Students feature on JCT4

Some of 1st Year Wood Technology students Design Challenge entries appeared on the Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) JCt4 team, a Department of Education & Skills (Ire) Support Service for schools Twitter Page lately.


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Department of Education and Skills News Update

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VolleyCamp Virtual

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Volleyball Ireland will be running a  VolleyCamp Virtual – a new online Volleyball camp. The programme will include a mix of fitness classes, ball skill challenges, educational seminars and match analysis. The camp is completely free and for all Volleyball Ireland members.

Their first camp will be held from Weds-Friday April 15-17th.

Topics and activities included:
Fitness Workout – we will be working with a reputable online fitness provider to deliver ‘equipment free’ HIIT workouts. All you need is a water and if you want, a gym mat. The class will be ‘shared’ so you can follow the instructor on your laptop, phone, iPad.

Skill Development & Ball Control – we will show you the moves, you complete our ball control circuit. All you need is a volleyball. You’ll have 30 mins to record your scores, trying to beat your record each day.

Anti Doping Seminar – VI Development Officer Jessie will be providing some important info on impacts of medication and banned substances. Great to widen your knowledge!

​Referee Knowledge & Rules Quiz – to be a great player, you’ve got to know the rules! We’ll be testing your knowledge on the rules, providing answers to improve your game.

Nutrition Seminar – this workshop will provide insights into good nutrition for young volleyball players, and what to eat before and after a tough workout or match.

Yoga & Pilates – we’ve partnered up with a reputable online fitness platform – all you need is water and ideally a gym mat. Just follow the class like a live session!

Volleyball Skill Challenge – each day the development team will be setting a new skill challenge for you to master!

Dare to Dream – we will be inspired by one of the best Volleyball documentaries on the market, as we follow the record breaking Stanford Volleyball Team

Mindset – we’ve secured access to a pre-recorded Q&A with USA star Courtney Thompson who will be discussing ‘getting the right mindset’

Match Analysis – we’ve selected some high profile matches from years gone by, for each of our campers to analyse

Social Media Challenge – social media is a big part of an Athlete’s life, so we’ve picked a few challenges for our players to promote their Volleyball prowess

Player Q&A – each evening we will be hosting a Q&A with Senior Volleyball stars for our players to learn from the best!

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State exams to go ahead ‘by hook or by crook’

Plans are being drawn up to ensure both the Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate exams will go ahead this year, the Taoiseach has said.

Speaking following a meeting of the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Covid-19, Leo Varadkar said Minister for Education Joe McHugh and the State Examinations Commission are drawing up options to allow the State exams to be held.

Mr Varadkar said there are a “number of options” and Minister McHugh is working to ensure that “by hook or by crook” the exams take place.

He said the Government did not want people who are hoping to enter third level education later this year “to lose a year … or half a year” of their lives.

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Shakespeare for Leaving an Junior Cert students on RTE

RTÉ announces screening of Shakespeare Leaving and Junior Cert Classics.


RTÉ has announced that a series of classic productions of William Shakespeare’s plays, aimed at Leaving and Junior Certificate students, will broadcast on RTÉ2 over the coming weeks.

With Leaving and Junior Certificate students learning from a distance, the opportunity to attend a live production of Shakespeare’s works has now been put on hold. All cycles* and levels are accommodated as Shakespeare is mandatory for Higher Level students but is optional for those studying at Ordinary level.

The productions, which will air weekend mornings on RTÉ2 beginning with the current 2020 curriculum for Leaving Certificate students, include Hamlet starring David Tennant and The Tempest with Andrew Sachs. King Lear which is on the curriculum for 2021 will broadcast the following week.

Junior Certificate texts for both 2020 and 2021 include A Midsummer Night’s Dream featuring Matt Lucas, As You Like It with Helen Mirren, Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar and Romeo and Juliet with a young Alan Rickman.

All productions will be available on RTÉ Player for 30 days post-broadcast.


*cycles being Leaving and Junior Certificate 2020 and Leaving and Junior Certificate 2021.

Shakespeare On RTÉ

Shakespeare – Hamlet 11/04/20 RTÉ2, 11.25am

Shakespeare – The Tempest 12/04/20 RTÉ2, 10.50am

Shakespeare – King Lear 18/04/20 RTÉ2, 10.35am

Shakespeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream – 19/04/20 RTÉ2, 10.35am

Shakespeare – As You Like It – 25/04/20 RTÉ2, 9.45 am

Shakespeare – Much Ado About Nothing – 26/04/20 RTÉ2, 10.10am

Shakespeare – Julius Ceasar – 02/05/20 RTÉ2, 10.20am

Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet – 03/05/20 RTÉ2, Time TBC

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