St. Caimin's News
Academic Year 2021 - 2022 Information
Please follow the links below for information on the booklists, the school books grant scheme and the financial report 2020 - 2021 for parents.
Please note all our policies are available at the following link
Teaching Post Application Forms
Application forms for posts arising in 2021 - 2022 can be accessed at the following link
Please note that the closing date for receipt of these forms is 4 p.m. on Thursday the 10th of June 2021.
Advice to our incoming 1st years
Our 1st years Michaela, Nessa, Lucy and Julieanne have put together a short podcast with tips and advice for anyone who is joining us in St. Caimin's Community School next year.
To hear this podcast follow this link
Shannon Chamber helping Shannon’s second-level students to plan their personal strategies
Shannon Chamber is helping students and their parents, and teachers in St Caimin’s School in Shannon to plan their personal strategies by offering them the opportunity to attend a ‘Kickstart Your Personal Strategy’ webinar, free of charge presented by Ms Siobhán Danaher. We are offering this to Leaving Certs and Transition years.
The webinar will give the students an appreciation of the six steps they need to take to develop a personal strategy, starting with having a personal vision for their lives, determining the key areas of importance to them, evaluating where they are and where they want to be in these key areas, creating balance to move forward, getting serious about their life goals and carrying out periodic rave reviews of their lives.
As Ms Danaher explains: “Personal vision is like a guiding star in our lives. It involves picturing where we want to be and then devising a plan to get there. It is the same concept that business uses. By focusing on continuous improvement, we can focus on what matters and eliminate any unnecessary distractions that prevent us from attaining our goals.
The webinar will take place on Thursday the 6th May 2021 from 6 p.m.to 7 p.m. and I would encourage everyone to tune in. Link to session can be found here
Return to School
Please find attached information relating to the return to school for all year groups on the 12th April 2021 at the following link
Return to school link for students
Please find a recording of the ESCI Webinar for parents of Leaving Cert 2 students at the following link
It is also important to have the VSware app downloaded to access communications from the school and to submit absence requests. Any issues with downloading the app or setting up you account please contact 061-364211.
Beannachtaí na Cásca Oraibh go Léir
Wishing all our school community a happy and safe Easter Holiday.
We will be in touch with any updates as soon as we get them.
It is important to have the VSware app downloaded to access communications from the school and to submit absence requests. Any issues with downloading the app or setting up you account please contact 061-364211.
Acceptable Usage Policy
The school's Acceptable Usage Policy (AUP) has been fully reviewed and was ratified by the Board of Management on the 25th March 2021.
Thank you to the parents, staff and students who helped with the review of this Policy.
To find a copy of the ratified document please follow this link
Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig Oraibh go Léir
Wishing all our students and their families and happy safe St. Patrick's Day.
Our trad group have created a medley (taking into account social distancing) for the occasion. To watch and listen to this please follow this link
All students are reminded too of the St. Patrick's Day Competition that they can enter through the link on their year group Team.
Return to School
We are very much looking forward to welcoming our Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied students back on Monday the 1st of March 2021.
Please find below all relevant information for a safe return to school:
Return to school form (This needs to be completed by ALL returning students)
Senior Cycle Options/TY/LCA
The senior cycle option portal is now open on the VSware app for all parents of 3rd year and TY students.
The following link may help inform parents/guardians/students of what is involved in each of the subjects at senior cycle.
A link for expression of interest for TY and LCA has also been forwarded to all parents/guardians via the VSware app.
Over the past number of months here in St. Caimin’s we have had to adapt many of our initiatives to promote wellbeing and positive mental health.
Please find attached our school's Amber Flag newsletter 2021
Our hope is, that this newsletter will keep you informed about a flavour of what has been happening, offer advice and tips for promoting positive mental health & wellbeing and to provide some support for you the parents/guardians of our students for the coming months.
CAO Deadline is today Feb 1st at 17.15. Any student hoping to start Third Level in September needs to apply to www.cao.ie by today's deadline. All courses (except restricted ones) can be added or changed when Change of Mind opens on May 5th so there is plenty more time to make decisions about course choices. The most important thing is to get your CAO number by 17.15 today!
Trinity College Dublin Entrance Exhibition Award
Congratulations to Maria Healy, Cratloe (LC2 Class 2020) who has been awarded the Trinity College Dublin Entrance Exhibition Award as the incoming student with the highest points from their public exams. Wishing Maria the very best in her studies.
ACCS/Microsoft Webinar on managing remote learning (a parents’ guide)
ACCS is delighted to host a 60-minute webinar on January 20th at 4.00 p.m. which will be focused on supporting parents and guardians with Office 365. This session will be delivered by Karen Burke, who is a teacher who specialises in the use the use of Office 365 as a platform for Teaching & Learning with a particular focus on Microsoft Teams & OneNote.
How to log in to Office 365
Overview the Teams Platform
File Structure within Teams
Where to find assignment feedback given by a teacher
The use of student gradebook
Checklist in the event of a school closure & other resources
How to access Student Support
Q & A
Karen Burke is the Customer Service Manager in Microsoft Education Ireland in that role she supports the development and training to allow for the development of successful digital strategies in educational institutions. She is an MIE Master Trainer and specialises in the use the use of Office 365 as a platform for Teaching & Learning with a particular focus on Microsoft Teams & OneNote. Karen is an educator with more than 10 years’ experience in UK and Ireland and has previously worked in one of Microsoft Showcase Schools.
To access the webinar parents must click on the link below when the Webinar begins at 4.00 p.m. Registration is not required to join this Webinar through Microsoft TEAMS
Schools are asked to share this information and link with all parents/guardians.
Please note that this webinar will be recorded, and made available to schools.
Christmas Video 2020
This year's Christmas video is a special one, with the talent and voices of students and teachers interwoven throughout.
The words were composed by Ms O'Brien and read by Abby King, Nicole Buckley, Ciara Moore, Ms Bulfin, Seán Cabida, Eoghan Casey, Aleah O Rourke, Fionn Hayes, Marc Costello and Mr Cunningham.
The music (Ashokan's Farewell) was played beautifully by Eryn O'Leary, Nessa O'Grady and Ms Kirwin.
Thank you to Damien O'Rourke of Cuppa Tea TV for putting the video together.
We hope you enjoy it.
We wish you all a healthy and happy Christmas and New Year.
A Covid Christmas
As Christmas 2020 approaches; our students have been reflecting on what this year has taught them, what they’ll miss this festive season but also what they’re looking forward to.
Click here to see their blogs.
Student of the Year 2019/2020
Covid restrictions led to the cancellation of our annual awards evening but we didn't want to go any longer without celebrating the achievements of these students, all of whom have shown great character and dedication. Congratulations to them all.
First Year: Gráinne McMahon
Second Year: Harry Monahan
Third Year: Méabh O'Grady
Transition Year: Katie Sage
LCA1: Amy McNeil
LC1: Clíona Murphy
Letter from CMO to parents
The Chief Medical Officer has issued a letter to parents urging them to make a plan to make the Christmas and New Year period as safe as possible. You can read the letter here.
He also draws our attention to the fact that the children's flu vaccination programme has now been extended to all children between the ages of 2 and 17. More information about the flu vaccine is available here.
CREDIT UNION ART COMPETITION 2020
The following pupils from St. Caimin’s Community School have been selected as prize winners of the Credit Union Art Competition for 2020.
Age 14-17 years inclusive
Audrey Healy - 1st place
Jessica Crampton - 2nd place
Ryan Gallagher - 3rd place
Age 11 - 13 years inclusive
Safa Ahmed - 3rd place
Audrey’s entry went on to the next stage of the competition and she was awarded 3rd place to win another prize!
Our picture shows Audrey, Jessica, Ryan and Safa being presented with Art Materials in recognition of their achievement.
NUIG Excellence Scholarships
Congratulations to Fiachra McInerney and Eimear Walsh (Class of 2020) who received Excellence Scholarships from NUIG last Friday. Both Fiachra and Eimear are studying law. We wish them all the best with their studies.
SVP Christmas Jumper Day 2020
Today was our annual Christmas Jumper day in St. Caimin's Community School. This fundraiser collected €1185 - All proceeds are going to S.V.P.
See some of the amazing efforts at the following link
On Friday the 11th of December we will be encouraging our whole school community to join us in saying thanks to our teachers, SNAs, secretaries, cleaners and caretakers for the amazing work they have done in reopening out school this year.
We wish to say thank you to our parents and students who have shown us great support and who have worked with us so closely in making this year happen.
On Friday we will be encouraging everyone to do ‘One Act of Kindness’ - This can be as simple as a smile to someone
Thank you for your continued support
From all at St. Caimin’s Community School
Guidance Update for LC2 students
In the absence of the annual CAO Information Evening for all LC2 parents, our guidance department have uploaded a detailed CAO PowerPoint here that covers a range of topics including key information regarding the CAO. Key dates are outlined in this guidance newsletter. Any questions please contact email@example.com
Christmas Jumper Day
Friday the 11th of December is our annual Christmas Jumper Day. We are asking all Students to contribute €2 as they enter the school building that morning. All funds collected will go to our local branch of SVP. This year we have prizes; for the best dressed student and teacher.
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