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Update letter to Leaving Cert Parents

6th Year Letter to Parents and Students

Dear Students and Parents,

We hope you had a good break over the Easter holidays, got to enjoy the good weather and were able to relax a little.

The Minister’s announcement over the Easter weekend that the LC was being postponed until late July/early August must have been hugely disappointing and a source of deep frustration for you. We know how hard you have worked around sitting your exams in June, that your study plans were worked on to the max in May and that all your emotional, physical and mental energies were directed at achieving your very best in June. You now must get your head around sitting exams maybe 7 weeks later, refocusing your study plans and steeling yourselves for a long, tough Summer.

There is a lot of talk about the new arrangements in the media and on social media. Some of it is true, some of it not. We have outlined below what we know as fact now.

(i) The new Leaving Cert timetable will be confirmed in June

(ii) Students with special educational needs will be fully supported in sitting the rescheduled Leaving Certificate examinations in line with the reasonable accommodations as already arranged for them

(iii) Leaving Certificate oral language and some Leaving Certificate practical performance examinations had been scheduled to take place between 23rd March and 3rd April. These were cancelled and candidates awarded 100% for these components. The Minister’s announcement does not change that position

(iv) The deadline for the completion of the practical coursework in Engineering, Construction Studies, Art, and Home Economics (Textiles) will be immediately before the start of the exams in late July/early August

(v) The Art life Sketching and LCVP exam be rescheduled for late July/early August

(vi) It is likely that some candidates will be unable to take their examinations on health grounds, as they may be ill or in quarantine or isolation. The SEC and the Department are considering appropriate alternative arrangements so that candidates in this situation are not disadvantaged compared to their peers.

(vii) Minister McHugh has said the intention is to allow two weeks of class time, in school, before the Leaving Certificate examinations begin. The exact nature of how this will occur is the basis of discussions between the teaching unions and the Department of Education.

We will continue to update you as more accurate information becomes available from the Department of Education and Science and or the State Examinations Commission

We and your teachers will continue to do everything we can to help you through this very difficult period. You deserve nothing less. Your teachers will continue to engage with you online, complete courses and help you build revision plans. Your Year Head, Class Tutor, Guidance Counsellor, HSCL, SCP, Ms Corkery and I are all available to advise or indeed chat if needed.

As you begin your final term, we advise the following:

Engage with your teachers in this term as you would ordinarily have done.

Work to the best of your ability until June and then take 2 weeks off.

As the completion deadlines for projects have been extended until mid -July, take this time to refine and improve on them.

Think positively, you now have extra time to get that Leaving Cert you deserve!

Kind regards

Patricia Lynam

Principal

Update letter to Leaving Cert Parents

6th Year Letter to Parents and Students

Dear Students and Parents,

We hope you had a good break over the Easter holidays, got to enjoy the good weather and were able to relax a little.

The Minister’s announcement over the Easter weekend that the LC was being postponed until late July/early August must have been hugely disappointing and a source of deep frustration for you. We know how hard you have worked around sitting your exams in June, that your study plans were worked on to the max in May and that all your emotional, physical and mental energies were directed at achieving your very best in June. You now must get your head around sitting exams maybe 7 weeks later, refocusing your study plans and steeling yourselves for a long, tough Summer.

There is a lot of talk about the new arrangements in the media and on social media. Some of it is true, some of it not. We have outlined below what we know as fact now.

(i) The new Leaving Cert timetable will be confirmed in June

(ii) Students with special educational needs will be fully supported in sitting the rescheduled Leaving Certificate examinations in line with the reasonable accommodations as already arranged for them

(iii) Leaving Certificate oral language and some Leaving Certificate practical performance examinations had been scheduled to take place between 23rd March and 3rd April. These were cancelled and candidates awarded 100% for these components. The Minister’s announcement does not change that position

(iv) The deadline for the completion of the practical coursework in Engineering, Construction Studies, Art, and Home Economics (Textiles) will be immediately before the start of the exams in late July/early August

(v) The Art life Sketching and LCVP exam be rescheduled for late July/early August

(vi) It is likely that some candidates will be unable to take their examinations on health grounds, as they may be ill or in quarantine or isolation. The SEC and the Department are considering appropriate alternative arrangements so that candidates in this situation are not disadvantaged compared to their peers.

(vii) Minister McHugh has said the intention is to allow two weeks of class time, in school, before the Leaving Certificate examinations begin. The exact nature of how this will occur is the basis of discussions between the teaching unions and the Department of Education.

We will continue to update you as more accurate information becomes available from the Department of Education and Science and or the State Examinations Commission

We and your teachers will continue to do everything we can to help you through this very difficult period. You deserve nothing less. Your teachers will continue to engage with you online, complete courses and help you build revision plans. Your Year Head, Class Tutor, Guidance Counsellor, HSCL, SCP, Ms Corkery and I are all available to advise or indeed chat if needed.

As you begin your final term, we advise the following:

Engage with your teachers in this term as you would ordinarily have done.

Work to the best of your ability until June and then take 2 weeks off.

As the completion deadlines for projects have been extended until mid -July, take this time to refine and improve on them.

Think positively, you now have extra time to get that Leaving Cert you deserve!

Kind regards

Patricia Lynam

Principal

Update letter to Junior Cycle Parents

Letter to 3rd Year Parents and Students

Dear Parents and Students,


As you are aware, over the Easter weekend, the Minister for Education, Joe McHugh announced that the Junior Cycle final examinations due to take place in June will be replaced by school-based exams and assessments held early in the new school year. It is envisaged that these exams will be set by the State Examinations Commission and administered by the schools. We will, of course, update you with any details as we become aware of them.
We know that this year has revolved around sitting your exams in June, that your study plans were prepared to work to the max in May and that your energies were directed at achieving your very best in June. We also know that there is probably a huge temptation to relax, but that is not the right thing to do!!
It is vital that all third years continue to engage with their schoolwork for the coming term. Please be aware that a thorough knowledge of the Junior Cycle curriculum forms the basis of Senior Cycle and there’s work to be done. Also, the remaining CBA’s need to be completed by the end of May and that there will be exams in September. We would ask that over the weekend and again on Monday, all students check their office 365 accounts for any updates from their teachers so they can prepare for the first week of term.

Kind regards,

Ms. Lynam

Principal

School Closure Update

 

3rd April 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians and students,

We hope that this letter finds you and your family healthy and well. As we come to the end of this term, we would like to pay tribute to students, parents and teachers and your remarkable achievement of transforming our school to an online community in 3 short weeks. Of course, there were hiccups and frustrations along the way, problems with receiving work, uploading work, not having textbooks, broadband issues, siblings arguing over who gets to use the laptop next, teachers getting to grips with new technologies etc. We are sure that at times households were like pressure cookers! However, hopefully, we have all found our rhythm and are now in a routine.

We would like to especially mention our 3rd years and particularly our 6th years who are trying to prepare for their upcoming exams. Ordinarily, this time of year is a very stressful time for them. It has been made even more so by the exceptional circumstances in which we find ourselves. No other exam groups have ever had to deal with the challenges they are facing. They have risen to this challenge and have engaged well with their work. They are a credit to themselves and you. To date, we have not received any update on the state exams, once we hear we will let you know immediately.

There are unfortunately, students who are not engaging with the work. We have been in contact with them and understand that there are a whole range of issues relating to broadband, IT issues and family circumstance. If you have any difficulty at all with any of these issues, please let us know by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will do our best to help you. There are also those, unfortunately, who are not engaging. If any of the students have friends in that category please encourage them to get in touch with us, it is never too late! Work is continuing, courses are being covered, progress is being made. It is entirely probable that schools will remain closed for a period after the 19th April, if this is the case, it will not be possible to go over this material again. So, we urge any student who has a friend in this category to have a chat with them and maybe nudge them our way.

Below are some useful reminders.

Wishing you all a very Happy and Healthy Easter.

Kind regards,

Patricia Lynam,

Principal

Useful Reminders

* All e textbooks are available for free by the publishing companies.

* The principal and deputy principal are available to both parents and students on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

* Ms Manning, the Guidance Counsellor is available to parents and students on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

* Mr. Clarke HSCL is also avail to parents on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and our SCP project worker is available on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

* The National Educational Psychology Service (NEPS) has provided information on the following which you may found useful.

• Advice for Young People While Schools are Closed

• Guide for Parents Supporting Children with Routines

• Plan for the Day

• Talking to Children and Young People about Covid-19: Advice for Parents and Schools

https://www.education.ie/en/The-Department/Announcements/information-for-schools-preschools-and-third-level-institutions-on-the-coronavirus.html#

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