The school year has ended, our Leaving Certs have finished, the summer holidays have begun, but unfortunately, we have not been able to hold our annual Graduation Ceremony to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of the Leaving Cert Class of 2020. This is most certainly not the way we intended to mark the end of their five or six years in Dunmore Community School. We considered virtual ceremonies and other ideas, but none seemed sufficient to do justice to the time they have spent here with us in DCS. Holding a virtual Graduation, without the most important people at it, seemed hollow.
Having discussed the option with staff and having surveyed the Leaving Certs, I’m delighted that the majority of the Class of 2020 intend to return to DCS for a future dated Grad with their parents/guardians so we can celebrate with them in person. We are looking forward to seeing you all in the near future. Thank you for your contribution and commitment to our school over the past six years, it was a pleasure to have taught many of you and to be your Principal for the past three years. Keep Safe, DQuinn.
Until we meet again, here is a little video of the wonderful Leaving Cert Class of 2020, when they were first-years and six years later…
We hope that you and your families are keeping safe and well as we head into the last two weeks of this extremely unusual term.
During these final two weeks, we ask that our students would continue to make every effort to engage with online learning. As the school year draws to a close, teachers will be finishing up with online tuition and setting final assessment tasks. Engagement with online learning will form part of their overall assessment grade. The 3rd Year Timetable of assessment is available here, All other students will be notified directly by the class teacher of scheduled tests if applicable. Summer reports will issue on VSware for 1st, 2nd, and 5th years in early June and 3rd years will have a final DCS JC2020 Assessment Report posted out in June.
We are aware that students may be struggling working independently at home and if they are they should message the teachers concerned and look for help and guidance as to how to complete the tasks assigned. Parents may monitor outstanding work by checking the notifications in the behaviour tab in VSWare. Assignments can be handed in late, so if they have fallen behind then they might take this opportunity to catch up on some of the work that they have missed. Every effort will be recognised. Please note these assignments, classes and notes will remain in TEAMS, so a student may access them during the summer break.
We thank you for your support and engagement during these difficult times.
Well done to our 1st and 2nd-year Materials Technology Wood students on their designs, sketches, models, prototypes and even Woodwork artefacts they have manufactured over the past few weeks. Great to see such resourcefulness and creativity.
In line with the chapter they are working on – Breakfasts and Packed Lunches our 1st year Home Economics students had an assignment to research, prepare cook and serve a healthy family breakfast last week. They were also required to present their breakfast attractively. I think you will agree they have done a fantastic job, they look like something served at a 7* hotel in Abu Dhabi!!! Well done.
We are delighted to hear that our 2nd Year lads “The Binjas” have won the OneGoodIdea Junior Cycle Regional finals in Limerick this evening. A fantastic achievement for them, Ms Canny their mentor, and our school. #Onegoodidea #SEAI More details later.
Special thanks to Anne Tierney, President of The Old Tuam Society who joined us in DCS last week to give a presentation to our students who are involved in Breaking the Seal. The Old Tuam Society are participating with the Breaking the SEAL Programme (BTS), an NUIG initiative programme. The programme connects second-level students to the archival material, primary sources, and collections of the Hardiman Library at NUI Galway and the students own locality. Anne is mentoring some of the students, as they complete their mandatory research, and will provide access to archival material from the society. The winning article will be published in a forthcoming issue of the JOTS. For further information please see http://btsnuig.weebly.com/about.html
Last week in French class,, the TYs learnt about the ‘galette des rois’, a cake traditionally eaten in France during January to celebrate Epiphany. Félicitations to Javier and Molly who found the ‘fève’ and were crowned King and Queen for the day!
Last week the 2B CSPE class had a Climate Action Workshop with a representative from the SEAI. Following on from the SEAI’s and the Dept Of Educations Deep Energy Retrofit Pilot grant, where Dunmore CS received huge funding last summer to make our school more energy-efficient, our 2B class decided to enter the One Good Idea competition.
One of our boys’ teams “The Binjas” had great success and they qualified for the Regional Finals and in preparation for this, they must create a 1 min film and 3 min Presentation Pitch that will be played in the Omniplex cinema Limerick on 25th February. The class explored impacts of recycling, experiments with CO2 Gas and thoroughly enjoyed it all. Best of luck to our Binjas who are fighting for climate action and keeping a keen eye on all to see if you are using the right bins…..Watch out!