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Yearbook launch and Leaving Cert message 2020

This Thursday night at 7 p.m. please join us for the premiere of a very special video. This video was made to launch our yearbook and give a farewell message to our Leaving Cert Class of 2020. 

A PDF copy of the 110 page School Yearbook will be sent to your school email address directly after launch.

 

Calculated Grades- Important Notice for Students

 

Sixth Year Students, please follow the links for details about the Leaving Certificate ‘Calculated Grade Student Portal’ .  The school was notified of these today.

Before You Start Guide (PDF)

Calculated Grades Portal- Guide (PDF)

Guide for Students (PDF)

Guide for Parents and Guardians (PDF)

The timeframe for accessing this Portal is quite limited (10am Tuesday 26th May – 10pm Thursday 28th May).

Please read the details of these documents carefully with your parents/guardians.

Please note if you have queries you may contact the school using This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone - 068 30631.

 

Leaving Cert 2020- postponement

"This summer's Leaving Cert exams have been cancelled, with Minister for Education Joe McHugh revealing details of an alternative plan.

All students are to be offered the option of accepting calculated grades instead of sitting Leaving Certificate written examinations at a later date in new plans announced this afternoon.

There will be four layers to the calculated grades system:

  • An estimation of scores and rankings by a student's teacher. The teacher will estimate a percentage mark for each student, and also their ranking compared to classmates. This will happen for each individual subject. 
  • This will then be subjected to an in-school alignment process, in which subject teachers will work together to finalise their estimated marks and rankings. 
  • The school principal will review and sign off on marks, and may return estimated ranking or marks to teachers for further consideration.
  • A process of national standardisation using statistical methods to ensure a common national standard is applied. "

Full RTE report here

Department of Education and Skills statement here

Department F.A.Q on new system

Announcement on revised arrangements for Junior Cycle 2020

 

Revised arrangements for Junior Cycle 2020 have been announced today:

All third year Junior Cycle students to be awarded certificates for the completion of Junior Cycle by the Department of Education and Skills

Schools given autonomy to assess students and all students to receive a report on achievement

Adult learners to be given opportunity to take final Junior Cycle examinations in autumn

Report from RTE here

Department of Education and Skills Press Release below:

 

The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today (Wednesday 29 April 2020) announced revised arrangements for this year’s Junior Cycle.

The decision was taken following recommendations from an advisory group of stakeholders as part of planning for the State Examinations in response to the Covid-19 public health measures and the decision that the Junior Cycle State Examinations will not run this year.

Minister McHugh attended the meeting of the advisory group and thanked the members for their work.

Minister McHugh said:

“In this difficult time for students I have listened to the very strongly-held and well-articulated views of students, parents and other stakeholders,”
 
“This decision has been made with the health and wellbeing of students, parents and teachers at the forefront of our thinking.
 
“It gives students and their families more clarity and certainty. It also gives schools freedom to decide how best to assess the progress of students following three years of hard work and learning.”
 

Under the revised arrangements and in light of the exceptional circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the work and achievement of third year Junior Cycle students will be recognised with a state certificate from the Department of Education and Skills.

As soon as possible after the end of the current school year, students will receive a written school report on their learning achievements in each subject, short course and/or priority learning unit

Schools are also being given autonomy to decide whether to run school-based assessments and what form they take. Options to consider include school-designed examinations, tasks, projects, assignments, essay style questions, presentations, or other tasks agreed at a local level. Guidance for schools on reporting to students and parents, developed with the advice of the advisory group of stakeholders, will be published by the Department.

The State Examinations Commission is also being asked to put in place specific arrangements for adult learners to give them an opportunity to take final Junior Cycle examinations for which they are entered in autumn 2020.

Letter from Principal 17/04/20

 

(Download letter)

Dear Parent/Guardian/Students.

I hope you had a nice Easter in spite of the restrictions on movement that were implemented nationally since 27 March 2020 in line with public health guidelines.  We appreciate how challenging the current Coronavirus/Covid-19 crisis has been for families, and we are working hard to support all students and parents/guardians in our school community as the crisis evolves.  We know from feedback from our staff and interactions with students, that students and teachers miss school-life and attending classes.  The past few weeks have presented many challenges, but the resolve of our students, staff and parents/guardians to engage in this steep learning curve in working from home is truly admirable.  We are very proud that so many students and our staff worked very hard before Easter to minimise disruption to learning.  Everyone in the school community has embraced the new term called ‘Distance Learning’ in an effort to fulfil a continuity of learning.

As you are aware, schools have remained closed to students since 13 March 2020.  The current health advice is that all schools will remain closed to students until Tuesday, 5 May 2020 (after the May Bank Holiday weekend).

We have listened carefully to feedback from students, staff and parents prior to Easter.  We want to ensure that we focus our efforts for the next two weeks on teaching, learning and the provision of effective feedback to students.

To this end, we plan on holding an on-line subject planning meetings on Monday, 20 April 2020 to coordinate the most effective work-stream for the ensuing two week period and to provide for enriched feedback to your child/children.  Students are asked to revise subjects as per their regular timetable on Monday, 20 April 2020. 

Students in Sixth Year and Third Year

We are especially mindful of the decision that affects students in Sixth Year and Third Year regarding the Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate examinations.

Information on exam and assessment schedules, including the Leaving Certificate Applied and the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme is available on the website of the State Examinations Commission: Click here

The Department of Education and Skills and the State Examinations Commission are making every effort to support all students through this challenging time.

Students facing examinations have been asked to keep focused and to keep working in preparation for the exams which are now scheduled for July.  More details will be forthcoming in the near future regarding the Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate examinations and we will bring this information to your attention without delay.

Supports for Students including Internet Connections and Data Bundles on Mobile Providers

The Department of Education and Skills has been working closely with the tertiary education sector to address issues raised in relation to accessing online provision including broadband issues.  

Thankfully, we are seeing progress in some ways to help students with connectivity and data issues.

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton T.D. announced on Wednesday, 15of April 2020 that all major telecoms providers have committed to a number of measures to help people stay in touch and work from home during Covid-19.  All major providers have signed up, including BT Ireland, eir, Pure Telecom, Sky Ireland, Tesco Mobile Ireland, Three Ireland, Virgin Media Ireland and Vodafone. 

These commitments will be implemented by operators as soon as possible. Each service provider will provide details and implementation updates on their own website. The commitments will remain available to consumers until 30 June 2020 and will be reviewed in advance of that date if needed.

The Covid-19 Consumer Commitments are as follows:

  1. Any fixed broadband customers who do not have unlimited usage already as standard will be given the opportunity, if they require, to upgrade their package (which may be on a temporary basis), with their current service provider
  2. Any customer who does not have fixed broadband and who relies solely on mobile access to the Internet will have the opportunity to avail of affordable unlimited mobile data access/package from their service provider
  3. Fair usage policies will not be automatically applied to unlimited fixed and mobile data packages 
  4. Service providers may implement appropriate permitted traffic management measures to avoid network congestion
  5. Access to healthcare and educational resource websites identified by the Government will be zero-rated for all customers where technically feasible

Customers experiencing issues should contact their service provider in the first instance, before contacting ComReg's Consumer Care Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01 8049668 (from 8.00am to 8.00pm Monday to Friday and 9.00am to 1.00pm on Saturday, excluding public holidays.

Wellbeing including physical activity 

NEPS, the Department’s National Educational Psychological Service, has developed advice and resources for keeping Children and Young People well during Covid-19. These resources aim to support children and young people’s learning and wellbeing at this time. 

In the context of wellbeing, NEPS has included a reference in its advice for young people and for parents of young children for the need for physical activity as part of everyone’s daily routine while schools are closed. 

For information, the relevant text can be found at the following links: 

Advice for Young People

Advice for Parents

Supporting Students with Additional Education Needs

The National Council for Special Education has developed resources for parents of children with additional needs who may benefit from specific advice during the period of school closure.  All resources are available on the NCSE website and publicised through education partners and Twitter. The NCSE visiting teacher service continues to provide direct telephone/skype support to families and students.  The NCSE resources can be accessed here and include;

  • resources for parents and teachers such as class\age level activities
  • practical advice on how to take care of Assistive Technology in the Home and a suite of Occupational Therapy and
  • Speech and Language Therapy resources (including a social story animation on attending a Covid-19 test Centre prepared by the HSE).

Temporary reassignment of SNAs

Currently, SNA personnel are being reassigned to assist with efforts to support front-line health workers.  We will make every effort to ensure that students who have access to an SNA are receiving supports throughout the next two weeks. 

Additional Information

A considerable number of announcements regarding schools and state examinations were made over the course of the Easter break.  The main points are summarised below;

Statements and Information:

Assessing Teaching and Learning in our School

Our School’s Digital Learning Hub, Google classroom, which students are familiar with, is the main portal for accessing on-line classes and feedback from teachers.  Our staff has received support and guidance from Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board on the most effective strategies to manage on-line learning.  Several teleconferencing meetings of all Principals and Deputy Principals of all eighteen post-primary schools of our ETB have taken place since 13 March 2020 and this has proven invaluable in the sharing of best-practice and resources between all of our schools.

Our staff have received advice, guidance and peer support on managing learning, teaching and assessment in the current crisis and we are hopeful that this will help to mitigate the loss in class contact time and ‘Face to Face’ time in the current climate.

Acceptable User Policy (AUP)

Our school’s Acceptable User Policy (AUP) has been revised to reflect the increasingly popular use of teleconferencing platforms.  Our school only utilises platforms which fully comply with GDPR requirements.  It is important that students understand that the school expects all of its community to observe responsible and ethical use of such platforms in respect of other users - fellow students and staff. 

Contacting the School during Closure

Please do not hesitate to contact us at the school via this email address  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the school  phone 068 30631 which is diverted to a mobile that will be answered during school hours and we will do all we can to address your query as soon as possible.

In the meantime, please follow the advice of the HSE and the Government;

Everyone needs to stay at home to help slow the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

You should only leave your home to:

  • shop for essential food and household goods
  • attend medical appointments, collect medicine or other health products
  • care for children, older people or other vulnerable people - this excludes social family visits
  • exercise outdoors, within 2 kilometres of your home and only with people from your own household - keeping 2 metres between you and other people
  • travel to work if you provide an essential service - be sure to practice physical distancing

Follow this advice to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Read a step-by-step guide from the HSE on how to clean your hands.

 

Thank you to parents /guardians/students/administration staff/Teaching Staff and Special Needs Assistants/Sodexo staff which include Facilities Management Staff,  all cleaning staff and Caretakers/Parents Association/ Student Council for your support of the school and the school community at this time .It is much appreciated by all. Stay Safe ,Stay Well.

Kind Regards,

Liam Murphy.

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Address:
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Phone: (00353) 68 30631
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