Today marks the start of “Maths Week” at Dunmore Community School. Some of the activities include a deal or no deal competition, daily maths puzzles, guess how many sweets are in the jar and a maths quiz for first years. A new maths puzzle will be posted on each maths teachers door each morning, so to take part you can submit your answers to your maths teacher or give them to Ms. Duignan. Best of luck to everybody!
Following a safety check, Dunmore Community Shcool will open as normal today.
The final decision as to whether students should attend school rests with parents/guardians and the primary consideration that must be taken into account is the health and safety of students and of those transporting them. Obviously, please exercise extreme care when travelling to school in case of fallen branches, loose debris etc. Please note a yellow weather warning has now been issued for Galway until 11 am so please be careful of gusts.
Best wishes to our TY, LCA and 5th years students who will receive their JC results tomorrow. They will also be available online from 4 pm at www.examinations.ie using their Exam Number and Pin that Ms Greally gave them this week.
In light of former JC results celebrations throughout the country, we have organised a workshop “Stay Safe, Stay Sober” for tomorrow also. We hope our students will find this as beneficial as previous years have.
We are delighted to hear that our previous teacher and now Principal, Mr Declan Quinn has been shortlisted in the inaugural Teachers Inspire Awards 2019. Declan was nominated by a past student, Robert Hughes and his parents, Christopher and Cathy, for the help, support and encouragement he gave Robert, who joined DCS in 2013. Robert, who experiences mental health difficulties. has a love of woodwork, which was fostered and encouraged by Mr Quinn in the classroom. This support has continued since Declan became our Principal in 2017.
He is one of twenty teachers from across Ireland who has been the shortlisted for the inaugural Teachers Inspire Ireland initiative. The initiative, which is focused on highlighting the enormous contribution made by teachers in Irish society, was launched by DCU earlier this year, with the support of businessman and philanthropist Dermot Desmond.
Earlier this year, DCU called for members of the public to share their personal stories of how a teacher transformed their lives and / or their community. The 20 teachers announced on Monday – five from each province – have been shortlisted from over 400 entries received from every corner of Ireland. None of the teachers knew they were nominated in advance.
Announcing the shortlist in DCU, Professor Brian MacCraith, President of DCU, said: “The entries submitted to Teachers Inspire Ireland demonstrate just how significant a role teachers play in Irish life. “We received stories about teachers dealing in an inspirational way with major societal challenges. We received stories of teachers who have played – and continue to play – a key part in helping individuals and whole communities adapt to change. “The nominations highlighted teachers dealing with issues such as homelessness, mental health, immigration, unplanned pregnancies, gender identity support, community regeneration, and climate change. They were submitted by schoolchildren, parents, and people whose schooldays are long behind them but who remember their teachers with great fondness and gratitude. “What is abundantly clear from the nominations received is the extent to which so many teachers go above and beyond their ‘job description’. It was extraordinarily difficult to select a shortlist of 20 from all the amazing stories we received. However, the 20 teachers being celebrated have had truly lasting and transformative impacts on the lives of their students and on their wider communities.”
Entries to Teachers Inspire were reviewed by a panel chaired by former President of Ireland Mary McAleese. In October, four of the shortlisted teachers – one from each province – will receive the inaugural Teachers Inspire Ireland Desmond Awards. We wish Mr Quinn all the best in October.
Best of luck to our former students Barbara Hannon, Lucy Hannon , Sarah Conneally & Olivia Divilly who are members of the Galway Senior Ladies Football team. We wish them & their fellow team mates & management all the best in the All Ireland Final on Sunday when they compete against Dublin. All four ladies were great sports stars in our school & were part of very successful football teams here in DCS.
Please find below an update from the Department on the issue of this year’s Junior Cycle Results.
In publishing the 2019 examination timetables, the State Examinations Commission (SEC) indicated that the results of the 2019 Junior Cycle examinations would issue to schools in late September. At this time I can advise that the results of the 2019 Junior Cycle examinations will be in schools and published online on Friday 4th October 2019.
Kind Regards, State Examinations Commission
26 days since our PV Panels were installed and we have already produced 373KWh of electricity, resulting in a saving of over €75 of electricity and reducing our Carbon footprint by 0.39 tonnes, the equivalent to planting 1 tree.
We also hope to have our gas heating commissioned and tested this week which will also lead to about 20% reduction in our Carbon footprint in comparison to our previous oil heating system, not to mention being more economical and efficient.
You can follow our PV output by following this link.