Back to School: Monday January 11th 2021

A happy New Year to all our school community. It is not the start to the New Year that we expected but due to the huge increase in Covid numbers in our country, the Government has decided to close all schools for the month of January. All year groups will be staying at home and using on line teaching and learning methods which we have mastered since our previous lockdown.

Since the announcement we have had a number of meetings to plan the way forward. You can appreciate that this has meant a number of changes as the Government decisions changed.

From Monday all teaching and learning will go on line. This will involve online classes, assigned work and various project work. It will all be carried out through Microsoft Teams and Firefly. Teachers and students are asked to follow their timetable where possible. It is important that all students engage with on line learning during this time.

If there are any difficulties in doing so please let us know by emailing your child’s Year Head.

Sixth Year Students:

We are all mindful of how difficult this uncertainty is for you at this time. We ask that you continue with your studies and to fully engage with on line learning.

At present the Leaving Certificate exams are going ahead, but this may change at anytime and we may be facing the same predicted grading as last year’s Leaving Cert students. It is important that you attend all of your classes on time, are fully prepared for all your timetabled classes and that you complete all tasks set for you by your teachers. If there are any issues that you encounter, please contact your Year Head. At present we hope to hold our Mock exams in February after the midterm break, this too is a provisional date.

Third Year students:

It is important that you keep up with the full engagement with your school work and revision at this time also. You too have mocks coming up in February and there is much work and study to be done between now and then.

Second Year, Fifth Year and Transition Years:

At this stage, you are all used to online learning also. It is very important that you do not look on this time as an extended break. You have much work to do also as all subject courses will continue to be covered by your teachers. You are also expected to fully engage with remote learning. When we have further information about CBA’s we will let you know.

First Year students:

We are all very aware that our first year students have had a very different transition into second level school since September 2020. You have all done incredibly well so far. I hope you will be pleased with your Christmas Results and that it has given you the motivation to continue to do your best. Like all other year groups, it is equally important that you fully engage with your teachers during this time of school closure.

Students with the supports of our ASD & MGLD Classrooms:

I am mindful that there has been much discussion on the airways about students with additional needs. You will soon be contacted by an SNA and they will discuss with you your needs for the coming weeks.

Families who wish to avail of a food parcel during the school closures please contact Ms Gregan (HSCL) via text/call or email on 0860429455 or with your son/daughters name and class group. If there has been a recent change of address for students, please advise Ms Gregan of same.

At this time we would like to ask you all to adhere to the government guidelines and restrict your contacts so that COVID numbers will reduce enough that we may return to Glenart College for face to face teaching and learning.

Stay safe,

Ms Kearns and the staff of Glenart College.