Millstreet Matters: Concern for Ballydaly National School

RATHDUANE NATIONAL SCHOOL: The future of Rathduane National School is under the spotlight as parents and friends go all out to save their local rural based primary school base.

Concerned associates from the greater Ballydaly catchment area are hoping to offset dwindling numbers.

Rathduane National School is an excellent example of a primary school establishment that flourished and adapted to the changing fortunes of time. It has been and, hopefully to parents and friends, will remain a focal point for learning in their small community.

This is a sniplet from the Millstreet Matters column on the Corkman website, which also contains all the other news from the Millstreet area.

Young Scientist 2010: Eveny Costello and Muireann O’Keeffe

Eveny Costello and Muireann O'Keeffe from Millstreet Community School with Minister Batt O'Keeffe at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in the RDS
Eveny Costello and Muireann O'Keeffe from Millstreet Community School with Minister Batt O'Keeffe at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in the RDS. photo: James McSweeney

Their project was “How the Irish Language has influenced the spoken English in Ireland Today”

Young Scientist 2010: Jenifer Murphy & Deirdre McAuliffe

Jennifer Murphy and Deirdre McAuliffe from  Millstreet Community School with Minister Batt O'Keeffe at the BT Young  Scientist and Technology Exhibition in the  RDS
Jennifer Murphy and Deirdre McAuliffe from Millstreet Community School with Minister Batt O'Keeffe at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in the RDS. photo: James McSweeney

Read about their project below: [read more …] “Young Scientist 2010: Jenifer Murphy & Deirdre McAuliffe”

Schools Closed until Thursday 14th January

Schools Closed until Thursday 14th January

The Minister for Education and Science, Batt O’Keeffe TD, has told all primary and post-primary schools to close on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week due to the bad weather.

Minister O’Keeffe took the decision in the interest of the welfare of school children.

The Minister took the decision following a meeting today [Friday] of the Government’s emergency planning group and in the context of the poor weather outlook for the coming days.

Minister O’Keeffe said: ‘I took the decision to close all schools based on my concern for the health and safety of school children in these very challenging weather conditions.

‘I considered, in particular, the forecast for snowfall on Sunday and Monday which will cause further disruption.

[read more …] “Schools Closed until Thursday 14th January”

Schools Closed until next Monday

It was announced last night that due to the treacherous nature of the roads, footpaths and concreted areas, all schools in Millstreet will remain closed until next Monday (11th January). This includes Presentation Convent, Boys National School, Millstreet Community School, Ballydaly National School and Cloghoula National School. There is no information on the other schools. With the freezing weather set to continue into next week, this will have to be reviewed in due course for the first few days of next week.

The schools have now been  off for three weeks over the Christmas period, as they were closed for two days before Christmas for the same reasons. I wonder are the kids happy to be off still, or would they prefer to be back with their friends?

Tastes of Christmas: Photos

Photos from “Tastes of Christmas” which was held at the Community School on Wednesday evening 2nd Dec. Chef Frank Moynihan presented an evening of festive cooking that was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The proceeds from this event, which was promoted by the Transition Year Students,will be going to the “Baby Jacob” fund, The Irish Heart Foundation and Cystic Fibrosis. Many Thanks to all that supported this event. (Jim O`Donnell,Millstreet Community School)

[read more …] “Tastes of Christmas: Photos”

Cloghoula National School – Whole School Evaluation

The Department of Education and Science have published an inspection report on Cloghoula National School. We have added the conclusion below, but the whole report is available to read on the Department’s website. Also available are older reports for all the other schools in the Millstreet area, which are also listed below:

Conclusion:

The school has strengths in the following areas:

  • A highly motivated and dedicated principal and staff.
  • A proactive board of management.
  • A collaborative approach to the work of the school
  • A high quality of education is provided
  • The school environment is happy and stimulating.
  • The children are well-behaved and cooperative.
  • The school is an important focal point in the community and a positive reflection of local customs, practices and expectations.

[read more …] “Cloghoula National School – Whole School Evaluation”

Tastes of Christmas – Wed 2nd Dec

http://homepage.eircom.net/~mcsmar/crest.gifMillstreet Community School are delighted to announce that they have secured the services of Author, Broadcaster and Chef Instructor, Frank Moynihan to present an evening of festive cooking at the School on Wednesday 2nd December at 8pm. All you need to know about preparing the most important meal of the year, and most of all what to do with the leftovers.

A Pinch of This...: Tastes of Home CookingFrank Moynihan will be remembered from his days as Food Correspondent on the Gay Byrne Radio Show on RTE Radio 1 and is author of a best selling cookery book “A Pinch of This”. The School would wish you to know that tickets for this event are limited, and are available from the School Office or any Transition Year Student. The proceeds will go to “Baby Jacob” Fund, the Irish Heart Foundation and Cystic Fibrosis.

Art and Design Course

Back to Education Initiative (B.T.E.I.) F.E.T.A.C. Level 3 Art & Design
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Mondays & Wednesdays 7.00pm to 10.00pm (7 weeks)
Starting Monday November 2nd
Venue: Mallow Return To Education Centre
Course Free for:
Those receiving any Social Welfare Payment
Those with a Medical Card/GP Only Card
Those without Leaving Certificate

To register, contact: BTEI Mallow, Return To Education Centre, Lower Beecher St., Mallow.
Tel. 022-55452

Happy Face Potrait Competition

See full size imageAndrea Todt of PHOTO-Graphics which is the photography service based in the West End of Millstreet is running a photography competition from Wednesday 25th November to Saturday 12th December to find the Happiest Face in Duhallow.

The competition is being run in association with the Presentation National School Fund which recently completed an extension to the school, and is also being supported by a number of local sponsors.

Every participant will have their own 20 minute photography session and the best photo will be chosen to forward to the jury to select the winner. There are two categories:

  • Category A: children from 1 year up to second birthday, and
  • Category B: children from 3 years up to fourth birthday

C1D_4782_6x4As Andrea herself says:

The Happy Face Portrait Competition, for me, focuses on the most important element in any school – the children.

You can read the full note from Andrea; read how to enter the competition; the list of sponsors; and see who will judge the winners.

BTEI Social Studies Course – November

BTEI are running a short FETAC Level 5 Social Studies course in Mallow in early November to service the increased demand for part-time education.  With a huge increase in unemployment, the need for certified up-skilling in a changing workplace is more apparent.

This introductory course offers FETAC Level 5 Social Studies one night per week (7-10pm) over 10 weeks, which aims to give participants an understanding of the core theories and methodologies of Sociology and prepare them for further study at Post Leaving Certificate Colleges in this area.  It is hoped that a second FETAC Level 5 module (Human Growth and Development) will be offered in the New year.

[read more …] “BTEI Social Studies Course – November”

North Cork Enterprise Board Schools Enterprise Programme

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At the launch of the North Cork Enterprise Board Schools Enterprise Programme at Springfort Hall were from left, Winnie Fitzgerald, Presentation Secondary School, Mitchelstown; Derry Morley, Millstreet Community School; Cullen native, Minister for Education, Batt O'Keeffe who launched the programme; Eddrina Casey, Presentation Secondary School, Mitchelstown; Tom Pittam, Millstreet Community School and Marie White, Presentation Secondary School,Mitchelstown. (Photo by Patrick Casey)

Additional BTEI Programmes 2009/10

Millstreet Adult Learning Centre have announced that there are additional Back to Education Initiative (B.T.E.I.) programmes for 2009 / 2010 in the following areas:

Introduction to Childcare Studies (Mallow)

Security Training (Mallow)

Introduction to Organic Horticulture (Killavullen)

Care in the home training (Killavullen)

Introduction to Art (Killavullen)

Introduction to Social Studies (Killavullen)

ECDL IT Training (Fermoy & Mallow)

Healthy Cooking and Nutrition (Fermoy & Mallow)

Youthwork Facilitation (Fermoy & Mallow)

You can visit the Millstreet Adult Learning Centre homepage, and read details of the above courses.

Plastic Kerrymen

When the Cork teams are playing
your heart would fill with pride
what a shame to be a plastic
and support the other side
.
From dear old Ballydaly
back to the county bounds
a strange little creature
in some places can be found
.
So, if you can’t support your own county
we don’t need you anymore
go ahead and pack your bags
and buzz off to Rathmore
.
They’ll send you to Killorglin
a lovely town of note
you’ll be very welcome
they always need a GOAT!

by Jerry Lehane

Transcript recited by Chloe Collins on RTE last Saturday night. Of course there’s lots of them Plastics appearing out since the match last Sunday. “C” reg cars with their kerry flags out the window. To be avoided 😉

Video: Up for the Match

RTE have posted video of “Up for the Match” that was shown last night on RTE1 and included a segment from the Town Park, and the Presentation Convent School.

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Follow this link to get to the video: http://www.rte.ie/player/#v=1055791

Move the video forward to 41:30 and the part from Millstreet is shown, featuring the poem “Plastic Kerryman” written by Jerry Lehane and read by Chloe Collins. The segment ends at 43:45.

The video is only available until October 10th.

Up for the Match: Part 2

Owing to the huge interest in the pictures from a few days ago, her are lots of more photos:

Chloé Collins superbly recited Jerry Lehane's Cork/Kerry poem
Chloé Collins superbly recited Jerry Lehane's Cork/Kerry poem

Magnificent Cork colours in evidence at Presentation N.S., Millstreet on Friday, 11th September for the excitng visit of the RTÉ crew filming for “Up for the Match” scheduled to be broadcast on RTÉ 1 television after the 9pm News this Saturday night   The focus for the sequence was on Chloé Collins who superbly recited Jerry Lehane’s Cork/Kerry poem in front of the many enthusiastic pupils in the school playground …

[read more …] “Up for the Match: Part 2”

Up for the Match

Fr Declan driving the Cork children mad!
Fr Declan driving the Cork children mad!

Wonderfully colourful preparations at Presentation N.S., Millstreet for next Sunday’s All Ireland Football Final between Cork and Kerry in Croke Park. RTÉ came to film a sequence for “Up for the Match” (Saturday 9:30pm on RTÉ1 ) while Cork and Kerry newspaper photographers visited the school on Wednesday, 16th Sept. 2009. Meanwhile Seán Murphy and Margaret Pierce got to hold the real Sam Maguire Cup in Dunmanway last Friday night at the opening of the Sam Maguire Annual Festival. (Seán Radley for www.millstreet.ie )

Lots of more photos below
[read more …] “Up for the Match”

Millstreet Debs 2009

Millstreet Debs 2009 took place on 25th August 2009. A full report on this occasion later, pictures are by Elaine Kelleher. A special mention to Ava and Clodagh two little girls who dressed up for the occasion.

fron the Corkman:

Millstreet Community School pupils replaced school uniforms with glittering ball gowns and dapper tuxedos for their debs ball.

The Millstreet school pupils and friends were out in force at their hosting in the Vienna Woods Hotel, Glanmire.

A distinct air of glamour surrounded the event as beautiful young ladies accompanied by handsome young men had a night to remember as they dined in style and danced to the beat on their big social event of the year.

[read more …] “Millstreet Debs 2009”

Millstreet Adult Learning Centre

Millstreet Adult Learning Centre

Main Street, Millstreet

WOULD YOU LIKE HELP WITH:

Writing Names & Addresses, Filling in forms, Paying Bills, Writing messages, Reading Bus Timetables, Reading Instructions, Notes to Schools, Days of Week/Months of Year, Driver theory preparation, Basic computers

We can offer free and confidential one-to-one support with trained tutors
For further information contact Elaine 086 8337811

More Information:

Back to Education Initiative (B.T.E.I.) ECDL Computer Courses (Starts Sepember 09)

A Testemonial from David

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The homepage for the Millstreet Adult Learning Centre is located at:

http://www.millstreet.ie/Links/adult_learning_centre/

Principal replacing prefabs with bricks

A MILLSTREET school principal has saved the Dept of Education at least €14.6 million after putting forward a proposal to use grant money to build new classrooms rather than waste it on renting prefabricated units.

Joan O’Mahony recently learned that her proposal will now be rolled out nationwide by the Minister for Education, Batt O’Keeffe who hails from nearby Cullen.

The very humorous principal told The Corkman that Millstreet Convent NS has been allowed use its grant aid of €240,000 to build two new classrooms rather than buying prefabricated units.

“We are a country school and know the value of money, and I could not justify spending €240,000 on prefabricated units when I’d have two fine classrooms for it instead,” said Joan O’Mahony.

The school, with over 200 students, was built during the famine.

Read the full article here: http://www.corkman.ie/news/millstreet-principal-leads-drive-to-replace-prefabs-with-bricks-1789574.html

Presentation National School Fundraising

‘CHERISHING THE PAST…BUILDING THE FUTURE’

These two images introduce us to a new webpage which will outline the building programme at the school, the fund-raising efforts, the progress of the actual building and how the challenging task is being addressed with courage and inspiring dedication.

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A dedicated team of helpers (mainly parents of children who are, have or will be attending the school) preparing the fund-raising literature at Presentation N.S., Millstreet on Tuesday, 2nd june 2009.

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Minister for Education and Science, Batt O’Keeffe on Tuesday, 2nd June 2009 reviews progress of the current Building Programme at Presentation N.S., Millstreet. Regular updates will appear on the rapid advancement of the important project.

The Presentation Sisters provided education for the children of Millstreet since the 1840’s. The first school was built as a result of strong conviction, great courage and tremendous sacrifice. Since then, generations of parents continued to make sacrifices for the good of their children. Today, that faithful tradition continues in the people of Millstreet. It is also reflected in the school staff, as they strive to continue working in the spirit of Nano Nagle who said: “Look after the children.”

[read more …] “Presentation National School Fundraising”

VAUGHAN INSPIRES THE MILLSTREET HEROES

Scoil Mhuire Millstreet 2-8
St Mary�s B.N.S.Carrigtwohill 0-4

The sun came out and the dark clouds lifted when the teams came out to contest the boy�s F4 final which was the second match on the Allianz Sciath na Scol football programme at P�irc Ui Rinn yesterday.
With wind advantage Millstreet built up a six point lead by half-time, which was to prove too much for a gallant Carrigtwohill side, whose failure to score from play when winning possession was to prove costly.
The East Cork school opened with a point from an Alan Goggin free in the first minute, but he was to prove their only scorer in the first half when adding two more frees. Millstreet�s best player on the day, midfielder Michael Vaughan scored three points from frees as well as playing outstanding football.
The only goal of the first half came to the North Cork school�s half forward Eric Hickey who beat the busy Carrigtwohill goalkeeper Kieran Baverstock after five minutes. Hickey kicked another good point from 25 metres, with Alan O Connor and half back John O Mahony also scoring to help their side into a 1-6 to 0-3 half-time lead.
St Mary�s made a positional change at the start of the second half, with full-back P�draig Hogan moving to midfield joining the hard-working Cian Buckley with Colm Cronin switching to full-back. These three players won an amount of ball, but the forwards failed to convert possession into scores.
After 11 minutes of close football that did not yield a score, the stylish Vaughan set up Kieran Fraser for a point and when Millstreet scored their second goal through Daniel Daly 13 minutes into the second half, it silenced the Carrig following.
When Shane Devlin scored his only score from play in stoppage time it was just a consolation as Scoil Mhuire Millstreet deserved their win.
Scorers
Millstreet; E Hickey 1-1, D Daly 1-0, M Vaughan 0-3 f, J O Mahony, A O Connor, K Fraser, M Buckley 0-1 each.
Carrigtwohill; A Goggin 0-3 f S Devlin 0-1
MILLSTREET; E Harmon, P Looney, S Cronin, M Desmond, J O Mahony, B O Reilly, K Sheahan, J Kelleher, M Vaughan, E Hickey, A O Connor, K Fraser, D Daly, M Buckley, D Tarrant. Subs S Cotter, P Murphy, E O Callaghan, M Fitzgerald.
CARRIGTWOHILL;K Baverstock, S Casey, P Hogan, C McCarthy, K Murphy, P Deane capt, S Keating, C Cronin, C Buckley, W McCarthy, J Hayes, A Barrett, J Buttimer, J Leahy, A Goggin, R Manley, K O Sullivan, P Ahern, S Devlin, J Kidney, C Keegan, J McCarthy, J Barden, S Rohan.
Referee; David Nolan Douglas.