Monday, 17 December 2018

Merry Christmas from Region 5!

NAPD Region 5 wishes all Principals and Deputy Principals a very restful Christmas and a Peaceful New Year!

Save the Date: January 24th - Our annual retirement Function! Details to follow!

Monday, 19 November 2018

NAPD R5 Meeting - Thursday 29th November 2018

Dear Colleague,

Following on from feedback at the last regional meeting and a request that was made to secure a speaker regarding Child Protection Inspections please note the following:

Thursday November 29th Hotel Kilkenny 

Mr Ger Power, Post Primary Inspectorate 

will present 

Child Protection and Safeguarding Inspections

Once again, a light lunch will be available for member attending from 2pm with the presentation scheduled to begin at 3pm.   

An agenda will issue closer to the date.  If there are any issues you would like addressed at this meeting please email me asap.

Darius Delahuty

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Notes on Region 5 AGM - Oct 4th 2018

NAPD Region 5 AGM took place in Hotel Kilkenny on Oct 4th 2018.

Our next meeting will be held at Conference 2018 in Galway!

There were approximately 30 Principals and Deputy Principals in attendance.


Domhnall Fleming gave a very thought provoking speech on 'Student Voice'

The main points covered and topics discussed included:

(the following are summary notes of the presentation given)

  • Understandings and definitions around student voice:
  • The scripts - policy and curriculum
  • Challenges and Opportunities
  • A student voice within the classroom
  • An insight into the potential of student voice in engagement, participation and learning
  • Student Voice: its multi faceted - more than just THE student voice
  • What is heard? What actions result from this? Michael Fielding, 2001
  • Its about their engagement and the extent of their experiences. Not just have a student council for the sake of it.
  • Student Leadership? A cop out in terms of student voice. These roles don't necessarily give students a voice.
  • Cacophony of competing voices. - doing of it and managing of it
  • Teachers consulting with students in the classroom. Feedback from students given to teacher but sought from the teacher. Open dialogue between both.
  • Pedagogical approaches to take control of their own learning.
  • Enabling learners. UNCRC
  • Space, voice, audience, response and action. - LUNDY, 2007
  • New Junior Cycle - formative assessment. - students providing feedback to their teacher.
Our AGM took place after this presentation.
Minutes from last years AGM were read. No matters arising.
Discussion took place about guest speakers and initiatives such as 'teachmeet'.
Executive report given by ROC to the group.
Elections took place as follows:

Chair:  Siobhan Landers DP
Secretary: Darius Delahunty DP
Treasurer: Adrian Finan P 
Executive Rep: Rachel O'Connor P
Noreen Reilly P
Shane Hallahan P
Cathnia O'Muircheartaigh
Detta Cahill
Shay Bannon

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

NAPD R5 Meeting- Oct 4th in Kilkenny

Proposed agenda for Thursday October 4th:

Guest speaker:

Mr Domnall Fleming

Presentation title:

Fostering student voice at post-primary level in schools: Reflections on research and practice

The presentation will explore the complexity of student voice as situated currently in the context of Irish post-primary schools. The presentation will explore student voice in the classroom and at whole-school level, and will look to theopportunities presented by the Framework for Junior Cycle (2015) and Looking at our School (2016) to extend the acoustic of student voice in our post-primary schools.

Domnall Fleming was a teacher in a number of second-level schools in Cork from 1980 - 2002. He was also seconded on a part-time basis to the NCCA as Education Officer to the Leaving Certificate Geography Course Committee from 1996-2002. He lectured, also on a part-time basis, to PGDE students in UCC from 1997 – 2002.  He was appointed as an inspector with the Department of Education and Skills in 2002, and as a senior inspector in 2004. In 2013 he was conferred with a PhD in Education at UCC. In February 2018 he took up a full-time lecturing post in the School ofEducation in UCC.

  • Junior Cycle
  • NAPD Conference/Workshops
  • Welfare Report
  • Executive report
  • Election of Officers
  • AOB

Please email either myself or Siobhan if there is any issue you wish to address at this meeting.

With a multitude of new appointments again this year it would be appreciated if you could forward this email to them and invite them along on Thursday 4th October.

Darius Delahunty
Deputy Principal
Coláiste Dún Iascaigh, Cahir

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

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Friday, 14 September 2018

NAPD Conference 2018 in Galway! - Programme of Events

NAPD Conference 2018 

Fiche bliain ag fás 

Thursday 18 October Galmont Hotel Galway 

10.00 a.m. onwards Registration with Tea & Coffee 

Session 1 

11.00 – 1.00 Official Opening of Conference , Mary Keane President, NAPD ,Director’s Report to Conference , Clive Byrne Director, NAPD 

Inputs from 
  • Thomas Francis Meagher Foundation & Gaisce 
  •  Report from the ICT Committee 
  • Launch of the Legal Fees Indemnity Scheme 
  • Keynote Launch of the magenta  -Engagement, depth and challenge in Irish classrooms - Mike Hughes
Session 2 

2.00-3.30 Mary Nihill – Centre for School Leadership 

Keynote Karen Edge - Reader in Educational Leadership at UCL Institute of Education
3.30-4.30 NAPD Regional meetings.

Session 3 

4.45. -7.00 Private business session involving Sectoral Meetings & the AGM
Voluntary Secondary , ETB Sector , C&C Sector all sectors to report topics raised and feedback

7.15 Reception for New Members 

8.00 onwards Buffet Dinner 

Friday 19 October 

Session 4 

9.15-11.00 Presidential Address Mary Keane, President, NAPD Richard Bruton T.D., Minister for Education and Skills 

Session 5
11.15-13.00 Keynote Bridging the Next Digital Divide Stephen Duggan Vice-President - Microsoft 

Leading Curricular and Assessment Reform Fiona O’Brien – Junior Cycle for Teachers 

Session 6 

2.00 – 4.30:
Workshops’ Selection – Delegates may choose one or two workshops from the list below.
Workshop 1 Reporting and the language of learning – Fiona O’Brien (one 2 hour workshop)
Workshop 2 Fo-choiste Gaeilge - (ceardlann ag rith ar feadh uaire amháin – 1 Hour)
Workshop 3 Further Education and Training Development Workshop (one 2 hour workshop)
Workshop 4 Magenta Principles workshop – Mike Hughes (Two 1 hour workshops)
Workshop 5 The 4 Components of PsyCap – Jacinta Kitt (one 2 hour workshop)
Workshop 6 The Digital Learning Framework – PDST Presenter (Two 1 hour workshops)
Workshop 7 Education Law – Incorporated Law Society speakers (Two 1 hour workshops)
Workshop 8 School Self Evaluation – John Gorman (Two 1 hour workshops)
Workshop 9 Careers’ Portal – Eimear Sinnott (one 1 hour workshop)
Workshop 10 Open Schools for Open Societies Michelle Dunne-(one 1 hour workshop)
President’s Reception followed by Gala Dinner @ 8.00pm

Thursday, 13 September 2018

NAPD Teaching and Learning Workshops are back! Places limited!

Mike Hughes and Graham Powell are back again for another year

*** Please note places are limited and will be filled on a first come basis, with a max of 4 participants per school. It is preferable, but not essential, that new schools to the programme include the Principal or Deputy Principal.***

About Graham Powell 
Graham first presented to NAPD Conference in 2012.  Since then he has conducted multiple series of Learning & Teaching workshops for NAPD across the country, involving Principals, Deputies and teachers from hundreds of schools.
Graham has also been working with schools throughout Ireland for the past six years. He is the initiator, with Guy Claxton, of The Learning Power Approach and their book on what this means across the curriculum in secondary schools will be published at the end of 2018.
His well-received courses are practical and interactive; they have led to radical changes in classroom practice, with many Irish schools working collaboratively to enhance the professional development of teachers and ultimately to improve learning experiences for students.
About Mike Hughes
Mike made his first presentation to NAPD Conference in 2013.  In the time since then, he has conducted annual series of Learning & Teaching workshops for NAPD across the country, involving Principals, Deputies and teachers from hundreds of schools. Mike also works with individual schools, clusters of schools and groups in different ETBs.
Mike is a prolific author of many celebrated education books – best known are Tweak to Transform, The Main Thing is Learning, A Policy for Learning and, most recently, The Magenta Principles.  He is currently working on the Irish Magenta Principles, written for an Irish context and with examples of lessons devised by Irish teachers.  This book will be launched at the NAPD Conference in Galway in October 2018.
The term Magenta Principles has become part of the vocabulary in many schools and is now regularly referenced in WSE Reports.
Strand 1 –Mike Hughes – New Participants
Series of 3 workshops and a choice of 3 locations
 Workshop 1Workshop 2Workshop 3
Galway13 November 20185 February 201926 March 2019
Kilkenny15 November 20186 February 201928 March 2019
Dublin16 November 20187 February 201929 March 2019

Strand 2 –Mike Hughes – Continuing Participants (will have attended a series of Hughes workshop previously)
Series of 2 workshops in 1 location
 Workshop 1Workshop 2
Portlaoise14 November 201827 March 2019
Strand 3 –Graham Powell – New Participants
Series of 3 workshops and a choice of 2 locations
 Workshop 1Workshop 2Workshop 3
Cork27 November 201823 January 201912 March 2019
Portlaoise29 November 201824 January 201914 March 2019
Strand 4 – Graham Powell – Continuing Participants (will have attended a series of Powell workshop previously)
Series of 2 workshops in 1 location
 Workshop 1Workshop 2
Portlaoise28 November 201813 March 2019