Easter Newsletter 2020

You can find our Easter Newsletter here St Kevin’s CC Easter 2020 with some useful tips and guidance on school closure, well-being and mental health advice and a list of ideas to keep the troops entertained over the Easter holidays.

In this edition you can also read some of the things that have been happening in the school since we closed for Covid-19.

You can also find all of the necessary contact details for the school during our school closure.

 

Message from Mr Gorham & the Ember Team

You can see a copy of letter sent by Mr Gorham, our school Chaplain, to all staff and students on the last day of term here –  Chaplain Letter Easter 2020.

Thanks also to Mr Gorham and the Ember team for putting this really warm and inspiring video together to remind us to look after ourselves at this strange and stressful time. Particular thanks to 6th year student, Daniel Karkosa, chairperson of the Ember team, for his hard work and inspiring message.

Online Computer & Coding Classes

Please see details below about an online Coding/Computer Club for Primary & Secondary School Students during the Easter Holidays

We hope you are all safe and managing at this bizarre time. We have aligned with Kids Coder Club to provide “Live Online Computing and Coding Classes” for the primary and post-primary students of Ireland.

These classes are structured weekly and have age-appropriate incremental progressive lessons plans. We will be using Zoom as the platform of delivery which is easy and reliable for video and audio conferencing.

Classes kick start from the 9th of April and places are limited. All class dates, times and booking links can be viewed at https://kidscoderclub.ie/online-classes We would be very grateful if you could communicate this option to your students via your channels of communication.

Email/Computer Helpline

If you have any issues logging in to your school email or with any aspect of doing your school work online, please feel free to call the number below.

Remember to access your school email account, the best way is to go to www.office.com

Stay safe and well everyone.

Minister Announces Cancellation of Leaving and Junior Orals and Practicals

This information is correct as of 13.06, Thursday March 19th.

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today (Thursday 19 March 2020) announced the cancellation of oral and practical performance tests of the state examinations which were originally scheduled to take place from Monday 23 March to Friday 3 April 2020.

All students who were due to take these tests will be awarded full marks for this portion of the exam. 

Minister McHugh also confirmed changes to deadlines for students to complete project work and coursework in a number of subjects.

Students were originally scheduled to complete these elements of the state examinations on a number of dates from Friday 20 March to Friday 24 April 2020, depending on the subject.

Students will now be given until Friday 15 May 2020 to complete this work.

Project and Course Work completion deadlines are extended to Friday 15 May for the following subjects:

  • Leaving Certificate Art, History, Geography, Constructions Studies and Home Economics;
  • Junior Cycle Metalwork, Materials Technology Wood and Religious Education;
  • Junior Cycle Assessment Tasks in English, Irish, Modern languages, Science and Business Studies.

Second phase of practical examinations remain as originally scheduled from Monday 27 April to Friday 8 May, including a range of oral and practical tests in the Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) programme

You can see full statement from Minister Joe McHugh on the Department of Education & Skills website here 

 

Useful Subject Resources & Links

  1. The Republic of Ireland now has unlimited access to World Book Online through Scoilnet. When you need fast, reliable information for homework, reports, or just a lingering question, World Book Online is the place to go.  Click Here to access World Book Online
  2. Maths Help can be found here
  3. Science resources here
  4. Irish resources including help for the Oral exam can be found here
  5. English resources including help with Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice and Of Mice & Men etc can be found here
  6. History Resources can be found here
  7. Geography work can be accessed here
  8. Spanish & French help can be found here
  9. (a) Construction Studies resources (b) Noel Ward’s you-tube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCY_FUtmPgY8ITqajVfrbr2g, it has some really good sample L.C answers on it, among other stuff (c) Construction Studies – https://www.woodtheorypractice.com/student-elearning – this has some excellent step by step videos & PowerPoints on how to complete the building spec detailed drawings.
  10. JC Woodwork – https://www.woodtheorypractice.com/e-learning-student-open
  11. Engineering resources
  12. Art resources
  13. Business resources
  14. Biology resources
  15. Home Economics Resources
  16. Past Examination Papers 
  17. Maths Videos for JC HL & LC OL/HL 
  18. Leaving Cert Revision Books from CJ Fallon (Free Access) in Biology (H & O), English (H & O), French (H & O), Geography (H & O), Irish (H) and Maths (H) –  (You just need to put in your first name, email address and select Student to access these books. Click the picture of the eye to view the books).
  19.  Ted Ed. Short videos, lessons and quizzes on a variety of areas…a lot of useful general knowledge too. Click into ‘lessons’ on the sidebar.
  20. Khan Academy. Again a lot of content for a wide range of subjects and levels.
  21. Edco are giving free access now for all eBooks and resources. See the link below.
  22. TES– A UK website with a vast amount of stuff for all subjects.
  23. IXL – Maths and English skills for all ages.
  24. 50 YouTube channels for Home Learning.
  25. Phonics game for younger kids
  26. Free ebooks for kids.
  27. Duolingo is a great app for languages too.
  28. And also, if you’re on Twitter, have a look at the hashtag #edshareie …there is and will be a lot more things being shared on there.
  29. As much as anything, continuing or developing the habit of reading is really important. Continue to use the resources Mr Cassidy has  suggested below.

Digital Library: https://soraapp.com

We have access to a digital library of books and audiobooks at https://soraapp.com. Guidelines for using the Sora app can be found at https://help.soraapp.com/. You need a login and password – email Mr Cassidy at library@stkevinscc.ie  if you have forgotten yours or need a new one.

School Closure

An announcement was made this morning by The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar T.D. that all schools will close from 6.00 pm this evening 12.3.2020, until 29.3.2020 to support efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19.  This is in line with the advice of the National Public Health Emergency Team.

All students are urged to practice social distancing and to minimise physical contact with each other, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19.  This should include minimising social contact, avoid meeting up and keeping physical space between them. Parents and Guardians are urged to support their children in this.   

In order to minimise the impact on teaching and learning St. Kevin’s CC will continue to plan lessons and where possible, provide on line resources and/or on line exercises.  All of our students have been provided with an email address and password and our teachers will be available via email to set work and give formative feedback throughout the usual hours of the school day.

In preparation for this possibility, we have asked all of our students to bring home their books and learning materials.  Teachers have given set work to be done during this period.   Please ensure that your child uses this time to continue with the lessons and work given to them.  Ask your children to check their email regularly. If you have any difficulties accessing this please email ciaranduffy@stkevinscc.ie outlining your issue.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:

  • St. Kevin’s will communicate with parents and guardians through the school text messaging service and with students via their St. Kevin’s CC email.
  • The administration team in the office will be working remotely and Emails will continue to be answered (admin@stkevinscc.ie).
  • Please be aware that the school will only communicate with you via the school text service or Facebook page. Be wary of messages and information regarding the school on social media, other than our official Facebook page.

Regardless of the disruption that this is bringing, we ask you all to take care of yourselves and to continue to follow all necessary advice from the HSE regarding hygiene, hand washing and coughing/sneezing procedures.

Yours sincerely,

TONY BARRY – PRINCIPAL

CIARÁN DUFFY – DEPUTY PRINCIPAL