Dear student / parent / guardian, I hope this message finds you well during these challenging times. Further to the Government’s decision to close schools to support efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, I am writing to share with you what our school is doing to support your learning and what we will do to help you to mind yourselves and your family in the coming weeks.
You will remember that last Thursday, 12th March, we asked all students to bring home with them their books so they could study and work from home. All of our parents received a text as well. By any chance if you did not get a text from the school, will you email me at email@example.com and I will update that immediately. Thank you.
Over the coming weeks, our teachers will continue to work with you in a number of ways:
All of us have access to google classroom and your teachers have invited you to join their classes so you can continue to complete your assignments. If you have forgotten your password or log-in, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and Mr Hurley will get you set up pretty quickly. Parents if you are not sure whether your child has logged in or not, send a message to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and we can let you know straight away.
Thank you to those of you have been so good at really getting involved in this way of learning. I know that many of you are doing really good work here. Thank you as well to those of you who have sent lovely pics of their work back to their teachers – we will award some prizes to the best pictures of artwork OR pictures of anything you cook or bake OR clips of you exercising / dancing in the next week. We’ll get some more details to you about that competition. Great prizes to be won
There are really helpful directions on how to use google classroom on our facebook page, our school Instagram account and our school twitter feed. Keep a close eye on these social platforms as we are posting the best advice available on these official accounts.
Teachers will send work to you through our school addresses and you can reply using the email addresses given to you. All of this helps you to stay in a routine which is very important for your physical and mental health.
There are some really good websites out there and all of these ones you can access for free:
https://irevise.com/ie (Additional notes and tutorials) use the code STUDYCENTRE and you will get free access for a month
www.studyclix.ie (Exam builders) all our Leaving Certificate students have full access to all their subjects
The Educational Company of Ireland is giving you free access to their JC and LC e-books – for Junior Cert, the user name is jcedcobooks and the password is edco2020 and for the Leaving Cert, the username is lcedcobooks and the password is edco2020
Some updates from the State Examinations Commission
We heard yesterday, Thursday, 19th March that our Minister for Education announced the cancellation of the Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate Oral and Practical Tests. (Orals in Irish and French – Practical performance in LC Music and practical performances in JC Music and Home Economics)
All of our students will be awarded full marks for this part of the exam – yes you read that right – FULL MARKS. Now it is well within you to push on and get really good scores in those subjects. Go for it…
We will go through challenging times over the next few weeks. I would like to remind our students to be kind to their parents and to thank them for everything that they are doing for you. They want the best for you and it is important that we look out for each other.
I would ask all our students to do the following every day for the next seven days:
Get 30 minutes of fresh air
Be thankful for what you have
Clean your bedroom
Drink 2 litres of water
Do any 2 of the following: 60 second wall-sit, 10 push-ups, 20 jumping jacks
Say thank you to three people close to you
Wash your hands with soap at least ten times a day
We are in unchartered waters and our community will come together to find solutions. It is an unusual time for us all and we need to work together to delay and limit the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. We encourage parents to emphasise the importance of social distancing to all in their care, so we as a nation can protect the most vulnerable in our communities.
We encourage all our students to do the best they possibly can in the coming weeks. We are very proud of you all, we miss you and we are thinking of you at this time. Finally, I would like to thank all our staff for their commitment and dedication to support your daughter(s) and son(s). Our staff and your daughter(s)/son(s) are a credit to our school community. I am always contactable and if I can be of any help to anyone, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com.
Take care, stay safe and mind yourselves and your loved ones.
3 rd February 2020
ACCS has informed the Board of Management that all TUI members have been directed to take strike action on Tuesday 4 th February. Pickets will be placed on all schools where TUI members are employed on that day.
Due to this strike action, the Board of Management will not be in a position to discharge its responsibilities with regard to the care of students in its charge on that day.
The Board of Management is therefore requesting you not to send your son/daughter to school on Tuesday 4 th February.
The Board of Management regrets that this course of action is necessary. The Board has no wish to interrupt the education of students in this school.
Mr. Paul O’Leary
Chairperson of the Board of Management.
Mayfield Community School students were invited to entertain guests at this year’s National Association of Principal and Deputy Principals (NAPD) Gala Dinner in Kilkenny.
The Gala Dinner was attended by Deputy Joe McHugh. Minister for Education and Skills and his officials, representatives from the management bodies, trusts, parent bodies, teacher trade unions and over three hundred school principals and deputy principals.
The Gala Dinner paid tribute to Kieran Golden, Principal of Mayfield Community School, who has acted as President of NAPD for the last school year. The Presidency has been a great honour for Mayfield Community School and its principal, Kieran Golden.
NAPD is the only professional association representing principals and deputy principals from all sectors and has over one thousand members. The National Conference this year was held at the Lyrath Hotel in Kilkenny and registration had to be closed at 600 delegates. Kieran Golden’s keynote Presidential address took place on Friday morning and all delegates were looking forward to the Minister for Education’s response.
The students from Mayfield Community School sang, danced, and played a variety of instruments at the start of the Gala Dinner. They have all practised hard and worked closely with their teachers, John Casey, Siobhán Carne, Orla Byrne and Lisa Meaney.
Ms Daly, Deputy Principal of Mayfield Community School, said that “our school is very proud of Mr. Golden and are delighted that our students had the chance to show the audience at the Gala Dinner how talented they are.” All the money collected for the President’s Charity on the night will go to Cork Penny Dinners. This charity was chosen by Kieran Golden knowing that all the money raised will go to a great cause.
Our school, as lead school in our local Digital Learning Cluster, reached the final of a Tech Leaders competition run by it@cork.
We were shortlisted in the category “Excellence in Education” which was kindly sponsored by Trend Micro.
Teacher Liam Begley, who started the Cluster and is also teaching the new Leaving Cert Computer Science course in our school was joined by John Hurley to accept the award.
The citation mentioned that our school uses G Suite, giving all students access to email and cloud storage; Our implementation of Computer Studies as a Leaving Certificate Subject; Our success in the Astro Pi competition where students had experiments used on the International Space Station; and our involvement in the local Digital Learning Cluster.
On Tuesday 10th September Mayfield Community School hosted their Open Night. The event started at 7pm with a constant flow of visitors until 9pm. All visitors were greeted at the main reception by Mr Kieran Golden Principal and Mrs Kathleen Daly Deputy Principal.
Parents and their children were given a guided tour around the school by student representatives. They had the opportunity to visit many specialised rooms for example Music, Business Studies, Home Room, Computer rooms, DCG, TG, Home Economics Rooms, Science Rooms, Art rooms, Woodwork room , Engineering room , Computer Auotmated Design room while also visiting the core subjects of Irish , English , Maths, French, Religious Education, History and Geography. On hand also that night were representatives of UCC, CIT and Access to education Bridge to Employment (ATEBTE).
Parents were also welcomed by our Parents group with tea and coffee and then finally made their way to the school library where they were addressed by the school Principal Mr Kieran Golden and past pupils of our school that have gone on to study at third level. It was great to see so many new families showing interest in our school but as always, seeing old familiar faces always finds a place in our hearts.
Our Music Teacher, Mr. Casey, conducting the orchestra.
A night of celebration in Mayfield Community School
The night opened with a musical performance celebrating the theme of student success and achievement right across student life and this theme carried through the evening. Guest of honour on the night, past pupil. Professor Susan Rafferty-McArdle from University College Cork, remembered her own attendance at Gradam as a student and shared her story of life in Mayfield Community School. Dr. Rafferty-McArdle spoke with fond memories of her
teachers, her involvement in the Students Council, the school bank and the hockey team. She encouraged all the Gradam nominees to get fully involved in all that Mayfield Community School has to offer today.
Mr. Golden, school Principal, welcomed the invited guests, parents and Gradam nominees with the great news that 84% of the class of 2017 are now in Third Level and Further Education. The other 16% are in employment. Mr. Golden paid tribute to invited guest, Mr John Murphy, the first Principal in Mayfield Community School and assured him that his educational vision lives on every day in the school.
The night celebrated what Mayfield Community School offers to the students. Sporting achievements were recognised in hurling, soccer, rugby, rowing and gymnastics. Top results were acknowledged in the Junior and Leaving
Certificate. Excellence in the many subjects on offer were rewarded.
Special awards were given to Kyle Crowley, second year, who is playing with the Cork under 14 hurling squad, Leona O’Dwyer who won the European Championships in 16kg kettlebells and to Connor Morrissey who represented
Munster in the under 18 inter-provisional championships. Breaking news on the night was that Connor has been selected to play with the Ireland under 18 rugby team.
Kieran Golden, school Principal, brought the night to a close, sharing with the large audience in attendance that the night was a great opportunity for the school community to come together to celebrate what is best in our school.
On Thursday 6th April, a number of our students represented our school at a ceremony at the Aula Maxima, UCC.
Since Christmas, these students and others from our Junior School participated in a Homework Club after school on Mondays.
This experience afforded students an opportunity to study in a supported environment as well as learn the value of working in a community of learners.
Ucc Plus marked the participation of both students and tutors by the awarding of certificates at this ceremony.
This initiative was supported in the school by Ms. O’Regan and Miss O’Sullivan.
On the night, Ms Daly and Ms Carne also joined in the acknowledgment of our student’s success.