Update Letter to parents - April 24th

Update for Parents 24th April 2020

Dear parents/guardians,

I hope you and your families are all safe and well as we continue our journey through these strange times. 

I had hoped to have more definite information in relation to the state exams by now, but unfortunately, I do not know any more than what has been in the media.

In relation to the Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied, the Minister has indicated that these will begin on July 29th, but I presume that is subject to public health advice at that time. He has also said that we will hear more about timetabling of these exams by early June. 

Regarding our 3rd Year students, you will be aware that the State Examinations Commission, in conjunction with the Department of Education and Skills, notified all schools that the Junior Certificate /Junior Cycle examinations will not now take place in June. Instead they have proposed that the State Examinations Commission will send exams paper to schools and students will sit the exams in September. The proposal was that these exams would not be state certified. You will also be aware that there has been considerable discussion in the media about the possibility of staging some form of Junior Certificate /Junior Cycle assessment at the end of May. This school, through Cork ETB, has been in contact with the State Examinations Commission and the Department of Education and Skills seeking further clarification on this possibility. The Department of Education and Skills has informed us that negotiations are ongoing at national level regarding this. The Department of Education and Skills has also asked that schools make no local decisions pending the outcome of these talks. As soon as I have further information on this, I will be in contact with you. In the meantime, I would urge all 3rd year students to engage as fully as possible with their teachers and to continue with their schoolwork as much as is possible. 

For our other year groups, we are currently working on plans for summer assessments, and will be in touch with you once these are finalised.

I know that some of you have issues with technology at home, whether that is a lack of suitable devices, internet access or other difficulties, and please try not to worry too much if your students are having difficulty engaging. The Dept. Education have announced extra funding for ICT to support our exam students and we are currently compiling a list for the Dept. However, if you feel you need some extra support in this, Ms. Corkery Deputy Principal, Mr. Clarke, our Home-School Liaison teacher, Geraldine our SCP project worker, SNAs, Year Heads, Class Tutors, Subject Teachers, Base Teachers are making contact with all families and please feel free to raise any issues with him, or to email me at any stage - we are ready to help out in any way they can. 

Again, if you have any concerns or difficulties, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will see what we can do to help.

Every day brings us one day nearer to a return to normality.

Thank you very much once more and please look after yourselves,

Trish Lynam

Principal

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