Students in the Leaving Certificate final year are due to resume classes in the school building from tomorrow March 1st
As the return to schools escalates on Monday the Deputy Chief Medical Officer has warned that this should not be taken as any relaxation of our precautions and parents and guardians need to be very vigilant in
not assembling or interacting outside school gates
not arranging or allowing any after school activities among the young people
not have any household mixing and
continue to obey travel restrictions
It has taken a lot of effort to get to this point of some students being able to return to school and it can only contiue with all of us playing our part.
Full text of letter here
While there has been no definite directive yet parents and students have been eagerly awaiting direction before the return to online classes. Below is a summary of my understanding of what the situation is and as I get further confirmation I will post it online.
School Update - A Summary
On Monday 22nd February Athy College opens for some of our students who have already been notified.
Currently we expect that Leaving Certificate students will be next to return. (Possibly 1st March but to be confirmed)
We expect that some other classes may follow but the return could be slow due to safety situation at the time.
The Junior Cycle exam is cancelled. Certification should issue similar to last year.
The Leaving Cert written examination is planned to begin June 9th. Timetable at examinations.ie
Calculated grades (SEC Accredited Grades) will be issued from the school
Students may opt for either or both.(written and or calculated)
Students to select which option on March 8th
Indications are that results will issue mid August to allow CAO selection
Students who opt for both written and calculated grades will be awarded the highest grade achieved from both options.
Mocks for LC class should take place as soon as possible after the return - date to be announced once return date confirmed
Safety procedures need to be strictly followed for those coming in
There should be no engagement by students or parents with teachers regarding calculated grades - we will have a very strict process to follow
Students should continue to study for exams as normal.
Choosing to take both options (written and calculated) effectively doubles your chances of achieving the best grades
I hope this assists with some of your concerns
The ATHE are running a competition for the month of February. Students can cook, bake or create a textiles item with someone they love in mind. Use the #HomeEconomics and #ATHEDéantaleGrá to take part. Athy College students are invited to try out any dish at home over the midterm break for someone they love and send the photo to any one of us three home economics teachers.
We will pick a school winner after midterm, who will receive a €40 voucher. What's not to like?
Thanks to parents and students who are starting to send in An Dreoín videos. Remember to take them landscape mode (wide not high) and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 10 second clip. Something to do over mid term.
We will then celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge with Ireland’s answer to Jerusalema - An DreoilIn.
As our Jerusalema is almost at 20K views (!!!!!!!!!) it is time for the next dance challenge. An Dreolín kicks off this evening with the tutorial video. Students, parents, teachers, staff are now asked to give it a go either individually or in your bubble. A 10 second max video doing the dance. Closing on Mon 22nd Feb at 5 pm and then we will make the composite video of all attempts and THEN WILL CHALLENGE OTHERS TO DO THE SAME. Our video will launch for Seachtain na Gaeilge (first two weeks of March) and after that the challenge begins.