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Scríobh Leabhar 2020

Scríobh Leabhar 2020

Tionscnamh – Scríobh Leabhar as Gaeilge

To help us process Scríobh Leabhar 2020 we ask each teacher interested to complete the online registration form by clicking here.  Each class must be entered separately. 

Tugtar cuireadh duit a bheith páirteach sa tionscnamh SCRÍOBH LEABHAR atá á reáchtáil ag Foras na Gaeilge i gcomhpháirt le hIonad Oideachais an Chlair.

Is í aidhm na scéime seo ná páistí a spreagadh chun tabhairt faoi leabhair Ghaeilge a scríobh.

Timeframe for Scríobh Leabhar 2020

6th December 2019  Register intent to participate in the project before 5pm
19th March 2020       All books to be returned to Clare Education Centre by 5pm
5th May 2020            Presentation Evening at Clare Education Centre 

Creative School Clusters 2019

Creative School Clusters

CC KnockCC LahinchCC Doora

Creative Clusters is a pilot initiative of the Department of Education and Skills which is funded through the Schools Excellence Fund as part of the Creative Ireland Programme.  Over 75 schools throughout Ireland participated in the project, including 11 schools from Co Clare. The purpose of the initiative is to demonstrate how creative practices can support clusters of schools to work together to address common learning challenges. It aims to promote new ways of working and collaboration between schools and to provide an opportunity for schools to experiment, innovate and collaborate on the design, implementation and evaluation of a creative learning project. 

The eleven primary schools from Clare presented their projects at Cluster Demonstration Days in early June, all demonstrating ingenuity, imagination, creativity, collaboration and resourcefulness.

Pupils from Coore NS, Kilkee NS, Knockerra NS, Moyasta NS and Shragh NS met in Knockerra Hall to demonstrate their work on the topic of ‘The Science of Toys’.  The groups had considered modern toys, discussed their merits and disadvantages and then set about designing and making their own toys. The results involved the use of levers, magnetics, hydraulics, investigations and skill.  The large attendance wondered from display to display as pupils enthusiastically encouraged them to try out their toys.  Dr Maeve Liston from Mary Immaculate College of Education spoke warmly of her involvement with the schools and acknowledged that the projects were entirely pupil led and surpassed all expectations of those involved with the project.  Some funding for this project was also provided by the Irish American Partnership.

Pupils from Doora NS, Furglan NS, Kilnamona NS and Tubber NS worked on the theme of ‘Connections’.  Families and friends gathered in Clare Education Centre to appreciate the research and investigations carried out and the practical demonstrations of their learning. The variety of projects demonstrated included learning sign language, designing load-bearing bridges, interactive use of circuits and replicating lighthouse signals.  The curiosity of pupils in learning from each other was the highlight of the evening as pupils explained, demonstrated, offered opinions, outlined the challenges addressed and solutions discovered.   

“We are the Animals” brought together Mol an Óige CNS(Ennistymon) and Scoil Mhuire(Lahinch) to work with drama facilitator Nell Smyth. Over several weeks, pupils explored the concept of diversity through movement, drama games, and improvisation. Each child picked a card with the image of a creature and they then depicted the characteristics of the creature through making clay models and painting the animal on large wooden shields.  The final spectacle which was held on the beach in Lahinch involved group chants, movements, drama and games as the children from the senior classes in both schools depicted imagery of warriors fighting against the threat to the creatures of our planet.   52 children from both schools contributed to a visually strong finale full of fun, power and vitality.

At all of the demonstration events, the interactions among children from different schools were of excitement, enjoyment and participation as they explained their work to each other, demonstrated their learning, appreciated the efforts of others, and sought explanations for how other groups had gone about their projects.  Parents and teachers alike complimented pupils highly on their efforts and wondered how pupils had achieved so much, and in such an engaging and participative way.

Speaking about the demonstrations, Ray McInerney, Director of Clare Education Centre, complimented the work of the Cluster Coordinators Michael Browne and Ana Colomber for their enthusiasm and expertise in guiding the teachers and pupils throughout their engagement with the Creative Clusters Project.  The success of the project has led to its continuation for another year allowing the opportunity for another cluster of Clare schools to explore the benefits of clustering and providing collaborative learning opportunities for their pupils.

CLICK HERE for photos from Doora NS, Furglan NS, Kilnamona NS and Tubber NS Cluster
CLICK HERE for photos from Mol an Óige CNS (Ennistymon) and Scoil Mhuire (Lahinch) Cluster
CLICK HERE for photos from Coore NS, Kilkee NS, Knockerra NS, Moyasta NS and Shragh NS Cluster

Video from Mol an Óige CNS (Ennistymon) and Scoil Mhuire (Lahinch) Cluster Day, 5th June 2019 at Lahinch Beach 




Write-a-Book Awards 2019

Write-a-Book Award 2019
The Write-a-Book Awards night took place in the Auburn Lodge Hotel on 7th May last.  Over 1,750 entries were received from 42 schools from pupils from Junior Infants to Sixth Class. Sharon Dilger from Holy Family Junior School was MC for the night and congratulated each young author on their endeavours. Author Brian Gallagher presented the awards and was gushing in his praise for the creativity, imagination and originality which was evidenced in abundance in the books on display.  Great thanks are due to the teachers who support this wonderful project, who encourage and motivate the young authors and give encouraging feedback as they bring their books to fruition. Clare Education Centre is deeply appreciative of all the teachers who undertook book swap arrangements and who assisted in any way with the selection of awards process.  A project of this undertaking requires considerable help and support to ensure its success. The staff of Clare Education Centre were warmly appreciated for their very significant role in the organisation of the project, the preparations for the awards night and the production of the powerpoint and visual displays on the night.  The pleasure of seeing a your author proudly holding their book and showing it to their family makes projects like this so worthwhile.

Photos from the night 
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Scríobh Leabhar Awards 2019

Scríobh Leabhar Awards 2019 

Reáchtáladh oíche na nGradam Scríobh Leabhar 2019 in Ionad Oideachas ar an 7ú Bealtaine seo caite. B’iontach na iontrálacha go léir a fháil ó dhaltaí ó Naíonáin Shóisearacha go Rang a Sé ó scoilneanna timpeall na Contae. Ba é Dónal ÓhAneféin ó Gaelscoil Mhícíl Chíosóg an MC don ócáid agus ghlac sé comhghairdeas le chuile údar óg as a gcuid iarrachtaí.  Bhronn Dónal na duaiseanna agus thug sé an mholadh do na daltaí as an chruthaitheacht and samhlaíocht a léiríodh go forleathan sna leabhair éagsula. Tá Ionad Oideachais an Chláir an-bhuíoch as na múinteoirí a thacaíonn leis an tionscadal iontach seo, a spreagann na húdair óga agus a thugann aiseolas spreagúil dóibh agus iad ag tabhairt a gcuid leabhar chun críche.

Tá an tionscnamh SCRÍOBH LEABHAR á reáchtáil ag Fóras na Gaeilge i gcomhpháirt le hIonad Oideachais an Chláir. Is í aidhm na scéime seo ná páistí a spreagadh chun tabhairt faoi leabhair Ghaeilge a scríobh.  Is áis iontach do mhúinteoirí í an tionscnamh Scríobh Leabhar chun scríbhneoireacht na ndaltaí a fhorbairt agus a fheabhsú.  Chomh maith leis sin is féidir leis an múinteoir leabhair na bpáistí a úsáid mar ábhar measúnaithe sa Ghaeilge. 

View all here.

Write-a-Book 2020

Write-a-Book 2020
Clare Education Centre is currently organising Write-a-Book 2020.  This is the 25th consecutive year of this successful project.

To help us process Write-a-Book 2020 we ask each teacher interested to complete the online registration form by clicking here.  Each class must be entered separately. 

Timeframe for Write-a-Book 2020

6th December 2019   Register intent to participate in the project before 5pm. 

19th March 2020        Book Swap at Clare Education Centre for Junior, Senior, First and Second Classes.  Each participating teacher will take a bundle of books to correct.

20th March 2020       Book Swap Day at Clare Education Centre for Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Classes.  Each participating teacher will take a bundle of books to correct.

3rd April 2020            All books to be returned to Clare Education Centre by 5pm.

5th May 2020             Presentation Evening (venue TBC)

Last year was a phenomenal success with a most enjoyable social Awards Night.

Clare Education Centre once again thanks the 2,000 + pupils, their parents and most especially their teachers who made this project possible.  If, however, you have not tried Write-a-Book before or have for any reason taken part in the past but were unable to participate last year maybe now is the time to re-enter or give Write-a-Book 2020 a try for the first time.

We look forward to hearing from you.
Clare Education Centre

Download the following attachments

  • Book Labels 2020
  • School Book List 2020
  • Write-a-Book Guidelines 2020
  • Write-a-Book Judging Guidelines 2020
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Creative Writing Residencies for Primary Schools

Promoting Writing in School through the lens of Development Education

Jointly funded by Poetry Ireland/Irish Aid, Clare Education Centre and the Clare County Council Arts Office

Clare Co Council            Poetry Ireland            Clare Ed

Opportunity for 8 schools to avail of:

  • Two Professional Development sessions for participating teachers. The sessions will focus on the Creative Writing process through the lens of Development Education.
  • Croke Park hour workshop for the teaching staff of each participating school, with a Creative Writing facilitator
  • 4 x 1.5 hour Creative Writing sessions with one class from each of 8 schools with a Creative Writing facilitator

This arts-based teacher professional development programme in Development Education is aimed at practising primary teachers. It will be cross-curricular, focused on constructive instruction and the development of critical literacy and higher order thinking skills.  Workshops will be participative with an emphasis on reflection, joint problem solving and a sharing of expertise and experience.

CLICK HERE to apply to participate in the project

  • Places will be allocated to each of 8 Applicant Schools. Only one class per school can participate.
  • Places will be allocated on a First Come, First Served Basis.
  • Each participating school is also asked to contribute €150 towards the project costs.

The Creative Writer facilitator is John W. Sexton (see attached Profile).

CLICK HERE for further information on the Writers in Schools scheme, an initiative run by Poetry Ireland.

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Contact the Centre

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