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Newsletter No.98 Monday 08-02-21 Semester 2 Week 9



Newsletter No.98 Monday 08-02-21

Semester 2 Week 9

Welcome back after the weekend and I hope that you made it out of the house, staying within 5km, to make some much-needed wellbeing deposits in your wellbeing bank. Taking care of your wellbeing in a sustainable way is just as important as eating right and sleeping enough. Last week we had our second “Wellbeing Wednesday” of the year, and it was great to see so many of our community engaging in their wellbeing activities and sharing their experiences on Twitter. Huge thanks to all who submitted their images to Ms. McGuire to upload to our twitter account.

Meanwhile our staff held a quiz, conducted by Mr. Whitty, and our winners by very close margins were, 1st Ms. Synan, 2nd Mr. Duffy and 3rd Ms. Doyle. Congratulations and enjoy your prizes when they arrive later in the week.

Remote Teaching and Learning .

Last week I sent an email to all staff outlining some concerns that our students are having with Remote Teaching and Learning. Teachers will keep these in mind as they plan and deliver their classes this week. Teachers are very aware of our student’s abilities and can decide what is most sustainable for them to have a positive remote educational experience at this time. It is apparent that all students need to be reminded that when their teacher has completed the Teams Live section of the lesson, lasting no more than 20 minutes, that they need to engage with the work the teacher has set for the rest of the period and not leave it all until the evening time. This will reduce the evening workload have a positive effect on our students remote learning experience.

Competition for Students

Decade of Centenaries Schools Irish History Competition for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2021

The decade 2012–2022 is categorised as the ‘Decade of Centenaries’ as it marks the centenary of several important historical events and developments that occurred in the period 1912–1922, and which formed a vital role in the formation of modern Ireland.
As part of the ‘Decade of Centenaries’ commemorations, schools and students at all levels of primary and post-primary schools across Ireland are invited, in the 2020/2021 school year, to enter the annual schools’ history competition. The selected themes have a particular link to events of a century ago across the island of Ireland.


This year, at both primary and post-primary levels, projects are invited under the following general headings. Please note that all categories can incorporate a local/regional studies theme:

  • Revolution in Ireland – a study of a political/revolutionary event from the 1912–1922 period, a particular aspect of the event, or an individual/group/organisation associated with it. As with the other categories, this can incorporate a local/regional studies theme.
  • Ireland and the First World War – a study of the Irish experience of the war from the perspective of an individual or group. This could involve a focus on a particular battle, an individual participant’s story or a consideration of the entire 1914–1918 period.
  • Women during the revolutionary period in Ireland – a study of a particular individual/group/organisation/movement striving to improve the quality of women’s lives or involved in revolutionary activity in Ireland in the 1912–1922 period
  • War of Independence – a study of a political/revolutionary event from the 1919–1921 period, a particular aspect of the event, or an individual/group/organisation associated with it.
  • Civil War - a study of a particular individual/ organisation/ group/ movement/ event during the civil war in Ireland and its impact

Each project must include a cover sheet at the front (a template cover sheet is available to download below) and a bibliography listing the sources consulted.

  1. Essay Competition – Primary and Post Primary

The maximum word count for projects is 2,000 words at primary level (i.e., for projects submitted by a class, group of pupils or an individual pupil), and 4,000 words at post primary level (i.e., for projects submitted by a class, group of students or individual student). Projects may be submitted in either English or Irish.
All projects must be submitted as word documents to PowerPoint presentations cannot be accepted.

  1. Transition Year Video Competition

This year, we have included a special video competition for Transition Year students. The video can be on any of the topics listed above. The video must be no more than 5 mins in length and must cite all sources. It can be submitted in a variety of ways –it can be uploaded to a private page on YouTube or Vimeo with the link emailed and all supplementary information, references etc., emailed to
A link can also be sent via WeTransfer or the video can be recorded on to a DVD and posted to History Video Competition, Curriculum and Assessment Policy Unit, Department of Education, Marlborough St, Dublin 1.
There are many websites available to give assistance to both teachers and students in the creation of a video project, among these are:

For both the essay competition and the video competition references must be included, candidates need to be aware of the copyright limitations on songs and images, as well as text. Further information in this regard can be found on and via the patent’s office,

Deadline for submissions:

The deadline for receipt of completed projects is 30 April 2021 with the winners being announced, and prizes awarded, before the end of September 2021.
Projects must be submitted online to the following email address: Each project must include a cover sheet at the front (a template cover sheet is available to download below) and a bibliography listing the sources consulted.
Link to competition:


Win €500 for yourself, €500 for your school + a chance to win the Climate Topic Prize + Irish Language Prize!

Our "stuff “and the decisions we make about it, directly impacts the environment. The things we use on a daily basis each have their own life cycle story to tell, and the choices we make have an impact on our planet. Choose what you're most interested in exploring, get creative, and highlight the importance of safeguarding Ireland's environment.

All you need to do is tell the story of your object or an activity through video, animation, hand-drawn storyboard, infographics or photography.

SEC - RACE Junior Certificate Applications
The closing date for the submission of Junior Cycle RACE applications is 22 January and has now been extended to Friday 26 February. Ms Shannon will be in contact with the relevant students individually to arrange testing appointments. It is hoped that testing can take place online but if that is not possible all tests will be completed in person on our return to school in time for the new deadline.

Can all students who are wishing to apply for the DARE HEAR process please make sure they consult the following website for all relevant information regarding the application process:
All information session for parents / guardians and students can be accessed through the link to a webinar below:

Handbooks and forms can be found here:

Handy guideline of timeline and dates:

Contact details of DARE college representatives that can be contacted directly:

Please contact our Guidance Department using this link if you have any further questions.


Next week is Mid-Term, please take the time to recharge your batteries and to take a much-needed break.

Aug 26
College opens for TY students at 11.30am
Aug 27
College open for all 1st year students at 9.30am- 12.20pm
Aug 30
College opens for all 2nd year students at 9.30am- 12.20pm
Aug 31
School opens for 6th year students
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