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Air Corps In Baldonnel Presented With QQI awards

QQI Awards event: certificates presented to staff from the Air Corps in Lucan Education Centre on 20th November 2019.

Congratulations to members of the Air Corps in Baldonnel on achieving QQI awards. Four members of the Air Corps were presented with their QQI certificates at a ceremony in Lucan Education Centre on Wednesday 20th November 2019. The Adult Education Service (Southwest) is collaborating with the Air Corps as part of a national project on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in the Defence Forces. The project aims to recognise and validate the learning and skills that staff have achieved through experience on-the-job.

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Pictured: Brigadier General Rory O’Connor, Irish Air Corps and Paddy Lavelle, CEO DDLETB with members of the Air Corps who received their certificates.

The RPL process allows learners to gain certification without having to attend a course in what they already know. The RPL project team in Lucan supported the group to identify and document their on-the-job learning and to compile portfolios for assessment in areas such as IT and Workplace Safety. The structured supports included an induction day, adult education guidance and a series of mentoring sessions last Autumn and Spring.

This is a pilot project for DDLETB in Recognition of Prior Learning.

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Brigadier General Rory O’Connor, Paddy Lavelle and Darren Cosgrave made speeches about the impact of the project.

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The four Air Corps participants on the project made a presentation to the RPL team, saying it with flowers! The evening rounded off with refreshments and everyone took the opportunity to stay and mingle.

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Pictured: Terry  Murray, Monica McGrath RPL mentor, Conor McDonnell, Darren Cosgrave, Fiona Fay QA Unit, Paul Kavanagh, Lorraine Mullally RPL mentor, Elaine Gahan Adult Education Guidance Service

DDLETB - What Is A Community National School

What Are Community National Schools Anyway?

DDLETB is a proud patron of 7 Community National Schools and 3 Special Schools. They are:

Community National Schools

Citywest & Saggart Community National School
Lucan Community National School
Scoil Aoife Community National School
Scoil Choilm Community National School
Scoil Chormaic Community National School
Scoil Ghráinne Community National School
Rivervalley Community National School

Special Schools

Crannog Nua Special School
Portrane, Co. Dublin.

Ballydowd High Support Special School
Ballyowen, Dublin 22.

Danu Community Special School
c/o Hansfield Educate Together, Dublin 15.

But what exactly are Community National Schools and how are they different from what is generally known as a “Primary School”? Séamus Conboy is the Education and Training Boards Ireland Primary Schools Support Officer, and here he explains what they are.

Community National Schools have featured quite a lot in the media recently, and people have been asking this question: what exactly is a Community National School? The short answer is that they are State-operated, child-centred, inclusive, multi-belief primary schools.
Here are the answers to the other questions people are asking about Community National Schools.

What is a Community National School?

Community National Schools (CNS) are state-operated, multidenominational, inclusive schools that welcome all children from the local communities they serve. Historically, schools have been managed by private patrons who are also responsible for the ethos of the school e.g. Church bodies, Educate Together. The State has now developed its own primary school model with the Community National Schools.

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Why is there a need for a Community National School?

Ireland is changing. It used to be a significantly homogenous country with most people identifying as
Roman Catholic. The religious identity of many Irish people has changed in recent years. Ireland has
also morphed into a richly diverse country because of the migration experienced during the boom
years. Due to these changes, the current school system, which is 96% Church-run, no longer fully reflects
Irish society. Even with their best efforts, many Church-run schools are struggling to fully meet the needs of all of their children due to the constraints of their ethos.

Who is the patron of these schools?

The patrons of CNS schools are the Education and Training Boards (ETBs). ETBs, which were formerly
known as VECs, are statutory authorities which have responsibility for education and youth work. ETBs
manage and operate Community National Schools, Second-level schools such as Community Colleges
and a range of adult and further education centres. They have developed an excellent reputation for
their provision of inclusive, innovative education that meets the needs of the entire community.

What is the difference between Community National Schools and other school types?

Faced with a number of choices, parents can be comforted knowing that every school, regardless of its
patron, follows the same national curriculum. Schools mainly differ in what they call their ‘ethos’ or
characteristic spirit. Many parents describe a Community National School as somewhere between the
traditional denominational school and a secular school. Although Community National Schools do
not prioritise any one religion over another, space is made within the school day for children to be
nurtured in their own faith or secular belief while learning more about their friends’ beliefs too.
Although CNS schools pride themselves on their commitment to inclusion and equality for all, their
main commitment is to providing a child-centred education that helps children to live their lives to
the full. A focus on both academic and hands-on learning, IT and the nurturing of children’s well-being
ensures that they are prepared to thrive in and beyond their education journey.
CNS schools are progressive schools rooted in the best of tradition. CNS schools are similar to traditional
schools in that the children wear a school uniform and the teacher is referred to formally e.g. Mr. Murphy, Múinteoir Orla.
Community National Schools Ethos
CNS schools are similar to Educate Together schools in that they have inclusive enrolment policies which do not prioritise any one group over another, are multi-denominational and have equality central to their ethos.
Unique to each school type is what is known as their ‘Patron’s Programme’. This is done for 30 minutes a day and underpins the ethos of the school. In a Church-run school, it is a single faith formation programme. However, in a Community National School, it is a multi-belief and values education
programme called Goodness Me! Goodness You!

How do Community National Schools cater for religious/secular belief diversity?

Unlike single-denominational schools, Community National Schools have a multi-belief and values education programme that caters for children of all faiths and secular beliefs. The programme is called Goodness Me, Goodness You! or GMGY. This programme was developed by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) which is the statutory body charged with the development of national curricula.

It is a belief-nurturing programme where children, with the help of their teacher, parents and belief
communities learn more about their own beliefs and those of their friends. Children learn together about
the same theme – the schools communicate with parents about the theme and they talk about it at home from their own faith/belief perspective. Children then share their perspective or experience of the same theme with their class and therefore learn more about themselves and each other.

Does the school support children preparing for special rites of passages e.g. the Sacraments?

Community National Schools also offer Belief Specific Teaching (BST) where parents can request additional supports around specific rites of passage. For example, many Catholic parents want some support from the school around the sacraments. The schools work with the parents and parish around how they can support them, bearing in mind the limitations they have as they are primarily multi-denominational schools. This support is open to all families from all religions and beliefs. It is different
in every Community National School, depending on the needs of the school community and the practices
of local belief communities.

Does the GMGY Programme deal with topics other than religions and beliefs?

The GMGY programme is also a values education programme. Children learn all about ethics and
the values of the school, such as equality and justice. They also do what is called ‘Thinking Time’
where the children learn to think critically and philosophically about different issues. A very nice part of
the programme is what is known as ‘Quiet Time’ where children are encouraged to fall still and think
about all that they have learnt that day in GMGY and to consider how that relates to their lives as
individuals.

Where are the current Community National Schools and how are they doing?

To date, there are 11 Community National Schools in Dublin, Wicklow, Meath, Kildare and Cork. Each CNS has thrived in the areas they are in and have developed reputations for their inclusive ethos and commitment to excellence in education.

Where can I find out more information about these schools?

For more information or to express an interest in enrolling your child in a new Community National School, please visit www.cns.ie. Each school has its own individual website that can be accessed from here. For more information on Goodness Me! Goodness You! please visit www.gmgy.ie.

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DDLETB Second Level Teacher Induction 2019

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Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board Teacher Induction Programme 2019 concluded this week with a record number of participants. Newly-appointed teachers, from across our 29 post-primary schools, collaborated during a workshop on Technology-Enhanced Learning and Human Resources delivered by Sam Conroy and Hazel Brown.

In wrapping up the event, Director of Schools Adrian Flynn wished all attendees the very best in the careers and encouraged them to look out for one another and ensure their well-being was a priority for them as it is for all in DDLETB. Adrian went on to thank the teacher volunteers who led the Programme including Mick Mooney and Nicola McKitterick (St. Finian’s CC), Deborah Galbraith (CP Setanta), and Joanne McKeever and Paddy McGill (Grange CC). David McGuinness was thanked for his coordination of the Programme.

We are honoured to have such talented and enthusiastic teachers working across our second-level schools.

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Remembering David Byrne, a beloved teacher, colleague and friend

Sad passing of a beloved teacher, colleague and friend David Byrne (1962-2019)

It is with deep sadness that we lost our dear friend, colleague, year head and teacher David Byrne on September 12th after a brief illness. David began his teaching career in Dundrum College where he worked for 10 years before taking the opportunity to work for the European Schools in Brussels. He remained with the European Schools for a further 10 years where he embraced his love of history, geography and travel.

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In 2009, David joined the teaching staff of Lucan Community College where he would become one of the most highly and affectionately regarded members of our staff. An invigorating presence, David took up the pastoral role of year head as well as a teacher of economics, history and geography. David’s passion for teaching was built on his deep knowledge of the world, acquired through his love of both history and geography.

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He was also a truly committed year head for all in his care. David was a devoted sportsperson, as a player of both rugby and soccer, as well as a coach of both junior and senior rugby teams in the college. David was also instrumental in organising various charity fundraising events for Irish and global charities here in the college through our ‘jersey day’ events.

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David was a true gentleman, scholar and humanitarian. He will be sorely missed by every member of our school community.

Ar dheis Dé do raibh a anam dilis.

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Child-Protection Guidelines & The Magenta Principles For Teachers

Dublin and Dún Laoghaire ETB is committed to the highest standards in education. As part of that committment, on Tuesday evening, we welcomed over 100 newly-appointed teachers to our Head Office for the first session of our Teacher Induction Programme 2019-2020. Teachers were presented with Child-Protection Guidelines and Teaching & Learning innovation The Magenta Principles.

Special thanks to Director of Schools Adrian Flynn and the Teacher Induction Programme Co-ordination Team for facilitating.

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Support DDLETB To Become Patron Of New Post Primary Schools

Update: Voting Is Now Closed. Thank You For Your Support!

 

We are delighted to announce that the Department of Education and Skills have launched the patronage campaigns for new post-primary schools in Blanchardstown, Citywest/Saggart and Goatstown/Stillorgan. It is a major priority for DDLETB to add these schools to the 29 post-primary schools that we are the patron of across Dublin.

Our vision is to bring multidenominational, co-educational, community-focused, technologically-advanced education campuses to every new and developing community in the Dublin and Dún Laoghaire region.

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How can you help?

Send a link to the Department’s website to any parents of 2nd-6thclass living in:

  • Blanchardstown (Dublin 15 from Blanchardstown Village to Ongar/Littlepace including Huntstown, Hartstown, Coolmine and Roselawn).
  • Citywest/Saggart (From Tallaght to Citywest, Saggart, Newcastle, and Rathcoole).
  • Goatstown and Stillorgan

Tell them to support a DDLETB Community College!

In addition, please share the attached image on your social media pages with the link in the post too. If you are in one of our schools and have access to the school’s social media account, please share a post and tag your parents’ association, community groups, local politicians or anyone else that will help spread the message.

Please visit https://patronage.education.gov.ie to vote

Thank you!

DDLETB Explore Initiative

DDLETB Explore Initiative

Congratulations to all of the participants who recently completed their training. It was piloted by DDLETB Blanchardstown and Fingal Adult Education Service in conjunction with Dublin Regional Skills from 27th May to 5th July 2019.

What Is The Explore Initiative?

Companies from across the Fingal area were approached with a view to releasing some of their employees to undertake a course to improve their digital skills. The participants came from a cross-section of the manufacturing sector to include the food sector, pharmaceutical, chemical, tool and sign fabrication.

This was the first time most of the participants had engaged in an educational initiative since leaving school and the aim was to help them see how different and how positive the Adult Education experience could be.

The training ran over a series of six day-long training sessions, with two of those sessions being offsite.

Prior to engaging in the Explore Initiative participants completed a self-assessment of their IT skills and they then completed the same assessment post engagement.

All participants were extremely happy and the confidence they gained in their IT skills was evident when showcasing their projects. The employers and managers were extremely impressed with the programme and the outcome. Having a laptop to continue their practice at home and in work reaped huge benefits for the participants and enabled them to become confident in their new skills and work on their projects.

Congratulations to all the participants on their hardwork and the skills they gained through the program.

The Explore Initiative Team

Congratulations to the tutors, organisers and support staff who worked with the participants on this great program.

Sharon Hennessy – Adult Education Officer

Nuala Nedjati – Workplace Education Co-ordinator

Christina Keating – Co-ordinator and tutor

Grace Corrigan – Tutor

Helen Wylie – Tutor

Phil Allen – Health and Wellbeing/ILPs

Career Guidance – Eoin McCabe

Admin – Catherine Leonard

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Sportivate – Learning Through Activity & Sport

Sportivate: Learning through activity & sport

If you love sport and keeping active and are looking for training in this area, consider the DDLETB Sportivate program.

Skills & Topics include:
Athletics Leader, Workshop, I.T. Skills, GAA, Disability Inclusion, Workshop, Rock Climbing, Badminton, Martial Arts, Workshop, Life Saving, Food & Nutrition, Cricket Workshop, Health Related
Fitness, Taste of Sailing, Communications, Outdoor Activities, Workshop, Work Experience, Sports First Aid, Wheelchair Rugby, Soccer – PDP 1

Contact: Máirín Uí Riain, DDLETB Youth Sports Officer, Brookfield Youth & Community Centre Dublin 24.

e: Sportivatesd@ddletb.ie
t: 086 4177709

TRAINING ALLOWANCE AVAILABLE (terms & conditions apply)
Register now on WWW.FETCHCOURSES.IE
Use the Keyword SPORTIVATE

THIS IS A FULL-TIME COURSE SEPTEMBER 2019 – MAY 2020
Sign up for this FREE program of education if you are:
• Aged 18 – 25
• Enjoy keeping active
• Have completed your junior certificate or similar
• looking for some coaching qualifications to give your career a kick-start (level 4 Sport & Recreation)

 

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Defence Forces Employment Scheme Graduation

Warmest congratulations to DDLETB Training Centre Baldoyle’s DF Employment Support Scheme learners who graduated today in Gormanston Army Camp.

The young people have graduated from a special Defence Forces employment scheme aimed at helping participants improve their chances of getting a job.

young people have graduated from a special Defence Forces employment scheme aimed at helping participants improve their chances of getting a job

Pictured with the DF ESS learners are dignitaries from the Department of Defence &  Defence Forces, DF Members of the 27th Inf Bn Gormanston, representatives from the DEASP & Hi-Tech along with Paddy Lavelle, DDLETB CEO.