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. 

Orientation Day

Today we welcomed two more students from Garrafrauns NS to have a look around our school and experience attending some classes. We hope they found the day useful. Special thanks to our excellent guides Ella & Chloe for their help and assistance today.

Deep Energy Retrofit Works eTender

Although the school will be closing for the summer break shortly, the school building will hopefully be busier than ever during the break as we are delighted to have finally reached the etender stage of our upcoming Deep Energy Retrofit. It is now available on https://www.etenders.gov.ie

All going well, and subject to budgets and the tendering process, during the summer we are going to see the 67 building, auditorium and canteen getting new windows & external doors, new piping & radiators and 200mm of external cladding insulating this building. The whole school will also be getting an energy efficient cascade Gas heating system installed to replace our aging inefficient oil fired heating system. The 2009 building will also have thermostatic valves incorporated into the existing system to allow for individual zoning of classrooms and common areas. We are also adding 2 draught lobbies to control heat loss from the building from the two main entrances to the building.

To further enhance our energy rating, we are also installing LED external lighting for the whole school grounds, which will complement the LED lighting we already have internally throughout the school. Hopefully, all of this work, plus the 19 Photovoltaic Panels will place our aging school building in an energy class comparable to many new builds.

We will be able to monitor and control our energy usage by a state of the art computerised Building Management System (BMS) and a simple traffic light system will show students and staff if our average energy usage is acceptable by showing green, amber or red.

Exciting green times ahead for DCS!

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