April 20th 2020
Dear Parent / Guardian,
I hope under these difficult circumstances you were able to enjoy some down time during the Easter break and get out to enjoy the lovely spring weather.
Our school community is very distant since we closed on March 12th. It is not what we are used to. Yet we have had to adapt and change to meet the new circumstances we find ourselves in. We appreciate how difficult these last weeks have been for families and we are determined to continue to support our whole school community during this time.
I want to take this opportunity to thank you as parents / guardians for all the great support you have provided for students and their learning and I want to applaud the wonderful engagement of our students in ‘distance Learning’. Please don’t stop!
As you know from the Minister’s announcement on Good Friday, we are to remain closed until Tuesday May 5th. Our teachers are back at their screens since this morning and virtual teaching continues from today. We are particularly aware of the decision announced in relation to 3rd and 6th Years and their exams.
As you know the Leaving Certificate has been postponed to late July/ early August. We will, in so far as is possible, continue to support your students during this time.
It is also important to note that the Junior Cycle exams are not cancelled, just postponed until September. I want to stress how important it is that all Third Year students continue to engage with their teachers to ensure courses are finished and revision continues.
For all students I want to offer some advice:
Continue to engage with all your teachers, submit your work and follow instructions.
Keep the structure of the school day, follow your timetable.
Where possible, only make contact with teachers between 9am and 4pm.
When you receive your work back, learn from your mistakes, and complete any corrections.
This is new to all of us, together we will get through this and together we will succeed.
Mind yourselves and your families,
Mr. O’ Connor