Margaret Aylward Community College
The Thatch Road, Whitehall, Dublin 9, DO9RHN3
Tel. 018375712 / 018367778 Fax: 018377718



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Margaret Aylward Community College

Date: 1st February 2021,

Dear Parent/ Guardian,

I hope you are all well and safe. Thank you so much for your participation and commitment to your daughter’s education during these strange times. With the many changes we are adapting to, remote teaching and Learning , our community identity and challenges ahead. We invite Parents & Students to an Assembly on Wednesday 3rd February 2021.

The Assembly will take place via ZOOM

Junior Cycle 2.00 p.m. : Topic: Parent & Student Assembly - Junior Cycle students

Time: Feb 3, 2021 02:00 PM Dublin

Senior Cycle 3.00 p.m. : Topic: Parent & Student Assembly - Senior Cycle student

Time: Feb 3, 2021 03:00 PM Dublin

Teaching and Learning in Margaret Aylward C.C. will be closed on Friday 5th February to facilitate Junior Certificate Training for all teachers. We advise students to continue to work to the best of their ability and always try.

I look forward to seeing all of you on Wednesday 3rd February 2021.

Yours sincerely,

Sinéad Dunne


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Letter to all Parents

January 2021


The Thatch Road, Whitehall, Dublin 9 Eircode: DO9RHN3

An Bóthar Ceann Tuí, Fionnbhrú, Baile Átha Cliath 9

Phone: 8375712    Fax: 8377718    Email:

Principal/Príomhoide  Ms. Sinéad Dunne

Deputy Principal/Príomhoide Tánaisteach Mr. Colm Hickey

Date: 11TH January 2021,

Dear Parent / Guardian,

I hope you had a nice Christmas break and may I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very happy new year in 2021.

While transmission of the virus in school-going children is still below average it has, since Christmas day started to increase sharply every day since and at a very fast rate.  There has been a significant recent deterioration in all the key disease indicators (case numbers, hospital admissions, ICU occupancy etc.) and the potential impact of new, more transmissible, variants of the virus.

If schools were to open, this could lead to an even higher level of ongoing transmission.

The Taoiseach, Micheál Martin TD, announced on Thursday, 6 January that.

●      Schools will be closed until 1 February 2021

How we will support your child/children

We appreciate how challenging the Covid-19 crisis has been for families, and particularly students.  Please rest assured that we are working hard to support all students and parents/guardians in our school community as the pandemic evolves.  We have learned a lot since March 2020, and this will stand to us all as we work through the next few weeks.

We gleaned considerable best-practice from your feedback, that of our staff and our interactions with students when schools were forced to close last March.  Our patron, City of Dublin Education and Training Board has also supported us very well since the pandemic struck, and we have weekly meetings of the region’s Principals and Deputy Principals to share best-practice and strategies that can support teaching and learning and student care.  The last period of school closure presented many challenges, but the resolve of our students, staff, and parents/guardians to engage in every effort to upskill and adapt to Remote Teaching and Learning was truly inspirational.  Everyone in our school community is fully prepared for Remote Learning to fulfil a continuity of learning in the coming days.

Our staff meetings and staff Professional Development days have focused on upskilling everyone to be more proficient and comfortable with the school's excellent Learning Management System (LMS) Edmodo.

Our students are very familiar with Edmodo (As enclosed) and you can read more about how it works from our on our school website.

The next three weeks

We will focus our efforts for the three weeks of school closures on teaching, learning and the provision of effective feedback to students.

To this end, we plan on holding an on-line staff meeting and subject planning meetings on Monday 11th January and Tuesday 12th January 2021 to coordinate the most effective work-stream for the ensuing week period and to provide for enriched feedback to your child/children

Your child will have a blend of on-line ‘live’ classes, ‘flipped learning’ lessons, assignments, and homework.  Teachers will communicate this information to students.

We advise that students get up early in the morning and connect with their learning as per their school timetable.

It is also important to ensure students get exercise and take a break from schoolwork and study.  Additional advice on strategies to look for personal wellbeing are available on our website.

Advice for Young People:

Advice for Parents:

Contacting the School during Closure

Please do not hesitate to contact us at the school via this email address  or 

Call: office 01 8375712 / Ms. McCaul 086 4173968 and we will do all we can to address your query as soon as possible.

In the meantime, please follow the advice of the HSE and the Government.

Everyone needs to stay at home to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

You should only leave your home to:

●     shop for essential food and household goods

●     attend medical appointments, collect medicine or other health products

●     care for children, older people, or other vulnerable people - this excludes social family visits

●     exercise outdoors, within 2 kilometres of your home and only with people from your own household - keeping 2 metres between you and other people

●     travel to work if you provide an essential service - be sure to practice physical distancing

Follow this advice to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Thank you for your continued support of our school and we look forward to being in contact with you soon again.

Yours sincerely,

Sinéad Dunne



!Feliz Navidad! Y muchas gracias. 

Many thanks to the 5th year Leaving Certificate Class, they organised a special Spanish Breakfast/Fiesta in school to raise money for the charity ChildVision.  The Fiesta was their first Task, ‘General Education’ assessment, which is worth 10 credits, so it was very important that the girls fully participated in the event.  It was a lot of hard work, but we all had lots of fun on the day and we raised Euro110, so far.  Thank you in particular to the McCabe family, for making two beautiful cakes, a stunning chocolate biscuit cake and a red velvet cake with a Spanish flamenco dancer on the top.  It was a huge hit.  Thank you to all of the staff, students and family members who were roped in to make and/or donate food, we really appreciate it.  A huge thank you to their two wonderful SNA’s Marie and Karen, who went over and above to make the event special, and to everyone who helped.  !Adios! 

First Years getting into festive mood with their Geometry shapes

Lego for Learning in the Art Room. First years totally absorbed for a double class

Our very own Pixie Pam

Congratulations to our Secretary Phil on her Retirement.

We'll miss you Phil

6 LCA Christmas Baking with Ms Mc Donnell

5 LCA enjoying a Cycle in The Phoenix Park

Well done to Ms Leahy, Karen, Marie and 5LCA's for presenting a delicious Spanish Breakfast as part of the LCA5 Task


5th and 6th Year Students learning handsome about the art of Giotto using the fresco secco technique





Library Christmas News 2020


Christmas Tests Timetables

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Yvonne Kerins nurse manager in Tallaght A and E did a presentation to 5th and 6th years on her career journey and the skills and opportunities available in the field. We where blown away by all the information, dedication and passion shown by her about her profession.

Information talk from Colaiste Dhulaigh on the wide range of courses available and the benefits of PlC and further education. Also discussed routes of progression and the supports available to students to assist them on their career journey.

Presentation by Gerard Maguire Maynooth Law lecturer on his personal College.journey and Careerpaths . It was so inspirational and informative. We are especially grateful for all the Swag from Maynooth.  The girls and delighted and so excited to start planning their own personal College Journey.

Leaving Certificate Applied Students baking with Ms Mc Donnell

Blacksmith Patrick Strahan shared traditional skills with our students as they made amulets from recycled materials
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Back To School in Margaret Aylward Community College



3 September 2020

The Leaving Certificate class of 2020,

The time has finally arrived for your Leaving Certificate results. We would like to congratulate you on getting this far and managing this very challenging time, especially in this, your last year in Margaret Aylward Community College. We will miss your presence in the school and your wonderful contributions to our school community life.

This letter contains information and access links to support you in getting your results, calculating your CAO points and appeal information if you are unhappy with your results. It also tells you the protocols for coming to school to get your results and receiving advice. These protocols are linked to Covid safety procedures and must be followed.

General information can be found in the following Government document

“Leaving certificate 2020, your questions answered”

To access your results in school you MUST make an appointment (01 8375712), come appropriately masked and follow the school visitors protocols.

To access them online you will need your examination number and your Portal password.

The Portal helpline phone number for logging online on Monday morning is 1800111135 or 1800111136.

There is online support also via a website at  You will also be provided with access to your school’s estimated mark and class ranking via the online portal on Monday 14th September. 

To calculate your CAO points, use the following link

A free phone app called “Leaving Cert CAO points Calculator” is also available.

Once you have your results you have a number of options.

The CAO first round offers are emailed to candidates at 2pm on Friday 11 September. The deadline for the acceptance of the first round of offers is the 16 September at 3pm.

If you have chosen a Further Education course, you already know the procedures for each course, as each college has a different system.

If you wish to have a meeting with the school Guidance Counsellor, Ms Maguire, you must make an appointment with the school. 

You could also read the on-line document provided by Irish Guidance counsellors – “The class of 2020. The results are out, what now?”  There is also a ‘Results helpline’ where you can talk to a qualified Guidance Counsellors at 1800 265165.

The formal appeal process is available to students who wish to validate that the portal record of estimated grade accurately reflects the school record. This information is sent to you when you get your results and will be open on September 14. This access does not involve the school.

The 2020 postponed Leaving Certificate examinations (written only) will start on Monday, 16th November, subject to public health advice.

This information will also be available on the school website.

Many, many congratulations on completing your post primary schooling. We are so proud of you and you ought to be very proud of your many achievements over your years in Margaret Aylward Community College. Please be careful when celebrating on Monday night and stay safe.

The very best of regards,

Take care and stay safe,

Sinéad Dunne (Principal)

Leaving Certificate 2020 - Your questions answered 

Reminder for students 

Portal for results will open on Monday 7th of September at 9 o'clock.  Students will need their examination number and portal password to access results. 

Portal helpline 1800111135/36 or email 

Results helpline 1800 265 165  staffed by qualified Guidance Counsellors (run by the National Parents Council Post Primary ).

CAO points calculator can be downloaded to help students calculate their points .

If any student requires a meeting with the school Guidance Counsellor, please contact the school and an appointment can be arranged.  


Please click on the link to read the document:
DES Covid-19 response plan

Graduation 2020

A huge congratulations to our class of 2020.

To all of our 6th year students, you will be dearly missed.

And here is a special video from your for tutors.
The final Rollcall.

Hello everyone,  Here is a beautiful musical performance put together by Margaret Aylward's Creative Schools' Associate Sharon Carty, our Music Teacher Mr Conway and our 5th Year Student Emily Caffrey.  They came together to perform Stand by Me by Ben E King as a way of wishing everyone well for the summer. We hope you enjoy.


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Calculated Grades Student Portal Before You Start Guide in the links below 

Letter to Students

Calculated Grades Student Portal


Good morning ladies, ‌ We are so excited this morning to be launching our calendar for next week’s Wellbeing Week. Do you want to get active? Perhaps, you want to just chill out or maybe you have some mad skills to share with us. ‌ After a stressful term for everyone we have a gorgeous week of wellness lined up for you all. This includes, cookery lessons with chef extraordinaire, Stephen Ryan, beauty tips from ‘Belleglamm’ beauty blogger, Amy Hutch and even a live Zumba class from ‘Zumba, Dance and Health.’ There are a whole host of other activities that you’ll see if you click into the calendar below. ‌ We look forward to you joining this and sharing lots of videos and photos here. There will be awards for participation and think particularly about what talent you might share with us on ‘Maggie’s got Talent,’ on Wednesday. Have you been creating some fabulous tiktoks, would you like to share your make up artistry skills and I know there are lots of singers and artists out there. Whatever your talent we really look forward to seeing it. ‌ So let’s wind down together next week and have lots of fun.

Wellbeing timetable here

Internet Safety

 Parents should try  to do the following five key things;

1.      Start the conversation - Parents start talking with your children about online safety, early in their online life.

2.      Agree limits -Parents can download a family agreement template and learn about the importance of setting limits to online time.

3.      Be informed - It is important for parents to keep themselves informed about the online world, and this video provides some tips for helping parents stay up to date.

4.      How much time was I online today? - Parents can set positive examples regarding online activity to their children through their own online lives.

5.      Parents share and learn  -The support of parent to parent peer support is fantastic, and this video encourages parents to link in with each other to provide that support network.  


A message from our President 

Presidential Message here

Notice to all parents/Guardians and students of Margaret Aylward Community College.

From Monday 18 May, all lessons, assignments and contacts with teachers and students will be suspended until Monday 25 May. This is throughout the school and for all staff and students. This is to allow exams and assessments to take place as per the Department of Education and Skills guidelines. 

The last week (25 to 29 May) will be a WELLBEING week for staff and students in preparation for the summer break. A plan of activities will be posted on the school website and EDMODO and we hope as many people as possible will engage with it. 

We will see you then. 


S. Dunne (principal)

25th - 29th May

Click on link below for details

Wellbeing Week

Coronavirus / Covid-19   Responding to the Crisis

Information to Parents/Guardians regarding Leaving Certificate Calculated Grades

11 May, 2020

Dear Students, Parents and Guardian

We hope you and your loved ones are well and coping as best as you can in these extraordinary times. Understandably, recent weeks have been very challenging, particularly students in school.

Important information for Leaving Certificate Calculated Grades

The Department of Education and Skills (DES) made the decision to postpone the Leaving Certificate examinations scheduled to commence on 29 July 2020 and to offer students a system of Calculated Grades. All students will be given the option to receive a State Certificate of Calculated Grades in each subject. It will have the same status as the Leaving Certificates awarded to students in previous years. Students will also have the opportunity to sit the conventional Leaving Certificate examination if they wish at the earliest safe and practical time.

Calculated Grades will be generated using a systematic statistical model. It will combine estimates of a student’s expected performance with the school’s statistical profiles of achievement in a subject and level, in line with national performance standards over time.

The first source of data will be provided by the subject teacher. It will then be moderated with teachers in the school, by consulting on the results, before the Principal reviews the process. This is to assure the fair treatment of students. The school will then send the data to the DES. There will be strong oversight and control and a number of inherent quality assurance measures to ensure students receive as fair a result as possible.

We are asking all students and parents/guardians to refrain from contacting teachers to discuss, query or suggest any reference to subject percentages. We appreciate your cooperation with this request. The school needs time to appraise itself fully with the arrangements that have been announced and further clarifications are required. A guide to calculated grades for Leaving Certificate students 2020 is available at

In line with recent developments, Leaving Certificate classes will be suspended on 10 and 11 May. Our staff are also looking at end of year arrangements with a view to holding a virtual graduation and a series of other options in marking the end of post-primary school and we look forward to sharing these details with you in due course. We will contact you soon again with additional information and further clarification as we receive it.


Sinéad Dunne   (Principal, Margaret Aylward Community College

Coronavirus / Covid-19   Responding to the Crisis 

Communication to Parents/Guardians regarding Junior Certificate

Date: I May 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians

We hope you and your loved ones are well and coping as best as you can in these extraordinary times. Understandably, recent weeks have been very challenging, particularly students in Third Year and Sixth Year.  

Important information for Third Year Students - Junior Certificate 2020 

The Minister for Education and Skills announced on 10 April 2020 to cancel the Junior Certificate examinations due to take place in June 2020. He announced on the 29th of April 2020 that each students’ certification will involve two elements:  

1.     A State Certificate of completion of Junior Cycle from the Department of Education and Skills. Students should receive a State Certification that they have completed three years of Junior Cycle education. This cert will be provided by the Department of Education and Skills in the Autumn of 2020.  

2.     A School Report setting out the learning achievements of students in Junior Cycle. Students should receive a written report on the broad range of learning that they have achieved in each subject or short course at the end of Junior Cycle. Schools will have autonomy on this assessment of their learning (provided by their teachers) and the format of the report.  

CDETB School Principals, the Chief Executive (Carol Hanney) and the Director of Schools (Paul Crone) have decided that in the interests of student welfare, examinations in September would be avoided. School based assessment will be conducted (as per the Ministers guidelines) by the 29th May 2020. This will also allow for minimal disruption to the beginning of the new school year in autumn. 


The plan for the assessment of your child is given below. It recognises previous work including assignments, tasks, projects, presentations; engagement with teachers; and school designed exams to determine grades for the school report and are outlined below. 

Each student’s engagement and participation up until 29 May 2020 will inform the final grade in each subject appearing in the report. 




Marking Scheme 

Success Criteria 

CBA & class work  


Sept 2019-March 2020 


Subject Department  

Edmodo Online Tasks  

Best 10 assignments submission 

16th March 2020 – 24th May  


Subject Department 

Final JC assessment: Exams 

Teacher Assessment 

1hour per subject  

7 subjects  

Practical subjects HE, Science & Art  

18th May – 22nd May 


Modified version of SEC exam paper 


Existing work 

Third Year exam schedule 






Monday 18th May 




Tuesday 19th May 




Wednesday 20th May 




Thursday 21st May 




Friday 22nd May 




School report to students - will be provided as soon as possible after the 29th of May. 

Students and their parents/guardians will receive a written report of the assessment of the student’s learning in each subject. This report will include the provision of grades or descriptors. It may also detail separately the descriptors awarded to classroom-based assessments (CBAs) where appropriate and detail other aspects of other achievements completed by students. 

The staff of Margaret Aylward Community College wish the third years the very best of luck in their exams. 

Take care and stay safe, 


Sinéad Dunne 


Margaret Aylward Community College 



23 April 2020

To all students,

We would like to welcome you back from your Easter holidays. We hope you are all safe and happy. The staff are delighted with the work submitted on Edmodo and the wonderfully positive interactions when dropping off the food parcels. We would encourage you to do your best, keep active, and engaged in Edmodo for the last few weeks of this most unusual school year.

The end-of-year school assessments and reports will take place as usual. Every piece of work set by your teachers will contribute to your end-of-year assessments. We also enjoy sending out prizes in the post to students who have made the greatest efforts in their school work. If you have any difficulties, you can ask your teacher on the Edmodo site, or ring Ms McCaul at 0864173968.

As the school logo states, we are ‘facing the future’ together.

Take care and stay safe,

S. Dunne and all the Margaret Aylward Community College staff.   

20 April 2020


The BREATHE European Project, is being done by DCU, on ethnic diversity, school climate, bullying and well-being.

The links to the questionnaires for both teachers and students are below.  If you have any difficulties or queries at all, please do not hesitate to contact DCU - 01 884 2305.  

  • the link for post-primary school teachers is here:

  • the link for post-primary school students is here:


If you wish to propose any amendments, please email

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17th April 2020

Taking Care of our Families during COVID-19

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CAMHS Newsletter

2 April 2020

Barnardos are providing a support line for parents. The number is 1800910123 and this service is available to parents from 10 am to 2 pm Monday to Friday.

1 April 2020

Calling all students

Day 1 of #SprINK20, our daily drawing challenge. See the prompts below for each day of April, draw a picture based on the prompt & post to Edmodo library area for me! Great prizes to be won on our return to school.

28 March 2020








23 March 2020

The BREATHE European Project, being done by DCU, on ethnic diversity, school climate, bullying and well-being.

The links to the questionnaires for both teachers and students are below.  If you have any difficulties or queries at all, please do not hesitate to contact DCU - 01 884 2305.  

  • the link for post-primary school teachers is here:

  • the link for post-primary school students is here:

20 March 2020

Margaret Aylward Community college is now closed to all except by appointment.

Thank you

Sinead Dunne (Principal)

19 March 2020

Dear Colleagues

Please see Department of Education website regarding the cancellation of Orals and Practicals and the postponement of projects.

Thank you


18 March 2020


Some good news.  Nadine in 6LC is being published in a beautiful, cool, new literary journal! Fierce competition to have a piece accepted and it’s paid too. Nadine has been attending our CDETBSCC We Write What We Like Writer’s Club Workshops for the last few years in the Library. Sarah entered a few pieces from her Writer's Club members and Nadine prevailed! Congratulations Nadine.  We are all so proud of you.

Here is the Twitter link

Well Done - JUNK COUTURE 2020

Two amazing teams from Margaret Aylward CC made it to the Regional Finals of Junkkouture. Over 80 teams took part in the regional finals and we were thrilled when one of our teams was selected to go through to the Grand Final in the 3 Arena on 30th April 2020

We hope that you can all join us for this fantastic show.This project would not have happened without the amazing support of Ms Boon, WorldWise Global Schools, and the amazing pupils at Margaret Aylward Community College.  A big thanks to all!!!!


Thanks to everyone who attended our Open Evening in September to celebrate our 50th anniversary.  It was lovely to see so many people.  

Junior Certificate Results 2020

Congratulations and well done to our Junior Certificate students who received their results recently.  All the hard work by students and teachers was rewarded.


Leaving Certificate Results 2020

Congratulations and well done to this years Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied students who received their results recently.   We wish you well in your chosen area of study for September