Friday, October 30, 2020

Oíche Shamhna sa Bhaile


A chairde, 
Ta súil agam go bhfuil sibh ag baint taitneamh as an mbriseadh mean téarma -I hope you're all enjoying the mid-term break. No doubt the children have their costumes ready for the big night tomorrow night. Undoubtedly it'll be a first that they can't go Trick or Treating as normal. Gaeloideachas sent on this page of ideas for activities as Gaeilge for Halloween or Samhain. There are plenty of workseets, activities and even youtube vocabulary lessons to support parents in getting afew words in over the special evening! It's well worth a look...
Bain taitneamh as an tráthnóna!

P. Sinéad

Friday, October 23, 2020

Dear Principal

Just to advise you the West Cork Education Centre has organised a webinar for parents on using Seesaw for Wednesday 11th November at 7pm.  The details on this course will be posted up on website after the midterm break



Title of Webinar:   Seesaw for Parents

Date:  Wednesday 11th November 2020

Time: 7pm









West Cork Education Centre,
The Square,
Co. Cork
Phone: +353 (23) 8856756 / 8856757
Fax: +353 (23) 8856752

Thursday, October 22, 2020

 To the Principal,  

Good afternoon. My name is Jonathan Comerford, I work with Cork Institute of Technology on a project called DojoMór. I am contacting you to ask for your support on behalf of the Higher Education Authority.   

DojoMór is HEA-funded, nationwide, online coding fun-day for young people aged 7 – 17. Multiple workshops will be hosted from 9 locations around the country this Saturday morning. The workshops will deliver fun coding activities like programming a micro-chip, coding a virtual robot, building a software app, making music, building a website, and creating games.   

Attached is more information. If you could circulate the information about this event within the school network that would be great and maybe we can get a few more sign-ups!   

This virtual event starts at 10am on Saturday 24thOctober. There are currently over 4500 registrations from around the country and bookings can be made up until midnight this Friday at    

Workshops include:   

  1. Scratch – Create games and animations   
  2. Lightbot – Programming made easy   
  3. Thunkable – Building a software app   
  4. Vex Robotics – Programming a robot   
  5. Micro:bit – Coding a micro-chip   
  6. HTML – Building a website with code   
  7. Soundtrap – Making music   
  8. Blender – 3D Virtual Modelling   


The event is supported by Cork Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Tralee, Calmast Waterford Institute of Technology, Maynooth University, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology, Offaly County Council and is funded by the Higher Education Authority of Ireland.   

Any and all support is appreciated.   

Best Regards,  

Jonathan Comerford    

DojoMór Project Cork Institute of Technology  

Register Here  

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

From: WCEC Director []
Sent: 20 October 2020 10:32
To: WCEC Info <>
Subject: Hallowe'en ideas


A Chairde,

Please srr below an article by Dr. Josephine Bleach, Director of Early Learning Initiative at National College of Ireland on some lovely ideas for families for Hallowe’en. I worked with Josephine in School Development Planning and she shared this document on Twitter, you may like to share it with your parents. Simon Harris shared it also last evening.

Dea ghuíthe


Dympna sig mar19

Dr. Dympna Daly


West Cork Education Centre,

The Square,


Co. Cork

P47 FH27

Phone: 353238856756



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Early Learning Initiative

Friday, October 16, 2020

Children’s Influenza Vaccination Programme - Kinsale Medical 2020

Children’s Influenza Vaccination Programme - Kinsale Medical ONLY

Kinsale Medical will commence a children’s influenza vaccine clinic for 2 to 12-year old’s next Thursday 22nd and Friday 30th October from 5pm. This clinic will be held in the Primary Care Centre adjoining Kinsale Medical.

This is for children registered to Kinsale Medical, please ring 021 4772253 for an appointment time.

If you or your child is feeling unwell please do not attend your appointment. We would ask you to please cancel your appointment so we can give your appointment time to another child.


Please read carefully the following links. This information and consent form is also available on the Kinsale Medical Website, the consent form should be printed off and brought with you to your child’s appointment.

Supporting the Health and Wellbeing of the VHR Learner

Dear Principal



Health and Wellbeing of Learners who are at Very High Risk to Covid-19  - Webinar for Parents and Teachers

Monday 19 October 2020 at 7:00pm


This webinar will look at possible impacts the current school year is having on Very High Risk (VHR) students and their families.


The focus of this webinar is to provide relatable and practical ideas to support VHR students in these uncertain times.

Topics covered include:

•             What is wellbeing?

•             The Emotional Brain,

•             Wellbeing and The Pillars of Health,

•             Resilience Tools and Ideas to Support VHR Students, and

•             Supporting the VHR Student in Creating a Wellbeing Plan.



Presenter: Dorothy Scarry


Dorothy is a specialist in Psycho-social Risk, Stress Management and Mental Health. She is a member of the Irish National Teachers Organisation, Teaching Council, Association of Health Promotion Ireland and the Society of Occupational Medicine. She is Mental Health First Aider and has also completed further CPD in Health Coaching, Mindfulness and Nutrition. Dorothy has recently co-written the INTO online course Leadership and Wellbeing. As a parent, teacher, mental health specialist and leadership & wellbeing specialist, Dorothy fully appreciates the challenges faced by parents and is well placed to offer guidance to parents in these difficult times.


Book here:





West Cork Education Centre,
The Square,
Co. Cork
Phone: +353 (23) 8856756 / 8856757
Fax: +353 (23) 8856752

Art Psychotherapy Kinsale


I hope you don't mind me emailing you some information. I would drop in with cards or leaflets and to say hello if it wasn't for the times we are living in with covid at the moment!

I am starting up an art psychotherapy practice in Kinsale and specialise in working with children and teenagers. I have several years of experience as a social worker and a child art psychotherapist working within Tusla, CAMHS, disability services etc. I have also worked in schools, including a part-time role in an Educate Together primary school offering 1:1 work for students in need of some support. I have spent the last 3 years working with a therapeutic service for children in Dublin but am returning to Kinsale now.

I know that there is a lot going on for young people at the moment, with the anxiety surrounding the covid situation as well as the changes in terms of school and socialising on top of the usual challenges that can arise. I would be most grateful if you can keep my service in mind for those that may benefit. I have attached a short flyer but I am more than happy to talk to anyone interested in knowing more about the method and how it may be helpful, including the principal or any of the staff at the school. 

Many thanks for your time and best wishes.