As we enter the midterm break, I would like to wish you all a safe and restful break. Autumn is well and truly here and there is a wonderful array of colours to enjoy in the great outdoors. It will be an opportunity for our students to get out into the fresh air and enjoy some time without a mask while observing the social distancing which has become part of our social interaction. I would encourage them to stay away from screens and to get as much physical exercise as the restrictions allow.
I would like to commend all of our students for the manner in which they have embraced the Covid-19 restrictions imposed upon them and us in school. There is a real sense that we are in this together and our modified school life is to protect us all. We have not had any issues regarding compliance with the instructions given and I believe that is commendable. Everyone in the school community is acutely aware of the demands being placed on our young people and how the current pandemic has altered how they interact with each other, how they socialise and what has had to be withdrawn from their school experience that would otherwise have been part of a normal school year. We hope that at least some of the activities put on ice can return in 2021.
Allied to the covid-19 measures put in place we have also worked hard this term to get the Compass information system up and fully running. I hope you have found it beneficial and as user friendly as we have in school. After mid-term, the Kiosk will be running to record latecomers and early leavers and that will appear on the student profile page for parents to view and monitor. The fine-tuning of the reports’ template has taken a little longer than expected and they will issue shortly after the midterm break
For our 12th and 9th class students the midterm will provide an opportunity to catch up on some revision before the winter exams start in November. Plan your schedule of study and ensure you have built in some, but not too much, “free time” to enjoy your hobbies and get outdoors.
At the moment, the Government’s response to the NPHET recommendations does not anticipate the closure of schools. In the event that that instruction is delivered we will revert to full online teaching. Teachers have been advised that we will be delivering the full scheduled timetable through Teams. That means there is an expectation on students to attend all of the online classes and to complete all of the work given.
While we hope that schools will remain open, the protocols and guidelines for online teaching and learning in the event of school closure are now posted on the parent portal. These apply to secondary school only.
I wish you a very pleasant and above all a healthy mid-term break.