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Student Leaving Certificate portal to open next week

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As more detail emerges on the plans for Accredited Grades and exams we have gotten some clarity about the timeline and key dates for the Leaving Certificate. There are still lots of unanswered questions but over the coming weeks further information will be issued and updated on www.gov.ie/leavingcertificate. For now it is important to have a clear idea of the key dates you need to be aware of.

 

Week of March 8:

SEC (State Exams Commission) Student Portal will open for students to confirm details including the subjects and levels and then opt for exams and/or SEC Accredited Grades. You will have approximately one week to do this. This decision is entirely a personal one for each student, but by opting for both continuing to engage fully with school life and learning and then taking the exams, it gives you the best opportunity in terms of results. Remember you will be given the benefit of the higher grade from the two on results day.

Week of March 22:

Further changes will be made to exam papers to give more choice to students. The duration of the exam will stay the same as per the timetable already published. Details of the changes to each subject by SEC will be issued to schools. Separate guidance will be issued to schools for LCA exams.

March 26 - April 15:

Oral Exams take place outside of school hours to be organised locally by school management who may choose to run the orals before or after school, at weekends or during the Easter holidays. They will be conducted under exam conditions by a qualified language teacher, recorded electronically and sent to the SEC for marking.

Late April and early May:

Student Portal will reopen to allow students to review their choices, confirmation of these choices will be sent to schools.

May 14:

Assessment of students for Accredited Grades can take place up to this date. The system recognises student achievement across two years of the Senior Cycle and expected performance in the exam, including written exams, in-class tests, and where relevant tasks, oral, practical and/or coursework components. It is advised that in-class teacher-designed assessments from now up to May 14 should be limited to a maximum of three class tests and last for up to a maximum of one hour. There are two parts to the process, the first is the school estimation of a percentage mark in the particular subject and the second the national standardisation phase.

June 9:

Leaving Cert examinations begin as per timetable, subject to public health guidelines. It is important to note that if you cannot sit the Leaving Cert exams there will not be an opportunity to sit them at a later date. No fees will be payable for either exams or Accredited Grades.

Coursework and practicals for June exams

For students who are sitting some or all of the exams in June, coursework including projects and portfolios will be completed and submitted for correction to SEC. New submission dates will be issued to schools shortly to take into account school closures. Practical exams will not take place in Engineering and Construction Studies, neither will the Performance Assessment in PE. The proportion of the marks allocated to these elements will be allocated to the project component. The proportion of the marks for the written paper will not change. With Music, planning is ongoing and further details will follow. For the most up to date and accurate information at all times keep an eye on www.gov.ie/leavingcertificate.

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Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

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Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

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While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

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