Tutor News – 10/11/20 – Week 10

November 10, 2020

TUTOR NEWS – Monday, 10th November 2020 (Week 10)

Tutor News will be emailed to all students, parents and teachers. Teachers will read out Tutor News at 11.55am on a Monday (Tuesday for a bank holiday weekend) to their 1st Year classes only. Class Tutors will sign journals during their class time.

Thought of the Week – “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” — Albert Einstein

GENERAL – Please read out to ALL students

 Students are reminded that the students MUST wear masks on the school bus and at all times when indoors in school.

 As per App messages recently, the school has updated its Covid Response Plan in order to plan for the safe opening of Practical and Specialist Classrooms this week. Students have been issued with new timetables showing new room allocations. A one way system is now in operation and students will be asked to use their “pod” classroom and area during break time and lunch times.

 Visitors to the school during the day should be by prior arrangement with the Principal through the school office. Parents / Guardians, contractors and visitors should enter only by the main door at Reception. Sign in and temperature checks are required for all visitors. The side door is not for use EXCEPT BY STUDENTS.

 Application forms for students who wish to apply for a place in 1st Year 2021/2022 are available for collection at the school office. Deadline for submission of applications is 12.30pm on Monday, 11th January 2021. You can view our Virtual Open Night on the School App, Facebook or the school website.

 Litter – Please use classroom bins and bins inside and outside the school. There should be no excuse for litter.

 Loose books left lying around will be removed. Please use the bag shelves if necessary. Window sills and benches should not be used for storing lunch boxes and lunch bags, jackets or books.

Wellbeing News

• During the month of November, your Religion teacher will take you to visit the November Altar. Please bring your own pen with you to write the names of your deceased relatives and friends. They will be prayed for during the month of November.
• All TY Classes are invited to join the new An Post initiative – writing to residents in Care Homes. As you are aware, under level 5 restrictions, no visitors are permitted into Care homes, so getting a letter in the post or a picture could brighten up someone’s day. Further details will be given to you from your SPHE teachers.
• First Year Students, please keep an eye on the school App thus week and complete and return our Wellbeing Survey.
• Unfortunately this year, due to Covid Restrictions, Aware are not running their usual Beat the Blues Talk for TY students, however there are loads of supports available on line for all year groups e.g. Managing stress, resilience skills, life skills and anxiety. Log onto Aware.ie for further details. There are supports groups also available through aware for all students.

1st Years

With the restrictions that are upon us, unfortunately we are not able to run Parent Teacher meetings in the traditional way at present. With regret, these scheduled meetings are therefore cancelled (1st Year on 12th November). However, it is important that we make alternative arrangements for the exchange of information between teacher and parent / guardian, so that we can continue to work together for your child. Accordingly, I will host a Zoom meeting for the parents / guardians of 1st Year on the following date:

1st Years: 19th November

I will send you a Zoom invitation nearer the time. This brief meeting will give you the opportunity to hear important notices and news from school and to ask questions relevant to your child’s year group. On the same evening, I will publish an in-depth Learning Report for your child. You will be able to see this on VSWare. Each teacher will provide you with detailed information about his / her subject, the progress your child or young adult is making and advice to support learning. You will also be given an email address for each teacher, so that you can respond, if you wish, to what you read.

Transition Year
Soar workshop Tuesday 9-1, details to follow.

First Aid Monday, Tuesday and exam Wednesday, venue to follow.

Driving lessons continue Wednesday and Thursday.

Soar workshop Tuesday, details to follow.

Any TY trips inside or outside school please wear school uniform or school tracksuit only.