Creative ideas for the Summer

Creative ideas for the Summer

Dear friends of Creative Ireland,


I wanted to update you on plans for Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 – Ireland’s national day of free creative activities for children and young people under the age of 18.


Over the past 2 years Cruinniú na nÓg has become a key point in the calendar for children and young people to try something creative, develop an appetite for discovery and acquire new skill, 2020 will be no different.  In light of ongoing public health restrictions we’re inviting young people to celebrate our culture and creativity and to take part in a virtual Cruinniú on Saturday 13th June.


Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 is a collaboration between the Creative Ireland Programme, local authorities and RTÉ.


We’re delighted to announce that 300 + events will be happening in the run up to and on the day itself.  

These will feature on our website .  RTE School Hub, TRTE on RTE2, RTE Culture and RTE social media will also carry our content.  


Some creative efforts are already in train like 


  • Glen Hansard teaching singer songwriter workshops.


  • Fighting Words and the Great Lighthouses of Ireland had an astonishing 1300 entries for their storytelling call. Submissions have come from every part of Ireland.  A team of staff and professional editors donating their time are proofreading and copy editing the stories. The Fighting Words illustrator team are providing illustrations that will be included in the digital magazine on Saturday June 13th, with children’s own illustrations. Three separate volumes of Become A Young Storykeeper will be published in June, July and August 2020. Each volume will have 250 submissions. A lucky ten story entries will be made into animations and will be ready for June 13th.


  • A radio series and podcast ‘My Creative Life’ featuring young people of all ages from around Ireland will air throughout the summer.  


There are a number of creative “calls to action” which young people – indeed entire families – can create in their own homes and gardens.    I’d be grateful if you would share the details and links among your own networks and encourage as many children to get creative for Cruinniú:



  • Céilí in the Kitchen – A collective call to action for young people and their families to create a Céilí in their kitchen for Cruinniú, with Áirc Damhsa, who will guide us through the Irish tradition of these communal social events that take place in houses.  



On the 13th of June you won’t have to leave the house to join a Céilí, you can have one right there in your own home.  All you have to do is push back the kitchen table, put the chairs against the wall and you’re good to go. Creative Ireland with the help of choreographer Edwina Guckian, singer Cathy Jordan, musician Thomas Johnston and storyteller Mikel Murfi are putting together weekly video workshops from May 18th that will make sure you have all you need for a great night of traditional music, song, dance and storytelling. The children at Áirc Damhsa will also be showcasing daily their preparations for Céilí in the Kitchen with videos of performances and tutorials for you to enjoy. The whole family can learn together and then on the 13th of June share your Céilí using #CreativeIreland.



  • Let’s Go Fly a Kite – A collective call to action for children, young people and their families to make and fly a kite for Cruinniú. 



The Design and Crafts Council Ireland have joined forces with Creative Ireland to design a kite that anyone can make at home. All you need is some sticks, some newspaper, some string and a whole lot of imagination. Why not decorate in your county colours, or decorate it with pictures of your favourite pop star? From the 15th May, a series of webinars and videos will guide you and your family through fun ways to make a kite.




  • Create a Video Game App – If you could click your fingers and create a video game app, what would it be? A racing game or a coin collector? A target game or a platform? The choice is endless and it’s time for you to decide.


In addition, local authorities will also be hosting a range of cultural and creative activities and online events for Cruinniú na nÓg – full details of the 300+ events available on our special Cruinniú website



Many thanks


Tania Banotti


Clár Éire Ildánach

Creative Ireland Programme Office


Áras an tSeoighigh, 8-11 Sráid Lombard Thoir, Baile Átha Cliath 2.

Joyce House, 8-11 Lombard Street East, Dublin 2.



Leaving Certificate Calculated Grades Portal

As part of the Calculated Grades process, the Department of Education and Skills asks all Leaving Cert and Leaving Cert Applied students to opt-in to the calculated grades process.

The full instructions can be viewed by clicking on this link

Before you begin, make sure you have the following:

  • Pen and Paper
  • Exam Number
  • PPS Number
  • Email address (Make sure it’s one you will be able to access over the next few months)
  • Your phone number

When you are satisfied that you have those, go to:

Step 1.
  • Go to
  • scroll down the page until you get to the green box that says ‘Register using Candidate Number and Pin’.
  • Click on this
  • Enter your Exam number and THE FIRST FOUR digits of your PPS (This is your PIN)
  • Click on ‘Confirm Identity’
Step 2.
  • This brings you to the ‘Registration Step 2’ Page.
  • In here you need to create your account
  • Enter your email address and your telephone number.  They will be used to confirm your identity and account.
  • Create a password.
  • Click the ‘Create’ Button.
  • You will be sent a confirmation email
If you are an LCA student you are now finished the process.
Step 3.
  • Open your confirmation email and click on the link
  • Now go back to :
  • Scroll down the page
  • Click on ‘Log In To Confirm Your Subject Levels’
  • Enter your exam number and the password that you have just created.
  • This will bring you to a screen showing you the subjects and levels that you registered for in February.
  • Check that your subject levels are correct
  • It is possible to change a subject downwards.
  • It IS NOT POSSIBLE to change a subject upwards.  If you were registered incorrectly for a subject, you need to send an email to
  • At the end of the page click on the ‘Submit Confirmed Levels’ button
You will now receive an email confirming the subjects and levels that you are registered for.

Good Luck!


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.


Important note for CAO Applicants

Dear Applicant,
This is an important email, read it now and follow the instructions carefully. Please do not ignore. Please note: Due to Covid-19 restrictions CAO will not be sending a postal Statement of Application Record this year.
This Statement of Application Record email has been sent to instruct you to log in and verify that all of your information has been recorded completely and correctly on your CAO Account. Failure to follow this instruction may have serious consequences for your application.

Please take the following steps:
Step 1. Read the instructions on the Statement of Application Record page online at . On this page you will also find a link to additional information which relates specifically to your application type(s), e.g. Leaving Certificate, QQI FET, GCE, and Other Applicants – including Mature applicants and those presenting Other School Leaving Qualifications. Please make sure to read this information carefully.

Step 2. Log in to your CAO Account to review your account information, including your personal information, your examination information, supporting documentation (if you supplied any) and your course choices. Do not delay. If you have applied for an NUI and/or TCD exemption, check that it is recorded on your account.

Step 3. If there are any errors or omissions inform CAO immediately. Failure to correct errors or omissions at this stage may have very serious consequences and lead to the loss of a place.
Please note: If your examination has been replaced by calculated/predicted grades we still require your examination number (or board, centre and candidate number for GCE applicants) for administrative purposes.

Notifying CAO of errors or omissions:
In some instances you may be able to edit/update your account information yourself using the My Application facility, for example personal details (except for name or date of birth), course choices or examination information. Simply log in to your CAO account and update the information in the relevant sections. If we receive your changes/updates before the end of May they will be updated to your account in early June. For more information on updating these sections, go to the instructions page online at In other instances you will need to email CAO via the Correspondence Section of your account to inform us of any errors or omissions, for example an exemption that has not been recorded, an incorrect name or date of birth, or missing documentation.
Please note that only documents received by CAO up to 25th March have been uploaded to applicant accounts. Documents received after 25th March will be processed and uploaded to your account when our office re-opens. If this applies to you, you will be notified and given an opportunity to view your documents at a later date – check your documents when instructed to do so and no later than 30th June.

Other important information:
The CAO Change of Mind facility will operate as usual, opening on the 5th May at noon and closing on the 1st July at 17:15. If you wish to make changes to your course choices you must do so online at our website: before 5.15pm on 1st July.  Go to `My Application` and log in to your account. There is no fee for this facility and you may use it more than once. Carefully read the instructions on page 14 & 15 of the 2020 CAO Handbook. Additional instructions and a `Change of Mind Video Guide` are available here: http:// Over the coming weeks, CAO will hold further discussions with the State Examinations Commission about the expected revised timeline for the provision of Leaving Certificate grades. Following on from this, CAO and HEIs will continue to discuss the impact this change will have on the existing offers and acceptances schedule. We will be notifying you as soon as a revised schedule has been agreed by CAO and HEIs.
Yours sincerely,
CAO Information Service

Note for Leaving Certificate & LCA Students

There is a lot of confusion in the matter of students and parents contacting school staff.

Students may need to contact school staff for legitimate reasons such as careers advice, support, etc.

In this matter, we  will follow the following advice from the DES

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.’

Guidelines from Department of Education & Science, FAQ #33


For more information go to the Department of Education & Skills website:

There is an FAQ page regularly updated at:

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%




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%






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 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




Gaelcholáiste Ghort Álainn

Scoil úrnua is ea Gaelcholáiste an Ghoirt Álainn le foireann óg fuinniúil. Tá sé suite I Scoil Phobail Ghort Álainn agus tá na seomraí, idir ghinearálta agus phraiticiúil feistithe go maith leis na háiseanna agus an trealamh is déanaí. Táimid tiomanta don oideachas is fearr agus is fairsinge is féidir a chur ar fáil d’ár ndaltaí uile. Cuirimid réime cuimsitheach ábhar ar fáil ag leibhéil an Teastas Shóisearaigh agus réimse leathan imeachtaí seach-churaclaim freisin. Tréimhse spreagúil dúinn í.
Gaelcholáiste an Ghoirt Álainn is a newly established school with a young and energetic staff. It is situated in Mayfield Community School, with both general and practical rooms fitted out with up to date equipment and facilities. We are dedicated to providing the best and broadest education possible for all our students. We provide a range of subjects at Junior Certificate level as well as an array of extra-curricular activities. It has been a very exciting time for us.
  An focal is tábhachtaí inár pobail ná ‘Meas’. Bíonn sé á múineadh againn dár mac léinn gach lá ar scoil. Beidh ar gach uile dalta a bheith ag caint le chéile ar bhealach an-bhéasach agus beidh air/uirthi meas a léiriú de gach duine comh maith chun áit slán sábhailte a chruthú do do pháiste.
With ‘Meas‘ or ‘respect’ being the most important word in our school community. It is actively taught to our students each and every day. We expect our students to speak to each other and treat each other with respect so that your child will always feel safe and secure in our school.

I nGaelcholáiste Ghort Álainn is duine linn gach dalta. Déanaimid freastal ar riachtanais phearsanta, shóisialta, oideachasúla agus spioradálta dó páiste leis an gclár tréadchúram, cuirimid romham athne phearsanta a chur ar gach dalta mar dhuine. Tá aithne ag na scoláirí ar namúinteoirí agus támuinín acu astu. Tá a fhios acu go mbeidh gach tacaíocht agus cabhair ar fáildóibh in uair na práinne. Tá múinteoir ranga ag gach dalta le dul I gcomhairle leis/léi más gá, agus bíonn doras na fáilte ar leathadh I gcónaí do thuismitheoirí. Tá Comhairleoir Treorach again agus foireann oilte tacaíochta.

In Gaelcholáiste Ghort Álainn each student is an individual. We look after your child’s personal, social, educational and spiritual needs through our pastoral care programme. The philosophy of our school is get to know each student on an individual basis. As our smaller class groups facilitate this, we are in a position to really get to know our students. Students know and trust the teaching staff and know that they are guaranteed every support and assistance if they experience any personal difficulties. Students have a class teacher to confide in when necessary and we have an open door policy for parents. The school has a very effective Pastoral Care Team which includes trained support staff.

Letter to Parents/Guardians

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 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 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 or  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:

      • (Additional notes and tutorials) use the code STUDYCENTRE and you will get free access for a month
      • (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

Take care, stay safe and mind yourselves and your loved ones.

 Yours faithfully,

Kieran Golden                                           Kathleen Daly

Principal                                                    Deputy Principal

School Closure

3 rd February 2020
Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),
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.

Yours sincerely,
Mr. Paul O’Leary
Chairperson of the Board of Management.