During Adult Learners’ Festival week in February The Adult Learning Centre held informal certificate presentations in boardroom. Awards included FETAC level 3 Maths, Communications, Computers, Graphic Communications, Preparation for Work, Personal Effectiveness, Home Study Skills, Food and Nutrition, Consumer Awareness and English for Speaker of Other Languages.
Return to Education Programme participants with tutors and from Laois VEC and FAS
Participants with their tutor Dennis Maloney and Kathleen Bennett, Adult Literacy Organiser
Participants with their tutors Margaret Liston, Orla Wall and Sandra Doyle
Participants from Laois County Council who completed a full award at FETAC Level 3 with their tutors Dennis Maloney and Joan Phelan
Skills for Work Programme participants with their tutors Dennis Maloney, Sinéad Kelly and Skills for Work Regional Co-ordinator Marian O Reilly
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) learners from the Adult Refugee Programme recently experienced the magic of a match day and followed in the footsteps of Irish sporting legends on a tour of Croke Park Stadium. ESOL students were given an in-depth behind the scenes look at one of the most historic and modern sporting arenas in the world. During the tour students visited the players dressing room, walked pitchside via the players tunnel and took a seat in the VIP area. On the top tier of the stadium students enjoyed a spectacular bird’s eye view of Croke Park. They also had the opporuntiy to immerse themselves in the sporting and cultural heritage of Ireland at the Gaelic Athletic Association Museum.
Students at Croke Park
Open your eyes to Ireland – Digital Photography Project
Over the last few months students from the Adult Learning Centre participated in a digital photography project. Students were invited to take a photo of what Ireland means to them or forward a photo that was significant to them and their lives. The photos captured the beauty of the Irish landscape and students were able to focus on what was good about Ireland and their lives. A selection of the photos have are available to watch on www.youtube.com by entering ‘Open your eyes to Ireland’ in the search bar.
This photo was sent in by English Language student Ewa Wieczorek. It was taken by her husband Lukasz Wieczorek when the family were touring Co. Kerry and it represents the amazing beauty of the Irish landscape.
Irish Traveller Ann brought in this old photograph which was taken over 30 years ago in the Wheel Inn pub in the Heath, Co. Laois. Pictured are her husband John McDonagh (holding a dart), her brother in law Michael McDonagh (thumbs up) with their two friends. This is the only photo Ann has of her now deceased husband playing darts. He won a competition that day and this photo represents good memories for her.
This photo was sent in by Anthony Murphy from the Return to Education Programme and pictured are his father in law John Howe and his son Conor Murphy. They are on a plot of land marking out the boundary line of a site which was given to them by his father in law. This photo meant new beginnings and the start of great things for his family.
Eight parents from Scoil Bhride Knockmay and Portlaoise College took part in a six week Wonderbag Project before Easter. The course was funded through the Family Learning DEIS funding which the Adult Learning Centre receives. This course involved a lot of teamwork between the Adult Learning Centre, the Home School Community Liaison Officers in both schools, Chris Uys a local man who brought the wonderbag project to Laois, Mary Troy course tutor and Paula Hennessey who was on placement in the Adult Learning Centre from Carlow IT.
What is a Wonderbag?
A Wonderbag is an insulated bag in which people can cook anything from meaty stews or vegetable curries to simple rice and soups. You heat up your pot of food on the stove, kick-starting the cooking process, and then place it in the Wonderbag. Wonderbag’s clever insulating properties allow food that has been brought to the boil to finish cooking while in the bag without the use of additional energy. Families can cook appetising hot meals, while saving energy and money.
- Participants in the Wonderbags project