Revised School Opening Arrangements

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

We hope that you are all safe and well and that you have enjoyed the summer break. As we plan for our return to school, we wish to inform you of a variety of measures that will be in place when your daughter returns to Laurel Hill Secondary School FCJ in the coming weeks.

Please note return dates for each year group have been revised since the distribution of summer reports due to Covid-19. The return dates for each year group are as follows:

  • Monday August 31st, 2020: Transition Years 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for induction. Transition Year students are not required to attend school from Tuesday September 1st, 2020 – Friday September 4th, 2020 and will return to school fully from Monday September 7th, 2020.
  • Tuesday September 1st, 2020: 3rd years & 6th years for induction. 3rd years should report to school from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and will be allowed to go home thereafter. 6th years should report to school at 1:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Classes will return fully for both 3rd and 6th year pupils from Wednesday September 2nd, 2020.
  • Wednesday September 2nd, 2020: 1st years & 2nd years for induction. 1st years should report to school for induction from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and will be allowed to go home thereafter. 2nd year pupils should report to school at 1:00 p.m. – 3:05 p.m. 2nd year students are not required to attend school on Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 and will return to school fully from Friday September 4th, 2020.
  • Thursday September 3rd, 2020: 1st years & 5th years for induction. 5th years should report to school from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and will be allowed to go home thereafter. 1st years should report to school from 1:00 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.
  • Friday September 4th, 2020: All classes run as normal for all year groups apart from Transition Year pupils who will return on Monday September 7th, 2020.

On return to school it will be compulsory for all pupils to wear a face mask at all times.

First Year pupils should arrive at the front gate of the school on each day specified above for induction. A staff member will be on hand to welcome new pupils to the school and direct them to their induction venue.Any additional required information and updates will be provided via the school website and school app over the coming weeks.
Some of the changes in school protocol include:

  1. Uniform
    • Full school uniform must be worn every day. On the day of your daughter’s PE class, pupils are permitted to wear their full PE uniform to and from school as changing facilities are unavailable. Please note hoodies are not part of the school uniform and will not be permitted.
    • Face masks are now a compulsory part of the school uniform and must be worn on entry into the school building.
  2. Entry and Exit Points
    • We request that Parent(s)/Guardian(s) no longer drive down Laurel Hill Avenue to drop their daughter to school to avoid unnecessary congestion. Please note members of staff will be on hand to direct students at the school gate during the induction period.
    • One-way systems will be in operation in the school building in so far as possible. Base classroom plans will be in place to avoid unnecessary congestion on the school corridors.
  3. Locker and Lunch Facilities
    • Lockers will not be in use on return to school. Pupils are not required to bring any bag or materials to school for induction and will be advised on what materials will be required thereafter.
    • Canteen facilities will not be in operation and the school shop will also be closed. Pupils are required to bring a fully packed lunch that will not require the use of hot water or any other appliance.

Covid-19 has brought about unprecedented challenges in terms of reopening schools. Every safety measure available has been put in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff alike. However, it is imperative that personal responsibility is taken by the entire school community in order to keep each other safe. Support and cooperation from Parent(s)/Guardian(s) will be essential to overcome the significant challenges that lie ahead this academic year.

Further guidance and updates can be found on www2.hse.ie/coronavirus
We appreciate your understanding and cooperation at this difficult time and look forward to welcoming your daughter back to school in the near future.

Stay safe,

Michael Cregan
Principal.

Board of Management Meeting 29th July 2020

This was a special Covid Meeting on return to schools Document

In attendance Jerry Cronin, chairperson, Michael Cregan, secretary, Pat O’Riordan, Liam Lenihan, Anne O’Sullivan, Orla Thompson, Vincent Murphy. Suzanne Creaven.

The chairperson opened the meeting with a prayer and thanked the Board for making themselves available. Michael Cregan read the minutes of the previous meeting. They were proposed by Liam Lenihan and seconded by Suzanne Creaven.

The Secretary briefed the Board on Department of Education document in relation on return of schools in September. The document was 50 pages of a pathway on how to return was explained in detail to the Board.

The secretary explained that all classrooms will be student based and we will try to keep the students in clusters as much as possible.

The chair thanked the board and staff for all their hard work and re set a date for the middle of August to meet again

The meeting concluded

Board of Management Meeting 18th June 2020

In attendance were Jerry Cronin,chairperson, Michael Cregan secretary, Liam Lenihan, Vincent Murphy, Orla Thompson, Lisa Carey, Pat O’Riordan. Apologies from Ann O’Sullivan. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and were proposed by Pat O’Riordan and seconded by Liam Lenihan.

Matters Arising:
There were no matters arising.

Correspondence:
There was no correspondence

Knapsack Lodge is undergoing a refurbishment. .

Child Protection:
The Oversight Report was signed by the Principal. It will be signed by the chairperson in the near future as the delay in signing same was due to Covid 19 restrictions.

Building Update:
Work has begun on the school building.

Covid 19:
All guidance is being adhered to as per instruction from DES and the HSE. We are awaiting further communication with regard to reopening in August/September

Board of Management Meeting 6th May 2020

In attendance Jerry Cronin, chairperson, Michael Cregan, secretary, Pat O’Riordan, Liam Lenihan, Lisa Carey, Orla Thompson, Suzanne Creaven, Vincent Murphy. Apologies were received from Anne O’Sullivan. Minutes of the previous meeting were read by Michael Cregan and were proposed by Pat O’Riordan and seconded by Lisa Carey.

Principals Report

  • Rang all Leaving Cert Parents
  • Had a Parent Council meeting online
  • In most cases teachers are using Zoom and Microsoft Teams to teach
  • Online training continues
  • Year Head meeting continuing as normal
  • Had two staff meetings online
  • Working close with FCJ community in Maryville
  • School tours deferred
  • Running the graduation online
  • Working on timetable
  • Over 20 students have applied to take up PE as a leaving Cert subject next year

Board of Management Meeting – 11th March 2020

In attendance were Jerry Cronin, Michael Cregan, Liam Lenihan, Lisa Carey, Suzanne Creaven, Orla Thompson, Anne O’Sullivan, Pat O’ Sullivan. The chairperson opened the meeting with a prayer from Fr. Lenihans book. The minutes of the last meeting were read by the secretary and these were proposed by Liam Lenihan and seconded by Pat O’Riordan.

Matters Arising:
There was a review with the Chairperson and two members of the Teaching Council and a DES Inspector with regard to the Droichead Programme. Laurel Hill Secondary School FCJ was one of the schools selected nationally and the group were very impressed with the progress of the programme in the school and complimented and commended the teachers involved.

Correspondence:
There was a letter from Summerville Rovers with regard to hiring of the pitch.
Correspondence regarding the Ski Tour for 2021 was deferred.
Principals Report was read to the meeting.

Principals Report

  • Celebration dinner for 200 years anniversary of FCJ a great success
  • Attended Le Cheile conference in Athlone
  • Aoife Doyle past student played for Irelands women rugby team
  • Fashion show a great success
  • Green flag assessment
  • 5th year retreat
  • FCJ Conference London re RE
  • U.L. CPD
  • 6th Year Science U.L.
  • Engineering Talk, L.I.T.
  • Ski Tour
  • 1st Year Rowing

Child Protection:
There was nothing to report on Child protection.

Building Development:
The Board was briefed on the school development so far. At present we have gone to tender for the fire doors. The tenders will be opened after St. Patricks Day.

Teaching & Learning:
The Board were briefed on various activities taking place within the School Learning Project and the Le Cheile Project.

Coronavirus Update:

The secretary explained that he had briefed parents and staff on the coronavirus and that all precautions which could be taken were being taken in the school. Students were also advised to take care and to follow the guidelines by the HSE and to follow these at all times.

School Tours:

Three school tours which were due this year, the Camino Trip, the Switzerland Science trip and the trip to India with the HOPE Foundation has been deferred indefinitely due to the outbreak of coronavirus worldwide. The Board thanked all teachers involved in organising these trips but unfortunately, it was not safe for teachers or students travelling at this time. The secretary was asked to look at possibilities for these trips taking place at a future date.

Posts of Responsibility Review:

The secretary explained that he was involved in the Posts of Responsibility Review and he had met with staff and a sub-committee had been formed and he will inform the Board of their findings at the next meeting.

The next meeting was arranged of April 27th 2020

Board of Management Meeting 20th January 2020

In attendance Jerry Cronin, chairperson, Michael Cregan, secretary, Pat O’Riordan, Liam Lenihan, Anne O’Sullivan, Orla Thompson, Suzanne Creaven, Vincent Murphy.

The chairperson opened the meeting with a prayer from the new FCJ Bicentenary book and wished all present his best wishes for 2020.Michael Cregan read the minutes of the previous meeting. They were proposed by Vincent Murphy and seconded by Suzanne Creaven.

Matters Arising:
There were no matters arising.

Correspondence:

  • A report from Allianz regarding the lift was received.
  • Information regarding the Junior Cycle, re: Guidance for students for different beliefs in Catholic Secondary Schools

Principal’s Report: 20th January 2020

  • FCJ trip to London
  • 3 teams in BT Young Scientist
  • Awarded scholarships in UL
  • A student got a gold medal the John Paul award
  • Reached Munster camogie semi-final
  • Had wins in basketball, hockey and badminton
  • New hockey coach

Teaching and Learning:
The chairperson explained that there were several projects taking place within the school but two of these were an integrated plan. One of these teams is working with Le Cheile and the other is working with the Education Centre and by May 2020 we will have the outcome from both of these projects which will then be presented to the Board.

FCJ Bicentenary Celebrations:
A celebration for the 200th year anniversary of the FCJ Order will be held on Sunday 26th January 2020 in the Strand Hotel. All the Board members are invited. Also a second event will be held in the concert hall on 7th November 2020

The date for the next meeting was set for Wednesday 11th March 2020 at 5.p.m.

Junior Cycle Exam

1st May, 2020

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s)

I hope you and your family are safe and well.

The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has announced 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 that the Junior Cycle State Examinations will not run this year. “In this difficult time for students I have listened to the very strongly-held and well-articulated views of students, parents and other stakeholders,” Minister McHugh said.

“This decision has been made with the health and wellbeing of students, parents and teachers at the forefront of our thinking. “It gives students and their families more clarity and certainty. It also gives schools freedom to decide how best to assess the progress of students following three years of hard work and learning.”

Under the revised arrangements and in light of the exceptional circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the work and achievement of third year Junior Cycle students will be recognised with a state certificate from the Department of Education and Skills.

Current third year students will receive a written school report on their learning achievements in each subject. Schools have been given autonomy to decide whether to run school-based assessments and what form they take.

After consultation with 3rd year teachers and following the advice of the Department of Education and Skills, we have decided that 3rd year students’ overall assessment marks for completion of the 3 years in Laurel Hill Secondary School FCJ will be calculated as follows:

Assessment Criteria;

  • Christmas examination 2019: 30%
  • Pre Junior examination February 2020: 40%
  • Assessments/projects/online tests given from 20th April to Friday 29th May 2020: 30%

We thank you for your support in the supervision of these exams and making sure that your daughter is engaging with their teachers. We are aware that this is far from ideal but under the present circumstances we believe it will provide the best picture of your daughters’ academic achievement.

Michael Cregan, Principal
Susan Garrahy, Deputy Principal

1st Year Burren Walk 2016

On Friday the 23rd of September, the first years of Laurel Hill Secondary School FCJ went to the Burren in County Clare.

The journey was an hour and a half but with friends around, it felt like a couple of minutes.

Once we reached Fanore the wind had picked up and we had to put our coats on.

As we made our way up the hill, views like you have never seen before appeared. Inis Oirr, Inis Mean and Inis Mor could be seen so clearly, and our path had begun to be circled by limestone boulders. The Atlantic Ocean, that looked like it would go on forever.

Alannah O’ Connell (Loyola 1)