By John Manley
All Equipment Order Forms are available on our website. All items of equipment ordered and paid for, must be collected in Scoil Ailbhe Primary School, Thurles, between 5.00pm and 8.00pm on Friday. 11th March, 2016. All equipment must be collected on the day. Please ensure somebody from your school community collects the equipment in the event that staff is unavailable to collect the equipment on the day.
TIPPERARY CUMANN NA MBUNSCOL AGM
Sincere thanks to all of the teachers who were present at our AGM in Hayes’ Hotel Thurles last Monday night.
TIPPERARY SUPPORTERS CLUB MASCOT
Gary Quirke aged 11 is a 5th class pupil in Mount Bruis N.S. and plays U12 and U14 with his club Lattin-Cullen/Aherlow. A bit of an all-rounder Gary plays at midfield and full-forward in hurling while in football he plays at half-back and also midfield taking the frees in both codes. His club Lattin-Cullen/Aherlow hold a memorial blitz each year in memory of his late brother Alan and this year Lattin Cullen/Aherlow won the blitz with Gary captaining his side. Some of his favourite Tipperary players include John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer, Pádraic Maher and Séamus Callanan and Gary is delighted that he has been chosen as the Tipperary Supporters Club Mascot on Sunday. Congratulation Gary on being the Tipperary mascot and we hope you and your family have a great day.
REGISTRATION FEE NOW DUE
A registration fee of €30.00 is now due from all schools. This fee entitles schools to participate in all Cumann na mBunscol activities during 2016. Please note the fee covers your school’s activities for a calendar year. Please forward a cheque for €30.00 to our Treasurer Jerry McDonnell, 25 Ballingarrane, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. This is a once off annual payment which will enable your school to participate in Tipperary Cumann na mBunscol activities in 2016.
E-MAIL CONTACT LIST
If you or a colleague would like to be added to the contact list for updates on Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol activities please contact Tipperary Cumann na mBunscol PRO John Manley Dualla NS at email@example.com or Aodán Wrenn, firstname.lastname@example.org, to be added to the contact listings.
Schools are reminded and encouraged to send news and updates of their progress in the hurling championships for the coming season. Reports can be a great writing topic for the classroom and are an opportunity for children to see their work published for a wider audience. In the pre-season championship build-up children could be given the chance to tell about their own training regiments and tips for the coming championship. A Reporter of the Week will be chosen and their work included in the weekly report. Please ensure all reports are a single paragraph in Verdana 10 type. All submissions should be proof-read by the teacher before submission.
For any schools/teachers wishing to access Tipperary Cumann na mBunscol news and updates via Twitter, the Tipperary Cumann na mBunscol Twitter username is @TippCumanNamBun. The following link will enable you to follow us: https://twitter.com/TippCumanNamBun. We would encourage as many teachers and schools as possible to follow us as this will enable you to access information as soon as it becomes available. We thank all the teachers who have become followers of Tipperary Cumann na mBunscol on Twitter. We have got a great reaction from teachers and schools in recent months. We now have 1182 followers.
CONTACT CUMANN NA MBUNSCOL
For match reports, fixtures and school G.A.A. News and events, please email Tipperary Cumann na mBunscol PRO John Manley Dualla NS at email@example.com
Hey, what’s the Story of Your Stuff?
EPA invites second-level students to consider the environmental impact of everyday items and consumption decisions
The Story of Your Stuff competition combines creativity and science, giving students the chance to win €500 for themselves and €500 for their school, alongside a new Climate Topic Prize
The young people who influence the trends of today will be the decision-makers of tomorrow and are encouraged to consider how their everyday decisions can have a positive impact on the environment – and the world. That’s according to Dr Jonathan Derham, EPA Programme Manager, launching The Story of Your Stuff, an EPA competition aimed at secondary school students, which seeks to empower young people to make environmentally conscious decisions about their ‘stuff’ and everyday activities.
Now in its fourth year, the competition brings together curiosity, creativity and science, and aims to get young people thinking about sustainability, climate action and environmental protection, and to spread the word among their friends and family. Entrants are tasked with highlighting the environmental impact of an everyday item or activity by creatively telling its story through a visual medium.
Entrants to the competition will be in with a chance to win €500 for themselves and €500 for their school, while a new ‘Climate Topic Prize’ will be awarded to the entry that best addresses key climate considerations, such as carbon footprint, greenhouse gas emissions or climate action.
Speaking at the launch, Dr Derham said:
“Many young people are deeply concerned about the climate and environmental emergency now facing us worldwide, something that has been well flagged by evidence from scientists, including the EPA. Urgent transformational change is now required to meet these challenges, based on what the evidence is telling us. The EPA is calling on second-level students to enter The Story of Your Stuff competition and to use their artistic talents to create stories to inspire others to make low carbon and environmentally conscious consumption choices.”
Last year’s winners were Shurooq Azam, Aldiana Hoxha, Kar Gong Leong and Tomi Ayibiowu from Hansfield Educate Together Secondary School, Dublin 15, who made a video on the story of a toothbrush.
Colette Ryan of the EPA said:
“The Story of Your Stuff competition gets people thinking, talking and making changes and identifying ways in which they can become responsible consumers. The competition is a real highlight in the EPA calendar and a testament to the students who take the time to explore the story of their stuff and to the teachers who guide them. We look forward to seeing the projects from this year’s entrants.”
Competition guidelines and tips are available at http://www.
‘ABOUT MY SCHOOL’ STORY WRITING COMPETITION
Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol are inviting pupils in Rang 3 – 6 to submit a piece of writing (no longer than 300 words) on the above topic. They should seek to describe what they love about the culture of GAA in their own school.
Any school submitting a piece to us should have parental consent before sending on the piece.
Ideally a group photo of any GAA activity in the school should accompany the piece. The winning piece each week will be included with this report and will appear in the local newspapers. The name of the pupil who wrote the piece can appear alongside it.
All stories can be emailed to John Manley PRO Tipperary CUMANN NA MBUNSCOL at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FF will freeze student fees and fully restore post-graduate grants – Goldsboro
Fianna Fáil General Election candidate for Tipperary Cllr. Imelda Goldsboro says her party is determined to make third level education affordable again and has put forward a range of measures to ease the financial burden on students.
The party plans to establish a new Department of Higher Education and Research to ensure that the demands of third level do not fall through the cracks as has been happening under Fine Gael.
Cllr. Goldsboro said, “Fianna Fáil has a proud record of expanding free education and transforming the lives of generations of Irish people. We want to continue that tradition and have placed education at the heart of our strategy.
“The high cost of third level can often deter students from applying to college in the first place. I believe that every young person should have the chance to broaden their horizons and their opportunities through education and my party is committed to freezing student fees if elected to government.
“The undergraduate maintenance grant is a key tool to alleviate the pressure on students and their families. The Cassells report specified the need for additional investment to deliver a more effective system of student financial aid, and if elected to government, my party will increase the undergrad maintenance grant by 20%.
“Fianna Fáil has secured a partial row back on some issues as part of the Confidence and Supply Arrangement but we want to go further. As part of our affordability pledge, we will fully restore post-graduate grants to ensure that everyone, regardless of their background or financial situation, can have the opportunity to undertake a post graduate course.
“Improving our education system has been a core objective of Fianna Fáil since its foundation and in government we will continue to push for better access and supports for all”.