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.