Our English department travelled to Hotel Kilkenny on Saturday 14th October to attend the annual INOTE Conference. This conference is a national conference where teachers of English come together to learn, discuss and discover best practice in the English classroom.
Ms. S Walshe, Ms. Brennan, Ms. Doran, Ms. KA Walshe and Ms. C. McDonald were delighted to secure places to the conference which sold out within minutes of tickets becoming available.
The theme of the conference was ‘Awaken the Joy of Knowledge and Creative Expression’ and the entire department agreed that the day certainly lived up to all expectations.
Following an early registration, the Borris Vocational School group settled into the wonderful keynote address of Mr. Niall McMonagle – a renowned poet and author. His discussion was extremely enjoyable.
The second keynote address focused on the “New Poets on the Leaving Certificate, D.H. Lawrence and Brendan Kennelly”. This lecture, given by the teaching guru that is Ms. Frances Rocks, was absolutely fantastic. Always inspiring, Frances brought the conference through some of the wonderful poetry now on the course for the Leaving Certificate exam in 2018.
The third presentation of the day looked at Junior Cycle English and was given by the Junior Cycle for Teachers team.
A well-deserved lunch followed the presentations and gave teachers an opportunity to meet up with teachers from other schools and exchange helpful hints and tips for use in the English classroom. The afternoon was taken up with rotating workshops which included:
- Creative Writing, Danielle McLoughlin
- The Art of Rhetoric, Kate Barry
- Film at Junior Cycle and Beyond, Conor Murphy
The day was a tremendous success and all of the teachers who attended agreed that it was a most worthwhile experience and looked forward to bringing some of the new learning back into the English classrooms in Borris.