What Planet are you on? – Climate Change Challenge

Following the success of our Binja’s in the recent SEAI One Good Idea competition, some of you may be interested in taking part in the getting involved with the following RTE programme?

What Planet Are You On? is back on RTÉ One later this year.  The makers of Operation Transformation, The Restaurant and Super Garden, are looking for 4 households to take on the challenge of doing their bit for climate change.  With €5,000 up for grabs for the most improved household – could your household take on the challenge?  Apply now at www.rte.ie/whatplanetareyouon or email wpayorte@gmail.com for more information.

School Work during Lockdown – Samples of work

It has been a very busy time in all our homes since the school closed on March 12th and online teaching and learning commenced. Both staff and students quickly adapted to this new way of working and some fantastic work was produced. Here is a small sample of work submitted for Home Ec, Visual Art, Engineering, Woodwork, Religion, History, Tech Graphics, DCG, and CSPE to give a sense of the many wonderful talents the students of Dunmore Community School have.

We are extremely proud of all that they have achieved. We would like to thank the parents and guardians who supported and encouraged them in their online learning.

Wishing you all a relaxing and safe Summer Holiday.

D. Quinn, M. Griffiths and all the staff of Dunmore Community School..

Summer Reports – 1st, 2nd & 5th yrs

1st, 2nd and 5th-year reports are now available to view online via our VSWare system. You also have access to your child’s records, view their attendance, Behaviour and previous Term Reports. It is possible to print the report by clicking in the top right of the report and downloading the Word Version of the report.

Our VSWare portal is accessed via our website and with the usual Username that has been texted to you.  If you have forgotten your password, you need to reset it yourself by following these steps. The school can no longer issue or reset passwords.

NB:- If you have more than 1 child in the school, there will be arrows under your child’s photo to allow you to move between each of your children. (Please note there are no Summer TY or LCA reports – TY is based on their end of year review and LCA is based on credits.)

3rd Year JC2020 Report

Our 3rd Year Junior Cycle school-based assessments report has been posted today and should be with you on Monday. As previously outlined, we decided to take the route of a school-based assessment and report rather than waiting to hold the exams in September, as we felt waiting would be extremely unfair on our 3rd years. The report includes a grade in each exam subject based on students attainment over the past 2 years, mock results, online engagement, CBA’s and an end of term quiz. You will also receive an official Cert from the Department of Ed in Sept/Oct, but this will only list your subjects and levels.

I would like to congratulate those who have engaged so well for the past 10 weeks of school closure and for the effort they placed into their assignments and end of year terminal assessments. Your resilience and commitment, as well as the independence you have demonstrated in having to organise your time in completing your assignments etc, without the structure of a school day, are all important life skills. Not to mention the ICT skills you have all developed. I encourage those who failed to engage, to use some time over the summer to catch up on work missed, so you are not at a disadvantage going forward.

The LC Class of 2020 Video

The school year has ended, our Leaving Certs have finished, the summer holidays have begun, but unfortunately, we have not been able to hold our annual Graduation Ceremony to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of the Leaving Cert Class of 2020. This is most certainly not the way we intended to mark the end of their five or six years in Dunmore Community School. We considered virtual ceremonies and other ideas, but none seemed sufficient to do justice to the time they have spent here with us in DCS. Holding a virtual Graduation, without the most important people at it, seemed hollow.

Having discussed the option with staff and having surveyed the Leaving Certs, I’m delighted that the majority of the Class of 2020 intend to return to DCS for a future dated Grad with their parents/guardians so we can celebrate with them in person. We are looking forward to seeing you all in the near future. Thank you for your contribution and commitment to our school over the past six years, it was a pleasure to have taught many of you and to be your Principal for the past three years. Keep Safe, DQuinn.

Until we meet again, here is a little video of the wonderful Leaving Cert Class of 2020, when they were first-years and six years later…

Green-Schools Global Citizenship School of the Year Awards 2020

The 2019/2020 academic year marks the 23rd year of the Green-Schools programme in Ireland. Despite the temporary closure of schools in March, the dedication of schools to submit their Green Flag application after a two-year effort to create sustainable environments in their schools was both poignant and exceptional. The Green-Schools staff who have been recently processing applications have been overwhelmed by the high standard and inspired by the positive actions taking place all over the country.

During May, 750 schools, including Dunmore Community School, were awarded the Green Flag for their work on the themes of Litter & Waste, Energy, Water, Travel, Biodiversity and Global Citizenship, with 61 schools receiving the Green Flag for the first time. Green-Schools wishes to congratulate all Green-Schools students, school staff and families who helped schools in achieving and renewing the Green Flag 2020! Join in on the celebrations virtually from May 25-29th for a week of #GreenFlag2020 celebrations! They have lots of video messages throughout the week from Green-Schools Officers, Environmental Awareness Officers and Sponsors who are all so proud of your wonderful achievements! #greenschools @GreenSchoolsIre

Join us on this page and social media on Friday May 29th at 12.00pm noon for the celebration of the Green-Schools Global Citizenship School of the Year Awards 2020! https://greenschoolsireland.org/green-flag-2020-congratulations/

LC & LCA1 Calculated Grades Portal

LC and LCA1 students please ensure your read the two important documents below. As of tomorrow at 10 am you must register on the Department portal. The portal will open at 10 am on Tuesday 26th May and close at 10 pm on Thursday 28th May. In this time period students need to do the following;

  • Leaving Certificate Applied Students Need to complete the registration process
  • All other Leaving Certificate Students Need to complete the registration process AND confirm their subject levels

Message from President Michael D. Higgins

President Michael D. Higgins has issued the attached message for students in post-primary education. As a result of schools across Ireland been closed since the evening of Thursday 12th March, the lives of thousands of students all around the country have been disrupted. In his message to students in post-primary level education, President Higgins acknowledges the disruption to the important events in young people’s lives.

The President thanks students for playing their part in efforts to curtail the spread of the virus and concludes by saying “Stay safe and continue to keep others safe. The crisis will pass, and out of this dark time will emerge a brighter period ahead for all of us to enjoy.”

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