Christmas in the Future - Star Writers

A Chairde,

It’s that time of year again! Yes the Southern Star wants to publish your pupils’ Christmas stories in their Christmas magazine. This year the title is ‘Christmas in the Future’. Please see details on the attached flyer! Closing date is Friday 12th November at 5p.m. Email one entry per school please to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., along with pupil’s name, age, class and their photograph.


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PDST Primary Digital Portfolios Initiative for 2021-2022

Dear school principal and teachers, 

The Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) will be commencing Phase 2 of its Formative Assessment Using Digital Portfolios initiative for primary schools in November. It is envisaged that 36 schools in total from Dublin, Cork and Galway will be involved in this programme throughout the school year 2021/ 2022. This initiative focuses on the manner in which formative assessment can be effectively supported and enhanced in the classroom through the use of digital portfolios. Reflection upon this process will form a core component. 

Engagement in this project will involve the following key aspects: 

  • Staff completion of a short online digital portfolio course (1.5 hours in duration) prior to November 17th, designed and delivered by PDST’s online learning platform TeacherCPD.ie. 
  • Attendance at an online webinar on Nov 17th from 4pm - 5pm exploring the initiative and it’s key tenets. 
  • Three school visits per school from a PDST advisor to support teachers in exploring, creating and using digital portfolios for formative assessment, along with a potential online support session. 
  • Attendance at a Shared Learning Day in April. The format of this event will be in keeping with any potential public health guidelines at the time. If the event is face-to-face then sub cover will be provided for one teacher per school and the school principal if required.

If you wish to take part in this initiative, please complete the online expression of interest form here. Alternatively, this form is also available at www.pdst.ie/DigPortfolioForm. Closing date for expressions of interest is October 18th at 5pm. Schools will be randomly selected to participate and successful applicants will be contacted in late October.

If you have any queries regarding this pilot, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Kind regards, 

Michael Mc Namara Realtín Berry PDST Team Leader for Digital Technologies PDST Team Leader for STEM

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2021 FTA National Conference.

We are delighted to be able to send you the details of the 2021 FTA National Conference. This year, we are holding it through Zoom on October 16th, starting at 9am. We have a great variety of speakers so something should appeal to everyone. More details can be found by going to our website fta.ie or clicking on this link: https://fta.ie/congres-national-2021/

Registration is €10 and can be done through this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_B-e3SULSQ0udYJHNxlJZ0Q 

Participants will be able to join from 8.45am on the day.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming teachers of French at primary and post-primary level. 

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Scríobh Leabhar project 2022

Please see below some information on the Scríobh Leabhar project 2022. We hope to be involved in this project and will be inviting registrations straight after the Christmas Holidays.


In the meantime, if any school would like to start the preparation of their books, further information is available on the below sheet.


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