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Yeats Among School Children - 06-Mar-2015

Navan Education Centre, in conjunction with Yeats 2015, the Department of Education and Skills and the Association of Teachers/ Education Centres in Ireland (ATECI) is organising a art/writing competition and book project for primary school children, Yeats Among Schoolchildren.

This is one of the many events taking place this year in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Nobel Prizewinning poet, WB Yeats.

Terms and conditions of the Yeats Among Schoolchildren competition accompany this letter.

The purpose of the competition is:
• To raise awareness among primary school children and their communities of the poetry of WB Yeats
• To promote access to, and enjoyment of the poetry of WB Yeats
• To enable pupils to understand the language and imagery used in the poetry and promote greater literacy skills
• To encourage the pupils to use visual arts and literacy to express their reaction to and understanding of the poetry of WB Yeats
We ask participating schools to encourage children to discuss the competition at home further assisting in raising awareness of the poetry of WB Yeats.

This project involves the following:
An art/writing competition with prizes for winners in each Education Centre catchment area. The winners’ work will be collated to create a children’s book inspired by the poetry of WB Yeats.

Children are invited to illustrate or write a poem based on one of William Butler Yeats’ poems selected from the following 2 titles: I am of Ireland or He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven.

The competition is divided into four age group categories:
a) Pupils from Junior and Senior Infant classes
b) Pupils from 1st and 2nd classes
c) Pupils from 3rd and 4th classes
d) Pupils from 5th and 6th classes

Schools are restricted to no more than three entries for each category above.
A book, with all the winning entries, will be published by Yeats2015 in conjunction with Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership and the Association of Teachers/Education Centres in Ireland. The book will be launched at one of the key commemoration events around Yeats’ Birthday, 13th June, and distributed to all primary schools and libraries nationwide. All primary schools will receive two free copies of the book.

The winning children will receive €50 each, and a Certificate of Achievement.
All winning entries will be included in the published book.

Competition Entries:
Students can submit one of the following: a drawing or a painting or a poem

Four overall winners will be chosen by Navan Education Centre.

Recommendation for Judging Entries:
Key criteria for selecting entries from your school should be to focus on individuality, imagination and creative ideas, rather than technical artistic ability.

The relevant entry forms and criteria are attached. The Yeats 2015 website www.yeats2015.com also has all details of the competition and further arts and cultural events to mark this year of Yeats, our National Poet.

Entries should be posted to Navan Education centre, to reach us before 4pm on Friday March 6th.

Thank you for your support of the work of the Education Centre and Yeats2015 in raising awareness of the work of WB Yeats.
Please contact the centre to arrange for more information to be sent to you.

Dyspraxia Association of Ireland - 23-Jan-2015

Dyspraxia Association of Ireland
Day Seminar with Leading International Experts Jo & Richard Todd
CPD certificate of attendance will be available for professional training.
Seminar Fee: €75 (€45 for Students/Unemployed/OAPs). Early bird booking €65 (by 30 January). Special price for Dyspraxia Association members €60 (Early bird €50).
Fee includes light lunch and refreshments.
Richard and Jo Todd from Key4Learning are leading experts in the field of education and employment for adults with Neurodiverse profiles. This seminar is ideal for adults with Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, ADHD and Asperger’s, their families and professionals working in this area. The day will provide insight into strategies for success in order to maximise the true potential of adults with Dyspraxia and co-occuring Neruodiverse profiles.
Enquiries and reservations please visit:
or phone 01-8747085
Bookings by February 20th 2015. Places are limited.
Dyspraxia Association of Ireland presents Day Seminar with Leading International Experts Jo & Richard Todd
Wynn’s Hotel, Dublin
Saturday, 7TH March 2015
THEME: RELEASING TALENTS - Chaos & the Dancing Star
9.00 –9.30 Registration
9.30 -9.45 Welcome address
9.45 – 10.45 Stepping out and looking for the stars: A motivational session (Jo Todd)
10.45 – 11.05 Voices of Experience – Adults talk about life with dyspraxia.
11.05 – 11.30 Coffee Break & Information Stands
11.30 – 11.50 Voices of Experience
11.50 – 1.00 Is chaos inside or outside? - Overview of dyspraxia issues at work and education (Richard Todd)
1.00 – 2.00 Lunch and Information Stands
2.00 – 3.00 The Legacy of Childhood: An interactive session about family and friends (Jo Todd)
3.00 – 4.00 Trips and Tricks – coping in chaos. A set of practical tactics to help at home and work/college (Richard Todd)
4.00 – 4.30 Questions and Wrap-Up

AGM - Wednesday 25 February 2015 - 21-Jan-2015

All are welcome to the Annual General Meeting of Navan Education Centre on Wednesday 25 February 2015 at 4.30 pm in Navan Education Centre.
To register please contact the Centre on 046 9067040

Write A Poem 2015 - 23-Oct-2014

Following the tremendous success of the Write A Poem project and publications over the last six years. Navan Education Centre is running this project again in 2015 for both primary and post primary pupils.

Primary and Post Primary pupils are invited to compose poems around the chosen theme “Into the Future”. Interested teachers are invited to enter their pupils in this poetry project.

Entry into this competition will cost €30 per class teacher as defray some of the costs of the full colour publication of the award winning poems.

Every pupil in the class can submit individual poems on the theme outlined above.

The class entries will then be submitted to a panel of independent adjudicators who will select the winning poems which will be compiled into a book format and published by Navan Education Centre.

All pupils who enter the competition will receive a certificate for their entry. An Awards ceremony will then be held for the winning poems.

Please return the attached application form by Friday 28th of November 2014 to receive your competition pack.

Mata sa Rang - 24-Sep-2014

Mata sa Rang (Maths Recovery) for Primary 2015

In response to demand, Maths Recovery (Ireland) in conjunction with Navan Education Centre invites primary schools who are interested in having teachers trained in Mata sa Rang Module 1 to apply for inclusion in this programme.

The overall aim of this project is to train teachers in the approaches drawn from the Maths Recovery Programme in order to support in-class approaches to numeracy.

Module 1: The content of this module will be broadly aimed at first class (much of the content is applicable to Infants or second class: Number Words and Numerals; Structuring Number; Early Addition & Subtraction).

Session 1 Wednesday 15th April 5pm – 8pm
Session 2 Wednesday 29th April 5pm – 8pm
Session 3 Wednesday 13th May 5pm – 8pm
Session 4 Wednesday 28th May 5pm – 8pm
Session 5 Wednesday 10th June 5pm – 8pm
a Rang - Module 1 Spring 2015

Training will take place in Navan Education Centre and will be over 15 hours, delivered as five 3-hour sessions out of school time.

Places are limited. Places will be allocated on first come first basis. Application froms are availabe to download under courses/downloadable froms on our website.

In order to participate in this project schools are requested to commit to the following:
• Support the teacher to practice instruction/assessments
• Pay costs of equipment and materials, tutor costs, refreshments and support (€300 per teacher for the full pack or €100 per additional teacher) payable to Education Centre on application. It is essential that there is access to adequate materials for participating teachers.

Participating teachers will be expected to:
• Attend and participate in all training; complete school-based tasks; and complete a reflective journal/brief report.

Please contact the centre for a registration form

NIPT Workshops 2014-2015 - 08-Sep-2014

If you are a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT), you must:

1. Register for the NIPT Workshop Programme through your local Education Centre

2. Visit the NIPT website www.teacherinduction.ie for information, resources and support

Please note, NQTs who are teaching outside of Ireland should visit the NIPT and ATECI websites for information about alternative arrangements for completing the workshop programme.

You can now register to attend the workshops through Navan Education Centre. Application forms are available on our website.

Navan Education Centre, Athlumney, Navan | Tel: 046 9067040 | Fax: 046 9067065 | Email: info@ecnavan.ie
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