1st May, 2020
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:
- 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
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.
23rd August 2017 Debs Ball, Strand Hotel, Limerick.
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.
At the beginning of the year, we decided to take part in the Certified Angus Beef Schools Competition. The aim of the project was to come up with an idea to promote Irish Angus Beef. Two groups from Transition Year took part in the project. Our idea was to make an education programme for primary school children to teach them about Irish Angus Beef called ’From Wellies to Bellies’. The other groups project was creating mascots for angus meat.
The first stage of the project was to make a short 3 minute video explaining our idea as well as our general knowledge about the breed. Both groups were lucky enough to qualify for the second stage which required us to travel to Mullingar for an interview with key leaders of the projects sponsors. We then had a break over Christmas to develop the project ideas in preparation of the final stage. Hundreds of projects entered the competition and our two groups were in the top thirty who qualified for the last stage. As part of the final stage, we had to go to Croke Park on the 15th of March and we set up a stand to present our project to more judges and members of the public. It was an early start of 5:30am that morning as we had to be up in Dublin by 8:00am.
In Croke Park, five finalist projects would be selected to win 5 Angus calves at the Ploughing Championships this year. These 5 finalists would complete a project and one overall winner would be chosen to receive €2000 in November 2019.
Croke Park was an amazing experience and both groups really enjoyed it. On the 27th of March, three organisers of the project came to the school and we were delighted to discover one of our groups had been successful in becoming one of the five finalists and winning the 5 Angus Calves. We will receive our 5 calves in September at the Ploughing Championships and rear them for 2 years. We are really looking forward to the challenge and cannot wait to get started!
Overall, we really enjoyed participating in this project and it really helped us develop our confidence and our interest in the subject. We want to thank Ms Condon Gaffney for all her help and support with the project. Since Agricultural Science is a new subject in our school it was great that both groups got so far in the competition and did so well. We would all love to see more students taking part in the competition in the future as it is a fun and exciting opportunity. For many of us who wouldn’t have considered studying Ag Science for the Leaving Cert, it was an eye opener and now all who took part in the competition will study Ag Science.
– Jane Mc Namara V4
Golf Classis 2017
It is hard to believe that another school year has come to a close. We would like to sincerely thank Kieran Walsh from Ivans who was our main sponsor. Our annual golf classic, which was held on the 20th and 21st of April in Castletroy Golf Club, was a huge success. With over 100 teams playing over the two days, it was great fun and a privilege as always to be involved in the event. It is also a great pleasure to meet many of our sponsors to thank them in person. Again, a huge thank you to Ivans who were our main sponsor this year and have been over the past few years. It was great to see so many students and teachers from both schools playing in the Classic. We would appreciate if all staff, students and parents would support Ivans in the coming year. We are looking forward to seeing everybody again next year.