Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Junior Cycle - Curriculum Change

Curriculum Planning & New Junior Cycle

Keynote given at NAPD Region 6 Christmas Lunch Meeting regarding Curriculum Planning & New Junior Cycle.

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Friday, 14 October 2016

Conference 2016

Delighted to see so many Members from Region 6 at Conference 2016. 

Details of Christmas Meeting 2016

A meeting for members of NAPD Region 6 will take place on Wednesday, 30 November 2016 at 12.30 pm in the Woodlands Hotel, Adare, Co. Limerick.

  • This event will focus on the following;
  • Curriculum Planning
  • Timetabling Configurations
  • General Update from NAPD Executive
  • AOB

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Leading Learning

NAPD Learning & Teaching Workshops conducted by Graham Powell and Mike Hughes in the last L & T workshops sept 2016academic year engaged over 250 teachers from almost 60 schools with ideas on creating more effective learning experiences in our classrooms.
In the current school year, NAPD will offer workshops for new and continuing participants in four different strands.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

NAPD Conference 2016

NAPD Conference Workshop Booking now open on-line -

You can now book your conference workshop with a few quick clicks through the dedicated NAPD Conference website. 

Friday, 2 September 2016

Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, 21 September 2016
Woodlands House Hotel, Adare, Co. Limerick.

There will be lunch available from 12:45 pm and the meeting will commence at 2.00 pm.  

Genevieve Murray is the principal consultant at She has researched the topic of workplace conflict/bullying for over ten years.  She has presented at conferences both nationally and internationally and has published in national journals and books.  She is a regular contributor to both print and radio media on the topic.

Agenda for Meeting

Chairperson’s Report
Treasurer's Report
Meeting of Sectors
Proposal of Sectorial representatives for Steering Committee
Election of Officers

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Welcome Networking Meeting & Meal for newly appointed Principals and Deputy Principals

Welcome Networking Meeting & Meal for newly appointed Principals and Deputy Principals

A brief networking meeting and meal has been organised for Wednesday, 14 September at 5.30 pm in the Woodlands House Hotel, Adare.
Members from the NAPD Region 6 Steering Committee will be delighted to meet you on the evening and to introduce you to the benefits of this excellent Association.  We have arranged the event at this time as we appreciate that newly appointed leaders can sometimes feel that they cannot or should not leave the school during the day.  This is the day of the Junior Certificate results and we feel that it is a good opportunity to facilitate you.  

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

NAPD Region 6 AGM

NAPD Region 6 AGM - Wednesday, 21 September, Woodlands, Adare. 
Lunch available from 12:30 pm. 
Speaker - Genevieve MURRAY from Stuaim & AGM will commence at 2.00 pm. 

Monday, 20 June 2016

Summer Lunch Meeting

Summer Lunch Meeting, Thursday, 16th June 2016
Dunraven Arms Hotel, Adare, Co. Limerick.

a.     Welcome

b.     Paul Byrne, President NAPD

c.     Conference 2016 – Galway

d.     Updates from NAPD Executive on current issues & developments

e.     Discussion

f.      Annual General Meeting – Wednesday, 21st September 2016 – Woodlands House Hotel (Lunch at 12.45pm)

g.     Acknowledgement of Colleagues who are retiring

h.     Appreciation

i.       AOB

A lunch meeting for members of NAPD Region 6 took place in the picturesque and charming village of Adare, at the Dunraven Arms Hotel, on Thursday, 14th June 2016.  The attendance was excellent with almost thirty (30) NAPD Members coming together to discuss challenges and issues, but also meeting to bid farewell to valued and highly regarded colleagues who are retiring this year.  Chairperson, Donncha O'Treasaigh welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked Members for their support throughout the year.  Donncha referred to the difficult year school leaders had to endure with ever-increasing work-load commitments and endless uncertainty regarding Junior Cycle reform, Croke Park Hours and Garda Vetting changes.

Donncha recommended that Members confirm that they have booked their places for NAPD Conference 2016 as there is significantly more interest in the event given the numbers of new Members who have been appointed to school leadership roles in recent years.  He also encouraged Members to make an effort to ensure that both the principal and deputy principal can attend the conference.  He stated that schools where this occurs get the maximum benefit from the inspirational talks and ideas which NAPD Conferences are renowned for.

Region 6 was delighted to welcome NAPD President, Mr. Paul Byrne to the meeting.  Paul spoke at length to the group and appealed to colleagues to ensure that we all put our own well-being and health first, as he is hearing accounts from all over the country that principals and deputy principals are experiencing considerable burn-out and stress related illness.
Paul praised Region 6 for its active and vibrant level of activity to support people in this busy role.  He reminded Members of the importance of NAPD Conference and all of the impressive supports that are available through NAPD.

The group received a very comprehensive and relevant report from NAPD executive member, Mary Jones relating to the topics and issues which are currently presenting challenges to school leadership and the operation of schools. 

The contribution and commitment of three longstanding NAPD members, who have chosen to retire, were acknowledged at the meeting.  
Mr. Tom Prendergast, Principal of Sexton Street CBS, Limerick spoke warmly and in great admiration of Ms. Elizabeth Quinn, former Deputy Principal of Sexton Street CBS, Limerick.  Tom gave a very impressive account of Elizabeth’s professionalism, dedication and hard-work as a teacher in the school, where she taught French, and later-on, as an highly effective deputy principal.  Elizabeth thanked Tom and all of NAPD Region 6 for their support down through the years.  She praised the Association for its outstanding work in supporting colleagues. 

Mr. Padraig Flanagan, Principal of Castletroy College paid a touching tribute to both of the deputy principals of Castletroy College who are retiring, Ms. Esther Griffin and Ms. Joan McGarry Moore.  Padraig explained how both deputy principals’ friendship and highly commendable service to their school supported his work as he assumed the position of principal five years ago.  Padraig expressed his admiration and fondness for both Esther and Joan and thanked them, in a very emotional and poignant way, for their enthusiasm and commitment to the Castletroy College community. 
Both Esther and Joan spoke about their love of the roles they fulfilled and the enjoyment they got from working in school-life.  In particular, they expressed tremendous praise and compliments to NAPD and the exceptional support and collegiality both experienced while working in school management.
Donncha O'Treasaigh articulated his sincere gratitude to both Esther and Joan for the exemplary work they did as officers of NAPD Region 6 throughout his time as Chairperson.  Donncha described how Esther had been a wonderful Treasurer in Region 6 and that she played a pivotal role in the planning of several Meitheal events for the enjoyment and benefit of colleagues.  He stated that their work in Region 6 was without doubt – highly distinguished.
Donncha thanked Joan for her work as Secretary of Region 6 for a number of years and informed everyone present, that the accounts of Region 6 events were always of the highest and most efficient of standards.
Donncha expressed the thanks of NAPD Director, Mr. Clive Byrne to both Esther and Joan for their work in the Region.

NAPD President, Mr. Paul Byrne made presentations to each of the retirees at the end of the meeting.

Donncha O'Treasaigh informed Members that the date for the Annual General Meeting would be – Wednesday, 21st September 2016, in the Woodlands House Hotel (Lunch at 12.45pm).

Donncha Ó Treasaigh thanked all of the officers of the sub-committee for their tremendous support and efforts in planning an excellent year of activities, at regional level. In particular, he praised Ms. Elizabeth Cregan, Treasurer, for all of the exemplary work she carried out in preparation of the events that took place during the year.

Mr. Paul Byrne, President of NAPD presenting a gift to Ms. Elizabeth Quinn, former Deputy Principal of Sexton Street, CBS, Limerick on behalf of NAPD Region 6.

Mr. Paul Byrne, President of NAPD presenting a gift to Ms. Joan McGarry Moore, former Deputy Principal of Castletroy College, Co. Limerick on behalf of NAPD Region 6.

Mr. Paul Byrne, President of NAPD presenting a gift to Ms. Esther Griffin, former Deputy Principal of Castletroy College, Co. Limerick on behalf of NAPD Region 6.

Please refer to NAPD Region 6 Blog for all the latest news and updates for Members

Chairperson: Mr. Donncha O Treasaigh, Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, Meal Sior Anraí, Luimneach.
Secretary: Mr. Sean Twomey, Coláiste Iosaif, Kilmallock, Co Limerick.
Treasurer: Ms. Elizabeth Cregan, Desmond College, Newcastlewest, Co Limerick.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Esha Conference 2016 - Maastricht

NAPD Region 6 Notice to Members

ESHA Conference

A  Chara

NAPD Director, Mr. Clive Byrne has asked each Region to forward details of the ESHA conference to NAPD members. 

Full details are available on

The Conference registration fee is €395. If you are interested in going, please contact Donncha Ó Treasaigh. 

Monday, 21 March 2016

MailShot to NAPD Region 6 Members

A Chara

I trust you are looking forward to a very well earned break from your extremely busy role.
I wish to thank all members who attended our NAPD Region 6 Meitheal in late February; we had the highest turn-out ever with 41 Principals and Deputy Principals present.

Certainly, the high quality speakers, beautiful hotel and wise words of wisdom from our post-dinner speaker, Kerry Manager, Eamon Fitzmaurice, all lent themselves for making it very worthwhile.

The following resourced were emailed to all those whom registered for Meitheal 2016;
  • NAPD Region 6 Meitheal 2016 Report
  • Copies of presentations from our Speakers, Mr. Alan Mongey (One Hour Classes) and Ms. Máire Ní Bhróithre (Centre for School Leadership).
  • Excel Spreadsheet and screen-grab of a curriculum which operates on a 50/45/40 Minute basis with 7 periods a day (45/40 Minute classes on Fridays).

Please sign up for email notifications regarding events, meetings, support, useful contacts, resources and tweets on our NAPD Region 6 Blog
Once you have registered, you will be notified of changes and announcements.

Our next event will be a late lunch meeting in June 2016, to mark retirements and update members on the latest from NAPD Executive.  With the ‘whirlwind’ of change, lack of clarity and not to mind the general degree of additional work that seems to arrive on school leaders’ desks, such meetings are essential to brief ourselves on the priorities.  The informal collegiality that exists is also very important.

Beannachtaí na Cásca ort agus do chuid cúraim uile.
Donncha Ó Treasaigh (Chairperson)

Friday, 4 March 2016

Assessment for All conference

Dublin - Tuesday 12th April 2016

I would like to invite you to GL Assessment's Assessment for All conference taking place in in The Red Cow, Dublin on Tuesday 12th April 2016

The conference will focus on our key assessments and demonstrate how our Post-Primary Assessment Package exclusive to Ireland, can support teachers in a number of ways. The package combines the Cognitive Abilities Test 4: Irish Edition (CAT4), Progress Test in Maths (PTM), Pupil Attitudes to Self and School (PASS) survey and the New Group Reading Test (NGRT) which can be used in paper or digital format.

Attend our Assessment for All conference to find out how
  • CAT4 can be used to get advance data on pupils
  • PASS can help identify barriers to learning early during a pupil’s first year in Post-Primary
  • NGRT can provide an assessment of a pupil’s reading attainment
  • PTM can assess a pupil’s attainment level in mathematics
Start your day with an optional early bird introduction (or refresher) session on CAT4 and hear how other practitioners are using our products (practitioner speakers to be announced!). Delegates will also receive a €50 GL Assessment voucher at the conference.

The conference is aimed at Post-Primary schools in Ireland and is open to both new and existing customers of GL Assessment.

Date: Tuesday 12 April
Time: 9am - 3.30pm with optional 'early bird' 8.30 - 9.15 am
Cost: €50 + VAT
Rebecca Garven
GL Assessment

Friday, 26 February 2016

Meitheal 2016 underway

NAPD REgion 6 Meitheal is underway in Killarney and members are enjoying a wonderful level of professional and collegial discussion and debate around the issues of the day challenging school leaders. 
A most uplifting speech was given by Kerry Football Manager, Eamon Fitzmaurice and we are extremely grateful to Killian Young and Bank of Ireland for facilitating this for us. 

Friday, 8 January 2016

Last Chance to Book!

Thursday, February 25th & Friday February 26th
Park Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry.

Book On-Line for this Overnight: Click Here

Thursday, 25th February 2016

5.15 – 6.00 p.m. 
Registration & Tea/Coffee
6.00 pm – 7.00 pm
Well-being Session – Anthony O’ Shaughnessy (HumourFit)
Anthony O’ Shaughnessy (, through his company Rapha Cottage offers a number of programmes on-site or on an outreach basis. Programmes are of particular interest to schools, but for us, Anthony is going to focus on well-being and our own mindfulness and how we can ensure that we look after ourselves so that we can look after those in our school community.  He will touch on the following in particular:

·         Developing healthy relationships
·         The importance of listening

8.00 pm: 4 Course Meal & Socialising
Guest of Honour – NAPD President Paul Byrne & NAPD Director Clive Byrne

Friday, 26th February 2015

9.45 am - 11.00 am                                  

One Hour Class Timetabling & Junior Cycle  
Mr. Alan Mongey, Principal of Clare Galway Community College and former DES Inspector will share his experience of this school’s adoption of One Hour Class timetable and the opportunities and challenges such a configuration can have for students, teachers and school leaders.  This session will afford an opportunity for discussion, break-out sessions for similar sized schools and conclude with reflections and a Q&A session.

11.15 am – 12.00 pm                                           
Centre for School Leadership
Mary Nihill and Máire Ní Bhróithre from the newly established Centre for School Leadership will update Members on the establishment and development of this essential support service for school leaders.

12.00 pm – 12.45 pm                                           
Discussion with Clive Byrne, NAPD Director

12.45 pm                                                                  
Light lunch

€80 Cheque (usually paid from School/Board of Management) made payable to “NAPD Region 6” can be sent to Elizabeth Cregan, DP, Desmond College, Newcastlewest, Co. Limerick before 12th February 2016.
Register on-line through link above - Fee covers Meals, Lunch, Teas & Coffees -

Accommodation is at a specially reduced rate of €105 for B&B plus use of Leisure Centre

Meitheal 2016 is limited to Current paid Members only

Please ensure that your annual subscription to NAPD is paid beforehand

Saturday, 2 January 2016

BETT 2016

Anybody thinking of attending BETT for a day-trip can avail of a very good deal from Cork (kindly suggested by Donal O' Reilly, DP in Killorglin).

Who can attend BETT and what is it?
If you’re a Learning and Training Professional, come to Bett to discover how technology can improve and enhance learning, from school to Higher Education and workplace learning.
Schools: Visitors can find products and resources for use in the classroom and for the efficient management of the school
Higher Education: Visitors can find products and resources for use in lecture theatres, the library, for distance learning and for the efficient management of the University. In addition, the Technology in Higher Education conference will cover improving teaching, learning, student engagement and operational efficiency in Higher Education.
Businesses: HR and Learning Development professionals find products and services to help improve learning in the workplace. In addition, visitors from this sector can attend the Workplace Learning conference to learn how top organisations are building world-class employee learning cultures.
Students: An environment for students to interact with technology solutions with their education establishment.
2.    How can I register for the show?
Registration for Bett is free of charge if you register in advance. Please click here to register for your ticket.
3.    How can I register a group?
To register a group of 8 or more for the show, please contact and request to have the form sent to you. Please then complete this ensuring that all information is correctly completed to enable us to complete the registration process for each visitor. Please then send the form back to
4.    I am a student, am I able to attend the show?
Students of Undergraduate level and above (individuals and groups) on relevant courses of study are welcome to attend on the last day of the show but will not be permitted to trade. Students will be asked to show an NUS identity card or equivalent student identity. All students will be required to register for the event via the normal registration process here.
5.    Is the show free to attend?
Entry is free to all trade visitors who register online prior to the show (or those looking to start a new business in the next 12 months).  
6.    Can I register when on arrival to the show?
Yes, you may register upon arrival at the show, please go to the registration desks to do so.
7.    When will I receive my Entry badge?
Post: If you have opted to have your entry badge posted out to you, your entry badge will arrive within the two week run up to the show open. However, if you do not receive your entry badge by post you can still print your e-ticket which you will receive attached to your confirmation email once you have registered to attend the show.
Email: If you opted to go green you can print your e-badge at the end of registration or from the confirmation email once registration is complete. If you are unable to print your badge, don’t worry – just show us this confirmation email on your mobile device.
8.    Can I edit my registration details?
If you wish to edit your registration details, please go to your confirmation email and click on the option ‘edit your details’. This will then open up a new window allowing you to change your details.
NB: The option of having your entry badge posted cannot be changed in the 2 week run up to the show open days as badges will have already been posted.
9.    Is attendance to the show date specific? Can I attend on more than one day?
Attendance to the show is free on any day and not date specific. If you wish to attend on more than one day, please keep hold of your entry badge.
10.    Where does my visitor e-badge/entry badge allow me access to?
Your entry badge allows you access to the whole show unless stated otherwise. For example, if your entry badges state ‘Press’ you will have access to the show Press Lounge.
11.    What if I have forgotten my e-badge/entry badge when I arrive at the show?
Registration staff at the main registration desks will be able to find you by company name/surname on our data base to print your entry badge. If you can, please provide proof of company name via business card or confirmation email.
12.    Can I bring children?
We advise that children under 16 do not attend the event as this is a large trade only event and there are no children/crèche facilities within the venue. Children attending the event must be accompanied by an adult or guardian.
Upon arrival at the show, a Childs entry pass will be required for all those under the age of 16. This is to be collected from the registration desks in the main entrance. Anyone over the age of 16 will be required to register for the event via the normal registration process.
There is a crèche facility a short walk from ExCeL (Custom House side of the venue, across from the ibis hotel). Busy Bees provides a safe, clean and contemporary environment for 100 children aged 3 months to 5 years.
You will need to book 7 days in advance. Contact details are as follows:
Busy Bees ExCel
5 Western Gateway
Royal Victoria Docks
E16 1XL
Tel: +44 (0)20 7474 7487.
13. When will I receive my Entry badge?
Post: If you have opted to have your entry badge posted out to you, your entry badge will arrive within the two week run up to the show open. However, if you do not receive your entry badge by post you can still print your e-ticket which you will receive attached to your confirmation email once you have registered to attend the show.
Email: If you opted to go green you can print your e-badge at the end of registration or from the confirmation email once registration is complete. If you are unable to print your badge, don’t worry 

Details about BETT are available by clicking here.......