Leaving Cert Calculated Grade Student Portal

A Chara, All sixth year students must confirm their subject level via the Calculated Grade Student Portal between 10am on Tuesday 26 May and before 10pm on Thursday 28 May.

Le meas,

Kevin Ó Raghallaigh

Príomhoide.

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Calculated Grade Student Portal 

Before You Start Guide 

Please read this guide in full before you commence the registration and subject level confirmation process.  

In line with changes required to deliver calculated grades to students due to sit Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied examinations this year, the Calculated Grades Executive Office of the Department of Education and Skills has developed a Calculated Grade Student Portal.  

The portal will open at 10 AM on Tuesday 26 May and close at 10 PM on Thursday 28 May.  In this time period students need to do the following; 

Leaving Certificate Applied Students            Need to complete the registration process  

All other Leaving Certificate Students          Need to complete the registration process AND confirm their subject levels 

It is essential that you carry out these steps at this time so that ultimately you have the opportunity to receive calculated grades that will allow you to progress to employment, further education or higher education. 

The student portal will reopen at a later stage when you will be asked to confirm that you are opting to receive calculated grades.   You will also use the portal to access your calculated grades when the results issue and for the later stages of the process such as the appeals application process.   You do not need to worry about this for now as all we need you to right now do is register and, other than LCA students, to confirm your subject levels.  Once you have registered, we will be able to contact you to alert you about the next steps that you need to take to receive calculated grades this year.  

The student portal has been designed to be easy to use but you do need to read this guide in full to make sure that you have everything that you need before you commence the registration (and confirmation of subject levels) process. 

We have asked schools to provide assistance to students who do not have either their Examination Number or their Personal Public Services number, both of which are need to register on the portal.  Before making contact with your school, see the Questions and Answers Section below  for details of what you should do to access these numbers from your own records. 

If you don’t find the answers you need after reading this guide you can contact the helpdesk at 1800-111135 or 1800-111136.   Please note that due to COVID19 restrictions the helpdesk phonelines will ONLY be available between 9.00 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day.  Outside of these hours you can email lcsupport2020@education.gov.ie.   

 How to Register

  1. Before your start, you will need
    1. your examination number   – See the Q&A Section below if you do not know this number
    1. your Personal Public Services number (PPSN) –See the Q&A Section if you do not know this number. 
  • your mobile phone number. 
  • To confirm your identity in the registration process you will use the first 4 digits of your PPSN as your personal identification number (PIN).  
  • Go to  www.gov.ie/leavingcertificate   
  •  Click on the link Calculated Grades Student Portal at the top of the page.  This will bring you to the Calculated Grades Student Portal welcome page 
  •  Select the green Registration button.  This brings you to the Registration Step 1 page. This is where you will confirm your identity. 
  • Confirm your Identity –  On the Registration Step 1 page enter your Examination Number in the first box. Enter the first 4 digits of your PPSN in the box marked PIN.  Click Register.  This brings you to the Registration Step 2 page. This is where you will create your Calculated Grade Student Portal Account. 
  • Create your Account  – On the Registration Step 2 page, you need to enter and confirm; 
  • Your mobile number 
  • You email address

You also need to create a password which you will need to enter and confirm.  The password must b a minimum of 8 characters and include upper and lower-case characters and numbers.  When you have this done, Click Register/Create Account. Doing this generates an email to your email address and brings you to the Account Activation page. 

  • Activate your Account. –  In order to complete the registration process, you must click on the link in the email sent to your email account.  The email will be from the Department of Education and Skills.  If have do not seem to have received the email check your SPAM and JUNK folders before contacting the Helpdesk.  Clicking the link in the email completes the registration process and confirms the creation of your CGSP Account.  N.B. You must click this link to activate your account. 
  • If you are a Leaving Certificate Applied student, that is all you need to do at this point.  Retain your account details securely (Exam Number and the password you created) so you can access the portal later when we ask you to do so.  
  1. All other Leaving Certificate students must proceed to the next step to confirm their subject levels.  

How to Confirm Subject Levels 

  1. We recommend that you do this immediately following registration.  When you click the Account Activationlink in the email we send you, you will be brought to the final Registration page which confirms that you have successfully registered your account.  Click on the Next Step- button. This will bring you to a Log-In screen 
  • Login to your Account  – Enter your Exam number and the password you created during the registration process.  Click Log In . This will bring you to the Confirm Subject Levels Screen 
  • Confirm Subject Levels – On this page you will see the subjects in which you were due to sit your examinations this year at the level you confirmed you would be sitting them back in February.  
  • It is essential that you confirm your levels now so that your school can complete their task of providing an estimated percentage mark and rank order for you using the most up to date information. 
  • You should exercise extreme caution when confirming levels. If you confirm a level that is higher than the level that you have been planning for it is likely to lead to a lower than anticipated grade in that subject.  
  • The level shown beside each subject can be changed to a lower level using the drop-down options.  
  • The system will not allow a change to a higher level.  In the unlikely event that you were incorrectly entered for a lower level initially than that you were preparing for please email lcsupport2020@education.gov.ie.   NOTE:- We will need to obtain proof from your school that there was an error in your initial entry before we will process any change.
  • Even if you are not making any changes to the levels we require you to confirm the subject level information presented.
  • You should review the levels presented for the subjects listed and make any necessary changes.  At the end of the page you then tick the box to confirm and then click the Submit Confirmed Levels button. 
  1. Once this has been done, you will receive a confirmation page which you can retain for your records. You will also receive confirmation of your levels by email. 
  1. This is all you need to do at this point.  Retain your account details securely (Exam Number and the password you created) so you can access the portal later when we ask you to do so.  

Questions and Answers 

I do not know my examination number – how can I get this? 

You will have been provided with this 6-digit number earlier in the year by your school, centre of education or by the State Examinations Commission if you entered for your Leaving Certificate independently.  Please check your records for the number.  

If you still cannot trace the number and you are attending a school or other centre of education (including Further Education and Training Centres or a private college) then you should contact them for assistance.   

If you are an external candidate then you should have this on record from the correspondence received from the State Examinations Commission.  If you are still unable to trace this number, you can contact the Helpdesk for assistance.

Why do I need to a Personal Identification Number for this service? 

As we are unable to issue Personal Identification Numbers to you directly or via your school we are asking you to create your own PIN using the first 4 digits of your PPSN.  Combining your examination number with this PIN will allow you to confirm your identity to register with the Calculated Grades Student Portal.  

What is a PPS Number?

Your Personal Public Service (PPS) number is a unique reference number. PPS number is always 7 numbers followed by either one or two letters.

I don’t know my PPSN – how can I access the number?

  1. PPS numbers are printed on the following documents:
  2. Public Services Card or Social Services Card
  3. Medical card or GP visit card
  4. European Health Insurance Card
  5. Drugs Payment Scheme Card
  6. Correspondence from the Department of Employment Affairs or Social Protection or Revenue
  7. If you live at home with a parent or guardian, please check with them to see if they know your number. 
  • If you have been in employment, your PPS number may also be on pay-slips you have received in the past.

If you have checked all of the sources suggested and still cannot locate the number, you can  check with your school as they may have this number on their records.   (Note Due to the public health emergency, you should make every effort to locate your PPS number following steps 1-3 above before making contact with your school. 

I have checked all of the suggested sources and with my school and I still am unable to locate my PPSN? 

Due to the public health emergency, which is having an impact on getting access to services, you should make every effort to locate your PPSN as set out above before contacting the Department of Social Protection.  

  • If you do not know your PPS number, contact your Intreo Centre or local Social Welfare Branch Office and staff there can find your number for you. 
  • If you have lost your PPS number, you can get it from Client Identity Services: By email at cis@welfare.ie. By phone at +353 (0) 71 967 2616 or 1890 927 999.

I do not have a PPS number, or I believe that I did not have one at the time I entered for the Leaving Certificate examinations.  Should I obtain one now?

No – absolutely not.  If you do not have a PPSN, or did not have one when you entered for the examinations, you should contact the helpdesk at 1800-111135 or 1800-111136.   Please note that due to COVID19 restrictions the helpdesk phonelines will ONLY be available between 9.00 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day.  Outside of these hours Email lcsupport2020@education.gov.ie

I have my PPSN, and I have entered the first four digits as my PIN but it is not recognised by the system, what should I so?

If you are sure that you have correctly entered your examination number and the first four digits of your PPSN, you should contact the helpdesk at 1800-111135 or 1800-111136.   Please note that due to COVID19 restrictions the helpdesk phonelines will ONLY be available between 9.00 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day.  Outside of these hours Email lcsupport2020@education.gov.ie

If I have technical difficulties accessing the Calculated Grades Student Portal, what should I do?  

If you have any difficulties you can contact the helpdesk at 1800-111135 or 1800-111136.   Please note that due to COVID19 restrictions the helpdesk phonelines will ONLY be available between 9.00 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day.  Outside of these hours Email lcsupport2020@education.gov.ie

Data Protection 

What is my data being collected for? 

The Minister for Education and Skills announced on 08 May 2020 that the Leaving Certificate 2020 examinations have been postponed and that the Calculated Grades model would be established in order to allow Leaving Certificate students to receive State certification for their learning achievements and to progress to third-level education or to the world of work in Autumn 2020. The main purpose for which the Department of Education and Skills requires the personal data provided by you is to provide you with Calculated Grades in the event that you opt to receive them.   The personal data provided will be forwarded to your school to allow them to begin this process.

The privacy notice outlining further information on the use of personal data in this process can be found at [link]. Full details of the Department’s data protection policy is also available at https://www.education.ie/en/The-Department/Data-Protection/. Details of that policy and the privacy notice are also available in hard copy (see privacy notice for details).  

Will I be able to get details of the information provided about me to the Department (estimated percentage mark and class rank) before the issue of the results?

No. Data protection legislation allows for restrictions to be placed on access to certain types of personal data including the results of examinations. Requests for access to the school’s estimated percentage mark and rank order will not be active until the date of issue of the results.  After the results are issued by the Department, you will be able to access this information.  

Teastas Sóisearach / Junior Certificate 2020

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

Click here

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

Príomhoide
Principal

Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, Meal Sior Anraí, Luimneach.
Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, Sir Harry’s Mall, Limerick.
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www.gcluimnigh.ie | @GCLuimnigh

Uasdátú/Update

Dear Parent/Guardian

I hope you had a nice Easter in spite of the restrictions on movement that were implemented nationally since 27 March 2020 in line with public health guidelines.  We appreciate how challenging the current Coronavirus/Covid-19 crisis has been for families, and we are working hard to support all students and parents/guardians in our school community as the crisis evolves.  We know from feedback from our staff and interactions with students, that students and teachers miss school-life and attending classes. The past few weeks have presented many challenges, but the resolve of our students, staff and parents/guardians to engage in this steep learning curve in working from home is truly admirable.  We are very proud that so many students and our staff worked very hard before Easter to minimise disruption to learning. Everyone in the school community has embraced the new term called ‘Distance Learning’ in an effort to fulfil a continuity of learning.

As you are aware, schools have remained closed to students since 13 March 2020.  The current health advice is that all schools will remain closed to students until Tuesday, 5 May 2020 (after the May Bank Holiday weekend).

We have listened carefully to feedback from students, staff and parents prior to Easter.  We want to ensure that we focus our efforts for the next two weeks on teaching, learning and the provision of effective feedback to students. 

To this end, we plan on holding an on-line staff meeting and subject planning meetings on Monday, 20 April 2020 to coordinate the most effective work-stream for the ensuing two week period and to provide for enriched feedback to your child/children.  Students are asked to revise subjects as per their regular timetable on Monday, 20 April 2020. I would really appreciate it if you could fill out this quick survey in order to get additional feedback from our Parents. Click here. 

Students in Sixth Year and Third Year

We are especially mindful of the decision that affects students in Sixth Year and Third Year regarding the Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate examinations.

Information on exam and assessment schedules, including the Leaving Certificate Applied and the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme is available on the website of the State Examinations Commission: www.examinations.ie/misc-doc/BI-SE-67826275.pdf 

The Department of Education and Skills and the State Examinations Commission are making every effort to support all students through this challenging time.

Students facing examinations have been asked to keep focused and to keep working in preparation for the exams which are now scheduled for July.  More details will be forthcoming in the near future regarding the Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate examinations and we will bring this information to your attention without delay.

Supports for Students including Internet Connections and Data Bundles on Mobile Providers.

The Department of Education and Skills has been working closely with the tertiary education sector to address issues raised in relation to accessing online provision including broadband issues.  

Thankfully, we are seeing progress in some ways to help students with connectivity and data issues.

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton T.D. announced on Wednesday, 15 April 2020 that all major telecoms providers have committed to a number of measures to help people stay in touch and work from home during Covid-19.  All major providers have signed up, including BT Ireland, eir, Pure Telecom, Sky Ireland, Tesco Mobile Ireland, Three Ireland, Virgin Media Ireland and Vodafone. 

These commitments will be implemented by operators as soon as possible. Each service provider will provide details and implementation updates on their own website. The commitments will remain available to consumers until 30 June 2020 and will be reviewed in advance of that date if needed.

The Covid-19 Consumer Commitments are as follows:

1. Any fixed broadband customers who do not have unlimited usage already as standard will be given the opportunity, if they require, to upgrade their package (which may be on a temporary basis), with their current service provider

2. Any customer who does not have fixed broadband and who relies solely on mobile access to the Internet will have the opportunity to avail of affordable unlimited mobile data access/package from their service provider

3. Fair usage policies will not be automatically applied to unlimited fixed and mobile data packages 

4. Service providers may implement appropriate permitted traffic management measures to avoid network congestion

5. Access to healthcare and educational resource websites identified by the Government will be zero-rated for all customers where technically feasible

Customers experiencing issues should contact their service provider in the first instance, before contacting ComReg’s Consumer Care Team at consumerline@comreg.ie or 01 8049668 (from 8.00am to 8.00pm Monday to Friday and 9.00am to 1.00pm on Saturday, excluding public holidays.

Wellbeing including physical activity. 

NEPS, the Department’s National Educational Psychological Service, has developed advice and resources for keeping Children and Young People well during Covid-19. These resources aim to support children and young people’s learning and wellbeing at this time. 

In the context of wellbeing, NEPS has included a reference in its advice for young people and for parents of young children for the need for physical activity as part of everyone’s daily routine while schools are closed. 

For information, the relevant text can be found at the following links: 

Advice for Young People: https://www.education.ie/en/The-Department/Announcements/advice-to-young-people-while-schools-are-closed.pdf

Advice for Parents: https://www.education.ie/en/The-Department/Announcements/guide-for-parents-supporting-children.pdf

Supporting Students with Additional Education Needs.

The National Council for Special Education has developed resources for parents of children with additional needs who may benefit from specific advice during the period of school closure.  All resources are available on the NCSE website and publicised through education partners and Twitter. The NCSE visiting teacher service continues to provide direct telephone/skype support to families and students.  The NCSE resources can be accessed at: www.ncse.ie/online-resourcesand include;

  • resources for parents and teachers such as class\age level activities
  • practical advice on how to take care of Assistive Technology in the Home and a suite of Occupational Therapy and
  • Speech and Language Therapy resources (including a social story animation on attending a Covid-19 test Centre prepared by the HSE).

Temporary reassignment of SNAs.

Currently, SNA personnel are being reassigned to assist with efforts to support front-line health workers.  We will make every effort to ensure that students who have access to an SNA are receiving support throughout the next two weeks. 

Additional Information.

A considerable number of announcements regarding schools and state examinations were made over the course of the Easter break.  The main points are summarised below;

Statements and Information:

Assessing Teaching and Learning in our School.

Our School’s Digital Learning Hub, GSuite for Education, which students are familiar with, is the main portal for accessing on-line classes and feedback from teachers.  Our staff has received support and guidance from Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board on the most effective strategies to manage on-line learning.  Several teleconferencing meetings of all Principals and Deputy Principals of all eighteen post-primary schools of our ETB have taken place since 13 March 2020 and this has proven invaluable in the sharing of best-practice and resources between all of our schools.

Our staff have received advice, guidance and peer support on managing learning, teaching and assessment in the current crisis and we are hopeful that this will help to mitigate the loss in class contact time and ‘Face to Face’ time in the current climate.

Acceptable User Policy (AUP).

Our school’s Acceptable User Policy (AUP) has been revised to reflect the increasingly popular use of teleconferencing platforms.  Our school only utilises platforms which fully comply with GDPR requirements. It is important that students understand that the school expects all of its community to observe responsible and ethical use of such platforms in respect of other users – fellow students and staff.  Guidance and additional information is available on our school website.

Contacting the School during Closure.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at the school via this email address [info@gcldrive.com] and we will do all we can to address your query as soon as possible.

In the meantime, please follow the advice of the HSE and the Government;

Everyone needs to stay at home to help slow the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

You should only leave your home to:

  • shop for essential food and household goods
  • attend medical appointments, collect medicine or other health products
  • care for children, older people or other vulnerable people – this excludes social family visits
  • exercise outdoors, within 2 kilometres of your home and only with people from your own household – keeping 2 metres between you and other people
  • travel to work if you provide an essential service – be sure to practice physical distancing

Follow this advice to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Read a step-by-step guide from the HSE on how to clean your hands.

Go raibh maith agat agus tabhair aire.

Le meas,

Kevin Ó Raghallaigh
Príomhoide/Principal

10 April, 2020 – Minister McHugh Announces Postponement of State Examinations – Department of Education and Skills

Following today’s announcement by An Taoiseach and the Minister for Education and Skills, schools will remain closed until further notice.
— Read on www.education.ie/en/Press-Events/Press-Releases/2020-press-releases/PR20-04-10.html

Beannachtaí na Cásca

A Chara

Le druidim briseadh na Cásca, ba mhaith linn roinnt eolais a scaipeadh le pobal na scoile uile. 

As Easter approaches, we would like to share some information with the whole school community. 

Dúnadh na Scoile

School Closure

Mar is eol duit, d’fhógair an Rialtas go mbeidh scoileanna dúnta go dtí an 19 Aibreán 2020. Táimid réidh agus ag súil le h-oscailt arís ar an 20 Aibréan 2020. É sin ráite, tá gach cosúlacht ann go mbeimid fós sa bhád céanna tar éis na Cásca, ach má thagann aon athrú ar an scéal, beimid i dteagmháil leat.

As you are aware, the Government has announced that schools will remain closed until 19 April 2020. We are ready and looking forward to opening again on the 20 April 2020. That said, it is likely that we may still be closed after Easter, but if there is any change to this, we will contact you immediately. 

Scoláirí

Students 

Tá sár iarracht á dhéanamh ag gach ball do phobal Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, idir múinteoirí, SNAs, tuismitheoirí agus ár scoláirí iontacha, ag cinntiú go bhfuil an foghlaim agus an teagasc ag dul ar aghaidh le linn an tréimhse deacair seo. Níl aon dabht ann ach gur thréimhse dúshlánach é seo dúinn ar fad. Níl cianfhoghlaim éasca do gach scoláire. Tuigimid go mbíonn fadhbanna le wifi, fadhbanna teicneolaíochta, fadhbhanna le bainistiú ama, scoláirí gafa le cúraimí tí agus ag tabhairt aire do pháistí níos óige agus a léithéad. É sin ráite, tá níos mó na 90% dos na scoláirí trasna na bliainghrúpaí ar fad ag dul i ngleic go h-an éifeachtach leis an bhfoghlaim ar líne. Táimid an bhródúil as an staitistic sin agus dar ndóigh, as ár scoláirí den scoth atá ag cur an obair isteach, in aineoinn na deacrachtaí thuasluaite. Is am deacair é seo do ghach scoláire ach do scoláirí na hÁrdteistiméarachta agus an Teastas Sóisearach ach go háirithe. Tá Coimisiún na Scrúduithe Stáit ag obair go dian na laethanta seo chun teacht ar réiteach. Tá sé fíor tábhachtach go dtuigeann sibh ar fad go mbeidh sé cothrom do chách, pé rud a thiteann amach.   

Every member of the Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh community, teachers, SNAs, parents and our fantastic students, are making an incredible effort to ensure that Learning and Teaching continues during this difficult and challenging time. Remote Learning is not easy for every student and we understand that there can be problems with wifi, technical problems, time management issues or students who have to look after younger siblings. That said, over 90% of students across all year groups are engaged in on-line learning. We are extremely proud of this statistic and of course our exceptional students, who are putting great work despite the aforementioned problems. This is a very difficult time for all students but especially for Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate Students. The State Exams Commision are working on possible solutions but rest assured that whatever happens it will be fair to all of you who have worked so hard up to now.  

Tuismitheoirí/Caomhnóirí

Parents/Guardians 

Ba mhaith linn ionchur na dtuismitheoirí agus caomhnóirí a aithint ag an bpointe seo chomh maith.  Tuigimid go bhfuil cuid mhaith agaibhse fós ag obair, roinnt agaibh sna seirbhísí sláinte, cuid agaibh ag obair ón mbaileagus ag tabhairt aire do pháistí nó seanghaolta. Níl sé éasca súil a choimeád ar bhur bpáistí ó thaobh obair scoile de ach táimid an-bhuíoch daoibh as bhur tiomantas i leith na cúraimí seo. Go raibh míle maith agaibh as ucht bhur dtacaíocht leanúnach. Déan cinnte de, go dtugann tú aire maithe duit féin. 

Parents and Guardians deserve a special mention. We understand that a lot of you are still working, some of you in the health service, some working from home and looking after children and elderly relatives. It is not easy to put structures in place to support your childrens’ learning and really appreciate your unwavering support. Make sure to look after yourself first. 

Múinteoirí

Teachers

Ní mór dúinn obair na múinteoirí a aithint le linn an tréimhse deacair seo. Tá an t-ádh linn i nGaelcholáiste Luimnigh leis an bhfoireann den scoth atá againn agus an méid oibre a dhéanann siad lá in aghaidh lae chun riachtanais a gcuid scoláirí a chur chun cinn i gcónaí. Tá sibh tar éis misneach agus spreagadh a thabhairt dom, do Shinéad agus na scoláirí.

Tá múinteoirí ag múineadh tríd meascán de ranganna beo agus físeanna/ceachtanna ar Google Classroom.  Don chuid is mó don am tá múinteoirí ag leanúint amchlár na scoláirí ach ba mhaith linn a chur i gcuimhne daoibh go bhfuil ár múinteoirí ag obair ón mbaile, cuid acu ag tabhairt aire dá bpáistí nó tuismitheoirí freisin. Táimid ag impí oraibh a bheith ag smaoineamh ar seo.

We would like to acknowledge the great work of our teachers during this difficult period. We are incredibly fortunate in Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh to have a fantastic team and the great work that they do on a daily basis to cater for the needs of their students. They continue to encourage and inspire both Sinéad and I and our students. Teachers are trying as much as possible to follow the daily timetable but we would like to remind you that our teachers are working from home, with a number of them looking after their own children or elderly parents. We would ask that you be cognisant of this. 

Briseadh na Cásca

Easter Break

Mar a dúramar, táimid an-shásta leis an mbealach atá an obair scoile ag leanúint ar aghaidh le linn an tréimhse seo. In aineoinn na dúshláin, tá obair na gcapall á dhéanamh ag na múinteorií agus scoláirí. Chuige sin, tá sé thar a bheith tábhachtach go dtógann gach duine briseadh dóibh fhéin thar na Cásca. Tá briseadh tuilte ag gach duine anois agus de bharr sin, ó inniu ar aghaidh, Aoine 3 Aibreán, ní bheidh aon obair nua, ranganna beo, ríomhphost nó glaochanna ar siúl. Is am é seo do scoláirí briseadh a thógáil. Tá gach cosúlacht ann go mbeimid fós sa bhád céanna tar éis na Cásca agus má tá, beidh briseadh ceart ag teastáil go géar ó gach aon duine.

As mentioned, we are extremely happy with the way in which learning and teaching continues. Despite the challenges, trojan work is taking place across the entire school community and with this in mind and to ensure that students, parents and teachers take an essential “time out”, we are instructing that there will be no online classes, emails, work, assignments or telephone calls over the 2 weeks of the school’s Easter break for all years, starting from today, Friday April 3rd  up to Sunday April 19th.

Teagmháil

Contact

Má bhíonn aon fhadhb, ceist nó buairt agat, ná bíodh aon drogall ort ríomhphost a chur chugam (kevin@gcluimnigh.ie) nó chuig Sinéad (sinead@gcluimnigh.ie) am ar bith, le linn na Cásca.

If you have any problems, questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact me (kevin@gcluimnigh.ie) or Sinéad (sinead@gcluimnigh.ie), during the Easter break. 

Mar fhocal scoir, táimid ar fad ag súil go mbeimid ar ais le chéile, ag forbairt le cheile i nGaelcholáiste Luimnigh sar i bhfad. Tá an scoil ró-chiúin gan Guth an Scoláire a chloisteáil timpeall na hallaí agus amuigh sa chlós ach tuigimid go bhfuil orainn ár bpáirt a ghlacadh sa ghéarchéim seo chun sláinte an phobail a chaomhnú. Beimid ar fad ag súil go mór lenár gcéad lá thar nais in GCL tar éis an paindéim seo. 

‘Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na ndaoine’.

Fanaigí slán, fanaigí sábháilte agus ár mbuíochas arís as ucht bhur dtacaíocht. 

Kevin Ó Raghallaigh – Príomhoide          Sinéad Ní Chiardha – Príomhoide Tánaisteach

Useful resources for Parents/Guardians and Students

We encourage parents/guardians and students to emphasise the importance of following the measures outlined by the HSE to all in their care, so we as a nation can protect the most vulnerable in our communities. Click here for up-to-date information from the HSE. Please use trustworthy and reliable sources only. 

NEPS have prepared advice on keeping young people well at this time.

Remain up-to-date with the most recent Department of Education and Skills and State Examinations Commission by clicking on these links. 

The DES have prepared this document Advice for Young People while Schools are Closed

Jigsaw has developed some resources, Leaving Certificate at a time of COVID19, which are aimed at Leaving Certificate students. This resource offers some practical advice around day-today routine as well as some strategies for managing your mental health.

Parentline is available to provide support, guidance and information to parents. Helpline, (01) 8733500 or 1890 9272777, is open from 10am to 9pm on Mondays to Thursday and 10am to 4pm on Fridays.

Limerick CYPSC is working with partners to ensure everyone has an up to date list of what services can offer during the COVID-19 restrictions. In the current environment service delivery may change as the weeks go by. This listing will be updated on a weekly basis with a new edition uploaded regularly.

COVID-19 Update

As part of the #COVID19 restrictions announced by An Taoiseach this afternoon, school closures have been extended to Sunday 19th April.

Caillteanas

It is with profound sadness that the Management, staff and students of Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, have learned of the tragic death of one of its Leaving Certificate Students, Mr. John Daly RIP in a car accident early this morning (17 March 2020). The whole school community extends our sincerest sympathies to the family and friends of John.

The family has requested that their privacy be respected at this time. 

Given the current circumstances in relation to COVID-19, we cannot facilitate social gatherings in order to provide support and we strongly advise that you abide by the government’s instructions below, in everyone’s best interests. Therefore, here is a link to some documents which you may find useful in order to help and support your child at this time. Click here

The students of the school community have also been emailed regarding available supports.

Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this tragedy.

Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Príomhoide / Principal

COVID-19

The next seven days are “vital” in Ireland’s ongoing battle to curb the spread of coronavirus, according to Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan. The next 7 days are vital. Now is the time to #FlattenTheCurve,” he declared on Twitter. Dr Holohan urged everyone to play their part by taking the following steps. These are:

1. Reduce your social contacts – see only a handful of people in your network.

2. Distance yourself two metres from people in shops and supermarkets.

3. Stop shaking hands or hugging when you say hello.

4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth

5. Wash your hands regularly and practise cough and sneeze hygiene.

6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

7. Check on your vulnerable family members and neighbours.

8. Work from home where possible. “The next 7 days are vital. Now is the time to #FlattenTheCurve,” he declared on Twitter.

Covid-19 Measures

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School Closure

Coronavirus / Covid-19

March 12

The following measures will come into effect from tomorrow until further notice:

  • School activities will cease at 6.00 pm today, Thursday, 12 March 2020schools, colleges and childcare facilities will close from tomorrow (Friday)
  • Indoor mass gatherings of 100 people or more and outdoor mass gatherings of more than 500 people should be cancelled
  • All State-run cultural institutions will close
  • Public transport will continue and shops will continue to remain open

As a school, we have been preparing students for this closure for a number of weeks now and they have received the advice of their teachers and principals/deputy principals on learning from home.  The school will do all it can to ensure that disruption to students will be minimal once schools re-open. Further information will be posted on our website and relayed via text messages.

Seachtain na Gaeilge 2020

Seachtain na nGairmeacha 2020