Parent Information

November Assessments Timetables

Available on the website at this link

Access BOM Agreed Reports Accommodation Updates Here

CBA Calendar 2021-22

The Classroom Based Assessment (CBA) Calendar for the Academic year 2021-22 is now available. This applies to our current second and third year students.

Classroom Based Assessment Calendar.pdf

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Safe Return to School



Covid Response Plan


Child Protection

Child Protection note for parents.pdf

Enrolment 2022

Wishing to enroll with us for First Year September 2022?

Enrolment for First Year September 2022 will not open until Friday 1st October 2021.

Link Sent 09/04/21

Return to Educational Facility Parental Declaration Form

Return Form

Letter Sent 26/01/21

Safe Return to School April_2021.pdf

Letter sent 22/01/21

Dear Parent/Guardian,
As we come to the end of the 2nd week of Virtual Learning, I wanted to bring the following to your attention.
Staff will be attending two Virtual JCT Whole School days over the next 2 weeks:
    1. Thursday 28th January.Therefore, there will be no live classes next Thursday. Staff will set work or ask students to continue with project. However, staff will notbe available to answer emails/Teams messages as they will be at training.
    2. Thursday 4th of February: again, classes will be postponed and staff will notbe available to answer emails/Teams messages as they will be at training.
Parents/Guardians of Third and TY students will be contacted next week regarding Senior Cycle for 2021.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our students for their participation in online classes and with the materials been set for them by their teachers. The assemblies with the students this week were very well attended. The main message and goal of the assemblies was:
      • for students to stay engaged with schoolwork and course content
      • for students to know who and how to contact a staff member if they needed help
      • for students to look after themself with ideas on how to stay active and fit.
Finally, for this week we look forward to having our students back at school soon, but until them, stay safe and stay engaged with the work.

Kind Regards

Noel Kelly
Coláiste Pobail Ghrifín
Griffeen Community College
(01) 621 2392

Letter sent 14/01/21

First Year Online Timetable.pdf

Second Year Online Timetable.pdf

Third Year Online Timetable.pdf

Transition Year Online Timetable.pdf

Dear Parent or Guardian,

Please find attached the Remote Timetables for Live classes. There are 4 documents attached:

  1. First Year Remote Timetable
  2. Second Year Remote Timetable
  3. Third Year Remote Timetable
  4. Transition Year Remote Timetable

Teachers and students will follow their timetables. If a class is not listed on the attached timetable as LIVE, the teacher will upload work to teams for the students to complete independently or will be available to take emails to support their students who may be working on projects etc.

We are more than halfway through the first week of our Remote Teaching and Learning and teachers are reporting that students who are going online are engaging well.

As Third Year parents are already aware, we have postponed the Mock Examinations. We will provide more information on this as soon as possible.

In the coming days we will begin a consultation process with the parents of Third and TY students in relation the Senior Cycle 2021.

Edel and I, along with the Year Heads will hold Virtual Assemblies with all year groups next. The assemblies with the Third Year and TY Students will also have a focus on the Senior Cycle.

Kind Regards,

Noel Kelly



Coláiste Pobail Ghrifín

Griffeen Community College

(01) 621 2392

Letter Sent 08/01/21

Letter emailed to Parents/Guardians on Friday 8/1/2021. Please contact if you have not received this email.

Remote T&L Information Update.pdf

Letter Sent 11/12/20

Letter emailed to Parents/Guardians on Friday 11/12/2020


Letter Sent 02/12/20

Letter emailed to Parents/Guardians on Wednesday 2/12/2020

December 2020 Update.pdf

Letter Sent 20/11/20

Letter sent by email to Parents/Guardians on Friday 20/11/2020

Covid19 HSE 20th November 2020.pdf

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Letter Sent 20/11/21

Griffeen Community College

Date: 20th November 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian,

A confirmed case of COVID-19 in Transition Year has been notified to the Department of Public Health HSE.

A public health risk assessment has been undertaken and the parents of any children deemed to be close contacts of the confirmed case have been contacted and advised accordingly. If you/your child is not identified as a close contact, you/ your child does not need a test for Covid-19, they can continue to attend school, and no further actions are required at this time.

If you/your child develops any symptoms suggestive of Covid-19 infection (such as a cough, a fever, loss or change in sense of taste or smell), please do not send your child to school, contact your GP and begin restricting your child’s movements, as per public health advice.

Restricted movement means avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible. It is also sometimes called ‘self-quarantine’.

Further information on COVID-19 is available at: and

Yours sincerely,

Noel Kelly


Letter Sent 19/11/20

Please see letter sent by email at the following link:

Covid19 19th Nov 2020.pdf

November Assessments 2020

See Timetable for Semester one Assessments at the following link:

Semester One Examinations Timetable 2020.pdf

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Letter Sent 12/11/20

Griffeen Community College

November Assessments 2020

12th November 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians

The first set of formal assessments for this academic year will take place from Monday 23rd November - Friday 27th November as per the school calendar. All students will complete examinations or CBA work from Monday to Friday of that week. The school day will run from 8:20am to 12:15pm. Students will not have afternoon exams or classes. This will allow for students to study and unwind after each day.

In order to accommodate these examinations, we ask that you support your child’s preparations and read the following information carefully.

  • The week of the Semester One Exams is a tiring week as students may complete up to 3 assessments per day. Study and preparation is therefore key. Students have been scaffolded in class in preparation and should give the assessments their best efforts.
  • The timetable of examinations/CBAs will be available online from Monday 16th We would encourage you to look at this timetable with your child, so they are fully aware of the assessments that are scheduled for them each day.
  • To ensure the smooth running of the assessments all students must be in their designated exam rooms/seats on time. Students should always bring resources with them to study for their next exam or a book to read should they finish early. However, please note this option will only become available after the first 45min of assessment time has passed.
  • Study periods will be included in the timetable and students should make every effort to use this time wisely.
  • An exam atmosphere must prevail during all exams – no talking/disrupting other students will be allowed. Any student attempting to copy or disrupt other students will be removed from the exam centre and parents/guardians will be contacted to take the students home. If the level of disruption is serious they may be asked to stay at home for the duration of the exams.
  • Paper will be provided for each exam, but students should bring required equipment as the sharing of resources will not be allowed. Students need to be organised before the assessments and will bring to every exam:
      • Pens
      • Pencils,
      • Rulers,
      • Maths sets,
      • Calculators,
      • Erasers,
      • Pencil sharpeners,
      • Specialised resources for art/technology/woodwork etc. (teachers will advise)

Feedback – Reports

You will receive a text once the reports are available to view.

We wish all our students the best of luck in their up-coming assessments and CBAs.

Yours sincerely,

Noel Kelly,


Letter Sent 5/11/20

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Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope this message finds you all well. I am delighted to have been appointed the position of Principal at Griffeen Community College, and I look forward to working with you, our students and the staff over the coming years.

I am delighted to be arriving to at the school as the new temporary building is soon to be available for our use. There are great opportunities in store for our students, especially as our College grows and develops.

In relation to my background, I have been a teacher of science, chemistry and maths for the last 20 years. Throughout my career, I have worked as Year Head, Programme Coordinator, Home School Community Liaison Coordinator and Deputy Principal in two other schools.

At this stage I am sure your son/daughter has informed you that I will be using my surname and so too will the staff. I have assured students that the name change will be transitioned at a slow and relaxed pace, and I would like to assure you as parents that the staff and the management of Griffeen Community College will continue to maintain and foster extremely positive relationships with the whole school community.

I look forward to working with you into the future.

Yours sincerely

Noel Kelly


Griffeen CC Lucan

Letter Sent 14/10/20

The letter at this link below was sent home to parents by email. If you have not received this email, please contact us at

Letter to parents OCT 14th 2020.docx

Update 17/9/20

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Reopening our post primary schools website

Letter sent 8/9/20

Dear Parent/Guardian,
It has been a busy start to the new school year as we attempt to get used to our new routines and learn how we can all best work, in a safe and considerate manner.
We would like to note a few small items that have arisen in the last few days.
Evening pick up:
Please collect your child from the layby on the main road outside the school. Students will exit the pedestrian gate here every evening.
Cars are not permitted in the staff carpark.
Social distancing:
Please remind your child of the importance of social distancing. We need to do all we can to look after each other and to take care of those that are more vulnerable. Students need to remain one meter apart and to wear their masks. Full cooperation is needed and leading by example is encourage from all students.
Class pods:
It is important to limit the number of contacts during the school. This will help us ensure efficient contact tracing. Students are asked to adhere to the seating plans set out by their teachers. A great deal of time and effort has been put into developing these plans and we have attempted, as much as is possible, to make the learning environment suitable for each student's needs. Please reinforce the importance of following instructions in this regard. These measures are intended for the health and safety of all.
Thank you for your ongoing support. We very much appreciate the tremendous efforts that have been made by our school community during these challenging times.

Letter dated 2/9/20


Letter From CMO 31/8/20

Open Letter ACMO to Parents English.pdf

Open Letter ACMO to Parents Gaeilge.pdf

Letter Dated 26/8/20

An email was sent to all parents 26/8/20 including the following attachments:

Letter from School: Update for GCC return to school.pdf

Links for information sent from the Department of Education 26/8/20

Poster: Advice for parents EN.pdf

Poster: Information from HSE for parents.pdf

See Print version below: Letter from Minister Norma Foley to Principals.pdf

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25 August 2020

Dear Principal

I hope that your plans for school re-opening have gone well and that you have found the supports and resources provided so far useful.

Once again, I would like to thank you and your whole school team and community for all the work that you have undertaken to fully re-open our schools.

I have seen some of this work at first-hand and I know the ingenuity and effort that has gone in to your re-opening plans. I am proud of the huge effort that the teams across our schools have made to make this important re-opening happen.

We have updated with new materials for parents and for students. These are designed to be age-appropriate and have been developed in consultation with children and young people and parents. I am grateful to everyone who has participated in giving us this feedback and support and I hope you find them useful.

I would be grateful for your support in ensuring that parents receive the following, important information from the Department and the HSE with regard to returning to school. Links to each of these are in the attached document, so that it is as easy as possible for you to send on the relevant items to your school community:

  • Video for parents with key information on supporting children to return to school available here and here
  • Fliers for parents – these are attached in this email but are also available for download here. The HSE has prepared material on recognising symptoms, which complements the material from the Department on returning to school. This is available here
  • Age-appropriate videos for children and young people at different stages. Videos for primary (both junior and senior level) and post-primary students are available here
  • Resources in a wide range of languages. Many schools will enjoy a huge diversity among their student and parent community. To support these parents, we have translated guidance for parents at ie/backtoschool.

The Covid-19 World Service project has also consulted with the Department and has used our key messages to produce a range of videos in a variety of languages which your school community may find helpful – please see more at

The Department has also produced a series of induction training videos for all school staff at primary and post-primary level.

This series includes further detailed information for Cleaning in schools, SNAs, School Bus Escorts and the new Covid-19 Lead Worker Representative in schools. This training will outline the steps that all staff need to take to ensure a safe return to schools for everybody and are all available here

It is also envisaged that further guidance will be issued later this week on the protocols that will underpin the arrangements for dealing with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19. I think this will be very helpful and reassuring for all school communities.

Ultimately, the key message is that where there is a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 amongst school staff or pupils, schools will be required to follow the public health instruction of the HSE Public Health.

Finally, the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) has developed webinars and resources to support the wellbeing of school communities, which are all available at

The re-opening of schools will require everyone to adjust and get used to new arrangements and routines. This change of culture won’t happen overnight and will take a bit of time in the initial re-opening period to get fully established and embedded into the daily operation of our schools.

If you have concerns with regard to your re-opening plans, I encourage you to contact We have been working with schools all around the country to support them to solve some of the challenges they are facing and together have found solutions to many of the issues that arise. Some of the most common issues have now been detailed in the schools sections on and you may find that useful.

I’d like to thank you once again for your efforts, and to wish you and all the students a very happy and heathy return to school.

Yours faithfully,


Norma Foley TD

Minister for Education

GCC COVID 19 Response Plan 21/8/20

The COVID 19 Response Plan for Reopening Griffeen Community College, as emailed on 21/8/20, may be found at the following link:

Students GCC COVID-19 Response Plan.pdf

Letter Sent 18/8/20

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Under Government and DES guidelines, we are introducing several new measures in our school to make it as safe as possible for our whole staff community for the school year 2020/21. This document has been prepared in accordance with the return to school guidelines issued on the 27th July 2020. Changes may occur as advice and guidelines may change.

Please take the time to read this information and to discuss with your child.

1. Hand sanitiser

  • There will be hand sanitiser at the entry point to every classroom and at toilets.
  • There are also mobile hand sanitisers placed at the entry to the school building.
  • All students are also encouraged to carry their own sanitiser.
  • Owing to the high use of hand sanitiser which can cause skin irritations, we encourage students to carry a hand moisturiser to protect your hands.

2. Face mask and visors

  • It is now recommended that teachers and secondary school students wear face coverings, similar to those worn in shops or on public transport, when a physical distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained.
  • Students must purchase their own face mask and visor.
  • Students must bring their own face mask to school every day and wash their masks in accordance with government guidelines. Appropriate face masks must be worn (No offensive pictures/logos/words/signs should be on face masks).
  • Classrooms are laid out in adherence with the 1 metre guidelines.
  • Face masks should be worn on corridors.
  • A face mask and a visor will be required in some practical classes. Students must clean their visor every day.
  • Students must carry a plastic zip lock bag for storage of their face mask, visor, sanitiser etc.
  • Students will be reminded of how to put on and take off their face mask and wash their hands correctly.

3. Use of toilets

  • There can be no group gatherings in or around the toilet areas.
  • Floors outside the toilets will be marked in adherence with social distancing guidelines.
  • Access to toilets will be managed by staff to ensure that everybody adheres to social distancing.

4. Lockers

  • Students will not be using lockers for the foreseeable future. This is to limit contact and possible cross contamination.

5. Water bottles

  • There will be no access to the taps or water filter. Students must arrive to school with their own filled water bottle.

6. Cleaning of classrooms

  • While in practical rooms/option subjects, students will sit with other students from their base class.
  • In line with government protocol, all classrooms will be cleaned and sanitised after use.
  • If students are leaving a base room, they will be asked to clean their own chair/desk before they leave the room. The school will provide all cleaning materials for this purpose.
  • Students must bring all of their classroom materials with them when leaving a room.
  • Students should place any tissues used in a separate ‘COVID19’ binwhich will be placed in each classroom.

7. Entering and exiting the building

  • Students will enter the building via the main Kishoge entrance. They may not come in through any other door.
  • Students will exit via the side fire exit when leaving the building. They will exit with their year group observing social distancing rules.
  • All procedures for entry and exit will be communicated again on the first day back to school.

8. Hand and respiratory hygiene

  • All students are expected to follow government guidelines in relation to good respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene
  • Students will be reminded of procedures to follow for washing hands during tutor classes.

9. Student belongings

  • Students must ensure that they have everything they need in school with them every day. Borrowing of any items from another student or staff member will not be permitted.
  • Students should clean their i-Pad, books and copy covers, stationery items, etc. every day after school.
  • Students should not touch anything belonging to another student or staff member.

10. School uniform

  • All students wear their full school uniform to school every day.
  • Students will be permitted to wear their school track suits on PE days ONLY as changing facilities will not be available.

11. Lunch times

  • All students will have lunch in their base classrooms.
  • Each student will clean and sanitise their own desk and area after their lunch.
  • Students will have an assigned outdoor space to go to after they have eaten lunch.
  • No eating will be permitted in the outdoor spaces and all students are advised to wear a face mask in these areas.
  • The canteen facility will not be available for students to purchase food this year.
  • Students should ensure that all lunch boxes, bottles, etc. are washed thoroughly each evening.

12. Social distancing

  • All students must always keep a minimum of 1 metre distance from each other
  • Students must keep a minimum of 2 metre distance from staff members.
  • There will be no hugging, close contact, handshakes, high fives, etc.
  • All these measures are always in place to keep all members of our school community safe.

13. Movement around the building

  • All corridors will be marked clearly with tape and students must always keep to the left of this tape.
  • All stairs are clearly marked to go up on the left and come down on the left.

14. Visitors to the school

  • Parents and guardians are requested not to enter the school building except if you have an arranged meeting/appointment.
  • In this case, we ask that you adhere to social distancing guidelines in the foyer of the school.
  • You will also be asked to wear a face mask if meeting with a staff member and to maintain a 2-metre distance. You must also sanitise your hands-on entry to the school.
  • No items can be dropped to school for students. Items forgotten by students are NOT to be handed into reception.

15. Student illness

  • If a student is displaying colds, coughs, high temperature or flu like symptoms, they must stay at home.
  • Children who display such symptoms in school will be isolated in a designated area and parents asked to collect them from the school as soon as possible. They must not use public transport under these circumstances.
  • We have a dedicated isolation room with contact less thermometers, PPE and assigned toilet facilities if necessary. Our isolation room will be referred to as a first aid room in our school.

16. Travel

  • We are encouraging students to walk/cycle to school where possible.
  • If students/families have returned from a country not on the current government green list in the last 14 days - they cannot return to school until 14 days’ quarantine is complete.
  • Government policy, which is based on official public health advice, continues to advise against non-essential travel overseas for everyone.
  • It is a requirement for anyone coming into Ireland, from locations other than those with a rating of ‘normal precautions’ (“green”), to restrict their movements for 14 days, and this includes school staff, parents and children or other students coming from abroad to attend school in Ireland. Restricting your movements means staying indoors in one location and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible.

17. Accommodation

  • It has come to our attention that several articles were printed over the weekend in online media forums. The headlines were very misleading and may have caused unnecessary anxiety for families with students attending GCC. As per previous emails and correspondence, we have secured classrooms in Kishoge CC for this academic year in the absence of our prefabs. The rooms assigned ensure that each base class in GCC has a designated classroom where social distancing of 1 m can be ensured. Therefore, reports of overcrowding or no access to accommodation for GCC are both misleading and untrue. GCC is working in line with the Department of Education roadmap, in the same manner as all schools throughout the country, to ensure the safe re opening of our school.
  • Contractors will be onsite to commence work by the end of August 2020 on our temporary accommodation.

A detailed COVID response plan for parents and students will follow later this week after the Board of Management meet.

Please keep an eye to our website and to your emails for updates as we get closer to a re-opening.

Letter Sent 14/8/20

14th August-2020.pdf

DES - Wearing of Masks in School 7/8/20

It is now recommended that teachers and secondary school students wear face coverings, similar to those worn in shops or on public transport, when a physical distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained.

The size of the classrooms in Kishoge CC allows us to fit 24 students , one teacher and 1 SNA in a classroom. This allows for 1 metre social distancing of students apart as per guidelines (Teacher is at 2 metre distance).

Letter Dated 5/8/20

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Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

We hope to find you all safe and well and we look forward to re connecting with you in the coming weeks as schools begin preparations for safe re opening in late August.

We wish on behalf of the BOM and DDLETB to update you regarding the provision of temporary accommodation for GCC.

We appreciate that there are concerns about the return to school. The Department of Education is working with schools to ensure that the safety of children and staff is paramount at this time. Measures are clearly indicated for schools to keep physical distancing and hygiene a priority so as to avoid incidences of Covid 19 within our schools. The building in Kishoge has more generous circulation space in corridors and stairwells than most schools. In collaboration with Kishoge CC, Griffeen CC has secured base classrooms for each class in GCC. Timetables may need to be adjusted in the coming weeks but we will be in touch regarding measures that will be taken to ensure the safety of all.

Delays to the previously shared timeline in relation to the delivery of temporary accommodation have been incurred due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

The delay has been caused by:

  • Steel assigned to this build being re-assigned to medical projects over the past number of months.
  • Crew numbers and safety protocols/training have changed, and the 100 building crew has been reduced to max 70 on site to adhere to social distancing and HSA guidance. This has added to longer timeline.
  • The cleaning and dis-infecting of the site means that building time has been reduced hence a longer timeline will be required.

It is hoped the proposed temporary building will be ready for occupation towards the end of the first week in November (6th November).

The internal works Contractor has also been appointed and it is expected that these works will be completed by the end of August.

Over the last three years we have overcome many obstacles as a school community and I believe that this year will be no different. We are doing everything possible to ensure a calm and safe return to school for our students. Staff are excited to meet our new students and staff members in the coming weeks.

Stay safe,

Rachel, Edel and the GCC Team.

School Calendar 2020/21

The provisional calendar for 2020 may be found at the following link. Please note this is subject to change due to anticipated guidelines from the Dept of Education. 2020_Provisional_Calendar.pdf

Letter Sent 26/6/20


There is a DRAFT calendar now available on the school website highlighting the return to school dates and times. Again, there is no confirmation or guidelines from the Department of Education outlining how social distancing will impact our school day, however we will share updates with you as they emerge.

School day:

Again, there is no confirmation or guideline's outlining what this might look like and we will share these with you once confirmed. Once guidelines have been issued and while we continue to share accommodation in Kishoge CC we need to make some changes to our daily timetable for the coming academic year.

These changes will ensure our students get maximum access to facilities and practical rooms in Kishoge CC.

School will now start at 8.45 with Tutor time. Classes will commence at 9am. We will then have 3 classes until 12pm. Lunch will be from 12 :00 - 12.55. There will be no morning break and we will factor in movement/snack breaks if needed. Classes will then resume from 12.55- 3.55 from Monday - Thursday and we will finish at 12:00 on Friday.

Monday – Thursday: 8.45 am – 3.55pm

Friday: 8.45 – 12:00pm

I understand this is a big change, but we have examined all options and it's the only way we can move forward whilst sharing facilities and minimizing school cross over. This decision can and will be revisited with the school community when we no longer rely on access to another schools' facilities. We thank you for your continued support of GCC.

Accommodation Update:

Due to Covid, there have been some delays in the timeline for temporary accommodation. That said, we are still aiming for 12th July when works will begin onsite. The date for occupancy has not being confirmed, so we are acquiring 2 more classrooms on the 1st floor in Kishoge CC and a small room for TY students on the second floor. We will keep you updated re developments here.

Uniform & Resource Lists

Information for resources required for each year group are now available online.

Uniform details and price lists are also available on the website. Please note the requirements for school shoes and jackets worn to school. Non-approved shoes include all types containing logos, even if they are black. Runner style shoes are not permitted.

While there may be issues purchasing the official school jacket due to supply, it is recommended to purchase a jacket that is similar in style and not branded or containing logos.

Please check the website regularly for all updates and information pertaining to school resumption and school life.

School Office

School office will close from Fri 26th June until Tuesday 4th August (urgent contact can be made via

We wish you all a restful and safe summer and look forward to welcoming our current and new students back to GCC for the coming academic year.

School Warehouse - School Uniform

Our partners at School Warehouse are in the final stages of preparing return to work on JUNE 8th 2020 in line with the Roadmap for Reopening Society & Business. With due regard for the health and safety of all customers and staff they are asking all customers (where possible) to purchase their uniform for the academic year 2020/21 online. They would appreciate if all parents register on their web site so that they can keep you up to date with any new changes to how they operate based on additional guidance as issued by the Government. Please review the attached document SCHOOLWEAR HOUSE REOPENING which contains details of how they propose to operate on reopening as well as guidance for parents on how to measure their child to ensure they order the correct size uniform.

DES - JC Exam Fee Refund 2020

In reference to the announcements made by the Minister for Education and Skills, Mr. Joe Mc Hugh T.D., on Friday 10th April and Friday 8th May regarding the postponement and the revised arrangements of the Junior Cycle and Leaving Certificate examinations. As a result of these decision I wish to confirm that the State Examinations Commission (SEC) is refunding all candidates who have paid their examination fee for 2020.

Refunds were processed on May 26th for all candidates that paid the examination fee online. Refunds will go back to the card/account which was used to pay the fee. The process can take up to 7 days to process.
If candidates have not received the refund by June 10th , they should email us at with their exam number.
Thank you for your continued co-operation and support in this regard, it is very much appreciated.

Letter Sent 21/5/20

2nd & 3rd yr student letter for fees and uniform (1) (1).pdf

TY Parents_Letter.pdf

Uniform Shop Flyer 2020 GCC.pdf

Student Vaccinations 2020

We have been advised that the second round of vaccinations due to take place before lockdown will now be scheduled for the next school year.
The vaccines are boosters so some immunity has already been provided and not affected by the delay.
Our information is that it will not be possible to get the vaccines from your GP.
One thing for certain is that they won't be forgotten about.

Letter Sent 1/5/20

Please see letters including TimeTables sent by email to parents on Friday May 1st:

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Teaching & Learning Guidelines - 1st & 2nd Yr

Given continued restrictions and school closures it has been agreed by staff that as the school year comes to an end that students will be sent 1 piece of work per subject to do weekly for the next 3 weeks.

This work will be assigned on a set day (timetables attached) and should be submitted maximum 5-7 days later. If work is completed before that, it may be submitted via Edmodo as normal. If students need help over the course of the week, they may contact their teachers via email or Edmodo as is currently happening and there will also be the option for online meetings hosted via Microsoft teams. The guidelines for these online meetings are also attached as a separate document.

Work posted will be left visible after the 5-7 day deadline to allow students to access at a later date if they have a change in circumstances.

Each piece of assigned work will be presented in a way that it is manageable for students with full instructions. Every subject has different requirements/layouts but all tasks will be in parts. For example this may look like an exam question of varying parts, a comprehension of different sections, an art assignment based on topic. In some cases if you see CAPITAL LETTERS in a question this may be used as a guide for the following

Capital G = Go Section- this is work achievable by all students

Capital B will be more challenging

Capital G = Grit requires structure and effort. This is an 'Extension Challenge' for students and all students are capable of attempting.

Students should attempt ALL sections and we ask you encourage them to complete all sections - in full preferably or part where challenges arise. We encourage students to challenge themselves at their own level and we hope that all tasks would be attempted in some form.

** Please note this is a structure/format and may not be an identical document for every subject as content in subjects can vary.

Each subject teacher will have a scheduled online video check-in time where they will meet with small group of students – invitations will be sent via school email. These check in’s will take place between the work being assigned and submitted to provide support if needed. Online Check ins are not compulsory as we understand some students may not be comfortable with this and in some cases, depending on each households circumstances, this may not be possible to arrange. If this is the case please just let the teacher know and further communication can be arranged via another platform, for example, Edmodo.

Teachers will continue to be are available via Edmodo and students can email for guidance as normal.

Success criteria will be shared and marks/weighting will be assigned to work. Feedback will follow but please allow time for this as providing feedback online can take longer than face to face feedback typically would.

Where possible there will be a range of modes of expression- text/ presentation/ video/ poster etc. invited.

End of year reports will reflect an average of the work submitted (during this period as well as from January to March). Reports will therefore reflect performance and engagement with online tasks and formative feedback will be provided.

Stay safe and well,

The Griffeen CC staff.

Teaching & Learning Guidelines - 3rd Yr 1/5/20

Given continued restrictions and school closures it has been agreed by staff that as the school year comes to an end that students will be sent 1 piece of work per subject to do weekly for the next 3 weeks.

This work will be assigned on a set day (timetables attached) and should be submitted maximum 5-7 days later. If work is completed before that, it may be submitted via Edmodo as normal. If students need help over the course of the week, they may contact their teachers via email or Edmodo as is currently happening and there will also be the option for online meetings hosted via Microsoft teams. The guidelines for these online meetings are also attached as a separate document.

Work posted will be left visible after the 5-7 day deadline to allow students to access at a later date if they have a change in circumstances.

Each piece of assigned work will be presented in a way that it is manageable for students with full instructions. Every subject has different requirements/layouts but all tasks will be in parts. For example this may look like an exam question of varying parts, a comprehension of different sections, an art assignment based on topic. In some cases if you see CAPITAL LETTERSin a question this may be used as a guide for the following

Capital G = Go Section- this is work achievable by all students

Capital B will be more challenging

Capital G = Grit requires structure and effort. This is an 'Extension Challenge' for students and all students are capable of attempting.

Students should attempt ALL sections and we ask you encourage them to complete all sections - in full preferably or part where challenges arise. We encourage students to challenge themselves at their own level and we hope that all tasks would be attempted in some form.

** Please note this is a structure/format and may not be an identical document for every subject as content in subjects can vary.

Each subject teacher will have a scheduled online video check-in time where they will meet with small group of students – invitations will be sent via school email. These check in’s will take place between the work being assigned and submitted to provide support if needed. Online Check ins are not compulsory as we understand some students may not be comfortable with this and in some cases, depending on each households circumstances, this may not be possible to arrange. If this is the case please just let the teacher know and further communication can be arranged via another platform, for example, Edmodo.

Teachers will continue to be available via Edmodo and students can email for guidance as normal.

Success criteria will be shared and marks/weighting will be assigned to work. Feedback will follow but please allow time for this as providing feedback online can take longer than face to face feedback typically would.

Where possible there will be a range of modes of expression- text/ presentation/ video/ poster etc invited. End of year reports for 3rd years will reflect a range of assessment modes. Reports will therefore reflect performance/engagement on a number of levels over a period of time.

As per the Minister for Educations announcement, 28th April 2020, this end of Junior Cycle Assessment can be decided locally and will take into consideration the students work over the last 3 years .

We wish you well in the final 3 assignments of your junior cycle. Your commitment and growth over the last 3 years will no doubt be celebrated in your efforts and resilience during these challenging times.

Stay safe and well,

The Griffeen CC staff.

3rd Yr Assignment Schedule 5/5 - 28/5 2020

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24th April 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We hope you and your families are staying safe and well in these challenging times. We would like to take this opportunity to check in with you and provide an update on a few things as we come to the end of the first week after the Easter break.

  • Please email the school at any time for advice, support or a check in and a member of staff will contact you as soon as they can. The email is

  • We understand that there are mixed emotions and stresses in your homes, so all we ask is that your sons/daughters make efforts to engage with at least some school work each day. Routine is sometimes so re-assuring at stressful times. We are looking at adapting the way school work is being made available in the hope that some variety may provide new opportunity. For those struggling we recommend they work on favourite subjects for now. There are also lots of non-curricular activities they could engage in that are educational; helping in the house, prepping meals, working in the garden; so please bear that in mind. The activities and work we are sending, are to give structure to their day and keep them thinking. So please as parents/guardians know we are all doing our best in these challenging times. Households have enough going on and wellbeing for all is a priority. The students will be fine and if anything, more resilient after this.

  • We do understand that there are very difficult situations in some homes, and everyone is dealing with challenges that none of us would ever have foreseen. If any student is having trouble uploading work etc, they, or you on their behalf, can communicate this privately on . There are guidelines for using the online platform on the school website also.

  • If you think some hard copies of resources/work might help instead of online work, please email us and we will try and accommodate this. If your son/daughter needs access to an iPad please let us know.

  • If your son/daughter is struggling with anxiety or any other issues and you think they may need additional support, please contact us and we will try our best to access supports on your behalf.

  • We will keep you updated on any changes to circumstances e.g.; school closures/ returns/ exams. We would like to thank you again for your support and cooperation during these times.

On a final note, we ask you to be cognisant of the new working conditions our teachers find themselves in. These are challenging times for us all as we care for our families. I would therefore ask that you do not email individual teaching staff outside of working hours unless this has been agreed. If it is the case that an email is sent, please do not expect a response until the next working day at the earliest.

I cannot commend the staff enough for their level of commitment and continued engagement with the students under what are very difficult circumstances. We are all working to the best of our abilities and I ask that you bear that in mind. Remote learning is new for all of us, so flexibility on both sides is required.

As a school, we will continue to support, guide and motivate our students on our online learning platform. We would like nothing more than to have our school community in its proper school environment, however for the moment, the priority is that we all stay safe and well and support and look after each other.

Stay safe and well,

Rachel, Edel and all the staff at Griffeen CC

Impact of School Closures - Examination

The State Examinations Commission has developed an FAQ document for all exam students following the announcement of the postponement of the State exams

Announcement on 10th April - Postponement of the Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle Examinations.

You may have heard about the decision to postpone this year’s Junior Cycle and Leaving Certificate examinations. At Leaving Certificate, all final written examinations due to take place in May and June will be rescheduled to a new timetable commencing at end July/early August. At Junior Cycle, the written examinations are postponed and will be rearranged as school based tests when schools reopen.

Below you’ll find a few questions and answers to try and explain what the changes mean, who is affected by them and why this unprecedented action was taken. There is no perfect solution to the difficulties our education system is facing as a result of school closures and the impact of measures to stem the spread of Covid-19.

But these decisions are being taken with the best interests of students and their families in mind. We know that this is a time of real stress and worry for you. In making these decisions we wanted to try to provide some certainty about your examinations.

Why was this decision necessary?

The ongoing public health emergency means that at the moment we cannot be sure that it would be safe to bring students together to sit their examinations as normal in June. Students need certainty about the start of their examinations a number of weeks in advance, so acting on the best available public health information, we believe that by the end of July, it will be possible to hold the Leaving Certificate examinations under the conditions required by the public health authorities.

When will the new timetable be available?

Other than advising that the rescheduled Leaving Certificate examinations will commence in late July/August it is not possible right now set out the examinations timetable. The public health situation remains fluid and so decisions in respect of the details of running the examinations can only be made closer to the commencement date. The SEC plans to issue these detailed arrangements to schools in early June

What advice would you give to Leaving Certificate students at this time?

You should continue to prepare for your examinations by engaging in the teaching and learning arrangements that have been put in place for you by your school. We know that this is a really stressful and challenging time, so we also recommend that you stay in touch and connected with your friends,

classmates and your teachers online and with your family for support. You also need to take rest and a break from study over Easter and for at least two weeks in June.

Why are the Junior Cycle examinations postponed?

In line with public health restrictions, it is not possible to run both sets of examinations in schools simultaneously and the decision reflects the priority given to running the Leaving Certificate examinations so that students can transition to the next stage of their lives. Under normal examination arrangements, examination candidates need far more space than students under normal classroom conditions. Runningtheexaminationstypicallyutilisesasignificantamountofschoolaccommodation both as main examination centres and as special examination centres for candidates with special educational needs. Retaining all of the examination centres but halving the number of candidates by not running the Junior Cycle means that it will be possible to safely run the Leaving Certificate examinations in line with the current public health guidelines.

Can the SEC not run the Junior Cycle examination when schools reopen?

Running these examinations centrally would create a significant level of disruption in schools at a time when it is intended that school life will be returning to normal. The intention is that schools will have flexibility over the running of these school-based examinations in the autumn.

Did you consider running the examinations on-line this year?

Running online examinations is neither a practically viable nor a desirable arrangement to make in reaction to this issue without proper planning and in an unsupported environment of over 120,000 candidates not only sitting examinations online, but doing so from their homes. We need to ensure that we can deliver examinations on a level playing pitch to all candidates and online delivery presents very real issues of equity and fairness, as not all candidates have access to ICT, to broadband and to a suitable location for taking examinations. There would also be very significant risks to the integrity of the examination process.

What measures will be taken to protect the health and welfare of candidates coming to take their examinations and the superintendents and other school staff involved in conducting the examinations in schools?

We will strictly implement public health advice for candidates and superintendents including in special examinations centres. In addition we will be working with the school stakeholders in the lead up to the examinations to put in place necessary safeguards in schools at examinations time in order to minimise the risk of infection, acting at all time on public health advice in the best interests of all involved.

We are considering how best to support examination superintendents who have a critical role in the delivery of the examinations which will include operational and procedural changes to safeguard their health and wellbeing.

Last year there were alternative examinations for Leaving Certificate candidates who suffered a bereavement at examinations time. Will there be alternative examinations this year?

It is likely that some candidates will be unable to take their examinations later in the summer due to a family bereavement. Others may be unable to attend on health grounds, as they may be ill or in quarantine or isolation. The SEC and the Department are considering appropriate alternative arrangements so that candidates in this situation are not disadvantaged compared to their peers.

10/4/20 - Minister McHugh Announces Postponement of State Examinations

Updated health advice - school closures

  • Leaving Certificate written examinations postponed until late July/August

  • Junior Cycle examinations in June replaced with school-based exams and assessments early in the new school year

The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today (Friday 10 April 2020) announced a series of changes to the 2020 State Examinations as part of measures to respond to Covid-19, including postponement of the Leaving Certificate examinations.

The decisions have been taken on foot of updated advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET).

Minister McHugh said plans were being put in place for the postponed Leaving Certificate examinations to begin in the last week of July or early August, subject to public health advice.

Junior Cycle final examinations due to take place in June will be replaced by school-based exams and assessments held early in the new school year.

A series of other decisions has also been taken –

  • As part of the wider public health measures, schools are closed until further notice.
  • Practical examinations for Leaving Certificate students which were due to have been held in May are deferred. They will be rescheduled for late July/early August.
  • The new Leaving Certificate exam timetable will be confirmed in early June.

Minister McHugh said: “All decisions we are taking in relation to rescheduling exams are based on current public health advice and put the best interests of students first. The welfare of students and that of their families is front and centre in all decision making.

“The final arrangements for the exams, the exam centres, social distancing and other measures will all be determined by the State Examinations Commission (SEC) on foot of public health advice in June. I want to thank the SEC for its efforts to put in place these revised arrangements.

“Students and their families have been seeking clarity. Today’s announcement addresses that. It also provides them with several weeks of advance notice to prepare for the examinations. I hope it helps to alleviate some stress being experienced by students and their families at this time.

“Asking Leaving Certificate students and their families to refocus their attention from June to August is not something we do lightly. I know it will not be easy. However, I believe it is the fairest way of assessing students and giving them certification of achievement in school and a pathway to higher and further education and training, apprenticeship or work.”

Minister McHugh also said: “Students with special educational needs will be fully supported in sitting the rescheduled Leaving Certificate examinations in line with the reasonable accommodations as already arranged for them.”

Minister McHugh said the intention was to allow at least two weeks of class time, in school, before the Leaving Certificate examinations begin.

“Great work is being done by schools and teachers to connect with students and to keep them learning. We must give teachers, principals and school staff huge credit for their commitment to supporting students, in their schoolwork and in their wellbeing. And we want to provide students and teachers with an opportunity to build on that,” the Minister said.

As part of the changes to the Junior Cycle, discussions will take place with teacher unions and school management to allow these examinations, linked Classroom-Based Assessments, Assessment Tasks and project work to be completed as school-based assessments early in the next school year.

Minister McHugh acknowledged the positive engagement he has had with unions, management bodies, the further education and training and higher education sectors on all of these issues.

“I am grateful for the co-operation shown by all concerned, in what is a very challenging situation for our young people, their families and teachers. I am confident we can continue to work together in a supportive spirit to help secure the best outcomes for students,” the Minister said.

Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor said: “The tertiary level institutions look forward to welcoming this year’s Leaving Certificate students who have applied to enter their courses. I appreciate the particular challenges these students have had to face and I welcome the flexible approach indicated by the sector to enabling these students to take up a place in the year ahead.”

The admissions process for higher education, managed by the Central Applications Office (CAO), will operate as closely as possible to the usual timeframe for offers and the entry date for first year students will be delayed.

The Department has asked the Higher Education Authority and the higher education sector to explore ways of assisting access to higher education for students from under-represented groups.

School closures

  • Schools were closed on public health grounds at 6pm 12 March and remain closed until further notice.
  • Students have lost 15 classroom instruction days to date, since the closure of schools.

Leaving Certificate statistics

  • More than 61,000 students are expected to sit the Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied in 2020.
  • This includes 44,396 students sitting the established Leaving Certificate and 13,668 for the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme and 2,999 sitting the Leaving Certificate Applied.

Orals and Practicals

  • Leaving Certificate oral language and some Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle practical performance examinations had been scheduled to take place between 23 March and 3 April.
  • These were cancelled and candidates awarded 100% for these components.
  • Today’s announcement does not change that position.

Practical projects and Course Work

  • A range of subjects involve these elements – Computer Science, PE Performance, Technology, Art, Agricultural Science, Agricultural Economics, History, Geography, RE, Politics and Society, Music Composition, Construction Studies and Home Economics (Textiles).
  • The deadline for submission of work will now be immediately prior to the commencement of the written examinations in the late July/August period.

Practical examinations

  • A number of practical examinations, supervised by school appointed superintendents and scheduled for 27 April to 8 May in Engineering, Art Life Sketching and Construction Studies and a practical and written examination in Computer Science scheduled for 27 May will now take place in the late July/August period.

Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) and LCVP Link Modules

The Leaving Certificate Applied is a distinct, self-contained two-year Leaving Certificate programme aimed at preparing students for adult and working life.

LCVP is a Leaving Certificate programme with a Strong Vocational focus. It may be taken alongside other subjects.

  • LCA Personal Reflection Task, scheduled for completion by 1 May, will now be completed by the commencement of the written examinations in the late July/August period.

The following will be rescheduled for the late July/August period.

  • LCA Oral Examinations
  • LCA practical performance tests in Hotel Catering & Tourism; Office Administration and Customer Care; Active Leisure Studies; Hair & Beauty; and Agriculture/Horticulture
  • LCA ICT practical performance and written examination.
  • LCVP Link modules written examination.

Letter Sent 3/4/20

Good morning all,

I hope we find you safe and well at this time. As we continue with school development in the background we are composing a new Admissions Policy for 2021 as per Dept Of Ed guidelines. All schools will now follow the same legal framework in this document but the only aspects that may differ are the

  • Process of enrolment
  • Over subscription

These aspects of the policy must be considered for incoming 1st Years and for enrolment in any other year group. We have already enrolled for 2021 and are full so any further late applicants or transfers will be guided by this document in the next academic year once this policy is fully ratified.

In preparation for that can I please ask that you review the document and send any items for consideration to with the subject "Admission Policy 2021".

I thank you for your time and commitment to GCC as a developing school.

The Draft policy is available at the following link:

Draft Griffeen CC Admissions Policy Working Document (1) (1) copy.pdf

24/3/20 - Covid-19 Statement - Department of Education & Skills

Press Release 24th March 2020

All schools, pre-schools and further and higher education settings will remain closed to students until 19 April 2020.

The decision has been taken following advice from the NPHET (National Public Health Emergency Team) as part of efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19.

All young people and children are urged to practice social distancing, and to minimise physical contact to keep themselves and others healthy and to limit the spread of infection. This should include minimising social contact, avoiding meeting up and keeping physical space of two metres between each other. Parents and guardians are urged to support young people and children to follow those simple guidelines.

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD said: “This is an extremely difficult time for everyone, not least students and their parents.

“The decision to keep schools closed until after the Easter break is based on public health advice. It is a hugely important aspect of our continued effort to limit the spread of Covid-19.

“My message to students facing exams is that they should keep focused, keep working and try, as much as possible, to prepare as normal for the state exams. We are doing everything in our power to make sure those exams happen.

“Teachers and students have answered the call to remote learning with exceptional flexibility and adaptability. You are all a credit to the education system.

“I am also deeply conscious of significant work being done to ensure continuity of learning across our higher and further education institutions. The impact of emergency measures has not stopped education, it has inspired innovation and we are indebted to all those continuing to provide education in these trying times.”


Updating Contacting Details

In an effort to ensure that we have up to date contact details for all, please complete the form at the following link:

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Letter Sent 12/3/20

Griffeen CC Lucan Thomas Omar Way Lucan Co Dublin.

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you are aware the COVID-19 virus is a fast-moving situation and the Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has advised that any decision to close schools and Colleges will only be made on public health grounds. The decision to close schools has now been made at Government level. We have prepared a plan to keep teaching and learning going throughout the period of closure.

Please note the following:

  1. Following receipt of this letter GCC will communicate with parents/guardians through SMS-Text and with students via their school email account and Edmodo. Please ask students to check their email daily (Monday – Fri).
  2. Our teachers have been working on plans to continue delivering teaching during a period of closure.
  3. Students will be asked to make themselves available during the day to interact with learning content throughout the closure period. We ask students to structure their day and continue generally in line with their timetable.
  4. Teachers will deliver content and be accessible online via Edmodo during normal school hours, 8.30am-3.30pm, Mon- Fri.
  5. As per the schools Code of Behaviour and AUP (Acceptable user Policy) inappropriate behaviour/ interaction/ language or mis use of or on the learning platform will result in students being removed from this. A text will be sent to notify you of this action. Please ensure therefore that they are using this in an appropriate manner.
  6. Delivery methods will include use of student iPads. Access to Apps that are required are all available and have been checked on student devices.
  7. With regard students who may not have access to appropriate devices/wifi from home we will advise schoolwork based on texts.
  8. Students with additional needs will be issued differentiated work via Edmodo/email.
  9. The administrative team in the office will also be working remotely so the school phone number will not be answered.
  10. Emails will continue to be dealt with at
  11. Tutors will also be available during working hours (8.30-3.30pm) , Mon to Fri. Please be cognisant that emails will not be immediately answered but will be checked daily.

1st Year Esker – Maria O’Hara -

1st Year Sarsfield – Adam O’Faolain -

1st Shakelton – Sean Harpur -

1st Year Head - Colleen Fitzgerald –

2nd Year Elm – Fionnuala Quirke -

2nd Year Ash – Charlotte Kinsella –

3rd Year Griffeen – Jennifer Browne –

SNA support Amanda Pollard –

  1. Once plans are in place to reopen the school, you will receive a text message a few days beforehand.
  2. I would advise all families to view the videos available on the HSE and WHO websites which outline good etiquette around hygiene and keeping you and your loved ones safe. It is advised that if you are immuno-compromised or are worried about your health being compromised that you contact your GP or the HSE. We have an opportunity to come together to limit the impact of this disease, both on our physical health and mental well-being.

See the following links to HSE and WHO videos:

Regardless of the disruption that this is bringing, we look forward to continuing with you on your learning journey. Thank you for your co-operation.

Letter Sent 11/3/20

11th March 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We are sharing information with you as we put plans in place should school closure be advised in the coming weeks from the HSE. Please keep checking the website for updates. As per previous correspondence good hand hygiene is essential and needs to be encouraged at all times.

In the event of school closure, we have put the following measures in place.


Directions will be taken from the Chief Medical Officer from the Dept of Health, Dr Tony Holohan regarding any school closures, partial or otherwise.

You should continue to follow the and for accurate and informative information regarding Covid19, its symptoms and the steps you can take to protect yourself and your family.

Both the Dept of Health & the Dept of Education and Skills will continue to collaborate in Irelands response to Covid-19.

If school closure is a decision made by the Dept of Health, you will be notified by text message from the school. Therefore, please ensure your details are up to date on the school text platform. A test message will be sent this evening. If you do not receive this message please email the school tomorrow at or call the office between 9.30am-12.30pm at 01 6212392 and update your contact details. All information will also be shared on the school website and Twitter accounts.

Class work:

All students have had their email accounts checked today and details such as usernames/ passwords are noted in school journals and in the Notes app on their iPads. Please take the time to log in with your son/daughter on their iPad and if there is a problem email

They may access their email via the school website using the red square in the top right of the website.

To continue engagement with subject content/ lessons etc. work will be facilitated online via the Edmodo platform.

To log onto Edmodo

  1. Using any internet browser log into
  2. Login in the top right corner using their school email address and password.
  3. This app will also be pushed to all devices in the coming days so it will also appear as an icon on their iPad.
  4. To access apps successfully please make sure your son/daughter is updating their iPads daily.
  5. Once logged in they will be able to communicate with the teachers, completing and submitting work as requested. This system should be logged onto daily as all work will be shared from here.If any major difficulties arise the school email account can be used as a back-up.

Kind regards,


Rachel McGrath



Talking to Children and Young People about COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Advice for Parents and Schools

 Children and young people need factual, age appropriate information about the virus and concrete instruction about how to avoid spreading of the virus. Without the facts, they often imagine situations far worse than reality. See

 Let the child/young person’s questions and their age guide as to how much information to provide:

o Very young children need brief, simple information and reassurance that they are safe and that the people they care about are safe. They may ask Will I get sick? Will granny/grandad die?

o Reassure them that the Government is working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy.

o Explain that at the present moment very few people in this country are sick with the virus.

o Tell them that not everyone will get the virus and that the vast majority who get it recover fully.

o Older children may need help to separate reality from rumour and fantasy. Either provide or direct them to where they can find accurate, and factual information about the current status of COVID-19. Having such knowledge can help them feel a sense of control.

 Children can feel less anxious and more in control when given guidance on what they can do to prevent infection. Give them this information. Further information is available here.

 The posters below are available at the link There is also a link to a video the Deputy Chief Medical Officer answered some common questions for RTÉ Junior’s News 2Day programme here

o Children and young people look to the adults in their lives to guide them on how to react to worrying and stressful events. If the adults in their lives seem overly worried, their own anxiety may rise.

o If they are anxious, let them talk about their feelings and guide them in reframing their thoughts and concerns to a more helpful way of thinking.

o Give them extra attention and time, to talk about their concerns, fears, and questions.

o Remember they do not always talk about their concerns readily. Watch for clues that they may want to talk, such as hovering around while you do the dishes etc.

o It is very typical for younger children to ask a few questions, return to playing and then come back with further questions.

 Reassure children and young people that many stories about COVID-19 on the internet may be based on rumours and inaccurate information.

o Remember factual information about the virus can help reduce anxiety.
o Avoid constantly monitoring or discussing updates on the status of COVID -19, as

this can increase anxiety.

o Try to limit their access to information on the internet/television/social media that might be upsetting to them.

o Remind children/young people that no individual or group is ‘responsible’ for the virus.

o Remind them that they should not make negative comments about others in relation to the virus.

o Challenge any negative comments they make or any stereotyping. Explain what negative comments mean if they are different to your values.

 Encourage children/young people to continue with their schoolwork and extracurricular activities, but don’t push them if they seem upset or overwhelmed.

 Maintain a normal routine as much as possible, keeping to a regular schedule can be reassuring.

Letter Payment of State Examinations June 2020

Dear Parent/guardian,

Examination fees for the Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate examinations are due by April 30th, 2020. Exam students will be given a letter from the State Examinations Commission with instructions on how to pay in the coming weeks.

Provisions For Payment Or Application For Exemption Of Examination Fees

In the coming weeks the department will issue letters to schools for distribution to candidates/parents/guardians providing instructions for the use of an online portal where examination fees may be paid.

Those who do not have access to online facilities can request an individual pre-printed Giro Form (EF3/G) through the school. This form must be stamped by a bank and returned to the school for return to the State Examinations Commission.

If paying online, the full fee must be paid at the time of payment. You will be requested to retain online confirmation of payment, or applications for medical card exemptions, as these must be returned to the school as proof of payment. The closing date for the payment of examination fees or making an application for a medical card exemption is April 30th 2020.

The rate of fees are as follows:

Junior Certificate/Cycle €109

Candidates who hold s full medical card or who are covered for all services on a parent or guardians’ full medical card are not liable for examination fees. Medical cards will only be accepted if valid on or between January 1st, 2020 and April 30th, 2020.

Holders or dependents of holders of G.P. visit cards are not eligible for exemption from examination fees.

Failure to pay examination fees may result in:

  1. Refusal of admission to the Certificate Examinations
  2. Withholding of examination results
  3. Withholding of the actual examination certificate
  4. Withholding of results from the CAO.

Examination fees are not refundable.

Details of the examination fees, including fee rates for External candidates, are available from the Examination Information section of the SEC website,

Further information will be provided as it becomes available.

Incoming First year Presentation 2020

Incoming 1st Yr night 2020.pdf

Letter Sent - Mock exams

Dear Parent/Guardian,

As you are aware, the mock exams will take place during the first two weeks of February. All students will be provided with a timetable for their exams which will also be posted on the school website.

The mock exams are a good indicator of projected attainment in the June examinations. They provide feedback for both the student and the teacher which highlight areas in which the student is progressing, as well as areas that need to be emphasised for improvement. It is therefore essential that students make their best effort when completing these exams in order to gain an accurate evaluation of their progress to date.

Students are expected to be present for all examinations that they are registered to sit in the State Examinations in June. There will be no guarantee that there will be an opportunity to re-sit an examination that has been missed due to absence. Students must only attend at times when they have exams only. If they do not have a timetabled exam they do not have to be present in school.

Normal school rules apply during the examinations and students are expected to present in full uniform. They are required to stay in the exam centre for the full time allotted to the exam in order to achieve their own personal best outcome in each subject. As on all other school days, punctuality is important during the mock examination period. Students should arrive at school on time and fully prepared for each exam. It is recommended to arrive at least 15 minutes before the official start time, in order to organise any materials that are required for that exam. Arriving after the start time is extremely disruptive, causes distraction and increases anxiety for other students. Please note that students will not be given extra time to finish exams in the event that they have arrived late.

During the mock exams it is hoped to reflect the conditions that will be adhered to during the State Examinations in June. This will help students to experience the exam situation and therefore prepare themselves for what to expect. As such, students are expected to conduct themselves as they would during the official state exams:

  • Digital devices, for example, mobile phones or iPads, regardless of whether they are on or off, are strictly forbidden during the exams. Students may leave these in their lockers prior to entering the exam centre.
  • As in state exams when students need to use the bathroom facilities they will sign out with the superintendent and then sign back in again. The time of leaving and returning will also be recorded on their exam paper.
  • Students are not permitted to have any papers on the desk other than the examination paper and the answering booklets provided.
  • There will be absolutely no sharing of equipment. Students must come equipped with the necessary materials required for any given exam, for example, pens, pencils, rulers, calculators etc.
  • No books or papers — other than exam papers and answering booklets provided by superintendents — are allowed in the exam centre.

For a full list of regulations that are expected during the State Examinations, please refer to the following link:

The same penalties will apply during the mock examinations which aim to replicate official examination conditions. 'A candidate is liable to have his/her whole examination cancelled if he/she';

  1. Brings into the examination hall, or has in his/her possession or under his/her control any books, notes, papers, etc., (other than the examination paper, and answer books, etc., supplied to him/her by the Superintendent)
  2. Aids or attempts to aid another candidate.
  3. Obtains or attempts to obtain aid from another candidate.
  4. Communicates or attempts to communicate in any way with another candidate within the centre, or by electronic means with a person outside the centre.

Examination results and a report will be available on VSware when the marking process has been completed.

Finally, we would like to wish all of our students the very best of luck in the upcoming mock examinations and hope that the experience of sitting them proves to be valuable practice for all our third years as they prepare for their important State Examinations in June.

We would like to thank you for your continued support and look forward to your cooperation in relation to all of the above.

Yours Faithfully,


Rachel Mc Grath


Date 2019 Students

Parent Letter May 2019(Incoming 1st Year Parents)

Parent Letter May 2019(Current 2nd Year Parents)

Parent Info Night

SEN applications- all reports/details needed - NOW
•Assessment CAT4- 23rd March 2019 –Tallaght IT 9.30-11.30am
•Parent and Student night –Protocol & Procedures-21st May 2019
•Handbook & school resource list will be provided on this evening
•Transition Programme-SOME students may avail – please email us by Fri 15thFeb 2019
•Ipadpurchase & deployment –via online shop and delivered to home address
Start of school year 1st Year 26th Aug 2019
•Calendar and details for school year will be provided in May/June
06 2021
School Closed
08 2021
5th Year Progress Meetings
13 2021
Results Open to Parents
22 2021
End of term Assemblies
23 2021
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c/o Kishoge Community College,
Ninth Lock Road,
Co Dublin

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