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

Letters to Parents

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


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



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

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 

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


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.   

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