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No Online Classes on Wednesday Afternoon 1st April Due to Staff Meeting

Dear Parents/Guardians, There will be no online classes this Wednesday afternoon 1st April from 1.50-3.10pm due to a remote online staff meeting taking place at that time. Students are more than welcome to use this time to catch up or revise on the learning that has taken place over the last two weeks.

Students - We Hope You are Getting Set Up for Today's Remote Online Learning.

Dear Students, we hope you have had a nice relaxing weekend and that you have maintained social distancing with those you have met - this intervention by you will have reduced your probability of coming into contact with an infected COVID-19 person. Now five more school days of learning before the Easter Holidays! You can do it! Classes begin from 8.50-3.50pm with assigned work left for some classes. Please don't waste the day - GET READY - GET YOUR LEARNING IN FOR TODAY - ANY EFFORT IS BETTER THAN NONE - IT IS AN ONLINE SCHOOL DAY. Well done to so many of you who have engaged on the TEAMS platform and submitted work for correction. Thanks to students who have informed their teachers that some of their work may be submitted late due to personal and family reasons. It is Monday - the start of a new week - make it a Good Start!

For families experiencing difficulties due to Covid-19, please see letter re support available: https://www.stmaryshfcglasnevin.com/letter-to-parentsguardians-2/

Part of this letter includes the following details "While education is important we are acutely aware that the health and wellbeing of our school community is of paramount importance and we are conscious of the difficulties that some of you are suffering due to the restrictions that have been put in place. We are mindful that employment circumstances may have changed in some households due to the Covid-19 situation to the extent that some families might be experiencing unforeseen difficulties. The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection which provides funding for our school breakfast has confirmed that funding to schools will continue, and food parcels may be available to families who are experiencing need at this time. If your family has been hit badly by the measures in place could you please email Ms Bourke at bbourke@stmaryshfg.ie and we could put you on a list to receive whatever support is available."

YESTERDAY'S RECENT RESTRICTIONS MEANS NO ACCESS TO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS TO COLLECT BOOKS

Many of you may be aware that following An Taoiseach's address yesterday evening and in line with restrictions announced, St Mary's is closed to all members of the school community from now until Sunday 12th April. Students/Parent(s)/Guardian(s) who were assigned times for tomorrow and Monday afternoon no longer can gain access to the school to collect books etc and we will send you an individual email confirming same. We apologise for the inconvenience but we must adhere to any updated recommendations issued by the Government. For students who don't have some of their books, it may be possible for some of the students' friends to take screenshots of textbook pages for them. Teachers may have relevant diagrams, tables, etc screenshot into their lessons too. Books Published by Fallons are Accessible on Phone/Desktop/Laptop/iPad: In response to the COVID-19 crisis, teachers, parents and pupils can access the online versions of all CJ Fallon books for free both on their phones and desktops. Simply click here https://my.cjfallon.ie/dashboard/student-resources/?levels=0&classes=0&subjects=0&serieses=0&booktitles=0&types%5B0%5D=Book+Sample and filter to your required title. Books Published by EDCO are Accessible on Desktop/Laptop/iPad (not accessible on a phone): In an effort to provide a solution to make it as easy as possible for every student, teacher and parent to access e-books published by this company, please go to www.edcolearning.ie and login using the following usernames and passwords. For access to Junior Cert books on the online bookshelf, please use the Username jcedcobooks and the Password edco2020 and for Leaving Cert titles, please use the Username lcedcobooks and the Password edco2020.

N0 ACCESS NOW TO SCHOOL as instructed to close until 12th April in line with recent restrictions announced yesterday.

School Access 1st, 2nd, 4th & 5th Yrs to Collect Books etc are asked to email modonnell@stmaryshfg.ie for an appointment

Access to the School for School Books

All Third Year and Sixth Year students who emailed modonnell@stmaryshfg.ie have now been accommodated with a time slot to pick up their books/copies/materials etc from their locker. Any other students including non-exam students who will need their books over the Easter Break are asked to email Ms O'Donnell at modonnell@stmaryshfg.ie or to make contact with her via the Teams Platform. Students must be assigned an individual time slot to prevent students congregating together, thus adhering to the strict national 'social distancing' guidelines that are now in place.

A reminder that a number of free Audio books are now available to stream and listen to from the Audible website https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

The Irish press agency Newsbrand are running a journalism competition for secondary school students: https://newsbrandsireland.ie/new-press-pass-student-writing-competition/

Also, don't forget that if you’re a member of any local libraries you can also check their website and you might be able to still rent ebooks/magazines/films etc. using the number on your library card account.

Live Link Below to Pope's Ceremony - Prayer for Humanity - Cermony from 5-6pm

The Pope calls the faithful to prayer amidst the Coronavirus Crisis. This is the live link accessible at https://www.catholicbishops.ie/2020/03/26/urbi-et-orbi-extraordinary-blessing-live/ to watch the broadcast which continues until 6pm. This special broadcast ceremony can also now be viewed on the RTE Player and RTE Now news App from 5-6pm and it is designed to offer hope to people at a very difficult time.

Prayerful Broadcast by Pope at 5pm - Today Friday 27th March

The Pope invites the entire world to unite themselves spiritually with him in a Prayer Service live from Saint Peter’s Square today, Friday 27th March 2020 at 5pm. The prayer service will conclude with Pope Francis giving the Urbi et orbi Blessing. The blessing Urbi et orbi “to the City [of Rome] and to the World” is a very significant blessing which normally is only given by the Pope at Christmas and Easter. The Pope said “I invite everyone to participate spiritually through the means of communication”, in this way people all over the world will be united in prayer at this difficult time. RTÉ will broadcast this extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing live at 5.00pm on its News Now channel (6.00pm Rome time). RTÉ News Now can be accessed on Saorview (channel 21), Sky (521), Virgin Media (200), Eir (517) as well as via the RTÉ Player, the RTÉ News Now app and via RTÉ.ie/news.

Student School Email and Password Queries

All students must be using their school email address and password when communicating with teachers on any of the school related platforms or through email. All students were given their school email address and password during a designated Tutor Time class before the school closed on Thursday 12th March. Parents/Guardians whose daughter(s) were absent on that day were sent a text informing them of their daughter(s) username and password. If any student(s) has difficulty accessing their school email address and password, please email Ms Devaney at fdevaney@stmaryshfg.ie

School Access for Third & Sixth Years to Collect Books etc are asked to email modonnell@stmaryshfg.ie for an appointment

Leaving Cert 2020 Applicants - Plan your study break tomorrow Friday @ 11am for this Instagram Live!

Make sure you follow @leavingcertguidance on Instagram to watch the takeover with Dr John McGinnity from the Admissions Office #CAO2020

Revision of Maths - UCD want to help Students with Online Maths Videos!

The UCD Maths Support Centre has 143 free videos which cover both the Higher Level and Ordinary Level Leaving Certificate Mathematics courses. Further information and links to the videos is available at https://bit.ly/LeavingCertVideos

Free Home Access to World Book Online!

All students in the Republic of Ireland have open and FREE HOME ACCESS to World Book Online [https://www.scoilnet.ie/scoilnet-services/world-book/]. World Book is a trusted encyclopedia containing thousands of informational articles with stunning illustrations, videos, interactive maps, research help, and activities. During the duration of school closures, World Book Online [https://www.scoilnet.ie/scoilnet-services/world-book/] has made available a collection of all their eBooks. There are about 700 proprietary World Book titles for ages 4-18 and over 2,500 Project Gutenberg titles.

Why Soap is so Effective Against COVID-19?

Please click on the video below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVzHGLqf5YU&feature=emb_rel_end

Important Notice for all TY Students: Gaisce Launches Gaisce At Home – Gaisce Sa Bhaile!

We are delighted that all our TY students are well on their way to achieving their Gaisce award. However, Extraordinary Times Call For Extraordinary Measures and that is why Gaisce has launched ‘Gaisce At Home’ or ‘Gaisce Sa Bhaile’. This means that students can complete their Community Involvement, Physical Recreation or Personal Skill Activities for the Gaisce award at home. Please see the important notice to all Gaisce students which can be viewed in the link below. https://www.gaisce.ie/gaisce-at-home/ If you have any questions about this please email your Gaisce teacher. Please read the Statement from President Higgins on ‘Gaisce sa Bhaile’. The announcement today that Gaisce, the President’s Award, has developed a new ‘Gaisce sa Bhaile’ has been warmly welcomed by young people all over the country. In a statement President Michael D. Higgins has said: “As President, may I congratulate the team at Gaisce on this new initiative, which will assist young people to stay active and engaged in their communities, and to look after their physical and mental health in these special circumstances through which we are living. It is my hope that as many as possible of the 18,000 young people already involved in the President’s Award will use this opportunity to develop alternative ways to achieve their goals, and that this new challenge will be taken up by yet others who also are interested in signing up for the President’s Challenge. By participating in Gaisce, young people are invited to develop their skills, find a new confidence in their abilities, and discover the importance of making a positive contribution to their communities and wider society. At its heart, the Gaisce challenge is about making a pact with yourself to set goals, and to pursue their achievement vigorously. This is never easy, as no noble task ever is. To do so in these testing circumstances is even more challenging, and I want to convey my congratulations to every participant who decides to embark on this journey. Beir beannacht.”

Gaisce Defence Forces Challenge 2020

Due to the ever-evolving situation as Ireland responds to COVID-19, the upcoming 'Gaisce Defence Forces Challenge 2020' due to take place from June 2nd-5th has unfortunately been cancelled. There may be an alternative date rescheduled for 2020. Please see link below for more details. https://www.gaisce.ie/gaisce-defence-forces-challenge-2020/

Latest Statement from the Department of Education and Skills - Tuesday 24th March 2020

The full text of the most recent statement from the Department of Education and Skills can be accessed at the following link https://www.education.ie/en/Press-Events/Press-Releases/2020-press-releases/PR20-03-24.html All schools, pre-schools and further and higher education settings will remain closed to students until 19 April 2020. The decision has been taken following advice from the NPHET (National Public Health Emergency Team) as part of efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19. All young people and children are urged to practice social distancing, and to minimise physical contact to keep themselves and others healthy and to limit the spread of infection. This should include minimising social contact, avoiding meeting up and keeping physical space of two metres between each other. Parents and guardians are urged to support young people and children to follow those simple guidelines. Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD said: “This is an extremely difficult time for everyone, not least students and their parents. “The decision to keep schools closed until after the Easter break is based on public health advice. It is a hugely important aspect of our continued effort to limit the spread of Covid-19.

President's Statement to Young People on 'Social Distancing' on school website https://www.stmaryshfcglasnevin.com/

Please Visit our School Website - The President's Recent Address to Young People - Link on our School Website to Access Article Directly.

Please visit our website at https://www.stmaryshfcglasnevin.com/message-from-president-higgins-to-the-parents-of-students-in-our-schools-on-the-importance-of-social-distancing/ to read Mr Higgin's latest address to young people.

President Issues Rallying Cry for Young People on the Importance of Social and Physical Distancing,.

President Michael D Higgins has appealed to young people to follow social distancing rules and to stop behaviour that "puts all of us at risk". He urged young people to spread the word among their friends of the importance of isolation as the number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise. Students are reminded that they can play their part in the national effort to curb the spread and the worse effects of the Covid-19 virus. Schools are closed to students at present to prevent the spread of this highly contagious and potentially lethal virus. By avoiding assembling and socialising in groups, students will be playing their part in supporting the national health campaign. This further reinforces the pronouncements of An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, other government ministers and health officials on the responsibility of all to adhere to social distance guidelines and to respond to HSE advice at this time of national emergency. The full text of the President’s address can be accessed at the link below: https://president.ie/en/media-library/news-releases/statement-from-president-of-ireland-following-his-signature-of-the-health-preservation-and-protection-and-other-emergency-measures-in-the-public-interest-bill-2020

PLEASE ASK YOURSELF - ARE YOU DOING YOUR BIT TO CONTROL COVID-19 AND FLATTEN THE CURVE BY ADHERING TO SOCIAL AND PHYSICAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES?

Dear Parents and Students, We hope you and your wider networks of family and friends are all keeping safe and well and maintaining the necessary social and physical distancing during this crucial time. It has come to our attention that senior students are being invited out – to hangouts in houses, with groups going for walks etc. which is completely against the guidelines that the HSE is at pains to implement in order to protect society and our most vulnerable in society from this virus and to flatten the curve so that we don’t experience the worst effects that Italy is presently experiencing. Young people can fight this virus but if they do not obey the rules of social and physical distancing and continue to meet in groups they will bring the virus back into their homes and endanger the lives of their vulnerable family members who may be older or may have underlying health conditions. We all have someone in our family or wider social circle who is at risk – who has diabetes, asthma, a heart or respiratory condition or a compromised immune system and we have to be mindful of them at all times in the personal choices we make. This is a worrying time for all of us but if we obey the guidelines as set down by the HSE we can control the spread of this virus for which there is as yet no vaccine. Young people who are playing such an important role in the fight against climate change can also take a leading role in the fight against Covid-19. We are depending on you now more than ever before. The longer we disregard the importance of social and physical distancing the longer this goes on. We appeal to parents and students to heed the guidelines and we will all come through this crisis with the best outcomes possible. Young people are speaking out in response to this issue and some of the responses are below for your information. Please see below an article where Jennifer Barry Young Offenders star apologises for her lack of responsibility in attending a house party recently: https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/Coronavirus-Young-Offenders-star-urges-people-to-stay-home-after-heartbreaking-moment-with-her-father-411430c2-4f57-460a-a35b-5728c5f8d1ac-ds And this important media campaign below set up to encourage young people to abide by social and physical distancing: https://twitter.com/RTE2fm/status/1239846394648760320?s=08

Parents & Students read https://www.stmaryshfcglasnevin.com/doing-our-bit-to-control-covid-19-and-flatten-the-curve/

Lá na Máithreacha - Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the students' mammies in the school community. We also think of students who are without their mammies today for one reason or another. We do hope that students have given their mother some time off today and helped her out. Remember, the day is not over yet and you could still make that well deserved cup of tea for her!

A beautiful prayer for health of the sick and for protection composed by Pope Francis.

As Sunday masses in many parishes have been cancelled indefinitely, one could say the beautiful prayer in the PDF below for the health of the sick and for protection. This prayer was composed by Pope Francis who has asked the Virgin Mary to watch over the world in this current moment of crisis. https://bc25bacccc1520c3bd8c-ddf4d0d63af104236052ea77b45c1cfd.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/8418_20200322203207.pdf

Mock Reports Available on VSware

Please note that third and sixth year mock reports are available for parents to view on VSware. We ask parents/guardians to discuss and have a conversation with their daughter(s) about their progress to date in the subjects outlined. The results will show the students what subjects they are doing well in and they will also show students their gaps in knowledge and understanding. The Mock Examinations were good practice that was essential for students to understand the entire examination process. It is very important for parents to have this learning conversation with their daughter(s) with regards to how well they have done or how they can improve on their grades. Some students may need to consider changing levels in a subject to ensure that they successfully pass that subject in June.

Make Sure to Practice 'Social Distancing' this Weekend!

The infographic below illustrates the power that lies in all our hands in the coming days and weeks. Please practice 'social distancing' over the weekend and in the coming weeks. Please do not meet up with groups of friends. We must take heed of the expert advice given. Also, please remember to protect yourself and others from getting sick by washing your hands on a regular basis (see image below).

Third & Sixth Yr Mock Reports available for view on VSware. Parents, please discuss same with daughter(s) this weekend.

Attention Students!

Dear Students, we hope you and your families are well. We encourage you in so far as is possible that you engage in the classwork that has been assigned to you by your teachers, either remotely (on 'Teams' in the Office 365 Platform or Edmodo) or otherwise, for each of your classes this week. Students are reminded to take responsibility for their own learning. Congrats to so many students who have worked diligently on the 'Teams' Platform this week. There are many additional resources mentioned on our App, Twitter Page and School Website to help you with your studies.

Important Notice Regarding Free Online Access to Books (E-Books) Published by both Fallons and the Educational Company of Ireland (EDCO)

Dear Parents, Teachers and Students, Books Published by Fallons: As of today, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, teachers, parents and pupils can access the online versions of all CJ Fallon books for free. Simply click here https://my.cjfallon.ie/dashboard/student-resources/?levels=0&classes=0&subjects=0&serieses=0&booktitles=0&types%5B0%5D=Book+Sample and filter to your required title. Books Published by EDCO: In an effort to provide a solution to make it as easy as possible for every student, teacher and parent to access e-books published by this company, please go to www.edcolearning.ie and login using the following usernames and passwords. For access to Junior Cert books on the online bookshelf, please use the Username jcedcobooks and the Password edco2020 and for Leaving Cert titles, please use the Username lcedcobooks and the Password edco2020. This is a lovely gesture by both publishing companies in an effort to help all members of the school community!

Free Online Access to E-Books by Fallons + EDCO. Detailed Notifications re this and Important Events today on App.

19 March, 2020 – Minister McHugh Announces Cancellation of Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle Oral and Practical Performance Tests

Here is the link to the DES announcement for clarity: https://www.education.ie/en/Press-Events/Press-Releases/2020-press-releases/PR20-03-19.html

Deadline for Practical Work Extended to 15th May

The deadline for submission of practical and coursework for the Leaving Cert has been extended to 15th May.

Leaving Cert Oral Exams Cancelled Over COVID-19

The following link https://www.rte.ie/news/coronavirus/2020/0319/1124108-coronavirus-education/ details the following information: All Leaving Cert students studying languages will receive marks of 100% in lieu of oral assessments that were due to be held in Irish and modern European languages. The measure has been announced by Minister for Education Joe McHugh. Oral exams were due to begin on 23 March but have now been cancelled. The oral assessment is worth 40% of overall marks in Irish, and 25% in modern European languages. The deadline for submission of practical and coursework for the leaving cert has been extended to 15 May. No decision has yet been made in relation to when schools might reopen, or on June's leaving certificate exams.

Mindful Meditation for Students to Start the Day!

This two minute meditation accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykDPtWdxOxs will help students to become aware of their thoughts before they begin their day. Remember just because you think a thought, it doesn't mean it's true! Enjoy!

St. Mary's on the front page!

On the 27th February 2020 the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin DD, visited our school to Bless our newly refurbished Prayer Room and preside at our Blessing Ceremony. It was such a special morning during our 80th Anniversary year. The Northside People have us on their front page today. Follow the link to our website to find more information and photographs https://www.stmaryshfcglasnevin.com/the-blessing-of-our-newly-refurbished-prayer-room/

Tonight's information evening for parents of incoming 1st years which is due to take place at 7.30pm is now postponed until further notice.

Resources for Leaving Cert Students

The following link accessible at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oUSQMmVoWwTaCMuPpl_UO-gi4blD0J2ZbKB6CZH4x5s/edit gives access to general resources and subject specific resources which students may use to help them revise topics already covered on the course.

Student Teams are not allowed within the 'Office 365' Platform

Please note that all parents/guardians were sent a text this morning informing them that students are not allowed to create their own student 'Teams' within the Office 365 platform. Any student(s) who have created such 'Teams' are asked to please delete such groups immediately. We are monitoring our wonderful 'Office 365' platform and teachers create the 'Teams' to conduct teaching and learning remotely through this platform.

Students cannot set up student Teams in Office 365 platform and must delete immediately if they have set up such groups.

Free Resource Available through Scoilnet to all Students in their Homes - 'World Book Online'

Students in the Republic of Ireland now have unlimited access to World Book Online through Scoilnet! For project work in particular, World Book Online has databases for every learner at every level for an immersive learning experience. How do I access the books? You will be able to browse and search for resources using this link: https://www.scoilnet.ie/scoilnet-services/world-book/ This resource may prove beneficial to students in the coming days.

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig Dhuit! - Happy St Patrick's Day!

We hope all members of our school community are having a restful enjoyable day. We pray to St Patrick that he will protect us today and in the months ahead.

Using the Office 365 Platform - Guidance for Students and their Parents/Guardians

The following link outlines to students and parents how the Office 365 Platform works for remote learning and how teachers may be communicating with your daughter(s) until Monday 30th March. The link accessible at https://support.office.com/en-us/article/distance-learning-with-office-365-guidance-for-parents-and-guardians-89d514f9-bf5e-4374-a731-a75d38ddd588?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US outlines these details.

International Women's Day/Week Celebrated in the School!

The theme this year is #EachforEqual. An equal world is an enabled world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day. The day/week last week highlighted that we can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world. Thanks to Mr Murphy and Ms Cunningham for highlighting awareness of the day to students/staff on the display board on the first year corridor. This display includes notable women in History and Sport with our international player Ms Considine and our county all Ireland star nominee Ms McMullan included as part of the display!

Over Forty Wonderful Students Sang, Six Beautiful Soloists Performed and One Amazing Student Played Guitar in the House Band - Emmanuel 2020

Emmanuel 2020 is a celebration of liturgical Music where students come together to practice their repertoire of songs before performing in front of a live audience for the evening performance in the Helix. We were one of sixty-six schools participating in the event on Monday evening in the Helix. Eighteen songs were sung on the evening including a composition by Mr Coll and Sr Marie Dunne CHF entitled "We Are Called". St Mary's was very well represented last Monday 9th March where over forty students from the Choir took to the stage including six soloists who entertained the crowd with liturgical music throughout the evening. It was a joy filled night of faith and music! These soloists were Catherine O'Brien Cox, Beau and Lexi Doherty Doyle, Hazel Kirby, Megan O'Sullivan, Mirelle Patricio and Chloe Quijano. Orlaith Toral had the honour of playing in the prestigious house band for the Emmanuel 2020 performances. Thanks in particular to Ms O'Rourke and Mr Coll who had been preparing the students in advance since September to make it all beautifully happen on the night. See the many pictures in the gallery below!

Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th March

There will be no online teaching today and tomorrow as these were two days that were scheduled as school holidays. Online teaching begins on Wednesday. Teachers would have linked in with students on Friday to explain how they will be working with them online during the period of school closure. All students have been set up on remote learning through the Office 365 platform. All students last week had been provided with access to their Office 365 accounts. Teachers have set up Microsoft Teams to communicate with their individual class groups and to teach them remotely through this platform.

Celebration World-Wide of Pi Day on 14th March!

Pi Day is an annual celebration of the mathematical constant π (pi). Pi Day was observed on March 14! For Maths enthusiasts worldwide, Pi or π, is the ratio of the circumference of any circle to the diameter of that circle. Regardless of the circle's size, this ratio will always equal pi. In decimal form, the value of pi is approximately 3.14. Why is Pi Day celebrated on this date? The answer is that 3, 1, and 4 are the three most significant figures of π (pi) in its decimal representation. Hence this is the reason pi day is celebrated on 14/03 or 3/14 in the month/day format. An interesting informative video on the history of Pi as well as activities on Pi are accessible at https://www.exploratorium.edu/pi