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.

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

2nd year Trip to Italy

Our 2nd year students went on a five day cultural school tour to Italy on Wednesday 25th  to Sunday 29th October. Fully guided tour of Rome which included Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon. Half Day Tour of the Amalfi Coast. Entrance to Rainbow Magicland Theme Park. Guided tour of Pompei & the Colosseum. Visits to Olive, Honey, Coffee farms & cooking instruction at a Cookery School.

National Ploughing Championships 2017

Certified Irish Angus Beef School Competition 2017 Finalist.

Students Susan O’Neill, Jane McNamara, Aishling O’Neill, Aoibhinn Leahy, Emily Walsh attending the National Ploughing Championship 2017.

Background to Schools Competition

The Irish Angus Producer Group, along with its processor partners, ABP Ireland and Kepak Group, devised a competition in an effort to further increase awareness of Certified Irish Angus Beef among consumers and to further promote the benefits to farmers and their families.

The aim of the competition is to encourage young second level students to become involved to a greater extent in their families’ farms and to gain an understanding as to how beef produced on those family farms is marketed in a manner that represents the care and attention that has gone into the production and processing of their animals, through to a satisfied end consumer.

Such was the success of the event in Croke Park in March 2017 for shortlisted schools, we intend to hold this event again on 14 March 2018 with shortlisted schools to select the five finalist schools for 2018.

 

 

FCJ Companionship Award 2017

Róisín Browne is pictured receiving the FCJ Companionship Award for 2017

The Companionship Award is an annual Award which is presented to a 6th year student who is chosen by students and staff.  They are seen as a worthy companion and personify the qualities that the foundress of the FCJ order, Maire Madeleine d’Houet named as being central to the living ideals of companionship, courage, confidence, gentleness and compassion.