Friday, 12 May 2017

Notes from R5 meeting - May 11th 2017

Region 5 NAPD meeting on Thursday May 11th 2017
Venue: Harry’s Bar, Langton’s, Kilkenny

The Guest Speakers were Ms. Joan Russell, ETBI and Ms. Margaret Maxwell, Director, Kilkenny EC.

Ms. Joan Russell, ETBI – Instructional Leadership

Ms. Russell gave background information on herself and then background information on the ETBI Instructional Leadership course with Professor Barrie Bennett.
The 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.
One 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.
Ms. 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.

Points of Information: (Pictures of posters attached)
·         A day of Learning for Principals and Deputy Principals will take place on June 19th in Mount Wolseley Hotel, Tullow, Co. Carlow.
·         Instructional Leadership Programme, National Conference 2017, Friday 13th and Saturday the 14th October 2017 in Mount Wolseley Hotel, Tullow, Co. Carlow.

Ms. Margaret Maxwell, Director Kilkenny Education Centre

Ms. 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.

NAPD wishes Margaret the very best in her new role.

·         Next 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

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

May 11th - Instructional Leadership - Getting your staff ready for New JC teaching methodologies!

NAPD Region 5 Meeting - Thursday May 11th 2017

Topic - Instructional Leadership - Getting your staff ready for New JC methodologies!

Venue - Harry's Bar, Langton's Hotel, Kilkenny

Time: 3pm

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.

Refreshments provided,

See you there,

Rachel O' Connor.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Notes from March 2nd meeting - Next meeting is May 11th 2017.

The Guest Speakers were Ms. Clare Ryan, St. Leo’s Carlow and Mr. Leo Hogan, St. Mary’s Academy, Carlow.

Ms. Ryan and Mr. Hogan were present as JCT Associates and delivered a presentation called Curriculum Planning and Timetabling.

·         Those present were informed that a new Circular re: Junior Cycle is due next week.
·         Important documents to read: Framework for Junior Cycle 2015, CC0024/2016, Wellbeing Guidelines for Junior Cycle.
·         Relevant websites:,,,
·         Those present were advised of the new lexicon associated with the new Junior Cycle e.g. syllabus is being replaced with specification.
·         The list of topics discussed were :
o   Key messages for JC
o   Number of Subjects for certification
o   Wellbeing requirements for 2017 and beyond
o   Considering 40 minute and 60 minute classes
o   Timetabling scenarios
o   Next steps
·         Please use the following link which will direct you to the JCT Leadership support page including the Timetabling Spreadsheet.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

NAPD R5 - Curriculum Planning for 40 mins and 1 hour classes - ThursdayMarch 2nd

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 

2.10. Timetabling 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’ knowledge.
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 they study.
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. 

NAPD Region 5 Meeting - Thursday March 2nd

Topic - Curriculum Planning and Timetabling

Venue - Harry's Bar, Langton's Hotel, Kilkenny

Time: 3pm

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.

Refreshments provided,

See you there,

Rachel O' Connor.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Retirees honoured in St. Kieran's College on Tuesday!

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;

  • Frank McKenna 
  • Dorothy Hughes
  • Anne Foley
  • Tony Slattery
  • Seamus Murphy
  • 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 his primary 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.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Rachel O' Connor, Chairperson.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Tuesday Jan 31st - Celebration for recently retired Principals and Deputy Principals

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)

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Words from NAPD President Cathnia O Muircheartaigh - Region 5 Member

Save the date: Tuesday January 31st 2017 - Celebration for our R5 recently retired Principals and Deputies - 4pm the Parlour, St. Kieran's College, Kilkenny.

Cathnia O Muircheartaigh is our NAPD President

*Adapted from Leader Magazine - Winter 2016

Full article available on page 6 of Winter Edition of Leader Magazine

It is a great privilege for me to have been elected as President of NAPD and I look forward to continuing, with the Executive and Director, Clive Byrne, the work that the association is doing for our Principals and Deputy Principals.


Following a very positive internal review of our communications and digital strategy, an action plan to update our website has been put in place. We hope to have a more user - friendly login section available online for our members in the near future. We are aiming to improve the twitter and blogs so that we can communicate regionally with members.

The potentially damaging dispute:

While we do not want to get involved in the current dispute between the DES and the ASTI. I urge all concerned not to hang our school leaders out to dry. This dispute has the potential to cause serious harm within our schools and to leave a lingering sour taste in our staff rooms in the years to come. It's important that all parties to this dispute take responsibility to ensure that this does not happen and that our staffs and leaders are supported in whatever needs to be done.

Teacher Supply:

Lately there has been a lot of discussion on the need for school leaders to ensure a good work-life balance and to look are their own well-being. How many of us can say that we have mastered that art? How many of us spend our family time worrying about school, worrying about our staff, worrying about our schools? This situation gets worse when we are looking for substitutes, be they long-term or short-term. Teacher supply has become a major issue. While we wait patiently (too patiently?) the publication of the report on teacher supply and while we recognise the need for this extra work, the major question of supply, and the lack of suitable candidates in certain subjects needs to be addressed immediately. I would urge the DES to look at this situation as a matter of urgency.

An bpolasaí oideachais Ghaelachta:

Fáiltímid go croíúil roimh an bpolasaí oideachais Ghaeltachta a foilsíodh le déanaí. Tá gá le tacaíocht agus áiseanna a chur le fáil dár gcomhghleacaithe atá faoi bhrú leanúancha sna scoileanna Gaeltachta.