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Minister’s Press Release Junior Cycle 2020 29th April 2020

29 April, 2020 – Minister McHugh announces revised arrangements for Junior Cycle 2020

–          All third year Junior Cycle students to be awarded certificates for the completion of Junior Cycle by the Department of Education and Skills

–          Schools given autonomy to assess students and all students to receive a report on achievement 

–          Adult learners to be given opportunity to take final Junior Cycle examinations in autumn

The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today (Wednesday 29 April 2020) announced revised arrangements for this year’s Junior Cycle.

The decision was taken following recommendations from an advisory group of stakeholders as part of planning for the State Examinations in response to the Covid-19 public health measures and the decision that the Junior Cycle State Examinations will not run this year.

Minister McHugh attended the meeting of the advisory group and thanked the members for their work.

“In this difficult time for students I have listened to the very strongly-held and well-articulated views of students, parents and other stakeholders,” Minister McHugh said.

“This decision has been made with the health and wellbeing of students, parents and teachers at the forefront of our thinking.

“It gives students and their families more clarity and certainty. It also gives schools freedom to decide how best to assess the progress of students following three years of hard work and learning.”

Under the revised arrangements and in light of the exceptional circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the work and achievement of third year Junior Cycle students will be recognised with a state certificate from the Department of Education and Skills.

As soon as possible after the end of the current school year, students will receive a written school report on their learning achievements in each subject, short course and/or priority learning unit

Schools are also being given autonomy to decide whether to run school-based assessments and what form they take. Options to consider include school-designed examinations, tasks, projects, assignments, essay style questions, presentations, or other tasks agreed at a local level. Guidance for schools on reporting to students and parents, developed with the advice of the advisory group of stakeholders, will be published by the Department.

The State Examinations Commission is also being asked to put in place specific arrangements for adult learners to give them an opportunity to take final Junior Cycle examinations for which they are entered in autumn 2020.

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Minister McHugh announces ICT funding for Schools 22 April 2020

Minister McHugh announces ICT funding for Schools including €10 million top-up funding

Published: 22 April 2020
From: Department of Education and Skills

  • ICT grant package aims to target Leaving Certificate students
  • funding provision is part of suite of measures to support all students particularly those at risk of disadvantage due to COVID-19 school closures
  • guidance on Continuity of Schooling to support learners with special educational needs and learners from disadvantaged backgrounds being issued to all schools

The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today (Wednesday 22 April 2020) announced a special €10 million fund to support the purchase of technology and devices for disadvantaged students.

A total of €7 million additional funding will be provided in the post-primary sector and €3 million in the primary sector.

Minister McHugh said:

“Providing €10 million for schools now to buy devices like laptops is going to be a huge help to students and teachers as part of our response to COVID-19.
“And schools know their students best. So they are being empowered to support those who most need access to technology, with the right equipment.
“Schools are being asked to prioritise exam classes, and then to look at where else access to technology is most needed. I am confident this will make a real difference to thousands of students and provide the technology they need to be able to access online supports.”

In January the Minister announced the latest round of funding for ICT under the Digital Strategy for Schools. €40 million grant funding will be distributed in the coming weeks to eligible schools as previously notified. Today’s announcement includes a top-up scheme which will see €10 million issuing to schools in the coming weeks also.

The Department of Education and Skills will issue a circular to schools providing the details governing the funding for the grant and the top-up funding.

The department is working with the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and telecoms companies through industry body Ibec to make a number of relevant websites “zero rated”. This would allow students to access these sites with no data costs.

Minister McHugh added:

“At this time it is imperative we go further as a society to support more vulnerable young people. By redirecting funding we are focusing our attention on where it is needed, with a priority on Leaving Certificate students. Combined with an emphasis on wellbeing, this funding will help to give students the tools they need to succeed.”

The measures are part of a number of initiatives taken by the department to support children and young people who are at risk of educational disadvantage during the period of school closures.

They include:

  • guidance being issued to all schools to support the ongoing learning of children with special educational needs and children who are at risk of disadvantage
  • collaboration with Cisco/WebEX to support schools with training in video conferencing software – for use by teachers with their classes
  • guidance and resources developed by the National Council for Special Education on supporting children with special educational needs
  • continuation of the School meals programme, funded through the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, to provide food parcels to children who are at risk of food poverty
  • continued funding of Home Tuition or, where this is not possible, flexibility to bank hours for use at a later time in the year
  • resources to support good mental health and wellbeing amongst students produced by the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS)
  • €10 million funding package secured as part of the Digital Strategy for Schools ICT Infrastructure Fund

Minister McHugh added:

“I believe the tech grants now being issued to schools can help harness the hard work, innovation and creativity being shown by our schools and their students to the greatest extent possible. The efforts of our school communities are something to be proud of.”

The Department of Education and Skills will issue circulars to schools providing details governing the grant and top-up funding.

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Draft Admissions Policy – consultation document

Parents/Guardians of current students are invited to consider this Draft Admissions Policy for Mohill Community College, and are invited to submit observations to mohillcommunitycollege@msletb.ie.  I would appreciate comments and observations before Thursday 30th, 10 a.m.

Thanking you in anticipation,

Ms. Una Duffy

 

 

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POLICY FOR ADMISSION TO SCHOOL YEAR 2021/2022

 

 

Mohill Community College Post-Primary School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A decision on an application for admission will be based on the implementation of this Policy, the information set out in the annual Admission Notice of the school and the information provided by the Applicant in the application for admission, once received before the closing date set out in the annual Admission Notice. The Principal of Mohill Community College is responsible for the implementation of this Admission Policy.

 

Introduction to Mohill Community College

Mohill Community College is a co – educational school founded in 2008 as a result of the amalgamation of Marian College (1949-2008) and Mohill Vocational School (1932-2008).  The College pledges itself to continue the caring philosophy of its shared history, valuing each student as an individual.  Mohill Community College commits itself to the establishment and fostering of attitudes, values and behaviour consistent with its Christian ethos.  The College further commits itself to partnership and collaboration with parents and with the local community.   Serving a wide catchment area, the College numbers nine Primary Schools who, for the purpose of school transport, are considered to be in that catchment area.  These are St. Manchan’s Primary School, the Hunt Primary School (both Mohill town) together with Annaduff, Aughavas, Bornacoola, Cloone, Fenagh, Gortlettragh, and Drumlish, Co. Longford.

Built for 525 students, the College enjoys the space afforded by operating below that capacity.  Current enrolment stands at 383 students (2019/2020), and fluctuations upwards or downwards are determined by numbers in the catchment area.  Average Year Group size is 77 students.

MISSION STATEMENT

Mohill Community College commits itself to creating an inclusive, caring and disciplined environment, promoting a respect for diversity of culture and fostering a spirit of mutual respect among students and staff.  The College, in partnership with Parents/Guardians and the wider community, will challenge its students to pursue excellence, enjoy learning and to achieve their full potential as individuals and citizens.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

Within the guidelines, regulations and programmes of the Department of Education and Skills as set out in The Education Act, 1998, the regulations of Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board, the rights of the Trustees/Board of Management and the funding resources available, the College dedicates itself to the following objectives:

  1. To provide a broad diverse curriculum relevant to the needs of its students of all abilities and facilitate the needs of lifelong learning in an inclusive environment, upholding equality with respect to access to and participation in College life.
  2. To respect and foster all aspects of the developing person: intellectual, physical, spiritual, moral, emotional and cultural.
  3. To help form confident, balanced, enterprising and self-reliant people capable of contributing positively to society.
  4. To maintain a spirit of co-operation with and service to the wider community.
  5. To enhance the professional development of all its staff, and staff welfare.
  6. To foster an awareness of and tolerance for diversity of traditions, values, beliefs and ways of life.

SCHOOL PATRONS

The College operates under the joint trusteeship of CEIST (Catholic Education an Irish Schools’ Trust) and Mayo Sligo Leitrim Education and Training Board (MSLETB).

CEIST is the Trustee body for over 100 Voluntary Secondary Schools in Ireland and acts as Co-Trustee in a number of designated Community Colleges such as Mohill Community College.

A ‘Designated Community College’ is a State multi-Denominational school that operates with a specific religious ethos which is referred to as multi-Denominational.

PROGRAMMES

  • Junior Certificate
  • Transition Year
  • Leaving Certificate
  • Leaving Cert Vocational Programme (LCVP)
  • Dedicated Autism Class

EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

  • Football / Basketball / Athletics
  • Public Speaking and Quiz Competitions
  • Young Scientists’ Exhibition and Gaisce President’s Award
  • Green Schools Projects
  • IMTA, PRISM and TEAM Mathematics Competitions
  • Mission and Social Awareness including fundraising for Charities
  • Enterprise Projects supported by Local Enterprise Office Leitrim
  • A range of activities associated with Transition Year Programme

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART A – General Information for All Applicants

  1. Glossary of terms
  2. Admission Statement
  3. Legal Framework
  4. General Admission Provisions

PART B – Information for Specific Categories of Applicants

  1. Application to the First-Year Group
  2. Application to All Year Groups Other Than First-Year
  3. Application to Autism Class

PART A

General Information for All Applicants

  1. Glossary of terms
  2. Admission Statement
  3. Legal Framework
  4. General Admission Provisions (for all Applicants)

1                        Glossary of Terms

Applicant’ means the parent / guardian of a Student, or, in the case of a Student who has reached the age of 18 years, the Student, who has made an application for admission to Mohill Community College.

Student’ means the person in respect of whom the application is being made. All uses of the word throughout this Policy therefore imply ‘prospective’ as part of the interpretation. That is, the use of the word ‘Student’ does not mean that the application for him/her has been accepted such that s/he is regarded as a Student of Mohill Community College by virtue of application alone.

Gender’, in line with the definition of “the gender ground” in the Equal Status Act 2000, is such that “one is male and the other is female”.  This does not prejudice any Student who is Intersex or identifies as Androgynous/Androgyne, Bigender, Demigender, Gender Fluid, Genderqueer, Multigender, Neutrois, Non-binary, Transgender, Transsexual or otherwise.

Catchment Area’ refers to the designated residential area for application to all classes other than the Special Class in Mohill Community College in respect of the person on whose behalf the application is being made. The catchment area for Mohill Community College is defined as: the area to which Bus Éireann provides school transport for mainstream students.

Catchment Area for the Special Class(es)’ refers to the designated residential area for application to the Special Class(es) within Mohill Community College in respect of the person on whose behalf the application is being made. The catchment area for the Special Class(es) within Mohill Community College is defined as: the area to which Bus Éireann provides school transport for mainstream students.

Parent’ has the same meaning as in the Education Act 1998 and includes a foster parent and a guardian appointed under the Guardianship of Children Acts, 1964 to 1997.

‘Sibling’ For the purpose of the selection criterion relating to the student having a sibling currently enrolled in the school, ‘Sibling’ refers to full siblings, half-siblings, foster-siblings, step-siblings and students who reside in the same household. 

[Note: the wider definition of sibling in the second of the two paragraphs immediately above is for the purpose of facilitating families who are required to do more than one drop-off and/or collection to/from the school.]

Special Class’ means a class that has, with the approval of the Minister of Education and Skills, been established by a school to provide an education exclusively for Students with a category or categories of special educational needs specified by the Minister of Education and Skills. Mohill Community College has a Special Class, established to cater for special educational needs of Students with Autism/Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

First-Year’ means the intake group of Students for the most junior class or year in a school.

 

2                      Admission Statement

Note:

An statement outlining the characteristic spirit of ETB schools will be issued by your patron ETB in the coming months to insert here (without the text box). The statement issued will be deemed to have been approved by your patron ETB and so will not require the policy to be returned to the patron for approval.

This characteristic spirit statement will issue by mid-May in time for the Admission Policy to be ratified by the Board of Management. By then, the final consultations in the Core Values Review process will have concluded.

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Accordingly, Mohill Community College shall not discriminate in its admission of a Student based on the following grounds:

 

  • Gender of the Student or Applicant. However, where a school admits students of one gender only, it is not discriminatory to refuse to admit Students not of that gender;

 

  • Civil status of the Student or Applicant;

 

  • Family status of the Student or Applicant;

 

  • Sexual orientation of the Student or Applicant;

 

  • Religion of the Student or Applicant;

 

  • Disability of the Student or Applicant;

 

  • Race of the Student or Applicant;

 

  • The Student’s or Applicant’s membership of the Traveller community;

 

  • Special educational needs of the Student or Applicant. However, where the school provides education exclusively for a category or categories of special educational need(s) in a Special Class, it is not discriminatory to refuse to admit to that class a Student who does not have the specified special educational need(s).

Mohill Community College shall not charge fees or payments or seek contributions as a condition of admission or continued enrolment of a Student.

 

 

3                      Legal Framework

Mayo Sligo Leitrim ETB was established under the Education and Training Board Act 2013 which sets out the functions of all ETBs, including to establish and maintain recognised schools, centres for education and education and training facilities in each ETB’s functional area.

The board of management of Mohill Community College is a committee established under section 44 of the Education and Training Board Act 2013 and also constitutes a board of management within the meaning of the Education Act 1998.

The Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018 and the Education (Welfare) Act 2000 place a duty on all recognised schools to prepare and publish an Admission Policy.

The Education Act, 1998 provides for an appeal process in the event of a refusal to enrol. The appeal process is set out in section 5.3 in respect of applications made to the First-Year Group and in section 6.3 in respect of applications made to all years other than the First-Year Group.

Section 62(7)(n) of the Education Act 1998 requires each school to set out in its Admission Policy the arrangements it has in place where a parent, or student over 18 years of age, requests that the student opt-out of religious instruction.

Note: Your patron ETB will issue a general statement to  be inserted here (without text box) that will outline the sector’s position on religious instruction. It may look something like: “Where ETB schools do not provide religious instruction within the school day, the need to make alternative arrangements does not arise. However, if there is a request to opt-out of the NCCA Religious Education course, the Parent/Student over 18 must make a written request to the Principal in the first instance. The request should outline the reasons that s/he is seeking to opt-out. The Principal will then arrange a meeting to discuss the request. If after that meeting the parent/student over 18 still wishes to opt-out of the subject, the school will facilitate this in the following way:” [School to insert how requests for opt-outs will be facilitated in the school. Please note, as per s.62(7)(n) of the Education Act 1998, the school day cannot be shortened for the student as a result of opting out of religious instruction.] Delete this instruction and text box.
Template Admission Policy — Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018

Please note that section 2 of the Template Admission Policy contains a box which will provide a statement outlining the characteristic spirit of ETB schools. This statement will be issued by the schools’ patron ETB in the coming months and will be deemed to have been approved by the relevant patron ETB and so will not require the policy to be returned to the patron for approval. This characteristic spirit statement will issue by mid-May in time for the Admission Policy to be ratified by the Board of Management. By then, the final consultations in the Core Values Review process will have concluded.

 

 

 

4                      General Admission Provisions

A decision on an application for admission shall be based on:

  • the implementation of this Admission Policy,
  • the annual Admission Notice of the school, and the
  • information provided by the Applicant in the application for admission.

If, prior to the commencement of section 62 of the Education Act 1998 by the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018 on the 1st February 2020, Mohill Community College had confirmed, in writing, that an Applicant had been placed on a list relating to the allocation of school places for entrance before the 1st February 2025, then this confirmation is still valid and the Applicant will be offered that place.

In processing an application Mohill Community College shall not consider:

  • The payment of fees or contributions to the school;
  • A Student’s academic ability, skills or aptitude; unless:
  • it is necessary to ascertain whether or not the Student has the category of special educational needs concerned for admission to a school approved by the Minister of Education and Skills providing education exclusively to Students with a specified category of special educational needs or a special class;
  • The occupation, financial status, academic ability, skills or aptitude of a Student’s Parent(s);
  • A requirement that a Student or his or her Parent(s), attend an interview, open day or other meeting as a condition of admission;
  • A Student’s connection to the school due to a member of his or her family attending or having previously attended the school, unless the connection is a sibling of the Student concerned attending, or having attended, the school.
  • The date and time on which an application for admission was received by the school as long as it is received during the period specified for receiving applications set out in the annual Admission Notice for that academic year.

Mohill Community College will consider the offer of a place to every Student seeking admission to the school, unless one of the following applies:

  • The Parent fails to confirm in writing that s/he accepts the Student Code of Behaviour and he/she shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure compliance with such code by the Student;
  •    The Student seeking admission to a Special Class in the school does not have the       category of special educational needs specified by the Minister of Education and Skills in respect of that class.

 

Where Mohill Community College considers an application, each Student shall receive a place, unless the school is oversubscribed, in which case, selection criteria will be applied to each application.

Section 5 of this Policy addresses the selection criteria and other matters related to the admission provisions for the First-Year Group.

Section 6 of this Policy addresses the selection criteria and other matters related to the admission provisions for all year groups other than First-Year.

Section 7 of this Policy addresses the selection criteria and other matters related to the admission provisions for the Special Class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PART B

Information for Specific Categories of Applicants

 

 

  1. Application to the First-Year Group
  2. Application to All Year Groups Other Than First-Year
  3. Application to the Special Class

 

 

 

SECTION 5

Application to the First-Year Group

5                      Application to the First-Year Group

  • Admission Provisions (First-Year Group)
    • Oversubscription
    • Selection criteria in order of priority
    • Selection process
    • Late Applications
    • Second/third-round offers of a place
    • Acceptance of a place
    • Refusal
    • Withdrawal of an offer
    • Appeals

 

  • Appeals

5.2.1.    Appeal where refusal was due to oversubscription

  • Appeal where refusal was for a reason other than oversubscription

5.2.3     Basis for appeal

 

5.1              Admission Provisions (First Year Group)

Where Mohill Community College is not oversubscribed, all Students will be offered a school place, subject to sections 4.7 and 4.8.

A Student applying for the First Year Group but seeking admission to the Special Class should see section 7 of this Admission Policy.

  • Oversubscription

When the number of applications exceeds the number of places available, the published selection criteria as set out at section 5.1.2 below will apply and a waiting list shall be compiled which shall remain valid only for the school year in respect of which the applications are made. Where Mohill Community College is in a position to offer further school places that become available for and during that academic year, places will be offered in accordance with the order of priority in which Students have been placed on the waiting list.

For the avoidance of doubt, if a Student does not receive a place in the school for a given academic year, but s/he wishes to be considered for admission to the same year group in the following academic year, a new application must be made on behalf of that Student during the dates specified by the school as being the period when it will accept applications to all year groups other than First-Year.

Where the school is oversubscribed, any selection criteria that are not included in this Admission Policy shall not be considered in determining whether or not a Student is admitted to the school.

  • Selection criteria in order of priority

Mohill Community College will apply the following criteria for admission to the First-Year Group:

  • If the Student resides in the Catchment Area;
  • If the Student has siblings currently enrolled in the school;

See section 7 for selection criteria applicable to admission to the Special Class.

  • Selection process

Mohill Community College will apply the selection process as follows:

Applications are considered against the published selection criteria. Places will be offered in the first instance to those who meet the first criterion.  Subsequently, where the school still has places available, the remaining Applicants are considered in light of the second criterion and those Applicants who meet this criterion will be offered a place within the school. This process is continuously carried out until all available places have been offered and accepted.

Where two or more applications are tied in the foregoing selection process, Mohill Community College will apply a random lottery to assign any available places in the school, or on the waiting list, to those applications.

  • Late applications

An application received by Mohill Community College after the closing date published by the school, and set out in the Admission Notice, is considered a late application for the purposes of this Admission Policy.

Where Mohill Community College is oversubscribed and receives a late application for admission, that application will receive a place on the waiting list beneath Applicants whose applications were received by the school before the closing date for applications. Such late applications will be placed on the waiting list in accordance with the date and time they were received by the school and subsequently the school’s selection criteria will be applied in accordance with this Admission Policy.

Where Mohill Community College is not oversubscribed and it receives a late application, the Student seeking admission will receive an offer of a place within the school, subject to sections 4.7 and 4.8, and the same process as applies to Applicants whose applications were received before the closing date will be applied i.e. an Acceptance Form will be issued to the Applicant for completion and return to the school within 2 weeks of issue.  

  • Second/third-round offers of a place

Where a Student is in receipt of an offer of a place within Mohill Community College but does not accept the offer, or the school withdraws the offer in line with the relevant provisions of this Policy, the place will be offered to the next Student on the waiting list in a second-round of offers. This process will continue throughout third and fourth rounds etc. until all places within the school have been filled.

  • Acceptance of a place

If the Student in respect of whom the application is made is offered a place, the Applicant will be issued with an Acceptance Form by the school.

The Applicant shall indicate acceptance of an offer by fully completing and returning the Acceptance Form by the date set out in the School’s Admission Notice, or within 2 weeks of issuing by the school if it is a late application or if it is a second/third-round offer. This includes indicating whether or not s/he has applied for and is awaiting confirmation of an offer of admission from another school.

Failure to fully complete and return the Acceptance Form to the school by the date set out in the School’s Admission Notice, or within 2 weeks of issuing by the school if it is a late application or if it is a second/third-round offer, may result in withdrawal of an offer, in line with the grounds for withdrawal of an offer, as set out below.

  • Refusal

Where a Student in respect of whom an application is being sought has not been offered a school place, the Applicant will be provided in writing with:

  • The reasons that the Student was not offered a place in Mohill Community College;
  • Details of the Student’s ranking against the published selection criteria, if the year-group to which the Applicant is applying is oversubscribed;
  • Details of the Student’s place on the waiting list, if applicable; and
  • Details of the Applicant’s right to appeal the decision.

In addition to the conditions for consideration of an application as set out at 4.7 and 4.8, an offer of admission may not be made where:

  • The information contained in the application is false or misleading in a material respect.

 

  • Withdrawal of an offer

An offer of admission may be withdrawn where:

  • The information contained in the application is false or misleading in a material respect, or
  • The Applicant fails to confirm acceptance of an offer of admission on or before the date set out in the annual Admission Notice of the school for the academic year for which s/he is applying, or in the case of a late application, or second/third-round offer, within 2 weeks, or
  • An Applicant has not indicated:
  • whether or not s/he has applied for and is awaiting confirmation of an offer from another school(s) and if so, the details of the school(s);

and

  • whether or not or s/he has accepted an offer of admission from another school(s) and if so, the details of the offer(s).

If an offer of a place is withdrawn by the school, the Student on whose behalf the application was made shall lose his/her place on the admission list or waiting list for that academic year and any subsequent applications for the same academic year on behalf of that Student shall be treated as a late application in line with section 5.1.4 above.

  • Appeals

For information relating to an Applicant’s right to appeal a decision of Mohill Community College regarding admission to the First-Year Group, see section 5.2.

5.2.         Appeals

  • Appeal where refusal was due to oversubscription:

An Applicant who was refused admission because the school is oversubscribed and who wishes to appeal this decision must submit his/her appeal in writing, via a Section 29 Appeal Application Form, available from the school office and on the school’s website, for it to be reviewed by the board of management of Mohill Community College at Mohill Community College, Mohill, Co. Leitrim N41 YT72; phone 071 9631208/31122; email mohillcommunitycollege@msletb.ie. Such an appeal must be brought within fourteen calendar days of receipt by the Applicant of the school’s decision to refuse to admit. However, if a different time period for the bringing of such an appeal is specified by the Minister for Education and Skills after the publication of this Policy, same shall apply instead.

If an Applicant is not satisfied with the decision of the board of management, or the board of management is not in a position to review the decision to refuse admission, the Applicant may apply to bring an appeal to an appeals committee established by the Minister for Education and Skills under section 29A of the Education Act 1998.

  • Appeal where refusal was for a reason other than oversubscription:

An Applicant who was refused admission to Mohill Community College for a reason other than the school being oversubscribed and who wishes to appeal this decision may choose to put his/her appeal in writing, via a Section 29 Appeal Application Form, available from the school office and on the school’s website, for it to be reviewed by the board of management of Mohill Community College. Such an appeal must be brought within fourteen calendar days of receipt by the Applicant of the school’s decision to refuse to admit. However, if a different time period for the bringing of such an appeal is specified by the Minister for Education and Skills after the publication of this policy, same shall apply instead.

Alternatively, s/he may choose to apply to bring an appeal to an appeals committee established by the Minister for Education and Skills under section 29A of the Education Act 1998.

If an Applicant who chooses to appeal to the board of management is not satisfied with the decision of the board of management, the Applicant may also apply to bring an appeal to an appeals committee established by the Minister for Education and Skills under section 29A of the Education Act 1998.

  • Basis for appeal:

As required by section 29C(2) of the Education Act 1998, an application to appeal must be based on the implementation of this Admission Policy, the content of the school’s Admission Notice and also set out the grounds of the request to appeal the decision.

 

SECTION 6

Application to All Year Groups Other Than First-Year

6                      Application to All Year Groups Other Than First-Year

  • Admission Provisions (other than First-Year)
    • Oversubscription
    • Selection criteria in order of priority
    • Selection process
    • Late Applications
    • Second/third-round offers of a place
    • Acceptance of a place
    • Refusal
    • Withdrawal of an offer
    • Appeals
  • Appeals
    • Appeal where the refusal was due to oversubscription
    • Appeal where the refusal was for a reason other than oversubscription
    • Basis for appeal

 

6.1             Admission Provisions (Other Than First-Year)

Where Mohill Community college is not oversubscribed, all Students will be offered a school place, subject to sections 4.7 and 4.8.

 A Student applying for admission to a year-group other than First-Year but seeking admission to the Special Class should see section 7 of this Admission Policy.

  • Oversubscription

When the number of applications exceeds the number of places available, the published selection criteria as set out at section 6.1.2 below will apply and a waiting list shall be compiled which shall remain valid only for the school year in respect of which the applications are made. Where Mohill Community College is in a position to offer further school places that become available for and during that academic year, places will be offered in accordance with the order of priority in which Students have been placed on the waiting list.

For the avoidance of doubt, if a Student does not receive a place in the school for a given academic year, but s/he wishes to be considered for admission to the same year group in the following academic year, a new application must be made on behalf of that Student during the dates specified by the school as being the period when it will accept applications to all years other than the First Year Group.

Where the school is oversubscribed, any selection criteria that are not included in this Admission Policy shall not be considered in determining whether or not a Student is admitted to the school.

  • Selection criteria in order of priority

Mohill Community College will apply the following criteria for admission to a year-group other than First-Year:

  • If the Student resides in the catchment area;
  • If the Student has siblings currently enrolled in the school;

See section 7 for selection criteria applicable to admission to the Special Class.

Any selection criteria that are not included in this Admission Policy shall not be considered in determining whether or not an Applicant is admitted.

  • Selection process

Mohill Community College will apply the selection process as follows:

Applications are considered against the published selection criteria. Places will be offered in the first instance to those who meet the first criterion.  Subsequently, where the school still has places available, the remaining Applicants are considered in light of the second criterion and those Applicants who meet this criterion will be offered a place within the school. This process is continuously carried out until all available places have been offered and accepted.

Where two or more applications are tied in the foregoing selection process, Mohill Community College will apply a random lottery to assign any available places in the school, or on the waiting list, to those applications.

  • Late applications:

An application received by Mohill Community College after the closing date published by Mohill Community College, and set out in the Admission Notice, is considered a late application for the purposes of this Admission Policy.

Where Mohill Community College is oversubscribed and receives a late application for admission, that application will receive a place on the waiting list beneath Applicants whose applications were received by the school before the closing date for applications. Such late applications will be placed on the waiting list in accordance with the date and time they were received by the school and subsequently the school’s selection criteria will be applied in accordance with this Admission Policy.

Where Mohill Community College is not oversubscribed and it receives a late application, the Student seeking admission will receive an offer of a place within Mohill Community College, subject to sections 4.7 and 4.8, and the same process as applies to Applicants whose applications were received before the closing date will be applied i.e. an Acceptance Form will be issued to the Applicant for completion and return to the school within 2 weeks of issue.  

 

  • Second/third-round offers of a place

Where a Student is in receipt of an offer of a place within Mohill Community College but does not accept the offer, or the school withdraws the offer in line with the relevant provisions of this Policy, the place will be offered to the next Student on the waiting list in a second-round of offers. This process will continue throughout third and fourth rounds etc. until all places within the school have been filled.

  • Acceptance of a place:

If the Student in respect of whom the application is made is offered a place, the Applicant will be issued with an Acceptance Form by the school.

The Applicant shall indicate acceptance of an offer by fully completing and returning the Acceptance Form by the date set out in the School Admission Notice, or within 2 weeks of issuing by the school if it is a late application or if it is a second/third-round offer. This includes indicating whether or not s/he has applied for and is awaiting confirmation of an offer of admission from another school.

Failure to fully complete and return the Acceptance Form to the school by the date set out in the School Admission Notice, or within 2 weeks of issuing by the school if it is a late application or if it is a second/third-round offer, may result in withdrawal of an offer, in line with the grounds for withdrawal of an offer, as set out below.

  • Refusal:

Where a Student in respect of whom an application is being sought has not been offered a school place, the Applicant will be provided in writing with:

  • The reasons that the Student was not a offered a place in Mohill Community College,
  • Details of the Student’s ranking against the published selection criteria, if the year-group to which the Applicant is applying is oversubscribed,
  • Details of the Student’s place on the waiting list, if applicable, and
  • Details of the Applicant’s right to appeal the decision.

In addition to the conditions for consideration of an application as set out at 4.7 and 4.8, an offer of admission may not be made where:

  • The information contained in the application is false or misleading in a material respect.
  • Withdrawal of an offer

An offer of admission may be withdrawn where:

  • The information contained in the application is false or misleading in a material respect, or
  • The Applicant fails to confirm acceptance of an offer of admission on or before the date set out in the annual Admission Notice of the school for the academic year for which s/he is applying, or in the case of a late application, or second/third-round offer, within 2 weeks, or
  • An Applicant has not indicated:
  • whether or not s/he has applied for and is awaiting confirmation of an offer from another school(s) and if so, the details of the school(s);

and

  • whether or not or s/he has accepted an offer of admission from another school(s) and if so, the details of the offer(s).

If an offer of a place is withdrawn by the school, the Student on whose behalf the application was made shall lose his/her place on the admission list or waiting list for that academic year and any subsequent applications for the same academic year on behalf of that Student shall be treated as a late application in line with section 6.1.4 above.

 Appeals:

For information relating to an Applicant’s right to appeal a decision of Mohill Community College regarding admission to a year-group other than First-Year, see section 6.3.

6.2            Appeals

  • Appeal where refusal was due to oversubscription:

An Applicant who was refused admission because the school is oversubscribed and who wishes to appeal this decision must submit his/her appeal in writing, via a Section 29 Appeal Application Form, available from the school office and on the school’s website, for it to be reviewed by the board of management of Mohill Community College at Mohill Community College, Mohill, Co. Leitrim N41 YT72; phone 071 96 31208/31122; mohillcommunitycollege@msletb.ie. Such an appeal must be brought within fourteen calendar days of receipt by the Applicant of the school’s decision to refuse to admit. However, if a different time period for the bringing of such an appeal is specified by the Minister for Education and Skills after the publication of this Policy, same shall apply instead.

If an Applicant is not satisfied with the decision of the board of management, or the board of management is not in a position to review the decision to refuse admission, the Applicant may apply to bring an appeal to an appeals committee established by the Minister for Education and Skills under section 29A of the Education Act 1998.

  • Appeal where refusal was for a reason other than oversubscription:

An Applicant who was refused admission to Mohill Community College for a reason other than the school being oversubscribed and who wishes to appeal this decision may choose to put his/her appeal in writing, via a Section 29 Appeal Application Form, available from the school office and on the school’s website, for it to be reviewed by the board of management of Mohill Community College. Such an appeal must be brought within fourteen calendar days of receipt by the Applicant of the school’s decision to refuse to admit. However, if a different time period for the bringing of such an appeal is specified by the Minister for Education and Skills after the publication of this Policy, same shall apply instead.

Alternatively, s/he may choose to apply to bring an appeal to an appeals committee established by the Minister for Education and Skills under section 29A of the Education Act 1998.

If an Applicant who chooses to appeal to the board of management is not satisfied with the decision of the board of management, the Applicant may also apply to bring an appeal to an appeals committee established by the Minister for Education and Skills under section 29A of the Education Act 1998.

6.2.3 Basis for appeal:

As required by section 29C(2) of the Education Act 1998, an application to appeal must be based on the implementation of this Admission Policy, the content of the school’s Admission Notice and also set out the grounds of the request to appeal the decision.

 

 

 

 

 

 

7                       Application to the Special Class(es)

SECTION 7

Application to the Special Class(es)

  • Admission Provisions for the Special Class(es)
    • Oversubscription
    • Selection criteria in order of priority
    • Selection process
    • Late Applications
    • Second/third-round offers of a place
    • Acceptance of a place
    • Refusal
    • Withdrawal of an offer
  • Appeals
  • Appeal where refusal was due to oversubscription
  • Appeal where refusal was for a reason other than oversubscription
  • Basis for appeal

7.1              Admission Provisions for the Special Class(es)

Mohill Community College has a Special Class, established to cater for the special educational needs of Students with Autism/Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

Only applications in respect of Students whose needs fall within the category of special educational needs provided for by the Special Class will be considered.

Where the Special Class in Mohill Community College is not oversubscribed, all Students whose needs fall within the category of special educational needs provided for by the Special Class will be offered a place in the Special Class, subject to sections 4.7 and 4.8.

In line with section 4.8, where the Special Class in Mohill Community College is not oversubscribed, all Children whose needs fall within the category of special educational needs provided for by the Special Class will be offered a place in the Special Class, subject to section 4.7.

  • Oversubscription:

When the number of applications exceeds the number of places available, the published selection criteria as set out at section 7.1.2 below will apply and a waiting list shall be compiled which shall remain valid only for the school year in respect of which the applications are made. Where Mohill Community College is in a position to offer further school places that become available for and during that academic year, places will be offered in accordance with the order of priority in which Students have been placed on the waiting list.

For the avoidance of doubt, if a Student does not receive a place in the school for a given academic year, but s/he wishes to be considered for admission to the same year group in the following academic year, a new application must be made on behalf of that Student during the dates specified by the school as being the period when it will accept applications made to all years other than the First-Year Group.

Where the school is oversubscribed, any selection criteria that are not included in this Admission Policy shall not be considered in determining whether or not a Student is admitted to the school.

  • Selection criteria in order of priority:

Applications to the Special Class will only be considered if the Student’s needs fall within the specified category of special educational needs provided for by this class. Subject to this requirement, in the event of oversubscription, the following criteria for admission to the Special Class will apply:

  • If the Student resides in the catchment area;
  • If the Student has siblings currently enrolled in the school;
  • Selection process:

Mohill Community College will apply the selection process as follows

Having met the criteria for admission to the Special Class, applications are considered against the published selection criteria. Places will be offered in the first instance to those who meet the first criterion.  Subsequently, where the school still has places available the remaining Applicants are considered against the second criterion and those Applicants who meet this criterion will be offered a place within the school. This process is continuously carried out until all available places have been offered and accepted.

Where two or more applications are tied in the foregoing selection process, Mohill Community College will apply a random lottery to assign any available places in the school, or on the waiting list, to those applications.

  • Late applications:

An application received by Mohill Community College after the closing date published by Mohill Community College, and set out in the Admission Notice, is considered a late application for the purposes of this Admission Policy.

Where Mohill Community College is oversubscribed and receives a late application for admission, that application will receive a place on the waiting list beneath Applicants whose applications were received by the school before the closing date for applications. Such late applications will be placed on the waiting list in accordance with the date and time they were received by the school and subsequently the school’s selection criteria will be applied in accordance with this Admission Policy.

Where Mohill Community College is not oversubscribed and it receives a late application, the Student seeking admission will receive an offer of a place within Mohill Community College, subject to sections 4.7 and 4.8, and the same process as applies to Applicants whose applications were received before the closing date will be applied i.e. an Acceptance Form will be issued to the Applicant for completion and return to the school within 2 weeks of issue.  

  • Second/third-round offers of a place

Where a Student is in receipt of an offer of a place within Mohill Community College but does not accept the offer, or the school withdraws the offer in line with the relevant provisions of this Policy, the place will be offered to the next Student on the waiting list in a second-round of offers. This process will continue throughout third and fourth rounds etc. until all places within the school have been filled.

  • Acceptance of a place:

If the Student in respect of whom the application is made is offered a place, the Applicant will be issued with an Acceptance Form by the school.

The Applicant shall indicate acceptance of an offer by fully completing and returning the Acceptance Form by the date set out in the School Admission Notice, or within 2 weeks of issuing by the school if it is a late application or if it is a second/third-round offer. This includes indicating whether or not s/he has applied for and is awaiting confirmation of an offer of admission from another school.

Failure to fully complete and return the Acceptance Form to the school by the date set out in the school’s Admission Notice, or within 2 weeks of issuing by the school if it is a late application or if it is a second/third-round offer, may result in withdrawal of an offer, in line with the grounds for withdrawal of an offer, as set out below.

  • Refusal:

Where a Student in respect of whom an application is being sought has not been offered a school place, the Applicant will be provided in writing with:

  • The reasons that the Student was not offered a place in Mohill Community College;
  • Details of the Student’s ranking against the published selection criteria, if the year-group to which the applicant is applying is oversubscribed;
  • Details of the Student’s place on the waiting list, if applicable; and
  • Details of the Applicant’s right to appeal the decision

In addition to the conditions for consideration of an application as set out at 4.7 and 4.8 an offer of admission may not be made where:

  • The information contained in the application is false or misleading in a material respect.
  • Withdrawal of an offer

An offer of admission may be withdrawn where:

  • The information contained in the application is false or misleading in a material respect, or
  • The Applicant fails to confirm acceptance of an offer of admission on or before the date set out in the annual Admission Notice of the school for the academic year for which s/he is applying, or in the case of a late application, or second/third-round offer, within 2 weeks, or
  • An Applicant has not indicated:
  • whether or not s/he has applied for and is awaiting confirmation of an offer from another school(s) and if so, the details of the school(s);

and

  • whether or not or s/he has accepted an offer of admission from another school(s) and if so, the details of the offer(s).

If an offer of a place is withdrawn by the school, the Student on whose behalf the application was made shall lose his/her place on the admission list or waiting list for that academic year and any subsequent applications for the same academic year on behalf of that Student shall be treated as a late application in line with section 7.1.4 above.

7.2             Appeals

  • Appeal where refusal was due to oversubscription:

An Applicant who was refused admission because the school is oversubscribed and who wishes to appeal this decision must submit his/her appeal in writing, via a Section 29 Appeal Application Form, available from the school office and on the school’s website, for it to be reviewed by the board of management of Mohill Community College at Mohill Community College, Mohill, Co. Leitrim N41 YT72; 071 9631208/31122; mohillcommunitycollege@msletb.ie. Such an appeal must be brought within fourteen calendar days of receipt by the Applicant of the school’s decision to refuse to admit. However, if a different time period for the bringing of such an appeal is specified by the Minister for Education and Skills after the publication of this Policy, same shall apply instead.

If an Applicant is not satisfied with the decision of the board of management, or the board of management is not in a position to review the decision to refuse admission, the Applicant may apply to bring an appeal to an appeals committee established by the Minister for Education and Skills under section 29A of the Education Act 1998.

  • Appeal where refusal was for a reason other than oversubscription:

An Applicant who was refused admission to Mohill Community College for a reason other than the school being oversubscribed and who wishes to appeal this decision may choose to put his/her appeal in writing, via a Section 29 Appeal Application Form, available from the school office and on the school’s website, for it to be reviewed by the board of management of Mohill Community College. Such an appeal must be brought within fourteen calendar days of receipt by the Applicant of the school’s decision to refuse to admit. However, if a different time period for the bringing of such an appeal is specified by the Minister for Education and Skills after the publication of this Policy, same shall apply instead.

Alternatively, s/he may choose to apply to bring an appeal to an appeals committee established by the Minister for Education and Skills under section 29A of the Education Act 1998.

If an Applicant who chooses to appeal to the board of management is not satisfied with the decision of the board of management, the Applicant may also apply to bring an appeal to an appeals committee established by the Minister for Education and Skills under section 29A of the Education Act 1998.

  • Basis for appeal:

As required by section 29C(2) of the Education Act 1998, an application to appeal must be based on the implementation of this Admission Policy, the content of the school’s Admission Notice and also set out the grounds of the request to appeal the decision.

 

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State Examinations Commission re Leaving Cert and Junior Cert/Cycle 2020

Press Release State Examinations Commission

10th April 2020 – Postponement of the Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle
Examinations.

Following the closure of schools on the 13th March, the decision was made to cancel Leaving Certificate
oral tests and Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle practical performance tests due to commence at
the end of March and to extend the closing date for the completion of project work and coursework
until the 15th May.

Since that time, the State Examinations Commission (SEC) and the Department of Education and Skills
have been closely monitoring the emerging public health situation and developing contingency plans.
Based on the latest advice from public health authorities, the Minister for Education and Skills, Joe
McHugh TD, has today announced the postponement of the remaining elements of the 2020 Leaving
Certificate and Junior Cycle examinations.

At Leaving Certificate, all final written examinations due to take place in May and June will be rescheduled to a new timetable commencing at end July/early August.

At Junior Cycle, the written examinations are postponed and will be rearranged as school based tests when schools reopen.

The SEC will be engaging with the education partners in putting in place arrangements for the safe conduct of the 2020 Leaving Certificate examinations acting at all times in accordance with the best available public health advice.

The decision to postpone the Junior Cycle examinations recognises the need to prioritise the running of the Leaving Certificate examinations in order to allow 6th year students to progress to higher and further education or to the world of work. Retaining all of the available space that was to be used for both sets of examinations will allow the SEC to significantly reduce the number of Leaving Certificate candidates in each examination centre. The SEC will be
making every effort to run the examinations as close to normal as possible and plans to publish the
July/August Leaving Certificate examinations timetable in early June, along with the other detailed
arrangements for the rescheduled examinations. At all stages, the health and safety of candidates,
examination superintendents, school staff and others involved in the delivery of the examinations
system will be at the forefront of the SEC’s approach.

In addition to the written examinations due to be held in June, there are also three terminal
examinations scheduled in May in the subjects LCVP Links Modules, LCA ICT Specialism and Computer
Science. These May examinations will now also be rescheduled to the July/August period.
The remaining elements of the 2020 Leaving Certificate examinations comprise;
• Project work and coursework in a range of subjects had been due for completion by 15th May,
which is now extended to immediately prior to the commencement of the written
examinations in the July/August period.
• Practical tests in Art, Engineering and Construction studies due to commence on 27th April and
the oral and practical performance tests in the Leaving Certificate Applied programme due to
take place in May, will now be rescheduled for the July/August period.

At Junior Cycle the SEC will provide schools with the examination papers and related materials they
need to deliver these tests when schools reopen. All of the remaining elements of the Junior Cycle,
project work, coursework and assessment tasks, will also be rescheduled to that time.

Delivering the state examinations each year requires a partnership approach between the SEC,
teachers, school principals and the education partners. The SEC will continue to engage
collaboratively with the education stakeholders and the Department of Education and Skills in the
weeks and months ahead. The SEC will continue to act in accordance with advice from Government
and public health authorities in relation to this evolving public health emergency.

ENDS

Notes for Editors
The written examinations were due to commence on Wednesday 3rd June and conclude on the
Thursday 11th June at Leaving Certificate Applied; Tuesday 16th June at Junior Cycle and Tuesday 23rd
June in the case of the Leaving Certificate established and vocational programmes.

Over 126,000 students are due to take examinations this year; 61,063 at Leaving Certificate, including
2,999 Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) students, and 65,190 at Junior Cycle.
The certificate examinations are held at 718 second-level schools and 102 non-school institutions such
as Youthreach and other further education centres; special schools; private colleges; prisons and
youth detention centres. Not all programmes (Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied and
Junior Cycle) are provided in all institutions.
The key logistics involved in the delivery of the examinations annually includes
• Providing examinations to 126,953 candidates across all examination programmes; 65,190 at
Junior Cycle (JC), 58,064 at Leaving Certificate (LC), and 2,999 at Leaving Certificate Applied
(LCA)
• Establishing 5,200 main examination centres and 8,900 special examination centres in 820
distinct venues; 718 recognised secondary schools at 102 other institutions such as
VTOS/Youthreach centres; special schools; private colleges; and prisons/youth detention
centres.
• Arranging for examinations in 81 curricular (38 LC, 19 LCA and 24 JC) and 18 non-curricular
examination subjects.
• Producing 4 million examination papers comprised of almost 47.7 million A4 pages packed
into c. 200,000 tamper-evident plastic envelopes.
• Engaging 5,400 superintendents and reserve superintendents for main examination centres.
• Providing exam access arrangements, under the scheme of reasonable accommodations
(RACE Scheme) to 20,000 candidates with special educational needs
• Accommodating 15,000 of these candidates in special examination centres; 6,700 individual
special centres and 2,200 shared special centres, requiring the appointment of 8,900 special
centre superintendents.
• Establishing examination centres in atypical locations on an emergency basis such as in
hospitals or in homes.
• Examining some 2 million individual test items including written examination scripts; art and
craft work pieces; physical, digital and audio-visual artefacts; oral tests; coursework journals,
research reports and portfolios.
• Recruiting and training almost 7,000 examiners to mark the examinations comprised of 4,400
written examiners, 1,100 oral examiners and 1,400 practical examiners.
• Processing some 20,000 appeals at Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied and Junior
Cycle.
• Making 400,000 Leaving Certificate scripts available to candidates for viewing either in schools
or online.

Eela Carr                                                                      Jackie Wade
Press Officer                                                                Deputy Press Officer
Phone 090 6442770 or 087 2830355                    Phone 090 6442851 or 087 1804466

 

Impact of School Closures on Examination Activities – Frequently Asked Questions

Announcement on 10th April – Postponement of the Leaving Certificate and Junior
Cycle Examinations.

You may have heard about the decision to postpone this year’s Junior Cycle and Leaving Certificate
examinations. At Leaving Certificate, all final written examinations due to take place in May and June
will be rescheduled to a new timetable commencing at end July/early August. At Junior Cycle, the
written examinations are postponed and will be rearranged as school based tests when schools
reopen.
Below you’ll find a few questions and answers to try and explain what the changes mean, who is
affected by them and why this unprecedented action was taken. There is no perfect solution to the
difficulties our education system is facing as a result of school closures and the impact of measures to
stem the spread of Covid-19.
But these decisions are being taken with the best interests of students and their families in mind. We
know that this is a time of real stress and worry for you. In making these decisions we wanted to try
to provide some certainty about your examinations.
Why was this decision necessary?
The ongoing public health emergency means that at the moment we cannot be sure that it would be
safe to bring students together to sit their examinations as normal in June. Students need certainty
about the start of their examinations a number of weeks in advance, so acting on the best available
public health information, we believe that by the end of July, it will be possible to hold the Leaving
Certificate examinations under the conditions required by the public health authorities.
When will the new timetable be available?
Other than advising that the rescheduled Leaving Certificate examinations will commence in late
July/August it is not possible right now set out the examinations timetable. The public health situation
remains fluid and so decisions in respect of the details of running the examinations can only be made
closer to the commencement date. The SEC plans to issue these detailed arrangements to schools in
early June
What advice would you give to Leaving Certificate students at this time?
You should continue to prepare for your examinations by engaging in the teaching and learning
arrangements that have been put in place for you by your school. We know that this is a really stressful
and challenging time, so we also recommend that you stay in touch and connected with your friends,
classmates and your teachers online and with your family for support. You also need to take rest and
a break from study over Easter and for at least two weeks in June.
Why are the Junior Cycle examinations postponed?
In line with public health restrictions, it is not possible to run both sets of examinations in schools
simultaneously and the decision reflects the priority given to running the Leaving Certificate
examinations so that students can transition to the next stage of their lives. Under normal examination
arrangements, examination candidates need far more space than students under normal classroom
conditions. Running the examinations typically utilises a significant amount of school accommodation
both as main examination centres and as special examination centres for candidates with special
educational needs. Retaining all of the examination centres but halving the number of candidates by
not running the Junior Cycle means that it will be possible to safely run the Leaving Certificate
examinations in line with the current public health guidelines.
Can the SEC not run the Junior Cycle examination when schools reopen?
Running these examinations centrally would create a significant level of disruption in schools at a time
when it is intended that school life will be returning to normal. The intention is that schools will have
flexibility over the running of these school-based examinations in the autumn.
Did you consider running the examinations on-line this year?
Running online examinations is neither a practically viable nor a desirable arrangement to make in
reaction to this issue without proper planning and in an unsupported environment of over 120,000
candidates not only sitting examinations online, but doing so from their homes. We need to ensure
that we can deliver examinations on a level playing pitch to all candidates and online delivery presents
very real issues of equity and fairness, as not all candidates have access to ICT, to broadband and to a
suitable location for taking examinations. There would also be very significant risks to the integrity of
the examination process.
What measures will be taken to protect the health and welfare of candidates coming to take their
examinations and the superintendents and other school staff involved in conducting the
examinations in schools?
We will strictly implement public health advice for candidates and superintendents including in special
examinations centres. In addition we will be working with the school stakeholders in the lead up to
the examinations to put in place necessary safeguards in schools at examinations time in order to
minimise the risk of infection, acting at all time on public health advice in the best interests of all
involved.
We are considering how best to support examination superintendents who have a critical role in the
delivery of the examinations which will include operational and procedural changes to safeguard their
health and wellbeing.

Last year there were alternative examinations for Leaving Certificate candidates who suffered a
bereavement at examinations time. Will there be alternative examinations this year?
It is likely that some candidates will be unable to take their examinations later in the summer due to
a family bereavement. Others may be unable to attend on health grounds, as they may be ill or in
quarantine or isolation. The SEC and the Department are considering appropriate alternative arrangements so that candidates in this situation are not disadvantaged compared to their peers.

 

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Congratulations Sara!

Congratulations to Sara O’Beirne, Second year, who has been selected as a finalist in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) The Story of Your Stuff  Competition 2020.

We look forward to the publication of Sara’s shortlisted entry on the EPA website, social media and other media!

COMPETITION AIM

The competition gives students the opportunity to use their creativity to highlight the importance of safeguarding Ireland’s Environment. By taking part in the competition, the students, and by extension their friends and family, will increase their knowledge of the environment and will be more likely to make everyday choices that have a positive impact on the planet. Students are invited to visually tell the story of their ‘stuff’ through a creative medium of their choice – including video, animation, storyboard, infographics, photography considering the entirety of its life cycle. Examples could include a pencil, toothbrush or a bottle or their journey to school.

(Extract from EPA The Story of Your Stuff website)

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Maths Week Ireland

Easter is coming and it has been difficult adjusting to new ways of doing things so the break will be most welcome. For us too it has been a steep learning curve getting used to a new way of working. But, it is great to see so much engagement from across the island and international schools also.

However, the Easter Holidays won’t be a big change for parents. Therefore we will keep up a level of engagement over the holidays to help parents. Teachers, you might share this with parents and pupils. See Easter schedule details below

The Next Newsletter is scheduled for the 20th April, in meantime Happy Easter to our 9,000 readers.

Post-primary pupils will have work to do, but they may be interested in our daily puzzle on social media and those especially interested in maths will be interested in a lot of the daily website recommendations we issue.
Find us on social media
Facebook
Twitter
Link
Website
If you have any ideas and suggestions please share them with us: mathsweek@wit.ie
Go to MathsWeek.ie Maths at Home Page

Easter Schedule

  1. For next week we will maintain the morning family activity until Wednesday 8th  resuming daily from Monday 20th.  In the meantime there will still be lots of activities on the website for families..
  2. Targetboards will continue until Wednesday 8th resuming on Monday 20th.
  3. Our daily challenge will continue on social media at 12 noon each day. This is a popular daily event that families can do together.
  4. Our daily 24 puzzle will continue each day including Easter weekend
  5. Our recommended resource at 5pm will continue until Wednesday 8th resuming on Monday 20th
We will have a special Easter Egg activity that will be a great family experience and learning opportunity. This will be launched next week and be available through our website and on social media. Our title picture gives a hint at this.
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Well done

As we reach the end of our third week of Teaching and Learning from home, a sincere thank you to Staff and Students for your engagement with this.  We realise there are many challenges posed by this very new reality, but I believe we have adapted very well.

Please continue to engage with your learning, doing the work posed for you, returning assignments as requested.  If there are issues with log-ins, please contact us via the school’s email mohillcommunitycollege@msletb.ie, as many of you have done.  Please keep in contact with your teachers, who really need to know that you are okay, that you are receiving work, that you are managing it – and if you are not, for whatever reason, dialogue via email or class Teams.

Of course tomorrow, Friday 3rd April, is holidays for Easter!  This represents a welcome break for everyone, and we wish you and your families all the best for a good break.

Thank you for your resilience.  May the sun shine overhead and in our hearts as we wish each other well.

Ms. Duffy