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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
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.
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:
- 10 April 2020: Minister McHugh Announces Postponement of State Examinations
- 09 April 2020:Briefing on Covid-19 responses in the Education and Training Sector
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 [email@example.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.
Kevin Ó Raghallaigh
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Má bhíonn aon fhadhb, ceist nó buairt agat, ná bíodh aon drogall ort ríomhphost a chur chugam (firstname.lastname@example.org) nó chuig Sinéad (email@example.com) am ar bith, le linn na Cásca.
If you have any problems, questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sinéad (email@example.com), 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.
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.
As part of the #COVID19 restrictions announced by An Taoiseach this afternoon, school closures have been extended to Sunday 19th April.
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
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.
Coronavirus / Covid-19
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.