Stiúrthóir ar Scoileanna leis an mBord Oideachais & Oiliúna Luimnigh agus an Chláir
Appointment of Director of Schools for the Limerick and Clare ETB
Ba mhaith liom a chur in iúl duit go bhfuil mé ceapaithe mar Stiúrthóir ar Scoileanna leis an mBord Oideachais & Oiliúna Luimnigh agus an Chláir.
Beidh mé ag tosú sa ról chomh luath agus a bheidh príomhoide nua ceaptha ar Ghaelcoláiste Luimnigh ag an mBord Oideachais & Oiliúna Luimnigh agus an Chláir.
Tá sé ar intinn ag an mBord Oideachais & Oiliúna Luimnigh agus an Chláir an post a fhógairt an tseachtain seo chugainn.
Beidh mé ag obair go dlúth leis an bhfoireann i nGaelcholáiste Luimnigh sa todhchaí toisc go bhfuil dúil mór agam sa scoil seo, agus go háirithe an scoil nua a sholáthar chomh luath agus is féidir.
Ba mhaith liom mo bhuíochas ó chroí a ghabháil le pobal uile na scoile, tuismitheoirí, múinteoirí, an Bord Bainistíochta, Comhairle na dtuismitheoirí agus scoláirí – idir scoláirí reatha agus iar-scoláirí.
Bhí an t-ádh dearg agam an deis a fháil freastal ar phobal chomh álainn gleoite agus dearfach. Táim thar a bheith bródúil as ár scoláirí agus an ról atá ag Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh chun cabhrú leo forbairt chun páirt iontach spéisiúil a bheith acu in san domhain seo.
Tá clú agus cáil ar Ghaelcholáiste Luimnigh mar ceann dos na scoileanna is fearr sa tír le thart ar 660 scoláire ag freastal ar an scoil lán-Ghaeilge seo i lár cathrach Luimnigh. Tá clú ar leith bainte amach ag Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh mar scoil ina chomhtháthaítear Teicneolaíocht Faisnéise Cumarsáide (TFC) agus an teagasc agus foghlama go rí-éifeachtach. Roghnaíodh Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh mar Apple Distinguished School in 2017, agus sheol an iar Aire Oideachais & Scileanna, Richard Bruton T.D. an gradam seo sa scoil 4 Bealtaine 2017. B’é Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh an chéad scoil a d’oibrigh an téacht seo in Éirinn.
Baineann ardmholadh le teagasc agus foghlaim i nGaelcholáiste Luimnigh i measc na tuairiscí cigireachta uile atá foilsite ag an gCigireacht i dtaobh Ghaelcholáiste Luimnigh; Meastóireacht Scoile Uile, Meastóireacht Chláir (An Idirbhliain) agus Tuairiscí ar Ábhair éagsúla ina measc.
Appointment of Director of Schools for the Limerick and Clare ETB
I would like to inform you that I have been appointed as the LCETB Director of Schools with responsibility for directing the functions of the ETB regarding the schools and colleges under its patronage.
I will be starting this new role as soon as a permanent Principal is appointed at Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh by LCETB, with the position being advertised next week.
I am delighted that I will still have the opportunity to work closely with the staff of Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh in my new role as this school is very close to my heart.
I will also continue to work to deliver the new school as soon as is practicable.
I would like to thank the entire school community of Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, from the bottom of my heart, from parents to staff, the Board of Management and Parents Council.
In particular, I want to acknowledge our wonderful pupils and past pupils. There is something very unique and special about a Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh pupil, and this is recognised all over the world.
I am very fortunate to have worked with you all, in the interests of our amazing young people. I am very proud of our pupils and the influence they are having on people and society all over their world.
Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh is one of Ireland’s top schools and caters for over 660 pupils in the Limerick City area. It is renowned for its highly advanced and successful integration of technology in teaching and learning. Apple selected Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh as one of its Apple Distinguished Schools in 2017 – the first in Ireland to receive this recognition.
The Inspectorate has praised the very effective leadership, management and culture in Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh in Whole School Evaluations, Programme evaluations and several Subject Inspections since 2009.
Thank you very much.
Michael Gleeson & Robbie Ó Gadhra, scoláirí idirbhliana Ghaelcholáiste Luimnigh
Tá an Coimisiún Scrúduithe Stáit ag tosú le córas nua scripteanna scoláirí a scanáil don Samhradh seo. Tá eolas an-tábhachtach luaite thíos faoin socrú nua seo agus tá cóip dos na nósanna faighte ag gach scoláire. Beidh Donncha, Kevin agus Jack ag dul tríd na h-athruithe seo le scoláirí chomh maith. Idir an dá linn, bheadh sé inmholta breathnú ar an gcóras nua tú fhéin agus é a phlé le do pháiste.
The State Examinations Commission has just informed schools of the new procedures relating to the examination scripts students will fill-in or write on for this Summer’s Junior and Leaving Certificate examinations.
There is very important information outlined below for students to be aware of. Donnca, Kevin and Jack will be going through this with all 3rd and 6th Year pupils before the end of May. All pupils have received this information also.
We recommend that you familiarise yourself with the changes and that you discuss this with your child/children also.
Thank you very much.
Bealtaine / May 2019
Examination Paper Cover Design, Online Marking & Results and Appeals Timelines
The purpose of this circular is to provide school authorities, and candidates, parents/guardians, with information on;
- The appearance of the 2019 examination papers
- Details of the introduction of online marking in certain Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle subjects
- Further information on the timeframe for the Leaving Certificate results and appeals this year.
1. Examination Paper Cover Design
There is no material change to the content of examination papers.
The Leaving Certificate papers have the same colour coding as before but instead of a solid colour we are now using the elliptical design that we have been using on Junior Cycle papers.
The 2019 papers will be mocha and white as shown on the poster.
The Junior Cycle papers are the same as last year with the exception of the new common level papers in Junior Cycle Business and Science which are ochre and white. This colour scheme will be used for common level papers as examinations in reformed Junior Cycle subjects are rolled out.
2. Online Marking
The State Examinations Commission (SEC) successfully used an online marking system to mark Junior Certificate Higher Level French in 2016, and Junior Certificate Higher Level French and Junior Cycle English in 2017. This year, the following subjects will be marked online
- (Written paper) Physics
- Politics & Society
- Business Studies
Online marking facilitates high quality, reliable marking of candidates examination responses. There are many advantages to online marking both for the examiners and for the examination system as a whole. In particular, marking online allows examiners to focus on the marking exercise and not on the administration of the marking. As the calculation of marks are inherent in the system, online marking eliminates the possibility of mistakes being made in mark calculation and transcription. The SEC intends to roll out online marking to all Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle subjects by 2022.
There is no significant change for candidates. They will sit their examinations in the normal way. When the scripts are returned to SEC their scripts will be scanned and will become an electronic script. The paper script will also be retained. The scanned images of the candidates’ examination scripts will then be marked by examiners using specially designed software.
Students sitting any of the examinations in subjects which will be marked online should be made aware of the following in advance of the examinations.
- Students should complete their responses in black or blue pen only.
- Gel pens should not be used. However, pencil may be used for completing diagrams and graphs.
- The four Junior Cycle Subjects, as well as Leaving Certificate Mathematics, Links Modules, and Politics and Society continue to have a combined examination paper/answer book. The examination paper/answer books have been subject to minor modifications, to facilitate the scanning process. There are barcodes on the cover and on each page. (This has also been the case for related assessment task and coursework booklets). The short answer section in Leaving Certificate Biology has been similarly modified and is now a separate returnable section. There is a new answer book especially for use in Leaving Certificate Biology, Chemistry and Physics which will be provided to candidates by the Superintendent. (Previously, in these subjects, candidates would have completed a standard answer book).
- The main difference is that candidates will indicate the subject, level and paper version (Irish/English) they are using the booklet for by fully shading in the relevant circles on the cover.
- They are required to clearly mark each question number in the space provided and to use a new page for every answer.
- The new answer book contains graph paper throughout so loose sheets of graph paper are not required and will not be provided.
- The examination paper/answer books and the answer book for the three Leaving Certificate Science subjects have all been designed to allow sufficient writing space for candidates. For this reason, supplementary paper should not be required. In line with the SEC’s longstanding instructions in all examinations, Superintendents will not hand out supplementary paper at the start of the examination and are instructed to provide supplementary paper to candidates only when they have used the space in their question paper/answer book.
- Candidates should complete their responses using the spaces provided on the examination paper/answer book to ensure that all of their responses are captured in the scanning process. If candidates write outside of these areas, there is a risk that this will not be seen by examiners.
- Candidates who do require supplementary paper will be required to record their question numbers to the right of the page margin on the supplementary answer sheet.
- Any questions on Online Marking can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 090 644 2869/2418/2466
3. Results and Appeals
The SEC wishes to remind schools and candidates of changes to the Leaving Certificate results and appeals timelines and to provide some information on new arrangements to facilitate the earlier issue of the appeal results.
Leaving Certificate results will be in schools on Tuesday 13th August.
The results will also be available from 10a.m. that morning on www.examinations.ie. The deadline to apply to view scripts is 5p.m. on Friday 16th August. Viewing of scripts will take place over 3 sessions; the evening of Tuesday 20th August, and the morning and afternoon of Wednesday 21st August. Scripts marked online will be made available for online viewing and this will be also time bound. The Appeal application deadline is 5p.m. on Thursday 22nd August Candidates must register for an online account with the SEC in order to access all of the Results and Appeals services (Leaving Cert results access; viewing of scripts application; viewing scripts marked online; appeal application; and appeal results access). To register, candidates will need their PIN letter from the SEC, an email address and a mobile phone number.
The PIN letters will issue in Mid-May and the SEC will be providing more details at that time and later in the Candidate Information Booklet and on www.examinations.ie.
Any questions on Results and Appeals can be addressed to email@example.com or 090 644 2702/2857/2849 Please bring this circular to the attention of teachers and particularly to the attention of candidates and parents/guardians. All of the information detailed here can also be found on www.examinations.ie.
Coimisiún na Scrúduithe Stáit, Corr na Madadh, Baile Átha Luain, Co. na hlarmhí
State Examinations Commission, Cornamaddy, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.
Tá áthas orainn a rá go bhfuil dearaí na scoile nua ar shuíomh gréasáin na n-ailtirí faoi láthair.
Clic Anseo don Nasc
Beidh níos mó faoi seo roimh an tSamhraidh.
We are delighted to inform the school community that details about our new school campus, along with some of the drawings of the design, are available to view on the architect’s website – Click Here to View.
There will be additional information about this exciting phase of the development of the campus available shortly.
Donncha Ó Treasaigh
Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, Meal Sior Anraí, Luimneach. T: 061 404959 | F: 061 404962 | W: www.gcluimnigh.ie | Twitter: @GCLuimnigh
Tá áthas an domhain orainn le foilsiúchán Tuarascála na Cigireachta faoi mhúineadh Mata i nGaelcholáiste Luimnigh – Ardmholadh agus buíochas don Roinn Mata #bród 👏
Absolutely delighted with an excellent Report from Inspectorate on Maths provision in Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh. Congratulations & high praise to our wonderful Maths Department 👏#proudschool
Particularly proud that the use of technology to enrich and compliment the learning and teaching of Maths is referred to as being exemplary.
Well done to staff and pupils on an excellent endorsement of effective learning and teaching.
Join our Team and meet our amazing pupils, parents/guardians and our wonderful staff.
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The Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, visited Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh on Friday, 22 February to view the site for the new school campus on Clare Street in Limerick. The Minister was welcomed by Senator Maria Byrne, chair of the school’s Board of Management, George O’Callaghan, Chief Executive of the school’s patron Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, and Donncha Ó Treasaigh, Principal of Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh.
Demolition works to prepare for construction were completed in recent weeks on the Kerry Group site on Clare Street. An application for planning permission to construct the new 750-student campus is close to being completed.
Speaking during the Minister’s visit, Senator Maria Byrne said: “The Board of Management is extremely proud of the exemplary reputation that Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh students and staff have for contributing to an excellent learning environment, which is known all over the country as a highly innovative and creative school.”
Welcoming the Minister to the site of the new school campus, George O’Callaghan said: “Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board looks forward to the next phase of the development of the site here in Clare Street. The new school building will provide state-of-the-art facilities for the students and staff of Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh. The modern architectural design of the new school will provide a fitting backdrop to the excellent educational reputation that the Gaelcholáiste has earned and the new building will further enhance the already high standards of excellence for which the school is renowned.”`
Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh Principal Donncha Ó Treasaigh outlined the history of the school to the Minister and how it has grown rapidly to become the largest all-Irish post- primary school in Ireland. He said: “Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh is renowned for its very successful and advanced integration of technology into all subjects and classes, having been the first school in Ireland to be recognised by technology giant Apple as an Apple Distinguished School. The school has also been to the fore in being selected by the Department of Education and Skills as a pilot school for a number of newly-launched Leaving Certificate subjects, including Politics and Society and Physical Education.”
Pupils from Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh play for local GAA teams in Hurling, Football and Camogie, and several students are member of Irish sporting squads in soccer and basketball.
A considerable number of our pupils are also involved in the European Youth Parliament and have spoken in the Houses of the Oireachtas.
Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh student to deliver TED-Ed Club presentation in Mansion House to mark 100th anniversary of First Dáil
Megan Ní Laighin, Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, Limerick
Topic: Why alcohol is a danger to our society
Fifteen students who were selected in a nationwide competition will deliver TED-Ed Club presentations at the Mansion House on Tuesday, January 22, as part of the Houses of the Oireachtas programme commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First Dáil.
Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh is delighted that one of its Fifth Year pupils, Megan Ní Laighin, has been selected for this special occasion.
The students, all aged 16 to 17, have spent many hours preparing their presentations as part of 13 TED-Ed Club lessons, formally known as explorations, under the guidance of their teachers and Parliamentary Education Officer Conor Reale.
The presentations begin at 1 p.m. in the Round Room of the Mansion House, the venue for the first public sitting of Dáil Éireann on 21 January 1919.
Following the event, the students’ presentations will be available for viewing on the TED-Ed Clubs channel on YouTube and on Oireachtas TV.
Their chosen topics include the power of democracy, the impact of social media and mobile phones, challenges in mental health services, coping with stress, sexual identity, and the relevance of education in the real world. Two speakers will make their presentations in Irish.
“The calibre of the students’ presentations is simply outstanding and will be inspiring to all those who hear them. These are brave, empathetic, intelligent and insightful young people with powerful messages,” said Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD. “There can be no better way to commemorate the first hundred years of Dáil Éireann than to highlight voices of future leadership in our country as these students surely represent.”
We are delighted to see demolition work has commenced on the site of our new future campus on Clare Street.
Kelly Bros. moved heavy demolition equipment onto the site this morning and several of the smaller buildings have been dismantled already.
We are looking forward to seeing the progress over the next four weeks when demolition is expected to be completed.
It is also highly admirable and commendable that the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board (LCETB) is developing a large post primary school at this city centre location.
Bhuail an Bord Bainistíochta Dé Luain, 17 Nollaig 2018 ag 6.00 in.
Seo an tuairisc aontaithe ón gcruinniú sin.
Tréaslaíonn an Bord Bainistíochta le scoláirí na scoile a bhfuair torthaí ardteistiméireachta le linn mí Lúnasa. Guíonn an Bord gach rath ar na scoláirí seo ina gcéad mír eile dá saol.
Chuala an Bord ó ionadaithe Chomhairle na nDaltaí faoi obair na scoláirí chun ábhair éagsúla a phlé agus agus a ardú le h-údaráis na scoile ar leas an phobail scoile uile.
Bhí an Bod thar a bheith tógtha le cur i láthair na scoláirí agus ghabhann an Bord buíochas dóibh as a gcuid oibre.
Tá an Bord Bainistíochta an-bhuíoch don bhfoireann scoile as an tseirbhís oideachais agus chúraim d’ardchaighdeán a chuirtear ar fáil do scoláirí na scoile.
Moladh Comhairle na dTuismithoirí i dtaobh an raon d’imeachtaí agus cruinnithe a bhíonn ar siúl ag an gComhairle ar mhaithe le seirbhísí na scoile a fhorbairt agus a fheabhsú. Bhí ardmholadh ar leith maidir leis an tacaíocht chun íoc as oifigeach chléireachais i gcomhair trí lá in aghaidh na seachtaine.
Gabhadh buíochas do phatrúin an choláiste, an Bord Oideachais agus Oiliúna Luimnigh agus an Chláir agus Príomh Fheidhmeannaigh, George O’ Callaghan agus a chuid foirne bainistíochta maidir leis an dul chun cinn faoin gcampas nua.
Beidh an chéad chruinniú eile den Bhord Bainistíochta ar siúl roimh na Cásca 2019.
The Board of Management of Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh met on Monday, 17 December 2018 at 6.00pm. The following is the agreed report for the school community.
The Board commends the excellent Student Council of Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh for the exemplary report its representatives presented to the Board at its meeting. The Board is very impressed with the level of engagement from the Council with school authorities, in addressing issues of interest and concern relating to pupils.
The Board praised the staff for the very high standard of care and professionalism at the school.
The Board would like to thank the Limerick and Clare Education & Training Board (LCETB), Chief Executive, Mr. George O’ Callaghan and his management team for the progress on the new school campus.
The Board is very grateful to the Parents of the Parents Council for its interest in the school. In particular, the Council was praised for the money its members have raised to pay for an additional clerical officer for three days a week.
The next Board of Management meeting will take place prior to Easter 2019.