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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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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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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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