25 May 2020
Yvonne O’Toole sent the following communication to 4th & 5th year students and their parents today

Dear Parents and Students,

We have finally arrived at the end of a long and challenging term and I would like to express my sincere gratitude to parents and students for their support, particularly during the last number of weeks.

Our assessments are now complete, and I am delighted to see that students attended a wide range of classes last week. Our 4th and 5th year heads worked extremely hard to provide a week of informative and interesting talks and classes for our students; from fitness to baking, conflict resolution to part time job preparation. Our students were guided through 4th and 5th year with the support of an excellent management team in the school and I would like to thank Richard and Hugh for their exceptional leadership this year.

Since March I have been truly impressed by how our students have adapted to the changed circumstance; their attendance and contribution to our new online tuition has been brilliant.  It has been difficult, but students and their teachers have worked hard and continued their education through these challenging times. There is no doubt that students will see the benefit of this dedicated work as they begin the new academic year.

Our school team are already planning for the new academic year.  Keeping our students and staff safe and healthy is our priority and we will be working over the summer months to build a safe environment within the school for everyone. We are also investing in our digital capacity with a project we are calling ‘The Virtual School’. We are currently looking at new technologies and techniques to ensure we can continue to deliver the best tuition and full support for all students.

The Institute has the very best teachers in Ireland and the very best resources. When students return to their studies in September, they can look forward to a fully blended approach to tuition and learning and the same standards of excellence that students have experienced in our classrooms for over 50 years.

It is my plan to stay in touch with you over the summer months and to provide you with regular updates. It is our intention to hold induction meetings for students from August 31st. Further details will be forwarded to you closer to the time. The school report for the summer term will be sent to parents towards the end of June. Please feel free to contact the school office if you have any queries.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you every happiness during the summer holidays.

Kind regards,

Yvonne O’ Toole

 

13 May 2020
Yvonne O’Toole send the following communication to 6th year students and their parents today

 

Dear Students and Parents,

As we approach the end of the term, I would like to express my thanks to all students for their resilience during the final months of the year. Sincere thanks also to our teachers who created a solid platform for students to continue their education. They have provided exceptional support and encouragement for students during very difficult and challenging times. Our students were exemplary in their commitment to their studies.

Classes will formally end for 6th year students at 4.30pm on Thursday.  This very unusual end to the school year is difficult for everyone in our community. It usually ends with Peter Kearns’ address in the study hall where there is an atmosphere of nervousness and excitement. The final day of term is always a time of great positivity with staff looking forward to a well-earned rest and students excitedly looking ahead to life after the Leaving Certificate. It is normally a day of hugs and handshakes. Laughter and tears. The end of one chapter and the beginning of another.

Our students will always be part of the Institute family and we encourage them to visit us regularly as they journey through university. I have personally enjoyed working with this group of students over the last two years. I believe that the students of 2020 are a very special group and that we will remember the challenges that we faced together for many years to come.

I would like to assure students that when it is possible to do so we will organize a gathering of the Institute Class of 2020.  I know that many of you arrived in the school feeling nervous and anxious but within a very short period, established friends and settled into your new school life. Many of you have told me that you loved every aspect of school life at the Institute, particularly the friendly atmosphere in the school.

On behalf of Richard, your wonderful 6th year head and the entire team in the school I would like to wish every student happiness in the journey of life.

Kind regards,

Yvonne O’ Toole

8 May 2020
Yvonne O’Toole addresses the newest Government announcement surrounding the Leaving Cert 2020

Dear Parents and Students,

The Minister for Education and Skills has formally announced that the traditional Leaving Certificate examinations will not take place this Summer (click here for statement).

At the press conference this afternoon, the Minister provided some information surrounding the process of awarding calculated grades to students. We are awaiting the full details of the proposed process and clear guidelines from the Department of Education and Skills.

I would like to assure you that The Institute of Education remains committed to the wellbeing and academic interest of all our students and we will approach this proposed process of calculated grades with the utmost professionalism and equity. Over the coming days, our management team will review the guidance from the Department of Education and Skills including their Guide to Calculated Grades for Leaving Certificate students 2020

We will develop the necessary processes to ensure that our all our students are treated with fairness and equity. We will follow the Department guidelines and we will continue to keep our students and parents informed at all times as we all work through these exceptionally difficult times for our students.

Kind regards,

Yvonne O’ Toole

8 May 2020

Yvonne O’ Toole sent the following message to our 6th Students today:

Dear Parents and Students,

The past few weeks have been exceptionally difficult for all our students and parents. With the decision not to hold the formal Leaving Certificate exams this year, there are a lot of questions and details to be worked through. At the Institute, our teachers and staff will continue to deliver the very best for all our students given the new direction from the Department of Education.

The interest and wellbeing of our students is paramount in all this. While we are waiting for details and instructions from the Department of Education and Skills we have asked our teachers not to comment on the current situation in class today. Further speculation is unlikely to be helpful to anyone. We firmly believe that now more than ever our students need to maintain their routine and their support structures. With this in mind, our teachers will continue to teach our live classes  and we expect our students to continue to attend their classes.

We are expecting further information later today from the Department of Education which will enable us to develop the necessary processes to ensure that  our students are treated with fairness and equity . We will follow the Department guidelines and we will continue to keep our students and parents informed at all times as we all work through these exceptionally difficult times.

Kind regards,

Yvonne O’ Toole

 

30 April 2020
Richard Whealans, Deputy Principal and 6th year Head sent the following message to our 6th Students today:

Sixth Year Students

Covid 19 has changed all of our lives and has had a massive worldwide impact not experienced since the Great Spanish Flu Pandemic at the end of the first World War.

 

For you as students, your academic year, once so clear and defined, has become disrupted, prolonged and uncertain, filled with anxieties about the present and the future. The everyday patterns and routines of your lives have dramatically and fundamentally changed in ways you could have never anticipated. No Leaving Certificate students in history have faced the difficulties and obstacles which you, the 6th Year students of 2020, will have to confront and overcome in the weeks ahead.

 

So perhaps you could be excused if you fall into despair, feel sorry for yourselves, throw in the towel, tell yourself that you have been badly done to, and give up the ghost.

 

No, this is not so, you must not fall into that trap. You are made of sterner stuff. You will be defined as a group and as individuals by the way you respond. You need to face up to the challenges with grit and determination. I am confident you will not surrender to anxieties and fears, you will overcome every obstacle and hurdle that is placed by chance and fortune in your path. You will succeed because you have the resilience and spirit to do so and you will achieve all that you have ever hoped for.

 

This is your moment and your opportunity, accept the situation, deal with it, no excuses. Triumph over adversity – you can do it.

 

Some Points to Remember:

 

The date of the beginning of the Leaving Certificate is now Wednesday 29th July. This is 3 months from now, you need to factor that into your planning and pace yourself. It is too early to be working flat out every day. You will burn out.

You need to build in downtime. Rest is as important as work. You need to be mentally and physically fresh on July 29th.

 

For those of you who, for various reasons have fallen behind, the extra time before the Leaving Certificate begins is a great opportunity to catch up, do not miss that opportunity.

Look at past paper questions, not only to test yourself but also to focus and direct your study in a purposeful way. Use your class notes and the marking schemes (examinations.ie) as you answer the questions. Focused goal driven study, short, meaningful and sharp, is the way forward.

You have some of the best teachers on the planet. Try not to miss their classes.

 

On behalf of Yvonne and all of the Institute of Education Staff and Directors, stay well, stay safe and we will see you soon.

 

With every good wish,

 

Richard Whealans Deputy Principal, 6th Year Head

 

24 April 2020
Yvonne O’ Toole shared the following update with Students and Parents today:

Dear Parents and Students,

At the end of a busy week for parents and students I would like to provide you with an update on school life. Our teachers are teaching a ‘live’ timetable this week and I believe that students are thoroughly enjoying the class interaction. Our team of dedicated teachers provided in excess of 1,200 ‘live’ classes this week. I would like to thank them sincerely for their work.

Our students are very pleased that some clarity has been provided by the Department of Education and Skills re the Leaving Certificate. July 29th is the date that the examinations are expected to begin. In our school the formal timetable will end on May 15th. I have spoken with many teachers who have said that they plan to support students after that date with classes and tutorials. The school office will liaise with teachers in the weeks ahead a compile a list of classes and tutorials that will be provided by teachers from May 15th to July 1st. Teachers will, of course, communicate their plan with classes.

It is expected that Leaving Certificate students will return to school for some period during the month of July. The Minister for Education and Skills will provide clarity on this in the coming weeks.  We plan to create a timetable with block classes in each subject. This would enable students to meet with teachers and revise key topics before the Leaving Certificate commences. These classes would take place in the school where strict social distancing rules would be in place. I will provide further details on this plan in the coming weeks. Our students will be fully supported until the Leaving Certificate examination.

I would now like to provide you with an update on school life. Oliver Murphy held a very enjoyable Bridge Club meeting on Thursday, and I am hoping that more of our co-curricular activities will take place next week. The latest edition of The Buzz is now available here and I would like to thank David Connolly and the guidance team for their efforts.

Hugh Brett and Richard Hogan are currently organising a week of online activities for 4th and 5th year students from Monday 18th to Friday 22nd May. Students will attend talks on health and wellbeing, interview skills for part time jobs, creative writing and many other topics. I think that they will find this a very enjoyable way to ease into the Summer holidays.

Finally, I would like to remind students that the guidance and support teams are available – again all details are available in The Buzz.

Please feel free to contact myself or the team if we can be of further assistance.

Kind regards,

Yvonne O’ Toole

 

 

17 April 2020
Yvonne O’ Toole shared the following update with Students and Parents today:

Dear Parents and Students,

As the Easter break comes to an end, I would like to share our plans for the final term in the academic calendar. Our live timetable will recommence on Monday and students are expected to attend all their classes. Please log in to classes on time as students who are late to class may not be able to attend that class.

Students are also expected to study during their study periods, or they may use these periods to liaise with the school mentors, guidance team or year head. The team is available throughout the day to provide advice and guidance.

We will provide details of the Summer assessments for 4th and 5th year students in the coming days and Leaving Certificate students will be given further information on the classes and tutorials that will be provided for them in the lead up to the examinations.

I would ask any parents who have not completed the permission form for students to attend online classes to complete the form by clicking here.

I hope that you have a lovely weekend.

Kind regards,

Yvonne O’ Toole

 

14 April 2020
Yvonne O’ Toole shared the following update with Students and Parents today:

 

Dear Parents and Students,

 

Following the announcement last Friday from the Department of Education, we now know that the Leaving Certificate exams will take place this year in July / August. While there are still lots of details that we don’t know, we can at least renew our focus and now work towards this date.

 

This has been a tough time for everyone but our role here in the Institute is to continue to provide students with structure and support for their ongoing studies. Teachers and students have adapted really well to so many changes and new ways of working online, including remotely connecting with each other and attending live-streamed classes. Students have proved very resilient, but we don’t underestimate the pressures they are under. Providing structure for their classes and maintaining live contact with their teachers is essential and that is what we are focussing on at the moment.

 

We are working with our teachers to deliver a plan that will provide the necessary supports for our students with the changed exam timetable.  This will be a blend of online classes, webinars and live streaming, all supported by our upgraded Moodle platform. This plan will change over time and as circumstances develop so I will provide you with regular updates.

 

As we adapt to the new plans, we will not lose focus on the physical and mental health of our students. Brian Gregan and Richard Hogan continue to post regular videos and physical challenges for students and we would ask you, as parents, to encourage students to allocate time each day to maintaining their fitness and wellbeing. We all need to work together to deliver both the academic and the emotional support structure that students need between now and their exams.

 

We look forward to all our students participating in their classes again next week.

 

Kind regards,

Yvonne O’Toole

 

10 April 2020

The Institute of Education welcomes today’s announcement by The Department of Education and Skills and the clarity it brings to the thousands of students all over Ireland. We acknowledge that difficult decisions had to be made regarding the Junior Cert exams and we welcome the confirmation that the Leaving Cert exams will go ahead in July or August.

Our priority remains to support our students and to help them maintain focus on their studies. However, the full impact on classes for all students needs to be fully explored and we are working through the implications of today’s update for both our full and part time students. We will provide our students and their parents/guardians with an update as soon as possible.

 

2 April 2020
Yvonne O’ Toole shared the following update with Students and Parents today:

Dear Parents and Students,

Now that the Easter break has arrived, I hope that you are taking a well-earned rest. It has been a busy term for both staff and students but now, as a community, we know the true meaning of words like resilience, co-operation, patience, support and understanding. I would like to remind you of the steps that we have taken to support you over the last 6 weeks, and I would like to advise you of the plans we have for the next term.

  1. Three weeks before the school closure we cancelled all tests.
  2. Teachers worked diligently to complete courses.
  3. Notes for the remainder of the term were distributed to all students.
  4. The workflow for the remainder of the term was explained to all students.
  5. The contingency plan was created by teachers.
  6. Teachers began uploading notes, podcasts and video tutorials on Moodle.
  7. From 9th March students were advised to clear lockers.
  8. The school closed on March 12th and the contingency plan was forwarded to parents.
  9. After St Patrick’s weekend (18th March) there were recorded classes and ‘live’ classes for students. Students followed the plan.
  10. Students remained in contact with teachers for advice and support and teachers corrected homework.
  11. From 27th March we began introducing a ‘live’ timetable.

The entire support team in the Institute of Education are available to all students. Our guidance team, study mentors, sports director and year heads are willing to guide students. Please contact us if you need guidance.

During the Easter break many of our 6th year teachers will continue to work with their classes. We have decided to resume our very popular Masterclass series and Cian Hogan will hold a masterclass on English Paper 1 at 12pm on Tuesday and Wednesday. He will teach a Masterclass on The Comparative (literary genre) on Friday at 12pm. Joan Roantree, maths tutor is available to support any student who may need some help with maths. Her email address is jroantree@instituteofeducation.ie.

The office will begin uploading the Easter Course videos next week. Please be patient with us as this is a long process and will take a few days.

Classes resume for all students on Monday 20th April at 8.30. We will be running our full timetable remotely as we do not expect the lockdown to be lifted by that date. Students are expected to attend all classes on their timetable.

As I have explained in previous emails some mock papers were not returned to the school by Examcraft before the lockdown. As soon as the lockdown is over, we will return scripts to students.

Finally, I would like to thank every member of our school community for their support during the term. Sincere thanks also, to our wonderful students. I am so proud of you and I encourage you to rest and connect online with friends over the Easter break.

Assuring you of my best attention.

Kind regards,

Yvonne O’ Toole

 

2 April 2020
Yvonne O’ Toole shared the following update with Students and Parents today:

Dear Parents and Students,

I am pleased to report that our students have settled into a regular study routine. I think that this will benefit them in their work over the Easter break. Teachers have informed students of the classes and tutorials that they will be teaching over the Easter break. Advice on study has also been given in classes today.  Please note that the school office is happy to provide support and advice for any student who would like to contact them.

Attendance was excellent at classes today and both students and teachers are adapting to a new remote way of connecting. The feedback that I have received from parents, students and teachers is extremely positive. By working together as a community, we have overcome many challenges.

Tomorrow you will receive an email from the team coordinating the online classes. The email will ask you to give permission for students to attend online classes after Easter and it will explain that the school’s code of discipline and behaviour will be in place during classes. Please fill in the details and forward the email to the school team coordinating the classes.

As I informed you in a previous email, the Easter course videos will be available to day students. Our administration team is currently uploading the videos to Moodle and I will have further information tomorrow regarding the videos.

I am sure that all students are looking forward to the Easter break. It will be very different to any other Easter break, but I hope that students find time to relax and get some fresh air. Our team will continue to support our students throughout the break. Please feel free to contact us in the school office.

I would like to thank you sincerely for your support.

Kind regards,

Yvonne O’Toole

1 April 2020
Yvonne O’ Toole shared the following update with Students and Parents today:

Dear Parents and Students,

 

Sincere thanks for your patience with our Moodle upgrade. The entire team at The Institute of Education worked today to resolve queries. We will continue to address any issues that you may have with Moodle tomorrow.  We have had some very positive comments from students and teachers about the Moodle upgrade. We hope that students are making full use of the resources on Moodle. Teachers will continue to upload resources over the coming days and weeks.

 

Today was a very busy day with most teachers teaching live classes. Students are delighted with the routine of following their timetable and they are really enjoying interacting with their teachers. Many of the teachers reported that they had wonderful classes with their students.

 

Please ask students to link with their teachers over the next few days as many of the teachers will be teaching classes and working with students over the Easter break. I am extremely appreciative of our teachers’ dedication to their students and I would like to formally thank them for their work with the students. Each teacher will explain to their classes their plans for the next two weeks.

 

The Institute of Education is committed to supporting all our students during this challenging time. I will be in touch tomorrow with further details of the Easter course videos.

 

Sincere thanks for your ongoing support,

 

Yvonne O’ Toole

 

31 March 2020
Yvonne O’ Toole shared the following update with Students and Parents today:

Dear Parents & Students,

 

Today was a very busy day for us as our Moodle platform was upgraded over the last 24 hours. I would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused during the upgrade.  Most of our teachers will be teaching their streamed classes tomorrow and students have received information about this. I am delighted that students are using the online resources we are making available to them.

 

Our career guidance team and mentors have also been busy responding to students’ queries. Teachers are continuing to correct homework and set assignments and many teachers have also reported excellent progress with project work. I would like to commend you all on adjusting so well to the new routine.

 

I would also encourage students to please keep in touch with your year head. They are there to provide you with advice and responses to any queries you may have.

 

The entire Institute of Education team are available to support your physical and mental health. Brian Gregan posted a fitness challenge for students today and I would encourage students to allocate time each day to maintaining their fitness. The crisp, dry weather is a good opportunity to take some fresh air.

 

As always, the school office welcomes feedback from both students and parents. Your feedback is important to us as we continue to work to support our students during this unprecedented time.

 

Kind regards,

 

Yvonne O’ Toole

30 March 2020
Yvonne O’ Toole shared the following update with Students and Parents today:

Dear Parents & Students,

I hope that you and your family are safe and well. The Institute of Education recognises the importance of education but the health and wellbeing of our students and staff is also a priority for us. Since I wrote my last email to you on Friday our country has been in lockdown. The school building is closed but our team is working extremely hard to support all students.

Today, I am very happy to report that many of our teachers are teaching live streamed classes and following their regular timetable. More teachers are being added to this list every day. Teachers are contacting students directly regarding their classes.

This evening our Moodle platform is being upgraded. You would have received a mail from me earlier stating it would be operational later tonight, however I wish to advise you that won’t be fully back up and running until tomorrow. We will communicate with you as soon as it is available again. We apologise for any inconvenience caused to students by the disruption to the service today.

In addition to the live streamed classes please remember that there are notes, podcasts and videos available for students on Moodle. Our Easter Course videos will be available next week and will be a superb way for students to revise each subject.

I would ask students to link into classes on time and appropriately dressed. Students should follow their timetable and establish a clear study routine. A reminder that support is available to any student who needs to speak with the study team or the guidance team. Brian Gregan is also uploading content for students. The year heads are also available to parents and students.

I would like to sincerely thank all staff for working diligently to support our students today. I am incredibly proud of the team in the school and their determination to support our students.

Assuring you of my best attention.

Kind regards,

Yvonne O’Toole

 

27 March 2020

Following An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s announcement this evening we wish to advise students and parents that the best way to contact us is by email:

For information about our full-time school please email:

4thyear@instituteofeducation.ie

5thyear@instituteofeducation.ie

6thyear@instituteofeducation.ie

 

For information about our online Easter Revision Course please email: easter@instituteofeducation.ie

 

For information about our weekly part-time grinds courses please email: info@instituteofeducation.ie

 

For general queries please email: info@instituteofeducation.ie

 

Yvonne O’ Toole sent the following communication to students and parents today:

Dear Parents and Students,

 

At the end of the week I would like to connect with all students and parents. We are working to support all our students and we will continue to do this. Our Moodle platform will be upgraded in the coming days and we will communicate with you about this.  Many of our teachers will be teaching live classes next week and students will be informed by their teachers on Moodle when classes are taking place.  Class tests and assignments are also planned in many classes for next week.

 

I hope that you get an opportunity to rest and catch up with friends over the weekend. I would like to thank you for your support this week and assure you of my best attention over the coming days and weeks.

 

Kind regards,

 

Yvonne O’ Toole

 

26 March 2020
Yvonne O’ Toole sent the following communication to students and parents today:

Dear Parents and Students,

 

I hope that today has been productive for students. I have spoken to many of our teachers who are correcting homework and tests. Teachers have informed me that students are staying in contact with them by email. Please remember that each teacher is available to individually support students. The guidance and study teams are also working with students. Please contact us if you need our support.

 

The 6th year mock results are being uploaded on Moodle as the examinations are being returned by correctors. The school team are still waiting on some corrections to be returned and these will be uploaded without delay. I understand that many students are anxiously waiting to receive mock results. We understand your anxiety are we are doing everything to upload results as quickly as possible. These are challenging times and I assure you that we are doing our best to support our students.

 

As we approach the weekend, I encourage students to take a break from studies. Your physical and mental health is very important.

 

I will be in touch tomorrow before the weekend.

 

Kind regards,

Yvonne O’ Toole

 

25 March 2020
Yvonne O’ Toole sent the following communication to students and parents today:

Dear Parents and Students,

I hope that the pleasant sunshine has lifted your spirits today and that you are taking regular exercise and looking after your physical and mental health. Keeping in touch with your friends is also very important as is establishing a daily routine. If you have found it difficult establishing a daily routine, please contact us. We have been in contact with many students who have needed support. Our message from the school team is very clear. We are here to support you.

Our school is extremely busy today with film crews and production teams creating classes for you. They are also recording the Easter course which will be available for you to view.  I will inform all students when the Easter Course videos are available to view on Moodle.  My message today is about connecting with teachers. Most students have contacted their teachers and teachers are setting and correcting homework exercises. If you have not been in contact with any of your teachers, please contact them today.

Tomorrow the school office team will begin to work remotely. The level of support available to you will not change. Please email your queries to the 4th, 5th or 6th year office and they will be in touch with you. Our school, and the service that we provide for you will not change during these challenging times.

I will continue to communicate with you daily. Stay safe and look after each other.

Assuring you of my best attention.

Kind regards,

Yvonne O’ Toole

24 March 2020
Yvonne O’ Toole sent the following communication to students and parents today:

Dear Parents and Students,

I would like to thank you for the wonderful messages of support that we have received in the school over the last few days. I understand that these are difficult and challenging times for all those in our school community.  The staff here at The Institute of Education have been phenomenal and they are communicating with students and supporting their queries daily. The staff genuinely appreciate the positive messages that they have received.

I would like to remind our students of the work that has been completed by teachers to date. Many of you have completed the course in your subjects. The 5th year students have covered a large section of the Leaving Certificate course in all their subjects and teachers have reminded me that students in 5th year have an opportunity to complete projects. This will be a wonderful advantage next year.  We cancelled tests in the school in the weeks prior to the closure and teachers completed courses.  You are making progress every day.

The Minister for Education did announce today that the Department of Education were committed to holding the Leaving Cert examination this year. No information re specific examinations or details were given but that announcement will encourage you to continue your studies.

I want all students to remain positive during this time. You are fully supported with notes, tutorials, access to teachers and guidance teams. Remember also that the Easter course videos will be available to all students. These classes will enable you to revise each subject at home. Cian Hogan has requested that all students have access to his website Hogannotes.com password student 2020.

Many of you have contacted Orla and she is helping to create study timetables for you. If you have not been in contact with the guidance or study team, they are available to assist you.

In the event of a full school closure I want to assure you that the school team will be working remotely to support you. Please stay in contact with us.

Stay positive and take care. I will be in contact with you again tomorrow.

Kind regards,

Yvonne O’ Toole

23 March 2020
Yvonne O’ Toole sent the following communication to students and parents today:

Dear Parents & Students,

I would like to address my email today to our students. I hope that your study routine is now established and that you are happy with the work that you completed today. Remember that Orla is available to create an individual study plan for you. At the beginning of each day create a plan of work. The plan might include online classes / podcasts or live classes. It also might involve following the instructions of teachers re homework or project work. You might have to upload homework and send it to teachers for correction. Each teacher is available to speak with you or to communicate with you by email. We are providing individual attention for every student.

Our school is a hive of activity today with teachers recording classes for you and uploading notes to Moodle. Wesley Hammond and Enda Dowd have asked me to remind you that you must attend their classes. All information re classes is available on Moodle. The blended approach that we have adopted in the school is to support every student and to ensure that they can communicate easily with teachers. Please communicate with us if you have any difficulty.

Richard Hogan and Brian Gregan posted videos on Instagram for you earlier today. We are very aware that we must support your physical and mental health at this time. We encourage you to contact them by email if you need support.

I hope that you have spent some time in the fresh air today as it was a lovely sunny day. I would like to say to all students that we are here to support you. I understand that many of you are finding it difficult to study from home but please contact us and we will assist you.

I will be in touch with you again tomorrow. Please stay safe and take care.

Kind regards,

Yvonne O’ Toole

19 March 2020
Yvonne O’ Toole sent the following  communication to parents today:
Dear Parents and students,
As we approach the weekend, I would like to send a message of support to all our students. They may be having difficulty settling into a new routine and I am sure that they are also missing the company of their friends.
We would like to offer support to all students with our guidance and study team. Orla Ní Shuileabhain is available to provide a full individual study plan for students. Orla is a qualified mentor and the author of many textbooks on the topic. Please email Orla and she will arrange a call to discuss how best to plan student’s school week. Margaret, Ingrid, Lorraine, Helen and Mary are also available to guide and direct your study. The year heads and office team are available if you have any queries. Please also remember that our Sports Director, Brian Gregan is available to give advice to any student. I hope that all students are following Brian’s advice on exercise and healthy eating.
For the attention of 5th year higher level maths students, fast and regular pace, Andrew Kenny will be holding a test on Trigonometry application (handout 11) on Thursday at 10 am. The test will be posted on Moodle and students must photograph the completed test and send it to a.kenny@instituteofeducation.ie by 11 am on Thursday. Please feel free to email Andrew if you have any queries.
I would like to congratulate Peter Timmons DCG class for their excellent attendance at the online class yesterday. I would also like to pass a message from Stephanie Mulligan re attendance at her online maths classes. Stephanie reported that she is monitoring attendance and will be contacting students who are not attending and participating in classes.
As we are all acutely aware, school life is very different now, but our full team is available to guide our students. Please stay in contact with us, as a school community we will support each other.
Once again, I cannot express in words my appreciation for the school team. All staff have worked tirelessly to provide a structured routine for our students. We will continue to do this in the days ahead.
Please stay safe and take care.
Kind regards,
Yvonne O’ Toole
19 March 2020
Yvonne O’ Toole sent the following  communication to parents today:
Dear Parents and students,
I am sure that you are relieved that we have received clarification from the SEC re the oral examinations. I have spoken with our language teachers today and they have advised students to stay in contact with them and to follow the plan of work. Teachers are correcting work and monitoring students work very closely. The focus is now on the written paper and there is no need for any student to be anxious as your teachers are available to discuss your concerns and to support you. Teachers are teaching classes and uploading content for you every day.
We are very pleased that the dates for coursework to be submitted in Geography, Politics & Society, History and Religion has been extended to May 15th. Again, teachers are available to individually support you. Please feel free to contact them by email and they will support your work.
I am very pleased to tell you that the recorded classes for our Easter courses will be available to all our students. We are currently recording classes and these extra resources will be invaluable to you as you continue your studies. I will provide you with further information on the Easter revision recordings in due course.
I am very aware that the students are facing an unprecedented time in their personal and educational life. The Institute of Education is committed to not only providing them with excellence in their education but also to support their emotional needs during these challenging times. As a result of this Richard Hogan has offered to be available for a zoom/skype call to help students manage their anxiety and mental health over the coming weeks. If you feel your student would benefit from such a conversation please email Richard at rhogan@instituteofeducation.ie and he will arrange accordingly.
I will be in contact with you again tomorrow and will forward any updates from the SEC. Sincere thanks to all the team who are supporting our students.
Assuring you of my best attention during these challenging times.
Kind regards,
Yvonne O’ Toole
18 March 2020
Yvonne O’ Toole sent the following  communication to parents today:
Dear Parents,
I hope that our students and their families are keeping well and supporting each other during these challenging times. Our school community is continuing to support our staff and students. I would like to update you on the work that has been continuing in the school to ensure that all students are supported during this time.
We are continuing to record content for our classes, and this is available to students on Moodle. I know that many teachers have been in contact with students and this communication will continue over the coming days. Students are asked to follow the advice given by teachers and to follow the plan that was forwarded to all students last week. We will continue to provide more content for students. Teachers can be contacted through Moodle or by email and they are very happy to respond to any queries.
At this time, I am very conscious of our students physical and mental health and we would like to support them and to reduce their level of anxiety. Brian Gregan, Director of Sport will be uploading exercise classes and lectures on Moodle to encourage students to stay positive and to take care of their physical and mental health. Our guidance team are available to speak with any student if they would like support. Please email the office and we will arrange a call with our team. We encourage our students to avail of the guidance team during this time.
I would like to inform all parents that the HSE have not been in contact with the school to date and we have no known case of Covid-19 in the school. I will inform all parents in the event of a notification from a parent or the HSE.
Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the school office. I will, of course, be in contact with you again tomorrow. Finally, I would like to thank our wonderful staff for their dedication and hard work and to thank parents for their messages of support and appreciation.
Please take care and look after your loved ones.
Kind regards,
Yvonne O’ Toole
Principal
13 March 2020
Yvonne O’ Toole sent the following  communication to parents today:
Dear Parents,
I would like to inform you that from Wednesday next, 18th March I will resume my daily communication with you to advise students on how to progress with their studies. The school office will be closed from 4pm Friday until 8am on Wednesday morning.
Students should begin their study routine today. Please pass the advice listed below to students.
Advice for students
Your teachers have given you a detailed programme of work for the next few weeks. Please read the contingency plan carefully and follow the steps listed below.
  1. Prepare a space that you will use for study over the next few weeks.
  2. The study space should have good light and ventilation.
  3. Organise a suitable desk / table and chair in the study.
  4. Arrange your notes so that they are easily accessible.
  5. Decide on one of the following options for study:
  6. Follow your school timetable each day.
or
  1. Create a study timetable.
  2. List the educational outcomes for each subject every day.
  3. Test yourself and correct your tests using your notes.
  4. At the end of each day evaluate your study.
  5. Note the positive outcomes of the day and note the improvements that you can make in your study plan.
  6. Take regular breaks.
  7. Eat well, exercise and rest.
  8. Be positive. You will make great progress if you follow your plan.
I would like to wish all students the best of luck with their study. Use Moodle and the other resources provided by your teachers. We will continue to support you with online resources.
Wishing all the members of our school community a happy St. Patrick’s weekend. Please stay safe and take care of your loved ones during this difficult time.
Assuring you of my best attention.
Kind regards,
Yvonne
12 March 2020
Following the announcement today by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, all schools will close from 6pm today until Sunday 29th March.
Yvonne O’ Toole, Principal at The Institute of Education has contacted all parents and students to outline the details of our contingency plan for our full-time students. This plan has been developed to support our students in their studies over the next few weeks.
As the schools are closing until March 29, the Leaving Cert oral examinations will not take place in the original timeframe. Details of the revised examination dates will be shared with students once we receive notification from the SEC.
10 March 2020
Yvonne O’ Toole, Principal at The Institute of Education, continues to share daily updates from the school with parents. She is also available to speak with students and parents during the school day.
As per today’s statement from the Department of Education “Any decision to close schools will be made on public health advice. There is no such advice at this point. It is essential that any decisions regarding responses to COVID-19 are proportionate, necessary and based on specific public health advice.”
The HSE website is the best source of information and updates about Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Please click here to view.
10 March 2020
Yvonne O’ Toole, Principal at The Institute of Education sent the following communication to parents today:
Dear Parents,
Classes today have continued as normal. I would like to tell all parents how proud I am of our students in The Institute of Education. They have been incredibly pleasant and cooperative throughout this very difficult time. It is wonderful to see how resilient our students are.
We do not have a case of Covid – 19 in the school. I would like to inform you that if the Department of Education close secondary schools nationwide we will close the school. If there is a school closure, I will contact you by email and a notification will be placed on the school website.  I would like to recommend that students do not leave books or notes in their locker in school. In the event of a closure they should have all resources at home. The school’s contingency plan will be in place and students will continue their studies from home.
If you have any queries, I am be happy to speak with you. I would like to thank all staff and parents for their support.
Kind regards,
Yvonne O’ Toole
9 March 2020
Yvonne O’ Toole, Principal at The Institute of Education sent the following communication to parents today:
Dear Parents,
Today our students attended classes as normal as we believe that a calm atmosphere is very important for our school community, I am pleased that students are popping into the office with the regular issues relating to timetable and using the computer room. A friendly and supportive team are in the office to meet with students to discuss any queries or worries they may have. We understand that this is an anxious time, but we will continue to focus on completing the Leaving Cert course in every subject in our classes. Notes have been distributed and teachers are providing wonderful support to students.
We have no case of Covid-19 in the school at present and, as I stated in my previous email I will contact all parents if the HSE contact the school. The contingency plan will then be sent to all parents.
I would like to thank the cleaning staff who are doing an excellent job of cleaning surfaces and handrails on an hourly basis throughout the school. We have also kept doors open at the end of corridors to avoid students using their hands as they move throughout the school. We recommend that students regularly wash their hands and used the hand sanitizers that we have provided throughout the school.
I will continue to provide a daily update, and I am available to any parent who wishes to speak with me. Finally, I would ask any student who feels unwell to remain at home and to contact the school office by email or phone.
Thank you for your continued support.
Kind regards,
Yvonne O’ Toole
6 March 2020
Yvonne O’ Toole, Principal at The Institute of Education sent the following communication to parents today:
Dear Parents,
I would like to thank parents and students for their support this week. I understand the concern that we all have re Corona virus. We have not had a case of Corona virus in the school and we are advising students to stay calm and follow the HSE guidelines.
 It is planned that classes will continue as normal next week. I am in regular contact with all our teachers and they are following the contingency plan to distribute notes and to complete the Leaving Certificate courses as quickly as possible.
The school will continue with daily deep cleaning and the  cleaning staff will continue to clean surfaces and handrails throughout the school. There are also HSE notices regarding Corona virus throughout the school.
I will continue to issue daily updates to all parents as I appreciate this may be a worrying time for our school community. The safety and wellbeing of our community is our priority. If any of our students have flu like symptoms or fever, please stay at home and contact the school by email or phone.
Should there be a change in the situation I will be in contact with all parents.
Assuring you of my best attention.
Kind regards
Yvonne O’Toole
26 February 2020
The Department of Education and Skills has developed information for schools, preschools and third level institutions on COVID-19; provided by the Department of Health and HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre following a meeting of the National Public Health Emergency Team.
We would advise all students and staff to familiarise themselves with this important detail: Click here to view information for schools.