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Update 3 April COVID 19 School Closure - News Update

COVID 19 Sschool Closure - Details for Parents

Dear Guardian/Parent/Student/Teacher,

See Update below under Summer and State Exams In particular New Press Release from State Exams

Wellbeing Newsletter for Parents and Students Edition 1

Wellbeing Newsletter for Parents and Students Edition 2

Email sent to students today 3/4/2020

Hi All

I hope you are all settling into the new normal. “New School” is very different from “old school” and it all takes a bit of getting used to.

I just want to thank all of you who have engaged so positively so far, and for those that haven’t! find out from your friends what you have missed and use Easter to catch up!!

I cannot see us returning after Easter for a number of weeks so New school will become the norm for a while.

I know many of you miss your friends and meeting up and that is probably what is best about old school, as I normally say to graduating classes it is not the Maths class or English essay you will remember about school but the fun times you had in class activities and out on the yard or the conversations with friends walking the corridors. It is certainly the bit I miss most.

I have thanked, on your behalf, all of the teachers who have put in such a huge effort over the past few weeks to try to ensure learning keeps going.

I thank you and your parents for the many kind and thankful emails we have received and we are greatly appreciative of this.

It is tough working from home in these difficult times, from teachers and students who have to mind children or younger siblings at home, to sickness in the home because of COVID 19, to getting used to distance learning and teaching and assessment.

But I have no doubt that in your time in CBC that you have learnt the skills that are way more valuable than what is normally assessed in the Junior and Leaving Certificate. You are now all working in Teams, collaborating with your peers, solving problems for yourself, taking responsibility, figuring new content out for yourself with direction from your teachers and your parents who are also facing challenging times- i

In the future this is what will stand to you – when you walk into interviews for jobs you won’t be asked about what you got in the Junior or Leaving Certificate instead employers will want to know can you work with others, can you work independently, are your creative, are you able to figure things out and problem solve.You now have a story to tell! You are the students of COVID 19.

“In a world of change, the learners shall inherit the earth, while the learned shall find themselves perfectly suited for a world that no longer exists.” Eric Hoffer

So over Easter

  • stay Positive, Stay safe.
  • Take a well-deserved break. (Both students, parents and teachers – focus on lots of walks, lots of gardening, get outside, get off the computers, phones, Xbox Netflix)
  • If you are in an exam year, follow your study timetable but give yourself plenty of time to recover also from the past few weeks.
    • Stay positive – remember – decisions will be taken in your best interests, don’t listen to social media – we will keep you informed and we are here to support you.
    • In any decisions your safety, your wellbeing and health will be at the forefront of all decisions.

We will see you all again on Monday 20th of April.

Happy Easter

Mr Mongey, Ms Ryan, Ms Kilroy and Mr O’Ceallaigh

I hope you are all 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 Coláiste Bhaile Chláir.

  • Wednesday 11-03-2020
    • We advised all students to empty all of their personal belongings from the school.
  • Thursday 12-03-2020
    • We reissued/confirmed all students had their log in details for Office365. Please contact the school directly 091-799001 or if you are experiencing any technical difficulties.
    • We spoke to all examination year students to reassure them that they would remain our immediate priority and other year groups once exam years had been successfully engaged with over the first two weeks of closure.
    • The school closed following a directive issued by the Department of Education and Skills (DoES).
  • Monday 30/3/2019
    • School buildings and premises are completely shut to all students, parents, teachers and all staff. Should you require anything please email or the relevant member of school staff as per the school contacts page
  • Monday 20-04-2020
    • Provisional return date to school. (We envisage this being extended)
      • If the DoES confirms we can open I am inviting students to bring a small hand towel, soap and hand sanitizer in a plastic zip-lock bag. The school was struggling to source new dispensers and hand sanitizer prior to our closure as the HSE had understandable priority.

In the interim, the school will continue with actions to prepare for our return to the campus.

Summer and State Exams

  • 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, Microsoft Teams and social media.

Please See below: In Summary State Exams Press Release FAQs

  • Orals and Practical's have been cancelled and all students will receive 100% of marks for these, We as a school would support this approach and believe that this is the fairest approach and does not disadvantage any student and has been taken in the best interests of all students. Remember the work you have done for these areas will only help you even further in the terminal exams.

  • The deadline date for projects has been extended to the 15th May, Each subject teacher will be in contact with students from next week in relation to this. If we need to bring students in to collect any materials or part of projects using social isolation protocols we will do this over the coming weeks.

  • Again we will keep you abreast of all developments as they happen and occur over the coming weeks.

  • So focus on your terminal exams from today only and any outstanding projects which have to be completed.

  • Examination Years
    • Our teachers will endeavour to support you as a matter of priority through blended learning: online support, independent work, use of your notes and texts.
    • Parents: We ask that you monitor and support your son/daughter in this regard. If there are issues connecting do not panic. Send me an email and we will work to addressing the issue. Students have lots of material to study and keep them going over the next few weeks. Students also have been given license numbers to Studyclix, through the student support fund.
    • Students: 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.

  • 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, of work completed to date, this is a prefect opportune time to get a significant amount of revision and study plan completed.

  • All years – Sample General study guidance

Timetable subject

Learning Activity

Preparing for assessment


at the end of the week

History – Pick a topic in your textbook

Make notes/mindmaps/flashcards on the topic under review

Use irevise/studyclix to identify questions from past papers and prepare answers and notes

Use studyclix to create exam questions to test themselves.


  • 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.
  • Ms Hanley and the wellbeing team are available to students throughout these few weeks, email and they will contact by email or by phone.
  • Breaks, exercise and healthy diets are crucial to staying healthy.
  • The PE Dept. will be developing Teams and a OneNote with sample exercises to complete at home with possible logging and completion activities.

ICT Support

  • If there are any issues please contact 091-799001 or or

What is Distance Learning for Parents

In order to get a better understanding what distance learning is and to understand what Teams is, firstly ask your son or daughter or if that doesn’t work! And often with teenagers it won’t. Follow the link below which will offer some guidance and support.

Subject Choice for 2020-2021

  • Our Guidance Department is currently developing digital resources to support subject choice. We will issue a communication to relevant students once it is ready for distribution. TY and LCA now live on the school website
  • CAO/Career Guidance: Ms Joyce and the Career Guidance Team will contact students over the coming weeks directly, she may also be contacted at for appointements
  • In the interim, students and parents have access to Careers Portal to support the students' career inquiries.

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.

Over the coming weeks many families of students and staff will experience illness and I ask each of us to be mindful of this fact. Teachers realise that students may get sick or their family members and we will be mindful of this. Also some teachers and their family members will get sick and again we ask for patience in this regard. We will put in contingency measures to support students should this happen. I ask all to please keep me informed in this regardand the strictest confidence will be adhered to.

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 our students and your children. We are a strong community and we will get through this together.

If you wish to contact me, I am available at . We will make every effort to respond to your query promptly and support you in any way we can.

Mr Mongey

Ms Ryan

Mr O’Ceallaigh

Ms Kilroy

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