Junior Cycle 2021
Dear Parents and Guardians,
The Minister of Education has announced that formal Junior Cycle exams will not take place this June. Schools have instead been asked to award our students grades for the subjects they have studied for Junior Cycle. The staff in Ardgillan support this decision and believe it is in the best interests of our students.
We in Ardgillan are very proud of our wonderful students and want to acknowledge their hard work and celebrate their achievement in our school over the three years of their Junior Cycle. Our school prides itself on providing learning opportunities that achieve a balance between learning subject knowledge and developing a range of skills and abilities.
It is our hope that by having final assessments when your children return after Easter we will add to the already comprehensive picture we have of your child’s achievement in our school to date. Our subject departments are currently designing common in-class assessments and we believe that this will allow us to reward the hard work our students have engaged in while online during the school closure and also in their face to face lessons.
What will appear in the Ardgillan College Report on Junior Cycle Achievement?
1. A grade in each subject your child has undertaken in Junior Cycle. This final grade will be a combination of assessments already undertaken during their Junior Cycle and further in-class assessments which will all be completed before May 21st.
2. A report on their achievement in all Classroom Based Assessments that your child has completed in Second and Third Year.
3. A report on your child’s involvement in Other Areas of Learning which take place outside the classroom e.g. debating, sports teams, member of our Student Council, Young Scientist etc.
This final Report on Junior Cycle Achievement will be posted home to you and your child the week beginning June 14th and we believe it will offer you a true reflection of your child’s effort and achievement while in their Junior Cycle in Ardgillan College.
Finally, we hope you and your child have a safe and restful Easter break and we look forward to welcoming your child back to Ardgillan on April 12th to complete their Junior Cycle. We will continue to support them as we work together in the spirit of teamwork, respect and excellence.
Nuala Ní Mhurchú