3rd Year Letter to Parents/ Litir chuig Tuistí 3bl

A Chairde,

Tá súil agam go bhfuil sibh ar fad ag coinneáil slán sábhailte sna tréimhsí crua seo.

The Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD announced on 10 April 2020 that a decision had been made to cancel the Junior Certificate examinations which were due to take place in June 2020. He then made a further announcement on the 29th of April 2020 outlining that for each student, certification will involve two elements:

• A State Certificate of completion of Junior Cycle from the Department of Education and Skills. Students should receive a State Certification that they have completed three years of Junior Cycle education in a number of subjects/priority learning units. This certification will be provided by the Department of Education and Skills. This certificate will be provided early in the school year 2020/2021.

• A School Report setting out the learning achievements of students in Junior Cycle. Students should receive a written report on the broad range of learning that they have achieved in each subject, short course and/or priority learning unit at the end of Junior Cycle. This assessment of their learning will be provided by their teachers. This will be sent to all homes on the week of the 8th June. (This has no bearing on the State Certification mentioned above and is entirely school based.)
School based assessment will be conducted and completed in line with the Ministers guidelines by the 29th May 2020. This will also allow for the minimum level of disruption to the beginning of the new school year in September.
Schools will have autonomy to choose the most appropriate form of school-based assessments to put in place for the third-year cohort of 2019/20. Below you will see the outline of Coláiste de hÍde’s assessment of their learning.

It is important to note that each student’s engagement and participation up until 29 May 2020 will be recorded to help inform the final grade in each subject which will appear in the report.


Coláiste de hÍde’s School Report

The report will contain a percentage mark for each subject studied as part of the Junior Cert along with a descriptor for any CBA’s (Continuous Based Assessment) finished in 2nd or 3rd Year.

After consultation with the School Community the following was agreed:
The percentage mark will weigh heavy on work/examinations completed before the school closed on the 12 March.

60% of grade will be based on work from 2nd and 3rd Year (Mock results; Average Class Scores; Practical Exam etc.)
20% of the grade will be accounted for CBA work/project work completed in 2nd and 3rd Year.
20% of the grade will be accounted for an assessment task (18-22 May)

It is important to note that above is the formula outlined to staff after consultation but not every subject will be the same as many do not contain a CBA or Practical Work. Each subject department will have to be creative in outlining to the students how they intend to collate their mark.

Teachers may use other results/class work/project work if a student was absent for an explained reason.

The final 20% assessment task may be assessed through a combination of methods outlined to the students by their various teachers. (Examples: Online exam; Open book exam; Creative Writing; Engagement in work; Continuous assessment etc.)

It is important that Parents/Guardians and Students trust the integrity and professionalism of the teachers and staff through this process. We understand the difficulties at this time and we are all striving in trying to provide the fairest and most deserving result for your son/daughter at this time.


The following is an outline of the timeline for the weeks ahead:

5-8 May: Continuous engagement Online with Teachers
11-15 May: Revision and Study Week with Teachers and individually.
18-22 May: Assessments (20% of grade)
26-29 May: Online feedback and reporting of results

Week of 8th June: Posting of School Report

All 3rd Year students will be sent an email outlining all this as Gaeilge this morning and there will be an online Tionól at 12 i.n for any questions that might arise. Teachers will be individually outlining their assessment tasks/plans to the students over the next few days. Students will also get a class based outline of what is expected from each subject as well as a timetable for the week of 18-22 May in the next few days.

If any student feels they do not have the correct technology to participate over the next few weeks, please contact me and we might be able to assist.

Teachers will be engaging with the SEN Co-ordinator and she will be in contact with SEN Students over the period to try and make these assessments as smooth as possible under the circumstances. isabel@colaistedehide.ie

Pádraig our School Counselor is available for any 1-1 or group online counselling sessions should a student wish to speak to him regarding any worry they might have. padraigmacanbhaird@colaistedehide.ie

If you have any questions regarding any of the above please do not hesitate in contacting me at conchubhair@colaistedehide.ie.

Many thanks for your support and patience over the last difficult period. It is important that all students make a big effort to engage with the teachers online until the end of May.

Tabhair aire,

Míle buíochas,
Le dea-mhéin,

Conchubhair Mac Ghloinn

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