“The Big Decision” - NUI Galway to host Live CAO Facebook Event for students and parents

Thu, Jun 22, 2017

Ahead of the Leaving Certificate Change of Mind deadline on 1 July, NUI Galway will gather experts from across campus to help prospective students and their parents with their final CAO decision. NUI Galway is one of the first universities to provide this interactive platform of support to students and parents in making their final CAO choices.

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A French student in Galway

Thu, Jun 22, 2017

Being French and wanting to learn English I decided to come in Ireland for the summer. I arrived in Galway on June 11.

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Learn the art of beauty make-up, and the intricacies of prosthetics with the School of Make-up Artistry

Thu, Jun 22, 2017

The International School of Make-up Artistry spans over 25 years, specialising in make-up artistry.

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GMIT announces inaugural summer camp for young entrepreneurs

Thu, Jun 15, 2017

GMIT School of Business will run a free Young Entrepreneur Summer Camp for 20 second level students this summer. The programme is part of a national initiative, announced earlier this year by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, funded by the Higher Education Authority.

Kevin McDonagh and Ivan McPhillips, lecturers in enterprise, creativity, and innovation, will lead the delivery of the camp from the GMIT Innovation Hub at the Dublin Road, Galway, campus. The summer camp is for secondary school students in Galway city and county, aged 12 to 17 years. It will run from Monday July 17 to Friday July 21, from 10am to 4pm (except Friday, when it runs from 10am to 1pm). Participation is free and lunch/refreshments are provided each day.

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Are you self-employed, running an SME or in a start up? Callpal is throwing you a summer party

Thu, Jun 15, 2017

Calling all Galway SMEs! Local Galway company Call Pal are throwing a summer bash for all local SMEs and entrepreneurs in O’Connell’s new and refurbished beer garden. Call Pal was founded in 2016 by the well-established Gray Office Park business centre located in Galway City Centre. Call Pal’s highly experienced management and receptionist team deliver a premium, dedicated call answering service to a range of industries nationwide. Call Pal also provides diary management and holiday cover, along with an overflow service for larger businesses.

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Upskill with a QQI Level 5 payroll or bookkeeping award

Thu, Jun 08, 2017

GPA Solutions is offering a range of QQI Level 5 business awards catering for learners wishing to advance their business skills or for those who simply wish to gain an introduction to payroll or computerised accounts.

This year sees the start of two courses, a manual and computerised payroll award and a manual and computerised bookkeeping award (QuickBooks).

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Gentle detox for beginners

Thu, Jun 08, 2017

Detox diets are popular but can often be extreme and end up doing more harm than good. Improper fasting or diets which cut important food groups may burden an already deficient body.

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Gaeilge in Style..

Mon, May 29, 2017

Gaeilge Inis Meáin is situated on the middle Island of the Aran Islands.  A jewel on the Atlantic where our language and culture are preserved in a safe and serene surroundings. You will not get a better welcome than that which you get from the local people here and the views are breathtaking.

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Project Maths academy at Yeats College

Thu, May 18, 2017

Yeats College has announced details of its highly successful Project Maths academy for Leaving Certificate students commencing on June 12. The course, now in its third year, provides students with an exciting and worthwhile opportunity to build a strong foundation in maths at Leaving Certificate level.

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Upskill with a QQI Level 5 business award

Thu, May 18, 2017

GPA Solutions are offering a range of QQI level 5 business awards catering for learners wishing to advance their business skills or for those who simply wish to gain an introduction to payroll or computerised accounts.

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‘My son has progressed from a lower D grade to a level A grade’

Thu, May 18, 2017

This primary school student came to First Class Learning struggling at maths and was not confident in his abilities. An individualised programme was devised to suit his needs and ability. Working just 10 minutes a day can make all the difference - after 18 months’ work, this student had progressed from a lower D to an A level grade. His confidence was restored and he was ready to tackle maths concepts that were new to him.

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SciFest success at Yeats College

Thu, May 18, 2017

For the fourth year funning Yeats College has received outstanding success at SciFest. This competition, held annually, provides a sterling opportunity for students to creatively engage with the various scientific fields. SciFest is a series of one-day science fairs for second-level students.

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Knowledge is power

Fri, May 12, 2017

Summer is a time associated with holidays, chilling out, sun [sometimes], and switching off from the daily grind of work to recharge the batteries. However, the extra free time may enable you to try out something different, be it a new sport, a new pastime, or even an opportunity to enroll in a course to learn a new skill.

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‘Doss year’

Thu, May 11, 2017

Transition year, or ‘TY’, is a year-long programme for secondary school students, typically optional, placed between third and fifth year. Although it is not offered by all Irish schools, it is offered by many, some 75 per cent in fact, and for some students it is even compulsory. It is usually presented as a chance to mature, to expand your horizons, and develop your interests. However, it is also often dismissed as a ‘doss year’, and while some students claim that it helped them a great deal, others agree with that consensus.

The debate over the uses and benefits of TY has been a hot-button topic in my school ever since we started in September. Many of my fellow students have this discussion in private, and it has been utilised as a topic more than once in our weekly Toastmasters meetings. When called to speak on this subject, students typically begin with disclosing their reasoning behind choosing TY, as opposed to continuing into fifth year. In general, many of those who have discussed their opinion, either publicly or in private, state that a significant factor in their decision was the desire to ‘take a break’ after the stress of the Junior Certificate. Others have cited a desire to investigate their subject choices more thoroughly, with the benefit of their Junior Certificate results to draw from, or to plan their future career path. Overall, the main reason that people have for choosing TY is the desire for more time. Rarely, if ever, do people talk about wanting to experience TY’s unique subject options, or the numerous trips offered as part of the year. In general, students seem to be interested in TY as ‘free time’ rather than in its own merits.

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Summer courses at the French Institute for adults and secondary school students

Thu, May 11, 2017

Would you like to make the most of the long summer days while learning, refreshing, or practising your French?

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Further education open evening at Galway Community College

Thu, May 11, 2017

The PLC further education college in Galway Community College, located at Moneenageisha junction, is having an information and registration evening on Thursday, May 18, from 5.30pm to 7pm.

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Summer courses at the French Institute for adults and secondary school students

Thu, May 04, 2017

Would you like to make the most of the long summer days while learning, refreshing, or practising your French?

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Learning Irish is fun with Cúrsa Gramco

Thu, May 04, 2017

Cúrsa Gramco is a three week Irish language course run by Séamas Ó Máirtín and his dedicated teachers in St Mary’s College in Galway city. Mr Ó Máirtín decided to set up Cúrsa Gramco so as to make the learning of Irish an enjoyable and positive experience. The course incorporates an understanding of the nuts and bolts of the language so that students become independent learners. Study skills are central to the course so that students learn how to self-assess.

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Jive and waltz for your wedding this summer

Thu, May 04, 2017

Have you ever wanted to dance but do not know where to start? Are you tired of going to weddings or country music events and not being able to dance?

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Brush-up programmes to combat summer maths loss

Thu, May 04, 2017

Research confirms that students experience significant learning loss during the summer months, and this applies more to maths than it does, for example, to reading. This is because parents see fewer opportunities for mathematical thinking outside of the classroom. The research also suggests that this loss for the most part, involves procedures rather than general concepts.

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