The last few days have been very busy in DCS getting the school ready for the return of students and staff. I know from the outside, it may look far from ready, but on the inside, we are pretty much there. The poor weather has held up the external rendering, so scaffolding has to be left in place for the next week or so to allow work to continue after school and at the weekend. As a result of this, there will be certain areas outside that students will not be permitted to access.
I appreciate your cooperation and understanding in advance of the return of our students.
We are all set and looking forward to welcoming our First Years tomorrow, the 26th of August to begin a new chapter in their education. This will comprise of an induction morning until 1:15 pm. Their year head, Ms Grehan, our Pastoral Care team and your child’s tutor, Ms Colleran (1A) or Ms Duignan (1B) will be on hand to deal with any worries or fears your child might have. As buses are not running on the 26th, please drop and collect your son/daughter before 9:00 am and at 1:15 pm outside the school’s gates.
All they need to bring with them for this day is their schoolbag, a pen, the school journal (if they have received it or €10 to purchase one), a €5 refundable deposit for a locker key, a copy and a snack & drink for the 11 o clock break. If they wish, they can also pay for the book rental to receive their books.
You should have already received a text with a Username and Password for our Online VSWare system and an email with details about the return to school. Please keep the VSWare 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for help. However, if you forget your password, the school can no longer reset it, you must do that yourself by following the instructions here.
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. 26th 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 continuing our 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 Induction Programme and our tutor system, will make the transition as seamless and enjoyable as possible for your child.
Please check the letter below, which you should have received in your email for further information.
Best of luck to our former students Barbara Hannon, Lucy Hannon, Sarah Conneally & Olivia Divilly who are part of the Galway Ladies Football team who play Mayo tomorrow in Croke Park in the All Ireland final. Best wishes to our former student Eilis Ronayne who is no 4 for Mayo. It will be a great battle between the two teams.
During this exciting time of Leaving Cert results and CAO offers, I would like you all to take a moment to remember, Ms Jessica Moore, the 19-year-old girl who sadly passed away at her debs on August 12th. Jessica, from Loughrea, Co. Galway, the niece and Godchild of Ms Maire Kavanagh, our French teacher.
Jessica was an exceptionally talented young woman with a bright future ahead of her. As our students collected their results and receive their CAO offers, Jessica never got to see her fantastic results due to one mistake. Ms Kavanagh & Jessica’s heartbroken parents, Brendan and Catherine, wish that students understand how 1 simple decision can have such devastating consequences for you and your family. Please slow down, think and be careful.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam, May she Rest in Peace.
Student timetables are now available on VSWare. Please ensure you choose a date during the school term to see the timetable. Anne Marie will be available tomorrow in the prefab from 11 – 2 if you wish to collect your books, otherwise please ensure you have the book rental fee and €10 for the journal on the day of return.
This year we are offering the option to call into the school to pay the book rental fee and collect your child’s books in advance of school starting back. Anne Marie will be available on Monday the 19th and Tuesday the 20th of August between 11 am and 4 pm in the Prefabs. Book rental is €140 for the first child and €70 for each subsequent child. School Journals are €10 each. Timetables will be available on VSWare towards the end of the week.
Well done to all our Leaving Cert and LCA 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,
We wish you all the best in your future endeavours, whatever route you may take. As I pointed out to you previously, these exams are just a stepping stone to an exciting and adventurous future, there are many paths open to you. It was lovely to chat with you all today and hear your plans for the future. Go n-éirí leat. D Quinn.
Ms Scarry will be available over the next few days to assist with any queries, please email her to arrange a meeting. Please note the national Exam helpline is available @ 1800265165
A few more photos of some more very happy students of Dunmore Community School. Well done to each and every one of you on your excellent results. You can all be very proud of your achievements,