Day School Update – January 8th

Dear Parents / Guardians, 

As you are no doubt aware, the government’s decision to allow 6th Year students come in to school for three days a week has now been reversed, so I am writing to you in response to this announcement.  I have written to the students themselves to reassure them and outline our response.

While the decision may be frustrating for some students who were looking forward to coming back to attend classes in person, it is important to focus on the positive side of the current situation.  Most importantly, all of our students can remain safe at home while continuing to help in the national effort to reduce the high transmission rates of the virus by not travelling to school.  They also have the advantage of our live-streamed classes being conducted in much the same way that they would be if they were in the room, where they have the opportunity to interact with teachers in a relatively normal way.  I am encouraged to see how many of them are embracing this facility and I urged them to continue to do so.  

I also reminded our students that they are being taught by a very professional and committed group of teachers who are all working with them to achieve the best Leaving Cert. results they can get.  As such, I encouraged them to make contact with teachers if they are struggling or need advice or guidance.  All teachers have an Academy email address at which they can be contacted.

One other issue which I addressed with the students was the upcoming mock exams.  At this point, we are scheduled to return to school on February 1st, and the mocks will proceed on that date as planned.  If anything changes in the meantime, we will respond accordingly, but for now we must all proceed with the information we have at present.  I also took the opportunity to remind them about the purpose of mock exams.  They are an opportunity for them to do a dry-run and experience what it is like to sit the Leaving Cert. exams, but they are not the Leaving Cert exams.  Just like all of their scheduled assessments during the year, the advantage is in taking the assessment to gain the exam experience, and using the feedback to help improve their performance in the subject.

Finally, I reminded the students that this is an unprecedented situation so they should be kind to themselves.  Learning from home has its challenges, but I urged the students to embrace the technology at their disposal and try to make the best of the situation.  They have lots of support and a building full of people all working to provide them with the best educational experience possible.  They may be learning on their own, but they are not alone.

As always, should you have any queries or concerns, please contact us.

I will be in touch in due course.

Warm regards,

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