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Important Information for Parents/Guardians and Students

 

We hope this letter finds you well in these unprecedented times. This is an unprecedented situation, and the school community is conscious that in these difficult times we will work together to support our students and the whole school community. It is an unusual time for us all and we need to work together to limit the transmission of the Coronavirus 19. We encourage parents/guardians to emphasise the importance of the measures outlined by the HSE to all in their care so we can as a nation protect the most vulnerable in our school communities.

 
Important Updates:
 
The Department of Education announced that all schools, pre-schools and higher education centres will remain closed until 19th April 2020. Please find the full announcement here. The Minister's message to students facing exams is, to quote from yesterday's statement, 'to keep focused, keep working, and to try as much as possible to prepare as normal for the State Exams. We are doing everything in our power to make sure these exams happen'. 
The Minister also said in his statement, 'Teachers and students have answered the call to remote learning with exceptional flexibility and adaptability. You are all a credit to the Education system'.
 
State Examinations Commission Announcement:
 
There is important information from the State Examinations Commission posted on our website with regard to State Examinations.
It is a very helpful Questions and Answers style document and is essential reading for our examination students and their parents/guardians.
 
Working from Home:
 
You are receiving and will continue to receive information regarding assignments and homework from your teachers.
The school website has a very helpful guide on using google classroom.
Our support desk This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. can be contacted if you have need of any help with regard to google classroom.
Your current school timetable provides an excellent structure to organise your day. We would urge all parents/guardians to encourage their son/daughter to complete and submit assignment work within agreed timeframes where possible. We strongly advise getting up early, and maintaining the school timetable as much as possible for our students.  
 
Student Wellbeing:
 
We also want to acknowledge that many of our students may find the current situation quite unsettling. We want to take this opportunity to reassure parents and students alike that the State Examinations Commission and the Department of Education and Skills 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 take. So please remain focused on your study schedules, and third and sixth year students, on your preparations for the State Examinations. The school will continue to have its student support team meet via a technology platform every week. If you need any support around Wellbeing, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
 
Update Contact Details:
 
Should your contact details have changed, please update them by contacting our  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. address.
 
I would like to conclude by thanking our school teaching and SNA staff for their assistance, support and commitment as we support our students and school community at this time.
I would like to thank the school secretaries for all their work at this and all other times.
I would like to thank all the parents for the support they give to their children and to the school.
I would like to thank the Parents Association for all their work over the years, and for being a great support at this time.
I would like to thank Sodexo and all their staff for all the great work they do in the school in keeping the building in such great condition.
I would like to thank our students who are a credit to their school community and their families.
 
I would like to sign off by once again advising good routine, and that a good consistent effort with your studies will be of great benefit to you at this time.
If a student cannot access their google account or on-line learning, please let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
If you wish to contact me, I am also available at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
We will make every effort to respond to your query promptly and support you in any way we can.
 
Yours faithfully,
 
Liam Murphy

March 24th statement from Department of Education and Skills

Statement from the Department of Education and Skills- March 24th:

"All schools, pre-schools and further and higher education settings will remain closed to students until 19 April 2020.

The decision has been taken following advice from the NPHET (National Public Health Emergency Team) as part of efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19.

All young people and children are urged to practice social distancing, and to minimise physical contact to keep themselves and others healthy and to limit the spread of infection. This should include minimising social contact, avoiding meeting up and keeping physical space of two metres between each other. Parents and guardians are urged to support young people and children to follow those simple guidelines."

Full Statement here.

('Physical distancing' image from independent.ie)

Update from State Examinations Commision

The State Examinations Commission have produced a comprehensive document covering frequently asked questions about the cancellation of Orals & Practical Performance tests 2020 due to COVD-19.

Download here (PDF)

Parents Guide to G Classroom

Please find below a pdf file with a quick guide to all the basics, that parents need to know about google classroom. Google classroom is the Virtual Learning Environment that the school works on. We thank all students and their teachers for their participation during the last week and remind you that if you have any technical problems, to please email us

support (at) abbeyfealecollege (dot) ie

 Download Guide to Google Classroom for CII

Cancellation of LC & JC Oral & Practical Performance Tests

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today (Thursday 19 March 2020) announced the cancellation of oral and practical performance tests of the state examinations which were originally scheduled to take place from Monday 23 March to Friday 3 April 2020. 

Watch Minister McHugh's message to students here (twitter link)

All students who were due to take these tests will be awarded full marks for this portion of the exam. 

The decision was taken in light of the closure of schools as a result of the Covid-19 virus and it will be implemented by the State Examinations Commission (SEC). 

Minister McHugh said: “This is a difficult time for all. Students are facing a challenging period out of school and our decision on this element of the exams is being taken with their best interests at heart. 

“It is the fairest response we could take in the circumstances. It guarantees that no student will score less than they would have if schools had been operating as normal. 

“We have seen a new emphasis on remote learning amid the uncertainty about the impact of Covid-19 and the closure of all schools. I hope this decision will ease some of the pressure that students are feeling and allow them to focus more clearly on completing project work and preparing for written exams.” 

The change to the 2020 state examinations means all students who were due to take oral and practical performance tests in the following subjects will be given full marks for this part of the examination: 

  • Oral tests in Leaving Certificate Irish and the Modern Languages of French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Japanese.
  • Practical performance tests in Leaving Certificate Music.
  • Practical performance tests in Junior Certificate Music and Home Economics. 

Minister McHugh also confirmed changes to deadlines for students to complete project work and coursework in a number of subjects. 

Students were originally scheduled to complete these elements of the state examinations on a number of dates from Friday 20 March to Friday 24 April 2020, depending on the subject. 

Students will now be given until Friday 15 May 2020 to complete this work. 

Minister McHugh said: “We know we are asking a lot of people in order to stem the spread of Covid-19. In response to that I want students and their parents or guardians and teachers to be given flexibility as they work towards the exams. 

“All of Government is hugely grateful for the effort, commitment and energy that students and teachers are putting in to continue education in difficult circumstances. I urge you all to keep up the momentum and focus on preparing for the exams.” 

Minister McHugh also said the Department will continue to work with the State Examinations Commission to monitor the Covid-19 situation in terms of its potential impact on the other later scheduled components of the state examinations. 

“We will continue to respond at the right time and in the right way, with the impact on our students at the forefront of our minds,” Minister McHugh said. 

The Minister also advised of steps taken by the Department to minimise the impact on teaching and learning of the current school closures. All schools have been asked to continue to plan lessons and, where possible, provide online resources for students or online lessons where schools are equipped to do so. Schools have also been asked to be conscious of students that may not have access to online facilities and to consider this actively in their responses. School buildings are available to staff if they wish to access the facilities in order to provide online delivery, or essential services once this is in line with Health Service Executive (HSE) advice.  

The Department of Education and Skills will continue to provide supports to the education sector at this time, particularly schools with students taking State examinations. 

The Department of Education and Skills has been liaising closely on a continual basis with the Department of Health in relation to Coronavirus/Covid-19 since early January. This will continue. 

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Principal: Liam Murphy
Address:
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Phone: (00353) 68 30631
E-mail: colaisteideagusiosef@lcetb.ie
   

 

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