October 2020 School Closure Update:
Following recent announcements from the Stormont Executive, I highlight that school will be closed to all pupils for an extended period from 19th to 30th October and will re-open on Monday 2nd November. As this is an extension of the half-term break, it is not intended to be used for remote learning.
To facilitate this closure I will be required to amend the school calendar and will update you accordingly when changes have been agreed.
You will appreciate that the extended closure will impact on our schedule for Year 10 Assessments. Further information regarding any necessary changes will follow.
During the week beginning 19th October direct payments from EA will be made to pupils in receipt of Free School Meals.
Once again I express our appreciation to you for your support of the school at this time and extend best wishes to you and your family.
Please be assured that in these challenging times we will always endeavour to make decisions in the best interests of our pupils.
C W Brown, Principal.
Department of Education Updated Advice:
Please note update to face covering advice from the Department of Education:
It is recommended that pupils and teachers wear a face covering in corridors and other communal areas of post-primary schools. This updates the existing guidance on the use of face coverings in educational settings. This will come into effect on 31st August 2020 when schools return on a full time basis.
In TJHS face coverings should be washable/plain fabric
C W Brown, Principal
Parent, Staff & Pupil Information Page
We would encourage all staff, parents and pupils to visit our Information page via the link below.
Additional information can be found on our Facebook page.
Google Classroom notes.
A list of all classroom codes have been sent via an email link to every pupil for their year group classrooms.
Pupils need to log into their c2k account using their username and password we use in school - go to office 365 and access email - click on the link that was sent from Mrs McMurray with the list of classroom codes - go to Google Apps and join classes by clicking on the + and inserting the codes. When asked for email for Google pupils will use theirs in the format, i.e. email@example.com. If a pupil can't remember his/her c2k password you must use the contact form and request a reset.
The Google Classroom app can be downloaded to phones, ipads etc and is very handy if you want to get it too.
You can find schools Quick Access links at the bottom of this page or visit our LINKS page for more information.
MATHS DEPARTMENT: Alongside Google classroom, students are expected to log into their manga high accounts and complete their tasks before the deadlines.
Important Notice Re- Transfer Exams 2019-2020
The Dickson Plan principals, in consultation with their governors have agreed steps to safeguard the transfer process in the best interests of all our young people. We are also mindful of the well-being of our families and wider community in these uncertain and unprecedented times.
Given the evolving context, current attendance rates and potential for a protracted period of school closure, the transfer examinations will not take place in any of the Junior High Schools. Arrangements will be in place to ensure that no young person is disadvantaged. It has been agreed, pending the approval of amendments to the admissions criteria of the colleges with the Department of Education, that academic evidence from Summer Year 9 and Christmas Year 10 will be used to inform the transfer process.
We trust that this gives you some reassurance at this time.
C W Brown, Principal.
for parents, staff and pupils.
Please find link to the Public Health Agency website where
advice on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) will be regularly updated.
Additional info can be found on the EA website on COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Additional info can be found on the DE website on COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Multi-Lingual COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Parental Information can be downloaded here
Video advice issued to schools
The Department of Health has issued a video advising teachers,
students and school staff of three ways to help stay safe during the
coronavirus pandemic in education settings.
The video advises washing hands on arrival to school,
after eating and when you sneeze or cough.
Those attending schools should also practice good respiratory hygiene,
following the "catch it, bin it and kill it" rule.
Pupils, teachers and staff should also practice social distancing
throughout the day, with a distance of two metres between individuals.
In the event that schools close for an extended period of time:
Please use our “Contact Us ” link for General Enquiries.
[Note: Please continue to check your email spam/junk
inbox for emails you may have missed from us.]
Two school mobile numbers have been texted to parents/carers which
can also be used for emergency contact with a member of SLT.
For password resets please contact C2K following the instructions below:
C2k Implementation & Communications
We understand, however, that at this time, it may not always be possible for a pupil to contact someone in their school.
For this reason a service has been put in place which allows a parent or guardian to email
and provide the following information:
· Student First Name and Surname
· Student Date of Birth
· Student Username
· Name of School
· School Address
EA staff will then make contact with the parent/guardian who will be asked to provide some additional details to verify the pupil’s identity. The member of C2k staff will check the details provided against the records held in the school and once verified, will reset the pupil’s password.
~ Most Recent Event ~
For ALL School Dates, click HERE
School Opens Year 8 only Thursday 27 August half day “Come dine with me” (12.30pm finish)
Years 8 only Full day Friday 28 August
Bank Holiday Monday 31 August
Years 8 – 12 (all year groups) Monday 1 September
Year 8 Information Evening Thursday 3 September 7.30 – 9.00 pm
European Week of Languages w/c Monday 21 September (MFL assembly Friday 25 September)
Year 10 Information Evening (Assessment) Thursday 24 September – 7.30 – 9.00 pm
Pink Day Friday 2 October
Year 8 Study Skills Evening for Parents Monday 5 October – 7.30 – 9.00 pm
Prize Evening Thursday 22 October (12.20 pm finish) early lunch (7.15pm start)
Mid Term Wed 28 October – Friday 30 October incl.
Educ Experience Day P7 pupils Friday 6 November
Christmas Exams/Assessments Monday 23 November – Mon 30 November
Carol Service Sunday 6 December – Ballymore Parish Church tbc
School Development Day Monday 7 December
Christmas Lunch (Pupils) Wednesday 9 or 16 December
Senior Citizens Concert Thursday 10 December (1.30 – 2.50 pm)
Christmas Concert tbc
Year 8 Outing Friday 11 December
Christmas Assembly Tuesday 15 December
School Quiz Wednesday 16 December
Last Day of Term Friday 18 December 2020 (12.00 noon finish with buses)
Year 8 Parents’ Afternoon* Friday 18 December 12.30pm to 2.50pm
School Development Day Monday 21 December
Logging into MySchool first, grants access to most school resources.
i.e. Email, School Files (your documents), Google Suite Apps etc.
To login to Myschool, users should use their normal C2K username in the format
(example: jbloggs123 together with their normal C2K password).
Additionally, please visit our LINKS page where you can find detailed tutorials on accessing
EMAIL, Google Drive/Classroom and your School Files (i.e. documents)
Mid Term Break
Monday 30 October – Friday 3 November incl.
Logon Notes for Office 365 / Google Drive (apps).
Access to Google Apps for Education services is available to users on non-C2k devices either by accessing via MySchool (www.c2kschools.net) or directly via the relevant Google app or website. Where direct access is used (i.e. from outside of school), users should use their C2k username in the format i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org together with their normal C2k password. ( Note the @c2ken and not the usual @c2kni ) CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO