A Message from our Principal

Christmas Newsletter 2020

TY litter pick:

Our Transition Year students went out and about in the local area to do a litter pick in early December. They went out in class groups and followed all Covid-19 protocols. It is surprising how much litter they actually gathered up. I would like to extend my thanks to these students. It is a good thing to do for the community and was so successful that we will try to do it again in the springtime. 

Teaching and Learning:

The Department of Education and Skills sanctioned 2 whole day JCT in-services for this academic year. The first day will be a subject specific day. Teachers will receive training directly related to their own subject area. This day will be held on the 4th February 2021. There will be no classes that day for students. Our second JCT in-service day is scheduled for 4th May 2021.                                                                

Restorative Practice:

We are continuing on our journey to becoming a Restorative Practice school. We are focusing this year on the senior and middle management teams who are all engaging with Michelle Stowe who is a recognised authority on this approach. Our SNA team is also accessing restorative practice training which is specifically tailored to their roles. Well done to all involved.

Student Contribution:

From 22nd March 2021 we are accepting the student contribution for 2021/22. The contribution should be paid before the end of this academic year. The contribution is used to cover the cost of student journals, student insurance, lockers, swipe cards, photocopying, subject resources, IT investment, texts, treats for students etc. The contribution also covers the cost of ordering in papers for the mock examinations and also for the correction of mock examinations. The running of the mock examinations generates a substantial cost to the school every year. With this in mind the amount we are asking from parents for the contribution is reasonable and I can assure you that it is spent very carefully on your son/daughter. 

If you have not completed payment for this academic year we ask that you log on, through the school website, as soon as possible to complete payments. A guide to logging on to the MIT system has been put up on the school website. On-line payment can be used to spread the burden of the contribution and significant discounts are given for siblings. On-line payments can also be made now for supervised study, next year’s 1st year book rental and for future school trips.  

Supporting the Safe Provision of Schooling Inspection

The Inspectorate is providing a programme of visits to schools to provide advice and support in the implementation of the Department’s guidelines relating to creating a safe learning and working environment for all. Adamstown CC had it’s inspection just before the Christmas holidays. The inspection was very thorough  and it went very well indeed. A written report will be sent out to the school in the next number of weeks.

Uniform:

Please note that the uniform and footwear requirements are clearly set out in the uniform section of the website. No exceptions are made regarding these expectations; therefore please make yourself aware of them. In particular please note that a proper school jacket is part of the school uniform and students must wear a crested top as they go to and from school. As I have said in previous communication the need to keep the school and classrooms properly ventilated is an important part of our Covid-19 plan. As a result of this the classrooms can not be kept warm in spite of the heating being on. We are allowing students to wear their school jacket whilst in class. We still have many weeks of cold weather ahead so we encourage students to layer up when coming to school. 

We have added a body warmer to our uniform as an optional extra. The body warmer will have ACC embroidered on the front left and costs 36 euros. Our uniform supplier (Grants) will do a click and collect with this jacket. You order and pay Grants online or over the phone. They will drop the jackets out to the school where it can be picked up by your son/daughter. There is no additional charge for this service. 

They suggest when ordering that you use your son’s / daughter’s jumper size as a guide. Please note that the body warmer jacket is an optional extra for the uniform.

Covid-19:

Certainly when we started back to school in August there was a lot of nervousness around the risk of catching Covid-19 in a very enclosed, busy environment. We put in a lot of new safety measures, re-structured timetables, de-cluttered classrooms and established new routines to help us keep everyone safe. The Department of Education and Skills has funded extra cleaning, PPE and sanitising supplies. Most importantly of all however is the way that the school community has worked together by wearing masks and suffering the less than ideal temperatures whilst the rooms are ventilated. These two aspects, I feel, are the key to our low levels of infection so far. Thank you for your forbearance to date and let's hope that the remainder of the year proves as successful in keeping infection out of the school.    

I want to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a restful and safe holiday period. 

David Anderson

Principal

Adamstown Community College