Letter to Parents and Junior Cert Students 2020 from Principal

April 30, 2020

Desmond College & Gaelcholaiste
Contingency for Junior Certificate Students 2020
30th April, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We hope you and your families are all keeping well and coping as best as you can in these extraordinary times.
Understandably, recent weeks have been very challenging for everyone, and particularly, students in Third Year and Sixth Year. It is hard to believe that schools have been closed since 13 March 2020 with no clarity as to when they will be allowed to reopen for students.
Important information for Third Year Students – Junior Certificate 2020
The Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD announced on 10 April 2020 that a decision was made to cancel the Junior Certificate examinations which were due to take place in June 2020.
On Wednesday, 29 April 2020, the Minister announced details on the revised arrangements for this year’s Junior Cycle.
The decision was taken following recommendations from an advisory group of stakeholders, as part of planning for the State Examinations, in response to the Covid-19 public health measures and the decision to cancel the Junior Cycle State Examinations.
Certificate of Completion
Your child, will receive a Certificate of Completion, issued from the Department of Education & Skills, early in the next school year.
It will provide each student with a certificate, confirming completion of the Junior Cycle programme of study, including the list of subjects, short courses and/or priority learning units studied and the level at which the subject was studied.
School Report
In accordance with the Minister of Education and Skills announcement on Wednesday, 29 April 2020, your child will receive a formal school report on your child’s learning achievements in each subject, short course and/or priority learning unit.
A whole-school approach will be undertaken to report on your child’s achievements. Teachers will carefully analyse your child’s learning, development and the outcomes of assessments over the three years of study at the school.
The school report will also include the descriptors awarded to Classroom Based Assessments (CBAs) and/or Priority Learning Units (PLUs) and other Areas of Learning (OAL).
All Third Year students will finish the three year Junior Certificate programme on 29 May 2020 and there will be no examinations in September. Therefore, students will resume school in September in their next programme for senior cycle – Transition Year, LCA1 or Fifth Year.
As the school year does not finish until 29 May 2020, our Third Year students are still expected to continue to work with their teachers and submit work that will be taken into account in the results students will receive in their school reports.
The schedule of this work includes;
On-going engagement with distance learning which has been in place since 13 March 2020
Assessments in each subject via online assessments as directed by each teacher
OR Assessments in each subject which are project or report based and which can be sent to the school for teachers to correct if there is an issue with broadband or if the student does not have access to a device to complete the online examination which will be part of the Subject grading.
It is important to note that each student’s engagement and participation up until 29 May 2020 will be recorded to help inform the school report.
Presentation of Certificate of Completion
Our school plans to celebrate your child’s achievements with a special presentation ceremony for students to receive their Department of Education and Skills Certificate of Completion in Autumn 2020. This will allow for students to experience an event that marks their achievements and to acknowledge their transition from Junior Cycle to Transition Year/Senior Cycle. We will provide details about the date and format of this presentation in due course.
Schedule for Third Year students until 29 May 2020
We will issue a schedule, including Assessment details for each third year student, shortly. As already stressed, students need to engage and participate with their teachers in remote learning until 29th May.
We, as a school community, are delighted that at last there is clarity on all of this for our students and their families. Please do not hesitate to contact us at info@desmondcollege.ie if you have any questions or queries and we will get back to you.
Kindest regards,
Ms.​Vourneen Gavin-Barry Principal

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Please click on the link below for the latest announcement form the DES:

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Remember, all Desmond College students have access to SORA, our free digital library!
Happy reading! 📚 📚 📖 🌎 😃