Piper's Hill College

Letter from Principal 17/12/21

Letter from Principal 17/12/21

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

As we approach the end of the school term I would like to take the opportunity to wish you and your families a restful, peaceful and healthy Christmas break.

It seems like a very long time since we reopened the schools at the end of August. We were so hopeful that this year would see us returning to some kind of normality. We have worked hard to restore the whole school experience of Pipers Hill College for all of our students.

However, the challenges continue and we are still asking you to keep your young people home from school if they are unwell.

Covid continues to pose many challenges to the running of schools. The biggest for us in Pipers Hill has been teacher supply and managing up to 10% staff absences each day. This is not unique to us and is replicated in schools throughout the country.

We have been doing our very best to ensure continuity of teaching and learning for our students and that will continue to be a priority for us.

On the positive side, student homework and class work continues to be available on Google Classroom to ensure students can keep up to date with work at all times.

Another aspect of school life that has gone ahead is the return to extra curricular activities. We asked teachers back in September to reactivate extra curricular activities and they have been very generous with their time. Students have been representing the school through basketball, soccer, Gaelic, camogie, show jumping, athletics, volleyball. We have students attending homework club, maths club, book club, blogging.

We have prioritised students having a holistic and full experience of 2nd level. We strongly encourage students to get involved in the life of the school both in and outside the classroom. This helps build a sense of belonging and is important for student wellbeing and good mental health.

May I take the opportunity to thank those parents who have supported the return to extra curricular through the sponsorship of kit,we are very appreciative of your support.

While we do not know what the new year holds in store, we do know that we will continue to provide the best possible educational experience for your young people. We will continue to engage through Zoom for our Parent/ teacher meetings and while it is not possible to gather in person for information evenings we will continue to engage with you through webinar.

Important upcoming events are 5th year subject choice and incoming 1st year assessment and subject choice, we will be in contact with details closer to the time.

A brief reminder of our Mobile Phone Policy - students are not permitted to have or use mobile phones during the school day. They should only contact you through the school office if they are unwell while in school.It is quite disruptive of teaching and learning and a health and safety issue if your young person contacts you directly to leave the school whether by email or text. So we respectfully remind you that if you need to collect or if your young person needs to leave school during the day, they should have a note in their journal, signed by their year head,and all contact should be through the school office only.

Please feel free to make contact with the Year Head if you have any concerns for your young person. We also remind you that the Deputy Principals take care of 2 year groups each:

1st and 2nd year - Ms. Harkin

3rd and TY - Mr McDonald

5th and 6th year- Ms. Dalton

Appointments may be made through the school office 045 897885

We are slightly changing our arrangements for next week. The Talent Show will now be shown on Tuesday afternoon and school will finish for 1st,2nd, 3rd, TY and 5th years at 3.50pm.

There will be study for any 6th year wishing to avail of it on Wednesday morning from 9am to 12pm.

School will reopen for all students on Thursday 6th of January.

Finally, while we can not know what is ahead, I would like to assure you that the education of your young people is our priority and that as ever, we will continue to do our very best for them in the weeks and months ahead.

Your ongoing support is greatly appreciated in keeping unwell students at home, encouraging correct mask wearing and compliance with all health and safety measures in place in the school for the safety of the entire school community.

All good wishes to you and your family for Christmas and the New Year.

We hope you can take time out of your busy lives to spend time together over the break. We look forward to working with you in the New Year.

All good wishes,

Caroline Herity


May 26
Summer Tests 1st -5th Years
May 30
TY Work Experience
Link Modules Written Examination The written examination in this subject takes place on Wednesday 4th May (10.00 – 12.30). Students should attend as normal in full uniform for tutorial at 8.52.
Naas, Co Kildare, Ireland
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