Long-Term Projected Enrolment (LTPE) sanctioned for St Paul’s Community College, Waterford for 1000 pupils (WWETB Press Release 23 Feb 2021)

Long-Term Projected Enrolment (LTPE) sanctioned for

St. Paul’s Community College, Waterford for 1,000 pupils

 

Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board (WWETB) is delighted to announce that St. Paul’s Community College in Waterford City has been approved as a 1,000-pupil school following successful negotiations between WWETB and the Department of Education.

The matter has been considered at recent meetings of the school board of management. News of the Department’s agreement, to carry out preparatory work on the facilities required for the extension to commence immediately has been welcomed.

This is very exciting news for St. Paul’s Community College with the prospect of outstanding classroom facilities being added to the school. This building project will assist in managing the expected increase of students who will require second level places in Waterford City over the next few years.

WWETB Press Release

23 February 2021

Remote Teaching and Learning Update for Parents/Guardians

Remote Teaching & Learning – January 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I hope that you and your families are keeping safe and well in these uncertain times. As you are aware, schools will move to a remote teaching & learning model for the remainder of the month of January. Although not ideal, we accept that it is a necessary measure to assist in reducing the level of infections nationwide which is a cause of huge concern.

On Monday, January 11th, we will hold a staff meeting remotely to finalise plans for the coming weeks. Consequently, your son/daughter will not have any contact with their teachers on that day.

As part of the delivery of remote learning, teachers and students will only interact using the school approved platform, Microsoft Teams. Please note that students will not have online classes throughout each school day – a blend of face-to-face teaching; setting of learning activities & tasks; pre-recorded sessions; PowerPoint presentations and student independent work (e.g. project work) will be used. This will vary from year to year and from subject to subject. Furthermore, a temporary Remote Learning Timetable (available on the school website from Monday evening) has been compiled for each year group so that students can structure each day accordingly. We are acutely aware that the availability of broadband and devices in each household will impact on each students’ ability to engage, as such, it is very important that students email their Year Head if they encounter such difficulties or if they cannot log in to their school account.

Year Head email addresses:

1st Year – keithbailey@wwetb.ie

2nd Year – sandrahennessy@wwetb.ie

3rd Year – tinawoods@wwetb.ie

4th Year – michellebrowne@wwetb.ie

5th Year (LC & LCA) – maiokeeffe@wwetb.ie

6th Year (LC) – lindacusack@wwetb.ie

6th Year (LCA) – annbarron@wwetb.ie

Students are reminded that all school policies, notably the Code of Behaviour and the Acceptable Use Policy, apply during these online lessons. As the virtual classroom provides an opportunity for face-to-face interaction and participation, students are reminded of best practice i.e. a quiet location, appropriate dress; no personal information visible in the background etc. Students are asked to follow teacher guidance in relation to submitting homework and assignments and should contact the subject teacher directly on Teams before 5pm if they run into difficulty.

All students are reminded that no recording or screenshots of the virtual lesson should be made by any means. This is to respect the privacy and personal data of all – students and teachers. The recording and onward sharing of personal data is unlawful. All online communication should be respectful to everyone.

We in school appreciate your support to ensure that the best learning outcomes are achieved for our students. Please encourage your son/daughter to avoid the negative influence of social media – unhelpful speculation about infections, exams etc. We will continue to provide Learning Support and Guidance support to all students and will communicate directly with students on their Teams platform in relation to this.

If you need to contact the school by phone, our admin staff are currently working from home and can be contacted on 0873616270. We will update you as more information becomes available over the coming weeks. In the meantime, take care and stay safe.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Fiona McDonnell

On-Line Learning

 

In accordance with Government advice student’s in all years will move to On-Line Learning from Monday 11th January. Parents and students are advised to check in on the “On-Line Learning Resources” section of this website for advice and resources. All students are urged to engage as fully as possible in all work set by the teachers in TEAMS. A student’s guide to using TEAMS has been published by Ms Cahill and is available in the “On-Line Learning Resources” tab of this website. Year Head’s have drafted suggested timetables to help their students work and study at home. These are available now on this website – or click here Suggested Timetables.

Deferred Re-opening – Message from Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Happy New Year!

I hope you are all safe and well. As you are aware, in line with the Government announcement, the Christmas Holidays have been extended until Monday January 11th  2021. We are monitoring any further developments and / or changes that may come about and we will update you accordingly.

In the meantime please stay safe.

Best wishes,

Fiona McDonnell,

Principal

Wall of Sound in ASD St. Paul’s Community College

The Wall of Sound is a collaboration between St Paul’s Transition Year Students, Creative Ireland and Waterford Walls. The idea was to create an area that represents Sound, in our new sensory garden in our new ASD extension. The concept was developed by St Paul’s students and the Waterford walls artist, Magda.
Magda ran a wonderful workshop with the students before they began to put their ideas on the wall. The outcome is the beautiful and bright mural that is the first installation of what will be a wonderful garden that stimulates all the senses for our ASD students to enjoy.
Below are some photos taken on the day as students and Waterford Walls designed and painted our new Wall of Sound