Launch of Magenta Principles Ireland

On Wed 14th November, the school was privileged to host the launch of the new book "Magenta Principles Ireland" by the world leading educationalist Mike Hughes, whose work is at the cutting edge of educational thinking.

The Magenta Principles is an approach to teaching based on the premise that learning should be both exciting and engaging.

It is underpinned by the belief that:

  • Learning is the consequence of thinking…. Therefore we need to get students to think
  • Language is central to thinking….Therefore we need to get students to talk about their thinking
  • Learning is an active process…Therefore we need to students doing by being active leaders of their learning


Over the past few years many teachers here at Castlecomer have received training in incorporating these principles into their lessons, and the whole school is benefitting as a result.  In this new book there are multile examples of excellent teaching that were contributed to the book by teachers in CCS.

We were delighted to have the author present for the launch, as well as representatives from the NAPD, the County Council, the Board of Management and Parent's Council among others, as well as live broadcasts by KCLR and interviews for the Kilkenny People.

The principal Mr. O'Connor then presented Mr. Hughes with a Kilkenny jersey and a hurley signed by Henry Shefflin as a souvenir of his visit to Castlecomer.

Click on the photo below to view some photos of the day.


Magenta Day Nov 14th 2018

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Wellread Programme


We are delighted to announce that we have received the "wellread" award, an initiative designed and organised by the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST). It aims to create heightened awareness about the importance of creating a culture of reading in school communities for our young people as part of their personal and academic development. The school community is now recognised nationally as a school that promotes and encourages a culture of reading.

You can read more about the award on the PDST website by clicking here, and you can find out more about our school initiatives under the "extra-curricular" tab above.



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