Glad to say that our Food Club packages are on the way this week to all of our students who normally enjoy our Food Club in school. Thank to School Completion, Home School, Pippa's Catering and our Easter bunnies at An Post who have been amazing. It could take a few days before all deliveries arrive so be patient.
Athy College would like to remind parents that there are many agencies and services still open and available during the crisis. Stay safe.
List of Supports Available during School Closure due to Covid-19 Coronavirus
Kildare County Council
Kildare County Council Community Response Helpline
1800 300 174
GPs are offering telephone consultations at the moment. Onward referrals to specialist treatment agencies can be completed in this manner via the GP.
GP Service Out of Hours K Doc and MiDoc
Mental Health Supports for Young People HSE List
Self-Harm Online Support
https://www.pieta.ie/ (Self-Harm, Suicide Ideation, Bereaved by Suicide)
Free telephone counselling from Pieta House during Covid-19 Closure
Adolescent Counselling Online
https://spunout.ie/health/article/online-counselling (free HSE-funded online counselling)
https://www.turn2me.ie/ (3 tiered approach - Self Help - Support Groups - Professional Help)
Bereavement and Parental Separation
Crisis Listening Support
Online Information Support
Employment / Social Protection
From all of us at Athy College in social isolation to all of you at home - Happy Easter. Missing you all and we'll be back in touch after the holidays. (Thanks Ms Russell for the video!)
Oops - accidentally omitted Ms Caesar from the video. So I asked her to say a few words for all her First Years
For the next two weeks Athy College is on holidays. Even at a time like this it is important that we try to keep things as normal as possible and a break from classes is needed for students, teachers and parents. I would still encourage those who will be taking state exams to use this time for their own revision.
Can I express my absolute thanks to all three groups: teachers, parents and students. All three groups have adapted to a new method of delivery in education and have developed mutual respect for each other. The journey is not over and we will re engage after the Easter holidays and play our part in this emergency.
Thanks also to our School Completion, Home School and Guidance departments who are arranging food, support and guidance to our families.
Even at this difficult time I hope you all have a very Happy Easter.
From next week Athy College will be sending Food Club packs to ALL of our students who normally participate in our school lunch service. With the help of our partners An Post packs of non perishables will be delivered to hundreds of homes on a fortnightly basis. Our plan is to deliver to nearly all of our student population to ensure that the most needy are included and whose circumstances may have changed recently. We hope to continue this throughout the Covid 19 crisis. If you are a parent/guardian and do not wish to receive this pack or do not wish to share your contact details with our supplier please reply “opt out” with students name to 087 1818347 Enjoy and thank you to An Post for their generosity in delivering these packs.
Thanks also to Linda (SCP) and CLaire O'C (HSCL) for organising this project
Having trouble deciding subject choice for next year and your Leaving Cert. Information on our Guidance portal www.athycollege.ie/guidance
All 1st year students will studythe following exam subjects next year: Irish, English, Maths, Science, Religion, History and Geography.
Your son/daughter will need to select subjects from three different bands.
1. French or Spanish
2. Art or Engineering (Metalwork) or Business
3. Home Ec or Technical Graphics or Wood Technology or Music
For each band your son/daughter will need to select the subject which they would like to take in September and also their 2nd, 3rd, etc. choice.
You will receive a text message from the school with the link to a website and your username to log in to this system. You will have to set up a password by following the information.
1. Go to http://athycollege.vsware.ie/Login.jsp
Question and answer session on Instagram tomorrow with Maynooth University. Details on our Guidance Portal
My thanks to both parents and teachers for working together over the past 10 days. We are aware that some students can be overwhelmed by the amount of work and typing and are trying to arrive at a happy medium. I am amazed at how well our online system is working and particular thanks to teachers for their ingenuity and commitment in delivering education in these difficult times.
The Guidance section of our website has been updated particularly to give advice to both parents and students as our confinement poses serious challenges to our wellbeing. My thanks to Guidance Counsellor Joanne Parry for this invaluable information for all. Athy College Guidance Portal can be accessed through our websites, http://www.athycollege.ie/guidance.html or directly through
We hope that you find it useful.
In the light of the extended closure of schools Athy College are making available Chromebooks for our Leaving Certificate students who require them for the duration. The laptops can only be supplied to Leaving Certificate students following a text message sent to their contact number today. The laptops can only be collected by a parent/guardian during the assigned time tomorrow (Wed) and the parent/guardian must sign to accept responsibility for any damage or loss. The laptops have management software installed which allow us control over the devices.
Only one person may come to collect the device and only one person is allowed into the premises at a time. Please follow our distancing policy while doing the collection.