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…
Please find below two useful Dept guides on the calculated grades process for parents and students.
All Leaving Cert students must have logged into the Dept Portal by 10 pm this Thursday and registered your Levels. All LCA1 students must have registered by this date. If you need exam numbers etc, please get in contact with us.
LC and LCA1 students please ensure your read the two important documents below. As of tomorrow at 10 am you must register on the Department portal. The portal will open at 10 am on Tuesday 26th May and close at 10 pm on Thursday 28th May. In this time period students need to do the following;
Leaving Certificate Applied Students Need to complete the registration process
All other Leaving Certificate Students Need to complete the registration process AND confirm their subject levels
We hope that you and your families are keeping safe and well as we head into the last two weeks of this extremely unusual term.
During these final two weeks, we ask that our students would continue to make every effort to engage with online learning. As the school year draws to a close, teachers will be finishing up with online tuition and setting final assessment tasks. Engagement with online learning will form part of their overall assessment grade. The 3rd Year Timetable of assessment is available here, All other students will be notified directly by the class teacher of scheduled tests if applicable. Summer reports will issue on VSware for 1st, 2nd, and 5th years in early June and 3rd years will have a final DCS JC2020 Assessment Report posted out in June.
We are aware that students may be struggling working independently at home and if they are they should message the teachers concerned and look for help and guidance as to how to complete the tasks assigned. Parents may monitor outstanding work by checking the notifications in the behaviour tab in VSWare. Assignments can be handed in late, so if they have fallen behind then they might take this opportunity to catch up on some of the work that they have missed. Every effort will be recognised. Please note these assignments, classes and notes will remain in TEAMS, so a student may access them during the summer break.
We thank you for your support and engagement during these difficult times.
The following is the timetable for the end of year final assessments for the Junior Cert Class of 2020.
Instructions for 3rd Years:
Quizzes will go live at 9 am on the morning stated and once you open the quiz to start, you should submit it within the stated time by the teacher.
Students must have the quiz submitted by 9 pm of the day the test goes live. This flexibility has been allowed to ensure all students have the opportunity to work on the quiz at a time that is convenient in your homes, either on a laptop or on a phone.
We ask all 3rd years to make a genuine attempt with these quizzes, as they are the final part of your JC 2020 Assessment.
Online classes for 3rd Years will finish up next Wednesday the 20th May to allow students to concentrate on their end of term assessments from 21st to the 26th May and to facilitate the collation and issuing of the DCS JC 2020 School Certification. We hope to issue these reports in early June.
Finally, I would like to acknowledge and express our appreciation for the effort students and our teachers have made in their engagement with online learning over the past two months.
The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has today (Friday 8 May 2020) announced the postponement of the 2020 Leaving Certificate. Following a decision at Cabinet, all students are to be offered the option of receiving Calculated Grades for the subjects they are studying and the alternative of sitting the 2020 Leaving Certificate examinations at a date in the future when it is considered safe to hold the examinations. The decision has been taken following an assessment of public health advice and other information and the implications for holding the exams from the previously rescheduled date of Wednesday 29 July 2020.
Just a reminder that 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.
If outside of hours, please contact a friend, parent or one of us by email.
Following a 3rd year online assembly a letter has been emailed to all 3rd Years outlining our JC assessment process.
We appreciate this has been a very difficult time for our 3rd Year and we have considered their health and wellbeing when devising how they will be assessed. We do not want them to be stressed or anxious over these assessments, but we would ask that they do your best and fully engage with all the work being assigned for the remainder of the school year.
The work that they complete now along with the work previously completed in 2nd and 3rd year will make up their final marks for the Junior Cycle. We feel that this is a fair and balanced way of arriving at a grade that is reflective of all they have achieved over the past two years in school.
You may have noticed a new link has now appeared on the top menubar of our website linking to our newly developed Careers Portal site. This is a site that Ms Scarry, our Career Guidance Counsellor, will be updating with relevant information for our students on a regular basis.
In light of the current situation in schools, CareersPortal is now offering full access, free of charge, to all 6th years students to the REACH+ Career and College Preparation Programme. This service is being made available to them directly through Ms Scarry, our Guidance Counsellor, who has been receiving online CPD for the new system. She has already been in contact with all our Leaving Certs, giving them individual access to the REACH+ site. This resource is designed to help all 6th years students and Guidance Counsellors, who are supporting them, to continue their career learning and planning during this stressful time. We hope our 6th-year students find these sites useful. If they are having any difficulties, please get in touch with Ms Scarry.
As you will all remember earlier in the year, a group of our 2nd Year boys entered the SEAI One Good Idea Competition with their creative idea of the BINJA’s. In the battle against climate change, these boys created an original and attention-catching 1 min film along with their mentor Ms.Canny and formulated the plot, costumes (from recyclable materials of course!), drafted in actors from 1st and 2nd Year and produced it all themselves. Special thanks to Barry Murray for his shining performance in the lead role! Their film along with the promotion of their campaign of the 3R’s (reduce refill recycle) throughout the school and community secured their rightful place in the Regional Final in Limerick. Here the BINJAs film was played on the big screen in the Omniplex and the boys presented their Presentation Pitch discussing all their work and the importance of their campaign. To our delight, the Binja’s did not just qualify for National Finals but came 1st place in the Regional Final which was an incredible achievement considering it was the school’s first time to enter the competition! School closures followed but we are now delighted to announce the National Finals will still go ahead tomorrow in a Virtual format on YouTube at 2 o clock. (Thursday 23rd April)
The event will begin with a short speech from the SEAI followed by the 4 Primary school films and the winner announced. Following this, the 8 Post Primary winning films from around the country will then be shown and the All Ireland Winner will be announced! The very best of luck to our Binja’s!
We are so proud of all you have achieved and will be tuned in tomorrow to see your amazing film being aired no matter what the outcome! Best of luck to all!
We hope to have a virtual meetup tomorrow at 2 pm for all those involved. Keep an eye on your email for an invite to the online meeting!