Extended School Closure & State Exams Update

St Kevin’s Community College will remain closed as per Government and HSE instructions until May 5th, 2020. We will keep you updated if this changes. Keep checking in with our social media posts for up-to-date information (follow us on Twitter and Facebook).

This is a difficult time for all of you and we hope you and your families are all keeping well in these challenging times. We are thinking of anyone who is ill at this time. To those of you who are part of the front-line medical services or who are part of those services deemed to be essential in these times, we offer our most sincere thanks. Please continue to play your part in the fight against the spread of Covid-19; the current evidence suggests that we are winning in our battle to do this and we thank you for all of your efforts. Please continue to follow all of the HSE advice (click here for more info)

The Leaving Cert has been postponed and the Junior Cycle exams have been cancelled. All of the necessary details on this can be found here. It will take some time for the Department of Education to give further details on these arrangements so for now we ask that you continue to be patient and calm.

Unfortunately we do not have answers to the many questions you probably have at the moment and it will take some time for the school to work through plans and decisions for the future. We will keep you informed when we know more details.

For now our advice for each year group is as follows:

1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th years – continue with your schoolwork from Monday April 20th. Please email your teachers at least twice per week with some work so they know you are staying on top of things.

3rd years – Your Junior Cert exams may have been cancelled but you will have to do them in class in September. Your State Certificate is an important qualification so please keep up with your work as often as you can.

6th years – please continue to engage with your teachers. Use this extra time that you’ve been given as best you can – use it wisely to catch up on material that you’d struggled with before. Do a few hours each day and make sure you take breaks too and you look after your physical and mental health. It is important to get up early, have a shower and get dressed. This will make the real exams easier to manage when they start. Try to get some fresh air while following HSE guidelines.

Most importantly, be kind to yourself and others and stay safe. We are here to help – stay in touch.

We miss you.

 

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to all members of our school community – stay safe and continue to practice social distancing and stay at home

 

 

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.