NAPD has developed an extremely active Professional Learning Network (PLN) at Regional level, based on the 9 Regions nationwide. NAPD has a dedicated Regions coordinator. You can get more information about your region by following this site and Twitter account - @NAPDRegion5
Region 5 Summer Seminar 2017 - Kelly's Resort Hotel, Rosslare
June 16th and June 17th 2017
and Deputy Principal,
attached booking form for our annual seminar in Kelly’s Resort hotel in Wexford
which will take place on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th
June. Rooms are limited so please book
early to avoid disappointment.
a Positive school environment benefits effectiveness and well-being"
Jacinta is a former primary teacher, a lecturer in Trinity College on
leadership and management (M.Ed.) course and Marino Institute on Emotional
Intelligence and Communication on the B.Ed. and B.Sc. courses. She has also
worked with schools for over twenty years on positive environment issues with
extensive expertise in workplace bullying.
Author of books such as Positive Behaviours, Relationships and Emotions
and The Heart of Leadership in a School.
Having presented at NAPD National Conference we are delighted to welcome
Jacinta to our seminar where we are sure that she will deliver another
inspiring session for our Region 5 members.
8.00pm Evening Meal
Saturday 17th June
10.30am Mr Joe O’Connell
‘Top 20 comments all leaders
hear and how to process them!’
Joe O’ Connell is retired
Director of Limerick Education Centre, he is also a former post-primary school
principal and held the position of Director of St. Senan’s Education Office,
the education secretariat for the Catholic Dioceses of Limerick, Kerry and
Killaloe. Joe has extensive experience in addressing issues around challenging
behaviour and the management of relationships and communication within and
across the school community. Joe currently supports the work of the Centre for
School Leadership and is academic advisor to LCETB on Leading Learning and
We are delighted to
welcome Joe to our seminar this year and look forward to what promises to be a
humorous reflection on the role of senior management.
the appointment of so many Deputy Principals and Principals this year, NAPD
Region 5 would like to take this opportunity to extend an invitation to these
new appointees to join us in Kelly’s and we would appreciate if you could
forward this information and booking form to them on our behalf. This is an excellent opportunity for newly
appointed Principals and Deputies to meet in the relaxed surroundings of Kelly’s
and to perhaps gather some useful information and contacts for the years ahead.
would also like to point out that NAPD National Conference will take place on
the 19th & 20th October in the Malton Hotel,
Killarney. Please use the following link
to make an early booking and assure yourself of a place:
is obviously a special year for NAPD Region 5 as our President for 2017-2018 in
Mr Cathnia O’Muircheartaigh, Principal of Pobal Scoil Osraí and it be nice to
mark this special occasion with a strong representation from Region 5.
you have any queries pleased do not hesitate to contact me.
The Guest Speakers were Ms. Joan Russell, ETBI and
Ms. Margaret Maxwell, Director, Kilkenny EC.
Joan Russell, ETBI – Instructional Leadership
Russell gave background information on herself and then background information
on the ETBI Instructional Leadership course with Professor Barrie Bennett.
Instructional Leadership course is a 2-year residential programme. Cohort 10 is
due to start in October 2017 with a waiting list for cohort 11 currently being
filled due to start in October 2018.
of the main aims of the Instructional Leadership Programme is to develop a
teachers language and skills around Teaching and Learning. Teachers that attend
look at the science behind the different methodologies used in the classroom,
e.g. groupwork, mindmaps, traffic light systems etc. The IL programme brings
these strategies back to the basics and creates a safe environment for both
Teaching ans Learning to take place. Ms. Russell mentioned that the ILP is now
being mentioned, and in some instances recommended, in DES inspection reports.
The IL Programme also lends itself to many frameworks that schools must now
work within e.g. Looking at Our Schools, 2016.
Russell said that the ILP programme would like to connect with NAPD both
regionally and nationally in order to promote and support the ‘train the
trainer’ ideology behind Professor Barrie Bennett’s vision.
of Information: (Pictures of posters attached)
day of Learning for Principals and Deputy Principals will take place on June 19th
in Mount Wolseley Hotel, Tullow, Co. Carlow.
Leadership Programme, National Conference 2017, Friday 13th and
Saturday the 14th October 2017 in Mount Wolseley Hotel, Tullow, Co.
Ms. Margaret Maxwell, Director Kilkenny
Maxwell is the newly appointed Director of Kilkenny Education Centre. She
welcomed this opportunity to engage with Post Primary Leaders. She spoke about
the work and programmes on offer in the centre. She encouraged that teachers
contact the centre to act as facilitators/tutors. She spoke about the upcoming
Research Conference on June 19th 2017–see picture attached.
wishes Margaret the very best in her new role.
meeting is our Summer Seminar in Kelly’s Hotel on June 16th and 17th 2017. Correspondence will
be sent to the region.
Places are limited so if you would like to provisionally
book a room please email
Topic - Instructional Leadership - Getting your staff ready for New JC methodologies!
Venue - Harry's Bar, Langton's Hotel, Kilkenny
Guest Speakers - Ms. Joan Russell, Director of Schools Support Services, ETBI
Joan Russell is Director of Schools Support Services for ETB Ireland. Joan was instrumental in engaging Barrie Bennett
for the Tullow conferences that inspired the ILP, Joan was Education Officer with Cork
ETB following a period as Acting CEO of Co Cork VEC. Joan is responsible for implementing a strategic vision for the future development of
the ILP, among other duties. What is Instructional Leadership? The theory fosters in teachers a greater awareness of how their actions can impact on critical factors or concepts that affect student learning, such as motivation, novelty, authenticity, safety and accountability. Furthermore, teachers who are instructionally intelligent are acquainted with the extent to which learning may be affected by a range of instructional organisers such as diverse learning styles, multiple intelligences, brain research, ethnicity, gender or “at risk” environments.
All Principal's and Deputy Principal's from Region 5 are welcome to attend.
Our next meeting for Region 5 NAPD is Thursday March 2nd, 2017
Circular Letter 0024/2016
Arrangements for the Implementation of the Framework for Junior Cycle with
particular reference to
school years 2015/16 and 2016/2017
The teaching and learning activities that will take place in the revised junior cycle
programmes will encompass a wider range of activities, a new balance between
the development of skills and competences and the development of students’
To facilitate this learning and the implementation of good formative
assessment practices, a minimum class period of 40 minutes will be required. As
at present, certain subjects will require double class periods (2 x 40 minutes)
during the school week.
As soon as it is practicable to do so, schools should move
to ensure that class periods of less than 40 minutes are not timetabled. Some
schools may find the use of longer class periods of up to 60 minutes (rather than
40 minutes), more suited to the learning needs of their students and the subjects
It should be noted that, for the 2017/18 and subsequent school years, all class
periods must be of no less than 40 minutes duration and that class periods of less
than 40 minutes duration may not be timetabled.
Guest Speakers - Ms. Clare Ryan, Principal St. Leo's Carlow and Mr. Leo Hogan, Principal, St. Mary's Carlow.
Both of our guest speakers are Leadership Associates with JCT. Leo Hogan was also a guest speaker at a recent PDST Forbairt meeting where he discussed the change over to 1 hour classes, the advantages and pitfalls.
All Principal's and Deputy Principal's from Region 5 are welcome to attend.
Tuesday evening saw the annual gathering of Regional 5 members to honour our recent Retirees. The gathering took place in The Parlour of St. Kieran's College in Kilkenny hosted by Principal Adrian Finan. A very special thank you to Adrian and St. Kieran's who gifted the refreshments to NAPD.
The nominators all spoke glowingly about the Retirees and all wished each any one a very healthy & happy retirement. A common theme throughout all the speeches was the importance of supporting each other and how NAPD provided an important conduit for that to happen.
The Retirees honoured included;
John J Haugh (in absentia)
Kathleen Hession (in absentia)
Each retiree was presented with a small gift from NAPD President, and Region 5 member, Cathnia O Muircheartaigh.
After the speeches by both the Retirees and Nominators, NAPD heard from Guest Speaker Dr. David Carey, Consulting Psychologist. David was employed for many years as the Coordinator of Special Education and Programme Development at the Froebel College of Education, one of Ireland’s five primary teacher-training colleges. He has recently decided to pursue hisprimary interests, the private practice of psychology and writing books. He is a psychologist with 25 years experience in both clinical and educational settings. David's dulcet tones can be heard regularly on Newstalk as a guest on the Moncreiff Show!
David spoke very eloquently about the transition from working life to retirement and had advice abound for our retirees! David also spoke to the 30 guests present about the power that we have as educators to change, save and shape the lives of the young people in our care. David was a pleasure to listen to and delivered a truly uplifting and thought provoking speech to R5 members.
The evening then moved to Rinuccini's Restaurant, Kilkenny for a lovely meal.
Our next meeting will be held in Langton's Kilkenny on March 9th at 3pm. Full details to follow.
All R5 members are invited to attend our next NAPD meeting to celebrate with our recent retirees both Principals and Deputy Principals
Date: Tuesday January 31st
Venue: The Parlour, St Kieran's College, Kilkenny
Time: 4pm - Please be advised to arrive early to avoid school traffic congestion!
Presentations to take place from 4pm to 5pm.
Guest Speaker: Dr. David J. Carey
Topic: "Staying Alive: Challenges and Opportunities After Retirement"
A lighthearted look at the joys and challenges of retirement following a lifetime in education. Knowing how to fill your life's spirit with joy while at the same time keeping your brain involved in giving the wisdom you have gained through years of hard work is the major task of retirement. Learning how to find continued purpose in life will be a challenge for some and an opportunity to most.
David J. Carey is a psychologist with over 25 years experience in both clinical and educational settings. Trained in America he has been associated with Don Dinkmeyer, Ph.D, author of over 30 books and the founder of the Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) which is used throughout the world. Dr. Dinkmeyer was David’s mentor during his doctoral studies. David has also studied with Albert Ellis, Ph.D., one of the pioneers of cognitive-behaviour therapy. During his course of study David was enrolled in the Institute for Rational-Emotive Therapy in New York. Followed by Dinner for those who wish to attend @ 6pm: Rinnucinni Restaurant, The Parade, Kilkenny (Cost €20-€30 approx)