1 Bealtaine 2020

A Chara

We hope you and your loved ones are well and coping as best as you can in these extraordinary times. 

Understandably, recent weeks have been very challenging for everyone, and particularly, students in Third Year and Sixth Year.  It is hard to believe that schools have been closed since 13 March 2020 with no clarity as to when they will be allowed to reopen for students. 

Important information for Third Year Students – Junior Certificate 2020

The Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD announced on 10 April 2020 that a decision was made to cancel the Junior Certificate examinations which were due to take place in June 2020. 

This was followed by another announcement by the Minister for Education and Skills on Wednesday, 29 April 2020 to clarify details on the 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 to cancel Junior Cycle State Examinations in June 2020.

Department of Education and Skills Certificate of Completion

Your child will receive a Certificate of Completion, issued by the Department of Education and Skills, early in the next school year.

This Department of Education and Skills certificate will include confirmation of the completion of the Junior Cycle programme of study, the list of subjects, short courses and/or priority learning units your child studied and the level at which the subject was studied.

School Report

In accordance with the Minister of Education and Skills announcement on Wednesday, 29 April 2020, your child will receive a formal school report on your child’s learning achievements in each subject, short course and/or priority learning unit. You will receive this in June 2020.

A whole-school approach will be undertaken to report on your child’s achievements. Teachers will carefully analyse your child’s learning, development and the outcomes of assessments over the three years of study at the school. 

The school report will be in the format of the new Junior Cycle Reform, i.e. Distinction, Higher Merit, Merit, Achieved, Partially Achieved, No Grade (NG). 

All Third Year students will finish the three year Junior Certificate programme on 29 May 2020 and there will be no examinations in September.  Therefore, students will resume school in September in their next programme for senior cycle – Transition Year or Fifth Year.

As the school year does not finish until 29 May 2020, our Third Year students are still expected to continue to work with their teachers and submit work that will be taken into account in the results students will receive in their school reports. The schedule of this work includes;

●      On-going engagement with distance learning which has been in place since 13 March 2020

●      Assessments in each subject via online assessments/tasks as outlined in the timetables below.

It is important to note that each student’s engagement and participation up until 29 May 2020 will be recorded to help inform the school report. 

Presentation of Certificate of Completion

Our school plans to celebrate your child’s achievements with a special presentation ceremony for students to receive their Department of Education and Skills Certificate of Completion in Autumn 2020.  This will allow for students to experience an event that marks their achievements and to acknowledge their transition from Junior Cycle to Transition Year/Senior Cycle.  We will provide details about the date and format of this presentation in due course.

Schedule for Third Year students until 29 May 2020 and Summer Exams Timetable

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We had an assembly with the third year students this afternoon to inform them and I hope that it brings some relief to the students to have clarity on the Junior Cert.

Go raibh maith agat agus tabhair aire.

Le meas,

Kevin Ó Raghallaigh


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