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Cork ETSS, Bremore ETSS and North Wicklow ETSS among Ireland’s most innovative schools.

According to a recent article in The Irish Times, Cork ETSS, Bremore ETSS and North Wicklow ETSS are among a small number of Irish schools embracing change and developing new and exciting approaches to teaching. The three schools employ a teaching practice called phenomenon-based learning. Quoted in the article, principal of Cork ETSS, Colm O’Connor outlines what this involves: “we move away from content and facts and consider topics from different angles.Topics are explored through different angles such as literature, arts, culture, science, history and so on. Students also get to develop research skills, group work, time management, digital literacy, presentation skills and more.” We’re delighted to see these amazing schools getting the recognition they deserve. You can read the whole article here.

 

The Global Citizenship Education Student Showcase 2018.

Speaking of innovative approaches to teaching and learning, the Global Citizenship Education Student Showcase 2018, an initiative led by students from Educate Together’s network of second-level schools and supported by WorldWise Global Schools, took place on Thursday 10 May at Hansfield Educate Together Secondary School. The exhibition showcased students’ work in the area of Development Education and Global Citizenship. Some of the presentations on display included topics such as Ethical Consumption and Production, Gender Equality and Climate Change. A huge thank you to everyone who made the day such a success and well done to students on some truly exceptional work. Learn more about the event and Development Education here.

 

North Kildare ETNS Garden Highly Commended at Bloom.

North Kildare ETNS has won an award for its garden exhibit this year’s Bloom Festival which took place in the Phoenix park last weekend. The Celbridge school’s parent gardening group created a Postcard Garden (3m x 2m) for the festival entitled “Growing while Learning, Learning while Growing”, which was all about the importance of the natural world for children’s education, personal development and well-being. Principal of North Kildare ETNS, Rita Galvin, commenting on this achievement said the school is “thrilled… as gardening with our pupils has always been a wonderful feature of the school and fits in with our philosophy of holistic education.” Congratulations to all at North Kildare ETNS! Read more here.

 

Marine Plastics Pollution Awareness Week at Aston Village ETNS.

Aston Village ETNS recently held their very own Marine Plastics Pollution Awareness Week to raise awareness of the damage plastics are doing to marine environments. Their week was filled with experiments, activities and field trips all aimed at drawing attention to this growing problem. The school’s Green Schools Committee put a lot of effort into preparing for the week and even went as far to create a brilliant educational video that informs viewers about the dangers of plastic pollution in seas and oceans and what we need to be doing to tackle this issue. As Friday was World Ocean Day, why not check out the Green Schools Committee’s video here and learn what you can do to help conserve our seas and oceans.

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