Speech & Language Virtual Drop in Clinic April – November

HSE Meath are running virtual drop in clinics for any parent who are worried about their child’s speech and language needs. It is an opportunity to seek general advice directly from speech and language professionals. Calls can be video or phone calls. See poster below for details !

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Mother Tongues – Friends in a Pandemic


Friends in a pandemic! A project to boost English language skills, make new friends and get creative together!

Mother Tongues is planning a series of weekly sessions for children and teens who want to make new friends, practice new skills under the expert guide of some of the best artists in Ireland and improve their English in a safe and welcoming environment.
From painting to drama, from stop-motion art to creative writing, there will be something for every child/teen to get stuck in!
The workshops will be available for all ages (primary and secondary school) but will be open only to children and teens who need to improve their English language skills and for whom English is not the first language.
Currently the project is planned to take place online during term time, but we also plan to run a Summer school, if there is enough interest.
We are gathering information to find out which schools would be interested in finding out more about this initiative.
We will organise a number of open evenings for schools and parents to learn more about this project.
Find out more about Mother Tongues at www.mothertongues.ie
To express your interest please fill in the google doc below
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The Pain in the Chest

A huge congratulations to our very own Áine Murray on the publication of her book,

The Pain in the Chest’.

We here in Ashbourne ETNS are very proud of Áine’s achievement.

Congratulations Áine!

The Pain in the Chest follows a girl through her childhood, and shows us how anxiety has affected her. Using beautiful illustrations alongside a story told through rhyme, children will learn that when we talk about anxiety, we can find help, and the anxiety loses it’s power.

This book reaches all primary school ages and is an excellent resource for adults to start the conversation about mental health with their young person. It introduces the language of anxiety, allows for reflection on what anxiety might look like, and normalises talking about our feelings. It is engaging, inclusive and most of all, important. 


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Seesaw and Google Classroom Webinars for Parents/ Guardians

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

Sligo Education Centre and Carrick on Shannon Education Centre are hosting webinars on Seesaw and Google Classroom for Parents/ Guardians. This may be of interest to some of you as these are the platforms our school are using during this remote learning period. The aim of these webinars is to provide further support to school communities as we navigate the challenges of remote learning.

Seesaw for Parents/Guardians: Monday 1st February 8-9pm

Google Classroom for Parents/Guardians: Monday 8th February 8-9pm

Register for the webinars by following the link;


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Meath LSP Programmes 2021

There are lots of programmes to keep both children and adults active at the moment, you can sign up to their newsletter at meathsports.ie

Here are some low cost and free programmes which might be of particular interest to our pupils.




Run Jump Throw Online

Run Jump Throw programme has been moved online due to current restrictions. This online weekly slot will see participants enjoy 30 minutes of fun movements, challenges and dance delivered live by our experienced tutor. The programme is aimed at children with Autism / Intellectual disability aged 6-18 years.

Date: Tuesday 28th January – Tuesday 2nd March

Duration: 6 weeks

Time: 4pm-4:30pm

Cost: €10 per participant

Platform: Zoom

Contact: Terry on tdonegan@meathcoco.ie / 0469067337


Learn 2 Cycle- Virtual Edition

Due to the current restrictions our popular Learn 2 cycle programme has been unable to go ahead. Meath LSP has linked with the Cycling Safety School to provide a virtual edition of the Learn 2 Cycle programme. The format will consist of a information zoom call on week 1 followed by weekly instructional videos and one to one virtual support. This programme is aimed at children with a disability aged 6-18 years. Spaces are limited.

Date: Wednesday 27th January

Time: 7pm-8pm

Cost: €10 per participant

Platform: Zoom

Contact: Terry on tdonegan@meathcoco.ie / 0469067337


The Daily Mile at HOME

The Daily Mile is an Athletics Ireland initiative – it is simple, free and gets children out of the home-school classroom for 15 minutes every day to run or jog, at their own pace, with their families, making them fitter, healthier and more able to concentrate on their schoolwork. New online resources will be available for teachers and parents soon! For more details contact Lisa at lodowd@meathcoco.ie


Virtual Skipping

Skipping is a great activity to take part in with a range of health and fitness benefits, and above all it is fun and suitable for all the family. Skipping can also be done inside or outside and by nature it allows for social distancing, this is the ideal activity to take part in especially during this time of Covid-19 level 5 restrictions. This skipping programme includes the supply of a high quality skipping rope, along with a booklet which provides teaching points and links to tutorial videos. These videos break down various skipping skills, making each skill easier to understand and master. 

The fee for the rope and booklet is only €5. If you or your child are interested in taking part in this programme please contact Una at upearson@meathcoco.ie

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