Table Quiz Tonight

We are all set for our annual Parents’ Council Table Quiz fundraiser tonight. Doors opening at 6:30, loads of prizes and a fun night guaranteed. Loads of great prizes. Please come along and support the Parents’ Council and your school.

Special thanks to all our sponsors, your support is very much appreciated.

Online Payments

In line with current best practice, Dunmore Community School is going Cashless. Going forward, payments to the school will be issued via text and email and payment can be made online and a receipt issued instantly.

Please note, payments may be made via the text sent to you, or via the email link sent out. We have also installed a debit card payment machine in the office for anyone having difficulty with the online method. However, we have no doubt you will find the method we have chosen is the simple, safe and extremely user-friendly.

We intend to roll this feature out with our current 3rd and 6th years for the upcoming Mock Fees later this week/early next week.

Parents Council Annual Fun Table Quiz

Our Parents’ Council are holding a Family Fun Table Quiz on the 5th Dec in the Sportshall. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the quiz starts at 7:00 pm. Please come along for a great night out with lots of fun, prizes and great craic. Our Quiz Master for the night is Mr Ollie Turner. Lots of spot prizes on the night – those that attended the last few years year can testify to this.

Special thanks to all the local businesses and our suppliers that have so generously sponsored spot prizes for the night and to our Parents’ Council for organising this event.

Our Parents Council are putting a lot of hard work into organising this quiz, so please come along and support them and your school. Please remember, all funds raised are to improve the school for all our students. Please spread the word and get your friends to come along to what has proven to be a fantastic fun night, that everyone who attends enjoys immensely.

Teacher Inspire Nomination

We are delighted to hear that our previous teacher and now Principal, Mr Declan Quinn has been shortlisted in the inaugural Teachers Inspire Awards 2019. Declan was nominated by a past student, Robert Hughes and his parents, Christopher and Cathy, for the help, support and encouragement he gave Robert, who joined DCS in 2013. Robert, who experiences mental health difficulties. has a love of woodwork, which was fostered and encouraged by Mr Quinn in the classroom. This support has continued since Declan became our Principal in 2017.

He is one of twenty teachers from across Ireland who has been the shortlisted for the inaugural Teachers Inspire Ireland initiative. The initiative, which is focused on highlighting the enormous contribution made by teachers in Irish society, was launched by DCU earlier this year, with the support of businessman and philanthropist Dermot Desmond.

Picture shows Dr. Anne Looney, Executive Dean of the Institute of Education at DCU and Professor Brian MacCraith, President of DCU with some of the teachers who have been included on the Teachers Inspire shortlist, along with the people who nominated them.

Earlier this year, DCU called for members of the public to share their personal stories of how a teacher transformed their lives and / or their community. The 20 teachers announced on Monday – five from each province – have been shortlisted from over 400 entries received from every corner of Ireland. None of the teachers knew they were nominated in advance.

Announcing the shortlist in DCU, Professor Brian MacCraith, President of DCU, said: “The entries submitted to Teachers Inspire Ireland demonstrate just how significant a role teachers play in Irish life. “We received stories about teachers dealing in an inspirational way with major societal challenges. We received stories of teachers who have played – and continue to play – a key part in helping individuals and whole communities adapt to change. “The nominations highlighted teachers dealing with issues such as homelessness, mental health, immigration, unplanned pregnancies, gender identity support, community regeneration, and climate change. They were submitted by schoolchildren, parents, and people whose schooldays are long behind them but who remember their teachers with great fondness and gratitude. “What is abundantly clear from the nominations received is the extent to which so many teachers go above and beyond their ‘job description’. It was extraordinarily difficult to select a shortlist of 20 from all the amazing stories we received. However, the 20 teachers being celebrated have had truly lasting and transformative impacts on the lives of their students and on their wider communities.”

Entries to Teachers Inspire were reviewed by a panel chaired by former President of Ireland Mary McAleese. In October, four of the shortlisted teachers – one from each province – will receive the inaugural Teachers Inspire Ireland Desmond Awards. We wish Mr Quinn all the best in October.

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