Covid-19 Information

This page will keep the school community up to date with information during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

April 9th

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Irish Second Level Students’ Union – Q & A – Click Here.

April 2nd

Video on Returning to School – Click Here.

Declaration that must be signed by parents or students who are over 18 before returning to school. Electronic Form available to complete – Click Here.

March 25th

Additional Supports for Students and Parents – Look after your Mental Health – Click Here.

Declaration that must be signed by parents or students who are over 18 before returning to school. Electronic Form available to complete – Click Here.

March 24th

Dear Parents.

Over the past week our school community has faced deep sadness at the loss of Oisín Williams (RIP), who was a hugely popular and valued pupil. We have continued with lessons, as we know that students benefit from the sense of purpose, routine and support this provides.

As the Easter break approaches, I am mindful that some students may struggle without the structure of school and lessons, and may need even more support from you. It can be difficult to know how to provide this and so a summary of some key points from the many sources of advice available are available – Click Here.

If you have questions or concerns which this document does not address, and which you would like to share with school staff, please email me – matthew.carr@borrisokanecc.ie, and we at Borrisokane Community College will do what we can to be of assistance and support in the coming days and when we return to school.

Please remember that if you have urgent concerns for your child, you should contact your GP or the local out of hours GP service.

Yours sincerely,

Matthew Carr (Principal, Borrisokane Community College)

March 17th

It is with deep sadness that we heard of the death of our 5th year student Oisin Williams this morning.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Oisin’s family at this very difficult time.  Oisin was a 5th year student in 5A class and Oisin’s brother is sixth year student Paudi Williams.

Supports will be available for students during the coming days and tomorrow morning during first class teachers will connect with all our students,

Links to Resources to support children and adults who have suffered loss due to the bereavement of a friend

March 13th

Webinar for Parents – Navigating the Final Term of Leaving Cert ’21 – A Webinar for Parents

Thursday, March 18th at 8pm – For further details and registration – Click Here.

Music Generation – Want to learn about Music Tech? Course during Easter Holidays  – Click Here

 

March 12th

Declaration that must be signed by parents or students who are over 18 before returning to school. Electronic Form available to complete – Click Here.

March 9th

Toolkit for Parents and Students to support wellbeing during the current times – Click Here.

March 5th

Letter from HSE Public Health in relation to a positive Covid-19 case – Click Here.

Information for parents on Close Contacts in School – Click Here.

March 4th 2021

Information from State Examinations Commission on Leaving Certificate 2021 – Click Here.

February 28th 2021

Letter from HSE Public Health in relation to Covid-19 – Click Here.

February 26th 2021

Declaration that must be signed by parents or students who are over 18 before returning to school. Electronic Form available to complete – Click Here.

Letter from Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronan Glynn to Parents/Guardians in relation to school reopening – Click Here.

A Guide to State Examinations and Accredited Grades for Leaving Certificate 2021 – Click Here.

Wriggle Home Learning Webinars for Parents – Click Here.

February 24th 2021

Letter from Minister of Education to Parents on School Reopening – Click Here.

February 23rd 2021

Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied Students will return to school on Monday March 1st 2021.

Advice on returning to school – Click Here. and Further Information – Click Here.

Guide on Isolation for Adults and Children over 13 – Click Here.

February 22nd 2021

The Department of Education recently announced an In-Person Supplementary Programme to support the education or care needs of primary and post primary pupils with complex needs.

This programme of in-person support is intended to supplement the teaching and learning provided by the student’s school and alleviate the impact of this period of school closure through the provision of 5 hours per week in-person teaching or care support to be delivered in homes.

An allocation of five hours per week of home-based teaching or care supports will be made available to eligible pupils for four weeks.

Information on this Programme is available at the following link – Click Here.

The Application/Claim Form is available at this link – Click Here.

Please contact the school if you have any questions and for completion of part of the Claim Form.

February 18th 2021

Updates on the arrangements for the Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied for 2021 – Click Here.

Summary Document from ETBI with some Indicative Dates – Click Here.

Leaving Certificate Examination Timetable – Click Here.

Leaving Certificate Applied Timetable – Click Here.

February 12th 2021

During the midterm break some tips and ideas for students – Being there for friends while social distancing. Click Here.

Jigsaw clinicians Jules and Laura host a webinar for parents on the theme of Managing Family Conflict. It is a 20 minute presentation followed by questions and answers from parents. Click Here for Presentation.

February 9th 2021

How to keep Children Safe Online which includes things like:

  • How to reduce the risks online
  • Cyber bullying and Grooming
  • How to educate children on cyber safety
  • How to set up parental controls on devices

According to recent research, cyber bullying has been on the rise during the pandemic with 28% of children falling victim to it.

Click here for details.

February 8th 2021

The following are the details of a webinar for Parents being run by WebWise tomorrow 9th of February at 19.30.

“Empowering Healthy Online Behaviour in Teenagers” is an online webinar presented by Cyberpsychology Researcher and lecturer in Cyberpsychology and Psychology – Dr. Nicola Fox Hamilton.

The webinar is free to parent of teenagers and you can register on the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/bekindonline-series-empowering-healthy-online-behaviour-in-teenagers-tickets-138753402161

February 3rd 2021

Information for Parents on how to use Teams – Click for Document 1. Click for Document 2.

Information for Students on how to use Teams – Click for Document 1. Click for Document 2. Click for Student Check List.

January 29th 2021.

Transition Year Students,

If you are interested in sport, or coaching, or refereeing or simply want to add to your CV the following is perfect for you.

I have been offered these 2 short online courses for TY students.

  1. Grab Your Whistle Go Games Referee Course
    1. This is a basic referee course to upskill your students to be able to officiate at non-competitive Go Games blitzes and games in their county
    2. We will ensure their county is aware that students in the school have completed the module as there may be an opportunity for them to earn some money while officiating when games recommence also

2.Ready Steady Coach

    1. This is a basic coaching module to introduce students to fundamental coaching skills and increase their knowledge on the skills of gaelic football
    2. Students may then go on to complete the Introduction to Coaching Gaelic Games as the next level to this module within their club or county

There is a limit of 20 students for the live online course ran by LGFA.

The first 20 students back to Ms Cunningham with their names and which course they would prefer to do will get a place on the course. 

January 28th 2021

Remote Teaching and Learning – Support for Parent.  Click Here.

January 27th 2021

How to get unlimited mobile data for you Smartphone during School Closure – Click Here.

January 27th 2021

Health Awareness Presentation to Parents of Transition Year Students on January 26th by Health and Fitness Ireland – Click Here.

January 25th 2021

Supporting your second level student during school closure – Click Here.

January 21st 2021

Details on Activity for Transition Year Students – European Youth Parliament – Click Here.

January 20th 2021

Please find details from the National Council for Special Education on Supports for School and Parents – Click Here.

January 19th 2021

Opportunities for Transition Year Students.

Ms Cunningham Transition Year Coordinator emailed students in relation to the following:

1.He@lthFest – register by Wed Jan 20th- Event on Wed Jan- Link sent to all TY’s by email.

2.Houses of the Oireachtas online Work Experience  

If anyone is interested in this opportunity, please discuss it with your parent/guardian and let Ms Cunningham (orla.cunningham@borrisokanecc.ie) know by this Friday Jan 22nd at 2pm.

The school can only nominate 1 student who then must apply for a place.

January 15th 2021

Webinar for Parents – Supporting My Adolescent.

This webinar will offer practical advice to parents who once again find themselves juggling home and school in one place. This webinar will explore how to support and motivate adolescents. It will also identify ways that we can make space for emotions and build connection.

Course date: 21-01-2021 7:00 pm
Price: Free
Tutor – Speaker: Nicola Culloty

More Information and Register – Click on this link – Click Here

January 12th 2021

Guide for Parents/Guardians on Remote Learning – Click Here.

Click Here – for letter from Minister for Education Norma Foley on Remote Teaching and Learning.

January 9th 2021

Click Here for details on webinar on Parenting Your Anxious Child – Helping your Worrier find their Warrior.

January 8th 2021

Letter to Parents – Click Here

December 14th 2020

Managing Communication with Parents during Covid-19 – Click Here.

August 29th 2020

Letter to Parents – Click Here

August 28th 2020

Borrisokane Community College Covid-19 Response Plan – Click Here.

Borrisokane Community College Covid-19 Policy Statement – Click Here.

August 27th 2020

Information for students and their families about returning to school from the Department of Education – Click Here.

Back to School Advice to Parents – Click Here.

HSE Advice to Parents on Covid-19 – Click Here.

August 23rd 2020

Updated Information from Department of Education and Skills on School Transport – Click Here.

August 16th 2020

Letter to Parents/Guardians in relation to returning to school – Click Here.

August 14th 2020

Statement from Tipperary Education & Training Board on reopening Schools – Click Here.

 

Update: August 10th 2020.

Dates for School Opening School Year 2020/2021

Tuesday September 1st – First Year students only from 9am to 3.50pm.

Wednesday Sept 2nd –  5th year and 6th year only.

Thursday Sept 3rd – 2nd year and 3rd year only.

Friday Sept 4th – 1st year and Transition Year only.

Monday September 7th –  First  year, 3rd year and 6th year only

Tuesday September 8th – All students.

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May 26th

Calculated Grades

Information for Parents – Click Here

Information for Students – Click Here

May 8th.

Minister for Education and Skills announces postponement of 2020 Leaving Certificate examinations – Click Here for Statement.

The following is a breakdown of the process to be applied for students to be given the option of Calculated Grades or to sit the examinations.

  1. The 2020 Leaving Certificate examinations, previously scheduled to take place in late July and August, have been postponed.
  2. There will be no Leaving Certificate fee this year. All exam fees which have been paid will be refunded.
  3. Teachers will be asked to provide a professional judgment of each student’s attainment which will be subjected to a rigorous in-school alignment process to ensure fairness.
  4. The school principal will approve the estimated scores being provided and the rankings of each student in each subject in the school.
  5. A special unit is being established within the Department of Education and Skills to process the data provided by each school and operate national standardisation, again to ensure fairness amongst all students.
  6. The Department will finalise the grades for each student which will be issued to each student as close as possible to the traditional date. Formal State certification will also be provided.
  7. Students will retain the right to appeal. This will involve checks on school-entered data; correct transfer of that data to the Department; a review that it was correctly received and processed by the Department; and a verification of the Department’s processes by independent appeal scrutineers.
  8. Students will also retain the right to the sit the 2020 Leaving Certificate examinations at a date in the future when it is deemed safe for state examinations to be held.

Leaving Certificate 2020: Information and Resources including Question & Answer Section – Click Here.

Summary of how Calculated Grades work – Click Here.

May 7th.

Summer Assessments – May 2020.

All students will be receiving Summer Assessments from their teachers over the coming weeks.  These assessments to be completed at home and submitted to teachers by email.  If students cannot access the assessments on their email account please contact the school by email to matthew.carr@borrisokanecc.ie or send a text message to 087 2181038.  We will post assessments to parents if required.

Please click on the links below for the timetables for each year group.

Timetable for 1st year Summer Assessments May 2020 – Click Here.

Timetable for 2nd year Summer Assessments May 2020 – Click Here.

Timetable for 5th  year Leaving Certificate Summer Assessments May 2020 – Click Here.

Timetable for 5th year Leaving Certificate Applied Summer Assessments May 2020 – Click Here.

 

May 5th

Sixth year students will find some information here on the CAO Change of Mind Form – Click Here.

May 1st

Letter for Parents on 3rd year Junior Cycle Assignments – Click Here.

Timetable for 3rd year Junior Cycle Assignments – Click Here.

April 30th

Statement from State Examinations Commission on Junior and Leaving Certificate Examination Fees.

RE: COVID-19 – Clarification on payment of Examination Fees 2020
The SEC would be grateful if you would bring the following information to the attention of your examination candidates/parents/guardians:
Leaving Certificate Fees: The closing date for payment of the Leaving Cert examination fee is being extended until after the exams are complete and the results has issued.
Junior Certificate/Cycle Fees: Students will not be required to pay an examination fees to the SEC in relation to the 2020 Junior Cycle examinations, the SEC will be issuing a refund to all students who have already paid.  There is no need to contact the State Examinations Commission as refunds will be made automatically.  Further details will be sent to all schools in the coming days.

April 29th

SUSI Grant: Information for 6th year students and their parents on grants for Third Level and Further Education. Click Here.

Junior Certificate Update: Department of Education & Skills has decided revised arrangements for the Junior Certificate.  Read more. Click Here. Borrisokane Community College will be organising assessments for third year students to be completed by May 22nd.  Students and Parents will get details of the assessments early next week. This will be part of students Summer 2020 Assessment.  Work done during the year will make up the remainder.

Junior Cycle Questions and Answers – Click Here.  Note: Junior Certificate Fees do not have to be paid this year. If you have already paid the fees you can apply for a refund to the State Examinations Commission.

Support: Click on this link for advice & resources for keeping children and young people well during Covid-19.

SpunOut website has Mental Health Supports – Click Here

Online Support and Resources – Click Here

 

April 21st

  1. Advice on how to cope with Leaving Certificate contingency measures Click Here

2. If Parents have forms to be signed by the school e.g. Childrens Allowance Forms please send them to the school by post and they will be signed and we can post them to the relevant Office.

April 16th

The National Parents Council Post Primary ( NPCPP) completed a survey of parents since schools closed. The survey showed that the parents of Ireland are grateful and appreciative of all that teachers are doing in these difficult times. (see report here)

Following the Minister’s announcement on Friday 10th April, NPCPP would like to ask for the parents voice on the changes announced. To access the survey click on the link below.

SURVEY LINK

THIS SURVEY WILL CLOSE ON TUESDAY 21ST  APRIL 2020 AT 10AM

April 15th

Stress Control Programme: The programme is for adults, but under 18 year olds are encouraged to participate with their parents. It may be a useful programme for Leaving Certificate students and/or their parents. Details can be found here: https://stresscontrol.org/ and the link to the YouTube introductory video is here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_BKErJ_jlSQHKFtHPCRmEctDtcNCCowB 

April 10th 2020.

Update from Department of Education on Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied  and Junior Certificate 2020.

Click here for details from the Department of Education & Skills website.

Click here for details on the State Examinations Commission website.  This website also has information on practical exams, projects, LCVP exam etc. for Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied  which are now planned to take place at the end of July early August.

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Guidance Presentation for Students with Careers and General Information – Click Here.

Advice for Young People while schools are closed – Click Here.

Tips for students on taking responsibility for their own learning during School Closure – Click Here.

Keep up to date on State Exams on the State Examinations Commission Website – Click Here.

Department of Education & Skills website has useful information for students, school staff and parents – Click Here.

Distance Learning with Office 365: Guidance for Parents and Guardian – Click Here.

How to send an Assignment to a Teacher on Teams – Watch this video – Click Here.

Information for Students on Office 365 – Click Here.

National Parents Council website – Click Here.

Useful website for supports on Promoting Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing during the current situation – Click Here.