7,000 students in over 80 Irish schools now using Wriggle ‘digital’ schoolbags
Limerick, Ireland. 2nd September 2014: 85 Transition Year students at Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh today received their new ‘digital’ schoolbags as they prepare to join the Wriggle 1:1 mobile learning programme. 240 students at the school will now be using mobile devices and digital textbooks in place of traditional textbooks. Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh is one of 80 schools throughout Ireland participating in the Wriggle programme this coming academic year.
Principal Donncha Ó Treasaigh commented: “Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh works tirelessly each and every year to enhance and improve its education service provision to pupils and parents of the College. Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh was one of the first schools in Ireland to adopt the use of iPad, commencing in 2010 with the use of iPad in Transition Year. The college is recognised nationally as one of the leaders in quality ICT integration and enrichment of teaching and learning. Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh was chosen to launch the Department of Education and Skills to launch the Digital Strategy for Schools 3rd December 2013. The College boasts three Apple Professional Development Consultants and I believe that Continuous Professional Development of teachers in the use of mobile technology is essential in maximising the potential for learning in the classroom. The use of iPad has certainly helped to improve pupil academic achievement which was highlighted from the schools Leaving Certificate results of 2014.“
Established in 2012, Wriggle is a 1:1 mobile learning initiative that transforms the teaching and learning environment in schools by putting new technology and engaging content into the hands of every student. Wriggle has created a complete package to provide each school with everything they need to make the move to digital textbooks on mobile devices, catering for both students and teachers. Wriggle provides the mobile devices; access to digital textbooks and interactive content; professional development for teachers; comprehensive support and expert advice on ICT planning for schools.
Beryl Furlong, Director of Education at Wriggle commented: “The response to Wriggle continues to be very positive as we prepare to work with over 7,000 students this year. We live in a digital age and school leaders, teachers and parents are quickly realising the benefits of integrating technology into teaching and learning. It is particularly important now in light of the new JCSA curriculum which will place significant emphasis on digital technology.”
Furlong continued: “The advantages are numerous – interactive, up to date content to engage students and increase attainment; the ability to cater to different learning styles and rates of progression; it allows for greater collaboration; instant feedback and fosters important life skills, not to mention the schoolbags are a lot lighter! Essentially 1:1 mobile learning allows students to acquire and develop what have become essential skills for the modern workplace and community.”
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Wriggle, is a 1:1 mobile learning programme that transforms the teaching and learning environment in schools by putting new technology and engaging content into the hands of every student.
Wriggle has created a complete package to provide a school with everything they need to make the move to digital textbooks on mobile devices. The Wriggle 1:1 mobile learning programme caters for both students and teachers, providing the technology, access to digital textbooks and interactive content, professional development for teachers, comprehensive support and expert advice on ICT planning for schools.
For more information, please visit http://www.wriggle.ie
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- Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh ranked 9th top school in Munster
- Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh ranked 16th top mixed school in Ireland
- Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh ranked 25th top school in Ireland*
- Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh ranked 2nd top school in Limerick city
*excluding fee paying schools
The figures for Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh are for two years only, as the school only has two year groups who have progressed to Third level. This resulted in it being lower in the League compared to other schools. The school expects to feature higher in the league in September 2015.
Sunday Times Parent Power Schools Guide 2014 – How it was compiled
Source: Sunday Times Supplement
“The progression of students to third-level study from all 721 secondary schools in the Republic of Ireland was examined. Data was collected from 30 third-level institutions in the republic and two in Northerrn Ireland partly under Freedom of Information legislation. This data mainly originated in the State Examination Commission and Central Applications Office. Third-level institutions do not stand over its accuracy when used to compile league tables. Data was also collected from Northern Irish universities on admissions from Leaving Certificate students.
In most instances, the data records the school where a candidate sat the Leaving Certificate on their first attempt. A small number of third-level institutions supplied data for both repeat and first-attempt students. . In these instances to reduce the distortion we examined the numbers repeating at each school and made other statistical adjustments. We excluded all external candidates. We also exclude several institutions which specialise in repeat exams. This adjustment means that in some cases those progressing to university and third-level is overstated.
Rank: For schools where % at university is the same, % at thrid-level is used to determine their rank in the Parent Power league table.
% at university: The number of students from the school, divided by three, who registered in the academic years 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 with one of the seven universities in the Republic of Ireland, mainstream state run teacher training colleges , the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), National College of Art & Design (NCAD), or Universities in Northern Ireland for an undergraduate degree-level, full-time course. The number of students who sat the Leaving Certificate – adjusted for repeat students — in that school in June 2011 is then divided into this to calculate the percentage for 2011/12. The same method is used to calculate the percentages for 2012/13 and 2013/14. Source Leaving Cert Sits – State Examinations Commission, Athlone.
% at third-level: The average number of students from the school who registered in academic year 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 with
(a)one of the nine universities in the island of Ireland, mainstream state run teacher training colleges , RCSI and NCAD or Universities in Northern Ireland for an undegraduate degree level full time course.;
(b) any other state-funded third-level college such as an institute of technology or National College of Ireland for a degree or sub-degree course. Private third-level courses are excluded. The percentage is produced by the same method above.
Pupils: The number of pupils registered in the school in the academic year 2012-13 – source Dept of Education and Skills
Student /Staff Ratio: The number of pupils registered in the school in the academic year 2012-13, as above, divided by the full-time equivalent teaching staff in 2012-13, calculated from data availablef rom the Department of Education and Skills. No data has been supplied by Education Training Boards for vocational schools
Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh is using iTunes U throughout all year groups. iTunes U courses let teachers give each class a customised learning experience. Teachers can create and manage their course and students can experience it all from the iTunes U app on iPad.
Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh is an Apple accredited institution under the LCETB.
LCETB is to the fore in the use of iTunesU in post-primary.
Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh class of 2014 continued the excellent tradition of achieving outstanding results in the Leaving Certificate. The average points for pupils was 420. 25% of pupils secured more than 450 points.
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The majority of pupils secured their first or second CAO offer in Universities and Colleges.
Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh Principal and Deputy Principal, Mr. Donncha Ó Treasaigh and Ms. Sinéad Ní Chiardha respectively praised all pupils, parents and staff of the college. They also praised the excellent guidance service of the school. Donncha Ó Treasaigh explained that Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh has ring-fenced as part of its quality service to pupils.
The Official Opening of the new Canteen Facilities at Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh took place on Monday, April 28th at 8pm. A large crowd of parents, students, staff and members of the Board of Management was in attendance to see the wonderful new facilities installed by the School Food Company and to sample some of the extensive menu on offer. A wide variety of healthy food is available on a daily basis at a very cost effective price. The management and staff of the College together with Parents and students of the College are delighted with the new service.
The School Food Company was founded by Ken and Mark Boland in 2011. They now operate in an increasing number of schools across the Mid-West. They also provide a healthy food service to a number of afterschool and youth projects.
The School Food Company is dedicated to improving the health of children and young people and ensuring greater access to healthy food in schools by providing a healthy, nutritious food service to schools and offering a range of strategies to help empower young people to choose healthy options. They encourage students to try more fruit through a range of initiatives such as Free Fruit Friday, educational posters and competitions.
Both Principal, Donncha Ó Treasaigh and Deputy Principal, Sinéad ní Chiardha spoke of the importance of healthy, nutritious food to the students of Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh. Sinéad ní Chiardha thanked the School Food Company for their tireless efforts to get the new canteen up and running so smoothly and so quickly. Sinéad also thanked members of the Parents Council, Students Council and the staff of the school for their support. She said ”As a school, we are very excited at the prospect of working with The School Food company and ensuring that the students in our care have a variety of healthy, balanced meals and snacks available to them throughout the day. Research has shown that children and teenagers who eat a healthy, balanced meal and do not consume large amounts of sugary foods or drinks are better able to concentrate in class and absorb more of what is being taught”. Sinéad said “We look forward to to a successful partnership between Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh and The School Food Company and to seeing the benefits which it will bring to our students into the future”.
Sinéad ní Chiardha,
Deputy Principal, Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh
Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh wishes to congratulate one of its Third Year pupils, James Corneille on being selected in the 2014 eircom Junior Spider Awards.
James designed no less than three separate websites to showcase his aptitude and skills in ICT. These sites are called;
- 1250 Games
- Astro Catalogue
- Tus Gaeilge
James will travel to Dublin on Tuesday, 29th and the agenda of the day will be as follows;
- 10:30 – 11:00 am: Arrive at The Foundry, Google HQ, Barrow Street, Dublin 4 for registration
- 11:00 – 12:15pm: Interactive Exhibitions and Entertainment for students
- 12:15 – 1:15pm: Lunch provided by Google
- 1:30 – 3:30pm: Awards Ceremony hosted by MC Aidan Power
- 3:30pm Event Finishes
Since 1996 the eircom Spider Awards have honoured Irish individuals and organisations for their outstanding achievements online and celebrated the successes of the Irish internet and digital media.
The eircom Junior Spider Awards were established in 2009 as a parallel programme for students at primary and post primary school level.The idea was originated by Business & Finance, working closely with main sponsors eircom.
The aim of these awards is to:
- Acknowledge the innovation amongst web creators in schools.
- Provide an exciting programme that will encourage teachers/students to further develop their technology skills in web design.
- Encourage the use of the internet to teach subjects on our curriculum.
- Act as a catalyst for those students who wish to pursue a career in this sector by providing access to influential business executives.
A transition year student from Gaelcholaiste Luimni will bid to become the Irish student enterprise champion after winning the top enterprise award here.
Jenny Mullins, who hails from the North Circular Road, has invested her own time and money in beauty courses to prepare her for a life in business.
Her company, Nails by Jenny, came about when she saw there was a growing trend for manicures, and particularly gel nails among her peers.
The resulting sales proved her right, and her success – and her business plan – inspired the judges, including UL entrepreneurism lecturer Dr Briga Hynes and Burga Fullam of the City Enterprise Board.
Gaelcholaiste Luimni principal Donnacha O’Treasaigh said the school is “thrilled” at Jenny’s effort.
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“It was an outstanding project, and it is great to win the award at senior level, as we have won it in the junior category for many years,” he said.
Asked what made her stand out, he said: “Her personality is superb. She is very engaging, and makes a wonderful impression on those who speak to her.”
Jenny will now go forward and represent Limerick City at the national final on April 2 in Croke Park.
In preparation for this, Mr O’Treasaigh said she is consulting with some of the business teachers in the school who have supervised students in previous national enterprise entries.
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Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh is delighted to congratulate one of its Sixth year pupils, Conor Ó Briain, where Conor received both the Chief Scouts Award (CSA) – Venture medal and the silver Gaisce medal, at a presentation ceremony at O’Reilly Theatre (Belvedere College) as part of Founders Day celebrations yesterday. In the photograph are Julie McGimpsey, Duke of Edinburgh NI, Michael John Shinnick, Chief Scout, Conor Ó Briain, Patricia Blake, National Commissioner Venture Scouts and Kieran McCormack, Conor’s mentor.
Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh pupils came second in the recent ITLG Young Innovators event at Shannon Airport, coming a very close second to the worthy winners, Castletroy College. With support and mentoring from Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) investors, the Irish “Dragons” Barry O’Sullivan, Peter Casey, Gavin Duffy and Sean O’Sullivan as well as Dell’s Entrepreneur in Residence, Ingrid Vanderveldt among others, secondary school students from Limerick, Clare, Kerry, Cork, Kilkenny, Waterford and Westmeath all competed against each other for an array of the latest technology gadgets and cash prizes. Indeed, it was a wonderful result for LCETB to have two of its colleges in the top three.
The Inspectorate published its report on the teaching of Irish in Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh last Friday, 31/01/2014 – a summary of the findings included the following;
a) Good teaching and learning methodologies was a feature of the majority of lessons observed and exemplary practices were evident in teaching and learning in a small number of the lessons. There was scope for development in a small number of cases.
b) Significant strengths were evident in the quality of instructional leadership provided for the teaching and learning of Irish in the school.
c) An excellent information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure has been developed in the school which is very effective in enhancing communications, planning, teaching and learning and the assessment system in the school.
d) Excellent teaching and learning techniques were observed in a number of lessons.
e) The principal provides a clear role in instructional leadership for staff and is to be commended. This is evident in the excellent communication between management and teachers of Irish and in the supports offered to teachers to participate in continuing professional development (CPD).
f) Teachers of Irish are very active in CPD activities on a personal level, and in external projects provided by the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) for Irish.
g) High quality, up-to-date resources and aids have been developed in the school for teaching and learning Irish. Members of the department make effective use of a significant number of resources and ICT networks.
h) A system has been developed at whole-school level to focus students’ attention on mistakes in structure, grammar and spelling. More extended use of these strategies is recommended.
i) The school has developed a wide range of methods, including electronic systems, to keep students and parents or guardians informed of progress and achievement in Irish.
j) A very good range of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities is provided to foster student skill and interest in Irish and in Irish culture.
k) Significant strengths are evident in the quality of the planning carried out for assessment of learning and assessment for learning in the curricular plans.
l) The Irish department is progressive and works collaboratively and diligently. The department co-ordinator uploads plans, minutes of meetings and teaching resources on a regular basis so that all teachers can access them.
m) Very good cross-curricular planning has been completed by the Irish department.
Scléip is a national talent competition catering specifically for Irish-medium and Gaeltacht post-primary schools. The aim of the competition is to encourage pupils attending Irish medium secondary schools to use their Irish through the various performing arts by giving them the opportunity to take part in a innovative and exciting event. Students from Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh participated in six events at the Munster Final on Wednesday, 5th February, and were delighted to come home with five acts placed in first place. These five acts will now go on to represent Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh at the All-Ireland Final of Scléip in the Axis Theatre, Ballymun on Saturday, 1st March. GCL have had acts participate in the All-Ireland final of Scléíp on many occasions since 2007 but have never had such a substantial representation in the final. Sinéad Toomey, a gifted transition year student, won the overall prize in 2012 over all other acts, ranging from 1st to 6th year, by singing her own composition. The following are the acts who will represent GCL in March:
Sinéad Toomey (B4)
Chloe Milliken (B2)
Caela O’ Shaughnessy (B1)
Caela O’ Shaughnessy, Becky Ní Thuathail, Leah Carter & Taylor McEvoy (B1)
Conor de Bhailís & Cion O’ Brien (B5 & B2)