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Cruinniú na nÓg 2019 - Where We Live Workshop With Julie O’Hea

Dear teachers & staff,

Just a note to let you know about the lovely event planned in Dunmanway Library for Cruinniú na nÓg this year. For those of you unfamiliar with the day, it is a national day of creativity and play for children brought to you under the Creative Ireland programme. This year we are offering families a two day workshop called “Where We Live” with artist Julie O’Hea.

I would greatly appreciate it if you might mention it to your pupils or share the above link with parents,

Workshops are free of charge & booking is essential

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Making a difference to others with John Lonergan

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John Lonergan 23 May 2019 – Advice to educators/parents

• Most important gifts you can give children are: self-confidence and vocabulary to express themselves
• Help children to find that special gift – they could be a pilot. We must keep children in education until Leaving Cert
• Never pass a hurtful comment to or put down a child
• Connection is far more important than correction
• To be great at anything you have to love what you’re doing – you have to love your job and love your children
• You must be an optimist – see challenging behavior as a challenge – how can I manage that?
• Build a relationship with the children
• Be a safe person for children, do not be moody. Predictability is huge for children, reliability, safety, be kind – never be miserable with kindness. Put your energy into making the best of what you have. Best compliment you could get is to be told that you are sound!
• Encourage, encourage. Belief, belief. Creative Arts, Drama
• Always acknowledge any progress or steps
• Never humiliate ever – deal with it. Don’t be looking for apologies
• Make a point of explaining things – the reason I am doing this is …take the time to explain – children love explanations
• Children will forget what you said but they will not forget how you treated them
• Respect others, be nice and smile!

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Star Writers Competition

West Cork Education Centre has teamed up with The Southern Star newspaper in organising a monthly writing competition for all primary schools in West Cork.

Each month a theme is announced and pupils are invited to write stories of no more than 200 words on the topic.

Each school entering the competition will please select one entry from the school, type it up and email that entry to us in the West Cork Education Centre at a dedicated email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please do not send to any other email address.

Dympna Daly, Director West Cork Education Centre will oversee the selection of a number of entries for publication.The writers of each published entry will receive a special certificate of publication. See also the notice in next week’s Southern Star. The top entries will be published in Thursday 23rd May edition of The Southern Star.

The theme for this month is: 'Why summer holidays are super in West Cork'

Closing date for receipt of entries is Wednesday 15th May 2019

Please note that this will be the last competition before the Summer holidays!

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West Cork Education Centre,
The Square,
Co. Cork

Eircode: P47 FH27

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