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2nd Issue Out on September 24th

10,000 copies a distributed  to some 500 Secondary Schools all over  Ireland.
FREE to  teachers, education professionals,  school decision makers

Special  Editorial Features will  Include
Technology in the Classroom
1916  Centenary Celebrations Education Programme

Ireland-2016-largeStart planning your school  1916 Centenary Programme now!
Proclamation Day will take place in all educational institutions on March 15th 2016.
The day will start with the raising of the flag followed by reading of the Proclamation.
Schools will also use the occasion to display the results of their Proclamation for a New Generation, to reflect the values, hopes and aspirations of the generation of 2016 and 1916 Ancestry Projects,  trace back your family tree to 1916, along with other arts and drama initiatives and invite parents and the community to see the results of their work.
A 1916 digital resource for schools:This resource will comprise lesson plans based on cultural artefacts relevant to 1916, from the State’s major cultural institutions.
All-island 2016 competitions in history, drama, music and art: These competitions, open to primary and post-primary students, will involve partnerships with the National Gallery of Ireland, the Abbey Theatre, the National Concert Hall, and RTÉ.
Ireland 2016 National Flag resource- This digital resource will provide information on the national flag, including its historical evolution, as well as covering other symbols of the State and of Irish national identity. It will be active for the start of the next school year, in September.
Politics and Society: A new optional Leaving Certificate subject will be trialled in a number of schools in 2016 as a legacy of the commemorations.
1916 academic conference: The definitive academic conference on 1916 will take place in 2016 and be organised on an all-island, and inter-institutional basis.

Junk Couture

Junk Kouture
Junk Kouture is a national competition for second level students which challenges teenagers to create high-end wearable fashion from everyday junk that would normally find its way into the bin. Junk Kouture aims to inspire and ignite passion in these teenagers while at the same time subtly educating them about the importance of recycling and reusing waste. Over the last four years, Junk Kouture has established itself as the premier recycled fashion competition for teenagers throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland.
February 2015 Junk Kouture was well represented on the ‘orange’ carpet in Leister Square, London for the Royal Film Premiere as the two winners of the Bank of Ireland Glamour Prize strutted their stuff while showing off their stylish junk on the Indian inspired carpet alongside Price Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, celebrities and the stars of the The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel film!
Downton Abbey’s Dame Maggie Smith and James Bond’s Dame Judi Dench were part of the all star line up who walked the orange carpet alongside student’s Emma Rose Callaghan from Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana, Co. Donegal and Femi Akinrinde from Malahide Community School on the red carpet. Emma Rose and Femi donned their kouture designs ‘Locked in Time’ and ‘Lost in Translation’ on the catwalk before an overnight stay in the Ritz Hotel.
Locked in Time is a striking design from Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana, Co. Donegal modelled by Emma Rose Callaghan who designed the dress along with Sarah O’Dwyer and their teacher Veronica Buchanan.
Locked in Time derives inspiration from the novel ‘Great Expectations’. Many aspects of the novel are seamlessly fused in the creation. This design won the Bank of Ireland Glamour Prize at the Junk Kouture 2014 final in May.
For more information see www.junkkouture.com

dalogo-newDisney Accelerator is a highly selective, immersive mentorship and investment program for technology-enabled startups in the media and entertainment space. Ten startup companies will be selected to gather in the Los Angeles area for three months to accelerate their ideas and build exciting consumer media and entertainment products.

Each participating team will receive: $120,000 in investment capital
Access to resources, relationships, and characters from across The Walt Disney Company, such as The Walt Disney Studios, Disney Animation, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, ESPN, ABC, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Disney Consumer Products, and Disney Interactive
Support from and access to Techstars’ vast global network of mentors and alumni — an amazing collection of entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators interested in helping participating companies succeed
Dedicated Disney Accelerator working space
Mentor support from key Disney executives and leaders, other entertainment industry leaders, venture capitalists, and the broader entrepreneurial community. An investor Demo Day in October, where each team will present their company and product to entertainment leaders and investors. Please note – all applications should be submitted online (not via the Dublin office).
For further information: http://disneyaccelerator.com/

8a6b5ee2-7154-4bec-aee7-03a20e237754Engineer’s Week from the 8th – 14th of February, is a week in which we celebrate Irish engineers and their achievements. Ireland has produced some great engineers over the years. Henry “Harry” Ferguson (of Massey-Ferguson fame) from Co. Down, who developed the modern agricultural tractor and plough using the 3-point-linkage system, William Dargan from Co. Carlow, engineer of the world’s first commuter railway and Charles Parsons, inventor of the steam turbine to name but a few. The Science & Discovery Zone of the museum is the perfect place to see the best of Irish design and innovation, so what better place to visit during a week devoted to celebrating Irish engineering?


In a major acknowledgment of the success of the exhibition, An Post today unveiled two new stamps celebrating Ireland’s significant contribution to science, one of which has been inspired by the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.
The stamp, designed by Detail, represents both the origins of the exhibition and the role of education in pushing the boundaries of science. It features a rocket illustration to mark the inspirational story behind the exhibition, which began in 1965 when two UCD researchers, Fr. Tom Burke and Dr Tony Scott became inspired on a trip to the USA, after encountering a boy testing a rocket for an upcoming science fair. Both recognised immediately the benefits of bringing science out of the classroom and set about organising a similar event in Ireland.
Now in its 51st year and BT’s proud fifteenth year as organiser, the exhibition has never been more successful. This year they have raised the bar again by adding new technologies such as a smartphone app and expanding the line-up of acts and entertainment.
The exhibition will open to the public from Thursday 8th – Saturday 10th January 2015, with TG4’s
Roisin Ni Thomain and broadcaster Aidan Power returning to compere the opening and award ceremonies. Tickets are available at the door costing €6 for students, €12 for adults and €25 for a family pass. In addition to the 550 student projects on display, the venue will be packed full of science and technology exhibits and exciting shows making it a must-see event.
For information, an exhibition map and schedule of events, visitors can download the FREE BT Young Scientist & TechnologyExhibition app now. Alternatively, log onto www.btyoungscientist.com


AvivaHas your school registered for the Aviva Health’s Schools’ Fitness Challenge?
Aviva Health’s Schools’ Fitness Challenge is a national fitness challenge for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year pupils in secondary schools throughout Ireland. It will run from January to April 2015, assessing the fitness levels of Irish school children and advocating the improvement of their overall health.
A unique initiative
The Schools’ Fitness Challenge is the first initiative of its kind in Ireland. It aims to highlight the importance of fitness to our future health and help make increasing physical activity a national priority. With almost * 90% of Irish children insufficiently active, and the increasing amount of time children spend doing sedentary activities, our goal is to encourage young people to adopt a healthier and more active lifestyle, to positively affect their long term health.
Schools must register by Saturday, 17th January 2015. Schools will receive a registration pack with the bleep test audio on CD and guidelines of how to participate in the Schools’ Fitness Challenge.
Categories and Prizes

Schools can choose to enter one of three categories:

1. All Girls’ School 2. All Boys’ School 3. Mixed School

The Prizes!

There are nine different prize categories, including the prestigious titles of Overall Fittest School and the Overall Most Improved School who will be awarded a Perpetual Cup. Schools also have a chance to win free sports equipment of their choice from Elverys Sports.

Ireland’s Fittest Girls’ School/Ireland’s Fittest Boys’ School/Ireland’s Fittest Mixed School will each win sports equipment of their choice for their school to the value of €500 from Elverys Sports
Ireland’s Fittest School Overall will win an additional €500 worth of sports equipment of their choice for their school (total value of €1000) from Elverys Sports
Ireland’s Most Improved Girls’ School/Ireland’s Most Improved Boys’ School/Ireland’s Most Improved Mixed School will each win sports equipment of their choice for their school to the value of €500 from Elverys Sports
Ireland’s Most Improved School Overall will win an additional €500 worth of sports equipment of their choice for their school (total value of €1000) from Elverys Sports
This year, there’s an additional Teacher Prize of a €500 Elverys Sports voucher. Each PE teacher who registers a class and completes the Challenge (2 bleep tests and a 6 week fitness programme) will be entered in for the chance to win.
For more see http://www.avivahealth.ie/fitnesschallenge

SciFest Grand Finals-3Christopher Carragher announced as overall winner of SciFest 2014!
• Monaghan student picks up top award for an automated system to aid people with memory loss
• Christopher will represent Ireland in the USA at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2015
Christopher Carragher, a sixth year student from Our Lady’s Secondary School, Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan has been named the overall winner of SciFest 2014, for his project Memory Buddy. SciFest is an all-island science initiative which fosters active, collaborative and inquiry-based learning among second level students. This year saw a record number of over 6,000 students exhibiting their projects in local and regional science fairs across the country. Christopher was one of 29 students who went on to exhibit their 15 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) projects at the national final held in the Marino Conference Centre in Dublin. Read More….

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