The Bully

Posted on 22. Aug, 2013 in Discrimination, Relationships, Schools

A piece from our archive – January 10th 2007 Bullying is a huge problem in schools throughout the country.  But what goes on in the minds of the bully and how can we help them change their ways?  Cathy Finnegan is a guidance councillor in Wilson Hospital School in Co. Westmeath and is currently undertaking […]

Meditation – a gift for life

Posted on 04. Jul, 2013 in Prayer, Schools, Spiritual, Spirituality

Christian meditation is experiencing a revival as the John Main tradition of meditation is spreading throughout the country. Noel Keating has been involved with meditation for over ten years and is now looking at ways of bringing meditation into schools and getting children involved. In this first of a two-part series, he looks at the […]

Education in Ireland

Posted on 09. May, 2013 in Religious patronage, Religious teaching, Schools

David Tuohy SJ, educationalist and author of “Denominational Education and Politics: Ireland in a European Context” looks at the issue of patronage. He explains to Pat Coyle that while the State is clear that there is a need to divest patronage away from the Church, they don’t necessarily have a clear vision of what is […]

Trainee Teacher

Posted on 25. Apr, 2013 in Religious patronage, Religious teaching, Schools

During Croke Park II, teachers’ salaries have once again come under scrutiny, with the unions so far voting no to proposed changes. However for most trainee teachers, the real issue is whether they will even get a job. Miriam Gormally spoke with Sean Henry, a trainee teacher in Religion and English in Mater Dei. He […]

Religious Education

Posted on 11. Apr, 2013 in Religious patronage, Religious teaching, Schools

Last week, we looked at the topic of religious patronage; this week, we are looking at religious education within the classroom and the difficulties that may arise in teaching the subject. Dr. Gareth Byrne is head of Religious Education in Mater Dei. He is editor of the book Toward Mutual Ground: Pluralism, Religious Education and Diversity […]

School Patronage

Posted on 04. Apr, 2013 in Religious patronage, Schools

A recent report on Patronage and Pluralism in the Primary Sector highlighted that there was a desire for change amongst parents. However Fr Michael Drumm, Chairperson of the Catholic Schools Partnership believes that some of the figures being mentioned in the media were misleading. He explained to Miriam Gormally how the report actually illustrates that most people […]

Religious Education in Primary Schools

Posted on 18. Oct, 2012 in Church Teachings, Religious teaching, Schools

Religious education in Primary Schools is often a contentious topic. Given that there are few options, schools, pupils and parents often find themselves in the position of mismatched religious needs. This is particularly the case during the years where students are celebrating a sacrament. Miriam Gormally spoke with Dr. Gareth Byrne, Head of Religious Education […]

A New Catholic School

Posted on 06. Sep, 2012 in Church Teachings, Religious patronage, Religious teaching, Schools, Uncategorized

Le Cheile was recently awarded patronage for the new post primary school in Mulhuddart. This was mainly due to their commitment to academic excellence and pastoral care as well as demand from local parents. Miriam Gormally spoke with Sean Goan, Faith Development Officer with Le Chéile schools  about what this would mean and the various […]

School Reform

Posted on 26. Jul, 2012 in Religious patronage, Religious teaching, Schools

The need for radical reform of the Irish education system as envisaged by Education Minister Ruairi Quinn, and the impact that reform might have on Catholic schools, are topics that have been repeatedly discussed on radio and in the paper. This summer’s edition of the influential Jesuit journal Studies explores this topic, including a features […]

Catholic Education

Posted on 31. May, 2012 in Religious patronage, Schools, Uncategorized

The future of children and their education is one of critical importance and many parents will go to great efforts to choose the right school for their son or daughter. Fr. Michael Drumm is Chairperson of the Catholic School’s Partnership and has spoken extensively on the issue of the future of Catholic Primary Schools in […]