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Trócaire/Poetry Ireland - Poetry Competition 2021

Trócaire & Poetry Ireland

Poetry Competition 2021

Pathways To Peace

Trócaire and Poetry Ireland launched their annual poetry competition on March 15th 2021. The closing date for entries was Friday 7th May 2021.

This year the competition explores the theme of conflict; how families who have lost their homes and loved ones to war are rebuilding their lives through love and friendship. Fleeing their homes with nothing but the clothes on their back. Families trek through dangerous territory with no food or water for themselves or their children. When they reach safety, the struggle continues to earn money, grow food and attend school. But with pathways to peace and the support of others, they are able to start new lives based on love, friendship and kindness, and to try and put the pain of war behind them and begin again.

Poets of all ages are encouraged to explore the theme, from a local to global perspective

Categories for entry

The competition is always FREE to enter and is open to young people, children and adults alike, at all stages in their writing careers. Many published poets have participated in the competition, including, in no particular order, Daragh Bradish, Eileen Casey, Joseph Horgan, David Butler, Lorraine Carey, Angela T. Carr, Nicki Griffin, Afric McGlinchey, John Donaghy, Dairena Ní Chinnéide, Ann Joyce, Karen O’Connor, Wilma Kenny, Mary Turley-McGrath, Eleanor Hooker, Jane Clarke, Geraldine Mitchell, David Mohan and Breda Joy.

Poems in English or Irish, written or spoken word, are welcome in all six categories:

ADULT
Published poets
Unpublished poets
POST-PRIMARY SCHOOLS
Junior: 1st-3rd year
Senior: Transition Year-Leaving Certificate
PRIMARY SHOOLS
Junior: 3rd/4th Class
Senior: 5th/6th Class
Competition Calendar

Entries open: Monday 15 March 2021
Deadline for applications: Friday 7 May 2021
Awards Ceremony: Online Awards Ceremony on Culture Night, September 2021

How to Enter

Entries of up to three poems per person can be made online or by post. Full details are available on Poetry Ireland’s website or you can submit your entry here.

You can download the Competition Rules here.

More about the theme of ‘Pathways to Peace’

Exploring the Theme with Primary and Post-Primary Students

Younger poets in primary school can explore our fun educational materials with their teachers, and make the connection between their own experiences and those of children thousands of miles away.
Post primary students can browse our activities and resources to explore the issue of conflict through the SDGs, and can try out our exciting new Pathways to Peace Board Game to experience what it is like to flee your home because of conflict.

Further Reading for Adult Poets

Older students (18+) and adults may prefer to use Awut and Ajak’s stories as a springboard to a wider analysis of the broader issue of the conflict.

How do you feel about conflict and what might drive it in certain countries? What keeps you awake at night when you hear about stories like these? What do YOU think we, humanity, need to do? How should we support communities who have been forced to flee their homes because of conflict? For further inspiration, read more about our Lenten Campaign.

 

Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition 202o

Trócaire and Poetry Ireland launched their annual poetry competition in Poetry Ireland’s headquarters on Parnell Square on Monday 20 January 2020. The closing date has been extended to Friday 1 May 2020, and winners will be notified during the summer.

Our competition is FREE to enter and is open to young people, children and adults alike, at all stages in their writing careers, and there are some great prizes

Entries can be made online or by post. Full details are also available on Poetry Ireland’s website.

STANDING HER GROUND

This year’s theme is ‘Standing Her Ground’, using the extraordinary stories of Angela and Madris, two brave mothers in Honduras and Kenya featured in Trócaire’s 2020 Lenten Campaign, who are supporting their families by standing up for their right to earn a living on their land. These hardworking women are holding their families together, battling enormous odds, including threats like violence, intimidation and drought, to provide food for their children and to keep them in school.

Angela knows she is risking her life for the ones she loves: “Everyone in my house has been threatened. We watch the logging ravage the land,” she says. “They just come with their trucks. They leave poison water and lifeless earth behind.”

We are asking poets of all ages to consider how mothers like Angela and Madris are protecting and caring for their families, battling to keep their children, and the earth, safe from harm.

CATEGORIES FOR ENTRIES

Poems in English or Irish, written or spoken word, are welcome in all six categories: 

ADULT
Published poets
Unpublished poets

POST-PRIMARY SCHOOLS
Junior: 1st-3rd year
Senior: Transition Year-Leaving Certificate

PRIMARY SHOOLS
Junior: 3rd/4th Class
Senior: 5th/6th Class

Competition Calendar

Entries open: Monday 20 January 2020
Deadline for applications: Extended to Friday 1 May 2020
Winners notified: Summer 2020
Awards Ceremony: To be announced. 

HOW TO ENTER

Entries of up to three poems per person can be made online or by post. Full details are available on Poetry Ireland’s website or you can submit your entry here.

You can download the Competition Rules here.

Judges

The 2020 judging panel comprises Poetry Ireland’s Poet In Residence, Catherine Ann Cullen, Aidan Clifford, retired former director of the Curriculum Development Unit, and Joanne McGarry, Trócaire’s Campaigns Manager.

MORE ABOUT THE THEME OF ‘STANDING HER GROUND’

Exploring the Theme with Primary and Post-Primary Students

Click here for website https://www.trocaire.org/poetry

Business Action on Education

We are a nationwide initiative that aims to develop mutually beneficial partnerships between schools and businesses in Ireland which support the Government’s overall strategy on Educational Inclusion.

We operate by matching individual schools that are targeted through the School Completion Programme with a local company.

We are the only business-education programme in Ireland that receives matching Government funds under the National Development Plan.  Our suite of six programmes supports students, principals, teachers, the STEM agenda and children’s literacy & numeracy in primary schools.

To date over 400 partnerships have been established nationally, impacting over  43,000 students nationwide.

Our primary school programme, Time to Read was first piloted in 2010 and has since involved almost 2,000 children

Companies who join the Network for Responsible Business can access our Business Action on Education Programmes.

The benefits to companies are significant:

  • Access to ‘off the shelf’ employee engagement opportunities
  • Opportunity to be a positive influence in a young person’s life
  • Training opportunity for staff when it comes to leadership and mentoring
  • Improved reputation and trust with local communities
  • A clear signal to employees of commitment to a key national issue
  • Measurable impacts and detailed reports

Our ‘Time to Read’ programme provides an employee engagement opportunity for companies to engage in one to one reading sessions with local primary school children. Company volunteers are trained to use a variety of reading strategies to help the child develop their fluency and comprehension and therefore their confidence, in reading.

100% of company volunteers found the programme ‘very enjoyable’ or ‘enjoyable’.

Company volunteer comment: “Time to read was one of the highlights of my year, I loved getting to know the children and seeing them every Tuesday brightened my day!”

Principal comment: The positive attitude and approach towards the children was hugely beneficial.  Having other people sit down and read with the boys made them realise that it’s not just for school with your teacher and that it can be fun to do together with others!  I couldn’t recommend this initiative highly enough!”

Nationally some schools experience a higher than average rate of students leaving before completing their Leaving Certificate. Our aim has been to increase the student retention rates in these schools. By matching companies with these schools we provide numerous opportunities for students to gain insights into some of Ireland’s largest companies, their career opportunities and to help them broaden their horizons. Employees can provide one to one mentoring to students at risk and the impacts on both students and employees is significant.

Since our inception in 2000, Ireland’s retention rate have increased from 80% to 90.4% and Ireland is one of the top EU member states in terms of student retention.

Many companies tell us about their concerns around future talent entering their industry sectors. We work with government, schools and businesses to facilitate the knowledge transfer, insight into industry and career/skills information between Ireland’s top STEM companies and STEM teachers. This means they are informed on the pipeline needs of our economy and can advise students about the STEM options open to them.

Our Management Excellence for Principals & Teachers and STEM Seeing is Believing programmes aim to harvest the knowledge, skills and expertise of Ireland’s visionary business leaders by facilitating them in sharing business approaches to leadership, management and personal development.

Click here for further information http://www.bitc.ie/business-action-programmes/business-action-on-education/are-you-a-school/ 

 

Digital Learning Clusters

 

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School Excellence Fund - Digital: (Digital Learning Clusters) - Overview
The purpose of the project is to demonstrate the innovative use of digital technologies in teaching, learning and assessment, through clusters of schools collaborating on specific projects.

Well done to the large number of our local schools who are involved in two different Digital Learning Cluster projects. Here are the details of their excellent projects.
 

Project 1: Wexford and Waterford Schools Collaborate on a PDST Digital Learning Cluster Project:

Embed Digital Technologies in Teaching, Learning and Assessment for the Community of Practice of Music teachers “Pobal Ceoil” of Waterford and Wexford ETB.

Lead School

Bunclody Vocational College (71620H)

Participating Schools

Bridgetown College (71610E), Creagh College 76127D,  Colaiste Abbain 71600B, Colaiste an Atha 71650Q, Selskar College 71680C, St Paul's Community College 

72241E, Enniscorthy Vocational College 71630K, Meanscoil San Nioclas 76066J, St. Declan's Community College 72230W.

Project Title

Embed Digital Technologies in Teaching, Learning and Assessment for the Community of Practice of Music teachers “Pobal Ceoil” of Waterford and Wexford ETB.

Brief Summary of Project

This project aims to o provide infrastructure and a targeted training program for teachers who are members of “Pobal Ceoil”. This will include training in the use of additional music software, video conferencing for student and teacher collaboration and creation of Class Notebooks as Digital Portfolios as part of assessment. Project participants will also identify further potential areas for integration and collaboration in both teaching, learning and performance.

 

Project 2: Carlow, Wicklow, Waterford, Dublin and Mayo Schools collaborate on a PDST Digital Learning Cluster Project:

Demonstrating Excellence in the use of digital technologies in the creation, presentation, assessment and storage of CBAs across different curricular areas within the new Junior Cycle.

 Lead school

Ardscoil Na Mara Secondary School, Tramore, Co Waterford, Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh, Co Mayo, St. Mary’s Secondary School, Glasnevin Dublin 11, 

Presentation College, Carlow,  Loreto Secondary School, Bray,Co Wicklow.

Project title 

Demonstrating Excellence in the use of digital technologies in the creation, presentation, assessment and storage of CBAs across different curricular areas within the new Junior Cycle.

Brief outline of the project

The use of digital technologies, including ePortfolios, for recording, storing, presenting and assessing the new Junior Cycle specifications is an evolving area of enormous potential benefit to learners and educators. 

This project aims to demonstrate excellence in the use of these technologies across different curricular areas using a variety of platforms.

Digital technology can greatly enhance both formative and summative Assessment within the Classroom Based Assessments in the New Junior Cycle. We aim to use digital technology to Record, Store, Present and Assess our students. Our proposed approach will include the following benefits:

Our cluster schools aim to use different platforms across different subject areas to meet the assessment specifications, in particular, the CBAs, for the new Junior Cycle. 

The strength in this project is the diversity of technologies used to solve common goals; information and expertise arising from the use of these technologies will then inform other schools in their application of technology.

 Click here to access website 

 

Seai One Good Idea

Inspire lifestyle changes to save energy and help tackle climate change. This annual SEAI school competition is open to primary and post primary schools.

Each year we ask both primary and post primary school children to come up with One Good Idea to combat climate change. The competition serves to both educate and motivate children to take action.

One Good Idea video

About One Good Idea 

We all use energy every day at home, in school, and when we travel. Could we use less energy and still meet our needs? Every year we ask primary and post primary students to come up with One Good Idea that will:

  • Save energy
  • Help tackle climate change
  • Inspire lifestyle changes in the people around them

This year we are asking you to make a 1 minute film and launch a creative awareness campaign about it in your community. The film and campaign should show people in your community how your One Good Idea can make a difference to them, their pocket and our planet.

Download a short teacher's guide

Regional Finals

This year, for the first time, we will be holding regional finals in a cinema near you. All teams who are shortlisted and make it to Stage 2 will get the opportunity to make a 1 minute film and watch it on the big screen! We are delighted to partner with Omniplex cinema to host both our regional and national finals.

80 teams have made it to stage 2, find out who they are.

Get started now

Visit the topics page to get ideas for your One Good Idea project. watch videos from previous years and check out winning projects from 2018/2019. This will all help to inspire you and get you started.

 

It's easy to enter the One Good Idea competition , please note it is now closed for 2020 . Simply follow the instructions below and be in with a chance of watching your film on the big screen at your local cinema! Lots of great prizes up for grabs .  

Stage 1 - Campaign Proposal 2nd September - 25th OctoberStage 2 - Regional Finals November - February 2020Stage 3 - National Final 23rd April 2020

Register your team and get working on your proposal.

Shortlisted teams activate their campaign. This involves making their 1 minute film, promoting it in their community and presenting their campaign at the regional finals in February.

Events take place: Cork 24th February, Limerick 25th February, Longford 26th February and Dublin 27th February 2020

The winners of the regional finals compete at the National Final in Dublin.

 

The SEAI One Good Idea National Final scheduled for 23 April in Dublin has been cancelled. SEAI are currently considering alternative options to conclude the competition with the finalists. Once concluded we will post details about the winners here.

To access the SEAI Website, please click here  https://www.seai.ie/community-energy/schools/one-good-idea/

Well done to Meanscoil Gharam, Enniscorthy Co. Wexford who won the SEAI One Good Thing Junior Competition in 2018

About the campaign

The Food Fanatics wanted to get people to take action on climate change! The team set up an awareness campaign aimed at educating primary and secondary school students about food miles, our carbon footprint and climate change. The students got very creative with the production of T-shirts showing off their campaign logo in an effort to raise awareness of their One Good Idea.

Activation

A quiz took place which was presented to students along with an informative presentation. Meanscoil Gharman have been very supportive of the team’s goal to educate young people about climate change and have shared their work on Instagram. Posters have been made and circulated around the school and a speaker was invited in order to encourage students to think about purchasing locally made products.

 

Well done to all the schools in our catchment who came in the SEAI One Good Idea Top 70 Teams 2019

 

Please click here to view the list of schools https://www.seai.ie/community-energy/schools/one-good-idea/how-to-enter/One-Good-Idea-Top-70-Teams-2019.pdf




 

 

 

 

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