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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Minister McHugh invites applications from schools for second year of Creative Clusters initiative as part of the Creative Ireland programme

Schools invited to work together on creative projects – Minister McHugh

Minister McHugh invites applications from schools for second year of Creative Clusters initiative as part of the Creative Ireland programme

Participating schools will help students learn through a lens of creativity

The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. today invited applications for Creative Clusters, an initiative taking place as part of Creative Ireland and under the Schools Excellence Fund.

Each school will enjoy access to a specialist facilitator, artist or creative expertise in whatever their own chosen area of interest or theme might be. These resources will help the schools build a programme of learning and activities tailor-made for their students. In addition, clusters will receive up to €7,500 funding to help bring their plans and ideas to fruition.

Making the announcement, Minister McHugh said: “This is another fantastic opportunity for schools to work together on a project of their choice. Schools are given complete freedom to design and develop their own project, with support from a local facilitator and their local education centre.

“I hope that this initiative will help schools enhance creativity in their classrooms. It is important that our children are allowed to express themselves and learn to adapt and collaborate. Opportunities such as Creative Clusters are perfect to give students the opportunity to develop these skills.”

The first year of the Creative Clusters initiative has seen schools around the country work together to develop creative projects and collaborate on new ideas based on their local experience and unique perspective. In Kilkenny, St John’s Senior School, St John’s Junior School and Loreto Secondary School are working together using coding to develop innovative projects and support the transition from primary to post-primary school. This project involves students learning a variety of different coding methods and working on coding projects to develop their problem-solving and logical-thinking skills.

St Michael's Post Primary and St Joseph's Secondary School in North County Kerry are also collaborating on an interesting project exploring “the hidden history of North Kerry” using modern technology. This project tasks students with investigating and researching the main tourist sites of the North Kerry region. The students will use modern technology including drones to gather footage which will then be used in a documentary regarding the history of North Kerry. Students will be trained in the appropriate use of technology in the classroom and will also be able to learn valuable skills in the making of the documentary including directing, photography, narrating and producing.

The Schools Excellence Fund is an initiative in the Action Plan for Education. It sets out to encourage and recognize excellence and innovation in our schools. This initiative will help deliver on the Creative Youth pillar of Creative Ireland, which sets out a commitment that every child in Ireland has practical access to tuition, experience and participation in music, drama, arts and coding by 2022.

Applications are available from the Department’s website at the following link: youth.html

The closing date for applications is May 10th 2019.

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Callout for Artists for Teacher Artist Partnership Summer Courses 2019 and Residency Programme in Schools.

Announcing a wonderful opportunity for Artists (all art forms) to broaden their practice, receive training and project fees, develop creative partnerships with teachers, and transform the lives of children in every County in Ireland

CALL OUT FOR ARTISTS for 19th to 23rd August 2019 inclusive


is a Creative Ireland, Department of Education and Skills led and approved Summer Course offering


(across all art forms)


  • Open to artists, working in any art form, who are committed to sharing their practice with children and teachers in a modern primary school environment
  • Specialist, week-long training 19th to 23rd August  2019 in The West Cork Education Centre, Dunmanway to prepare the artist for the unique requirements of working harmoniously in partnership with a teacher within the modern Irish classroom
  • A training allowance of €150 per day over the initial 5-day training/induction week (€750 in total), plus travel with daily lunch provided.
  • Brokerage and development of partnerships with creative teachers, in schools committed to contemporary arts learning and practice and creativity
  • Guarantee of a paid, follow up in-school-residency within a local primary school (Fee €800, plus €100 travel plus €100 materials) to carry out a 20-hour project (14 contact hours plus 6 preparation hours) in partnership with your teacher partner throughout the 2019/2020 academic year
  • Information, learning and networking opportunities for further freelance work within the education system.

Artists must

  • have a track record of a minimum of three years professional practice in any art form
  • demonstrate an interest in / commitment to: the principles of Arts-in-Education and Creativity and to enhancing the lives of children through arts practice
  • be willing to learn about modern classroom culture and to work in equal partnership with teachers
  • Combine a sense of fun, joy and collaboration with professional dedication and high artistic vision
  • Be willing to undertake child protection training as part of the induction week, and undergo standard Garda vetting before taking up project placements.

Successful artists will be contracted by West Cork Education Centre to participate in the training and to deliver a subsequent partnership residency project, but must apply to be part of the scheme in the first instance via the “Call Out For Artists” by the Cork County Council Arts Office and the West Cork Education Centre.

Expressions of interest should be sent to the address below by Friday the 3rd of May 2019.  Expressions of interest should be in the form of a letter of max 600 words, accompanied by a CV or short Bio with links to images or samples of relevant work.  The letter should set out:

  1. Where you trained
  2. A very brief description of your practice
  3. Why you might wish to work in partnership with a teacher and with children in a school setting
  4. What you think qualifies you to take up this opportunity.

Places on this national Creative Ireland CPD initiative, taking place in the local full-time Education Centre training programmes, are limited to four artists per year – 4 Artists per Summer Course.  Final decision on offers of places will be taken by the Director of the local Education Centre in collaboration with the Local Authority Arts Office.

All completed Expressions of Interest/Applications must be returned to

West Cork Education Centre, The Square, Dunmanway, Co. Cork by Friday 3rd May 2019.

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A Handbook of Drama Lessons for the West Cork Teacher Book Launch

Book Launch Monday 29th April  @ 7.00pm

Official Launch byDr. Gerard McHugh
(Former) Director of Dublin West Education Centre (from 2000 - 2018)

Assemble at Sam Maguire Statue in Dunmanway Town Centre and proceed into the West Cork Education Centre

R.S.V.P to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Tuesday 16th April

Refreshments will be served afterwards in West Cork Education Centre


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West Cork Education Centre,
The Square,
Co. Cork

Eircode: P47 FH27

  • Phone 1: +353 (23) 8856756
  • Phone 2: +353 (23) 8856757
  • Fax:+353 (23) 8856752
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