20th April 2018
We have been asked by teachers and Year heads to bring this very important issue to your attention.
We have received numerous concerns from teachers regarding the number of absences from class by 6th yr students. Teachers are finding it increasingly difficult to understand why their students are absent during this hugely significant time in their education. Teachers are still in the process of completing course work with their classes. When a student is absent they are missing out on information and exam tips, which may prove pivotal in an exam situation. If a student says in June – “we never covered that”, perhaps the student should look at his / her absences.
Please note that the deadlines for Projects is the 27th April. Students have had plenty of notice of these deadlines. Students absenting themselves from non-project classes to complete those projects is not an option and unfair on the teacher and the class of the non-project subjects.
Over the past number of weeks the Oral exams have taken place. Students have left school after the exam for a number of reasons – to attend appointments, tiredness, to study at home etc. If a student misses a class there is an expectation that the teacher will recap on this work. This leaves the teacher at a disadvantage and as you can appreciate can be frustrating for both the teacher and the rest of the class.
Full attendance must now be a priority for all 6th year students for the remaining few weeks of school. Students who develop good attendance habits in school are more likely to continue them throughout their chosen career. Regular attendance is critically important, because students who miss school miss out on carefully planned sequences of instruction. Teachers are working hard to ensure each student does their best in their upcoming exams. This year teaching is continuing until the 31st May because of the days missed during the year. We need full attendance until then.
We value our 6th Years contributions to our school. We would like you to help ensure that your daughter/son attends regularly and is successful in their upcoming State exams. We wish every student all the best in their exams. The Graduation will take place on the 24th May 2018. We are looking forward to meeting you all again to celebrate your child’s graduation from Secondary School.
Siobhán McCarthy, Monica White, Denis Boland
Please note: Instructions for payment of examination fees have been given to each student and need to be paid by the 27th April to the State Examination Commission using the new online payment facility.