Coláiste an Chreagáin

Information Bulletin

18-March-20

18/03/2020

A Chairde,

I hope this letter finds you well during these unprecedented times. This is an unprecedented situation, and the school community is conscious that in these difficult times, we will come together to find solutions. We always work in the best interest of our students. It is an unusual time for us all, and we need to work together to delay and limit the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. We encourage parents to emphasise the importance of social distancing to all in their care, so we as a nation can protect the most vulnerable in our communities.

I also want to acknowledge that many of our students might find the uncertainty of the forthcoming weeks quite unsettling. I want to take this opportunity to reassure parents and students alike that the SEC and DoES have always made decisions which are student-centred and mindful of the immediate environment. We have no control over what decisions the state agencies make; we do, however, have control over what actions we can take. So please remain focused on your study schedules and your preparations for the state examinations.

Further to the Government’s decision to close schools to support efforts to contain the spread of COVI9 I am writing to advise you of school continuity measures taken to date by Coláiste an Chreagáin.

  • Prior to Thursday 12-03-20
    • We advised all students to bring home their schoolbooks and class materials that weren’t necessary for everyday schoolwork.
  • Thursday 12-03-2020
    • Ensuring students and staff could work remotely.
    • Teachers issued revision guidelines to support students’ continued engagement with the curriculum during the closure.
    • Our school closed following a directive issued by the Department of Education and Skills (DoES).
  • Monday 29-03-2020
    • Provisional return date to school.
      • If the DoES confirms we can open I am inviting students to bring a small hand towel, soap and hand sanitizer in a plastic zip-lock bag. The school was struggling to source new dispensers and hand sanitizer prior to our closure as the HSE had understandable priority.
    • In the interim, the school will continue with actions to prepare for our return to the campus.
    • The following guidance is to support students as they prepare for their summer/state examinations.

The State Examinations Commission (SEC) will circulate guidance on contingency arrangements if they are required.

  • The school will communicate any such arrangements through normal channels such as SMS, student emails, VSware, and social media.
  • If the practicals and orals are postponed for our students, it is essential to note they will be delayed for all students across the country. Please check for accurate updates on the SEC website.
  • In the interim, Leaving Cert students must prepare for the orals/practicals as if they are going to proceed as planned.
  • Examination Years
    • Our teachers will endeavour to support you as a matter of priority through blended learning (online support & work assigned to you before closure).
    • Generally speaking, online classes will be created via Microsoft Teams, One Note and Schoolwise on existing class structures within the school. Students will be emailed regularly with updates on schoolwork. Your current school timetable provides you with an excellent structure to organise your day. If parents could encourage their daughter(s)/son(s) to submit assigned work, we would be most grateful. Please urge them to do so within agreed timeframes.
    • Other online supports available:
    • Non-Examination Years
      • Teachers are building their capacity for online engagement, they will issue guidance to students in non-exam years to support their ongoing engagement with the curriculum in due course.
      • Parents are encouraged to get their son(s) or daughter(s) to organise and create a bank of flashcards, mind maps and other suitable study aids and to wor as per their school timetable.
    • Wellbeing
      • We would encourage you to stay in contact with your friends, through phone calls and emails. We can all support each other using modern methods like FaceTime or video calls. Peer learning is one of the most effective methods to support curriculum engagement. Use technology sensibly to connect and learn together. Use technology sensibly to connect and learn together.
      • Breaks, exercise and healthy diets are crucial to staying healthy.
    • ICT Support
      • cc@gretb.ie – our emails are monitored daily.

  • All years – General study guidance

Timetable subject

Learning Activity

Preparing for assessment

Assessment

at the end of the week

English – Pick a topic in your textbook

Make notes/mindmaps/flashcards on the topic under review

Use irevise/studyclix to identify questions from past papers and prepare answers and notes

Use studyclix to create exam questions to test themselves.

Other online supports are available here:

I would like to thank our whole school community, students, teachers, parents, Board members and GRETB for their assistance and proactive actions during this time. If you wish to contact me, I am available at annmarie.carroll@gretb.ie. We will make every effort to respond to your query promptly and support you in any way we can.

Le meas,

Ann Marie Carroll

Principal

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