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Waterford and Wexford Education And
Training Board Newsletter!

April 2020, Issue 9.

WWETB Working Together Through
Restricted Movement During


There has been an overwhelming response from staff, students and learners in adapting to the upheaval during the Covid-19 restricted movement period. A defining level of compassion has been demonstrated amongst colleagues, students and learners across the organisation. Working together is one of the core values of our Strategic Statement and is in line with WWETB’s vision to lead learning. The current situation has given us the opportunity to demonstrate how we adhere to these values.

Our Digital Learning and Education team is sending out weekly communication to our schools and centres, sharing updates and resources to help teachers navigate their way through the barriers they may encounter. Videos and resources have been made available for online teaching and students are being encouraged to access class work, assignments and in some cases online classes to continue their studies in preparation for exams. Teachers are also engaging with online support and tutorials from the IT department and Digital Learning.

The WWETB Communications Team would like to keep you updated on the current situation and progress that we are making with online learning and remote working across our organisation through a Special Edition Newsletter in two weeks’ time. If you are interested in sending us stories, videos and photos of online learning or remote working solutions, or to simply share your experiences and tips, you can send your stories to

New Post Leaving Certificate (PLC)
Provision for Gorey

WWETB is delighted to announce the opening of a new PLC centre in Gorey for the academic year 2020/21. This will reduce the need for some students to travel further afield to access these courses.

Courses will be offered in four areas catering for the needs of students who have just completed their Leaving Certificate and mature students who wish to return to education and upskill. One of the courses will be a QQI Level 6 course in Business offering students who successfully complete it advanced entry to the degree programme in Carlow Institute of Technology. The Accounting Technician course focuses on key areas such as Business Management, Financial Accounting, Taxation and Law and Ethics. On completion, this qualification can be used as a stepping-stone to eventually become a qualified professional accountant.

Youthwork and Community Development is designed for those who would like to pursue a career in the youth and community sector, working with young people in a range of community-based settings. Focusing on young people this course provides insights into topics including substance misuse, youth unemployment, homelessness and the impact of social media. The course provides students with an understanding of youth work practice and the role of the youth worker, exploring the current challenges facing people working in this area. The final course focuses on Sustainable Energy and Construction Technology and will give students access to new technologies used in the building sector, such as thermographic imaging, insulation systems and NEARLY ZERO Energy Building (NZEB).There are numerous reasons why one should enrol on a Post Leaving Certificate course.

Excellent links exist with Universities and Institutes of Technology which allow students the chance to further enhance their qualifications.

Learners can obtain up to 400 CAO points through completing a QQI Level 5 course.

Individuals can defer a College place and gain a better understanding of the area they are interested in.

Research has shown that learners who successfully complete a QQI course are better equipped and more likely to succeed at Higher Education.

Interested potential students can request further information by emailing or phoning 087- 3538457 for an application form. Completed applications can be returned to the following address: Gorey PLC, c/o Enniscorthy Vocational College, Milehouse Road, Enniscorthy, Wexford.

Commitment to Youth Work does not change,
only the way we work is changing.


In these challenging times, society is clubbing together to respond to calls for action in relation to the evolving Covid-19 crisis.  Youth work teams across County Wexford have been coming up with creative and innovative ways of adapting FDYS youth work.  Young people are very anxious and it is imperative that we maintain our key youth work relationships with them, when they need us most.  

Kieran Donohoe, Chief Executive Officer highlights: “Young people and vulnerable communities rely on FDYS and the services we provide.  While respecting all government public health guidelines, our services are changing to meet the new situation we find ourselves in.  Marginalised communities, rurally isolated young people and communities are being provided with an un-interrupted service, where possible.  The FDYS commitment to service does not change, the way we do this work is changing.”


FDYS is asking young people to stay in touch and all specific details of each of the youth groups across County Wexford are available on  In these uncertain times, care must be taken of the health of our mind, body and spirit. Youth workers are available by phone and on various social network platforms so that their valuable relationships with young people can be maintained.  FDYS funders DCYA and WWETB have confirmed that funding will continue to be provided so that these critical supports are available. As such, youth groups will continue to operate, they will just switch to online platforms for the immediate future. 

Using safe practices, detached youth workers are going out into the community to deliver the important Covid-19 messages and to assure young people that things will, eventually, return to normal.  Tusla and Youth Work Ireland have confirmed that funding for these vital supports will continue, so that young people feel supported and respected.


Front line workers supporting vulnerable people in the Roma Community, the Travelling Community and with substance misuse issues continues uninterrupted.  Together with our partners in the HSE, these services continue to be available free of charge.
From this week, Youth Information is launching a number of information platforms to deliver clear and concise information that can be relied upon.  An online chat service is also being planned so that young people can address fears and concerns.

FDYS is funded by WWETB through the Targeted Youth Funding Scheme (TYFS) which is funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. 

New Fablab Opens Up In New Ross

The Fabrication Laboratory gives people the opportunity to turn their ideas into reality. The FabLab is accessible to all people and can work directly with Primary and Post Primary schools along with Youth and Adult groups. Individuals and companies can also avail of the facilities within the FabLab.

WWETB FabLab New Ross opened its doors in January 2020 on Michael Street, New Ross, Co Wexford and is well underway with it’s first module in the computer aided draughting and design course with eight candidates participating. 

The FabLab has 3D printing Machines, a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Machine and a Laser Cutting Machine. The FabLab can provide training in AutoDesk – AutoCAD, Inventor & Revit software along with Solidworks Software.

The FabLab is also set up with the latest VR (Virtual Reality) equipment that can be incorporated into many different aspects other than engineering. 


The WWETB FabLab is supported by Wexford LCDC (Local Community Development Committee) and The Department of Rural and Community Development.

The FabLab New Ross can be contacted by emailing Adult Educator Olga Donoghue at If you wish to get in touch with Fablab Enniscorthy please email

New Staff Member in Bunclody Further Education
and Training Centre


We would like to welcome Adult Educator Linda Levingstone to the FET Service. Linda started in Bunclody FETC in February.  Linda's role involves supporting the Bunclody area plan, Community Outreach and supporting tutors and learners in the centre and surrounding areas. We are delighted to have Linda as part of our team. You can reach Linda on



Digital Learning


Wriggle Roadcaster Competition

The Digital Learning team in WWETB organised a competition, enabling schools to win a visit of the Wriggle Roadcaster for their school. The competition was open to all twelve post-primary schools across WWETB. As part of the competition students created a 2 to 3 minute video on Internet Safety to coincide with national Internet Safety Day in February.

Students showed great technical skills, enthusiasm and creativity in their videos. Congratulations to all the schools that participated in the competition and in particular to the overall winners - St. Declan's Community College, Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford. The Wriggle Roadcaster will be visiting the school for a day and students will participate in exciting workshops such as Sphero Robotics, Micro: Bits, Minecraft Edu and Digital Storytelling. Well done to all involved.

Kilmacthomas Women’s Group
Commemorates Union Work House

With support from WWETB’s Community Education Programme, Kilmacthomas Women’s Group meet weekly in Kilmacthomas Union Workhouse, just outside the village of Kilmacthomas. The group has been meeting there since 2017 and over the years developed a strong connection to the women and children that were housed in the Workhouse in the past. On discovering that the Workhouse closed for the last time in November 1919, the group decided it would be fitting to mark the centenary in November 2019. With the support of Waterford Area Partnership and The Art Hand, the group created a mosaic using stone and slate from the area. With creativity flourishing, the group decided to recreate a matron’s outfit and child’s outfit that would have been worn in the Workhouse.


The project culminated with the official unveiling of the mosaic on 27th November.  The local community came out to remember the past but also to acknowledge the recent energy around the Kilmacthomas Union Work House. Significantly the Waterford Greenway runs adjacent to the building and many new businesses have been established on the grounds such as a coffee house, bicycle hire, a jewellery maker, wild bird displays, an advertising company, equipment hire, and Government agencies such as Waterford Wexford Education Training Board and Waterford Childcare Committee, all of whom have supported the Women’s Group to create a very special and unique event.

Due to the renewed interest in the old Workhouse, a museum of artefacts will open in the near future and will include the Matron’s and Child Outfit recreated by the Women’s Group with a short film of the women’s journey creating the mosaic. If you are visiting Waterford Greenway make sure you pay a visit to the museum.


Team-building with Service To Business
& Community Education


Staff from Services to Business, Community Training and Community Education had an eventful pre-Christmas 2019 Team Event in Waterford City. Working together, three teams navigated their way around Waterford City with the assistance of a live orienteering map. They had to answer questions on historical landmarks, dramatise events and document through pictures and videos. It was a great adventure and fun and new friendships have been formed. Thank you to Eamonn McGettigan for organising!


WYTEC (Waterford Youth Training
& Education Centre) Awards Ceremony

WYTEC Community Training Centre held their Awards ceremony for the classes of 2018-2019 last November. Learners received certification in Catering, Hospitality, Retail Sales, Employability Skills and Gaisce. It was a wonderful celebration for a years’ hard work. The catering group in the centre provided a wonderful spread after the ceremony.


Local Training I
nitiative (LTI) Activity Day

The first Local Training Initiative (LTI) Activity Day was held in the WIT Arena in Waterford last November. 136 WWETB learners from 13 LTI programmes across both counties joined on the day. The learners took part in Yoga, Hip Hop Beats Dance, Fun & Run, Inclusive Bowls and Badminton. The focus of the event was on health and well-being and there was certainly nothing but positive energy throughout the day.  They collaborated with the Waterford Sports Partnership, GAA and the WIT Arena for the event. The day helped form connections and links that will further strengthen these Local Training Initiatives in providing a fantastic service for their learners.


The Bunclody Imbolc Celtic
Winter Parade Festival of Light 

Community Education Bunclody Traveller women's groups were delighted to be part of the Bunclody Imbolc Celtic Winter Parade Festival of Light on Saturday February 1st. The women prepared with a Mask Making Workshop held at ArtBank, Bunclody. These women are going from strength to strength! Well done ladies.


Enniscorthy Youthreach Student achieves top marks
 in Leaving Certificate Applied National Award (LCANA)
Enniscorthy Youthreach had a second national success this year when Caprice Jordan achieved the highest credits in the Leaving Certificate Applied in the region.  Caprice was presented with the Fergal Quinn Award by Senator Gabrielle McFadden at the LCANA conference in Athlone.  Enniscorthy Youthreach also presented Caprice with a trophy to mark her great achievement. Well done Caprice, we wish you all the best for the future.

Enniscorthy Youthreach teachers with Caprice Jordan taken during our presentation day.  L-R: Ciara Finn, Hugh Sheridan, Rufina Walsh, Catherine Breen, Kathleen Keane, Catherine Morrissey,
Caprice Jordan, Sinead Colfer, Collette Dempsey and Hugh Dunne.

                      Liz Duffy, WWETB AEO, Caprice Jordan and Hugh Dunne Enniscorthy Coordinator


Bridgetown College, Wexford

One Good Idea Competition

SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland) organised a competition to encourage primary and post-primary school students to come up with One Good Idea to combat climate change. This competition serves to educate students on climate change issues and to motivate them into taking action.

Click here to watch video.


Bridgetown College participated in the competition this year. The Sustainable Sisters: Joely Doyle, Hannah White, Leah Ormond and Grace Lambert made it through to Cork for the regional final competition. Their project focused on the energy consumption of fast fashion. They ran a swap shop in school to highlight this issue to their peers.



Pop Up Gaeltacht in Coláiste Bhaile an Droichid
Chaith na daltaí a gcuid lón i leabharlann na scoile ag caint agus ag éisteacht le hamhrainí as Gaeilge. D'imir siad cluichí i nGaeilge cosúil le guess who agus labhair amach é. Bhí lá spraoi ag daltaí Coláiste Bhaile an Droichid an aoine 6ú Marta sa Pop up Gaeltacht i rith seachtain na Gaeilge. Bhí a lán craic ag na daltaí agus feabhas siad a gcuid Gaeilge freisin. Go háirithe na daltaí sa séú bliain.
Bhí gach dalta sona sásta agus bháin siad taitneamh as a gcuid ama sa Pop up Gaeltacht.
Bhí a lán craic ag na daltaí agus feabhas siad a gcuid Gaeilge freisin. Go háirithe na daltaí sa séú bliain.


Bunclody Vocational College, Wexford 

Farewell to Mr Cronin

The staff and students at Bunclody Vocational College recently bid farewell to Mr Kevin Cronin who has retired after a long and distinguished career of teaching Maths and Science. He made a huge contribution to the school over his 40-year career. He was described as a passionate Maths and Science teacher who went to great lengths to develop the knowledge and skills of each and every student in his care.

Mr Cronin also made a huge contribution to the extra-curricular programme in the school. He was renowned for the promotion of health and fitness and he organised and participated in many outdoor pursuit activities including hill walking, kayaking and mountain biking to mention just a few. School Principal, Jay Murphy, stated that it was a sad day for BVC to lose such an experienced teacher. He also reported that Mr Cronin had held just about every position there was to hold in a school, and he carried out each and every one of these roles to the highest standard.


During his time in BVC, Mr Cronin had held the roles of exam secretary, LCA, TY, and DEIS Co-ordinator and HSCL. He managed and co-ordinated the book rental scheme for many years. Mr Cronin was also instrumental in developing and delivering programmes for adult learners in the area of Horticulture, Sport and Recreation. Mr Cronin also managed a Youthreach centre for a number of years and he held the position of Deputy Principal for a period of time. He will be missed by all who knew him in BVC. WWETB would like to wish Mr Cronin a long and happy, well-earned retirement.


Young Environmentalist Award Competition


Another project which has been developed by Transition Year students Ruth Byrne and Auske Jaursaitis has also been accepted into this year’s Young Environmentalist Award competition. The project entitled “The Gift That Keeps On Giving” aims to make use of recycled Christmas decorations and cards which are 100% biodegradable. The cards and decorations contain wildflower seeds so when the decoration or card is finished with it can be planted in the garden. The paper element will biodegrade in time allowing the seeds to take root. The resulting flowers will attract bees to the garden which in turn address the issue of biodiversity.

Leinster Champions


Bunclody Vocational College U19 girls basketball team returned home to a hero’s welcome following their recent victory over Coláiste Aindreiu in the Leinster Final. In a nail-biting finish they came out worthy winners by a score line of 27-25. Huge congratulations are extended to everyone on the panel and also to their coach, Mr Doyle. The victorious team were welcomed back to the College by School Principal Jay Murphy, teachers, SNA’s and the entire student population. Mr Murphy acknowledged the scale of the achievement for such a small school. The success of the team he said had materialised as a result of the dedication and hard work of everyone on the panel and their coach, Mr Doyle. 


Three Transition Year students from Bunclody Vocational College proudly exhibited their project at the recent BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition at the RDS, Dublin. There was great excitement as it was the first time the school entered a project in this competition.

Leah Coleman, Leah Power and Hannah Kavanagh were thrilled to announce that their project received a “highly commended” award.                                              

Their project, which examined ways in which teenagers from the Travelling community could be encouraged to remain in full time education, was met with huge interest by students, teachers and the many government representatives who chatted with our students and teachers.

Over 1,800 projects were submitted by students across Ireland with 520 projects being chosen to exhibit in the RDS. Here the projects represent 244 schools across 31 counties.

School Principal, Jay Murphy, stated that “We are very proud of the girls and their teachers. They are very diligent, and they worked very hard on their project over the last four months. They have been fantastic ambassadors for Bunclody Vocational College”.


Young Scientist Finalists


He went on to add that “The introduction of Transition Year in September of this year has provided a greater opportunity within the Science Department to get involved in projects such as the BT Young Scientist and Sci-Fest. We will soon have state of the art science laboratories as part of the multi-million-euro extension announced for Bunclody Vocational College. We anticipate therefore that this will be the first of many projects to represent our school in the BT Young Scientist Competition”.

St. Pauls Community College, Waterford 

BT Young Scientist 2020 Finalists

Fifth year students from St. Paul’s Community College presented their project titled “There’s a Cure in the Ground for Everything” at this year’s BT Young Scientist Finals in the RDS in Dublin from 8th to 11th of January 2020. Oonagh Nwankwo, Luke Daniels and Natchanon Jutisooksan made it through to the national finals, which was the first year the school made it this far.
For their project the students initially sent a questionnaire to the parents of students in the school to see if they knew about any “common cures” involving plants or flowers. They decided that they would investigate the antibacterial properties of plants and seaweeds in their environment based on the parent survey responses.

They analysed the responses from the parent questionnaires and identified several plants that were reported to heal or have medicinal properties. They undertook research on the literature available and identified more plants exhibiting antibacterial properties. Nineteen plants and seaweeds were chosen on which to perform their tests. They also visited local Garden Centres and the Science Department in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) for advice.

Their research showed that Staphylococcus aureus (gram positive) and Escherichia coli, also know as E. coli (gram negative) were two serious human pathogens. The three students decided that they would like to test their plants and seaweed extracts against these. Due to health and safety reasons these pathogenic bacteria would not be allowed in their school science labs. The Science Department in WIT came on board after showing great interest and support for their project. WIT offered to supply and incubate the bacterial cultures in their microbiology department after the students had completed their preliminary extraction processes in their school laboratory.

The students used the Dry Disc Diffusion method for the experimental procedures in their school science labs to extract samples from the plants and seaweeds. They used the aqueous and methanol methods of dry disc diffusion. Once the samples had been carefully prepared they were taken to the Science Department in WIT for infusion and incubation on the bacterial plates. After a 24 hour incubation period at 37 degrees centigrade the zones of inhibition indicating antibacterial activity around the discs were measured and photographed.

Oonagh, Luke and Natchanon obtained some very encouraging results. Ten of the plants and seaweeds (55.5%) gave positive results for antibacterial properties against Staphylococcus aureus and/or Escherichia coli. While they could not state from their results that “There is a Cure in the Ground for Everything” they concluded that there is a cure in the ground for the two human pathogenic bacteria which cause serious illnesses in people. They suggest that pharmaceutical companies carry out further research on the plants and seaweeds that they found to have positive antibacterial properties.  Perhaps they could manufacture new drugs to fight E. coli and S. aureus in humans and animals based on their results.

New drug development is very important in light of multi-drug resistant (MDR) bacteria that cause such infections as MRSA in hospitals.

Well done and congratulations to the three students and their teachers on an excellent piece of work.

Kennedy College, New Ross 

Transition Year Level 1 Coaching Certificate


Congratulations to our Transition Year students who achieved their Level 1 Coaching Certificate under the tutelage and guidance of Ms Triona Shalloe from Sports Active Wexford.

As part of their final assessment, our Transition Year students hosted an afternoon packed with sporting activities for our First Years.


Szymon awarded for top marks
in Metalwork at Junior Certificate


Congratulations to Kennedy College Transition Year student, Szymon Blazejczyk, who was recently presented with a certificate of achievement by the Engineering Technology Teachers Association for achieving top marks in Metalwork at Junior Certificate.

Thank you to Szymon's teacher, Mr Freyne for his hard work and commitment to excellence in his subject area.


Pictured; Michael Weafer (Principal), Michael Freyne (Metalwork Teacher),
Szymon Blazejczyk and Dominic Hearne (Deputy Principal).


First Years Christmas Celebration
Kennedy College recently held its First Years Christmas Celebration. Parents, guardians, students and teachers alike all enjoyed a morning full of educational entertainment. The audience was captivated by students performing a Christmas play, followed by poetry recitals. The talent on display was fantastic. Following the performances, parents and guardians were invited to join staff and students of Kennedy College for refreshments which were hosted by students. Mr Weafer paid thanks to the students for all of their hard work in preparing for the morning and also to the teachers involved in hosting such a wonderful event.

Kennedy College Christmas Dinner
Kennedy College recently hosted a school Christmas dinner where the entire school community got the chance to sit down and dine together. Thank you to the Kennedy College canteen staff for all of their hard work on the day. A big thank you also to Mr Kevin Lewis, CE of WWETB for attending on the day.
As part of the celebration, a collection was also made for SVP New Ross. Thank you to all of our students, staff and visitors who made generous donations. A cheque was presented to SVP New Ross by some of our staff and students.


Coláiste Abbáin, Adamstown 
Coláiste Abbáin Leaders in the Field

Coláiste Abbáin has developed its own short course in Agriculture and Self-sufficiency to meet the growing needs of the local community and students in the school.  Learning Support and Business teacher Dean O’Connor is leading the change. The roots of his Agriculture and Self-sufficiency course started in his Learning Support class. “We worked on projects on hatching and rearing our own chickens two years ago. We got to see the whole process of incubation and we reared the chicks in school.’’  Mr O’Connor followed up last year with a lunch time Agriculture and Horticulture Club attracting over 60 members. The highlight for students during the academic year was the field trip to Kildalton for the Agri Aware Farm Walk & Talk.  Last year students hatched and reared 14 chicks on site.  Caretaker Tommy Buckley tended to the chickens over the summer holidays. Students also grew vegetables in our school polytunnel.


Mr O’Connor said “The students were responsible for everything and they had to ensure the produce was up to scratch for the Christmas Craft Fair. The school canteen also makes use of the produce and has even sponsored plants such as lettuce to provide them with a regular supply.  After contact with Agri Aware Farm Walks & Talks became part of club activity, Mr O’ Connor thought it “….would be great to tie it all down…” and so his short course was born in June 2019 ready for the next academic year in Coláiste Abbáin.  There are currently 24 first year students studying the short course in Agriculture and Self-sufficiency.  Students studying this course are introduced to Agriculture, Horticulture and Self-sufficiency and the course aims to develop an appreciation of the natural environment, with an eye on future careers such as agri-tourism. There is a strong cross curricular link with subjects such as Business Studies and Home Economics. Last year kale and potatoes were used to create a traditional Irish dish Colcannon for senior cycle students in our school.  Agri-day in Coláiste Abbáin was organised to officially launch the schools short course and affirm good practice in Junior Cycle in the development of learning modules to suit the needs of our student body. We were delighted with the support we received from our local community, agriculture colleges and businesses. There were over 30 trade stands on the day.  All students in Coláiste Abbáin availed of an amazing learning opportunity on the day meeting and greeting farming and agriculture dignitaries such as Angus Woods and Michael Doran. 

The school would like to thank Minister Paul Kehoe and local TD’s and councillors for attending this event.


Infrastructural Projects Update

WWETB is delighted to announce the appointment of a design team for large extension works that have been approved for both Bridgetown College and Bunclody Vocational College in Wexford.

The design team for Bridgetown College consists of Coady Architects; Hayes Higgins Partnership (Civil/Structural Engineers); Delap & Waller (Building Services, Mechanical & Electrical, Engineers); MJ Turley (Quantity Surveyor); Integrated Risk Solutions (PSDP).  When completed, the new school will provide for an enrolment of 850 students and a total floor area of approximately 9,000m2 and additional external development of 3,000m2.


The design team for Bunclody Vocational College consists of Coady Architects; O’Connor Sutton Cronin (Civil/Structural Engineers); BDP (Building Services, Mechanical & Electrical, Engineers); Nolan Construction Consultants (Quantity Surveyor); Integrated Risk Solutions (PSDP).  When completed, the new school will provide for an enrolment of 550 students and a total floor area of approximately 7,000m2.

Both projects will consist of extensions to, and refurbishment of, the existing school buildings. The process of designing the building now begins, along with obtaining the necessary statutory planning permissions and moving towards construction.  


Music Generation Waterford

Blowing up a Storm in Lisduggan!

The sounds of wind and brass blew up a storm recently as the first Music Generation Waterford band practice got underway in St. Paul’s Community College. Music Generation Waterford works with several schools in the local area of Lisduggan including St. Paul’s Boys National School, St. Saviour’s National School and WWETB St. Paul’s Community College. Pupils and students can access instruments and group lessons on flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, euphonium and tuba each week. Musician tutors Danny Pullman and Peter Taylor along with Development Officer Shauna McCullough brought the young players together for the first time over the February mid-term break to have their first Lisduggan Band rehearsal. The players had great fun working their way through Star Wars, In the Jungle and All About the Bass.

Music Generation Waterford is really proud of the music programme in the Lisduggan community and thank all those behind the scenes for their on-going support to keep it progressing.

Trad Tunes in Borris for Music @ Mount Leinster


February mid-term was no break for the Music Generation Waterford Intermediate Trad Group as they hopped on the bus bound for Borris in Co. Carlow to get working on their ensemble playing. Music@Mount Leinster is a residential course for young traditional players and Music Generation Waterford was only delighted to have 17 young budding musicians taking part, representing the Déise.

The festival was hosted by our friends in Music Generation Carlow, offering young traditional players the opportunity to participate as an ensemble, immersing them in workshops focused on developing their group arrangements, ensemble playing skills and performance skills. The event was topped off with a great concert to celebrate the work, and their sets were polished off in the workshops. Denise Boyle from The Henry Girls mentored the Waterford players and it was a great adventure of music and social fun.

World Class Musicians Visit
Intermediate & Senior Traditional Ensembles


New tunes filled the halls of St. Paul’s Community College Music Hub recently as Music Generation Waterford Intermediate and Senior Traditional Ensemble players were treated to two evening workshops with world class musicians David Lombardi (Italy) and Jean Damei (France) from Fourth Moon, and guest musicians flew in from Scotland to visit also. The young musicians picked up several new tunes including Scottish tune Salt Spring Overture and Fourth Moon’s very own composition Compass Rose.
It was a very exciting two days and lots of fun, laughter, friendship and music was made.


Music Generation Wexford


School Singing & Instrument Programme 2020

The Singing Programme has been back in full swing in schools around Wexford since October 2019. The new school term also brought the exciting addition of the Instrumental Programme to 20 schools in Wexford with students taking up whole class ukulele and tin whistle, wind instruments and string instruments. There has already been some fantastic and enthusiastic performances from many of the schools this year, with a lot more expected in the future.

High Street Opera Shop

January and February saw the return of Music Generation Wexford’s High Street Opera Shop, a monthly children’s opera workshop, managed by Elizabeth Drwal.  During January’s workshop, the children were introduced to the artistic team that hope to develop a new children’s opera with them, before performing songs from Hansel and Gretel. In February, Elizabeth led the group in exploring the music, movement and song from the French opera, Carmen.

Music Network & Nick Roth

As part of a Music network tour, saxophonist and composer Nick Roth came to Scoil Mhuire Coolcotts for two interactive workshops with a number of young musicians from the school. Over the course of the workshops, Nick introduced them to the different layers of jazz music and how to create it. The young musicians were also given the opportunity to attend a concert by the Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet in the National Opera House.


Wexford Trad & Folk Weekend

Music Generation Wexford was delighted to partner with Craobh Loch Garman/Wexford Comhaltas for the Wexford Trad & Folk Weekend. The weekend saw some of the top names in Trad such as Zoë Conway, John McIntyre, Eilís Lavelle, Niamh Parsons, Pádraig McGovern, Peter Browne, Rónán Ó Snodaigh, Tom Doorley. They performed at a workshop in the CBS secondary school and at a tutors concert in the National Opera House.



Blackwater Bows

Blackwater Bows is an after-school string programme in Scoil Naomh Bríde, Blackwater with musicians Beth McNinch and Bróna Colfer. 37 young violinists and cellists got the chance to play together as an orchestra for the first time for their parents in February. They excitedly showcased the rhythm games and songs that they have been learning since starting lessons in November 2019. The orchestra then joined Beth and Bróna in performing the Imperial March, Darth Vaders theme from Star Wars.



Cycling with WWETB Shielbaggan Outdoor
Education & Training Centre


Cycling is a relatively new activity for the WWETB Outdoor Education & Training Centre. The first bikes purchased 5 years ago were 36 BMX’s. These are in continuous use providing the Cycle-right scheme. This scheme was designed by the RSA (Road Safety Authority) and Cycling Ireland.  It is run over a course of 5 sessions with 5th and 6th class students. The overall aim is to teach students to be proficient at cycling on the road safely. The popularity of the scheme has grown. By the start of 2020 the SOETC (Shielbaggan Outdoor Education and Training Centre) have been in National Schools teaching cycling approx. 4 days a week.


Last spring SOETC took delivery of 21 Mountain Bikes. These are being used mainly for secondary pupils both off-road and on the Greenway. For example, Bunclody Vocational College is doing a 6-day TY programme of Cycling & Watersports culminating with a trip on the Waterford Greenway. This programme helps to develop motorskills as well as independence and a respect for the countryside.

SOETC is very excited to be working with Sports Active Wexford to roll out a Balance Bike Programme for junior and senior infants in the autumn of 2020. This programme will mean that we are assisting student’s cycling journey from their first experience through to adulthood.

As well as the physical benefits, cycling has been shown to be very effective for positive mental health, helping to combat stress and depression.



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