LC 2020 Postponed & Calculated Grades

The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today (Friday 8 May 2020) announced the postponement of the 2020 Leaving Certificate. Following a decision at Cabinet, all students are to be offered the option of receiving Calculated Grades for the subjects they are studying and the alternative of sitting the 2020 Leaving Certificate examinations at a date in the future when it is considered safe to hold the examinations. The decision has been taken following an assessment of public health advice and other information and the implications for holding the exams from the previously rescheduled date of Wednesday 29 July 2020.

https://www.education.ie/en/Press-Events/Press-Releases/2020-press-releases/PR20-05-08.html

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/2f07eb-leaving-cert-2020-information/#information-for-leaving-cert-students

I have emailed the LC students this evening with further information.

Green Schools Flag 2020

In such times of uncertainty, one thing is for sure; Dunmore Community School is environmentally conscious. We have just heard the fantastic news that we have been successful in obtaining yet another green school flag under the theme of Global Citizenship: Energy.

We have been acknowledged for the positive impact our work has made and the Green Schools awarding body were very impressed with the activities we have been undergoing. Our hardworking committee of Caoimhe Herviaux, Shanell Ronayne, Ciara Keane, Cian McWalters, Eoin Conneally, Erica Ryan, Isabella Gheorge, Isabelle Murray with staff members Mr. Quinn, Ms. Griffiths, Mr. Fleming, Ms. Davin, Ms. McHugh and Ms. O’Reilly must be commended on being generous with their time, their hard work, their persistence and their creativity in coming up with plans to make us an energy-efficient school. No small thanks either to the tireless work of our auxiliary staff. Our caretaker John and our cleaners Mary and Patsy have been key to making our goals realities.

We would also like to thank the school population for their support and participation with the programme, it really is a team effort. The last two years, while we have been pursuing this flag, has seen some major developments in our school. The tireless work of Mr. Quinn and Mr. Fleming were instrumental to this with their carefully constructed research and application securing us funding for a pilot scheme of a major deep energy retrofit. This new insulation of the old building and a change in fuel from oil to gas, a cleaner fuel, external led lighting, new double glazed windows and doors have all had a major effect on our energy use and carbon emissions. They also secured a total of 19 solar panels to generate our own energy. Our reading of the meters highlights that all our work has resulted in a 14.3% reduction in our energy use and a 22.5% reduction in our carbon emissions. I think you will agree that these are colossal numbers and deserve to be celebrated.

There are so many other projects at play in a school-wide undertaking which are making us more aware of our actions and effectively more green. These include but are not limited to a pollinator zone, a bug hotel, a vegetable garden, gardening lessons, junk kouture participation which has resulted in a space secured in the All Irelands and the Binja’s success in the SEAI competition, One Good Idea, making them All Ireland winners. We are so proud of our school community for being so proactive. We look forward to the future when we can have the opportunity to celebrate with a flag-raising ceremony. Just remember this work continues so… Don’t be Fuelish! There is too much energy conversation, not enough energy conservation.

@GreenSchoolsIre @SEAI_Schools @SEAI_ie #OneGoodIdea

Jigsaw Support Line

Just a reminder that the Jigsaw Support Line is now up and running on freefone 1800 JIGSAW (544 729). This new initiative developed as part of Jigsaw’s Covid – 19 response aims to provide free, relevant and accessible mental health support, education, advice and guidance to young people aged 12 to 25 years old, and/or their parents/concerned others who are resident in the Republic of Ireland.

Alongside the Support Line, we are also offering an inbound SMS and email service, both operated by a designated group of Jigsaw Clinicians. Both additional offerings aim to give all potential users various options to get in touch and initiate a request for a return call from a Jigsaw Clinician.

If outside of hours, please contact a friend, parent or one of us by email.

Contact details and opening hours:

1.      1800 JIGSAW (544729)    Opening hours: Monday to Friday 1pm- 5pm.

2.      SMS 086 180 3880.           Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

3.     Email  help@jigsaw.ie.     Opening hours:Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

If you have any questions about any of this or the Jigsaw Online offerings for young people, parents & guardians and people working with young people, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

JC 2020 Assessments

Following a 3rd year online assembly a letter has been emailed to all 3rd Years outlining our JC assessment process.

We appreciate this has been a very difficult time for our 3rd Year and we have considered their health and wellbeing when devising how they will be assessed. We do not want them to be stressed or anxious over these assessments, but we would ask that they do your best and fully engage with all the work being assigned for the remainder of the school year.

The work that they complete now along with the work previously completed in 2nd and 3rd year will make up their final marks for the Junior Cycle. We feel that this is a fair and balanced way of arriving at a grade that is reflective of all they have achieved over the past two years in school.

International Workers Day 1st May

Raising a virtual Irish Flag to honour the Front Line Workers in Ireland and around the world on International Workers Day. Many of our parents, past students and friends are working extremely hard during these very difficult times.

On behalf of all in Dunmore Community School – Thank You and Keep safe.

Planet Youth Feedback

Planet Youth have allowed us to upload this video for you to watch following up feedback from the first night of their course. You might find it useful.

This is the feedback video, prepared by Gina Dowd and Liam Horan, for the parents that attended the Planet Youth parents night on the 28th of April 2020.

Publication of TY Articles

Some of our transition years students got involved in Break the Seal Programme this year. It is an NUIG initiative that aims to support students who wish to complete a Research Study Report. As part of this programme, DCS got in contact with Ms. Anne Tierney, President of the Old Tuam Historical Society. She engaged with all students, gave them advice, guidance and the skills required to research a topic in history. Anne and the editorial committee initially agreed to publish one of our students’ articles in JOTS (a magazine published every year by the Old Tuam Historical Society). After reading all our articles, she was so impressed with our students that Anne and the editorial committee, has decided to publish five. She has complimented all students involved and is only disappointed that she can’t publish them all but has congratulated all students on their work.

Our participating students have developed a range of skills such as collaboration, critical analysis, narrative expression and technological proficiency which will benefit them all when then move onto senior cycle.

All students are still going forward for the competition in NUIG in the coming weeks and I would like to wish them the best. Ms Brogan.

GAA Future Leaders Week 4

Well done to our P.E teacher Ms. Grehan who completed the GAA Future Leaders week 4 #GAASolo challenge with an impressive 14 handpasses in 30 seconds! She is looking forward to introducing GAA Future Leaders Initiative to her students in September.

All students were set this challenge this week!!! She is still waiting for the videos! 

 Remember to stay at home and follow HSE guidelines… Why not give this a go while you’re there and send in your video?! #GAAFutureLeader #GaisceAtHome #ItsInOurHands #20×20 #CantSeeCantBe

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