Dear Parents and Guardians,
I hope you are all well and safe at this difficult time. Over the past number of weeks we have worked hard to deliver an online learning programme for students. This is challenging for student’s parents and teachers. We as educators are learning as we go in relation to engaging our students online. At the outset we prioritised 3rd and 6th year students as our capacity and technical ability were limited given the immediate closure of schools in March. In the circumstances our teachers have worked extremely hard to develop and improve a distance learning programme. We are using Microsoft’s Office 365 learning platform, particularly OneNote and Teams to engage with students. We hope to expand this engagement in the coming weeks to include more students.
The details for each year group for the forthcoming week regarding classes and or work assignments will be published on Mondays on the school website www.stpeters.ie
To assist with this process and to ensure effective communication the Year Head for each year group will monitor and be available via email for any issues that arise about your son/daughter’s online education. We are particularly concerned that some students are not engaging and ask that parents encourage their child to communicate with their teachers if the circumstances allow this at home. The Chaplain and Guidance Counsellor are also available and can be contacted via email.
The most accurate information regarding the reopening of schools and the state examinations is the Ministers statement which is on the school website. At the moment the government want to proceed with the Leaving Cert. exams later in the summer. This of course is extremely difficult for our 6th year students, however it is important that they keep up with study and revision as guided by their subject teachers. It is also important that 6th year students take a break from schoolwork given the lengthy and unprecedented lead in time to their examinations. As there was a lot of engagement with 6th year students over the Easter period it is proposed to give them a complete break from classes and assigned this week resuming on online activity on Monday 27th April. Classes and assigned work will continue for all other year groups from Monday 20th April.
The contact list for school personnel is:
1st Year: Ms. Deirdre O’ Connell firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd Year: Mr Emmet Ryan email@example.com
3rd Year: Mr Joe O’ Connor firstname.lastname@example.org
4th Year: Ms Jennifer Creedon email@example.com
5th Year: Ms Helen Nolan firstname.lastname@example.org
6th Year: Ms Dympna Quill email@example.com
Chaplain: Ms Maeve McGovern firstname.lastname@example.org
Guidance: Ms Siobhan Murphy email@example.com
Deputy Principal: Ms Blanid Quane firstname.lastname@example.org
Principal: Mr Derek Dunne email@example.com
Finally, I want to thank you for your support and in particular the appreciation expressed by many parents and students for the work online by teachers over recent weeks. I hope all families remain safe and well.