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Primary schools delve into science

Clare Education Centre held its annual science fair for primary schools in the Auburn Lodge Hotel this week. In excess of 420 pupils participated from schools across the county. The evening was the culmination of a series of evening workshops delivered in Clare Education Centre by primary science expert, Michael Browne. Michael, a Crusheen native, is the author of a range of science books for the primary school curriculum and has worked closely with Clare Education Centre for a number of years. The teachers from the participating schools attended five evening workshops during the term, in preparation for the science fair. Schools looked at all aspects of the curriculum and devised suitable experiments to demonstrate various concepts. The emphasis was very much on the practical and ‘learning by doing’. At the science fair, pupils demonstrated their knowledge and understanding of the subject to their parents, teachers and all who attended. Director of Clare Education Centre, Pat Hanrahan, acknowledged all the …

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Educating Clare schools about energy saving

Clare primary and secondary schools are being invited to participate in a course aimed at encouraging them to reduce their energy use and save money on their energy bills. The Clare Education Centre, Clare County Council and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) are collaborating to run an Energy Management Course on Monday, October 20 and Monday, November 10. Teachers have to signal their interest by 5pm this Friday. Pat Hanrahan, director of the Clare Education Centre said, “We look forward to hosting the course at our offices in Ennis. The course will see participants being guided step-by-step through the energy management process from understanding bills and energy use in the school to developing and implementing an energy saving plan. The course will also feed into the Green Schools Programme.” Clare Environmental Awareness Officer, Joan Tarmey added: “The course involves attending two half-day workshops where schools will be given access to a range of resources, online tools, expert advice and …

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Clare children focus on ocean safety

The Health and Safety Authority and Clare Education Centre recently announced the county winners of the On the Ocean art and writing competition, which aims to raise children’s awareness of ocean safety For children in coastal communities, there was an additional focus on the life of fishermen, staying safe at sea, the role of rescue services and life in fishing communities. Winners in the Clare Education Centre catchment area were Stephen Kennedy, Bodyke National School; Aisling Moloney, Toonagh National School; Joanne Harmon, Health and Safety Authority; Nicole Cheng, Ennis National School; and Ksawery Domek, Scoil Chríost Rí. Joanne Harmon, who is the education manager with the Health and Safety Authority, and Pat Hanrahan, director of Clare Education Centre, presented the winners with certificates and prize money at a workshop in Galway, where the winning children had the opportunity to work with artists and writers from Kids Own Publishing. A book will be published on ocean safety from their work and sent …

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