Leaving Cert students must register for calculated grades by Thursday evening

The Leaving Certificate 2020 – Calculated Grades Student Portal is at https://lc2020.education.gov.ie/

where you will see a page like the following. It will contain a button to log on with if not already registered and a separate button to use if you want to check things after you have registered. Enter it via the official page at the link above, just in case of any changes. The following is just for information.

 

Before you Start guidePlease read this guide in full before you commence the Registration Process

The Minister for Education and Skills announced on 08 May 2020 that the Leaving Certificate 2020 examinations were to be postponed and to offer students a system of Calculated Grades to allow Leaving Certificate students to receive State certification. Students will also have an opportunity to sit all or some of the leaving Certificate Examinations at a date in the future when it is considered safe to hold the examinations. Further information about this decision can be found here.

The Leaving Certificate 2020 –Calculated Grades Student Portal has been developed to support the delivery of calculated grades.

In this initial stage, the portal will open at 10 AM on Tuesday 26 May and close at 10 PM on Thursday 28 May. In this time period students MUST do the following:-

  • Leaving Certificate Applied Students: Need to register ONLY
  • All other Leaving Certificate Students: Need to register AND confirm their subject levels

You must complete the Registration Process, and if applicable, Confirm your Subject Levels before 10 p.m. on Thursday 28 May.

Before continuing make sure you have read the Before you Start Guide AND you have everything you need to complete the Registration process.

If you have any difficulties consult the Before you Start Guide. If you don’t find the answers you need after reading this guide you can contact the helpdesk at 1800-111135 or 1800-111136. Please note that due to COVID19 restrictions the helpdesk phonelines will ONLY be available between 12 pm and 5 pm on Tuesday 26 May and between 9 am and 5 pm on Wednesday/Thursday 27/28 May. Outside of these hours you can email lcsupport2020@education.gov.ie

Helpdesk support is available if you run into problems please Email lcsupport2020@education.gov.ie

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Leaving Certificate Exam Postponed

The following was taken from breakingnews.ie.

The Minister for Education has confirmed that the Leaving Certificate exam has been postponed this year.

All students are being offered the option of receiving calculated grades for subjects and the alternative of sitting the exam at date in the future “when it is considered safe to do so”.
The decision was confirmed on Friday after public health advice noted that the previously announced date of July 29 would not be possible due to health implications associated with COVID19.

The main phases in the process of calculating grades will be school-based and national standardisation.

There will be no Leaving Cert fees this year, and any paid will be refunded.
Teachers will be asked to provide a professional judgement of each student’s attainment which will be subject to “rigorous” in-school alignment process “to ensure fairness”.For school alignment, subject teachers will review the teacher’s estimated scores for the sudents, and the rank order of their students in the class. Teachers will not set additional assessments for purposes of determining an estimated percentage mark, instead using student’s performance over the course of study, class assessments, house exams, mock exams, coursework (even if incomplete) and previous results in the subject while at school.
The school principal will approve estimated scores and the rankings of each student in each subject in the school.

If a student has joined a class from another school, the teacher will consult with the previous teacher and use the records they have, if this is not possible, the teacher will need to make “the best judgement he/she can on the information available”.
A special unit is being established within the Department of Education to process the data provided by each school to ensure fairness.

Final grades will be issued to each student as close as possible to the traditional date, and student right to appeal will be retained. Appeals will involve checks on school-entered data, transfer of that data, a review of the process by the department, and a verification of the Department’s processes by independent appeal scrutineers.

Minister Joe McHugh said the decision was made “with the best interests of students at heart”

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GMG’s online Physics Resource Pack

I hope you are getting the support you need from your school while there is no face to face teaching in schools. The new target date of late July/ early August for the exams should help in drawing up a time table to cover what you need to do to complete and revise your courses. But it also means you have to work for a longer period than originally planned. It is important to pace yourself and not become over tired or stressed before the exams take place. If you need to take a complete break for a day or two to rest and recharge, then do so.

The minister’s plans at the moment envisage leaving cert students having two weeks back in school in July before the exams. In planning your work you can only assume for now that this will happen.

I have put together an online Physics resource pack which can be purchased from https://gmg.teachable.com/ for €19.69. ( Less than half the price of a single grind). It contains the following:

A number of publications from Galway Maths Grinds:

  • Making the most of your Scientific Calculator

  • Google Search for Students

  • Making the most of the Formulae and Tables Booklet

Resources from the State Exams Commission website examinations.ie gathered here for convenient access:

  • Past exam papers

  • Marking Schemes

  • Advice from Chief Examinations Officer

  • Course Syllabus

Links to useful websites and video tutorials

Facility to download sheets of graph paper to print off.

Advice on how to prepare for and approach the examination

A section for each topic area laid out in the same order as the textbook  many of you are using,  “Real World Physics. We can add extra material into these sections as we go along as I get feedback from students.

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Free access to online Leaving Cert text books from CJ Fallon

Got this from CJ Fallon school book publishers today. Click the link in the text below to acces the ebooks.

The postponement of the Leaving Certificate exams until late July and August and the ongoing closure of schools have created significant difficulties for students. This really is a challenging time for students, parents and teachers.

CJ Fallon wants to help.

We want to play our part in making life easier for students and their parents, and, therefore, are delighted to offer FREE online access to our entire range of Extra! revision books. No strings attached.

These books are exam-focused and comprehensive. Written by experienced teachers, they are designed to improve the student’s performance and to help them secure the highest possible marks in their Leaving Cert exams.

To access all ten books in the Extra! series, click on the following link: https://cjf.ie/ExtraSeries

Wishing you all the very best,

The team at CJ Fallon

Publishing high-quality books for Irish schools for 125 years.

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Junior Cert Cancelled, Leaving Cert Delayed

  • The Junior Cert is cancelled. To be replaced with in school assessments at start of next school year.
  • Leaving Cert is put back to late July/August. Hope to have time table in June.
  • Schools stay closed until further notice.
  • Current restrictions stay in place for another three weeks to May 5th. 

The advice to exam students is to take a little break from study now and recharge. Then continue study with aim of sitting exams in late July and early August. Hopefully there will be some in school time before the exams for the exam students but this to be confirmed and dependent on how things are going with the spread of the virus at the time, and talks with unions.

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Mind your Back when using Phone or Computer Screens

Today’s post is a bit different to what we normally cover on this site but appropriate for the situation we find ourselves in at the moment. With schools closed and many people working from home due to the covid-19 virus, many students and others may be spending a lot more time than normal trying to study and work with online resources. So today we will look at some simple biomechanics so you can avoid unnecessary stress and pain.

Text neck happens when people are hunched over looking at their electronic devices, for hours at a time. This puts an extreme load on the spine, and muscles. Your head weighs, 4.5 to 5.5kg on average, about 8% of your total body weight. When you are standing or sitting straight its centre of gravity is directly above your spine and it is well supported. At a normal curvature, the cervical spine is designed to support this weight. There is no excess stress being placed on the spine or surrounding muscles.

Head position

But if you lean forward your head’s centre of gravity is no longer in line with your spine and you get a resulting torque or turning force under the influence of gravity. If you lean 15 degrees forward, the this force head is more like 12.2kg. With a 30-degree tilt, 18kg. A 45-degree angle and it feels like 22.2kg. The neck is thoroughly strained at this point, with a dangerous curvature that disrupts nerve pathways and stresses vertebral discs. And when you are hunched over at a 60-degree angle looking at a mobile device your head puts a 27.2kg strain on your neck.

That is puts extra pressure on the discs in the neck and spine, causing increased compression and can lead to chronic neck and shoulder pain and severe headaches.

The lower part of the neck, just above the shoulders, is particularly vulnerable to pain caused by forward head posture. The lower cervical vertebrae, including C5, C6, and C7, already handle the most load from the weight of the head. As the head is held further forward, this load only increases.

With forward head posture, some studies suggest that the compressive forces typically increase the most at the C4-C5 and C5-6 spinal levels. The intervertebral discs and facet joints at these spinal levels may be subject to additional shearing forces with the vertebrae being pulled in different directions relative to one another, as well as repetitive traumas that can cause pain and other symptoms.

While the lower cervical spine may experience greater loads with forward head posture, it should also be noted that compressive forces are increased on all of the discs and joints throughout the cervical spine. Furthermore, the specific cervical levels that experience the largest increase in compressive loads can vary from person to person.

Head forces normal

When everything is normal three main forces are at play and balance each other out to give a zero net force and no excess strain. The upper vertebrae supply an upward force that balances out with the torque forces due to the head’s weight and forces exerted by the muscles.

Head forces leaning forward

But when you lean forward the centre of gravity is no longer directly above the line of support from the spin. This results in the muscles having to do extra work to counter the extra torque force.

So what can you do?

You can do simple exercises by squeezing your shoulder blades together. You can practice keeping your neck back and keeping your ears over your shoulders. Get up and stretch every now and again.

And when using a mobile device try to keep it in front of you, don’t look down. When using a laptop or desktop computer ensure that the screen is at eye level when you sit up straight. In other words, do not be looking down on your screen for long periods. You could rest your laptop on some hardback books if you need to raise it.

Poor posture over an extended period can lead to life long problems so take the time to set up your computer and use your phone appropriately.

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Leaving and Junior Cert oral and practical examinations cancelled

The 2020 Leaving Cert and Junior Cert oral and practical examinations have been cancelled on foot of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Minister for Education, Joe McHugh, said that all students who had been due to take those tests would be awarded full marks for that portion of the exam.

The cancelled exams include oral tests in Leaving Cert Irish, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, and Japanese.

Practical performance tests in Leaving Cert music have been cancelled also, together with practical performance tests in Junior Cert music and home economics.

The minister said he expects the main written exams to go ahead as normal in June despite the oral and practical State exams being cancelled.

Mr McHugh said “The last thing I wanted to do was put extra pressure on students when these exams were due to start next week. Students are under enough stress – they can now focus on the written aspect.”

Mr McHugh said he expects Covid-19 to peak in mid-April.

“We’re still focused on written exams going ahead. We don’t have a baseline in terms of certainty. Ideal scenario would be the virus to peak in mid-April, for students to come back after that. But it’s all based on hypothetical scenarios.”

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Notice for existing Clients

Whether the exams go ahead as currently scheduled or closer towards the end of the summer remains to be seen, but students must prepare in any event. The situation with the Covid-19 virus is a fast evolving situation and the only reliable sources of information for time tables are the State Examinations Commission website and your school which should receive any updates. Do not depend on an old print out of a time table that may be subject to change.

Assume for now that the final written exams will start as scheduled on June 3rd.

See https://www.examinations.ie/misc-doc/BI-EX-14986545.pdf for Junior Cert exams

See https://www.examinations.ie/misc-doc/BI-EX-17618720.pdf for Leaving Cert exams.

Prepare an outline time table of how and when you will cover your remaining work and revision over the next 10 weeks. Also include time for exercise and relaxation activity.

Some students might like to download and print some blank-time-table-templates from

https://galwaymathsgrinds.wordpress.com/resources/blank-time-table-templates/ .

or

use an online calender with email notifications as such as with google’s gmail and calender

or

simply use pen and paper freehand.

The purpose is not to have fancy looking time tables but to make sure you allocate time to do all the work you need to get covered. Not having school to go to means you have to have more self discipline and one approach would be to study according to your school weekly timetable up to this.

It is unfortunate that we have to suspend face to face classes until further notice, probably for the rest of this school year. But if we keep our heads, have a little patience and help one another out we will come through it.

I have compiled online resource packs that can be purchased from https://gmg.teachable.com/. They contain easy access to past papers, marking schemes, syllabi, subject related booklets I have produced over the years and links to videos and further information by other providers that I think will be useful to you all in one place. Feel free to pass the link above to your friends and classmates who will be in the same boat.

I hope to offer some support via email, my website www.GalwayMathsGrinds.com and Facebook posts on https://www.facebook.com/GalwayMathsGrinds/, and add updates to the resource packs as students highlight areas where they need further input and clarifications. If I get swamped with requests, priority will be given to students scheduled to do exams this coming June. If you have any suggestions on how we might offer better support to one another feel free to pass them on. While video conferencing might seem like a good idea I think we will encounter problems with poor speeds and connectivity, but we can see as we go along.

In some cases I have phone or email contact details for students or one or more of their parents or guardians or all of these. If you want to receive communications from me over the next few weeks can you send an email to mymathsclass@gmail.com with your full name, one email address and one mobile phone number to be the principle means of contacting you and sending you information. It is up to you whether it is the student’s or the parent’s information.

If you already use Facebook in a disciplined manner you might like to “like” https://www.facebook.com/GalwayMathsGrinds/ to ensure you get any updates I send out. But if you are likely to waste a lot of time on it, or any other social media platform, then turn them off now.

Your school should also be trying to offer some support from a distance. If I am made aware of what they are offering hopefully I can compliment rather than duplicate their offering.

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Face to Face Classes cancelled until further Notice.

It looks as if we are not on the point where the number of Covid-19 cases in Ireland will start to increase very significantly. I am therefore stepping up isolation and physical distancing protocols in line with the advice from the state’s medical experts. I will not be taking on any new clients for face to face classes until further notice. Online resource packs can be purchased from https://gmg.teachable.com/.

Face to face classes with existing clients will also be cancelled until further notice. I hope to still offer some support to these clients via distance learning supports like email, this website www.GalwayMathsGrinds.com or https://www.facebook.com/GalwayMathsGrinds/.

Priority will be given to students scheduled to sit exams this coming June. Whether the exams go ahead as currently scheduled or closer towards the end of the summer remains to be seen, but students must prepare in any event.

This is a fast evolving situation and our response will evolve as we come up against and resolve problems. But if we keep our heads, have a little patience and help one another out we will come through it.

Check in with the website or Facebook periodically to check for updates. Perhaps you might like the Facebook page to ensure you are notified of updates.

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Saturday’s Classes cancelled due to Red Weather Warning

All classes on Saturday, 29/2/20 are cancelled in the interests of safety due to the red weather warnings.

red weather warning map

 

  • Status Red – Wind warning for Galway and Clare

    Very severe winds associated with Storm Jorge (Hor-hay) on Saturday.
    Westerly winds will reach mean speeds of 85 to 100km/h in places on Saturday afternoon with gusts of 130 to 145km/h, with an elevated risk of coastal flooding.

    Valid: 13:00 Saturday 29/02/2020 to 16:00 Saturday 29/02/2020

    Issued: 16:00 Friday 28/02/2020

  • Status: Orange Wind warning for Galway, Mayo, Clare and Kerry

    Status Orange – Wind warning for Galway, Mayo, Clare and Kerry

    Some severe winds expected during Saturday associated with Storm Jorge (Hor-hay). Southwest quickly veering west and later northwest will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h with gusts of 110 to 130km/h, possibly higher in very exposed areas with an elevated risk of coastal flooding.

    Valid: 06:00 Saturday 29/02/2020 to 03:00 Sunday 01/03/2020

    Issued: 11:00 Thursday 27/02/2020

 

 

 

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