A while back we were in the running for School Patronage in the Blackrock area.
This is a campaign that is run by the State in order to increase the diversity of schools for today’s youth. Throughout this campaign, the State chooses an area (Blackrock, for instance) in which the locals are asked to vote for a Patron of the new Primary school. Each potential Patron is then meant to advertise and campaign to the public in order to win the vote.
In April 2019, Peter Maguire, a journalist of The Irish Times, wrote an article on the subject of Patronage. Though Patronage in his article seems a ‘hot topic’, he features St Nicholas Montessori Society’s CEO, Dr Nicholas Breakwell, when discussing the ‘smaller patrons’ that have campaigned for the Patronage of the new school:
“One of the most significant of these smaller patron bodies is the St Nicholas Montessori Society which, as well as running the Montessori teacher training college, is patron of a private, fee-paying primary school in Dún Laoghaire.
What’s different about them? “Children are bunched into three rough age brackets: three-six, six-nine and nine to 12,” explains Nick Breakwell, chief executive of the society.
“We don’t use terms like junior infants, third class or sixth class. The curriculum is similar but the environment is prepared for the age group, with materials specific to each environment.”
To read Maguire’s article in full, please visit The Irish Times here.
Though St Nicholas Montessori Society did not win the Patronage in Blackrock in the end, it has opened up a new idea within the Society to found new Montessori Primary schools within the local areas. This, we hope, will lead to the awareness of the Montessori Method and its groundbreaking educational pedagogies in the 21st Century today.Read More
Dynamic and innovative American Montessori school in Madrid, Spain, seeks AMI- or AMS-trained, native English speaking Children’s House Lead Guide and Elementary Guide with good level of experience.
Some Spanish would be helpful, but the emphasis is on a deep knowledge of the Montessori curriculum and a desire to collaborate in the ongoing development of the school, now in its eighth year.
If you are an open and communicative person who would like to be part of a vibrant collaborative team, please send us your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More
Montessori and After School Teaching Positions
St Nicholas Montessori School are currently seeking applications from interested candidates to join our established team in delivering excellence in Montessori education across our two schools, one located in Dún Laoghaire and the other in Merrion.
- Montessori Teacher (Assistant) 6-9 years
- Montessori Teachers 3-6 years
- Montessori Teacher 3-6 years (Maternity cover)
- Montessori Teacher (Assistant) 3-6yrs (Maternity cover)
- Assistant to Infancy 2-3 years
- After School Teachers 2-12 years.
Start Date: August 2020
SNMS is fully committed to providing children aged 2-12 with a creative and adaptive academic & social environment. We strongly believe that employing the Montessori principles in guiding children is paramount in creating a solid foundation for their future.The ideal candidate must demonstrate a passion for Montessori education and a genuine desire to work within a collaborative, authentic Montessori environment. Knowledge and experience of implementing the aims and learning goals of Aistear, The Early ears Curriculum Framework are required (2-6 years). The candidate should have the ability to promote a positive and supportive ethos where all pupils are valued, encouraged and challenged to achieve the best they can. The candidate is expected to be a good communicator with the ability to maintain a high degree of professionalism when working with pupils, parents and colleagues.
QQI Level 7/8 qualification in Montessori Education. 1-3 years classroom experience.
Please send a cover letter detailing why you would be suitable candidate for the position and your Curriculum Vitae to email@example.com by 19 June.
Appointments are subject to Garda Vetting clearance.Read More
Teacher wanted at The Nest School in Greystones
A special person to join our much loved new preschool in Greystones.
Rich Play Based Mixed Curriculum Learning Environment.
After much success in our lovely Preschool ‘Lily Montessori’ (Deansgrange, Co Dublin), we are excited to open our new preschool in Greystones, Co Wicklow (www.thenestschool.ie).
Hours teaching: 09.15 to 13.00/13.30 with an additional 45 minutes daily of paid preparation time
Requirements: Level7/8/9 Early Childhood qualification & min 3 full years of teaching experience
Start Date: mid/ end August 2020
Our exceptional Team
Our success is down to our exceptional team of Early Childhood Educators who share a common vision, values and our culture. Together, with the very best of our industry’s educators, we offer top class care and education for the children in our care!
We are now looking for a really special preschool teaching team, who share this ethos, to join us on our journey of success in our top quality preschool environment.
The happiness and job satisfaction of the team is paramount to our success. Our aim is for our educators to have long, successful and fulfilling careers in ‘The Nest School’ – working in a supportive and inclusive environment where they are respected, rewarded and genuinely enjoy coming to work. There will be opportunity during recruitment to talk with the existing team.
Our learning Environment
‘The Nest School’ in Blacklion, Greystones is opening in a beautiful new purpose-built premises within the Waverly development. It is heavily invested in – with an abundance of brand new top quality materials, toys and curriculum aids. We value progressive thinking – and aim to apply best practice from various preschool methodologies. We are enthusiastic and determined to continuously further develop and evolve our curriculum!
The Nest School preschool classes all catering for the ECCE age group – with the following environments:
- High quality mixed curriculum play based learning environments with their own specialist educators. The play based environments can be connected to allow for larger open plan spaces. Each environment has its own top quality outdoor play space and benefits from transition areas – so as to facilitate the children moving freely between indoor and outdoor with ease. Outdoor play and activity is a central part of our curriculum.
- A multipurpose shared room for relaxation, sensory and active curriculum use – This room also has direct access to outdoors with transition spaces
- A pure Montessori environment (with an emphasis on Practical life and culture subjects) –with its own skilful dedicated Montessori teachers.
The Play Curriculum Educator team must have:
- An Early Childhood Care and Education qualification levle7/8 or 9 from a reputable college
- Have a minimum of 3 full years of teaching experience
- Have a special interest in offering rich and diverse learning curriculum.
Specialist training in some of the following would be a great advantage:
- Outdoor play, activity and learning
- Music and drama
- Physical activity.
- Have good knowledge and a commitment to Aistear and Siolta
- Very much enjoy spending time with young children and have a naturally nurturing and engaging style
- Have an appreciation for the Montessori method
If you are interesting in learning more please send your CV to Lynda at firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More
“Haon focail, dó focail, trí focail eile and I not knowing no focail at all!”
Resources/Tips to help you with Irish homeschooling work
by Sadhbh Bhreathnach
Homeschooling is no mean task especially when we find ourselves out of depth to the point that we are no use to our struggling children. Apart from Math being taught in a very different way to “the way I learned” at school, the word on the street is that Irish homeschool work can leave parents scratching their heads.
As a lecturer in St.Nicholas Montessori College in Irish, I thought that perhaps I could share some of the resources that I use along with tips on how to use them. Those of you who have tried to look for help online will realise that it is a minefield so my aim is to point you towards a few really useful and user friendly resources that should cover you across the board.
First of all you need to have a really good dictionary at hand and depending on the age of your child I would recommend you spend time teaching them how to look up words themselves. Luckily there is no need to go out buying big heavy dictionaries as there has been huge work put into some fantastic free resources online by Foras na Gaeilge.
TIP: The trick to using these resources is to choose to read them in English which you can do by clicking on that option up on the top right hand corner of the homepage on each one.
- Focail.ie aims “allow users to find every contemporary Irish word on one site, together with information about the sources in which those words may be found”. If you click on “About this site” it gives a detailed account on how to use the site and the related sites you can find more detail on the word in question. You can search those links directly from this site too which is really handy.
- Teanglann.ie is a vast database aimed at providing “users of the language with free, easy-to-use access to dictionaries and to grammatical and pronunciation information relating to words in the Irish Language”. It is brilliant for looking up verbs in all the tenses, finding words in their different forms and it has a phonetic database that allows you to listen to key words in the three main dialects which is a life saver when you are stumped by unfamiliar spelling! It contains a “grammar wizard” which is nothing short of magic when trying to find an adjective and how it might change after a noun. This site for me is my go-to one for finding new words and checking spelling and grammar.
The acquisition of sounds is a hugely important step in language learning and what better way than through music, song and rhyme.
- www.songsinirish.com is a wonderful resource with both old and new Irish songs including a range of well known pop songs featured. Each song comes with a video and the lyrics in both Irish and English. If the grammar homework is getting too much just leave it aside and sing a song together instead!
- https://www.altram.org/amhr%C3%A1in-agus-rannta – This resource is great for younger children. There are a range of simple songs to help with sentence structure and target language in a natural way.
- www.seideansi.ie – computer games are a great way to entice children to engage with language learning and this is a free resource with categories for all Primary School Aged children containing matching games, sentence construction activities and lots of other games along with regular opportunities to repeat the words and sentences as they go.
- www.dinolingo.com is a child’s version of the very successful duolingo APP. Unlike duolingo though it is not free and requires a subscription. You can try it out for free to decide for yourself but certainly if you are finding it hard to get your child to engage with the work being sent home it might be worth the investment.
- https://www.gaelchultur.com/en/phrase_of_the_day.aspx – Finally, the best thing you can do to help your child with their Irish is to use as much or as little as you can yourself with them throughout the day. Try these phrases below out for a start or get the “Frása an lae” App (Phrase of the day) on your phone to build up your own language skills:
- Dún an doras – close the door
- Bí ciúin – be quiet
- An bhfuil ocras/tart ort? – are you hungry/thirsty?
- An maith leat bainne? – Do you like milk?
- Ar mhaith leat cupán tae? – Would you like a cup of tea?
- Maidin mhaith – good morning
- Oíche mhaith – good evening
Also please post below any other resources that you have found useful. Let’s help each other out in these trying times! #fansabhaile #stayathome
For more help with homeschooling, please see our blogs here.