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In these unprecedented times we appreciate your efforts in keeping all of our young people safe.
As we received news we will endeavour to circulate it to as many as we can. If possible we ask you to circulate this announcement from IEPA to your Parents/Guardians to help in any way possible to lessen the impact of not being is school as much as possible.
If there are other measures that we can do to help you in any way please let us know.
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Edco, Educate.ie and Folens have announced that they will provide free access for students to their e-books and e-learning content during the current coronavirus pandemic. Please see the details below for information on how to access these resources. A huge thank you to the companies for ensuring that students have access to their learning materials in these unprecedented times for school learning.
|In an effort to provide a solution to make it as easy as possible for every student, teacher and parent to access our Primary, Junior and Leaving Cert e-books, we have created free accounts which you can use to access everything you need to keep you going over the coming weeks.
Edco Website = https://www.edcolearning.ie/login
Username= jcedcobooks Password= edco2020
Username= lcedcobooks Password= edco2020
To lend a helping hand to schools and parents over the coming weeks Folens are also giving access to all their digital resources and eBooks on FolensOnline.ie.
Parents, students and teachers can follow the steps below to get access:
- Go to Folensieand click register
- Select Teacher
- Fill in a username, email and password
- For Roll Number use the code: Sec20
Home Study page with free access for both primary and post primary students/teachers/parents.
Department of Education Announce Cancellation of Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle Oral and 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.
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.
The College held a Jersey Day last Friday 28th of February in memory of our dear teacher Mr David Byrne.
We raised over €2000 which will go to support a student in the college who is having medical treatment abroad. Great to see the whole school community join together in remembrance of Mr David Byrne while also supporting one of our own students.
The Model Council of the European Union debate took place on Thursday, 27 February In Dublin Castle. The annual debate is a simulation of a meeting of the Council of the European Union. Each EU Member State is represented by a team of students from a secondary school. Our team of three 5th yr politcs and society students from Lucan Community was proud to represent Sweden and participate in the debate. Some students and staff attended the event , supporting the team. The motion for discussion, on the topic of Climate Action, was if the EU should increase its target for carbon emissions to 50/55 %
The debate was chaired by Barry Andrews, MEP. It was officially opened by Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Climate and environment and Ciarain Cuffe MEP, gave closing speech.
The debate judges were Noelle O’Connell, Executive Director of the European Movement Ireland; Mary McCaughey, Head of Information and Communication at the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions; and Michael Ewing, Development Officer at the Irish Environmental Network & Environmental Pillar. Ambassadors of all EU Member State embassies to Ireland Members of the European Parliament were invited to attend the event.