Update: JC and LC Orals and Practicals

19th March 2020
This morning, the Minister of Education of Skills, Joe McHugh TD, issued a statement which can be read here.

All students who were due to take oral and practical performance tests in the following subjects will be given full marks for this part of the examination:
● Oral tests in Leaving Certificate Irish and the Modern Languages of French, German & Spanish
● Practical performance tests in Leaving Certificate Music.
● Practical performance tests in Junior Certificate Music and Home Economics.
Students who were due to sit the orals or practical performance tests in the affected subjects will take their final written examinations in these subjects at the level they have indicated when confirming their subject choices to the State Examinations Commission earlier this year.
Minister McHugh also confirmed changes to deadlines for students to complete project work and coursework in a number of subjects. Students were originally scheduled to complete these elements of the state examinations on a number of dates from Friday 20 March to Friday 24 April 2020, depending on the subject. Students will now be given until Friday 15 May 2020 to complete this work.

Project and Course Work completion deadlines are extended to Friday 15 May for the following subjects:
● Leaving Certificate Art, Agricultural Science, History, Geography,Music, Constructions Studies and Home Economics;
● Junior Cycle Metalwork and Materials Technology Wood;
● Junior Cycle Assessment Tasks in English, Irish, Modern languages, Science and Business Studies.
The second phase of practical examinations remain as originally scheduled from Monday 27 April to Friday 8 May, as well as the final written examination in the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) scheduled for Wednesday 6 May.
These are scheduled to run as normal in June, and the Department of Education and Skills will keep us briefed. As soon as I hear something, I will pass it on.
Meanwhile, students, keep calm, carry on and be kind.

Kind regards
John Nolan

Remote Learning


We are in the early stages of Remote Teaching & Learning. In that context, parents and students can click on this link to complete a short survey around how you feel our remote teaching and learning is progressing. This will inform us as teachers, students and parents as to what we could do differently to try to improve for the benefit of all of us on this new journey.


Teachers may be contacted by email.  Please find a list of current teaching staff email here.


It is essential that students fully utilise their time during the emergency school closure measures announced by An Taoiseach on Thursday 12th of March 2020.

Main points:

  • Students were advised on Thursday the 12th of March to make sure that they bring home all necessary books and materials with them so that they can continue to work from home.
  • See Letter to Families ( 18 March2020 )
  • Students should complete all work, assigments, tasks etc sent to them by their teachers.
  • All students are equipped with a Microsoft Office 365 account giving them access to a suite of cloud based software such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Teams. This also gives them their own personal email address. 
  • Parents should encourage their child to submit assigned work. Please urge them to do so within agreed timeframes.
  • Teachers should provide feedback and ensure continuity of learning.



Please check Facebook & Twitter (@colaisteabbain) for more platforms to use for Students and Teachers. 

Guidance & Counselling Department

Our Guidance Counsellor, Mr Tom Tynan can be contacted directly by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The Counselling service at the school is here to support and assist you in any way we can during this time.


We would encourage you to stay in contact with your friends. Peer learning is one of the most effective methods to support curriculum engagement. Use technology sensibly to connect and learn together. Breaks, exercise and healthy diets are crucial to staying healthy.

Each Year Group and Year Head will have different mechanisms for incorporating Wellbeing into the curriculum. For example, 6th Yrs under their Year Head Ms Simmons have created a Teams communication group whereby Exercise Programmes, Songs , Careers and Other Resources are shared amongst staff and students.

Mr Larkin has posted his  Colaiste Abbain Well-being Page on Padlet, with a fantastic suite of resources for all students that include:

  • Couch to KM's
  • Meditation & Relaxation
  • Workout Videos
  • Just Dance
  • Yoga & Flexibility
  • HIIT & Tabatta
  • Podcasts and TED talks
  • Healthy Eating
  • The Motivation Stream

Promoting Positive Wellbeing for our Students from School Guidance Counsellor, Mr Tom Tynan 

Additional resources from Mr Tynan




Children with Special Educational Needs 

In addition to the normal supports, the NCSE is providing online resources for children with Special Educational Needs who are at home as a result of the schools’ closure. Online resources for home learning available on NCSE website

Other online supports available:

www.studyclix.ie (Exam builders) . We encourage all 3rd and 6th years to avail of this.

iRevise.com are giving premium memberships to all students for one month*, for free.  iRevise.com’s lead Maths contributor will be providing free live online classes during the duration of the COVID-19 lockdown. 

  • www.examinations.ie (Past exam papers and marking schemes)
  • www.careersportal.ie
  • www.scoilnet.ie


More frequent updates are provided on School Twitter Feed.

Corona Virus / COVID-19

For Latest Updates from the Department of Education & Skills, please follow this link:   https://www.education.ie/covid19



10 April 2020:  Minister McHugh Announces Postponement of State Examinations

12 March 2020Covid-19 – Statement from the Department of Education and Skills    

 Mar 12th 2020 Talking to Children and Young People about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Advice for Parents and Schools


Chief Medical Officer advice to parents and schools


Please see links below in relation to HSE advice re Corona Virus (COVID-19).




Protect yourself from coronavirus


  • wash your hands properly and regularly with soap and water or clean them with an alcohol-based hand rub
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze
  • put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces


We are equally aware that there are many students and parents in Ireland for whom English/Irish is not their first language.

With this in mind, the Department of Health and the HSE have produced Covid-19 resources in a range of languages other than Irish and English which you can access below:


The languages currently available are Chinese, Italian, Spanish, French, Arabic, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Latvian and Lithuanian.


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HSE Update: Mumps



We have had a number of reported cases of Mumps. Please see information from HSE by clicking the Links below:




Preventing transmission from individuals with mumps
Individuals with mumps should not attend work, school, college, university or child-care during their infectious period (i.e. for 5 days after onset of parotid swelling) in view of the possibility of transmitting virus to non-immune individuals.




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