All students should have access to their online school accounts by logging into www.office.com with their school email and password. Due to the speed at which schools were closed today, some teachers did not get time to assign work to students. Therefore, it is intended that work will be assigned to students via our VLE (Virtual Learning Environment – via Email, MS Teams and Class Notebook). Please encourage your child to check-in online at regular periods to retrieve work from their subject teachers either on their phones or PC/laptop/tablet etc. If your child was absent today or is having issues with logging in to MSOffice, they may email me for a password reset or assistance at principal @ dunmorecs.ie.
As I explained to the Leaving Certs today, a work/study plan for the next two weeks is essential to ensure they make productive use of the time they are away from the classroom. We strongly encourage you to assist your son/daughter in getting this plan organised to make productive use of the time ahead in preparation for the exams. We will update you about the LC Orals and practicals as soon as we get clarification from the Department.
Following the announcement today by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar all schools, colleges and childcare facilities will close this evening until 29th of March because of Covid-19.
Dunmore CS will, therefore, finish classes as of 3.55 this evening and study at 6.00 pm. All students will be informed and encouraged to take home all books and equipment that they may have in their lockers as they will not be able to access their lockers once the school has closed. The school building will be open until 6.00 this evening if you wish to call in and collect books etc from the locker.
It is important that students have access to their school-based email so teachers can communicate with them regarding work over the coming weeks, in particular exam classes.
We understand that many parents and students will have worries and concerns especially exam years. At present we have no information as to arrangements for JC practical exams and LC orals that were scheduled to take place during this closure. We will keep you updated as soon as information is made available to u via our website and Facebook feed.
Yesterday was an incredibly proud day for our Girls Basketball teams and school as both 1st & 2nd Year Girls were crowned Regional Champions! 2nd Years came out on top against St. Josephs Charlestown in their semi-final with some fabulous displays of fast breaks and tight defence. After the triumph of our tremendous 1st Years winning the Final (an incredible achievement their first time in a league! ) 2nd Yr Girls had the fire and determination to take Headford on in a nail-biting game. Every player worked so hard to fight for the ball and win layups and the second half the girls took off to lead until the final whistle. Our dual captains of Meadhbh Hanley and Emma Heneghan lifted the cup in elation as all girls jumped for joy! Well done and congratulations to all the girls and coaches Ms. Canny and Ms.Grehan. The girls showed if you believe and work hard you can achieve anything! It was a special day we will remember.
Best of luck to our 2nd Year Boys Basketball team who play Headford today in the West Region Final. They have an unbeaten run since first year. They are hoping to add the title to the one they won in first year.
DCS are thrilled to announce that Sarah, Riya and Niamh have made it through to the National Finals of Junk Kouture with their design Efflorescence on the 30th April in the 3 Arena. An incredible achievement for any students, but as one of the smallest schools involved, with no hired choreography or artistic consultants (as many other schools had access to!) this truly is a remarkable feat! These three students have worked tirelessly since September, hand-making every single element of the design. Their creativity, teamwork and efforts deserve to be highly commended. The girls are the first group of students from DCS to EVER make it through to the National Finals! A special shout out to our model Sarah who absolutely smashed her on-stage performance. Wishing the three of you every success in the next stage of the competition.
We are extremely proud of you and your amazing achievement.
Best of luck to the Senior boys who take on Beara CS in the All Ireland Semi-Final this Saturday, at Mick Neville Park, Rathkeale, Co. Limerick. Throw in a 1:45 pm. Students who wish to travel on the supporters’ bus, please see Ms Grehan on Wednesday 4th with €15 for bus and entry fee.
The Department of Education has asked all schools to bring the following letter from the Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health, Dr Tony Holohan, to your attention. It addresses the recent school closure as a result of the confirmed Covid-19 case.