Statement from Mr Nolan regarding changes to Leaving Cert practical exams.

Update on arrangements for the State Exams:

You will be aware by now that Minister McHugh has made an announcement this morning in relation to the State Exams.  The link is attached and please take time to read the full document.

The main points are as follows:

Oral exams in Irish, French and Japanese have been cancelled and all students will be awarded full marks in these exams.

Leaving Cert Music Practicals have been cancelled and all students will be awarded full marks.

Junior Cert Music and Home Economics Practicals have been cancelled and all students will be awarded full marks.

Dates for completion of Project and Course work has been extended to May 15th

As of now all exams scheduled to take place in May and June remain in place. 

The following is an extract from the Minister’s announcement: 

Project and Course Work completion deadlines are extended to Friday 15 May for the following subjects: 

  • Leaving Cert: Art, Geography, Music, Constructions Studies and Home Economics;
  • Junior Cycle Metalwork, Materials Technology Wood 
  • Junior Cycle Assessment Tasks in English, Irish, Modern languages, Science and Business Studies. 

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, a range of oral and practical tests in the Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) programme, along with the first examination in Leaving Certificate Computer Science on Wednesday 27 May, and the final written examinations commencing on 3 June.

This link will allow you to read the full statement:

https://www.education.ie/en/Press-Events/Press-Releases/2020-press-releases/PR20-03-19.html

We are very conscious that this is a very difficult time for all exam students.  Hopefully this morning’s announcement brings some clarity and eases the stress on students and parents alike.

Again we ask that students continue to follow their school timetable and access and complete the work teachers are forwarding.

The school office remains open but not to visitors.  We would ask that you make contact by e mail to christinemcdermott@firhousecc.ie with any queries or issues that arise and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Please continue to take good care and follow all HSE guidelines.

Senan Nolan

Principal