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Newsletter No.101 Monday 08-03-21



Newsletter No.101 Monday 08-03-21

Semester 3 Week 1

Happy international Women’s Day

#ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021

A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change.
So let's all choose to challenge.

How will you help forge a gender equal world?
Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.

Welcome back after our first week back for our 6th years. There were some teething problems around punctuality at the start of the week, but they have been resolved thankfully. We are now in the final semester of our school year and it is a responsibility that we all share to ensure that none of our actions negatively affect the opportunity of our colleagues and fellow classmates to achieve their best in their Leaving Cert. If we could all keep this in mind, then we will be looking forward to a great last term.

SEC Information.

All relevant information regarding the state examinations will be posted to our website, . The “ A Guide to State Examinations Accredited Grades for Leaving Cert 2021” has been uploaded to here. Please visit this link regularly and have conversations with your sons and daughters around the choices that they need to make this week.

Students Portal

This week the portal for our students to choose which levels they wish to be examined at for the Accredited Grades and the Traditional Leaving Cert will open. Please take into account the advice that teachers have given to date around which levels your sons/daughters choose. There will be an opportunity to revise these choices in April.

Students will also have to choose which subjects they want to be examined as an Accredited Grade and which subject they want to be examined in the Traditional Leaving Cert. This is an important choice which as far as I am aware cannot be changed. There are now two opportunities for every student to achieve their best grade in evert subject, please take your time, and choose wisely.


Oral examinations for Irish and Modern Foreign Languages will take place over Easter. Every 6th Year student that chooses to sit their orals will be given the opportunity to do so, results of which can be used for the traditional Leaving Certificate. This is another decision that must be taken carefully.

Accredited Grades

In relation to the Accredited Grades process, we would also like to draw your attention to the

following paragraphs, from “ A Guide to State Examinations Accredited Grades for Leaving Cert 2021” that may prove helpful and offer clarity:

6.3 What are the characteristics of the assessments selected?

Outcomes of formative assessments that can be considered to include, for example:

  1. Observations of students’ learning and progression in lessons
  2. Written formative feedback provided to students
  3. Students’ demonstration of knowledge and key skills in the subject, including in the context

of subjects with oral or other components their engagement with these aspects

In selecting summative assessments for consideration:

  1. There should be evidence of the learning and assessment completed
  2. Students should have been provided with feedback in relation to the work completed

including for example: narrative written feedback, marks, percentage scores, grades, or


We would like to add that Section 14 and 15 of the guidelines are pertinent for us all as we

move towards the end of what has been a very difficult school year. This is important to

ensure appropriate exchange between Management, teachers, and Leaving Certificate students

with their parents/guardians.

Communication with LC Teachers

While our Leaving Certificate teachers can advise on which level their students should choose to be examined on, they cannot give any indicators on the possible estimated mark that their students could expect in any level. This type of conversation would be inappropriate and is not permitted under any circumstances.

Seachtaine na Gaeilge

Our College will celebrate Seachtaine na Gaeilge next week from Monday 15/3/21 to Friday 19/3/21 with a Flag Day and Green Day included in the week’s activities. Details will follow next week.

School Uniform

It is important that all students present in their correct and full school uniform at all times. The classrooms are cold because of the open windows and doors and that is to be expected. Students may wear their College Coat or any NAVY coat in class if they wish. Students may put on extra layers under their uniform but not over their uniform. The PE uniform is to be worn on PE days only. Please have a conversation with your son/daughter regarding how they can best stay warm in school while wearing their school uniform.


As the events listed in last couple of newsletters filled up so quickly, I will be giving two further free online workshops in the coming weeks. The workshops will focus on two age-groups of children – one for parents of 2-12 year olds and one for parents of 13-18 year olds.
During the talks, I will provide some practical principles on how you can cultivate your children and teenager’s well-being and resilience in the face of the Covid-19 crisis. Details and links are below.

All the best,
John Sharry

Free Online Talks

Supporting your Child’s Mental Health during the Covid crisis
A free workshop with John Sharry for parents of children aged 2 to 12 years
Monday 8th March 2021 (7-8pm online via Zoom)

Supporting your Teenager’s Mental Health during the Covid crisis
A free workshop with John Sharry for parents of children aged 13 to 18 years
Monday 15th March 2021 (7-8pm online via Zoom)

Further information and bookings are available on the website

Apr 12
Apr 19
Literacy Week/ DEAR Initiative
Apr 22
CP Setanta incoming 1st incoming online information night
Apr 23
World Book Day
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