School Closure Update

In line with the new instruction received from Government yesterday the school will now remain closed until April 19th.

Also inline with yesterdays ‘work from home where possible’ instruction from the Government, the school office and buildings will now also remain closed until 19th April. Phone calls to the school will not be answered. Should you wish to contact the school, you will need to email the school at the following address:

hazelc@hazelc.ie

Free Revision for JC&LC

Edco are offering their ReviseWise revision books free during the Covid19 closures. If you followed the steps from our post on Friday the books are already included. If you already had your own Edco account here are the steps to add them to your existing account.

Busy Week – Covid19

It has been an unusual week in so many ways, the closing of the schools took most of us by surprise, maybe not that the schools closed but how quickly it happened.

The staff have been busy at home creating online classes, training up in new technologies and getting used to a whole new way of thinking.

Here are some of the stats from the week from the IT side, it shows how quickly students and teachers have been adapting.

This graph shows the volume of work being created by the students and returning of that work to the teachers.

Some teachers have begun trialing webinars with some of their classes. Over 100 webinars have taken place / been attempted in the last week. Some more successful than others due to the rural location and broadband accessibility.

Not all teachers are using Google Classroom. Some feel more comfortable with email. All students should be regularly accessing their school email here or by clicking the email and docs cloud on the front page of this website. Also when a teacher sets up a Classroom the invite is sent to the students email. Students should check their emails to make sure they are not missing out on any classes. An important email on how to use Google Classroom and see a particular type of teacher feedback that some are using has been sent to all students.

Google Classroom can be accesssed here https://classroom.google.com or via the free app available on the Android and iOS app stores.

Free eBooks

Many companies are offering their premium software for free during the Covid19 period. Here are two which may be of help.

Both Folens and Edco are offering both their Primary and Seconday schools free online. Details as follows:

Folens

Register as a teacher & use the special code below for Roll Number

Primary school resources: Prim20
Secondary school resources: Sec20

https://www.folensonline.ie/registration/?r=t

Edco

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Leaving / Junior Certificate Update

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today (Thursday 19 March 2020) announced the cancellation of oral and practical performance tests of the state examinations which were originally scheduled to take place from Monday 23 March to Friday 3 April 2020. 

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today (Thursday 19 March 2020) announced the cancellation of oral and practical performance tests of the state examinations which were originally scheduled to take place from Monday 23 March to Friday 3 April 2020. 

All students who were due to take these tests will be awarded full marks for this portion of the exam. 

The decision was taken in light of the closure of schools as a result of the Covid-19 virus and it will be implemented by the State Examinations Commission (SEC). 

Minister McHugh said: “This is a difficult time for all. Students are facing a challenging period out of school and our decision on this element of the exams is being taken with their best interests at heart. 

“It is the fairest response we could take in the circumstances. It guarantees that no student will score less than they would have if schools had been operating as normal. 

“We have seen a new emphasis on remote learning amid the uncertainty about the impact of Covid-19 and the closure of all schools. I hope this decision will ease some of the pressure that students are feeling and allow them to focus more clearly on completing project work and preparing for written exams.” 

The change to the 2020 state examinations means all students who were due to take oral and practical performance tests in the following subjects will be given full marks for this part of the examination: 

  • Oral tests in Leaving Certificate Irish and the Modern Languages of French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Japanese.
  • Practical performance tests in Leaving Certificate Music.
  • Practical performance tests in Junior Certificate Music and Home Economics. 

Minister McHugh also confirmed changes to deadlines for students to complete project work and coursework in a number of subjects. 

Students were originally scheduled to complete these elements of the state examinations on a number of dates from Friday 20 March to Friday 24 April 2020, depending on the subject. 

Students will now be given until Friday 15 May 2020 to complete this work. 

Minister McHugh said: “We know we are asking a lot of people in order to stem the spread of Covid-19. In response to that I want students and their parents or guardians and teachers to be given flexibility as they work towards the exams. 

“All of Government is hugely grateful for the effort, commitment and energy that students and teachers are putting in to continue education in difficult circumstances. I urge you all to keep up the momentum and focus on preparing for the exams.” 

Minister McHugh also said the Department will continue to work with the State Examinations Commission to monitor the Covid-19 situation in terms of its potential impact on the other later scheduled components of the state examinations. 

“We will continue to respond at the right time and in the right way, with the impact on our students at the forefront of our minds,” Minister McHugh said. 

The Minister also advised of steps taken by the Department to minimise the impact on teaching and learning of the current school closures. All schools have been asked to continue to plan lessons and, where possible, provide online resources for students or online lessons where schools are equipped to do so. Schools have also been asked to be conscious of students that may not have access to online facilities and to consider this actively in their responses. School buildings are available to staff if they wish to access the facilities in order to provide online delivery, or essential services once this is in line with Health Service Executive (HSE) advice.  

The Department of Education and Skills will continue to provide supports to the education sector at this time, particularly schools with students taking State examinations. 

The Department of Education and Skills has been liaising closely on a continual basis with the Department of Health in relation to Coronavirus/Covid-19 since early January. This will continue. 

Ends 

Notes for Editors  

Orals & Practical Performance tests (originally scheduled from Monday 23 March to Friday 3 April) are cancelled. These tests are in the following subjects: 

  • Leaving Certificate Irish and the Modern Languages of French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Japanese
  • Leaving Certificate Music
  • Junior Cycle Music and Home Economics

Students who were due to sit the orals or practical performance tests in the affected subjects will take their final written examinations in these subjects at the level they have indicated when confirming their subject choices to the State Examinations Commission earlier this year. 

Project and Course Work completion deadlines are extended to Friday 15 May for the following subjects: 

  • Leaving Certificate Computer Science, Physical Education, Technology, Art, Agricultural Science, Agricultural Economics, History, Geography, Religious Education, Politics and Society, Music, Constructions Studies and Home Economics;
  • Junior Cycle Metalwork, Materials Technology Wood, Technology and Religious Education;
  • Junior Cycle Assessment Tasks in English, Irish, Modern languages, Science and Business Studies. 

Second phase of practical examinations remain as originally scheduled from Monday 27 April to Friday 8 May, as well as the final written examination in the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) scheduled for Wednesday 6 May, a range of oral and practical tests in the Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) programme, along with the first examination in Leaving Certificate Computer Science on Wednesday 27 May, and the final written examinations commencing on 3 June. 

Weighting of the marks for the oral and practical tests in the subjects included in today’s announcement, as a percentage of the total examination marks for those subjects, is as follows:

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today (Thursday 19 March 2020) announced the cancellation of oral and practical performance tests of the state examinations which were originally scheduled to take place from Monday 23 March to Friday 3 April 2020. 

All students who were due to take these tests will be awarded full marks for this portion of the exam. 

The decision was taken in light of the closure of schools as a result of the Covid-19 virus and it will be implemented by the State Examinations Commission (SEC). 

Minister McHugh said: “This is a difficult time for all. Students are facing a challenging period out of school and our decision on this element of the exams is being taken with their best interests at heart. 

“It is the fairest response we could take in the circumstances. It guarantees that no student will score less than they would have if schools had been operating as normal. 

“We have seen a new emphasis on remote learning amid the uncertainty about the impact of Covid-19 and the closure of all schools. I hope this decision will ease some of the pressure that students are feeling and allow them to focus more clearly on completing project work and preparing for written exams.” 

The change to the 2020 state examinations means all students who were due to take oral and practical performance tests in the following subjects will be given full marks for this part of the examination: 

  • Oral tests in Leaving Certificate Irish and the Modern Languages of French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Japanese.
  • Practical performance tests in Leaving Certificate Music.
  • Practical performance tests in Junior Certificate Music and Home Economics. 

Minister McHugh also confirmed changes to deadlines for students to complete project work and coursework in a number of subjects. 

Students were originally scheduled to complete these elements of the state examinations on a number of dates from Friday 20 March to Friday 24 April 2020, depending on the subject. 

Students will now be given until Friday 15 May 2020 to complete this work. 

Minister McHugh said: “We know we are asking a lot of people in order to stem the spread of Covid-19. In response to that I want students and their parents or guardians and teachers to be given flexibility as they work towards the exams. 

“All of Government is hugely grateful for the effort, commitment and energy that students and teachers are putting in to continue education in difficult circumstances. I urge you all to keep up the momentum and focus on preparing for the exams.” 

Minister McHugh also said the Department will continue to work with the State Examinations Commission to monitor the Covid-19 situation in terms of its potential impact on the other later scheduled components of the state examinations. 

“We will continue to respond at the right time and in the right way, with the impact on our students at the forefront of our minds,” Minister McHugh said. 

The Minister also advised of steps taken by the Department to minimise the impact on teaching and learning of the current school closures. All schools have been asked to continue to plan lessons and, where possible, provide online resources for students or online lessons where schools are equipped to do so. Schools have also been asked to be conscious of students that may not have access to online facilities and to consider this actively in their responses. School buildings are available to staff if they wish to access the facilities in order to provide online delivery, or essential services once this is in line with Health Service Executive (HSE) advice.  

The Department of Education and Skills will continue to provide supports to the education sector at this time, particularly schools with students taking State examinations. 

The Department of Education and Skills has been liaising closely on a continual basis with the Department of Health in relation to Coronavirus/Covid-19 since early January. This will continue. 

Ends 

Letter to Parents – Covid19

Dear Guardian/Parent

I hope you are doing well during these unprecedented times. Further to the Government’s decision to close schools to support efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, I am writing to advise you of school continuity measures taken to date by your school

• Wednesday 11-03-2020

We advised all students to empty all of their personal belongings from the school.

• Thursday 12-03-2020

Students were given codes for google classroom. Teachers issued revision guidelines to support students’ continued engagement with the curriculum during the closure. The school closed following a directive issued by the Department of Education and Skills (DoES).

• Monday 29-03-2020:

Provisional return date to school. In the interim, the school will continue with actions to prepare for our return to the campus. The following guidance is to support students as they prepare for their summer/state examinations.

The State Examinations Commission (SEC) will circulate guidance on contingency arrangements if they are required. The school will communicate any such arrangements through normal channels such as SMS, student emails, VSware, and social media. 

If the practicals and orals are postponed for our students, it is essential to note they will be delayed for all students across the country.

Please check for accurate updates on the SEC website. In the interim, Leaving Cert students must prepare for the orals/practicals as if they are going to proceed as planned.

Examination Years: :

Our teachers will endeavour to support you as a matter of priority through blended learning (online support & work assigned to you before closure). Generally speaking, online classes will be created via whatever platform you are currently using on existing class structures within the school.

Your current school timetable provides you with an excellent structure to organise your day.

If parents could encourage their daughter(s)/son(s) to submit assigned work, we would be most grateful.

Please urge them to do so within agreed timeframes. 

Other online supports available:

www.khanacademy.org

https://irevise.com/ie (Additional notes and tutorials)

www.studyclix.ie (Exam builders)

www.examinations.ie (Past exam papers and marking schemes)

www.careersportal.ie

https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html

www.education.ie – (Education related news)   

Non-Examination Years:

Over time as teachers build their capacity for online engagement, they will issue guidance to students in non-exam years to support their ongoing engagement with the curriculum in due course. Parents are encouraged to get their son(s) or daughter(s) to organise and create a bank of flashcards, mind maps and other suitable study aids.

• Wellbeing: We would encourage you to stay in contact with your friends. Peer learning is one of the most effective methods to support curriculum engagement. Use technology sensibly to connect and learn together. Breaks, exercise and healthy diets are crucial to staying healthy.

This is an unprecedented situation, and the school community is conscious that in these difficult times, we will come together to find solutions.

We always work in the best interest of our students.

It is an unusual time for us all, and we need to work together to delay and limit the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

We encourage parents to emphasise the importance of social distancing to all in their care, so we as a nation can protect the most vulnerable in our communities.

I also want to acknowledge that many of our students might find the uncertainty of the forthcoming weeks quite unsettling. I want to take this opportunity to reassure parents and students alike that the SEC and DES have always made decisions which are student-centred and mindful of the immediate environment. 

We have no control over what decisions the state agencies make; we do, however, have control over what actions we can take. So please remain focused on your study schedules and your preparations for the state examinations. 

Finally, I would like to thank our staff for their assistance and proactive actions to support your daughter(s) and son(s). The staff and your daughter(s)/son(s) are a credit to our school community.

If you wish to contact me, I am available at 063 83121.

We will make every effort to respond to your query promptly and support you in any way we can.

Yours sincerely,

Brendan Burke, Principal

Covid-19 Update

The Government has announced that Ireland’s schools, colleges and childcare facilities are to close in response to the threat Covid-19.

From 6pm today, there will be no further school related activities, including work experience, until the 29th of March.

In the meantime, we have done our very best in recent days to prepare students for an announcement such as this. Classes have been allocated work, project work, study plans and many classes have now joined up Google Classroom which will allow them to interact with their teachers and submit work for correction where required.

This certainly is a time of uncertainty for our exam students in particular, but hopefully these strategies will allow their learning and preparation to continue over the coming weeks..

Any further information will be passed on to you as soon as we receive it.

All Ireland Champions

Congratulations to our U16 Ladies Basketball Team who beat Castletroy College in the All Ireland Final

Here is a match report as reported in the Limerick Leader recently

Also in the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght, Hazelwood College, Dromcollogher had too much for Castletroy College in the final of the U16 B Girls League final.

Hazelwood College, Dromcollogher 52
Castletroy College, Limerick 38

In this all Limerick affair, both teams got off to a fast start. Kiera Shyne opened the scoring for Castletroy before Saoirse McCarthy hit two free throws to get Hazelwood off the mark. Sorcha Cronin had five points with Shyne getting another elbow jumper to bring Castletroy to eleven points for the quarter.

Hannah Cremin made her free throws when on the line before the Fahy sisters, Keelan and Niamh contributed as well to give Hazelwood a one-point lead 11-12 going into the second.

Castletroy started the brighter with Emma O’Sullivan finding her range on the way to 6 points in this quarter. Shyne was a threat the whole time in transition with Azeezat Muniru getting on the scoreboard. Limiting the second attempts held Hazelwood to just eight points with Cremin, McCarthy and Niamh Fahy the scorers. Castletroy lead 23-20 at the half.

The third quarter saw Hazelwood flip the script, Niamh Fahy had seven points with Cremin and Meabh Magner scoring in the lane as well to erase the deficit and push Hazelwood in front. O’Sullivan and Cronin kept the scoreboard ticking but the writing was on the wall for Castletroy.

It was 33-37 going into the last quarter. Hazelwood came out as they finished the third, Cremin was unstoppable on her way to a game high of twenty-one points and Castletroy had no answer to her. Shyne and Nofeesat Muniru did find they basket but it was not enough to stop Hazelwood College taking the win 38-52.

Hazelwood College Hannah Cremin 21, Laura Sexton, Maebh Magner 4, Katie Burke 2, Saorise McCarthy 10, Keelan Fahy 6, Katie Coughlan, Grace Noonan, Orla Bennis, Sarah Kate O’Connor, Niamh Fahy 11, Keelin O’Brien.

Castletroy College Kiera Shyne 11, Emma, O’Sullivan 11, Sorcha Cronin 8, Gandy Malou Mamel 1, Nofeesat Muniru 5, Azeezat Muniru 2, Tawaklit Musa, Julia Cuneen.

MVP: Hannah Cremin, Hazelwood College.

International Soccer

Congratulations to Brian Ahern, sixth year, who recently represented Hazelwood College in the Ireland U18 v Australia U18 Schools match. On the day Brian scored both of Irelands goals and was awarded Man of the Match

Here is a match report from the day as first published in the Limerick Leader.

Reporter: Jerome O’Connell 20 Jan 2020

LIMERICK teenager Brian Ahern scored both goals as the Republic of Ireland were 2-0 winners over Australia. Hazelwood College star Ahern was the match winner with two brilliant second half goals as the Republic of Ireland U18 boys came from a goal down to edge out the Austrialia Schools for a 2-1 win in a friendly international at Home Farm FC.

Ahern was one of several players that Ireland head coach William O’Connor introduced at the break as he juggled his squad in an effort to break the deadlock after a scoreless opening half.

The Limerick United forward a pupil at Hazelwood College in Dromcollogher made his mark in fine style on the hour by powering home the equaliser with a 30 yard screamer that sailed past a helpless Thomas Rozman in the visitors goal.

A deserved win that delighted head coach William O’Connor. “Brian (Ahern) did really well to get us back on top with two great goals. The first one in particular was some strike,” said the Irish manager.

“Overall all the squad did brilliantly and there were some fine individual performances too which bodes well for our bid to regain the Centenary Shield with the first of our four games a home fixture against Scotland coming up on March 19”.

O’Connor added: “Games against Australia are always difficult as our side are all U18 while they are U19 but we responded well after conceding the early second half penalty.” @faischools Both goals by Brian Ahern from yesterday’s 2-1 win V Australia in @Homefarm_FC . pic.twitter.com/yIPk23ajrU — William O Connor (@willyoc21) January 19, 2020

The Irish students will have a trial game against Colin O’Brien’s U17 select in a few weeks time as O’Connor attempts to whittle the squad down to 16 players for the Centenary Shield fixture at the end of March.

Ahern’s goal got Ireland right back into a game that looked to be slipping away from them after Sasha Kuzevski had earlier put Australia in front beating goalkeeper Patrick McGarvey from the penalty spot after he was taken down in the box by Mark Hanratty.

Ahern wasn’t finished and minutes after he struck the equaliser he went on to crown a top class show by climbing above the Australia defenders to head home what proved to be the winner.

The goal was created by Lucan CBS scholar Kyle Robinson’s precise pass that gave Hanratty the chance to whip in a high cross from the left and Ahern managed to get his head on the ball and guide it home for a superb double. The penalty coolly converted by Kuzevski on 56 minutes put Australia in the driving seat although a fantastic double save from goalkeeper Rozman who kept out close range efforts from Robinson and Ahern might have seen Ireland get back on terms.

However minutes later Ahern got another opportunity to make amends and this time he made no mistake with his superb finish from distance.

That equaliser shook the visitors and when Ahern quickly headed home his second there was no way back as the Irish grew in confidence with Eoin Farrell and Adam Verdon dominating the midfield and Kyle Robinson and Brian Ahern always lively up front.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Eoghan O’Sullivan (Coláiste Cois Life, Lucan); Cillian Heaney (Rice College, Westport), Adam McCarron (Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana), Andrew Quinn (Dunshaughlin Community College), Rob Walsh (Glanmire Community College); Eoin Farrell (Ardscoil na Tríonóide, Athy) Adam Vernon (Gaelcholáiste Reachrann, Donaghmede); Adam Lennon (Athlone Community School), Daniel Cox (St. Joseph’s College, Galway), Charlie Concannon (Yeats College, Galway); Kyle Robinson (Coláiste Phadráig, Lucan CBS). Subs: Patrick Ferry (Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair) for Walsh h-t, Brian Ahern (Hazelwood College, Dromcollogher) for Cox h-t, Patrick McGarvey (Rosses Community School, Dungloe) for O’Sullivan h-t, Joe Power (Presentation College, Bray) for Heaney h-t, Mark Hanratty (Lusk Community College) for Concannon h-t, Luke Rudden (Carndonagh Community School) for Lennon 86.

AUSTRALIA: Luke Genua (Edmund Rice College); Sasha Kuzevski (St. Edward’s College), Nathan Grimaldi (The Hills Sports High School), William Pearce (William Clarke College), Jack McLoughlin (Cranbrook School); Dimitri Kostopoulos (Westfields Sports High School), Alexander Bonetig (Edmund Rice College); Connor Rose (St. Leo’s Catholic College), Lachlan Sepping (Emmaus Catholic College), Jordan Metcalfe (Epping Boys High School); Rhys Osmond (Westfields Sports High School). Subs: Thomas Rozman (Champagnat Catholic College) for Genua h-t, Jack Berte (St. Pius Cross College) for Osmond h-t, Caleb Jackson Brown (Westfields Sports High School) for Pearce h-t, Jay McGowan (Sylvania High School) for Metcalfe h-t, Will Hodgson (St Aloysius College) for Kostopoulos 62, Bailey Ratcliff (Matthew Flinders Anglican College) for McLoughlin 62.

REFEREE: Ian O’Keeffe (Waterford)

Young Scientist News

Some fantastic news filtering in from Dublin as our young scientists have been placed highly commended in their category , Social and Behavioral Take Your Tent Home An innovative approach at reducing waste generated by festival goers Congratulations to these brilliant ambassadors for our school and their teacher Mrs Malone

Well done to Eoin, Stephen and Daniel ergo n are doing a fantastic job of representing Hazelwood at this years BT Young Scientist Competition. Pictured here with Tom Neville TD and his wife Jenny Dixon