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…
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
Well done to our TY mini-company ‘What about Me’ who came 3rd in the National Enterprise Competition today in the virtual finals. We are extremely proud of you all, a fantastic achievement. #StudentEnterprise#MakingitHappen
Please find below two useful Dept guides on the calculated grades process for parents and students.
All Leaving Cert students must have logged into the Dept Portal by 10 pm this Thursday and registered your Levels. All LCA1 students must have registered by this date. If you need exam numbers etc, please get in contact with us.
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
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.”
We hope that you and your families are keeping safe and well as we head into the last two weeks of this extremely unusual term.
During these final two weeks, we ask that our students would continue to make every effort to engage with online learning. As the school year draws to a close, teachers will be finishing up with online tuition and setting final assessment tasks. Engagement with online learning will form part of their overall assessment grade. The 3rd Year Timetable of assessment is available here, All other students will be notified directly by the class teacher of scheduled tests if applicable. Summer reports will issue on VSware for 1st, 2nd, and 5th years in early June and 3rd years will have a final DCS JC2020 Assessment Report posted out in June.
We are aware that students may be struggling working independently at home and if they are they should message the teachers concerned and look for help and guidance as to how to complete the tasks assigned. Parents may monitor outstanding work by checking the notifications in the behaviour tab in VSWare. Assignments can be handed in late, so if they have fallen behind then they might take this opportunity to catch up on some of the work that they have missed. Every effort will be recognised. Please note these assignments, classes and notes will remain in TEAMS, so a student may access them during the summer break.
We thank you for your support and engagement during these difficult times.
Well done to our 1st and 2nd-year Materials Technology Wood students on their designs, sketches, models, prototypes and even Woodwork artefacts they have manufactured over the past few weeks. Great to see such resourcefulness and creativity.
The following is the timetable for the end of year final assessments for the Junior Cert Class of 2020.
Instructions for 3rd Years:
Quizzes will go live at 9 am on the morning stated and once you open the quiz to start, you should submit it within the stated time by the teacher.
Students must have the quiz submitted by 9 pm of the day the test goes live. This flexibility has been allowed to ensure all students have the opportunity to work on the quiz at a time that is convenient in your homes, either on a laptop or on a phone.
We ask all 3rd years to make a genuine attempt with these quizzes, as they are the final part of your JC 2020 Assessment.
Online classes for 3rd Years will finish up next Wednesday the 20th May to allow students to concentrate on their end of term assessments from 21st to the 26th May and to facilitate the collation and issuing of the DCS JC 2020 School Certification. We hope to issue these reports in early June.
Finally, I would like to acknowledge and express our appreciation for the effort students and our teachers have made in their engagement with online learning over the past two months.
Following the popular workshop “Parenting your teenager during Covid-19” in April, Planet Youth is now hosting a webinar on the area of routine and motivation. Parents have highlighted that motivation is challenging for students at the moment, so this might provide some useful tips and ideas. It is available on their Facebook page at 8:00 pm, Tuesday the 12th May.