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You may have heard of the Reading Ulysses course that we have successfully run in Blackrock Education Centre.  You may have even attended the course already but you know of someone who might enjoy it.  We are delighted to announce that Dr Seamus Cannon has offered to guide us again in the adventure that is to discover what has been described by many critics as ‘one of the greatest novels ever written'
Introduction to the course: Tuesday, December 9th, 7:30
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A Victorian Village
By Séamus Cannon and Carole Cullen
Published by Blackrock Education Centre Nov. 2014
Available from:
Price €20 paperback; €35 case bound. (limited edition)
Please call 012365013 or go to  for more information
'Monkstown - A Victorian Village' is an affectionate and evocative celebration of the social and architectural heritage of Monkstown, a Dublin suburb. Authors Séamus Cannon and Carole Cullen present the history of the Monkstown community and its built environment in an extensively illustrated and very readable 125pp. An interesting feature is a focus on notable residents of the nineteenth century...

Tuesday 11th November 19:30 
As part of the Arts in Education Charter, an Arts in Education Portal will be established.  This will be new national digital resource of arts and education practice for teachers, artists, and anyone working in the field of arts in education. It will provide a dedicated space where good practice, research, resources and inspirational case studies can be shared and accessed online. 

The Write a book Project will run for the 29th time this year as usual.
You can download the registration form from
The website contains also information, ideas, suggestions and a couple of slide shows that the children might like: one is a Merit book from last year, Taibhse sa Bhanc (rang a dó) and the other a sample of images from Merit books 2014.
Dates for Write a book Project 2015 can be found in the Calendar page, under the To Participate tab.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Adela at the Centre (01 – 236 5024)

  "Maths is all around us and to give our young people a good chance it is vital that we send them positive messages about maths. This talk from Andrew Jeffrey, a mathemagician and leading UK mathematics educator, will be full of ideas and messages for parents, as well as some fun ways to introduce key mathematical concepts to children."    We regret that this event is completely booked out

Starting 7th - 21st October 7.00pm - 9.00pm in Blackrock Education Centre
About Coderdojo: Coderdojo is a global volunteer-led community of free programming clubs for young people between the age of 7 and 17, they learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore technology. Most importantly Coderdojo is about encouraging creativity and having fun with technology in a social environment.  

We are still unable to finalise dates for the start of this year's competition.  Any school wishing to register interest should contact the director (pat "at"  As soon as we have more details we will let you know.
In the meantime you can be practising using the resources at

It is a Teaching Council registration requirement for all NQTs who have completed their initial teacher education since July 2012 to participate in the NIPT Workshop or Droichead Programme. NQTs have three years from their initial date of registration with the Teaching Council to complete the NIPT workshop programme. 
Blackrock Education Centre’s NIPT NQT workshop series will commence September 6th 2016
 Further information here
Droichead (bridge in Irish) is the enhanced model of induction for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs). This will be the recognised route of induction for all new teachers from September 2018,...

Camara is an organisation dedicated to using technology to improve education and livelihood skills, especially in disadvantaged communities throughout the world.
They are offering a free Tablets for Education workshop for teachers.   It takes place from 10am-1pm on Wednesday 20th August.  More details here.

Click here for a flavour of the atmosphere and variety of this year's July Summer Courses.