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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. 

Next 7 days are vital

The next seven days are "vital" in Ireland's ongoing battle to curb the spread of coronavirus, according to Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan.
The next 7 days are vital. Now is the time to #FlattenTheCurve,'' he declared on Twitter.
Dr Holohan urged everyone to play their part by taking the following steps. These are:
1. Reduce your social contacts - see only a handful of people in your network
2. Distance yourself two metres from people in shops and supermarkets 
3. Stop shaking hands or hugging when you say hello
4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
5. Wash your hands regularly and practise cough and sneeze hygiene
6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
7. Check on your vulnerable family members and neighbours
8. Work from home where possible

School Closure

Statement by An Taoiseach- March 12th:

The following measures will come into effect from tomorrow until further notice:

  • School activities will cease at 6.00 pm today, Thursday, 12 March 2020 schools, colleges and childcare facilities will close from tomorrow (Friday)
  • Indoor mass gatherings of 100 people or more and outdoor mass gatherings of more than 500 people should be cancelled
  • All State-run cultural institutions will close
  • Public transport will continue and shops will continue to remain open

 

As a school, we have been preparing students for this closure for a number of weeks now and they have received the advice of their teachers and principals/deputy principals on learning from home.  The school will do all it can to ensure that disruption to students will be minimal once schools re-open. Further information will be posted on our website and relayed via text messages.

Covid-19 Updates

Statement from the Department of Education and Skills:

"The Department of Education and Skills is liaising closely with the Department of Health on a continuing basis. 

Any decision to close schools will be made on public health advice. There is no such advice at this point. It is essential that any decisions regarding responses to Covid-19 are proportionate, necessary and based on specific public health advice. No other response is appropriate."

Read in full here

Letter from Chief Medical Officer giving advice to School Principals is here.

 

A "Medley of Musicals" show

 

Transition Year students are presenting their production of a “Medley of Musicals” next week . It will be held in Colaiste Ide agus Iosef, Abbeyfeale on the 9th and 10th of March with the show starting at 7.30pm each night.

 Speaking about the production, teacher Con Healy has said; “We are looking forward to this production as we know seeing some of the rehearsals that it will be a very enjoyable evening. This is due in no small part to the commitment and workrate of each student. The entire process is a great bonding experience for all students, where self confidence and leadership skills are enhanced".

This will be a gripping show full of thrills, music and a lot of laughs. With dances set to songs from Beyonce and Billie Eilish to skits such as Crime Busters and Beauty and the Beast. A truly enjoyable evening to look forward to.  

Tickets for the show are available from the school on (068)30631 and Ann Lyons, Main Street, Abbeyfeale. Tickets cost €10 each.

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Contact Information

School:   Coláiste Ide agus Iosef
Principal: Liam Murphy
Address:
Convent St., Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick
Phone: (00353) 68 30631
E-mail: colaisteideagusiosef@lcetb.ie
   

 

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