A team comprising of Sarah Costello 5th year, Sarah Sayers 5th year and Aileen O’Mahony TY won the preliminary round of the Mental Health Public Speaking Project 2013 in Killorglin on Mon 18 Nov. They now go on to compete in the county final before Christmas. Well done to the team and their dedicated band of researchers in TY and 5th year!
Closing Date for completed Application forms for Incoming 1st Year students is 5 pm on Wednesday 4th December 2013
To ALL Parent Associations, Parents and Guardians of Pupils attending Post Primary Schools, NPCpp invites you to the
National Parents’ Council
“Parents; Your role in these changing times”
Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel
8th & 9th of November 2013.
We are delighted to announce that Chief Inspector of the Department of Education, Dr Harold Hislop willaddress our conference this year. He will present the findings of the report which was launched yesterday by Minister Ruairi Quinn, which is based on school inspections carried out by the Department between 2010 and 2012 and which, for the first time, includes parental surveys.
You will also have the opportunity to participate in two of the three workshops available and we hope that you will be able to draw on the information and expertise given.
- Super Generation - Get an understanding of how young people learn so you can support your teen in their preparation for the State exams
- Sticks and Stones Anti-Bullying Programme - bullying information, tips on what to do if your child is being bullied, has seen or participated in bullying. Also included is an overview of what we as facilitators, teach the children in our workshops.
- Pieta House – therapeutic approach to young adults who are in suicidal distress and those who engage in self-harm)
NPCpp hope that Parent Associations, Parents and Guardians of pupils attending Post Primary Schools will join us for this important occasion. We would also ask that if possible, you inform all parents at your school of the upcoming event as it is open to all parents of post primary students.
National Parents’ Council Post Primary Annual Conference 2013,
“Parents; Your role in these Changing Times”
8th & 9th November, Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny
Friday, 8th November, 2013
19.00 Welcome and open of Conference by Mayor of Kilkenny Cllr Martin Brett
19.15 The New Junior Cycle – Noel Malone, Principal, Coláiste Chiaráin, Co. Limerick.
19.45 National Parents’ Council Post Primary Parent Association/PTA TrainingProgramme
Saturday, 9th November, 2013
9.15 Welcome to parents – CEO address and welcome Minister
9.45 Open Conference – Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn TD
10.15. “School and Home working together” to beat the bully – Ian O ‘Herlihy
11.00. Break for Tea /Coffee
11.15 NPCpp President’s Address to Conference– Mr Don Myers
11.30 Post Primary Education Forum (PPEF) – Ferdia Kelly, General Secretary, Joint ManagerialBody
12pm Workshops / FEDCBS AGM
14.00 Repeat of Workshops 1, 2 & 3
14.50 Understanding the Well-Being of Teenagers (How to manage and let go of your 13-18 year olds) - Dr Fergus Heffernan:
15.15 Open Forum: Parents and Parent Associations will have an opportunity to put their questions to members of the School Management Bodies, Teachers Unions and the Department of Education and Skills.
16.00 Close of Conference
16.15 Parents’ Associations of Community & Comprehensive Schools (PACCS) Annual General Meeting 2013.
19.00 Reception followed by Gala Dinner at 8pm.
NPCpp – Working towards a better education system for all
Presentation Milltown 2-13 St. Michael’s Listowel 1-11
In a thrilling game of football played In Cahersalee on Wednesday 23rd of October, Pres Milltown were victorious over their Listowel counterparts by 5 points. Joseph Clifford kicked Milltown’s first 3 points, 2 absolute beauties from play from the the sideline. Listowel fought back to level and coming up to half-time with the scores at 6 points apiece Chris Doncel and Dara Coffey combined and Chris struck the Listowel net with a bullet of a shot to send us to the break 3 ahead. St. Michael’s fought back with a goal of their own to level after 10 minutes of the second half. Momentum swung between the two teams right throughout the next 10 minutes until Conall Murphy, who had been very prominent in attack for Milltown, scored a great goal. A fine point from Conor Keane gave Pres. Milltown a 6 point cushion. Listowel fought valiantly to close the gap to 5 but the Milltown boys held out for a deserved victory.
We can now look forward to the Moynihan cup semi-final after mid-term.
Team: Luke Flynn
Dara O’Connor Kieran Courtney Darragh O’Shea
(M’town/C’Maine) (Legion) (Listry)
Cillian O’Regan Cathal O’Connor Brian kennedy
(Dr. Crokes) (M’town/C’Maine) (Listry)
Keith Moloney Chris Doncel
Gavin Evans Conor keane Dara Coffey
(Keel) (Listry) (Beaufort)
Joseph Clifford Conall Murphy Eoin O’Mahony
(Listry) (Firies) (M’town/C’maine)
This team has qualified for the Joe O’Connor quarter-finals after a fine victory over Castleisland Community College.
Had a great victory over Killenaule of Tipperary in the second round of Munster. An unlucky 1 point defeat to Rice College Ennis put an end to a fine campaign on Tuesday 22nd October. This team has a very bright future indeed and should be looking forward keenly to their Kerry competition in the spring.
The first year lunchtime league is at the semi-final stages and has unearthed some wonderful talent. More on this to follow!
On Monday the 21st of October Transition year students went on a visit out to Dairymaster in Causeway. We got to see all the possible job opportunities on offer at Dairymaster as well as all the amazing new agri technologies that they are developing such as the Moo Monitor. It was a valuable insight into software, design and Computer Aided Manufacturing. We never realised the farming industry could be so automated. It was a valuable and enjoyable day out.
Poetry Aloud is an annual poetry speaking competition organised by the National Library and Poetry Ireland. This year’s regional heats took place in St. Bridget’s Presentation Convent, Killarney on Tues 15 October and four students from Presentation Miltown participated, accompanied by their English teacher, Ms. Kennefick.
Today, Friday 18th October, the Bin It! roadshow presented their award-winning and educational workshop. This aims to help students understand their personal and social responsibilities to their local environment.
One way to stop littering is to change behaviour and the Bin It! show aims to do just that. The roadshow is sponsored by the Gum Litter Taskforce and supports the Green Schools programme in the school.