Last Updated 8th February 2022
Last Updated 4th February 2022
The information below about the Candidate Self Service Portal is also available as a downloadable document here: CSSP Leaving Certificate 2022 Information
Leaving Certificate 2022: Candidate Self Service Portal (CSSP)
The State Examinations Commission (SEC) have started the process for students to confirm the subjects they will sit in the Leaving Cert and their levels. Students are called ‘candidates’ for the purpose of the process outlined below:
In recent years, the SEC has developed the Candidate Self Service Portal (CSSP) as a one-stop-shop for a range on online services for Leaving Certificate candidates. The CSSP will be used again for the 2022 Leaving Certificate, so that candidates can confirm their examination entry details and access other services such as results and appeals later on.
The portal is now open for candidates to confirm their subject entries and levels. It will remain open for this purpose until 12 noon on Friday 11th February 2022.
During this time Leaving Certificate candidates will be required to register and create their portal account, confirm their subject and level entry details, and add subjects from the information presented to them.
The portal will be pre-populated with the data already provided to the SEC by the school – this means that only those subjects, which candidates have been studying in school, will be displayed on the portal.
Candidates will have the opportunity to add any subjects that they are studying outside of school e.g. non curricular languages (Spanish/Polish/Russian etc.) Please ensure that you register any additional curricular subjects that are not listed e.g. LCVP/Applied Maths.
N.B. Candidates will not be able to add additional subjects after the portal closes at 12 noon on Friday 11th February 2022.
Students should not delete any subjects they are currently studying in Lucan Community College.
When the candidate entry confirmation process has concluded on the CSSP, the SEC will provide the school with a report of the entries for the candidates in the school for review and conformation.
Selection of Levels
Candidates should select the level they are currently studying in school on the CSSP when they register over the next few days, but it is important to note that they will have an opportunity to confirm/change their levels later on.
Access to the Portal
We would prefer if all 6th Year students complete the portal in school from Monday 7th February until 12 noon on Friday 11th February 2022. This will enable us to confirm that all students have completed the process correctly. (See timetable for support below)
If you decide you are want to complete this at home – please contact Ms. Brady via Teams Chats/Email/in person, to confirm that you have made this decision and completed the process.
School Support Times to complete the Candidate Self Service Portal (CSSP):
Before you arrive to complete the online process you must ensure that you can access your school email and password e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you cannot access your school email, please see Ms. Brady/Mr. Brett/Ms. Malone/Mr. McGowan in advance.
The times are as follows:
|Monday 7th February 2022||E5 (E Area)||12:08 – 13:06|
|Tuesday 8th February 2022||E5 (E Area)||12:08 – 13:06|
|Wednesday 9th February 2022||E5 (E Area)||12:20 – 13:20|
|Thursday 10th February 2022||E5 (E Area)||12:08 – 13:06|
|Friday 11th February 2022*||E5 (E Area)||8:00 – 8:50|
*Portal closes at 12 Noon
Students will access the portal via www.examinations.ie
A Candidate Self Service Portal 2022 Before You Start Guide is also available, which all candidates should read before commencing the process. To access the portal, candidates will need the following:
- Their examination number (These have been issued to students in school. If a student cannot find their Exam Number, please speak to Ms. Brady. All students should have their exam numbers in their journal).
- Personal Identification Number (PIN) The PIN will be the first 4 digits of the candidate’s Personal Public Services Number (PPS number). You should be able to access this at home. If a student cannot find their PPS, please speak to Ms. Brady).
- N.B. Student school email address e.g. email@example.com, and mobile phone number to which the candidate will have regular access over the coming months. By using the student’s school email address, the school can support access to the email, if the student forgets their password.
The Minister for Education has decided that there will be no fees levied for the 2022 examinations; Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied or Junior Cycle.
Click here to access the LC2022 CSSP Before You Start Guide
Click here to access the State Examinations Website
Click here to access the Candidate Self Service Portal (CSSP)
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Adjustments to the Assessment Arrangements for Junior Cycle and Leaving Certificate Examinations 2022
Students and parents can find information on the Adjustments to the Assessment Arrangements for Junior Cycle and Leaving Certificate Examinations 2022 HERE
Sixth Year Information January 2022
Thursday 13th January 2022
Dear student & parent/guardian,
On behalf of the 6th Year Team may we take this opportunity to welcome back our 6th Year students and to outline how best to prepare for the remaining months of school as a 6th Year Student.
- Get organised
Preparing for Mocks and Leaving Cert Exams can be daunting for many students. Make organising yourself easier by listing the tasks that need to be done and ticking them off as you complete them. Check that you have the required books, exam papers, and stationery for each class. Have a space where you can complete homework and study, free from distractions like your phone. Follow advice from your Teachers, Tutors, Year Head and others about study timetables and aspects of your work that you should look to improve.
- Work with your teachers
Your teachers want you to succeed to the best of your ability in 6th Year. They are here to support and guide you over the coming months. Don’t hesitate to ask your teachers any questions you might have – they are only too willing to help you! Working with your teachers to tackle the Leaving Cert will increase your confidence and help you to reach your potential.
- Punctuality, Attendance and keeping on top of your work
Procrastinating in 6th Year will lead to increased stress closer to the exams, and as such now is the time to get working! Simple habits such as being on time, being in school if you are well, paying attention in class, completing your homework every night, and studying for class tests will provide an excellent foundation for more intense study later in the term, whatever model of Leaving Certificate is in place.
Brush up on 5th Year topics and learn new material as it’s covered in class and ask a teacher to clarify anything you don’t understand. 6th Year is a marathon, not a sprint, and working consistently will benefit you in the end. Basically – be in school (if well), attend all classes and hand up work!
- Pace yourself
It’s important to clarify that ‘keep on top of your work’ shouldn’t be interpreted as ‘start the intense study in January and burn out by March’! Some students feel that starting 6th year means that they must spend hours studying every night, but this mindset can lead to too much pressure and cause students to peak too early. At this stage you should focus on understanding the material and studying smarter, not harder.
Consistency is key – plan a piece of study for each day e.g. complex numbers in Maths. Work out a schedule that allows you to complete homework and study early enough in the day, so that you can go to your part-time job / training /out with friends stress free, knowing that you have accomplished work for your Leaving Certificate.
- Stay healthy
The importance of maintaining your physical health throughout 6th year cannot be overstated. Getting enough sleep increases performance, so studying/gaming/scrolling through TikTok or Snapchat until 2am or getting up at the crack of dawn to study backfires. Fuel your body with plenty of water and healthy snacks and ditch the caffeine and sugar. Make time to eat and enjoy full meals at home. Try to relax at lunchtime in school in your assigned classrooms – everybody needs a break! Take time to exercise and make sure to treat yourself occasionally but avoid overindulging, especially at the weekends. Feeling healthy and energetic will allow you to do your best every day.
- Look after yourself
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health and looking after yourself in 6th Year should be a priority. Keeping things in perspective can reduce stress and anxiety, so remember that the Leaving Cert is a point in your life, not the point of your life. We encourage you to be on time, engage in class, hand up work to teachers and develop a good routine for after school, to complete homework and study, to help reduce your stress levels. You have lots of support around you in school – ask for help if you need it. Remember one of the best ways to respond to a stressful period is with kindness to yourself and others, along with consistent effort.
Nothing good will come if you quit, so keep showing up!
John O’Connor (6th Year Head), 6th Year Tutor Team and Elaine Brady (6th Year Link Deputy Principal)
Last Updated 15th November 2021
Parent Teacher Meeting for 6th year Leaving Certificate students
Please use the link below to select which parents you would like to see at the upcoming 6th year Parent Teacher Meeting on the 23rd November (4.15pm – 6.45pm)
When you visit the Parent Teacher Meeting Scheduler you should:
- Enter your unique Student ID sent home with your son/daughter from Monday 15th November
- Select the teachers you wish to speak with on Thursday 18th November in order of preference
- Please prioritise exam subjects, then non-exam subjects
- Click ‘Save Preferences’ before leaving the page
The closing date for entering your preferences is end of day on Thursday 18th November 2021. Please note that appointments cannot be scheduled to see any teachers after this date.
We will contact you again early next week advising you of your appointment times for the evening.
The meeting will take place on Microsoft Teams – please ensure you have Microsoft Teams downloaded on the device you will be using to attend the meeting. You must access the meeting with your son/daughter’s Microsoft account and password. We advise you to practice logging onto Microsoft Teams with this email and password prior to the 6th year Parent Teacher Meeting. If you have any questions or difficulties, please contact the school on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each meeting will last 5 minutes. We ask that only the parent/guardian attends the Parent Teacher Meeting unless attendance by the student is requested by the subject teacher. You can access the 6th year midterm report on VSware (using your parental login) or via the VSware app from Wednesday 17th November.
6th Year Information Night
Powerpoint presentation now available from information evening: 6th Year Information Evening Powerpoint October 2021
A video recording of the information evening is now available here: https://vimeo.com/643474885
Thursday 21st October 2021
From 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm
This online presentation will provide parents/guardians and students with extensive information and advice in relation to the following areas:
- · Student wellbeing & support
- · 6th Year 2021/2022 – planning for the future: Higher Education (CAO), Further Education & Apprenticeships/Training.
- · The DARE & HEAR schemes.
- · Assessment & SEC Examinations
- · Message to 6th Year student, Parents & Guardians
Please join us for the 6th Year Information Session Thursday 21st October 2021 @7pm using the link sent by SMS/Text message.
RE: 6th year students of 2021/2022 Last Updated 24 June 2021
We hope that the start of the school holidays has provided a well-earned break for your son/daughter and that you and your families can use some of the summer to recharge the batteries after some busy and challenging times.
This online pack contains important information regarding planning for the coming school year. We ask that you inform us immediately by emailing email@example.com if there are any changes to your contact details or if you have queries about next year.
I am delighted to include the following documents as part of this online pack:
- Summer Report for those who have completed 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th year can now be accessed through the VSware Parent app; The 3rd year summer report will be available for access through VSware next week. A school based Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement for 3rd years will be issued next year and this official document will be used instead of the State Examination results and should be retained. A text message will be sent to year groups once the reports are open for access. A reminder on how to access VSware as a parent/guardian can be found here.
- Booklist for the coming school year. The Book Haven company will operate online this year or through their shop in Blanchardstown. Book grant application forms are available on our website lucancc.ie for eligible applicants and can only be redeemed through The Book Haven (www.bookhaven.ie);
- Options have already been assigned and communicated to 5th year students. Transition Year Option subjects will be given to students on their return to school. You will see from the TY booklist that no books are needed for option subjects. All other years will continue with their assigned option subjects;
- School Calendar: Please print and retain this safely at home for school closure dates and early finishing times and check the online google calendar on our website for updates;
- The new school day structure is shown on a blank timetable as we have made some changes this year. The move to one hour classes will mean fewer classes each day (6 instead of 9), improved student engagement, less time spent moving around the school and fewer books to be carried. Please note the slight changes to start, break and end times.
- Uniform Information – please note choice of kilt or trousers for girls. Students in all years do PE and require a school PE uniform. Students should wear their PE uniform for the day when PE is on the timetable. LC Examination PE students will be advised when they need to wear their PE uniform. Our uniform supplier is Schoolwear House and contact details and sizing advice are available on our website lucancc.ie;
- Financial Information – details of our online payment system can be found on our website and we ask that you check our online payment system to ensure that all outstanding balances are paid.
- The €50 admin charge covers the cost of the school journal which will be available from the school on return. It also covers the cost of student 24-hour insurance and operating costs of the school SMS text messaging system.
- A voluntary contribution of €100 helps to cover the costs of our active extra-curricular programme, end of year awards and ongoing costs such as photocopying and postage. Sibling discounts can be requested through the front office.
- Technology: We are a Windows based school and although it is not essential, it would be of benefit if students had access to a windows based device for homework. All students in Lucan CC can use their school email account to access Microsoft 365. This includes Word, OneNote and Teams. So it is not necessary to buy the Office 365 package. If you are considering buying a device a basic entry level computer will suffice. Please ensure the device has a microphone and a camera for video conferencing if needed. LC students taking DCG need a higher specification (see www.t4.ie). Students should have access to a set of headphones that work with a smartphone. All electronic devices can be used under teacher supervision during class time only.
- Induction: Students should arrive in full uniform on the date and time specified on the calendar and require only a copy, a pencil case and a small snack on their induction days. A locker will be allocated to students who have paid the rental fee (lockers are not needed for TY and LCA students) and books can be brought in gradually over the first week.
Please ensure that every student and parent/guardian signs the school journal (Page 2) when they are distributed to confirm that you have read and understood the school policies and to confirm your commitment to following the school code of behaviour, uniform policy and other policies. Please ensure your son/daughter understands all our policies especially personal presentation, mobile phones, acceptable user (ICT) and attendance/punctuality. We also encourage students to join extra-curricular activities when they restart.
Please keep an eye on our website www.lucancc.ie and Twitter account @lucancc1 for updates at the start of the year and use your VSware access throughout your child’s time in our school. Our parents’ association social media accounts and contact details are also available on our website.
Take care and have a safe and relaxing summer before the excitement of a new school year begins again.
Diane Birnie (Principal)