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.

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.

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/

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