Ireland’s Young Film maker of the Year Junior Awards

Congratulations to the pupils in Our Lady of Mercy NS, Bantry, Co. Cork for winning an award at this event on 20th May 2020. Second class won an award for ‘Highly commended for best performance in Ireland’ with their film ‘Second Best’ which was shot on location in the various shops and library in Bantry.

Young Offender’s Star Demi Isaac Oviawe, who plays Linda, presented the awards. Demi announced that ‘The judges were very impressed with the large cast of characters and their commitment to making the film feel authentic, and the ensemble cast gave their all and their work paid off’ – high praise indeed for these young film makers ably directed by their teacher Ms. Maeve Keane. It is a fabulous film and we are all so proud of you!

Well done to all of you budding film stars! Please listen to the ceremony through this link – important part starts at 3.10!

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Integrated Media Solutions IMS and DTEN are co-sponsoring a “most innovative use of zoom in education” competition

Through the amazingeffort and support of ESCI, IMS are delighted to have helped over 17,500 teachers in 850 schools to get on Zoom over the past few weeks.

We are truly inspired by the amazing things Zoom has been used for by teachers across Ireland. From Hurling & Camogie training to Music and Irish lessons the list is endless.

Integrated Media Solutions IMS and DTEN are co-sponsoring a “most innovative use of zoom in education” competition.

The prize is a €5000 video conferencing system for the winning school.


We can’t wait to see the amazing school entries.

Competition Rules:


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School Principal Coaching Circles

School Principal Coaching Circles
Navigating uncertainty as a school leader

Dates:   Monday 25th May, Tuesday 2nd June, Monday 8th June and Monday 15th June  
Time:    4pm to 5pm 
Venue:  Online via Zoom

Coaching Circles seek to provide School Principals in our current challenging and uncertain circumstances with a safe, non – judgemental and confidential space where thoughts, worries and concerns may be shared. It is hoped that by connecting together we can acknowledge our frustrations and fears and explore possibilities, positive solutions and self care strategies that will empower us to respond effectively to our current unprecedented leadership experiences.

All information found here:    

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Mindfulness for Kids in Challenging Times

Dear Colleague/Parent,

We hope that you found our first video series on Mindfulness for Kids in Challenging Times to be a valuable resource to your Educational Community or your own children.

This week our first new video (7 mins.) focuses on the loss that many pupils are struggling with, following the abrupt cessation of school,  in particular 6th class pupils.  Our second video (9 mins.) focuses on the effect that online peer communication can have on pupils' self-esteem.  In each video we share one Mindfulness technique that children can use to respond to the feelings of sadness, disappointment and dejection that these scenarios can trigger with strength and kindness. These videos are directly related to the SPHE curriculum, specifically the strand units Taking Care of my Body and Growing and Changing  in the strand Myself and the strand unit of Myself and my  Family in the strand Myself and Others.

Our intention here is to support teachers, parents and guardians in helping the children to resource themselves to meet the challenges of this time.

Below you will find the links to our Introductory Videofor Teachers, Parents and Guardians again along with the previous videos. In addition  the links for the new videos: The Mindfulness for Kids Sad Video and The Mindfulness for Kids Kindness Video  are also now available. We will release two more videos next Monday.  If you feel these videos would be of benefit to your educational community or your child, we would encourage you to share them. Feel free to leave a comment after you have watched a video.

Previously Released:

Mindfulness for Kids in Challenging Times -Introduction

The Mindfulness for Kids Worry Video

The Mindfulness for Kids Anger Video

Newly Released:

The Mindfulness for Kids Feeling Sad Video

The Mindfulness for Kids Kindness Video

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