Important letter from the Principal
08 January 2021
Firstly I hope you all had a happy, healthy and enjoyable Christmas break despite the current circumstances. I also wish to take this opportunity on behalf of myself and my staff to wish you all a happy new year and hopefully 2021 brings us more certainty, happiness and good fortune in comparison to the year we are leaving behind.
The year 2020 was a challenging one for everyone however I am extremely proud of the efforts made by the entire school community here in Ringsend. First of all we ensured the continuation of teaching, learning and assessment on a remote basis from March until June and then in August a midst a pandemic we opened our school and delivered education in a safe student-focused environment. I can honestly tell you this was not an easy task however it was achieved due to the excellent attitudes, cooperation and determination from students and staff alike and as Principal I am very proud of the efforts that everyone made.
Some people often think that as Principal I receive information in advance of it being released in national media, however unfortunately this is not the case and my experience at present is that press releases and instructions to managers within the education system can change at the drop of a hat as we have seen yesterday in relation to Leaving Certificate students. For that reason the plan I have but in place following the Minister’s announcement on Thursday 7thof January at 5pm is subject to change should additional announcements be made following the issuing of this letter.
This however is our current plan for next week, beginning Monday 11th January.
Monday 11th January: No online lessons, student preparation day & staff training on our new remote teaching plan. (Students should use this day to ensure they can log in to Goggle Classroom and join their classes. They should also use this day to visit the school to collect their belongings if necessary. Students who are encountering difficulty in accessing our online platform should contact our student support service.)
Information for 6th year students: Please also see additional information email sent to 6th year students.
School Meal Provision: As was the case during the previous lockdown we will continue to provide a lunch food parcel to each student during the school closures on a monthly basis but only on prior request from the student/parent. If you wish to receive a school lunch parcel for January we require the following information:
- Student Name
- Full Address
- Parent Phone No (Essential)
It is essential that we have Eircodes and contact numbers for all students wishing to avail in order to ensure delivery by An Post. Please fill in the form that will be sent by text to each parent later on today. If for some reason you do not receive this text by 5pm today please contact us through our social media platforms providing the mobile number you wish to receive the text message on.
It is important that students remember the importance of getting exercise and down time from their screens also during these school closures. Keep following the public health advice, reduce contacts and stay at home unless completely necessary. That way we will all come out the right side of this pandemic and be back to school as we know it very shortly.
If you have any further questions or queries or require any further support from me or my team then please do not hesitate to contact us.
Wishing you all good health, happiness and positivity at this time.
Is Mise Le Meas:
Mr Paul Ryder,
Principal / Príomhoide: Mr Paul Ryder, B.B.S H, P.G.D.E, MSC ED, P.G.D.E, LM.Deputy Principal Ms. Ciara Moran
CITY OF DUBLIN ETB Chief Executive Officer: Ms Carol Hanney, B.A, H. Dip.Ed.,M Ed