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Industrial Action Updates

This page has been added to the school website in order to provide updates on the potential impact on examination students of the current

Industrial Actions.

Information regarding the

ORAL and PRACTICAL EXAMINATIONS

27th March 2017 forward….

Dear Parents/Guardians and students taking Oral and Practial state examinations,

Next Monday 27th March starts the two week period in which the following tests are being held: Leaving Certificate Language Orals; Junior and Leaving Certificate Music Practical tests; Junior Certificate Home Economics Practical tests.    In light of the recently commenced industrial action at Bus Éireann, I wish to bring to your attention some information regarding the potential impact on transportation and travel times and actions that might be necessary in order to obviate any impact for students undertaking their state examinations.

On Friday evening (24th March), we received a communication from the State Examinations Commission that they had been advised that school transportation is unaffected by this industrial action.   However, there is likely to be an impact on students who use scheduled Bus Éireann services to get to school including in towns and cities where Bus Éireann operate the local urban bus service. Another consequence that must be considered is the impact that the strike may have on travel times as people use alternative means of transportation.  Therefore, an impact of transportation delays on some candidates might be anticipated.

In this context, I am writing to inform you that that there may be some necessary movement in the scheduling of the timing of tests for individuals because of the impact of transport delays.  This advance notice is given so that the need to make changes to the schedule currently on the school notice board will not come as a surprise to any students and also to provide reassurance to any candidate who might be affected by the industrial action that it will be possible for them to be accommodated.  Any changes will of course be kept to a minimum.  State examiners for the oral and practical examinations have been informed by the State Examinations Commission of this arrangement.

We ask that any student who is concerned that they may be impacted by this industrial action let us know on Monday 27th by referring to the proposed schedule of individual examination times on the school notice boards and informing us in the school office of any anticipated difficulties.  This is most likely to affect students scheduled for an early morning examination.  Please be assured that we will do our utmost to obviate any potential disruption to students over the next two weeks.

Wishing everyone all the best in the upcoming oral and practical examinations,

Regards,

John O’Roarke (principal).

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