NPC Education Conference 2016

11am - 4pm | 28 May 2016

The Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8,


Ready, Steady, Learn! Parents supporting their Children's Healthy Learning

The NPC Conference took place in the National College of Ireland, Mayor Square, Dublin 1 on Saturday the 28th of May 2016.

Guest speakers -

Shane Martin:Positive Parenting: Harnessing Strengths within Children

Shane is a leading psychologist within the area of education. He specialises in selfhelppsychology and believes that psychology has a vital role to play in preventingillness as well as treating it, in highlighting strengths as well as identifying weaknessesand in fostering the positive traits in people. As parents, we all want our children togrow into happy adults; but sometimes we feel as though we have little real influenceover them as they grow older. New scientific research reveals that happiness canbe cultivated within the home, school and community and that parenting stylesand practices have a tremendous effect on children’s emotional outlook on life. Bypromoting some basic positive traits and harnessing their inner strengths we canencourage our children to have a more positive view of self, others and the world.Parenting can be challenging but also a positive and fulfilling experience. We need towork at being more ‘positive’ in our approach.

Paula Mee:Ready to learn? Feeding our future. Nutritional issues for children

Co-author of the best- selling guide to ‘Your Middle Years, Love them, Live them,Own them’. From Galway, Paula graduated from University College Galway with aBSc. in Biochemistry. She then completed her postgraduate qualification in Dieteticsand a Masters in Health Science from Leeds Metropolitan University. She is a currentmember and a past president of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (INDI),the professional body for dietitians in Ireland. Paula runs her own consultancy andprovides an extensive range of services in nutrition, corporate wellness, marketingcommunications, recipe and menu analysis and product development. She hasa comprehensive portfolio of clients from the food and pharmaceutical industry,educational establishments, catering & retail sector, the corporate industry & othergroups of health professionals.

Oisin McGann:‘Making Stuff Up’

Oisín McGann is a bestselling and award-winning writer and illustrator who hasproduced thirty-five books of different levels, ranging from first-time readers up toadults. As part of his career over the last thirteen years, he has worked extensivelywith children in primary and secondary schools, promoting reading, writing and art.He also served on the board of Children’s Books Ireland for seven years, the nationaladvocate body for children’s books, and before his career in publishing, he workedin advertising, design and animation. This very unscientific talk will cover some of hisexperiences in working with children, along with thoughts on the art of storytellingand practical tips on how to promote creativity at home.

Click here to see Oisín's presentation

Click here to see a brief synopsis of the results of the NPC Homework Survey of Children, Parents and Teachers as presented by NPC CEO, Áine Lynch

NPC Fred O'Connell Award 2016

The NPC Fred O'Connell Award took place on the day, Recognising innovative partnership between parents and schools.

There were two 1st Place Winners, the Parent Association of St. Kevin's National School, Greystones, Co. Wicklow with their project 'Healty Mind Healthy Body week' and the Parent Association of St. Colmcille's National School, Knocklyon, Dublin 16 with their entry 'Connecting Parents and helping Parents Connect'.

Fred O’ Connell was involved with NPC in the early years of the organisation development. Fred served as Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of NPC and was also NPC’s first paid employee. Fred believed that parents have a vital role to play in their child’s education. This award is in honour of Fred. 

The NPC Fred O’Connell Award seeks to shine a light on the excellent partnership work that we know Parent Associations are engaging in across Ireland.   

Photos of the prize giving ceremony at the NPC Conference 2016 are on the RHS

To find out more about our 2016 winners and other projects which can be shared click here