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Projects - Education Centre Kildare

Ficheall 2023/2024

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Ficheall.ie is the national network of primary teachers promoting chess in their schools for the social and cognitive benefits it has for primary school students. Ficheall teachers use chess as a tool to teach through and an opportunity for their students to develop new skills and values, as well as representing their school at Ficheall tournaments called Féile Fichille (chess festival).

The Ficheall.ie website contains many excellent resources created by fellow primary school teachers such as:

Ficheall Summer Course

Kildare Education Support Centre have hosted the Chess for Social Skills summer course previously with great success. Upon completion of this course teachers can play chess (most attend the course having never played chess before) and can teach the basics of chess to students in their class while also teaching key SPHE curriculum objectives from 1st to 6th class (all of this without worksheets).

Féile Fichille Chess Tournaments

Féile Fichille tournaments are non-competitive chess tournaments organised annually in Term 2. No medals, prizes or trophies are presented. Instead, the day is a celebration of the students learning chess and social skills as well as their teachers’ leadership skills to introduce the initiative in their school. For many students it is their first opportunity to wear their school jersey and represent their school. More details about Féile Fichille Tournaments can be found here (including a checklist to ensure students are ready for the Féile Fichille)

Féile Fichille Timeline

  • September: Registrations Open
  • October: Registrations Close
  • November: Schools informed of tournament date and venue
  • January/ February/ March: Féile Fichille tournament will be scheduled in term 2. Registered schools will be allocated one Féile Fichille tournament to attend. Schools are required to be at the venue at 9.30am with the event concluded by 2pm

Contact Us

If you have any queries regarding the Féile Fichille Tournaments please contact Ficheall using the Contact Us link here.

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IZAC9 Project

 

Kildare Education Centre is currently running and IZAC9 initiative for 5th and 6th class Teachers.

 

Izak9 takes the form of a box of 27 colourful cubes accompanied by an online support area of tasks and questions most suitable for children between the ages of 8 and 14.

https://www.izak9.com/ 

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Taking part in the initiative involves at least 2 teachers signing up for a series of training sessions in Kildare Education Centre over the rest of this school year. The number and content of the training will be decided based on the needs of participants.

 

The school then get the use of the IZAC9 cubes for the remainder of the school year (to be returned to Kildare Education centre in June 2020).

 

This is all provided free to schools.

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We will be looking for 8 more school to take up this opportunity in 2020/2021 school year.

 

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ATS STEM

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WHAT IS ATS STEM 

Assessment of Transversal Skills in STEM is an innovative policy experimentation project  being conducted across 8 EU countries and involving a partner network of 12 educational institutions.

It aims to enhance digital assessment of second level students’ transversal skills in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

 

ACTIVITIES

ATS STEM consists of three phases: the pre-experimentation phase (research and development and detailed planning in partner institutions), the experimentation phase (field trials and evaluation at schools) and the post-experimentation phase (data analysis, reporting and exploitation).

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ATS STEM PILOT SCHOOLS

Kildare Education Support Centre has 13 schools involved in the Pilot Phase of this project -  2020/2021 school year.

7 Primary (5th and 6th class) and

6 Post Primary (1st and 2nd Year).

For further information on the project please visit: ATS STEM | Ireland 

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Commemorating 1916 - Kildare Education Centre

This is a special year in the Decade of Commemorations, with many activities and celebrations planned between now and the end of 2016.

Kildare Education Centre, as part of the Network of Education Centres, is co-ordinating a series of local history related activities, initiatives and projects during this time. We hope that this which will assist principals, their teachers and pupils with celebrating this significant period within their own school setting. Much of what we have planned is aimed at supporting schools as they prepare for Proclamation Day on March 15th 2016.

The projects and activities, and their associated materials can help with the Schools’ Collection 1916 Project, the 1916 Ancestry Project and will contribute to other aspects of your school’s celebrations of the 1916 centenary.

There are three specific events which Kildare Education Centre will co-ordinate over the next two months:

• a series of workshops to support teachers with classroom/school activities on the theme of 1916

• the local component of the All-Island Art Competition

• a local project competition for primary schools and one for post-primary schools.

By running these activities now, we hope that it will help schools to prepare for the commemoration of this historical occasion and it will allow schools to see what materials they have for display purposes on March 15th 2016.

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1916 - Education Centre Events

This is a special year in the Decade of Commemorations, with many activities and celebrations planned between now and the end of 2016.

Kildare Education Centre, as part of the Network of Education Centres, is co-ordinating a series of local history related activities, initiatives and projects during this time. We hope that this which will assist principals, their teachers and pupils with celebrating this significant period within their own school setting. Much of what we have planned is aimed at supporting schools as they prepare for Proclamation Day on March 15th 2016.

The projects and activities, and their associated materials can help with the Schools’ Collection 1916 Project, the 1916 Ancestry Project and will contribute to other aspects of your school’s celebrations of the 1916 centenary.

There are three specific events which Kildare Education Centre will co-ordinate over the next two months:

• a series of workshops to support teachers with classroom/school activities on the theme of 1916

• the local component of the All-Island Art Competition

• a local project competition for primary schools and one for post-primary schools.

By running these activities now, we hope that it will help schools to prepare for the commemoration of this historical occasion and it will allow schools to see what materials they have for display purposes on March 15th 2016.

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