Leaving Certificate 2020 Calculated Grades – Mon 7th Sept

Best wishes to the Leaving Cert class of 2020 who will receive their Calculated grades on Monday at 9:00 am via the Student Portal. It is extremely unfortunate that we cannot be with you on Monday to celebrate your achievements as a group.

We understand results time can be a difficult time for students and if any of last years Leaving Certs would like to meet with any of our team for support, please ring the office and we will call you back or organise a time for you to call into the school. Ms Scarry (Guidance Counsellor), Ms Clesham (Chaplain), Ms Doyle (Yearhead), Ms Griffiths or myself will be available to call you back or meet in person if necessary. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, we cannot allow visitors to the school without having arranged a meeting first.

Last years Leaving Cert students who are attending the school for a scheduled visit will also be required to respect physical distancing requirements and to behave in a responsible way, in line with public health advice and the school’s visitor policy. Gathering large groups of students in one venue is not recommended at this time.

7th September at 9 am Results of the Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme and Leaving Certificate Applied Calculated Grades will issue.
7th September UCAS offers received by students
11th September CAO first round offers
14th September Students can access their estimated percentage mark and calculated mark through the student portal.
14th September Appeals application process open to students through the student portal from 9.00 a.m.
16th September Appeals application process closes at 5.00 p.m.
23rd September CAO round 2 offers
16th November Proposed Postponed Leaving Cert Exams start date.

The Leaving Certificate student helpline which is provided by the National Parents Council post-primary will be available from 7 th September for students to reach a guidance counsellor with any queries that they may have.

The wellbeing of the students who receive the calculated grades will be supported through a number of additional measures.

  • The Leaving Certificate student helpline, at 1800 265 165, which is provided by the National Parents Council post-primary will be available from 11.00 am on 7th September for students to reach a guidance counsellor with any queries that they may have.  This helpline will operate until after the CAO first round offers and is staffed by qualified guidance counsellors. Further details can be found at https://www.npcpp.ie/leaving-cert-helpline/
  • HSE/HSE-funded service providers will be available to support students through the provision of e-mental health services. https://www2.hse.ie/wellbeing/mental-health/covid-19/minding-your-mental-health-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak.html
  • Wellbeing resources developed by the National Educational Psychological Service are available at www.gov.ie/leavingcert
  • CGEO helpline will be available at 1800 111135 or 1800 111136 from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm from Monday 7 September to Wednesday 16 September. Outside of these hours queries may be e-mailed to lcsupport2020@education.gov.ie. Please note this helpline is provided for queries relating to the Calculated Grades results only and cannot provide advice on any other matters.
  • Information available from the Central Applications Office (CAO) at www.cao.ieCAO) at www.cao.ie

 

New School Year 2020-2021

Following a few extremely busy weeks here in Dunmore Community School, we are looking forward to welcoming our students, both our existing and our new first years, back after a prolonged absence. As explained in the recent letter emailed to you all, we have put in place lots of procedures and protocols to ensure as safe a reopening as possible.

We ask parents and students to please watch the following 2 videos before the return to school and to have a look at the following handouts.

Looking forward to welcoming our students back as per our reopening calendar.

 

Break the Seal Awards – 3rd place

Well done to Amy, Jessica and Laura on getting through to the finals of the Break the Seal Competition, we are very proud of you all.  Their excellent presentations were played online at the finals of the Break the Seal on Thursday.

We are delighted to announce that Jessica was placed 3rd overall in the finals for her essay  ‘Trailblazing Tinkers’. Congratulations Jessica on your excellent research and beautifully written essay.

Also, well done to all our TY’s who took part the Break the Seal competition. This is the first time we were involved in this worthwhile initiative and sincere thanks to Ms Brogan and Ms McHugh for all their time, help and guidance right up to the finals.

The 3 presentations are attached here for you to watch.

Break the Seal Finals online tomorrow @ 2pm

The finals of the Irish National History Competition, Break the Seal 2020, will take place tomorrow the 30th of July at 2 pm.

Why not join us online to watch the prerecorded presentations made by our three students, Laura Turner, Jessica McDonagh and Amy McConnell Canny.

You can watch it live by clicking on this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI8SePfcW2_BAA8vVMNmMXA/

Best of luck tomorrow girls, we are extremely proud of you.

 

Break the SEAL Finalists 2020

We are delighted to announce that three of our Transition Year History Students are in the final of Break the Seal Programme this year. The aim of the programme is to support history students as they complete a Research Study Report by connecting them with the important archives held at the James Hardiman Library at NUIG. Students must research and complete an essay on an event or person in history. The completed RSR has a specific format and guidelines to follow. During the year there was a lot of hard work and time involved in this project and all students should be very proud of their work. Out of twenty schools involved and a shortlist of sixteen finalists, we have three students from Dunmore Community School who have made it to the final competition. Congratulations to our finalists Laura Turner, Jessica Mc Donagh and Amy Mc Connell Canny.

​Upon completion of their RSR all students are awarded the Breaking the SEAL Digital Badge. They will also have their research synopsis published in the Journal of Second Level Research. Students who have their research published are also eligible to apply for a scholarship to attend the EUSTORY Next Generation Summit 2020.

I would like to sincerely thank Ms. Anne Tierney, President of the Old Tuam Historical Society for her guidance and support to all involved. Five students work will also be published in JOTS magazine which will issue later this year.

Break the Seal finals will take place virtually on Monday the 27th of July. Parents, staff and students are welcome to attend the virtual finals.

History teachers, Ms. Brogan and Ms. McHugh are very proud of their students and are delighted to have worked with them on this project. TY Co-ordinator and Year Head Ms. Scarry is delighted for them on their achievements and wishes them the best of luck in the finals.

 

We would like to take this opportunity to wish our students all the best for the final competition and congratulate them on this wonderful achievement. Their work will now take its place in History!!

LC 2020 and LCA 2021 Portal

The Department of Education has been in contact with the Leaving Cert Class of 2020 and the LCA class of 2021 in relation to the reopening of the Calculated Grades Portal in the past few days. The portal reopened yesterday, Monday 20th July and will close at 4pm Monday 27th July. Students are requested to log in before it closes next Monday. Please note you must opt-in to receive a calculated grade.

The Department is also publishing some further information about calculated grades as follows:

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/a4aa0-getting-my-calculated-grades-a-guide-for-students/

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/2fc71-a-short-guide-to-the-calculated-grades-data-collection-national-standardisation-and-quality-assurance-processes/

Last week’s announcement by Minister Foley regarding the re-opening of the Portal, and information regarding the date of release of the Calculated Grades results, can be found here:

https://www.education.ie/en/Press-Events/Press-Releases/2020-press-releases/PR20-07-16a.html

 

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.

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