Dear Parent/ Guardian,

Just a quick update on how things are going since we reopened the school a week ago.
We are delighted to have our students back in school with us and they have been a credit to you all.
Our planning and procedures are working well so far but as we see more students in the building at the same time we will be in a position to update these if necessary.
We have seen great compliance with the requirement to wear face coverings. Please assure your son/daughter that should they forget to bring one we have a supply of disposable masks. These are available at the front office, from myself or the Deputy Principals, from Year Heads and Tutors.
May I also commend students on the lack of litter throughout the school. It is so important that each person cleans up after themselves. As I said in a previous email it is neither safe nor fair to expect the cleaning staff to pick up partially eaten food.
The one way system is working well, although it takes a bit of getting used to. However, we are requesting that you would talk with your young person again about physical distancing.
This is working very well in class but we really need students to be more aware of the physical space between them before and after school, at break times and when on the corridors. 
They may just need to be reminded that maintaining physical distance from others is a measure to safeguard the health of the entire school community. We are asking that each student take personal responsibility on this matter.
Please also ensure students are attending school in full and correct uniform. PE is on one day a week and it is only on this day that black tracksuit bottoms and a red school polo shirt may be worn. 
Please also ensure your son/daughter wears either a school jacket or a black jacket.
We are encouraging students to get out in the fresh air as much as possible. The order has been placed for a covered outdoor canteen area and we will be taking delivery of 13 more picnic tables next week. Some class groups will also be making outdoor furniture. We have lots of outdoor space and we ask you to encourage your young person to get out doors as much as possible. 
Again, I would like to thank you for your ongoing support.
Kind regards,
Caroline Herity
Principal
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Stress Control online

Stress is a normal reaction to the rapidly changing and uncertain times we are all living in at the moment. If you are feeling a bit more stressed than usual and would like to learn some great ways, free-of-charge, to deal with common problems like anxiety, depression, panicky feelings, poor sleep and poor wellbeing then come along to our classes.

‘Stress Control’ is a six-session cognitive-behavioural therapy class used extensively in community-settings by the NHS (UK) and HSE (Ireland) and across the world. You can find out more here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjUJQqRfZgE

As you can’t come to a regular Stress Control class due to the current circumstances, Stress Control will come to you by live streaming two sessions a week on YouTube. Each session will repeat four times starting on Monday 11th May – for dates and times please see the dates timetable on the website.

Stress Control Online – May Schedule:

Session Date 1st Showing Repeated
1: What is stress? Mon, 11th May

Tuesday 12th May

2 – 3.30pm 8.30 – 10pm
2: Controlling your body Thurs, 14th May

Friday 15th May

2 – 3.30pm 8.30 – 10pm
3: Controlling your thoughts Mon 18th May

Tuesday 19th May

2 – 3.30pm 8.30 – 10pm
4: Controlling your actions Thurs, 21st May

Friday 22nd May

2 – 3.30pm 8.30 – 10pm
5: Controlling panicky feelings; Getting good night’s sleep Mon, 25th May

Tuesday 26th May

2 – 3.30pm

 

8.30 – 10pm
6: Boosting your wellbeing; Tying it all together; Controlling your future Thurs, 28th May

Friday 29th May

2 – 3.30pm 8.30 – 10pm

The sessions will be led by Dr Jim White, consultant clinical psychologist, who created the class and who has taught most of the NHS (UK) and HSE (Ireland) trainers who would normally be running classes in their communities. Stress Control on-line already ran over 3 weeks in April and an average audience of 6,000 attended each session. Stress is a very common problem.

To take part:

  • Go to stresscontrol.org where you can learn more about the class and get the dates. Everything you need to successfully complete the class – the booklets, self-assessment, relaxation and mindfulness tracks – can be found in the ‘Free zone’ (scroll down on the home page to find). If you can, please read, and start working on, the ‘Preparing for the course’ booklets before Session 1. These can be found in the ‘Booklets’ section of the ‘Free zone’

 

  • Click on the ‘Stress Control 2020’ link on the homepage to access our YouTube channel where the classes will be available to view at the scheduled times. If you click the ‘Subscribe’ button on our YouTube page (free), you will receive notifications when a new session is available. To watch our trailer, please follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_BKErJ_jlSQHKFtHPCRmEctDtcNCCowB

 

  • You do not need to register or login – please just follow the above link.

 

  • The session will begin exactly on time, so make sure you are there from the start. Sessions run for about 90 minutes and there will be a 10-minute break in the middle. Due to copyright restrictions, sessions will only live stream so they will not remain on YouTube.

 

  • Each session is one piece of the jigsaw in tackling your stress. By coming to each class, the jigsaw will form, the big picture can emerge, and you will learn how to handle your stress better. This is cognitive-behavioural therapy so it is crucial you practice the skills you will learn between sessions.

Life is very hard for us just now and there are no easy solutions or magic cures, but, with hard work and determination, we can boost our resilience to cope with these difficult times and come out the other end stronger. Please pass this on to anyone who you think might benefit from the class.


 

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Dear Parents/Guardians,

Please find attached, scheme of work planned by teachers for the summer term for students of 1st, 2nd and 5th Year. This  gives an outline of what will be taught by the subject teachers and the type of homework/assessment that students are asked to submit.

The details of how students will be assessed for their summer reports is also included in the third column of the document.

We hope this document will help you support your student at home and give you a clear idea of what is expected of the students in their different subjects.

First year scheme

Second year scheme

Fifth year scheme