Jigsaw Support Line

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.

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.

New Term begins of Online Learning

Tomorrow, the 20th April, is the start of the final term of the 2019-2020 school year. This is normally a very busy term with exams classes preparing for final exams, practicals, project deadlines, and the more enjoyable aspects of planning for the end of year awards, graduation ceremonies etc. Due to the COVID-19 epidemic and current lockdown, it will no doubt be a very unusual and different term.

The three weeks in the run-up to the Easter were a learning curve for us all, with everyone adjusting and upskilling with online learning and staying isolated at home. Thankfully our staff, students and parents/guardians embraced this change so positively. Thanks to all who completed the survey at the end of the last term, your feedback was very much appreciated. In response to the feedback and comments from students, teachers and parents/guardians we have developed a set of guidelines that will hopefully make the next few weeks more structured and sustainable and address some of the issues that were occurring. Parents/guardians should have received a text earlier with a link to a letter outlining the guidelines, but I am attaching them here in case you didn’t.

It is vital that our students keep engaging with the material teachers are setting, both from an educational point of view, but also for a focus each day for them. We do understand the issues of poor ICT facilities, poor Broadband etc and we would encourage you to let us know if there are ways we can assist/advise. I know some of you have issues of several children in a home using the same laptop, hopefully the more structured approach to assigning work will assist in this regard. I would also encourage your child to install the Team app on their phone.

Of course, there is no real replacement for the classroom environment, but we will do our very best to assist our students as we head into the final term. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance over the next few weeks.

Kind regards and keep safe, DQuinn.

Bus Eireann School Transport 2020-2021

Dear 6th Class parent/guardian, I hope you and your family are all keeping safe and well. I have been asked to bring the following information from Bus Eireann to your attention in relation to applying for school transport for next August.

While it is the prerogative of parents to send their children to the school of their choice, eligibility for school transport is to the nearest school. To assist parents in relation to school transport eligibility, it would be appreciated if the enclosed Question and Answer Sheet could be brought to parents’ attention. Applications to be made online at www.buseireann.ie and must be submitted before the last Friday in April (24th April 2020). It is important that applications for school transport are made on time as late applicants are not guaranteed seats. Further information or clarification may be obtained by parents visiting the Bus Éireann website www.BusEireann.ie

Senior Cycle Enrolment 2020-2021

Unfortunately, we will be unable to hold our annual Senior Cycle options night this year due to the uncertainty of COVID-19. Therefore, we will be using an online application process. The link to the application form will be sent to all 3rd year and TY student school based email accounts tomorrow morning. The form requires both the student and parent/guardian to complete and I would advise doing so from a laptop or computer. The form can only be filled in from the link sent to the students’ email account. I will text parents to notify them when this link has been emailed.

Prior to the filling in the application form, please have a browse of the presentations from last year and some websites of relevance that will assist you in making the decision on what option your child should apply for.

Please get in contact if you have any queries at principal @dunmorecs.ie or mscarry @dunmorecs.ie or deputyprincipal @dunmorecs.ie

PLEASE NOTE: DEADLINE FOR COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM IS THURSDAY the 26th MARCH.

CoronaVirus Information

The Department of Education and Skills has updated information for schools, preschools and third level institutions on Covid-19; provided by the Department of Health and HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre following a meeting of the National Public Health Emergency Team.

Anyone who has been to affected regions in the last 14 days and has a cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties or fever should self-isolate and phone their GP immediately.

Anyone who has travelled from the affected regions and has no symptoms should visit http://www.hse.ie/ for advice.

The most important action we can take to protect ourselves from Covid-19 is regular hand-washing and good respiratory hygiene.

Safer Internet Day 2020

This Tuesday was National Safer Internet Day. As teachers and parents, we all recognise the many benefits of the internet to education, as well as from the social point of view. It does, however, pose many dangers and it is important that we all keep ourselves informed on the everchanging online world that our children have access to. Webwise has many useful resources for parents here to help keep you informed. We hope that you find them useful.

DCS Prospectus 2020

Our 2020 Prospectus is now available to view below and on our General Info Menu. I look forward to calling into the local National Schools and meeting the 6th class students over the coming weeks with information packs and enrolment forms.

Reminder: Our open night for incoming 1st years is taking place Thursday, 27th Feb @ 6:45 pm. We look forward to meeting you and showing you around our school.

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