Message from our Principal Returning to School

Friday 14th August 2020

Dear Parents,

I hope that this message finds you all well. We fully understand that the last few months have been very different to what we have been used to in our lives and in our schools. We have missed seeing and hearing our students around the school and we are really looking forward to welcoming all our students back at the end of this month.

We are working hard to make sure that our school will be safe for all students and staff. The guidance provided by the Department of Education and Skills is comprehensive and detailed.

Our priority is to minimise the risk of the introduction of Covid -19 to the school and if introduced, to manage the risk of spread. In the event of a student showing any symptoms, the student will be removed from class and brought to our newly designated isolation room. Parents will be contacted immediately and asked to bring their son / daughter home and you are advised to make immediate phone contact with your GP.

Our school is open to essential visitors only. Parents can only come to school once an appointment has been made and only adults can attend the scheduled meeting.

As of today, Friday 14th August, our plans include:

 School uniforms are to be worn by all students every day. In line with public health guidelines, we would ask you to wash the school uniform frequently.
 We are reconfiguring all our classroom furniture to ensure that students are one metre apart.
 We are advising all our students to bring face masks with them to school. Further guidance in relation to the wearing of the mask will be issued closer to our re-opening.
 We are asking all students to bring in their own materials such as biros, rulers and calculators. The sharing of materials is not advised.
 Lockers will only be available to students at strict designated times. The lockers are being separated and will be placed at strategic points around the school.
 We have dispensers placed at each entrance to our school and a dispenser is placed in each classroom
 All our existing toilets have been upgraded including hot water and soap being available. We have also added three new toilet facilities to our school.
 All students will remain within the school grounds for both lunches. Student Year Groups will have designated lunch areas for both morning and main lunch.
 Our Book Rental Scheme will continue to operate for all students

The following is our Start Up Schedule :
• Thurs Aug 27th – Staff Induction
• Fri Aug 28th – Sixth Year Induction: 11.30am – 12.30pm
• Mon Aug 31st – Fifth Year including LCAs 9.45am – 10.30am First Year 11.30am – 12.30pm
• Tues Sept 1st – Second Years 9.45am First Year 11.30am – 12.30pm
• Weds Sept 2nd – 9.45am – 10.45am Transition Year 11.30am – 12.15pm
• Thurs Sept 3rd – Sixth Year 9.45am – 10.30am First Year 11.30am – 12.30pm
• Fri Sept 4th – All years
There is no doubt that we will face many challenges. We are however very confident in our ability to overcome these challenges with your help and with your support.

Yours faithfully

Kieran Golden

Updates for Leaving Certificate 2020 from our Principal

Information for our Leaving Certificate Class 2020

We will continue to support our Leaving Certificate class in every way that is permitted and appropriate in the coming weeks. Ms O’Regan, our Guidance Counsellor, Mr Hurley, our School Chaplain and Ms Daly will answer any questions you may have regarding student support and guidance. I will answer any questions you may have regarding the examination process.

Our Leaving Certificate students remain students of our school until the end of the school term. In terms of the school’s role in supporting the wellbeing of Leaving Certificate students, this support will remain available until the end of the school term (31st May 2020).

Our Guidance Counsellor is permitted to continue to provide guidance counselling support to 6th year students (1:1 and small group work). Guidance counselling support may be provided to students wishing to discuss their social personal, education and career concerns. However, In advance of any planned interaction with students a clear statement must be communicated to students and parents/guardians that the guidance counsellor will not be engaging in discussions regarding the calculated grading process or potential marks awarded by teachers.

Guidance Counsellors, teachers and students may not discuss the student’s achievement in the subject over the past two years.  Nor can they discuss the student’s ranking in a class, or their estimated mark or the level at which an estimated mark is to be provided in a subject. All conversations between Leaving Certificate students and members of the School’s Student Support Team, during this time, need to be prefaced with a statement such as the following:

‘As part of our conversation today we are prohibited from having any discussion about student achievement over the past 2 years, student ranking in a class, student’s estimated mark  or the level an estimated mark is to be provided in a subject.  If our conversation strays into speaking about any of these matters, our meeting will have to cease immediately.’ 

I would ask you all to take note of the following important points:

  1. Canvassing

On Monday, 11thMay,  the Department of Education and Skills has issued the following statement regarding canvassing:

One of the fundamental principles of the calculated grades model is fairness – both to the individual student and to the students in the school as a whole. Any attempt to influence teachers in relation to the process of Leaving Certificate calculated grades is considered to be entirely inappropriate and will be regarded as canvassing.

  1. End of Tuition for 6th Year/Final Year Students

At a meeting this afternoon Department officials stated that a message would post on their FAQ section indicating that all tuition for 6th Year/Final Year LC/LCA/LCVP students is to end today May 11th .  Teachers should not accept any additional material from this date submitted by students for consideration as part of their estimated mark.

  1. Student Opportunity to Change Subject Levels

The Department has indicated that students will have the opportunity to change subject levels.  The SEC are developing a protocol which may involve the student indicting their desire to change level through a self-service portal for students.  Teachers should not contact students to consider changing level in a subject but should await further guidance from the Department when available.

 

End of Term Reports summer 2020 – A Guide for our Parents

Assessment and Reporting on the Learning of our Students – Summer 2020

A Guide for our Parents

While all schools have been closed since the 12th March, all of us as teachers and parents have tried our best to ensure that students continue learning. Our school did everything we could, along with your support to ensure that our students progressed in their learning.

As a school, we believe that it is important that our students and their parents get feedback on how your son / daughter has progressed this term. Our teachers fully understand that the last few months have been challenging and we will take that into consideration when we are completing the end of term reports.

On Monday, 11th May, we had an assembly with each of our Year Groups online and Mr McMurtry and Mr Hurley outlined our approach to assessment this term and explained to the students very clearly how marks are being awarded. Our teachers worked together to come up with an agreed approach to assessment this term. These arrangements are fair and the hard work that has been done by our students will be acknowledged and the students whose hard work has been disrupted due to the Covid-19 situation will not be disadvantaged.

Marks being awarded will fully take into account your son’s / daughter’s engagement with school before our schools closed on the 12th March.

  • Reports will include a mark and a comment
  • The deadline for completion of assignments for our students will be Friday 22nd May.
  • We will be posting reports home from Thursday, June 4th   

Third Year Junior Cert School-based Assessment

60% Assessment Data           

Christmas Test                        20%

Pre Exams                                20%

CBAs                                          10%

Online Assignments                10%

If no CBAs in the subjects Christmas & Pre Exams 25% each.

40% Engagement                 

Attendance                             10%

Participation                           10%

Homework                              10%

Attitude                                    10%

100%

 

 

First, Second & Fifth Year Assessment Reports

50% Assessment Data           

Christmas Test and other class tests              25%

Online Assignments                                          25%

 

50% Engagement                   

Attendance                                                     10%

Participation                                                  20%

Homework                                                     10%

Attitude                                                          10%

100%

 

 

 

 

Message from our Principal to our Leaving Certificate classes

Postponement of 2020 Leaving Certificate examinations

The Minister for Education and Skills announced on Friday, 8th May:

  • The postponement of 2020 Leaving Certificate examinations
  • All students to be offered the option of calculated grades or sitting Leaving Certificate written examinations at a later date

A series of documents are being published to support this announcement. I am including the link to all these documents and I would ask you to spend some time reading through the guide.

The above material is available at www.gov.ie/leavingcertificate. This page hosts a series of Frequently Asked Questions.

We will hold an assembly on Monday, 11th May at 12.30pm. All our Leaving Certificate students and their parents are very welcome to attend this assembly.

Looking forward to meeting you all on Monday at 12.30pm

Kieran Golden