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­Issue­No­188
                                 June­2019
                    ISSN­1393-4813­(Print)
                 ISSN­2009-6887­(Online)

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Keeping InTouch
                                                                                              • Interactive dialogue with members, and key news items •

                                                                                                                                                                        General Secretary Designate’s Comment

                          Budget 2020 must deliver
        Following our annual Congress, the INTO leadership                                                                require an investment of €5.2 million in Budget 2020.
     team moved quickly into action, seeking to deliver on the                                                               We need to fund our schools. Members didn’t become
     motions passed at Congress. Budget 2020 is firmly in our                                                             teachers so they could be the best fundraisers in their
     sights and we have clear goals for government investment to                                                          schools. Capitation grants were cut by €30 per pupil in the
     support primary education. Working hand in hand with our                                                             recession. Full restoration is urgently needed to fund basic
     members, we need to deliver a robust campaign across the                                                             costs and an investment of €4.2 million in the forthcoming
     country if we are to secure the funding needed to lower                                                              budget would restore funding levels to pre-recession levels.
     class sizes, support our school leaders and adequately fund                                                             As members will be aware, alongside our budget
     our schools.                                                                                                         campaign we are engaged in a process with the Department
        We need to reduce class sizes. Irish primary school                                                               of Public Expenditure and Reform to secure an end to our
     classes are the largest in the Eurozone, five above the EU                                                           long-running pay inequality campaign and to settle the debt
     average of 20. We need to ensure that class size reductions                                                          owed to primary school principals and deputy principals.
     start in 2020. We have costed our proposal and believe a                                                             We are optimistic that these injustices will end once and for
     modest investment of €4.5 million in 2020 would set us on                                                            all in the next public service pay deal.
     the right course.                                                                                                       Across the country, INTO is training lobbyists to engage
        We need to support our school leaders. Increases in                                                               with local and national politicians and ensure our voice is
     workload burdens are making the roles of school leaders                                                              heard. We will be ramping up our campaign in the coming
     impossible to carry out. We need to secure a minimum of                                                              months and I’m asking every single member to play their
     one leadership and management day per week for teaching                                                              part and ensure we invest for the best in primary education.
     principals and we need to restore promoted posts.
     Delivering one day per week and implementing the second
     phase of the restoration of posts of responsibility would

General­Secretary­Designate: John Boyle       Correspondence­to: The Editor, InTouch,          InTouch is published by the Irish National       those of the individual authors and are not         Organisation has formally negotiated
Editor: David Geary                           INTO Head Office, Vere Foster House,               Teachers’ Organisation and distributed to        necessarily endorsed by the INTO.                   agreements as part of its services to members,
Deputy­Editor: Síne Friel                     35 Parnell Square, Dublin 1                      members and educational institutions.            While every care has been taken to ensure that      inclusion of an advertisement does not imply
Editorial­Assistants:­Karen Francis, Yvonne   Tel: 01 804 7700 / LoCall: 1850 708 708          InTouch is the most widely circulated            the information contained in this publication is    any form of recommendation. While every effort
Kenny, Aida González                          Email:­editor@into.ie                            education magazine in Ireland. Articles          up to date and correct, no responsibility will be   is made to ensure the reliability of advertisers,
Advertising:­Mary Bird Smyth, Aida González   Website: www.into.ie/m.into.ie                   published in InTouch are also available on our   taken by the Irish National Teachers’               the INTO cannot accept liability for the quality
Design:­David Cooke                                If you no longer wish to receive InTouch    website www.into.ie                              Organisation for any error which might occur.       of goods and services offered.
Photography:­Moya Nolan, Shutterstock         please contact editor@into.ie.                       The views expressed in this journal are         Except where the Irish National Teachers’

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CONTENTS
                                                                                        24 Retirements
                                                                                       Retirement functions around the
                                                                                       branches
                                                                                        26 Benefits
                                                                                       Discover the benefits available to INTO
                                                                                       members with their Membership Plus
                                                                                       card

                                                                                        newsdesK
                                                                                        27 PDST Tánaiste course
                                                                                         #Friends single launch
                                                                                         Show Racism the Red Card
                                                                                         SEAI One Good Idea winners              28
                                                                                        28 Volunteering in Sri Lanka
                                                                                         Primary school entrepreneurs
                                                                                        29 Water school of the year
                                                                                         Goal Jersey Day
                                                                                        31 Moves for Life chess jamboree

 Keeping inTouch
  3 Editorial
                                         17 Dennis Sinyolo,
                                        Education International,
                                                                       20                Five All-Irelands in a row for Scoil
                                                                                         Mhuire Gan Smál
                                                                                        32 Letterkenny school’s Erasmus+
                                                                                       experience
                                        address to Congress                              Cork Cór Fhéile na Scol
  7 INTO Apps                            18 New appointments in INTO
  10 things you should know             Head Office
                                                                                        Advice
                                        New assistant general secretary, senior
                                        official, officials and interns appointed in        33 Money Matters
 inTo news                              INTO Head Office.                                The Competition and Consumer Protection
 9 New membership database and           20 Congress photos                              Commission give top tips to know before
members’ portal                         So many great photos, so little space! We’ve     you travel
 Principals’ and Deputy Principals’     decided to share some more Congress             34 Social media
 Conference                             pictures this month.                           Dos and don’ts for activists and teachers
 INTO team runs Belfast City             23 INTO Learning                               37 Career breaks
 MarathoninTo news                      Great courses available                        Things you should know if you’re taking a
                                        as part of the INTO Learning
 10 Applications open for INTO
Bursary Scheme
  Key asks for INTO lobbying
                                        summer programme
                                                                         13              career break in 2019/20

  Happy Pride month
  13 Standardised testing report
launched
   May Day event at Áras an
   Uachtaráin
 14 Portlaoise branch donates
books to local hospital
  Motivational speaker for District 7
  principals’ fora
  Vere Foster lecture in Belfast
 15 Winners of INTO/An Post Scéal
Eile writing competition

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                                              63 Children’s Books
                                            Ireland book of the month
                                               Scoilnet’s top websites
                                                                                         29
    life
 39 Travel
                                                                             52
Trish McCluskey’s guide to Chengdu, China
    41 Recipes
Tasty summer treats

    finishing Touches
    61 Noticeboard
Upcoming events
 62 Comhar Linn
l March prize winners
l   Comhar Linn Crossword
                                        47
                                             TeAching MATTers

                                             43 20 Day Challenge
                                            Improving attendance in Dublin schools
                                             44 Cumann na mBunscol
                                             45 Poetry in the classroom
                                            Ideas for using poetry in the younger
                                            classes
                                             46 Wild bees are the bee’s knees
                                            Developing biodiverse ecosystems in your
                                            school yard
                                             47 PDST
                                            Fís film awards and science resource pack
                                             48 Consider the Ciotóg
                                                                                                                   46
                                                                                          55 Jeremiah O’Donovan
                                            How well do we support our                   Rossa and Glasnevin Cemetery
                                            left-handed learners?
                                             52 Wild teaching                             56 SELFIE
                                                                                         A self-assessment tool for technology in
                                            Making elderflower cordial with your class
                                                                                         schools
                                             53 The Brendan voyage
                                                                                          58 Irish resources
                                             54 Coding in the classroom                  Mo Lámhleabhar Gramadaí
                                            NCCA reflect on first phases of coding        59 Reviews
                                            initiative
                                                                                                                Win a
                                                                                                                 great

                                              41                                                              hotel break
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Keeping­in­touch

INTO Apps
                                                                    InTouch     Leave          INTO­Conference

InTouch App                                                                       INTO Conference App
InTouch magazine has been available                                               An app has been developed for use by
for a number of years in digital format                                           delegates at INTO conferences including
on the INTO website. You can now also                                             Congress. This app will allow you to: view
read the digital edition on your mobile                                           the conference agenda; navigate your
device through the InTouch app.                                                   way to the venue using the location and
   Download the InTouch app from                                                  maps section; and receive reminders of
Google Play or the App Store. Search                                              key events and news alerts during the
for ‘INTO InTouch’.                                                               event.
   Enter the username and password                                                  Download from the App Store and
within the app to unlock current and                                              Google Play. Search for ‘INTO Conference’.
back issues of the magazine. Find the                                                              Ensure software on your
username and password in the                                                                       device is up to date
Members’ Area of the INTO website.                                                                  before downloading.

                      INTO Leave App
                      This app for INTO members allows you to
                           check your entitlement to leave in
                            seconds. It contains
                            information on brief
                             absences, extended
                             leave and sick leave.
                                 Download from the
                              App Store and Google
                              Play. Search for ‘INTO
                              guide to teachers
                               leave’. Ensure
                               software on your
                                iPhone or Android
                                device is up-to-date
                                 before
                                 downloading.

                      things you should know
     Key asks for Budget                        Standardised test                       Money Matters.
   1 2020. Page 10                           4  research findings.
                                             Page 13
                                                                                 7      Page 37
     New INTO database                                                                  Left-handed learners.
   2 and members’ portal.
   Page 9                                    5 New appointments in
                                               INTO Head Office.
                                                                                 8      Page 48
                                                                                        Tackling low

   3 Bursary scheme open
     for applications.
                                             Page 18
                                                  Career break advice.
                                                                                 9      attendance. Page 43

   Page 10                                   6    Page 33                        10      Social media dos and
                                                                                         don’ts. Page 34

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INTO News
 • e Irish National Teachers’ Organisation … who’s who, what’s new, and what’s happening •

       inTo to launch                                                                 Upcoming principals’
        new database                                                                       and deputy
 Make sure your email address is up to date so you                                    principals’ conference
       can register for new members’ portal                                             Keynote speaker announced.
                                                                                        Call for school leaders to share
INTO is in the final stages of             intensive training work for the new
implementing our new membership
                                                                                                  their top tips
                                           system there may be delays in
database and members’ portal. The          responding to member queries. We           The INTO Principals’ and Deputy Principals’
members’ portal is a secure area that      will try to keep these delays to a         Committee (PDC) are delighted to announce
members will log into via the INTO         minimum and will use all available         that the noted speaker and writer, Viv Grant, will
website to view and update their           resources to do this.                      be the keynote speaker at the INTO Principals’
personal details and to view INTO                                                     and Deputy Principals’ Consultative Conference.
web content that is exclusive to INTO      Registering for the new                    The conference will take place in the Tullamore
members. This project, when                members’ portal                            Court Hotel on 27 and 28 September. The theme
complete, will help to improve the         In order to access the new members’        of the conference is ‘Managing workload’, and Viv
service that we offer to our                portal members will need to register       will speak on the theme of “Wellbeing and
members.                                   on the new site. We will be in touch,      keeping connected to what matters
   The new members’ portal will be         via email, in August with a link to        most in school leadership”. You can find Viv at
launched in conjunction with the           enable members to do this. To assist       integritycoaching.co.uk and on social media.
new INTO website at the beginning          with this process and to ensure that          The PDC are also seeking the input and
of the school year in September 2019.      you will receive the link, we would        expertise of practising school leaders for the
   Due to the nature of the work           be grateful if you would ensure that       conference. We would like to invite any school
required for this project, the existing    INTO has your correct email address        leaders who have undertaken research to
members’ area of the INTO website          by either:                                 participate in a Researchmeet, which will take
will not be available for July and         1. Accessing the existing members’         place on Saturday 28th. There will also be a
August. Members currently access              area before the end of June 2019        Principalmeet for any school leader who would
this area of the website at                   to check and update your email          like to share an experience, project or experience.
www.into.ie/ROI/MembersArea/. The             address; or                             Researchmeet and Principalmeet are based on
full INTO website which contains all       2. Emailing the membership section         the Teachmeet format. If you would like to
the latest news, useful information           at support@into.ie with your            participate, please contact Síne Friel at
and links will still be available to you      preferred email address.                sfriel@into.ie.
throughout the summer.                                                                   Finally, we would also like to hear from school
                                           The September InTouch will contain         leaders about the tips and hacks that have made a
Potential delays                           detailed information on how to             real difference to their workload. We would like to
As a consequence of staff being             access the new members’ portal and         give six principals/deputy principals an
engaged, during the month of June          what new services you can expect to        opportunity to share their top tip with the
2019, in detailed design and               find there.                                conference. If you would like to participate,
                                                                                      contact your local PDC representative or Deirdre
                                                                                      O’Connor at doconnor@into.ie.
Bringing home                                                                             During the conference, there will be
                                                                                      opportunities for delegates to attend workshops
    the medals                                                                        relevant to their work. There will also be
                                                                                      discussion groups to consult with delegates on
Well­done­to­the­relay­team­from­INTO                                                 the issue of workload and how INTO can best
 Head­Office­that­recently­took­part­in                                                 assist members in this area.
  the­Belfast­City­Marathon.­The­team                                                    Delegates for the conference have been
       was­made­up­of­Síne­Friel,­Jane                                                selected by local principals’ and deputy principals’
Dowdall,­Noel­Ward,­Deirdre­O’Connor                                                  fora, and will receive further details in the run up
                     and­Mandy­Drury.                                                  to the conference.

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I­dteagmháil

 INTO­educational                          Lobbying is now underway ahead
 research­grants­–                         of Budget 2020
                                           The INTO has started lobbying on education issues ahead of Budget 2020 (which
 applications­open                         will be announced in October). As in previous years, the INTO will lobby at local
                                           (constituency) and national levels. Throughout May, lobbying training was held
                                           around the country. The INTO’s main asks for Budget 2020 are as follows:
 Deadline for applications
 is Friday 27 September
 2019
 The INTO Bursary Scheme for
 members will be continued for 2019.
 Up to six bursaries will be awarded
 with prizes of €3,000 for doctorate
 level and €1,500 for masters level/
 other. Bursaries are open to all INTO
 members. Any project which has been
 approved as a research endeavour by       Ireland’s classes, with an average     Workload burdens are making        Capitation grants were cut by €30
 a recognised third level institute will   of 25 pupils, are 5 above the          school leadership increasingly     in the recession and capitation
 be considered for grant purposes.         European Union average of 20           impossible. Over 4,500 assistant   funding at primary level remains
    Applications must be sent on the       pupils per class. INTO is calling on   principal posts were lost in the   much lower than capitation
 relevant application form, which is       the government to ensure that          moratorium. While 1,300 of these   funding at post-primary level.
 available on the INTO website at          classes sizes are cut in Budget        were restored in Budget 2017,      Per-pupil spending at primary
 www.bit.ly/INTOBursary                    2020.                                  none were restored in Budget       level in Ireland is substantially
    All applications received by the          In particular, DEIS schools         2018 or Budget 2019.               below OECD and EU averages.
 closing date will be examined by an       have not had any reduction in             The INTO is demanding one       INTO is calling for the restoration
 independent assessor who will make        class size in recent years and the     leadership and management day      of capitation to the pre-2011 level
 recommendations on the                    appointment and retention              per week for teaching principals   of €200 per pupil.
 applications. Bursaries will be           figures for smaller schools have       and the restoration of promoted
 awarded at a ceremony at this year’s      risen since 2010.                      posts.
 INTO Consultative Conference on
 Education which takes place on
 Friday, 15 November 2019, in the
 Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny.
    A full list of terms and
 conditions is available at
  www.bit.ly/Bursaryterms

                                                                                                    Is it a parade or a march?
  happy pride                              It’s that time of the year again when pride
                                           is in the air and INTO takes a moment to                 It’s both. It’s a celebration of diversity and

      month!                               show our support for LGBT+ teachers in
                                           primary schools across the country. INTO
                                                                                                    inclusion, a celebration of LGBTQ+ people
                                                                                                    and families and their friends and families
                                           will be donning our pride logo to coincide               and allies. It’s an opportunity to showcase
                                           with Dublin Pride and the INTO LGBT+                     all the wonderful community and
                                           Teachers’ Group annual awards for the                    advocacy groups and their supporters
                                           ground-breaking national competition –                   that work every day to make life better for
                                           Different Families, Same Love.                            the LGBT+ community, to celebrate their
                                                                                                    victories and highlight the work they are
                                           Attending Dublin Pride?                                  still doing. It’s also a protest march, a
                                           This year’s Dublin Pride parade will take                march to protest the inequalities that still
                                           place on Saturday, 29 June. The parade                   exist in Irish society and the even greater
                                           will commence from the Garden of                         oppression and persecution that LGBTQ+
                                           Remembrance on Parnell Square from                       people experience across the globe.
                                           midday. If you would like to join the INTO                   At its very heart though, it is something
                                           group, follow them on socialmedia                        more than all of that, it is a march of
                                           (@INTOlgbt) or email                                     solidarity. It is a day to celebrate, a day to
                                           intolgbtgroupsecretary@gmail.com.                        mourn those we have lost and a day to
                                           Participants will be meeting at the                      show a new generation of LGBT+ people
                                           Teachers’ Club on Parnell Square at 12                   that they are valued and cherished and
                                           noon.                                                    most of all, they are not alone.

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INTO­news

                  inTo co-authors report on
                standardised testing with dcu
The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation
and the Centre for Assessment Research,
Policy and Practice in Education (CARPE)
at DCU have carried out an in-depth
study on the use of standardised tests in
mathematics and English reading in Irish
primary schools.
   The research is the first large-scale
investigation of Irish primary teachers’ use
of, beliefs about and attitudes to the tests,
with the views of 1564 respondents
recorded.
   The research suggests that, while
standardised tests bring value over and
above other assessments and ultimately
provide information which is essential in
broadening the focus of decision making          Members­of­the­steering­committee­and­authors­of­the­report­pictured­with­Anne­Looney,­executive­dean­of
about teaching and learning within               the­Institute­of­Education,­DCU,­and­John­Boyle,­INTO­general­secretary­designate,­who­launched­the­report
classrooms and across schools,
unintended negative consequences can            recommendations, some of which                            it in light of other assessments and
also result from their use.                     include:                                                  acknowledges the imprecise nature of
   Many respondents expressed very              • changing the timing of the test from                    all standardised test scores;
strong views on the form and content of           summer to autumn to alleviate the                     • ensuring rigorous validity studies of all
current tests as well as on how and when          pressure felt by teachers and pupils;                   standardised tests in use in Irish
they were administered. Many agreed             • discontinuing the reporting of                          primary schools to ensure that the tests
that standardised test results should be          standardised tests as individual                        remain relevant and their impact on
reported to parents, but others expressed         numbers on report cards. Instead, test                  teaching and learning understood.
uncertainty about whether or not parents          scores should be communicated in
understood the meaning of test scores.            writing as part of a narrative text that              You can read the full findings of the
   The research makes a number of policy          describes pupil performance, interprets               research at www.into.ie/ROI/Publications/.

                             Interns mark May Day at Áras
 To mark May Day, which is also Labour          home and across our wider global society,               now urgently required, “we need the
Day, a day to celebrate workers’ rights,        acknowledging recent actions of Irish                   engagement of young citizens unafraid to
President Higgins and his wife Sabina           schoolchildren who raised their voices in               question the status quo, to reject the easy
hosted an event in Áras an Uachtaráin to        union with teenagers across the world to                option of going with the flow”, to ask the
celebrate youth activism.                       protest inaction on climate change.                     difficult questions that will change the
   The president expressed his hope that          President Higgins explained that if we                tenor of a discussion while also valuing the
the event would help stimulate the              are to achieve the transformations that are             capacity to listen to alternative opinions.
national conversation we need on how
we can achieve an enhanced
participation and transformation within
Irish society, igniting debate amongst
young people on the future shape of our
workplaces and of the wider culture in
which they will operate.
    President Higgins said, “young people
and their active participation will be
integral to the writing of this next chapter
of our nation’s story.” He spoke
passionately about reassuring evidence
that there is, on this island, a real will
amongst young citizens to achieve
equality and to become consciously
involved in directing change both at

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Nuacht­CMÉ

                   portlaoise branch gives the gift of books
                                     Portlaoise branch donates books to local hospital
 To mark the 150th anniversary of the INTO, the Portlaoise
branch decided to make a donation to the paediatric ward of
the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise. is donation was
in the form of books for the library in the ward. Over
€500-worth of books were sourced from local bookstore,
Allbooks & News, and their generosity ensured the actual value
of the donation was almost twice this. Having seen many of
their own children require the expertise of the paediatric ward
over the years, not to mention the many schoolchildren under
their care over that time, branch members were only too happy
to make this donation as part of the anniversary celebrations of
the organisation. Branch Chairperson Deirdre Fleming and
Secretary Darach Kennedy made the donation on behalf of
members and the staff of the paediatric ward were very
appreciative of this wonderful gesture.

                              Motivating principals in district 7
                 Motivational speaker, Enda O’Doherty, addresses principals in District 7
As part of our work in developing                                                                            also the joys of the job we do. His own
principal and deputy principals’ fora                                                                        personal story of overcoming tough
support, and engagement for school                                                                           times to then follow a path of
leaders, I was supported by our INTO                                                                         inspiration and support of others is
District 7 (Longford, Westmeath,                                                                             warm, sincere and thought provoking. It
Offaly, Kildare, Meath) committee to                                                                          is safe to say he entertained us greatly
organise a motivational and social                                                                           but also strengthened each one of us in
event for 2019.                                                                                              different ways. We each took away
   Having the success of organising a                                                                        something different from his
talk by Mr Gerry Duffy behind us two                                                                          presentation.
years ago, we stuck to the same                                                                                  It was a lovely evening where, for
successful formula – try to find a new                                                                       once, we didn’t come away with a to-do
fresh speaker who would inspire,                                                                             list of compliance or a deep-lying worry
uplift and entertain a group of                                                                              over some oversight in our schools.
principals and deputy principals who                                                                             I would like to thank Enda O’Doherty
were overworked, tired and                              Enda O’Doherty to the gathered school           for his amazing words and insight into life
underappreciated. When driving my kids                  leaders. They all sat in relaxed anticipation   and we are the better for meeting him.
to a camogie match one Saturday                         following the lovely social gathering for       Thanks to District 7 for their support of the
morning I happened to hear such an                      hot food at the bottom of the room.             event but most importantly to those school
individual being interviewed on Bobby                      In the following 90 minutes, he did not      leaders who attended and came away
Kerr’s Back to Business and set the wheels              fail to deliver for all who attended. His       energised and inspired.
in motion.                                              own professional background in
   In Mullingar Park Hotel on Thursday, 4               education was relevant and familiar to us       NIALL CROFTON, secretary of Offaly Principals’ and
April I had the delight of introducing Mr               all as he understands the pressures and         Deputy Principals’ Forum

10th annual Vere Foster Lecture held in Belfast
On the 200th anniversary of the birth of the     the island of Ireland a century ago, and the
first INTO president, Vere Foster, and to mark   broader role of the labour movement in the
100 years of the Ulster Teachers’ Union (UTU),   campaigns for home rule/independence and
the INTO and the UTU held a joint event in       the opposing campaign to maintain the
Belfast.                                         union with Britain.
    The event examined the legacy of Vere           Speakers at the event included INTO
Foster (in particular his role in organising     Deputy General Secretary Noel Ward; UTU
teachers) for both the INTO and the UTU, the     General Secretary Jacquie White; Former
developments which gave rise to the              UTU President Lexi Scott and Historian
establishment of the Ulster Teachers’ Union      Jimmy McDermott. The event was chaired by
in the context of the political tensions on      INTO Northern Secretary Gerry Murphy.

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INTO­news

 Winners of Scéal Eile writing
        competition
The national awards ceremony for this                   revisiting their all-time favourite books                 Speaking at the national awards
year’s INTO and An Post schools’ writing                with the task of creating their own                    ceremony, David McRedmond, CEO An
competition, Scéal Eile, took place in the              alternative storyline or ending. Students              Post, said “We are delighted to bring
GPO on 8 May. The competition is rooted                 from junior infants right through to sixth             creative writing to children and to schools
in children’s love of books and is part of              year took their favourite stories and best-            around the country as part of our work on
the An Post Education Awards, in its 35th               loved characters on a whole new                        promoting literacy. Through our
year promoting literacy and learning for                adventure, creating a direction they’ve                sponsorship of the Irish Book Awards we
generations of Irish students.                          always wanted to see in their favourite                are championing Irish authors and today,
   Scéal Eile saw students from all levels              books.                                                 with the help of two of help of two of
                                                                                                               Ireland’s most inspiring children’s authors,
                                                                                                               Sarah (Webb) and David (Rudden), we are
                                                                                                               investing in future generations by
                                                                                                               encouraging reading, writing and books
                                                                                                               for children of all ages.”
                                                                                                                  INTO President Feargal Brougham
                                                                                                               welcomed Scéal Eile, “We are delighted
                                                                                                               that An Post is once again supporting the
                                                                                                               power of reading and writing in schools,
                                                                                                               whilst introducing a fun creative twist. An
                                                                                                               Post and INTO are very proud to work
                                                                                                               together and promote literacy through
                                                                                                               creativity and competition.”
                                                                                                                  The Scéal Eile competition is run in
                                                                                                               association with the An Post Irish Book
                                                                                                               Awards, (www.irishbookawards.ie) linking
                                                                                                               the power of creative writing with the
                                                                                                               importance of reading for child
                                                                                                               development. Handwriting is also a key
                                                                                                               focus for teachers and has emphasis
Dave­Rudden­(author­of­Knights of the Borrowed Dark)­and­Sarah­Webb­(author­of­Blazing A Trail – Irish Women   within the competition.
  Who Changed the World)­with­competition­winners.­Both­authors­were­nominated­in­the­children’s­author
         category­of­the­An­Post­Irish­Book­Awards­with­Sarah­Webb­winning­the­category­in­2018.

                                                             Winners
                                                             – Junior Infant: Ava Harney,
                                                               Ballinamere NS, Co Offaly.
                                                             – Second class: Menahal Fatima Naqui,
                                                               Castletown Girls School, Co Louth.
                                                             – Fourth class: Ella Sweeney, SN
                                                               Naomh Breandán, Co Galway.
                                                             – Sixth class: Jamie Kinsella, Co Gorey
                                                               Educate Together NS, Co Wexford.
                                                             – Special Award: Jasmine McDonnell,
                                                               All Saints NS, Co Westmeath.

                                                                                      An­Post/INTO­Scéal­Eile­competition­winners­with
                                                                                        family,­teachers,­An­Post­CEO­David­McRedmond
                                                                                            and­INTO­President­Feargal­Brougham
                                                                   INTOUCH      15   JUNe 2019
INTO­news

Global threats to education
Dennis Sinyolo, senior co-ordinator with Education International (EI), spoke at INTO
Congress in Galway about teaching and education in an international context. InTouch
shares an abridged version of his speech here.

In 2015, the United Nations reaffirmed its         inclusive and sustainable, and the               The status of teachers
commitment to the right to education by          greatest equaliser of opportunities.             Colleagues, teaching is a profession.
including education as a standalone goal in                                                       Results from EI’s survey on the status of
the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable                  Outcomes vs inputs                               teachers worldwide, published last year,
Development. Through Sustainable                 We also see a shift in the global education      show that the image and status of our
Development Goal (SDG) 4 on quality              discourse, from quality education for all to     once illustrious profession remains low in
education, our governments committed to          learning outcomes for all. The                             many parts of the world.There are
ensure inclusive and equitable quality           proponents of this discourse                                    those who claim that anyone
education for all. This includes a               argue that we need to                                              can teach – just get high
commitment to universal access to quality        make a shift from access                                              school leavers or
early childhood education, free primary and      and inputs to outputs                                                   university graduates,
secondary education and affordable tertiary       and outcomes.                                                             give them six weeks’
education for all.                               Positive as it may                                                         training and deploy
   Despite this commitment, UNESCO data          sound, in reality this                                                      them in
shows that 262 million children and              means only                                                                  disadvantaged
adolescents of primary and secondary             focusing on narrow,                                                         schools and they
school age are still out of school.              measurable learning                                                        will deliver.
                                                 outcomes, quite                                                               [Programmes
The problem of privatisation                     often in literacy and                                                    that do this]
Instead of joining hands with governments        numeracy.                                                               perpetuate
and mobilizing resources to achieve quality         Of course, literacy                                                disadvantage,
public education for all, we see attempts by     and numeracy are                                                  deprofessionalise our
proponents of privatisation and                  important, but education goes                                  profession and make it a
commercialisation of education to change         far beyond the ability to read, write                   stepping stone to something else.
the global education discourse in ways that      and count.                                          But we can change all this by putting
threaten to undermine the achievement of            Focusing only on what is measured misses      pressure on governments to invest more in
this goal.                                       the point by leaving out higher order skills,    quality education and teachers. This requires
    Instead of supporting the strengthening      competences, capabilities and values such as     expanding and strengthening initial teacher
of public education systems, they argue that     problem-solving, creativity, adaptability,       education; ensuring that all newly recruited
private schools provide the necessary            tolerance and global citizenship. In instances   teachers go through effective induction and
choice and competition required to drive up      where schools and teachers are forced to         mentorship programmes, and that all
quality.                                         teach to the test, the curriculum is narrowed,   teachers have access to life-long and life
    We see incessant attempts to replace the     leaving little room for those subjects or        wide learning opportunities. As the 1966
word ‘free’ with ‘affordable’. Instead of         learning areas that are not tested. No wonder    ILO/UNESCO Recommendation Concerning the
talking about free primary and secondary         such important aspects of the curriculum as      Status of Teachers clearly states, all teachers
education, the privatisers talk about            climate change and sustainable                   must be trained in universities or equivalent
affordable primary and secondary                  development are often pushed to the              institutions and have access to free
education.                                       periphery.                                       continuous professional development
    Privatisation knows no boundaries and                                                         throughout their career.
takes many different forms. In countries          Olympic approach to education                       In conclusion, I would like to stress that
such as India and Uganda, we have seen the       Focusing on competition rather than              we as educators and unions should
mushrooming of the so-called ‘low-cost’          collaboration is what I call the Olympic         continue to take the lead, not just in
private schools, including international         approach. At the Olympic games, each             defending quality public education for all
school chains; while in England and the US,      athlete and each country tries to be at the      and teaching as a profession, but also in
we have witnessed the spread of academies        top of the medal table, while those who are      defining the future of our profession and
and charter schools, where the so-called         at the bottom are considered not so              the education systems in which we work.
‘failing’ public schools are handing over to     capable. The Olympic games produce               This, we can achieve by working and
private management. Such schools have            winners and losers. That’s not how our           fighting together.
‘flexible working arrangements’, which           education systems ought to function. Our
simply means less protections and more           education systems should be about winners        DENNIS SINyOLO, senior co-ordinator, Education
precarious work for teachers.                    and winners! Every child, every student          International. you can watch the full speech at
    Colleagues, if public schools are failing,   everywhere, should be supported to               www.vimeo.com/332436553. Have an opinion on this
the solution is not to abandon, but to           flourish and to achieve their maximum            speech? Share your views on social media with
strengthen them. Public schools are              potential.                                       #INTODiscuss

                                                          INTOUCH     17   JUNe 2019
Nuacht­CMÉ

       New appointments in
         INTO Head Office

              David­O’Sullivan                               Maria­McHenry                                   Claire­Garvey

David O’Sullivan, a native of Birr, Co        representative on the board of                 to teaching experience at both primary
Offaly, was recently appointed as assistant    management.                                    and post-primary level, Maria has served
general secretary in the Legal and              David’s qualifications include a BEd (UL,    successive terms on boards of
Industrial Relations (LIR) section in INTO.   1999), MA (ITB, 2007), Post Graduate           management. Maria has extensive
Since 2015, he served as senior official in     Diploma in Educational Leadership              experience working with schools and has
the section where he has advised,             (NUIM, 2010), Advanced Diploma in              a strong commitment to education.
assisted and represented members in a         Applied Employment Law (Kings Inns,               Maria’s qualifications include a Bachelor
wide range of fora including at boards of     2017) and an Advanced Diploma in Law           of Civil Law (University College Dublin),
management, fitness to teach hearings,        and Education (Kings Inns, 2018).              Barrister-at-Law Degree (Honourable
Tusla and the Workplace Relations                                                            Society of King’s Inns), Diploma in
Commission. He regularly presents at          Maria McHenry has been appointed as            Education Law (Law Society of Ireland)
principals’ seminars, officer training,         senior official in the Legal and Industrial      and a Professional Certificate in
conferences, branches, districts and          Relations (LIR) section. Maria served as       Ombudsman and Complaints Handling
principals’ and deputy principals’ fora. He   official in LIR, representing members in a       Practice (Queen Margaret University).
represents the organisation on a number       wide range of fora, from boards of             Recently, Maria completed a Diploma in
of committees including the review of the     management to the superior courts. Maria       Professional Regulation Law (University
Governance Manual for Primary Schools,        has been advising on various matters,          College Dublin).
Education and Training Board of Ireland       including parental complaints, child
(ETBI), and the Board of Management           protection, staff relations, grievance          Claire Garvey has been appointed as the
Steering Group. He also attends and           procedures, bullying/harassment,               new official in the General Secretary’s
inputs to briefings of stakeholders on a      disciplinary procedures, employment            Office.
range of matters.                             equality, Teaching Council investigations,       A native of Cork, Claire has worked in
   He has previously been involved in the     and data protection. Maria has engaged         INTO Head Office since 1997, initially in
structures of the INTO at branch, district    positively with INTO membership through        the Professional Development Unit (now
and national level. He has served as          the delivery of presentations at principals’   INTO Learning), and latterly in the
District 9 (South Dublin City and West        seminars, branch officers’ training,             Education and Research section. She has
County Dublin) secretary, organiser in        principals and deputy principals’ fora, and    worked closely with the Education
Dublin West branch and as a                   at national committee and branch level.        Committee, co-ordinating research, the
representative on the Equality Committee         Prior to joining the INTO, Maria            organisation of the annual Education
for District 9. This year he assisted the     qualified as a barrister and was called to     Conference and the biennial Special
work of the task force on participation.      the Bar in 2011. Maria spent seven years       Education Conference, and the
   Prior to joining INTO as an official in      working on behalf of the Ombudsman for         publication of the Irish Teachers’ Journal.
2013, he served as a teacher for 12 years.    Children’s Office, carrying out quasi-           Claire has a BA in European Studies (UL)
During that time he was a special duties      judicial statutory examinations and            and a Masters in European Social Policy
post holder and served as teachers’           investigations of complaints. In addition      Analysis (NUI Maynooth).

                                                       INTOUCH    18   JUNe 2019
INTO­news

                                                INTO Interns 2019/20

                Sheila­Murphy                                 Muireann­Foynes                                Lisa­Gallagher

Sheila Murphy takes up the position of          Muireann Foynes is originally from Cork      Lisa Gallagher is originally from Galway.
INTO official and will be based in the Legal      and qualified as a primary teacher from         Lisa completed an undergraduate
and Industrial Relations section (LIR).         Mary I in 2008. She taught in West Cork      degree in psychology and Irish in NUI
   Sheila has been a teacher in St              before moving to Dublin to accept a          Galway in 2011 and graduated from St
Maelruain’s SNS in Tallaght for the past 13     position in Ballyfermot. Muireann then       Patrick’s College in 2013 with a
years. As well as her BEd degree, Sheila also   took up her current role teaching in St      Postgraduate Degree in Education.
holds a Postgraduate Diploma and Masters        Paul’s JNS in Ayrfield.                         Lisa is currently completing a Masters
of Education from UCD. She has been an             Muireann holds an Advanced Diploma        of Education in NUI, Galway. She began
active member of INTO, working at both          in Law and Education from Kings’ Inns        her teaching career in Scoil Éinde BNS in
branch and district level for a number of       and recently completed a Certificate in      Salthill, where she has taught for the past
years. Sheila was involved in district          Data Protection Practice with the Law        six years.
training, lobbying, facilitating at youth       Society. She has been staff representative       Lisa is a member of Galway branch and
conferences, curriculum reform, and held        in her school since 2016 and is an active    has been an active member of both
the office of cathaoirleach of Tallaght           member of Dublin North East branch in        Galway Branch Committee and District 6
branch.                                         District 15 (North County Dublin). She is    (Galway, Roscommon) Committee for the
   Sheila joined the head office staff in 2018,    also on her local branch committee.          past two years. Lisa is also an INTO
gaining experience representing and                In her spare time she is a dedicated      lobbyist for Galway West. Outside of
advocating on behalf of members in both         Munster and Ireland rugby supporter and      teaching, she enjoys running and yoga.
the Legal and Industrial Relations and          attends as many matches as she can. She
Conditions of Employment sections. She          also enjoys music, baking and podcasts.
was also involved in the recent task force
on participation.

                                                TJ Clare, who was appointed intern for

      Continuing                                the 2018/19 school year, will continue his
                                                internship for another year with the Legal
                                                and Industrial Relations section in Head
                                                Office.

       internship                                 TJ is a member of the Dublin North City
                                                branch, he served as branch secretary,
                                                district secretary and district
                                                development coordinator. Over the past
                                                few years he has been INTO lobbyist for
                                                the Dublin West constituency.

                                                        INTOUCH     19   JUNe 2019
INTO­Congress­Galway­2019

Snapshots from INTO Congress
The last issue of InTouch shared coverage of the INTO Congress in Galway. Here are a few
more snapshots from the three-day event.

                                                                                               Mayor­of­Galway,­Niall­McNeilis,­welcomed­delegates­to­Galway

  Members­of­the­local­organising­committee­who­did­great­work­in­ensuring­Congress­in
                               Galway­was­a­great­success

                                                                                              INTO­Assistant­General­Secretary­Anne­McElduff­and­INTO­General
                                                                                               Secretary­Sheila­Nunan­were­presented­with­gifts­to­mark­their
                                                                                                                  retirement­from­the­INTO

                                                                                                                                       Minister­for­Education
                                                                                                                                       and­Skills­Joe­McHugh
                                                                                                                                          met­with­INTO
                                                                                                                                          delegates­from
                                                                                                                                        District­3­(Donegal,
                                                                                                                                              Leitrim)

                                                                INTOUCH      20   JUNe 2019
INTO­Congress­Galway­2019

INTOUCH   21   JUNe 2019
INTO­news

   INTO Learning
Summer Programme 2019
       INTO Learning is offering eight online courses and one face-to-face summer
       school. Registration for these courses is open on www.moodle.intolearning.ie.
       Further details on all courses at www.bit.ly/INTOSummerProgramme

Moving from mainstream                        Tá an scoil samhraidh                          Cumarsáid, Comhluadar
to LS/RT                                      Cumarsáid, Comhluadar &                        & Craic
This online course will enable participants   Craic ar siúl Dé Luain 1 – Dé                  Tá an scoil samhraidh seo dírithe ar
gain an understanding of the role of the      hAoine 5 Iúil le costas €100.                  mhúinteoirí bunscoile atá ag iarraidh
special education teacher (formerly                                                          feabhas a chur ar a gcumas labhartha
LS/RT) particularly for those teachers                                                       agus dá réir ar a gcumas chun an teanga a
moving to this role for the first time. The   For this course, participants                  theagasc nó teagasc tríd an teanga ag
course will also explore the current          can register online or using                   gach leibhéal sa bhunscoil. Beidh
system, a variety of learning difficulties,                                                    ceardlanna/gníomhaíochtaí ar ábhair
                                              an application form
diagnostic and screening tests as well as                                                    éagsúla mar shampla: amhránaíocht agus
good practice in supplementary teaching.      downloadable on the INTO                       filíocht. Beidh siúlóidí agus turas ar oileán
                                              website.                                       chomh maith le h-imeachtaí oíche.

ICT in SESE and STEM
This course explores the use of ICT to                     All online courses will run from Monday,
enhance teaching and learning in the                        1 July to Monday, 22 July and cost €35
areas of Social, Environmental and
Scientific Education (SESE) and Science,
Technology, Engineering and
Mathematics (STEM). It will provide a         Global Citizenship Schools:                    Literacy through the arts
hands-on experience of online resources       justice, sustainability,
for science, history, geography, maths        equality and human rights                      This exciting new course explores how a
and basic programming.                                                                       school’s discrete literacy programme can
                                              This course explores the concepts of           be supported and extended using the
                                              justice, sustainability and equality at a      arts: drama, visual and musical arts. The
Maths problem-solving: a                      local, national and global level through       approach integrates best practice in
process, not a product!                       the lens of human rights. It seeks to          literacy pedagogy into arts lessons. It will
                                              enhance teachers’ confidence and               also explore bringing a story to the stage
This course focuses on a process-led          competence when teaching global                from a creative writing and oral language
approach to maths problem-solving             citizenship and supports INTO Global           development perspective including video
across all class levels. It includes an       Citizenship School.                            footage of the process.            NEW
exploration of mathematical language,
maths thinking and problem-solving
strategies.                                   Leadership and wellbeing                       Our environment, our lives!
                                              This course explores the concept of school     This course will equip teachers with the
Learning through play                         leadership and leading wellbeing in our        necessary knowledge and skills to
                                              schools. Participants not only gain an         effectively teach pupils about pertinent
This course explores the concept of           understanding of leadership styles but also    environmental issues. The course will
learning through play including the           an understanding of current wellbeing          explore the concepts of environmental
pedagogy of play, the role of the teacher     policies and strategies, of workplace stress   auditing, biodiversity and
and the benefits and challenges of play in    and of skills and communication                interdependence, climate change and
the classroom. The course will include        approaches to support, enhance and lead        climate justice, environmental
videos of play as a pedagogy in action in     wellbeing across the school.                   sustainability, and how positive proactive
Irish classrooms.                                                                            attitudes can be developed.
                                                                                NEW                                             NEW

                                                          INTOUCH    23   JUNe 2019
Nuacht­CMÉ

Retirements                                                                                Pictures from branch and district
                                                                                           functions to honour retiring members

                                  Arklow
    Left­to­right:­John­Boyle,­INTO­general­secretary­designate;­Catherine
 Woodbyrne;­Sheila­Nunan,­INTO­general­secretary;­Mary­Steacy­and­Donncha
                          McGinley,­branch­secretary.

                                                                                                                   Rosses

                                                                                       Back­row­L­to­R:­Emily­Bonar,­branch­secretary;­Pat­Connaghan;­Áine
                                                                                    McGinley,­CEC­representative;­Michael­Weed,­former­CEC­representative­and
                                                                                     Hugh­Gallagher,­chairperson.­Front­row­L­to­R:­Bernie­Ní­Dhuibhir;­John
                                                                                          Boyle,­INTO­general­secretary­designate­and­Brid­Monaghan.

                              Mountbellew
     Back­row­L­to­R:­­Joe­Killeen,­INTO­president­2018/19;­Carmel­Greally,
      chairperson;­Tom­Flahive,­branch­secretary­and­Tommy­Greally,­CEC­
    representative.­Front­row­L­to­R:­Anne­Hynes;­Mary­O’Sullivan;­Noreen
                        Donnellan­and­Geraldine­Briggs.
                                                                                                                                Kilkenny
                                                                                                                 Left­to­right:­Sean­Murphy;­Liz­Reade,­branch
                                                                                                                organiser;­Margaret­Murphy;­Marie­Manning,
                                                                                                                            chairperson;­Margaret
                                                                                                                Carroll­and­Margaret­Walsh.­Photo:­Tom­Brett.

                                                                                                                                 Galway
                                                                                                                Back­row­L­to­R:­Máire­Kelly;­Deirdre­Timlin;
                                                                                                                 Mary­Costelloe;­Henrietta­Broderick;­Bridie
                                                                                                                McNamara;­Geraldine­Mulgannon­and­Mary
                                                                                                               Cunningham.­Front­row­L­to­R:­Teresa­Carleton;
                                                                                                                 Orla­Mhic­Aogáin,­branch­secretary;­Máire
                                                                                                                Browne;­Joe­Killeen,­INTO­president­2018/19;
                                                                                                               Mary­Divilly;­Peig­Uí­Dhonnchadha­and­Tommy
                                                                                                                        Greally,­CEC­representative.

                                                                    INTOUCH   24   JUNe 2019
INTO­news

                   Ballaghadereen – Kilmovee
                                                                                                       Ballyhaunis – Claremorris
   Back­row­L­to­R:­Laura­McMahon,­branch­secretary;­Vincent­Duffy,­CEC
representative­and­Kathleen­McCann,­branch­chairperson.­Front­row­L­to­R:          Back­row­L­to­R:­Anne­Gallagher,­branch­secretary;­Maura­Joyce,­chairperson
  Maria­Mulligan;­Patricia­Conway;­Pat­Collins;­Denise­Deery­and­Sinead            and­Siobhán­Geraghty,­chairperson.­Front­row­L­to­R:­Nora­Kelly,­Ger­Conroy;
                               Mangan.                                                              Mairéad­Uí­Raghallaigh­and­Anne­Shannon.

                            Cahir
Left­to­right:­Louise­Tobin,­chairperson;­­Liz­Morrissey;­Sheila
    Nunan,­INTO­general­secretary;­Anna­Sampson;­Olive
     Heffernan­and­Brendan­Horan,­CEC­representative.
                                                                                                                           Athlone – Moate
                                                                                                                   Back­row­L­to­R:­Helen­O’Toole,­branch
                                                                                                              secretary;­Anne­O’Sullivan,­chairperson;­Carme
                                                                                                                                                               l
                                                                                                               Browne,­CEC­representative;­Joe­Killeen,­INTO
                                                                                                              president­2018/19;­Dolores­Killian,­branch­vice-
                                                                                                                  chairperson­and­Niamh­Keenan,­branch
                                                                                                              organiser.­Front­row­L­to­R:­Darina­Dolan;­Tina
                                                                                                                Connelly;­Noreen­Gallagher;­Mary­O’Neill;
                                                                                                                    Therese­Lonergan­and­Bernie­Finn.

                                                                                                                             Dún Laoghaire
                                                                                                               Left­to­right:­Rosario­Kealy;­Irene­Healy;­Jeanne
                                                                                                                Salter;­Georgina­Darling;­Catherine­Shanahan;
                                                                                                                 Anne­Moore;­Marion­Murphy;­Sheila­Nunan,
                                                                                                                 INTO­general­secretary;­Donncha­McGinley,
                                                                                                               branch­secretary­and­John­Boyle,­INTO­general
                                                                                                                              secretary­designate.

                                                                   INTOUCH   25   JUNe 2019
Nuacht­CMÉ

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                                                       INTOUCH      26    JUNe 2019
Newsdesk

Deputy principals: interested in developing your leadership skills?
Deputy principal summer course (Tánaiste) 1 – 5 July 2019
Tánaiste is a FREE leadership summer                      reflect on best practice and to share                 Shannon EC, Galway EC, Clare EC, Limerick
course designed specifically for deputy                   experience with other deputy principals.              EC, Drumcondra EC, Navan EC and
principals and acting deputy principals                   All resources have been designed to                   Monaghan EC.
and provided by the PDST.                                 reflect the deputy principal role. The                  To apply for Tánaiste please contact the
   The course provides opportunities for                  venues this year are Blackrock Education              individual education centres listed above.
deputy principals to explore their                        Centre (EC), Co. Wexford EC, Kildare EC,
leadership role in order to enhance                       Cork ESC, Kilkenny EC, West Cork EC,
teaching and learning in their school, to                 Donegal EC, Mayo EC, Carrick on

Show Racism the Red Card
                                                                                                                                  #friends
Free education pack available to schools
                                                                                                                                  Pupils release
e anti-racism charity Show Racism
the Red Card, has launched a new
                                                                                                                                  video to
education pack. e education pack is                                                                                              promote positive
available to primary and secondary                                                                                                mental health
schools, youth groups and sports clubs                                                                                            Pupils from primary
throughout Ireland. It contains online                                                                                            schools in Donegal have
resources and an accompanying video                                                                                               released a single called
featuring high-profile sports people.                                                                                             ‘#Friends’ to promote
   e pack was developed with support                                                                                             positive mental health.
from the Office for the Promotion of                                                                                                Pupils from Scoil
Migrant Integration at the Department                                                                                             Cholmcille, Drumoghill
of Justice and Equality, as well as the                                                                                           and Scoil Mhuire,
Irish National Teachers’ Organisation,                                                                                            Ramelton, took part in
the Association of Secondary Teachers                                                                                             workshops on friendship,
in Ireland, the Teachers’ Union of                                                                                                resilience, tolerance and
Ireland and the Football Association of                                                                                           understanding of
Ireland.                                                                                                                          differences/preferences
   e aim of Show Racism the Red                                                                                                  through Blue Ribbons
Card is to harness the high profile of                                                                                            Arts.
sportspeople to combat racism. You can                                                                                               e music video
get further information at                                                                                                        was launched on
www.theredcard.ie.                                                                                                                Monday, 13 May and
                                                                                                                                  can be watched at
 Top­right:­INTO’s­John­O’Brien­speaking­at­the­launch
                                                                                                                                  youtu.be/kIygYpwdfT8.
         of­Show­Racism­the­Red­Card­education­pack­
                Right:­Lord­Mayor­of­Dublin­Niall­Ring­

                                                            one good idea
                         Kilkenny primary school wins award for their energy-saving idea
Burnchurch National School in       pupils to create innovative
Kilkenny were named primary         campaigns that make a big
winners of the SEAI One Good        difference to how we use
Idea competition, for their         energy in our daily lives. This
campaign encouraging their          year, over 200 campaigns were
community to reduce, repair,        developed by young people all
reuse and repurpose their           over Ireland.
 t-shirts. They promoted the           The primary runner up was
circular economy for greener        St Clare’s Primary School,
fashion to save energy,             Dublin with their ‘Scooter
minimise waste and make the         Train’ and Corpus Christi
most of natural resources.          Primary School in Limerick was
    The SEAI One Good Idea          highly-commended with their
Competition encourages              idea ‘The Veggies.’                         Pupils­from­Corpus­Christi­Primary­School,­Limerick.­Photo:­Keith­Arkin

                                                                      INTOUCH   27   JUNe 2019
Ócáidí­nuachta

irish teachers making a difference in sri lanka
Every year teachers from Ireland travel as            there are activities running throughout                     don’t get lost in translation. Nadia runs the
part of a team to work in Sambodhi Home               the year.                                                   camps voluntarily and ensures that
for the Disabled in Sri Lanka, creating an                                                                        volunteers see how their money is spent
unforgettable camp experience for the                 What happens during the volunteer                           while they are in Sri Lanka. The camps only
residents (old & young) that live there.              camps?                                                      support projects which have a direct and
Nadia O’Shea, an Irish teacher who has                Volunteers are utilized to increase the level               clear impact on the daily lives of the
settled and is currently working in Sri Lanka         of one-to-one support and care for the                      residents. As a professionally trained
has coordinated these camps voluntarily               residents at Sambodhi Home. Volunteers                      teacher, Nadia knows exactly how to utilize
since 2013.                                               can expect to assist residents and                      her fellow teachers’ professional skills to
                                                                  project staff on excursions to                   bring the most positive and rewarding
What is Sambodhi Home                                                 the beach, temple, park                     experience for all.
Sambodhi Home for the                                                    and other nearby
Disabled cares for 47                                                      attractions. They join                 How can I join?
individuals ranging in age                                                  the residents in daily                Currently there is a group of teachers
from 7 to 75 near Galle on                                                   art workshops and                    travelling this summer and we are still
the southern coast of Sri                                                    exercise programs.                   open to additional volunteers who may
Lanka. The residents here                                                    Volunteers are always                wish to join this group. If you are keen to
experience physical and/or                                                  supported on site by                  travel to Sri Lanka or be put on our
intellectual disability.                                                   Nadia and the project                  mailing list, please get in touch.
Founded in 1964, Sambodhi                                                staff, all of whom are                       Expressions of interest can be sent to
Home is a private home which                                          fluent in English.                          Nadia O’Shea: nadiaoshea@gmail.com
largely depends on the generosity                                                                                    For more information about all our
of the local and visiting community. Nadia               What makes our volunteering                              projects, interested volunteers can visit
works voluntarily as a private individual             programs special?                                           our website: www.sambodhihome.com.
(not an NGO) with Sambodhi Home and                   There is no middle man or agencies
employs five local project staff who ensure            involved. This means that volunteer funds                   NADIA O’SHEA, Sambodhi Home, Sri Lanka

                                                                                       Primary­School­Entrepreneurs
                                                                                       Five and a half thousand children from thirty counties took part
                                                                                       in the Junior Entrepreneur Programme All Ireland Showcase Day
                                                                                       at the RDS recently.
                                                                                          The classroom projects that they displayed have created an
                                                                                       astonishing profit of €198,000 from sales of €320,000 since the
                                                                                       start of the year.
                                                                                          The most profitable winner was a 308-page quiz book called Beat
                                                                                       the Quiz Master by Scoil na Mbraithre in Tuam, Co Galway which
                                                                                       included 3,000 questions for children and adults. This mammoth
                                                                                       publishing task created a profit of €8,799 from €12,000 in sales.
                                            Young­entrepreneurs­from
                                          Gaelscoil­Durlas­Eile,­Tipperary
                                          with­RTE’s­Miriam­O’Callaghan               Award: Change Agents                    School: Gaelscoil Durlas Eile, Durlas,
                                                                                      Product: Re-Wrappers                       Tipperary
Award: Genius Product                   Award: Creative Pioneers                      Attractive and eco-friendly reusable
Product name: Mama-G’s Sting            Product name: Detail Bracelets                   food wrappings                       Award: Marketing Gurus
   Solution Kit                         Bracelets that store important medical        Teacher: Aileen O’Connor                Product name: Coffee Scrub
Colour-coded plasters containing           information using QR codes.                School: An Spioraid Naomh Cailíní,      Lavender-scented hand and body
   customised remedies for different     Teacher: Ellen Costigan                          Bishopstown, Cork                       scrub made from recycled coffee
   types of stings                      School: Scoil Bheinín Naofa Cailiní,                                                  Teacher: Alan Walsh
Teacher: Cranait Fahy                      Duleek, Co Meath                           Award: Class of the Year                School: Naomh Padraig Mixed, Baile
School: St Anthony’s NS, Ballinlough,                                                 Product: GalackTyco Trading Cards          Haol, Kilkenny
   Co Cork                              Award: Community                              Teacher: Fiona Santry
                                        Champions                                     School: Castlemartyr NS,                Award: Star Submission
Award: Financial Wizards                Product name: Chatterboxes                       Castlemartyr, Cork                   Product name: Presidents of Ireland
Product name: Beat the Quiz Master      Creative and witty cards to encourage                                                    ruler
A fun and colourful quiz book for          conversation and reduce the                Award: Top Teams                        A ruler featuring images of every
   adults and children                     overuse of phones and tablets              Product: Get Up and Go – Bí ag Bogadh      President of Ireland
Teacher: Aidan Burke                    Teacher: Cathryn Girvan                       An activity-based bilingual board       Teacher: Elaine Lyons
School: Scoil na Mbraithre, Tuam,       School: St Mary’s Primary School,                game designed to improve fitness     School: Shountrade NS, Adare,
   Galway                                  Dungannon, Tyrone                          Teacher: Eibhlín Ní Chuinneagáin           Limerick

                                                                  INTOUCH        28     JUNe 2019
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