General Information from Bus Eireann for Red Alert Weather Conditions.

The school received the following clarification from Bus Eireann recently. If there is a red alert announced in the local area then Bus Eireann services will not run in that case. Please be aware that this is not an issue at present, but just a message given that the weather may be inclement at this time of year. The school will always issue its own text if the school is closed, but the bus company decides whether or not the bus will run.

Red means STOP

(in affected areas)

Services provided under the School Transport Schemes

 

(Bus Éireann school buses and Contractors services)

As a precaution against severe weather and in the interest of child safety, Bus Éireann introduced a policy applicable to all school transport services that it provides under the Department of Education and Skills School Transport Schemes – for ALL Met Éireann Status Red weather events.

This means that when a Red alert is issued by Met Éireann for the area in which you live – or an area to which your child/ren are travelling to on a school bus – the services will not operate.

This policy is available on the School Transport section of the Bus Éireann website at www.buseireann.ie.  A Status Red weather warning automatically means all school transport services provided by Bus Éireann under the School Transport Schemes are cancelled – in the affected areas – while the warning is in effect.

Weather warnings are carried on all national and local news bulletins.

          Red means STOP

(in affected areas)

While Bus Éireann may not be providing school transport services because of this new policy, it understands that when any severe weather is forecast it remains for each individual school to decide whether that school should close or not.

Guidance on school closure – provided by the Department of Education and Skills and contained in the Government’s Winter Ready publication – includes specific guidance where there is a Status Red alert relating to strong wind and storm conditions. The Department of Education and Skills guidance to schools in the event of severe weather is available on www.education.ie

Thank you for taking the time to read this information.

Yours sincerely,

Bus Éireann

What you need to know about the English CBA and Assessment Task.

As you are aware your daughters are preparing for their Assessment Task at present. They will also hand in their portfolio pieces for the upcoming CBA (Clasroom Based Assessment) on Friday of this week.

The two tasks are there essentially to allow your daughters to show off their best writing skills, and also to allow them to reflect on the actual art of writing.

Below are a couple of video of video clips which they can watch to help them prepare for the Assessment Task at home.

 

 

 

The students will present their pieces for Classroom Based Assessment to their English teacher on Friday next, December 15th. These will be corrected by their teachers using the Features of Quality set out by the JCT. There will be a meeting in early January of all the Third Year English teachers at which they will discuss and agree on marks awarded to the students.

On Monday next Dec 18th the girls will watch or listen to a stimulus piece which is about the art of writing.

On Tuesday the girls will compelete their Assessment Task in English class. They will sit for forty minutes and reflect on their own experiences of the process of writing. They will bring with them the two chosen pieces of work that will be corrected from the portfolio. These will then be given back to their teacher and will be corrected before early January. Those portfolio pieces do not go to the Dept at any point. They are merely there to help the girls to write fluently about their writing experiences.

The Assessment Task Booklets will be stored in the school until June when they will be included with the girls’ written exam paper in English. They will form part of their final Junior Cycle result from the SEC.

Talk to your daughters about their portfolio pieces. Discuss the process of writing. Talk about what books they have read that have helped to shape their own writing style.