfect desk diary. National Gallery • Around €20

'FROM dream to dream - where science meets art' is a beautifully designed and illustrated book containing essays and images by contemporary artists. A rare opportunity to gain access to artists’ reflections on their work and the role science plays in informing their ideas. Despite the obvious differences between art and science, this collection of essays posits the claim that science and art offer much to each other. Artisan House • Around €30 Education 89


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