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.

JC Results Update

Please find below an update from the Department on the issue of this year’s Junior Cycle Results.

In publishing the 2019 examination timetables, the State Examinations Commission (SEC) indicated that the results of the 2019 Junior Cycle examinations would issue to schools in late September. At this time I can advise that the results of the 2019 Junior Cycle examinations will be in schools and published online on Friday 4th October 2019.

Kind Regards, State Examinations Commission

Welcome to our New 1st Years on Monday 26th Aug @ 9:00 am

We are all set and looking forward to welcoming our First Years tomorrow, the 26th of August to begin a new chapter in their education. This will comprise of an induction morning until 1:15 pm. Their year head, Ms Grehan, our Pastoral Care team and your child’s tutor, Ms Colleran (1A) or Ms Duignan (1B) will be on hand to deal with any worries or fears your child might have. As buses are not running on the 26th, please drop and collect your son/daughter before 9:00 am and at 1:15 pm outside the school’s gates.

All they need to bring with them for this day is their schoolbag, a pen, the school journal (if they have received it or €10 to purchase one), a €5 refundable deposit for a locker key, a copy and a snack & drink for the 11 o clock break. If they wish, they can also pay for the book rental to receive their books.

You should have already received a text with a Username and Password for our Online VSWare system and an email with details about the return to school. Please keep the VSWare details safe and private. Our VSWare system will allow you access to your child’s records, view their timetable, attendance, Behaviour and Term Reports. Please watch this 4 minute video for a clear explanation of how this works. Our VSWare portal is accessed via our website here. If you have any problems, please email vsware@dunmorecs.ie for help. However, if you forget your password, the school can no longer reset it, you must do that yourself by following the instructions here.

NB:- If you have more than one child in the school, there will be arrows under your child’s photo to allow you to move between each of your children. (To view the timetable you need to choose a date when the school is open, e.g. 26th August.)

We understand that moving from primary to post-primary can be a daunting time for both student and parents. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns. However, this year we are continuing our school-based mentoring programme called “Foróige’s Big Brother/Big Sister school Programme. Our incoming 1st years will be matched with a senior cycle student with the aim of developing a friendly and positive relationship that will not only support the first-year student but will ultimately benefit both the junior and senior students involved. This, along with our Induction Programme and our tutor system, will make the transition as seamless and enjoyable as possible for your child.

Please check the letter below, which you should have received in your email for further information.

In Memory…

During this exciting time of Leaving Cert results and CAO offers, I would like you all to take a moment to remember, Ms Jessica Moore, the 19-year-old girl who sadly passed away at her debs on August 12th. Jessica, from Loughrea, Co. Galway, the niece and Godchild of Ms Maire Kavanagh, our French teacher.

Jessica was an exceptionally talented young woman with a bright future ahead of her. As our students collected their results and receive their CAO offers, Jessica never got to see her fantastic results due to one mistake. Ms Kavanagh & Jessica’s heartbroken parents, Brendan and Catherine, wish that students understand how 1 simple decision can have such devastating consequences for you and your family. Please slow down, think and be careful.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam, May she Rest in Peace.

Book Rental/Student Fund

This year we are offering the option to call into the school to pay the book rental fee and collect your child’s books in advance of school starting back. Anne Marie will be available on Monday the 19th and Tuesday the 20th of August between 11 am and 4 pm in the Prefabs. Book rental is €140 for the first child and €70 for each subsequent child. School Journals are €10 each. Timetables will be available on VSWare towards the end of the week.

Well done to the LC & LCA Class of 2018-2019

Well done to all our Leaving Cert and LCA students who received their results today. As a school, we are delighted with the excellent results you achieved. We are very proud of your efforts and your grades,

We wish you all the best in your future endeavours, whatever route you may take. As I pointed out to you previously, these exams are just a stepping stone to an exciting and adventurous future, there are many paths open to you. It was lovely to chat with you all today and hear your plans for the future. Go n-éirí leat. D Quinn.

Ms Scarry will be available over the next few days to assist with any queries, please email her to arrange a meeting. Please note the national Exam helpline is available @ 1800265165

A few more photos of some more very happy students of Dunmore Community School. Well done to each and every one of you on your excellent results. You can all be very proud of your achievements,

Summer Reports Online

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 Term Reports. 

Please watch this 4 minute video for a clear explanation of how this works. Our VSWare portal is accessed via our website and with a Username and password that has been texted to you.  If you have any problems please email vsware@dunmorecs.ie for help or please call the office should you need the password sent out again. 

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.

It is now also possible to print the report by clicking in the top right fo the report and downloading the Word Version of the report.

Third in All Ireland Community Games Chess

We can be very proud that all our Chess players who gave their best efforts.  Unfortunately we came up against some very very good teams. Because we did so brilliantly over the last two years our expectations were high, but remember we beat some very good teams in Galway and Connacht – and winning 2nd & 3rd in All Ireland finals is actually a good return for the seasons work 🥈🥉Thanks to all the parents for getting everyone to Linerick today, and to all the practices. Thank you Angela & all the Kiltevna Garrafrauns Dunmore Community Games committee for all your help and encouragement in the lead up to today. 

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