New School Year 2020-2021

Following a few extremely busy weeks here in Dunmore Community School, we are looking forward to welcoming our students, both our existing and our new first years, back after a prolonged absence. As explained in the recent letter emailed to you all, we have put in place lots of procedures and protocols to ensure as safe a reopening as possible.

We ask parents and students to please watch the following 2 videos before the return to school and to have a look at the following handouts.

Looking forward to welcoming our students back as per our reopening calendar.

 

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.

The LC Class of 2020 Video

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…

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