Mayfield Students take part in Poetry Project

This year Mayfield Community School, along with five other secondary schools from Cork city, was chosen to participate in Cork City Library’s Poetry Project. Under the turorage of Paul Casey from the well known Cork poetry platform Ó Bhéal ,TY students worked throughout the year to compose and compile poems which would be included in “The Unfinished Book of Poetry.”The book was launched in Cork City Library on 4th May by Councillor Derry Canty representing the Lord Mayor of Cork. The City Librarian, Community Arts Officer as well as students and teachers from all six participating schools were also in attendance, as the young poets read a selection of their inspirational words. Lily Stevens of Mayfield C.S. was among six students chosen to have her work featured in Cork City Libraries’ Poetry in the Parks project which will be launched on June 11th in Tramore Valley Park. Her acrostic poems UKRAINE and MOTHER will be published on a large poster installation to be displayed in  the three main city parks as well as on the Ó Bhéal website.

Internet Safety Talk

Thank you for joining Avril Ronan last Monday night for her webinar on Gaming and Social networks, keeping it safe and fun for young people.

Below is the recording, Watch it back or please pass it on to friends, family and local school/communities.

Don’t forget, everything you need to enable your family to be online in safe, secure and responsible ways are available at your fingertips.  (All of our internet safety work community is FREE)

  • Other webinars you might be interested in (hosted by my boss Lynette Owens)
  • Next webinar: Monday 7.30pm April 11th Dealing with Screen Time Challenges
    • email reminder with ZOOM details will be send to you the week before

Letter to Parents

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope you and our students had a good midterm break.

As you know, in the last few days, the Government issued new public health advice coming into effect from Monday 28 th February. The Government has accepted the recommendations of NPHET to remove remaining restrictions relating to mask-wearing and physical distancing in schools. As the general requirement for physical distancing in society no longer applies, schools are no longer required to maintain class pods and bubbles. This will allow a number of our students to have their hot meals in our school cafeteria with other class groups.

Some students and staff may wish to continue to wear a mask and some students and staff may decide not to wear a mask. This is their personal choice. In our school, we will respect each person’s choice.

At the same time, we are very aware that COVID-19 is still very much with us and so certain control measures will continue to be in place:

Sanitising – We will ask all students to sanitise at the main entrances and before going into their classrooms

Ventilation – Our classroom doors will remain open and classroom windows will remain partially open

Students lunch breaks – Students will continue to get hot meals during the big break under the supervision of their teachers

The requirement to stay at home if a student has symptoms or if a student test positive remains.

We will not use our changing rooms in our Sports Complex for PE yet. Students will be allowed to wear their PE clothes on the day they are timetabled for PE. This will be reviewed over the coming weeks. Please ensure that your child is in full uniform on non-PE days.

On behalf of all staff, I want to sincerely thank you for the measures you have taken over the past two years to keep all of us in our school community safe. We continue to rely on your support of and compliance with the measures in place to reduce the introduction of COVID into the school and to reduce the risk of COVID spreading within the school.

The removal of restrictions is a welcome message of hope and confidence.

Your continued cooperation is, as always, very much acknowledged and appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Kieran Golden Kathleen Daly

Subject Choice Webinar


Upcoming Webinar: Careers in Subject Choice for TY and Career Decisions
Date: Monday February 28th @12.30pm

Register on:
For: Parents, students and Guidance Counsellors
Content: The 24th Webinar in our series this year, 8th in our General Careers Topics for 2021/22

The aim of this webinar is to highlight to Parents and Students, 3rd & TY, key tools and resources that will help them make informed decisions when selecting the best subjects to suit their aptitude, interests and career aspirations.We also aim to provide a suggested plan for Careers exploration going through senior cycle. We will look at extracurricular activities, experiences, voluntary/paid work, summer/TY camps available to help you get prepared to make the best decision for you.

You will get insight from a careers guidance perspective along with colleges advice on subject options based on requirements for their courses. We will be joined by college reps + student/graduates on a Q&A panel sharing their decision making process around subject choice and choosing careers.

***Guest speakers : TBC ***
Viewing Options: Each webinar is hosted on zoom, links are provided once you register. If the webinar reaches full capacity make sure to go to our facebook page where it will be broadcast live

Alternatively, if you cannot make 12.30pm Monday, ALL webinars are recorded so you won’t miss out. Go to to register and view this week’s webinar – free to view for a limited time.

College Week

Next Week is College Awareness Week. Here’s a quick list of things that are great about going to college:

Click here to view the pdf.

Helping your child to become college ready

  • People who go to college will earn more over their lifetime – about 40% more than people without a college degree.
  • People with college degrees increase their chances of taking up a highly skilled job and decrease their chances of being unemployed. Most 21st century jobs require a college degree.
  • People with college degrees are happier and healthier. More likely to be involved in your community and suffer from less physical and mental health problems.
  • Reference: OECD Report: Education at a Glance 2013 and The Spirit Level, Wilson and Pickett

The Immediate Benefits of Going to College for students

  • Learn a new subject or gain more in-depth knowledge
  • Acquire a qualification for the workplace
  • Be stimulated by world-class lecturers
  • Have access to amazing facilities – libraries, computer rooms, labs, sports centres
  • Meet new people from around Ireland and the world
  • Join a student club or society
  • Play sports
  • Socialise
  • Travel the world through internships, study abroad programmes
  • Increase your confidence and sense of achievement and direction

The Long-term Benefits of College Graduates for Irish Society

  • Meet employers require a college education to meet the demand for knowledge-based 21st century skills. (60% of jobs in US)
  • Less reliance on social welfare
  • Increased likelihood of long-term employment
  • More involvement with voluntary and community based activities
  • Better physical and mental health of society
  • Cost: benefit analysis. Cost of educating people at third level is returned multi-fold through increased earnings and taxes
  • Improved social –cohesion. Increase in personal satisfaction and happiness. Lower rates of anti-social behaviour and incarceration
  • Reference: OECD Report: Education at a Glance 2013 and The Spirit Level, Wilson and Pickett

The Benefits of College-readiness for schools

  • Helps your community of students to realise their full potential
  • Increase the sense of direction and achievement felt by your students and your teachers
  • Recognition that a college degree is the common currency of the 21st century
  • On average 65% of 18-25 year olds are enrolled in college. Will 65% of your 6th years go to college this year?
  • Important element of school self-evaluation reports within the Inspectorate of the DES
  • High expectations + supportive environment = college going culture

Teen Talk Event

As a part of our TEEN TALK events this year, we have created “Gen Z”, a free virtual event for PARENTS of your students. This also may be of interest to teachers.

Gen Z is an event for Parents & Teachers to educate on the issues and realities that arise in the world of teenager.

Various speakers shall address subject matter that can be challenging for Parents and Teenagers to discuss.

The event will be held on

·      Tuesday 23rd November from 7pm.

Speakers include:

  • . Anna Geary (MC)
  • . Maureen Gaffney – Psychologist
  • . Kirsty Donoghue – Mother of a Transgender Child
  • . Ray Goggins – Ex Special Forces Officer
  • . Alicia O’Sullivan – UCC Law Student & Youth Activist

Topics which will be addressed are:

  • . Teenage Psychology
  • . LGBTQI+
  • . Mental Health

The event has been designed to raise awareness of issues affecting teenagers and empowering parents to support their teenagers during this time of great change in their lives.



This is a one off Streamed event for which a recording will not be available.

Register Now:


If you have any queries please email

Parent/Guardians of Third Year Students

Dear Parents / Guardians,

The Junior Certificate examinations are fast approaching for Third Year students. Every year Mayfield offers students the opportunity to purchase past papers books at a discounted price. For one payment of 20 euros per student, class teachers will provide a past papers book.

There is also access to teacher-led supervised study sessions after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 4-5.30 pm.. These sessions are run at a cost 20 euros per term, and hot food is provided.

On Mondays we have subject specific support. This begins on Monday 15th November 4-4.45pm. This is free of charge.

Payments for the past papers should be made to their class teacher at the nearest opportunity. A receipt will be issued by the Year Head when the payment is received.

Yours sincerely

James McMurtry

Head of Third Year

To the parents of our Third Year students

Dear Parents / Guardians

We hope that you and your family are safe and well.

We are planning to hold an Information Meeting on Thursday 15th April at 7.00pm with the parents of our current Third Year Class in relation to:

  1. The End of Year exams for Third Years and
  • The plans for next year’s Transition Year 2021

Third Year Assessments:

In general, the marks for each subject will be based on:

75% of the marks will be based on the results of in-class tests which will take place from Tuesday 4th May to Friday 21st May.

25% of the marks will be based on the results received in that subject at christmas of Third Year, the summer of second year and at christmas of second year.

A School Based Certificate will come from the school which will set out the following:

·       Assessment Results/ Grade Descriptors

·       Classroom Based Assessments Levels of Achievement

·       Other Areas of Learning.

Additionally a Certificate of Completion will issue from the Department of Education and Skills. This will confirm your son/daughter has completed their 3 years in Junior Cycle.

Looking forward to seeing you online at our Information Evening on Thursday 15th April at 7.00pm

Yours faithfully

Kieran Golden


Students Return to School

Dear Parent and Guardian, a thuistí/a chaomhnóirí,

We are entering our third phase of re-opening our school following the successful return of our ASD classes, our sixth year students and our fifth year students. We are now looking forward to the safe return of the rest of our school community on Monday April 12th.  We all have worked hard to minimise the risk to everyone’s health & safety.  Your co-operation in all of this is essential. 

Having reviewed all our Health and Safety procedures and to ensure that our school is ready to re-open for the return of all our students on Monday 12th April, the following is an outline of our plan to re-open our school as safely as is possible.

Please discuss the following protocols with your son / daughter prior to their return to school:

Return to School Monday 12th April – Information for Parents/ Guardians and Students

The best way to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in a school is to minimise the risk of introduction of the infection into the school setting in the first place. This can be achieved with your help through the following measures:

Symptoms of   Covid- 19.  They are:

  • high temperature
  • cough
  • shortness of breath or breathing difficulties
  • loss of smell/ taste or distortion of taste. 

Please be aware that your son/ daughter must not attend school if they have symptoms or signs that may suggest Covid-19 until they have taken appropriate medical advice and testing if appropriate. Students must not attend school if they have been told that they are close contacts of a person with Covid-19.

Return to School Declaration Form

All our parents must complete a Return to School Declaration Form following student’s absence from school following school holidays.

Respect control measures in place

  • hand hygiene – there are hand sanitisers at the entrance to our school, at the entrance to all classes and in every classroom and in strategic places around our school. Please use these
  • respiratory hygiene – coughing into the inside of your elbow
  • physical distancing within the classroom
  • physical distancing outside the classroom and within the school – during breaks, students must remain 2 metres apart
  • the use of face masks at all times.
  • All rooms are well ventilated

We remind parents if a student has been out of the country that they should not attend school until 14 days has passed.

Masks must be worn correctly at all times (no snoods). Please ensure that the mask is the appropriate size to cover both nose and mouth and is not loose. Snoods are not acceptable. If your son/daughter arrives in school without any of these items, they will be sent home.

Please make sure your son/daughter arrives, wearing a face mask, at the Main Gate at 8.50am. Once in the school, please emphasise to your son/daughter to go directly to their designated room.

Food will continue to be delivered to all our students during breaktimes in their designated rooms. Hot food is available every day for all students during the big break (1.15pm – 1.45pm) Students are to remain sitting at their desk while eating and not to walk around the room with face masks down.

Full school uniform must be worn every day.

Our focus on Monday is on welcoming our students back to school and getting them back into safe and responsible routines.  

Access to the school by a parent/ guardian can only be made by prior arrangement. You must ring the school to organise any essential meetings.

Your support in getting them ready for school is very important. We really appreciate your continued support in monitoring your son’s / daughter’s progress and co-operation since the start of this school year and in our final term.

Our priority is keeping our school open until the end of this term and ensuring that our students continue to learn in a safe environment.

Yours faithfully,

Kieran Golden                                                                                    Kathleen Daly

Principal                                                                                              Deputy Principal

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