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MIC renews partnership with RTE Home School Hub for second series

RTE Home School Hub has renewed their partnership with Mary Immaculate College.

MIC renews partnership with RTE Home School Hub for the second series

 

As schools around the country remain closed due to the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mary Immaculate College (MIC) has once again teamed up with RTÉ to support families and children in continuing their learning this time.     

           

A Macalla Teoranta production, filming of RTÉ’s Home School Hub has recommenced as of January 2021, following its initial run from the first lockdown in March 2020. The Home School Hub was created to provide much-needed reassurance for children and families during unimaginable uncertainty and allowed thousands of children and their families from all over the country to tune in for an hour every day to engage with innovative curriculum-based content and enjoy active fun-based activities.

 

While schools are continuing to support children through online platforms during this pandemic wave, the Home School Hub provides a different medium of engagement. It allows children to spend time learning that involves less focus on devices. The teachers, Ray Cuddihy, Clíona Ní Chiosáin, John Sharpson and Emer O’Neill, are acutely aware of children’s unique learning environments. A focus is maintained on adopting a universal pedagogy designed to support all children’s participation.

Professor Emer Ring, Dean of Education at MIC has welcomed MIC’s continued involvement in supporting the initiative, commenting that: “RTE’s Home School Hub is an outstanding response to these times, which endeavours to replicate the classroom and provide an opportunity for children to spend some time in a familiar environment and experience creative and engaging curriculum-linked experiences. MIC is delighted through the RTÉ Home School Hub to be able to support children’s learning and minimally, alleviate the impact of this unimaginable crisis on children’s lives.’

 

Professor Ring added that it was a privilege to work with such a committed and enthusiastic production team and teachers and went on to say that; ‘As the Irish proverb goes, ‘Ní neart go cur le chéile’ (together we can achieve great things) captures the generous support from my colleagues in the Faculty of Education who have volunteered their own time to support this teacher-led initiative. Seán De Brún, Dr Anne Dolan, Martina Ní Fhátharta, Sara Fitzgerald, Dr Mairéad Hourigan, Dr Aisling Leavy, Dr Maeve Liston, Dr TJ Ó Ceallaigh and Dr Gavan Ring have been of great support, and I thank them sincerely for sharing their extensive expertise in curriculum and pedagogy.”

 

Professor Ring also highlighted that MIC has a long and proud tradition in education and that teaching, learning, research and a commitment to transformational social change and development are central to the College’s mission.

 

Mairéad Fitzmaurice, who graduated from MIC as a primary teacher in 2019 and is currently studying on the MA in STEM Education at MIC, is also continuing as a researcher for the new series. She said: “I am privileged to be part of series two of RTÉ Home School Hub as an educational researcher. I enjoyed my time working on the first series. The programme is a credit to all who worked on it, to the four teachers Múinteoir Ray, Múinteoir John, Múinteoir Emer and Múinteoir Clíona. I am also very grateful for the help and support of Professor Emer Ring and the Faculty of Education at Mary Immaculate College.

I look forward to meeting the production crew in person once restrictions allow and I can travel. It will be nice to put faces to the people I have been working with since last March. It is an experience that I will never forget, and I am proud to be part of such an outstanding educational community.”

 

Mary Immaculate College is incredibly proud of teacher and presenter, Ray Cuddihy, a recent graduate who completed the Professional Master of Education (PME) at MIC in 2019. Commenting on returning to filming Múinteoir Ray remarked: “I’m more than happy to be back in front of the cameras with Home School Hub. The reaction to the first run in 2020 from our young and old audience was truly overwhelming. It’s a real honour for me to showcase teaching techniques and strategies tailored to this unique learning setting. As always, it’s a huge team effort. The link with Mary Immaculate College Faculty of Education and with Professor Emer Ring is instrumental. This support provides the Hub with a solid platform to be creative, engaging, and energetic in creating content.”

 

Tune in to Home School Hub on RTÉ 2 on weekdays from 10:00 to 12.10 to RTÉ 2 and to After School Hub from 15:15 to 16.20.

 

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