20th October 2020

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR WEEKLY GRINDS STUDENTS RE: COVID-19
In response to the latest Public Health guidelines, The Institute of Education has made the decision to deliver all our classroom based weekly grinds online through our virtual platform – Microsoft Teams.

This change will come into effect from Thursday, 22nd October 2020.

Students already attending our online weekly grinds classes will continue to receive their online tuition as normal.

Delivering our weekly grinds online will help to ensure the continued safety and wellbeing of all our school community. All students will continue to have full access to their weekly grinds classes and teachers, through our live and interactive online platform.

 

8th October 2020

The Institute of Education launches first full-time virtual school in Ireland.

€2.5 million invested in innovative technologies to deliver a fully digital solution to remote senior cycle classroom learning.

Now Europe’s largest secondary school installation for streaming and recording with 2,000 hours of live classes, viewed 13,600 times since the start of the academic year.

Register now for our Virtual School Open Evening Webinar on Thursday 22nd  October 2020.

Ireland’s first ever full-time virtual school for senior-cycle students has been launched by The Institute of Education in Dublin, providing a safe environment that will help young people right across Ireland reach their academic potential. Following an investment of €2.5million, the Institute now hosts Europe’s largest secondary school installation for streamed and recorded e-learning.

The state-of-the-art platform allows students to access their full timetable of classes live from anywhere. Classes are delivered virtually, both via a live stream or available as recorded lessons through the dedicated learning management system, with all 39 of The Institute of Education’s classrooms now equipped with cutting-edge video and sound-recording technology that has been installed to deliver a high-calibre virtual learning experience. Offering unrivalled flexibility, students have the option to take ownership of their learning and tailor their virtual timetable to maximise their academic capabilities.

The Institute of Education will host a virtual open evening on Thursday, 22nd October to outline the details of this innovative programme and always on e-learning structure to prospective students and their families.

Speaking about the opportunities this new technology offers to students right across the country, whose pathway to education has been disrupted as a result of COVID-19, Yvonne O’Toole, Principal at The Institute of Education, said: “The Institute has innovation in its DNA and once again we are proud to play a leading role in the creative delivery of excellence in education.  As a school, we always place the student at the centre of everything we do and continuously adapt our programmes to deliver the best educational outcomes for them. Our new full-time virtual school programme, a first in secondary-school learning, is very much in keeping with this.

“Through the introduction of a fully digital solution we’re safeguarding education ensuring that no matter where you are located, it is now possible to be a full-time student at The Institute of Education on Leeson Street in Dublin and avail of tuition delivered by our exceptional teachers. Students will also have access to a range of additional supports including Year Heads, Guidance and Wellbeing teams.

Commenting on the market leading innovations available at the school, Peter Kearns, Director at the Institute of Education, said: “We are very excited to make virtual full-time secondary school a reality. In just the few weeks since we brought our virtual school online, the platform has already captured and streamed over 2,000 hours of live classes.  Recordings of these classes have been viewed by students over 13,600 times.”

Kearns continued: “We understand that for some students, particularly repeat Leaving Cert students, returning to school may pose significant challenges this year, but students attending our school remotely will be able to continue their academic journey with absolute certainty, and as always enjoy the excellence in education and teaching that is the hallmark of the Institute. They’ll never have to worry about missing classes due to Covid-19-related school closures, extreme weather conditions or even sickness.  All of their classes will be available for them to access from home at any time, and their education with us is guaranteed to be reliable, consistent and high-quality.”

The new facility provides a unique, pioneering educational resource to students, allowing them to rewind to key moments of classroom learnings, submit assessments online, and to access the Institute’s famous class notes. Students are also able to contact teachers through the system to raise questions following the class. Additional virtual tutorials will be offered to enable students to receive further clarification on the topics covered in class. Students will also be supported by the Institute Guidance team and dedicated support staff and will have the option to participate in the Institute’s extra-curricular activities, wellness and sporting framework.

To register for our virtual school open evening on October 22nd please click here.
25th September 2020
The following communication was issued to 4th, 5th and 6th year students today:

Dear parents and Students,

At the end of the third week back to school I would like to congratulate all students for settling into the new term. Attendance is excellent as is adherence to the guidelines that will keep our school community safe. It is wonderful to meet with happy students in the school. We all now realise that students love coming to school! Of course, they enjoy the classes, but they also meet with their friends and socialise. Our school presents students with a college environment and it is really encouraging to see how respectful our students are in their interaction with staff and teachers. I am very relieved that we have not been informed by the HSE of any Covid – 19 case in the school and I encourage all students to follow the guidelines over the next few weeks to ensure that our school community is protected.

On Monday 28th September, evening tutorials will begin for students who attend all their classes online. Please email tfullston@instituteofeducation.ie if you are a ‘virtual’ student and she will be happy to liaise with teachers re homework, notes and assessments. Students who attend classes onsite have the opportunity of meeting with teachers regarding queries in the school.

Mini tests are taking place in the classes and I would encourage you to use these mini tests as a guide to your progress in the early part of the term. Teachers have reported that students are anxious regarding the mini-tests. The purpose of mini-tests is to support students and monitor progress. Please call to see the guidance team or year head if you are anxious.

I am delighted to inform you that our monthly newsletter will be available from early October. The newsletter will contain information on masterclasses, test dates, tutorials, orals and field trips. Please read the newsletter and call to the office if you need further information.

Finally, I would like thank our wonderful students for their resilience and enthusiasm. It is a pleasure to have you back in school.

Have a lovely weekend.

Yvonne O’ Toole

21st September 2020
The following communication was issued to the Leaving Cert Class of 2020 today:

Dear Parents & Students,

 

I know the last two weeks have been very challenging for many of the Leaving Certificate class of 2020. Lots of you have accepted college places and I know that some are also waiting anxiously on second round offers that will be announced on Wednesday 23rd September.

For some students sitting the Leaving Certificate examination that is planned for November, is becoming an unfortunate reality. The Institute of Education will provide support for those students.  From Sunday October 4th, we will begin a masterclass series to help student prepare for these examinations. The series will focus on key elements of the course and will support your revision in the lead into the November examinations. All masterclasses will be delivered online, interactive and they will also be recorded. Details of the classes will be forwarded to you this week.

We are continuing to challenge the calculated grades system and I have written again this week to request a meeting with Ministers Foley and Harris. As I explained in a previous email, we have engaged Krisolis, data analytics experts to compile a report on the calculated grades process. This report is now complete, and it sets out inarguable flaws and inadequacies in the system that was imposed on the Class of 2020.

I would like to remind all students that the guidance team is available to guide you over the coming months. You may need some advice regarding college options, or you may be feeling anxious or worried. The team are there to support you.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish those students who will be starting first year at 3rd level over the coming weeks the best of luck on the next step of their educational journey.

Yvonne O’ Toole

18th September 2020
The following communication was issued to all full-time school students today:

Dear students,

Two weeks completed in this extraordinary school year!

It has been heartening to see the high attendance rate and the positive energy you have brought back with you on your return to school.

I’d like to commend you on your adherence to the Covid 19 plan here in The Institute. You are following the circulation plan; walking in single file, following the one-way systems and, where 2m distance cannot be maintained, the masks are on. Hand washing/sanitizing is an integral part of the plan; keep exercising regular hand hygiene and coughing and sneezing etiquette. If you feel unwell, do not come to school. Your classes are live-streamed and recorded.

At the orientations, we spoke about solidarity. We touched on the idea of protecting the wider community from this virus through our individual behaviour. In this context I would ask you to consider others as you leave The Institute for your lunch to enjoy the wonders the city has to offer… including the student discounts in various shops and cafés roundabout! Please be aware of other path-users as you disperse up and down Leeson Street. Avoid ‘bunching’ on the pavement and inadvertently blocking the public path. When you’re going on lunch break, maintain your distance and keep the masks on until you are able to maintain the 2m distancing golden rule. Remember that your behaviour is on public view. You represent the school when you are out and about during the school day. It is important also that when you arrive in to school you scan and go straight to class. For the moment, there will be no chatting in groups on the corridors.

As we progress further into the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ we must keep to the fore of our minds the encouraging start we have made. We must remember why we are wearing these uncomfortable masks and keeping our distance. We must stick to the plan.

On a more academic note, you will have begun to receive homework assignments and some of you will have completed class tests. It is vital that you hit the ground running and keep up with the work assigned by teachers. Revise wisely. The Mid-Term Exams will take place in mid-October. Remember that you will need to be in school for those tests.

We are working hard with the ultimate goal of the Leaving Certificate exams in mind: remember the Leaving Certificate is a marathon, not a sprint. Pace yourselves. Work into your daily routines time to do something that is not connected to study and exams. Fly a kite. Go for a run. Take your dog for a walk…if you haven’t got a dog, borrow your neighbour’s! You will need to lower the volume of the Leaving Certificate once a day and mind yourselves and each other, this year in particular.

The guidance team are on hand to help you, not only with navigating career options and applications to third level but also to be there when you need that listening ear. The guidance team are the Institute’s equivalent to the carefully arranged ‘Esso-So-So-So’ oil cans in Bishop’s Filling Station! You can also call in to the first floor office and we will resolve any issues that may arise.

Brian and David are organizing the extra-curricular programme in the school. I would encourage you to take part. Keep your eyes on the noticeboards and sign up! There is a veritable smorgasbord of interesting activities to choose from.

Keep safe. Keep working. Believe in yourselves.

Regards,

Liam and Hugh.

 

11th September 2020
The following communication was issued to the 6th year class of 2020 today:

Dear Parents & Students,

I am conscious as I write that you have just received your CAO first round offers. I along with the teachers and support staff in the school very much hope that you received the offer that you were hoping for. Again I would remind students that our Guidance team are here to support you in your decision should you need it.

As I mentioned in my communication to you yesterday we have been working with a data analytics team for the past four days. This team of experts have identified very clear flaws in the process of awarding calculated grades. I would now like to share some of their findings with you. Please click here

This information informed our decision to contact the Taoiseach and the Minister to intervene immediately. Since my last communication to you we have also reached out to the national media to highlight the unfairness in the process.

Our request to An Taoiseach and his Minsters is very simply to right the wrong that has been inflicted on students in this process and to broaden the grounds for appeal to ensure that students receive the CAO place that they deserve. We have yet to receive a response.

As I mentioned in my communication yesterday if you are not happy with the CAO offer you receive and find yourself in a position that your results fall outside your expectations you have the option to appeal. If you choose to appeal, we would advise you to make contact with the Admissions Office of the University / College you applied to and request that a place is retained to you pending the appeal. You will find the CAO Reference List of Participating Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) on our website. Please click here to view.

Under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act you may also request the Calculated Mark that you were assigned after the statistical process was completed from the Department of Education (this will correspond to your Calculated Grade). For information on how to submit an FOI Request please click here

I would like to assure all students that The Institute of Education will continue to represent your best interests and support you through this very difficult time.

Assuring you of my best attention,

Yvonne O’Toole
Principal

 

10th September 2020
The following communication was issued to the 6th year class of 2020 today:

Dear Parents & Students,

Many thanks to those students who have forwarded their Leaving Certificate grades to me today. Our data analytics team are working with the data and I will share their feedback with you tomorrow.

Earlier today, I sent a communication to An Taoiseach Micheál Martin and the Minister for Education, Norma Foley regarding the unfair treatment of our students. In this communication, I reminded the Minister of her consistent statement around fairness being at the core of this process. However, it is evident from the results received by students last Monday that this has not been the experience for many of you.

It is clear that the process of calculated grading has significantly disadvantaged many students and we have called on the Taoiseach and the Minister to intervene immediately. We have asked them to broaden the grounds of appeal and to take whatever steps necessary to ensure that students receive the CAO place that they deserve. To view the letter we issued to the Government please click here.

Tomorrow at 2pm, the CAO will issue their first round of offers to students. We very much hope that you receive the offer that you are hoping for. If you wish to accept the college place you are offered it is very important that you follow the guidelines issued by the CAO in their communications to you.

The guidance team here at the school will be on hand to support you in your decision should you need it. Their email addresses are:

If you are not happy with the offer you receive and find yourself in a position that your results fall outside your expectations you have the option to appeal. If you choose to appeal, we would advise you to make contact with the Admissions Office of the University / College you applied to and request that a place is retained to you pending the appeal. (For your convenience, we have included a list of contact details below).

Under the Freedom of Information Act you may also request the Calculated Mark that you were assigned after the statistical process was completed from the Department of Education  (this will correspond to your Calculated Grade).

We know that many students have found themselves unfairly penalised as a result of the system of predictive grading. We also know that our students have worked incredibly hard and have shown incredible resilience in the most difficult of circumstances. As a school, we intend to do everything we can to ensure that this injustice is corrected and that our students receive grades, which accurately reflect their academic performance.

We will issue a further communication to you tomorrow with additional information.

Assuring you of my best attention,

Yvonne O’ Toole
Principal

CAO Reference List of Participating Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)

ATHLONE

CARLOW

CORK

DUBLIN

DUNDALK

GALWAY

LETTERKENNY

LIMERICK

MAYNOOTH

SHANNON

SLIGO

TIPPERARY

TRALEE

WATERFORD

 

4th September 2020
The following email was issued to the 6th year class of 2020 today:

Dear student,

On Monday you will receive your Leaving Certificate results. In normal circumstances, students would look forward to Leaving Certificate results day with nervous excitement. I am sure that you are feeling those emotions now as the day draws closer.

The results will be issued online at 9.00am on Monday by the Department of Education and Skills via the following link: https://lc2020.education.gov.ie/ . You will access your results through the examinations portal.

First round CAO offers will be issued on Friday 11th September.  On Monday 14th September the Department of Education and Skills will make the Estimated Grades available through the portal. If you wish to appeal a grade, that will be processed through the Department of Education and Skills.

Our guidance team will be available to support you ALL of next week. ANY queries regarding Leaving Certificate 2020 should be sent to the following dedicated email address: leavingcert2020@instituteofeducation.ie . This email address will be monitored by our team who will be ready to assist you.

On behalf of the entire staff of the school; teachers, year heads, admin staff and operations personnel I would like to wish you the very best of luck on Monday. We are all so proud of you and what you have achieved so far!  We would like to wish you every success and happiness as you enter the next stage of your educational journey.

We will miss the class of 2020!

Yours sincerely,

Yvonne O’ Toole
Principal

2nd September 2020

We are very much looking forward to welcoming our full-time students back to school next week.

5th & 6th year students will return on Tuesday, September 8th and 4th year students will start on Thursday, 10th September.

28th August 2020

The following email was issued to 4th year students and parents today:

Dear Parents and Students,

On behalf of our 4th year team I wish to welcome you to The Institute of Education. Next Monday, 31st August, we will be holding an orientation to welcome our new students to the school. The orientations will take place on campus across the day. At the orientations, we will explain more about the year ahead and answer any questions that our new students might have. This will also be a nice opportunity for students to get to meet their new classmates. The orientations will run for approximately two hours and are for students only. If you have not received a letter indicating a time and location for orientation please email us at: 4thyear@instituteofeducation.ie.

Students will receive their timetables at the orientation. The timetables have been constructed based on the subject choice form that was submitted to us. We will do our best to ensure your choices are accommodated. If you have yet to submit the subject choice form or have yet to receive one, please email your subject choices to: 4thyear@instituteofeducation.ie. If you are unable to submit your subjects to us prior to the orientation, we will complete a timetable and email it to students prior to our start date of Thursday, 10th September. As we are aware that a number of our students have only registered recently, (meaning some of you were unable to attend our virtual parents information evening), we have attached a link to the recording for your convenience. This recording will provide very useful information about the year ahead and the subjects on offer. Please click the link and fill in the necessary form if you wish to access the recording:
https://app.livestorm.co/the-institute-of-education/incoming-4th-year-information-evening-tuesday-11th-august/

Students will receive material in relation to our 4th year programme and a copy of their notes for the month of September at the orientation. We would recommend that students use the time between the orientation and the start of school to use the documents they receive to familiarise themselves with their timetable, their notes and the programme for the year ahead. The distribution of notes will only be completed for an individual student based on the team having the subject choices. If we have not been in a position to complete a timetable we will distribute notes when the student arrives to school for classes.

4th year is an exciting year that will provide our students with the opportunity to undertake a three year Leaving Certificate course and get an academic head start as well as engaging in our personal development and co-curricular activities. Our goal is for students to reach the end of 4th year having made new friends, having developed new skills, knowing the subjects they would like to sit for their Leaving Certificate and feeling confident and ready to move to 5th year.

We will be on hand to support you and answer your questions throughout the year so please do not hesitate to get in touch if we can be of any help: 4thyear@instituteofeducation.ie.

Kind regards,

Hugh Brett                                                                                                                          Trisha Fullston
Head of 4th Year                                                                                                               4th Year Coordinator

26th August 2020

Today Liam Dingle, 6th Year Head sent the following email to 6th year students and parents:

Beatha agus sláinte!

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all 6th Year students to the Institute of Education and to wish you the very best in this formative year. We look forward with great anticipation to your return to classes.

You will be supported in achieving your goals by our excellent team of teachers-all subject experts, many of whom have published text books and work as examiners and advising examiners with the State Examinations Commission.

The Institute’s renowned notes will bolster your classroom learning and the Raymond Kearns Hall is an airy and light-filled space in which to study effectively.

Our supplementary tuition includes masterclasses, tutorials, oral exam preparation and study skills seminars. Those of you intent on pursuing a career in medicine will have access to HPAT preparation courses.

Our guidance team will be on hand to offer you support and direction when you need it.

Your lunchtime will be between 12.30-1.30. You can stay on campus and use the designated lunchrooms and breakout areas or stroll down Leeson Street for a coffee.

The welfare of the school community is paramount always but especially in these pandemic days. Guided by the Institute of Education Covid Response Plan (available on the school website), a number of adjustments have been made in the day-to-day running of the school. Your cooperation is crucial.

On your return to school and for the duration of the pandemic, please comply with the following:

  • maintain social distancing
  • walk in single file on the right hand side as you make your way around the school buildings
  • where they are in operation, follow the one-way systems as denoted by the floor signs
  • keep moving; don’t dally as you move from one location to the next
  • wash/sanitise hands frequently during the school day
  • practice good coughing and sneezing etiquette
  • wear your mask/face covering
  • no congregating in or around the school buildings
  • stay at home if you are unwell
  • look after your mental health and look out for each other.

If we can maintain a coherent approach and work together as a school community, we can ensure the smooth running of the school.

I’m looking forward to seeing you at orientation and in class (onsite or online). I would encourage you to embrace the wonderful learning opportunities the Institute will offer you and enjoy the experience. Remember, you have the epic poise, potential and promise of youth!

Students who have not yet received information re their assembly time etc. should email Karen Cullen at: kcullen@instituteofeducation.ie

Le meas,

Liam Dingle
6th Year Head

13th August 2020
Covid-19 Reponse Plan:

Yvonne O’Toole published The Institute of Education’s COVID-19 Response plan today. This document outlines the many measures the school is taking to provide a safe learning environment for our students for the new academic year. To view this document please click here

7th August 2020
Yvonne O’ Toole issued the following update to our 4th, 5th and 6th year parents today:

Dear Students and Parents,

At The Institute of Education our priority is to provide excellent tuition for our students in a safe environment.  Our team have been working throughout the summer to ensure that our school will be prepared to welcome all students back to school in September. We are now at an advanced stage in our preparations. The following points outline the actions we are taking to support our students as they return to school:

Start of School, timetable flexibility and teaching enhancements

  • All students have received a link to create their own timetable. Our timetable provides students with the flexibility to choose subjects and teachers. The school team are available to assist with timetable queries throughout the month of August. This will allow a seamless start to the new academic year.
  • Assembly will take place for students during the week of August 31st.   For those of you unable to attend assembly we will also deliver a series of webinars during that week.  Students will be provided with further information regarding school life at each webinar. They will also have an opportunity to ask questions during these information events.
  • We have increased our teaching team at The Institute of Education for September 2020. Our team of exceptional educators are the most experienced teaching team in Ireland. They will be available to advise and support students throughout the year.
  • Our class sizes will be reduced in September to ensure that our teachers will continue to build a strong working rapport with students. We believe that when motivated students work with exceptional teachers, they will achieve their potential. Our teachers will provide support for students both during and after class will ensure that students make excellent progress during the academic year.
  • We have increased the number of classrooms and lunchrooms on our campus to ensure the safety of our staff and students. Students will be encouraged to remain in a bubble during lunch times and our ambassadors will be available to ensure that our students remain safe.

Extra Supports

  • All classes in the school will be streamed and recorded. This will provide students with the option to attend classes virtually or in person. Students will also find the class recordings an extremely useful resource, particularly when revising for assessments.
  • Students will be provided with their notes monthly. This will facilitate students who may prefer to attend classes virtually. All notes for September will be distributed at assembly.

Study Hall

  • The supervised study hall will be available for 6th year students from 7.30 am to 9pm.
  • Fifth year supervised study will be available for students from 7.30 am to 6pm Monday to Thursday and 3.30 on Friday.
  • The capacity in the study hall will be reduced to ensure the safety of students.

Assessments, feedback, and the pastoral team

  • Regular assessments will take place in all classes and the year heads, Liam Dingle and Hugh Brett will liaise with teachers, students, and parents regarding each student’s progress.
  • All students will be encouraged by our academic mentors and year heads who will be available to meet with them at regular intervals.
  • Formal assessments will take place in classes at mid-term and Christmas. All results will be available on Moodle.
  • We have increased our guidance team in the school and students are encouraged to meet with the guidance and study teams regularly. Details will be given to students at assembly.

Practical

  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the campus for students. We will encourage all students to practice regular hand washing throughout the school day.
  • We have increased our cleaning team to ensure that the school is regularly cleaned throughout the day.
  • Internal doors will remain open where possible to ensure seamless movement throughout the school.

I have recorded a video in which I explain each of the points above. To view this video simply click here

We will continue to keep you informed of our preparations over the coming weeks. In the mean time if you have any questions or if we can help you in any way please do not hesitate to contact the school office.

Kind regards,

Yvonne O’ Toole
Principal

 

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

Dear Parents & Students,

I am extremely pleased that the Department of Education and Skills have published The Roadmap for the Full Return to School. Our team in the school are currently planning to welcome all students back to school at the beginning of September.

Classes for 6th year students will begin on Tuesday September 8th, 5th year on Wednesday September 9th and 4th year on Thursday September 10th, we will also be streaming classes online so that students who are unable to attend school may access their classes.  Further details on the IT enhancements will be provided over the coming weeks. The updated school calendar is also available on our website.

Students will be invited to create their timetables from early August. The timetable team will be available to address any queries regarding timetables or subject options. Please contact the school office if you would like to speak with one of the team. There will be an online information webinar for 4th year students and parents in mid-August and the 4th year timetable will be available after this event.

The safety of our staff and students is paramount and we will be following the Roadmap as we prepare for the new term. Please ensure that you are a minimum of fourteen days in Ireland before you return to school in September.  The Institute of Education Covid – 19 Response Plan will be forwarded to you and will be available on our website. The Department of Education and Skills have also released a Response Plan for the safe and sustainable reopening of Post Primary Schools, which you can see here.

I am available to speak with you should you have any queries regarding the full return to school for students. I hope that all students enjoy the next few weeks and I look forward to meeting with them at their assembly.

Kind regards,
Yvonne O’Toole

 

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.