Break the Seal Awards – 3rd place

Well done to Amy, Jessica and Laura on getting through to the finals of the Break the Seal Competition, we are very proud of you all.  Their excellent presentations were played online at the finals of the Break the Seal on Thursday.

We are delighted to announce that Jessica was placed 3rd overall in the finals for her essay  ‘Trailblazing Tinkers’. Congratulations Jessica on your excellent research and beautifully written essay.

Also, well done to all our TY’s who took part the Break the Seal competition. This is the first time we were involved in this worthwhile initiative and sincere thanks to Ms Brogan and Ms McHugh for all their time, help and guidance right up to the finals.

The 3 presentations are attached here for you to watch.

Break the SEAL Finalists 2020

We are delighted to announce that three of our Transition Year History Students are in the final of Break the Seal Programme this year. The aim of the programme is to support history students as they complete a Research Study Report by connecting them with the important archives held at the James Hardiman Library at NUIG. Students must research and complete an essay on an event or person in history. The completed RSR has a specific format and guidelines to follow. During the year there was a lot of hard work and time involved in this project and all students should be very proud of their work. Out of twenty schools involved and a shortlist of sixteen finalists, we have three students from Dunmore Community School who have made it to the final competition. Congratulations to our finalists Laura Turner, Jessica Mc Donagh and Amy Mc Connell Canny.

​Upon completion of their RSR all students are awarded the Breaking the SEAL Digital Badge. They will also have their research synopsis published in the Journal of Second Level Research. Students who have their research published are also eligible to apply for a scholarship to attend the EUSTORY Next Generation Summit 2020.

I would like to sincerely thank Ms. Anne Tierney, President of the Old Tuam Historical Society for her guidance and support to all involved. Five students work will also be published in JOTS magazine which will issue later this year.

Break the Seal finals will take place virtually on Monday the 27th of July. Parents, staff and students are welcome to attend the virtual finals.

History teachers, Ms. Brogan and Ms. McHugh are very proud of their students and are delighted to have worked with them on this project. TY Co-ordinator and Year Head Ms. Scarry is delighted for them on their achievements and wishes them the best of luck in the finals.

 

We would like to take this opportunity to wish our students all the best for the final competition and congratulate them on this wonderful achievement. Their work will now take its place in History!!

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.

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…

LC & LCA1 Calculated Grades Portal

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

Final 2 Weeks of Online Learning

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.

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