The Awakening Education Programme

St Jarlath’s Credit Union would like to formally invite the Leaving Cert 2019 students of the Dunmore Community School, along with their parents and teachers, to attend The Awakening Education Programme which will be presented by Gerry Hussey in the sports hall in St Jarlath’s College, Tuam, on 26th of September 2018 at 7.00pm.

The programme is intended to awaken one’s full potential and empower students, inspire teachers and parents alike, in all areas of health and wellbeing.

The Awakening focus on igniting Human potential and performance of our youth through enriching and awakening the human spirit.

Our Education Programme empowers students, inspires teachers and ignites parents in all areas of health, wellness and performance.

Who: Leaving Certificate Students, Teachers, Parents:


Talks will include:

  • How to lead self
  • How to lead and guide students
  • Wellness of self and others
  • Confidence building and self-esteem
  • Building resilience in all areas of life
  • Performance and managing performance under pressure
  • Effective learning – understanding brain and mind
  • Managing stress and mental techniques

Duration: 90-minute

Where: St Jarlaths School Hall, Tuam

When: 26th of September 2018 at 7.00pm

WRDATF – Stay Safe, Stay Sober Presentation

Thanks to Emmet Major of the Western Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force, accompanied by local gardai and the local Junior Liaison Officer, who came last Friday to talk to all students receiving their Junior Certificate results. He delivered the excellent “Stay Safe, Stay Sober” presentation . This is part of the policing effort that goes into making Junior Cert night safer for everyone. Hopefully their advice will be of benefit to our students in keeping them safe.

St Vincent De Paul

The Society Of St Vincent de Paul helps thousands of families and individuals each year in Ireland. However they cannot do this without support through volunteering, donations and fundraising. This week DCS launched Junior SVDP under the direction of local  VDP Officer Mary Jessop. Our Transition Year members will meet regularly and be given opportunities to volunteer in their local community together with fundraising throughout the year. As well as making an invaluable difference in the lives of people in their local community our newest members will also experience living out their faith in a practical sense. Finally their participation in SVDP will contribute to the attainment of their Gaisce and JP11 Awards.

Big Brother Big Sister

BBBS is currently operating in over 50 schools throughout Ireland. National and international research has proven that this mentoring programme improves young people’s wellbeing and their relationships with others. With the help of our Fifth-Year students, the local BBBS Officers and Ms Gilmore, this week DCS launched our own mentoring programme. This programme will support our first years, who have just made the transition from primary school to post-primary school by enabling students to meet once a week to participate in games, sports etc.
Recruitment and training has taken place this week. The programme will be up and running next Wednesday😊.

TY trip to Belmullet

Our TY’s have had a fantastic first day in Belmullet on their 2 day bonding trip. Loads of fun and new experiences!

Feliz Cumpleaños (Happy Birthday) to our Spanish student, Paula. We are guessing that she won’t forget her birthday in Ireland.

Welcome to our New 1st Years on Monday 27th Aug @ 9:00 am

We are looking forward to welcoming our First Years on Monday, the 27th of August to begin a new chapter in their education. This will comprise of an induction morning until 1:15 pm. Their year head, Mr McGagh, our Pastoral Care team and your child’s tutor, Ms Gilmore (1A) or Ms Canny(1B) will be on hand to deal with any worries or fears your child might have. As buses are not running on the 27th, please drop and collect your son/daughter before 9:00 am and at 1:15 pm outside the school’s gates.

You will shortly receive a text with a Username and Password for our Online VSWare system. Please keep these details safe and private. Our VSWare system will allow you access to your child’s records, view their timetable, attendance, Behaviour and Term Reports. Please watch this 4 minute video for a clear explanation of how this works. Our VSWare portal is accessed via our website here. If you have any problems, please email for help.

NB:- If you have more than one child in the school, there will be arrows under your child’s photo to allow you to move between each of your children. (To view the timetable you need to choose a date when the school is open, e.g. 27th August.)

We understand that moving from primary to post-primary can be a daunting time for both student and parents. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns. However, this year we are introducing a school-based mentoring programme called “Foróige’s Big Brother/Big Sister school Programme. Our incoming 1st years will be matched with a senior cycle student with the aim of developing a friendly and positive relationship that will not only support the first year student but will ultimately benefit both the junior and senior students involved. This, along with our Belonging+ Programme and our new tutor system, will make the transition as seamless and enjoyable as possible for your child.

Well done to the LC Class of 2017-2018

Well done to all our Leaving Cert Students who received their results today. As a school, we are delighted with the excellent results you achieved. We are very proud of your efforts and your grades, particularly in the areas of the STEM subjects, where your results where excellent.

We wish you all the best in your future endeavours, whatever route you may take. As I pointed out to you previously, the Leaving Cert is just a stepping stone to an exciting and adventurous future, there are many paths open to you – college is but one.

Ms Scarry will also be available  from 11am to 1pm on Monday the 20th to assist with any queries. Please note the national Exam helpline is available from the 16th August @ 1800265165

Personally, I would like to thank the Leaving Cert students and their parents for their support over the past year. It was a pleasure working with you during my first year as the Principal of Dunmore Community School. Go n-éirí leat. D Quinn.

Twin sisters, Cathy and Sinead Mullins celebrate their Leaving Certificate results at Dunmore Community School.

Students from Dunmore Community School celebrate their Leaving Certificate Results. Back: James Quinn, Robert Burke, Thomas Comer, Cathal Heneghan. Front, Shannon Keaveney, Derbhla Neenan and Laura Burke.

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