Dear Parent/Guardian,                                                                                                                                      

You will doubtless by now have heard that there has been a significant development in the saga around our Leaving Certificate students and their examinations. There may be emotions of relief, frustration, disappointment, worry, and even joy in your household at this moment in time.

This is a fast-evolving situation, and one which we hope will have more clarity brought to it in the coming days. We know as much as you do at this point, but expect to receive greater clarification in the coming weeks. What we know for now is that a system combining student performance to this point and school performance over recent years will be combined to give an overall result which can be used in the move towards 3rd level. We do not know the full details of the system or how it will be overseen/managed exactly yet. We cannot answer the questions you may have until we get further detail. I will communicate with you then.

You should know that we, like you, are desperately frustrated by the continued delays and changes heaped upon our 6th Years since the beginning of March, and have advocated through our various organisations for more stable, more concrete solutions to be arrived at sooner, to no avail.

         We are proud of our 6th Years, and we admire hugely the work that they have done and the commitment they have shown to their work. They have been exemplary in their patience and dignity, and have come out with their heads held high. They should be very proud of this. They will graduate and their efforts will be rewarded.

While it may be a relief to many of our students that examinations will not now take place in the summer, this has yet again been replaced by uncertainty about the next steps. All we can say for now is that this new system will be delivered to us from the State Examinations Commission and the Department of Education and Skills, and will be administered by us to the very best of our abilities and within the rules laid down.

I hope that the high standards and common purpose evident in all aspects of our school life and throughout our community will allow everyone to trust that this will work out properly for our students.

We will continue to offer support to our students as they need it. For now, though formal classes and work may have reached a hiatus, school goes on, and will until the end of May.

As we have more information, we will pass it on to you.

Yours sincerely,

Hugh Baker