Perhaps you’ve always wished you could strum along during a singsong! Maybe you fancy yourself as the next Jimmy Page! You may even already have a guitar sitting idly in the corner! Well dust off that instrument, get ready to play until your fingers bleed, and sign up for Guitar courses starting in the coming weeks at the following schools:
• Bishopstown CS (online), starts w/c 22 Feb
• Hartstown CS (online), starts w/c 22 Feb
• Old Bawn CS, Dublin 24, starts w/c 7 Mar
• Mary’s College, Naas, starts w/c 12 Apr
Enrolments are now being taken at all these schools.
Online French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, English and Irish language courses available this springRead Now
The emphasis of the language courses run at schools in our network tends to be on improving conversational aspects of the language, in preparation for holidaying and travelling in a foreign country. The following are the language classes being offered for the Spring 2021 Term:
• Ashbourne CS, Meath: Spanish; starts w/c 15 Feb
• Bishopstown CS: Spanish; starts w/c 22 Feb
• Carrigaline CS, Cork: Spanish; starts w/c 15 Feb
• Hartstown CS: English, French, Irish, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish; start w/c 22 Feb
• Old Bawn CS - English, Irish; start w/c 8 Mar
• Scoil Mhuire CS, Clane - French, German, Italian, Irish, Spanish; start w/c 1 Mar
• St Mary’s College, Naas - English, Italian, Spanish; start w/c 22 Feb
Spring 2021 classes are now available for booking. Classes start in the coming weeks.
Read more about the Spanish classes at some of our Cork schools here, here and here
Did you know that Pilates offers a host of physiological and psychological health benefits? Completing regular Pilates routines can result in increased strength, flexibility, muscle tone, coordination and balance, reduced stress and anxiety, enhanced concentration, and improved circulation and nerve function.
Schools running online Pilates Classes this term include:
• Hartstown CS, Dublin: starts w/c 22 Feb
• Old Bawn CS, Dublin: starts w/c 8 Mar
• Scoil Mhuire CS, Clane: starts w/c 1 Mar
Spring 2021 classes are now available for booking. Classes start in the coming weeks.
Community and Comprehensive schools within the NACED Adult Education network offer classes in a wide range of subjects, including Art and Crafts, Languages, Cookery, Computers, Exercise, DIY and Self-Development. Most courses will be running online this term.
Do you have a fancy camera that you don't really know how to use? Would you like to know more about taking and editing photos to be proud of? This spring, you'll be able to attend a Digital Photography course, via one of our Adult Education centres, from the comfort of your own home!
The following schools will be running online photography classes over the coming months:
• Hartstown CS: starting w/c 22 Feb
• Old Bawn CS: starting w/c 8 Mar
• Scoil Mhuire CS, Clane: starting w/c 1 Mar
• St Mary’s College, Naas: start date tbc
Accredited course available
Scoil Mhuire in Clane are running three photography courses, including the QQI Certified Level 5 Component Module in Digital Photography (5N1270). This course covers the theory and practice of digital photographic production, including editing using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.
Enrolment is now available for courses at the above schools. Courses will start from late February.
The QQI Level 5 module Care of the Older Person is designed to equip the learner with the skills and knowledge to care for the older person and their specific needs. Learners will demonstrate good work practice, understand the concept of the ageing process, be able to meet the full range of needs of older people in a variety of care settings and enhance the quality of life of the older person. This module is a component of Level 5 Healthcare Support Award (5M4339), but can be taken as a stand-alone piece of learning/CPD.
The following schools will be running the Care of the Older Person module online this term:
• Hartstown Community School, Dublin 15 (starting 22 Feb)
• Gorey Community School, Wexford (starting 15 Feb)
• Scoil Mhuire Community School, Clane, Co Kildare (starting 3 Mar)
• St Mary's College, Naas, Co Kildare (started this week)
Care of the Older Person is just one of a broad range of certified and hobby courses running at the 30 or so schools within the NACED/Adult Education Ireland network. You’ll find further details on all the schools within our network, and details of courses they are running, via our website. Courses start in the coming weeks.
Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world, and a popular evening class subject at many of our schools. The following schools will be running online Spanish courses for adults this term:
• Ashbourne CS, Meath: Intermediate; starts w/c 15 Feb
• Bishopstown CS, Cork: Beginners; starts w/c 22 Feb
• Carrigaline CS, Cork: Beginners; Improvers; Intermediate; start w/c 15 Feb
• Donahies CS, Dublin: Beginners; starts w/c 15 Feb
• Hartstown CS, Dublin: Beginners, Improvers, Intermediate; start date TBC
• Scoil Mhuire, Clane: Beginners; Improvers; start w/c 1 Mar
• St Mary’s, Naas: Beginners; Improvers; start w/c 22 Feb
These courses focus on conversational Spanish, helping you gain functional spoken Spanish for holidays and business trips.
Spanish is just one of a broad range of certified and hobby courses running at the 30 or so schools within the NACED/Adult Education Ireland network.
Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, courses will be run live online this term. This means that participants across the country will have access to courses this term, even those who are not geographically close to one of our Adult Education delivery sites!
Below are details of the schools which will be running popular QQI certified SNA courses this term.
Level 5 Special Needs Assisting (5N1786)
• Ashbourne CS, Meath, starts w/c 15 Feb
• Gorey Community School, starts w/c 15 Feb
• Portmarnock CS, Dublin, starts w/c 15 Feb
• St Mary’s, Naas, starts w/c 22 Feb.
Level 6 Special Needs Assisting (6M1957)
• Ashbourne CS, Meath, starts w/c 15 Feb
• Donahies CS, Dublin, starts w/c 15 Feb
• Portmarnock CS, Dublin, starts w/c 15 Feb
• St Mary’s, Naas, starts w/c 22 Feb
Special Needs Assisting is just one of a broad range of certified and hobby courses running at the 30 or so schools within the NACED/Adult Education Ireland network. Courses will be run online this term and start in the coming weeks.
Community schools all over the country have adapted to Covid-19 by offering classes either online or a mix of face-to-face and online.
St Colmcille’s Community School in Dublin 16’s Knocklyon has responded to these unprecedented times by offering a variety of online classes.
All classes will be through the online platform, Zoom, and will run for six weeks. Starting on 2 November, the classes will take participants nicely up to Christmas – a welcome break for everyone this year.
When we travel again
For those thinking of holidaying in 2021, French and Spanish will prepare you for that holiday in Paris or Rome, the Riviera or Lake Garda!
Bridge and Creative Writing will keep brains ticking over – with writers having plenty of time this winter to tease out character angles and plot lines.
Mind, body, spirit
Pilates will be useful in keeping people supple while Daoist Yoga and Qi Gong tend to the physical, mental, and spiritual needs of practitioners.
And, if you feel Christmas needs to be different to any other year, the Italian Cookery class will certainly shake things up!
Lifelong learning during the pandemic
This year, as Ireland enters its second year, make lifelong learning all the more important. Hobbies and leisure activities are vital in terms of physical and mental health. As the nights close in, open up your digital device, and welcome in a new world and a new community to your life.
Find out more about night classes in St Colmcille’s Community School, Knocklyon, Dublin 16 on their website, Facebook and Twitter.
Securing that all-important H4 in Higher Level Irish in the Leaving Cert can be a challenge. Bishopstown Community School in Cork city offers a night class in the European Certificate in Irish (Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge [TEG]) as a chance to get those all-important points.
“The course is ideal for people who want to get into primary school teaching or who want to teach Irish in secondary school and who did not get the points they needed in the Leaving Cert.” So said Robert Goggin, who delivers the TEG course. Robert himself teachers Irish, English, and History in the day school.
Irish oral examination
“We cover listening comprehension, reading comprehension, and I prepare learners for the oral Irish examination. The oral exams are usually in April and August, but the next one is in January now because the previous one was cancelled due to the pandemic.”
This is high-level Irish, then, and much more that the cúpla focail ! “Most of the learners in the class are in their final year of college and want to teach Irish – so they would be in their early to mid-20s. We also have learners who have gone back to education and want to get to that higher level of Irish.”
Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge
The TEG provides a series of general Irish language proficiency examinations and qualifications for adult learners of Irish. TEG exams give candidates an opportunity to show their ability in speaking, listening, reading and writing Irish at different levels, as absolute beginner to intermediate and advanced levels.
The TEG is administered by the Centre for Irish Language at Maynooth University and allows learners to undertake examinations at five different levels of proficiency.
“Depending on the requirements of the college learners are applying to, our students would need to be doing the B1 and B2 -Intermediate - levels,” said Robert. Levels A1 and A2 might suit beginners, with C1 a more Advanced Level.
Professional Masters in Education
Institutions of education around Ireland that offer the Professional Masters in Education (PME - Primary Teaching) often require applicants to take the TEG Intermediate Level 1 (B1) Irish-language oral examination.
This follows a Department of Education and Skills decision in 2018 to have one oral Irish examination for students seeking to gain entry to post-graduate programmes for primary teaching in DCU, Maynooth University, Marino Institute of Education, and Mary Immaculate College in Limerick. These are the four state-funded providers of primary teacher training.
Find out more about night classes in Bishopstown Community School, Cork, on the Adult Education website page or on Facebook.
A new Entrepreneurship for Women programme has started in the Adult Education Department in Gorey Community School, Co Wexford.
“We identified this area as a need to be filled in our area,” said Fintan Kemple, Director of Adult Education in the school. Indeed, nationally, promoting female entrepreneurship is viewed as a key source of job creation and innovation and a necessary step for addressing income inequality and social exclusion.
Particular factors affect female entrepreneurship, including lower levels of self-confidence, lacking visible role models, fewer networking opportunities, and a greater fear of failure.
This programme has been designed to create a community of women who want to get a business idea off the ground. It will help them to develop the skills to become an entrepreneur and to fine-tune and develop their business idea.
“We are running the programme through three QQI Level 5 modules – Entrepreneurial Skills, Personal Effectiveness, and Communications,” said Fintan. “So, the participants will get to research, test, and get the groundwork done to progress their business through the assignments. This makes the course of real practical benefit to the participants.
“The plan is to have speakers from relevant funding organisations as well as other women in existing businesses address the group. And, again, this is about making sure that the programme is tailored to the needs of the participants. Everything about the course is designed to move their business idea along and to help them prepare a business plan.
The course is particularly relevant now, said Fintan, as women continue to be under-represented as entrepreneurs. In Ireland, more men than women actively plan and start new businesses. And research has shown that the rate of entrepreneurship among women in Ireland is eighth highest in Europe. The rate of entrepreneurship among men in Ireland is the fourth highest.
The course is delivered by Deirdre O’Flynn, who has run a content and training bureau in Wicklow and Wexford for over 20 years. She also facilitates a network of women in business management, the professions and the arts, which meets monthly.
The programme is funded under the Back to Education Initiative, which aims to give qualifying participants an opportunity to combine a return to learning with family, work, and other responsibilities.
You will find details of all night classes in Gorey Community School on their website, on Facebook, and Instagram.
The lockdown and social distancing has made a video star of gardening tutor Linda Gilsenan! Maybe a reluctant video star, but she does include videos from her own garden in her Design Your Own Garden night class in Boyne Community School, Trim, Co Meath.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the school is offering a mix of face-to-face and online classes on Monday nights in the Autumn term. Linda’s Design Your Own Garden night class will be online.
A designer of wildlife-friendly gardens for individuals, community groups, and companies, she is an organic gardener passionate about biodiversity. “With the videos, I can bring people into the garden, show them what I am talking about, and then they can ask questions afterwards.”
Examples of her recent work include designing planting beds for biodiversity with a Tidy Towns group and a webinar on how to propagate plants. “You have to adapt – as gardeners, we’re not really into technology, we want to be outdoors, growing things. There’s a lot of work in the videos – my husband videos me talking and is able to get close-ups of the work involved in the garden.”
Interest in garden spaces
Gardening experienced something of a renaissance during the lockdown earlier in 2020. “Because people were at home then – and may be at home again next Spring – they wanted their gardens to look nice. They saw the garden as a social space and started to look at it more creatively.”
But deciding what you want in and from your garden takes a little analysis. “In the class, we start from scratch. So, I get them to observe their garden space in terms of where the sun shines, what shelter is there, what way does the wind blow.
“I ask them what they want from the garden. Is it a play area? Do they want to sit in the sun or the shade? Is there a clothes line, a shed? What do they want the garden to do?
“If you’re designing a garden, look at where you spend you time inside when you are looking out? If you want flowers and colour, place them right beside your house so you’ll see them and be able to keep an eye on them in terms of maintenance.
“In the class, we look at the sun, soil types, the types and size of plants, trees, and shrubs, flowers and bulbs, climbing plants.”
Biodiversity is a huge interest for Linda, and she points to the loss of hedgerows and hay meadows as a concern. “Plants are great for wildlife, and fruits trees for pollinators. We wouldn't have apples without bees pollinating – as humans, we want to be out and about in nature and our gardens, and we can do that without hindering biodiversity.”
A former operations manager in the The Sanctuary, a meditation centre for social change in the heart of Dublin city, Linda used to teach gardening courses and has brought that ethos with her into her work.
In the Spring, she will deliver an Organic Gardening class in Boyne CS, focusing on vegetables, fruit, and herbs.
And, with biodiversity and the natural world coming more to the fore every day, her classes are right on trend!
You’ll find Linda Gilsenan, Wild Way Garden Design, on Instagram.
Details of night classes offered by Boyne Community School are available on the Adult Education Department’s website and Facebook.
Scoil Mhuire Community School in Clane, Co Kildare, offers a diverse range of day and night classes this autumn for adults. The range covers certified and QQI courses, IT, business, languages, arts, beauty, fashion, human behaviour, dance, sport, fitness, music, drama, self-development, health and safety, crafts, gardening and more!
QQI modules include the Level 5 Major Awards in Early Childhood Care And Education and Healthcare Support. Other QQI modules include Digital Photography, Bookkeeping, Digital Marketing, Medical Terminology, and Train the Trainer.
Interesting Hobby and Leisure Classes
A range of interesting hobby and leisure classes is on offer – we’ve just picked a handful but there is so much more to choose from!
Interesting courses include Bee Keeping, designed to take the mystery out of backyard bee keeping as a hobby. This course opens the lid of the honey bee’s hive, enabling the novice beekeeper to understand this complex and fascinating world. It will explore the life cycle of the hive, what happens when the bees swarm and so much more. The course content includes recognising bees (worker, drone, queen), the hive, equipment, seasons (Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring and activities in each), stings, swarms, feeding, harvesting honey, pests, and diseases.
Somatic Movement Education is offered by day and night. It is a gentle, safe, and highly effective way to end chronic pain, improve balance, flexibility and posture and relieve day-to-day stress. Participants learn to practice a series of easy and comfortable movements through different areas of the body, to help free the body from patterns of habitual muscular tension, lengthening muscles back to their natural, relaxed state to allow for pain free movement. Somatic movements can help with many issues from mobility for the aging, through to pain/stress management and injury rehabilitation.
Chakradance is a wellbeing practice, involving movement meditation to beautiful music, helping release blocked energy and bringing more joy, freedom, and balance into your life. Often called ‘the musical sister of yoga’, learners will be guided into their own free movement, in a candlelit space with their eyes softy closed. A gentle journey inwards will help participants reconnect with themselves as they take time out from today’s busy world.
Sports psychology is of huge interest today as teams look for extra margins to improve team wellbeing and performance. This course is a basic introduction to improve the understanding of the basic principles and theories of sport psychology. The following areas will be covered: goal setting, imagery, self-talk, motivation, communication, team cohesion, leadership, and injury. It will also address how to apply some of these principles to a real sport environment. This course is aimed at coaches, athletes, and anyone with an interest in the area of sport psychology.
According to the adult education’s brochure, given the current situation with the Covid-19 pandemic, it is hoped to run courses as closely as possible to the way they have always been run. “This being the case, we are looking at the university guidelines for face-to-face classrooms and this means having small classes in large class rooms in order for us to observe physical distancing rules.”
However, as with every school in the country, there is a need to prepare for blended delivery of courses. “This will mean that depending on the advice from the government regarding tightening or loosening the control measures of lockdown, we might have to switch to online classes at short notice.
“As a consequence, people who are thinking of applying for our courses for 2020-2021 will need access to a personal computer or laptop to take part in distance learning. We will do our utmost to give you the best learning experience that circumstances allow and hope to be able to continue with our preferred face-to-face classroom-based teaching for as long as possible and it is safe to do so.”
Courses start the week beginning 5 October 2020.
You can find all the details on further education and training from Scoil Mhuire Community School in Clane, Co Kildare online and on Facebook.