A brief note from the History Department on Mothers Day.
As we live through these centenary years, who could have imagined we would share similar experiences to our ancestors who lived through the War of Independence. Both generations experienced and are experiencing restrictions to our freedom and fear for our safety and our future. In Ireland a hundred years ago, many of the young men were risking their safety and had to stay away from their homes to avoid capture. Many women, girls and boys also put themselves in danger by volunteering for Cumann na mBan and as scouts for active IRA volunteers. Many families also put themselves at risk by providing shelter, food and supplies for the volunteers while they were on the run. Similarly, to the volunteers a hundred years ago, we implore you to stay away from home if you have elderly parents, a difficult undertaking especially today on Mother’s day. We ask that you volunteer your time where possible and we appeal to you to show kindness to neighbours and friends who are struggling during these uncertain times.
As per direction from the Department of Education and Skills, Ballincollig Community School is closed as and from 6pm on Thursday, 12th March until the 29th March 2020.
This means that there will be no access to the school building from the time of the shutdown.
The Microsoft 365 platform will be used by teachers to liaise with pupils. If any students have any difficulty with their Microsoft 365 accounts, including email, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, using a different account, and we will respond.
All students and those doing state examinations in 2020 will have the full support of the school during this time. Students should work through the normal school day and use this valuable time as they would in the classroom. Teachers will continue to work with 3rd, 5th and 6th year students throughout the two weeks.
We wish all our families well – stay safe and stay well.