Coláiste an Chreagáin

School Response

01-May-20

Junior Cycle Certification

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We finally have clarification regarding Junior Cycle Assessment. The Department of Education and Skills will issue a State Certificate of Completion to all Junior Cycle students showing Subjects and Levels that students had opted for.
In addition the schools will issue a School Certificate of Achievement reporting on the 3 areas of achievement by students as assessed by the subject teachers:
  1. Assessment of Written/Oral work in the Examinable Subjects over the 3 years up to the 29/05/2020
  2. Assessment of CBA's, Projects, Experiments, Field Work etc..
  3. Assessment of other Areas of Achievement - Awards, Competitions, Participation in other Activities etc..
This School Certificate of Achievement will be issued to students when remote provision of Education and Assessment ends on the 29th May, 2020
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Remote Teaching Learning and Assessment during Covid -19

Dear Guardian/Parent/Student/Teacher,

I hope this email finds you well during these unprecedented times. Further to the Government’s decision to close schools to support efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, I am writing to advise you of school continuity measures taken to date by Coláiste an Chreagáin.

  • Wednesday 11-03-2020
    • We advised all students to empty all of their personal belongings from the school.
  • Thursday 12-03-2020
    • We reissued/confirmed all students had their log in details.
    • Teachers issued revision guidelines to support students’ continued engagement with the curriculum during the closure.
    • The 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 using Microsoft Teams and Office 365 emails on existing class structures within the school. 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
        • Over time as teachers build 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.
      • Wellbeing
        • We would encourage you to stay in contact with your friends. Peer learning is one of the most effective methods to support curriculum engagement. Use technology sensiblyto connect and learn together.
        • Breaks, exercise and healthy diets are crucial to staying healthy.
      • ICT Support

  • All years – General study guidance

Timetable subject

Learning Activity

Preparing for assessment

Assessment

at the end of the week

History – 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:

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.

Finally, I would like to thank our staff for their assistance and proactive actions to support your daughter(s) and son(s). The staff and your daughter(s)/son(s) are a credit to our school community.

If you wish to contact me, I am available at. We will make every effort to respond to your query promptly and support you in any way we can.

Yours sincerely,

Ann Marie Carroll.

Principal

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