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Waterford and Wexford Education And
Training Board Newsletter!

November 2019, Issue 8.

WWETB launches YouTube channel
ahead of promotional video 


Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board is looking forward to launching its promotional video in the coming weeks, which will be embedded on the WWETB website landing page and distributed across all WWETB media channels.

The video content is centred around an animation which is guided by voice-over and testimonials from staff and students within the organisation, along with stock footage showcasing some highlights across our schools and centres. 

Ahead of releasing the promo video which will be featured on our branded WWETB YouTube channel, we are asking all staff to subscribe to our YouTube channel by clicking on the link here. The channel will also host informational video pieces from all our schools and centres.

If you would like to include any videos on this channel, please email your videos via SharePoint to and state that you would like to include it on our YouTube channel.  

We encourage all staff to forward video footage which they feel would be of interest to the public. It will also allow the video to be discovered through online search engines.  

Please also subscribe to our YouTube channel, as once we hit over 100 subscribers we can customise our url. 

  You can now also connect with
   WWETB through the Linkedin page 

The WWETB Linkedin page is now up and running. Please follow us here

The aim of this channel is to allow users, potential job candidates and companies, particularly businesses with an interest in Skills To Advance, to access important articles and posts which are posted or shared by WWETB. 

Over the coming months we should see regular blogs and relevant articles shared across the page.  This will allow WWETB to reflect a strong online presence to its followers on a daily basis through its feeds. It will help to develop our digital footprint and to allow other organisations to connect with us.

Linkedin is a great tool for researching companies and industries, search and apply for jobs, build a strong professional network and you can now connect your profile to the WWETB channel as an employee.

A Warm Welcome to Our New Board

We are pleased to congratulate and welcome our new Board members for the next five-year period. We would also like to congratulate Cllr. Barbara-Anne Murphy and Cllr. Lola O'Sullivan on their elections to the positions as Board Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson respectively.

The Board provides leadership to the organisation to deliver on its mission to “provide a wide range of education and training programmes, services and supports for children, young people and to adults services across the Waterford-Wexford region”. The Board of Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board comprises of 21 members, including 12 Local Authority Representatives (7 from Wexford and 5 from Waterford), 2 Staff Representatives, 2 Parents’ Representatives and 5 members from Bodies representing Community/Business Interests. One community/business interest representative must be drawn from business, industry and employers; one must be drawn from learners’ representative bodies and one must be representative of Bodies connected to school management or leadership.

Cllr. Barbara-Anne Murphy has been a member of WWETB since 2014 and Wexford County Council since January 2004. She was educated at the Girls National School, Bunclody and FCJ Secondary School, Bunclody. Barbara-Anne holds a BSc in Politics and Human Geography. Her interest in people and community is long standing and she is passionate about job creation through enhanced education and training opportunities for all. She has served on many local community, sporting and voluntary committees.

Cllr. Lola O'Sullivan will serve as Deputy Chairperson and has been a member of WWETB since 2014, Waterford City and County Council (originally Waterford City Council) since 1999 and served as Mayor on three occasions. She currently sits on the Irish Water Safety Board, is Deputy Chairperson of Waterford Local Community and Development Committee (LCDC) and is Chairperson of Waterford City and County Council Economic Strategic Policy Committee.

We would also like to thank Cllr. Jim Moore, outgoing Chairperson, Cllr. Michael J. O ‘Ryan, outgoing deputy Chairperson and all outgoing Board members for their tremendous contribution to the work of WWETB.

The following is a list of our current WWETB Board members.


WWETB Alumni Spotlight 


Rianna awarded player of the match



Congratulations to Selskar College past pupil, Wexford Youths and Republic of Ireland Women's International footballer Rianna Jarrett, who took home the player of the match awarded at the FAI Women's Cup Final on the 3rd of November. Wexford Youths took home the FAI Women's Cup after a 3-2 victory over Peamount United in Aviva Stadium.  

Rianna studied at Selskar College where she sat her Leaving Certificate in 2012 before receiving an athletic scholarship from the University of Tennessee at Martin to play college soccer 
for their University team, Martin Skyhawks in 2014. 

In 2010, Rianna was a member of the Republic of Ireland U-17 squad who were runners-up in the 2010 UEFA Women's Under 17 Championship and quarter-finalists in the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. Rianna scored 27 goals for Wexford Youths in 2018 and was named WNL Player of the Season as the club won a Treble.

                                            Dee O'Keefe, All-Star Winner 


Congratulations to Diarmuid "Dee" O’Keefe on winning his first All-Star award. Dee who is a past pupil of Bridgetown College was named the PWC player of the month for his recent performances in the Leinster hurling championship where he scored two points from play and collected a winners' medal following the 1-23 to 0-23 defeat of Kilkenny.

Dee also plays midfield for his local Senior Championship club St Anne's, Rathangan. 

Lee Chin, All-Star Winner 


Congratulations to PWC Hurling All-Star winner Lee Chin who is another Selskar College past pupil. Lee was named on the PWC GAA/GPA Hurling All-Star Team for 2019 having led his team to an All Ireland quarter final in August this year.

Lee first lined out for Wexford as a member of the minor team during the 2010 Leinster Championship. He joined the Faythe Harriers club at a young age and played in all grades at juvenile and underage levels, enjoying championship success at under-21 level in 2012. He made his first appearance for the Wexford senior team on 24 February 2013.


Claudia Gocoul is most inspiring


Congratulations are also extended to another past pupil from Selskar College, Claudia Gocoul took home the Graham Norton Award for Most Inspiring Director 2019. Claudia studied at Selskar College from 2007 to 2011 where she sat her Leaving Certificate before going on to further her studies at Dublin City University where she received a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Journalism.

Claudia is now an experienced Creative Director with a demonstrated history of product development and brand creation particularly in tanning and beauty. She has a unique knowledge of media and PR production having worked in high level roles both within leading consumer brands and within the media landscape. She currently holds the position as Managing Directer with Irish-based brand Carter Beauty Cosmetics which is synonymous with the brand Cocoa Brown. 

ABI Showcase Outstanding Talent

Here are some of the many fantastic pieces on display from the 2nd Annual Wexford Art Exhibition in Whites Hotel, during Wexford Festival Opera which gave our Acquired Brain Injury group a chance to showcase and highlight the work they have produced.      

Staff Event At Wells House


Our second Staff Event of 2019, which will be held on Tuesday 19 November, will be themed; Customer Service & Student Experience and will be held at Wells House, Ballyedmond, Co Wexford:
Managers, Administrative and Maintenance staff, Principals/Deputy Principals and Co-Ordinators are all encouraged to attend to avail of this opportunity to meet with colleagues from across WWETB, hear input from external speakers, and hear about WWETB programmes. 

2019 Retirement Function


WWETB’s annual retirement event will take place on Thursday 12th December 2019 at Newbay House Hotel, Wexford.

This event celebrates the contribution of our colleagues who have retired during the year. The occasion will be marked by Afternoon Tea and a tribute to the individuals retiring.

WWETB Senior Management team and the Chairperson of WWETB Cllr Barbara Anne Murphy will attend the event.



Congratulations Access 2000!

Huge congratulations to Access 2000 in Wexford Town on their 10th Anniversary of running their Local Training Initiative “Experience Success”.

In a ceremony attended by current and former learners with their families and friends, WWETB representatives and the Lord Mayor of Wexford, it was clear to see the impact that this programme has had on the local community that it serves.


It instills pride in WWETB as an organisation having heard great feedback from learners how this programme has changed their lives. WWETB is supporting this LTI and we wish it many more years of success!

LTI Awards Ceremonies

It’s been a busy few months for some of our Local Training Initiatives organising their awards ceremonies for this years graduating classes. Gorey Youth Training, Courtown LTI, COTS LTI in Kilmuckridge and Experience Success in Wexford Town have all celebrated over the past few months.

Gorey LTI awarded 9 learners with Major Awards in Sports and Recreation at Level 5. Major Awards were received by 7 learners for Information and Communications Technology at Level 4.

In Courtown LTI 6 Learners received Major Awards in General Learning at Level 4, while COTS LTI Kilmuckridge awarded 12 learners with Major Awards in Retail Practice at Level 5. Experience Success in Wexford town had 8 learners achieving their Major Award in Employment Skills at level 4.

With these qualifications the learners on these courses have a world of opportunities and possibilities opened to them and we are proud to be supporting these Local Training Initiatives again for the next year. 


Community Training & Gaisce
The President's Award

We are delighted to announce a recent collaboration between Community Training and Gaisce - The President's Award. We have just completed one days training for staff to become Gaisce PALS, with another days training organised in November.

Gaisce has recognised the amazing work being done within Community Training and is delighted to be on board with this.

Through this collaboration it is another way for us to recognise the effort and commitment that our learners put into their work. We are looking forward to awarding many learners next year with their Bronze Awards and supporting their future journeys to Silver and Gold awards.


Wexford Comhairle na nÓg AGM

At the Wexford Comhairle na nÓg AGM young people from all over County Wexford gathered in solidarity with policy makers to consider needs, solutions and positive ways forward relating to real issues affecting their lives. Together with officials from Wexford County Council and FDYS, the WWETB Youth Officer, Maria Lindell met with young people and teams of youth workers to hear first-hand about the needs in the community. In the County Council Chambers, over one hundred young people from diverse backgrounds, schools and youth projects spoke passionately about their views of growing up in County Wexford. 


The young people will be issuing their reports in the coming weeks and it is hoped that their findings will be used in the planning of activities and policies affecting their lives.
For more information on the findings of this report, contact Kieran Donohoe, FDYS on 053 91 23262.

World Skills Kazan 2019

The 45th WorldSkills 2019 competition came to an end on the 27th of August as 1,354 young professionals from 63 countries and regions tried their strength in 56 skills.

Team Ireland won four gold medals, a bronze medal and 7 Medallions of Excellence at a “Skills Olympics” where they showcased their talents against 1,600 competitors from 60 countries.

Kevin Lewis CE, WWETB, paid tribute to a number of the very successful Worldskills Kazan 2019 Team. In his address he expressed his delight that 5 of the competitors from the team have an association with WWETB. 

Adam Flynn completed his Phase 2 MAMF and is employed by Dungarvan Precision Engineering, Co. Waterford. Christopher Kehoe returned with a Medallion of Excellence and he commenced his preparation for the competition in Waterford. He is employed by Future Stainless, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.  Ryan McLoughlin completed Phase 2 Brick & Stone-laying and Glen McNamara completed Phase 2 Electrical, both completed in our Waterford Training Centre. Jennifer Mangan, Visual Merchandising trained in our Waterford Training Centre for the competition. Thank you to everyone who made this competition a truly tremendous and unforgettable event.

A special word of acknowledgement to David Baldwin M.A.M.F. Instructor, Waterford Training Centre, who was the Worldskills Expert. David prepared Adam for his competition and is also the Chief Examiner for the M.A.M.F. Ireland Skills Competition.


 The Results

  • 4 Gold Medals  - Cloud Computing, Freight Forwarding, Building Information Modelling (BIM) (2)
  • 1 Bronze Medal - Industrial Mechanic Millwright (IMM)
  • 7 Medallions of Excellence - Welding, Aircraft Maintenance, Cookery, Plumbing & Heating, Construction Metal Work, Restaurant Service and Cabinetmaking.
  • 10th best Team in the World
Click here to see some highlights of the event on flicker

Watch John Cassidy, Waterford Training Centre Area Training Manager and Technical Delegate Assistant at World Skills speak to Social TV.

A Warm Welcome To Our New
Senior Management Teams

We would like to extend a welcome to the following staff members who have joined the senior management teams in our schools.

New Principal in Bridgetown College - Adrian Power 
New Deputy in Bridgetown College - Anne Carroll will take up the role as Deputy Principal at the end of November. 
New Deputy in Coláiste an Átha – Diarmuid O’Hanlon
New Deputy in Creagh College – Janet Wallace
New Deputy in St Declan’s College – Eleanor Uí Chatháin
New Principal in Kennedy College - Michael Weafer 
Principal Kilnamanagh CNS – Bróna Kenneally
New Principal- Meánscoil San Nicolás – Gráinne Ní Lúbaigh
New Deputy – Meánscoil San Nicolás – Aonghus O’Raghnaigh
New Principal in St. Paul's Community College - Fiona McDonnell 
New Principal in Selskar College - Denise Lennon-Hennessy 
New Principal in WCFE - Noreen Reilly

Building Services Update

We are constantly striving to upgrade our facilities to provide the best environment for our learners.

Our current projects for new school buildings include an ASD Unit at St Paul's Community College. Permanent extensions have been approved for St Declan’s Community College, Dungarvan College - Coláiste Dhún Garbhán, Meánscoil San Nioclás, Bunclody Vocational College and Bridgetown College.

Digital Learning

Microsoft DreamSpace Visit
Participants from both the Pobal Ceoil and O365 clusters visited the Microsoft DreamSpace in Dublin on September 10th this year.  Thirty teachers in total travelled to engage in a hands-on, immersive workshop where they enjoyed MakerSpace challenges, an introduction to Micro:bits and a tour of the Microsoft building. The Microsoft DreamSpace Roadshow will be on the road from October 2019.

We now have 3 class sets of Micro:bits  - a tiny programmable computer, designed to make learning and teaching easy and fun for schools running the Coding short course.

Pobal Ceoil (Music Cluster)
  • The Pobal Ceoil cluster continues it's training in GarageBand with Songschool to help embed this music technology into the New Junior Cycle syllabus. The focus this year will centre around the music curriculum and the supporting technologies for teaching and learning. Schools are now benefiting from the investment in this cluster by the Department of Education and Skills. Each school now has a minimum of three student devices with the necessary accessories to allow music sharing and collaboration.
Collaboration continues on the New Junior Cycle curriculum with subject workshops held as part of the cluster meeting. All music teachers across the schools will have access to completed lesson plans for the music programmes.

Office 365 Digital Cluster
  • The Digital Learning team provided an itinerary for the cluster day in October to include training, review and workshops. New members were welcomed, and the cluster participants continue to cascade updates and information back to their respective schools. Training continues to provide a deeper understanding of best practice when using Office 365 and Windows apps for creation and collaboration.
  • The Digital Leaders programme is now up and running in 7 schools – we will continue to develop and expand this initiative. Student Digital Leaders are supporting a number of areas in their schools including the roll-out of Office 365 to new 1st year students, managing mobile devices between classrooms and teacher support for Junior Cycle CBA where required.

Trade Show Highlights 

The Bannow and Rathangan Agricultural Show
the BTEI Experience

by Anne McDonnell 
It may have taken an hour to get the cars out of the field, but it was well worth it!
Among the buzz and banter at the vibrant Killag Show, many people found their way to the WWETB Information Stand to find out about BTEI (Back to Education Initiative) part-time further education courses.

BTEI staff were ready with information on county-wide 2019/20 courses such as Healthcare, Childcare, Art, ICT, Office Skills, as well as signposting to other WWETB services such as Adult Educational Guidance Service.
People were interested in finding out could they take up a further education course, what options are out there for them, and where might a further education course lead them personally and professionally. At times, people seeking information were of the impression that their life situation wouldn’t meet course eligibility criteria, or even that they were too ‘old’ to take part in further education – all myths were dispelled! People had the chance to enquire for themselves and family members, and to gain direct information one to one. Undoubtedly, from follow-up calls, a number of people are now taking part in further education as a direct result of receiving information from WWETB at the Bannow and Rathangan Show.


The Dungarvan Agricultural Show
the Adult Ed Experience

by Mary Walsh

Very impressive stands were manned by WWETB Education and Training personnel underneath our very own marquee which showcased a wide variety of education and training provision delivered by WWETB across both Waterford and Wexford.

The footfall in Dungarvan was lower than previous trade shows attended during the summer due to the inclement weather on the morning. However, great camaraderie from colleagues enticed what presence was there to encourage registrations in the local area.   

The Iverk Show, Piltown
the FET Experience

by Noreen Reilly

It was a lovely sunny day in Piltown for the Iverk Show on Saturday, August 2019 where the WWETB stand was manned by Adult Education Officer, Mary Walsh and WCFE VTOS Co-Ordinator Cairein Philips, WCFE Principal, Noreen Reilly and WCFE Deputy Principals Ger Doyle and Mick Normyle.

The stand was very busy throughout the day with enquiries from the public relating to the vast array of courses and programmes run by WWETB & WCFE. It was also wonderful to receive feedback from former students about their positive experiences as students in WWETB & WCFE.   

WWETB & WCFE staff also got to enjoy the many other highlights of the show and to sample the food and cultural delights during staggered breaks from the stand. A very positive experience for all involved.



Dungarvan College - Coláiste Dhún Garbhán 
to host Career Expo on the 21st of November 2019. 


The Annual Career Expo in Dungarvan will take place on November 21st at the usual location of Dungarvan College - Coláiste Dhún Garbhán. This free event will take place between 10.30 am and 4 pm and is hosted by Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber of Commerce.

This is an opportunity to find out about a wide range of career opportunities for students and also a chance for businesses to showcase and present themselves. 

WWETB will be at this event to discuss part time and full time options from Adult Literacy, BTEI, VTOS Dungarvan, Post Leaving Certificate course options and night classes.

Most colleges and education providers will be present to answer questions regarding course and career options. A wide range of West Waterford employers are also exhibiting at Careers Expo about career options and job vacancies.

World NZEB FORUM 2019

Minister Eoghan Murphy opened the World NZEB Forum 2019 on the 14th of November after a pre-forum workshop which took place on the 13th of November.  

The event which was held in Dún Laoghaire, showcased the very best in expertise, design, case study buildings and innovative products.

Over ten case study exemplary buildings were presented, involving commercial as well as residential projects, both new-build and retrofit. Government and UN officials also spoke on the policy and regulatory framework and what the future holds in terms of smart grid and sustainable communities. We are thrilled to have high calibre of thought leaders from Ireland, mainland Europe and the US to share their experiences with us.

WWETB Innovation and Development Manager, Michael O'Brien took to the podium to represent the many courses available through Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board which are designed to provide the construction sector with the knowledge of principles and practices that help achieve the NZEB standard. 

All new domestic buildings must meet the nearly zero energy standard from the 1st of November. Everyone in this trade will need to up skill to deliver this exacting energy efficiency standard. The courses are fully funded and are quality assured by City and Guilds.

For more information visit click here.


WWETB Inter-schools Athletics

Fantastic results were achieved on Tuesday 1st of October at Enniscorthy Athletics Club for the WWETB Inter-schools athletics. Bridgetown College students brought home 7 gold medals, 11 silver medals, and 7 bronze medals and placed 3rd overall in the competition. Amazing results. Well done all!


Energy in Education courses are now open to register with two additional courses added in Cork and Navan.
Places can be booked on the Energy in Education website  


Music Generation Waterford

Music Generation Waterford launches its first ever Dungarvan Music Hub After-school Music Programme in Dungarvan College - Coláiste Dhún Garbhán in September 2019. Taking place every Tuesday afternoon and evening in Dungarvan College- Coláiste Dhún Garbhán, the music hub is now the home for over 50 young musicians aged 5-18 years in the Dungarvan area to attend weekly group lessons and ensembles with musicians Fiona Flavin, Edward O'Neill and Darragh O'Connor. 


Music Generation Waterford hosted over 100 Wind, Brass and Percussion players for Brass Off 2019, the ultimate band camp during the October mid term break.

Young musicians from nine different counties descended on St. Paul's Community College on October 30th for three residential days of all things brass and wind. Brass Off 2019 also saw an international collaboration with guest Band Director Darcy Vogt Williams travelling from Texas, USA. Brass Off was supported by 16 professional musician tutors, working with the young musicians through a series of master classes, workshops, chamber groups and band.

Music Generation Waterford works locally with St. Saviour's National School, St. Paul's Boys National School,  St. Marys Primary School, Mount Sion Boys Primary School and St. Paul's Community College to bring flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, baritone, trombone and tuba lessons to these schools, increase access and opportunity to learn with tutors Danny Pullman, Peter Taylor and Edward O'Neill.

Brass Off 2019 finished with a final performance which took place in WIT Arena on Friday 1st November. Over 100 Wind, Brass and Percussion players performed in a fantastic free event concert. 

The October mid-term saw 24 young traditional players from Music Generation Waterford travel for 4 days to Sitges, Barcelona to perform alongside world renowned musicians for the Creative Connexions Traditional Music Festival: Catalonia 2019. Creative Connexions is an arts and music festival showcasing the best of Irish and Catalan culture. For the past number of years young traditional players from around the world have travelled to Sitges to work with world renowned traditional players and attend a once-in-a-lifetime set of workshops.

Please contact to find out more. 

Music Generation Wexford

Music Generation Wexford 2019 Programme

Music Generation Wexford School Singing and Instrumental Programme
The singing programme has been in full swing in schools around Wexford since 2018 leading into 2019, with fourteen primary schools across Wexford. There have been fabulous performances during the year, with more to come. The instrumental programme started in 2019 in twenty schools with whole-class ukulele, tin whistle, wind instruments and string instruments. We will be working with thirty two primary schools in 2019/2020.


Mini Maestros – Early years music, parent and child workshops once a week with musicians Aileen and Pete McCamley in the Wexford Arts Centre.
High Street Opera Shop - a monthly children’s opera workshop for ages 8-14, managed by Elizabeth Drwal. This workshop aims to develop children’s voices, experiences and musicianship through opera at the National Opera House.
Blackwater Bows – an after school string programme in Scoil Naomh Bríde, Blackwater with musicians Beth McNinch and Brona Colfer starting this November with over thirty children.

Music Camps
Wexford Wind Jammers – an Easter wind band camp with 20 young wind instrument players took place in National Opera House, The week long camp was led by musicians Deirdre O'Leary, Ann Wickham, Louise Malone in partnership with the HFC Concert Band.
Room to Create - a music, sound-art and video workshop for teenage musicians, filmmakers, artists and creative thinkers, designed and delivered by Orchard Recording Studios and local composer, Laura Hyland at Easter at the Presentation Centre in Enniscorthy.
Barnyard Singalong - Based around farming and bio-diversity in Wexford, the children learned songs about farms, barns and bees. For 6-12 year olds in July, Barnyard Singalong was led by Ruth Gallagher with Aileen Donohoe and Aileen Lambert.
Mini Maestros - an early years music, parent and child summer camp was held in August  with musicians Aileen and Pete McCamley in the Wexford Arts Centre.
Cool School of Rock – Young people aged 10-18 learned to play in a band, learned new music and skills with their instruments, and were creative and social. The Cool School of Rock took place in August at Scoil Mhuire, Coolcotts with musicians Peter McCamley, Louise Malone and Justin Cullen  from Frankenstein Bolts. 

Please contact to find out more. 


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