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Monthly Roundup – November 2020

Form 2 Fuse Programme

The programme, supported by Facebook, consists of six modules, including bullying, cyber bullying and online safety. It is a scenarios type programme and gives students the opportunity to explore how they might deal with bullying issues that may occur within a classroom, a school or online. The main aim of the programme is to increase reporting and reduce levels of bullying in schools.

Creative Schools 2020-2022

Creative Schools is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme to enable the creative potential of every child. This initiative is led by the Arts Council in partnership with the department of Education and Skills and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. We are delighted to be selected to be part of this project for the next two school years and look forward to reporting back to you on our project(s).

Mini Companies

This year, because of COVID 19 restrictions the RSC mini companies cannot avail of the many face to face sales opportunities which previous groups have always enjoyed. Like all businesses, they have had to find new, innovative ways to reach their customers. Look out on social media for information about their wonderful products.


As promised last month, please see the pictures of the new Head Boys and Head Girls. Also pictured are the winners of the TY pupil of the year last year.

2020 TY pupil of the year winners

Head boys and girls

Team Hope Shoe-box Appeal

We are not able to prepare shoe-boxes as we normally would this year. So instead we are holding a fundraiser and going to donate the money online. This year more than ever there will be a need for shoe-boxes. So, if you wish to help this fantastic Christian charity, please visit www.teamhope.ie/christmas-shoebox-appeal.

TY Yoga

The TY class are really enjoyed their Yoga classes. Many thanks to facilitator Ruth O’Dowd for providing the instruction again this year.

Texaco Children’s Art Competition Prize Winner

Congratulations to 3rd year pupil Jasmain Wang who won a special merit award in the national children’s art competition for a beautiful pencil drawing of the Royal School. The judges said the piece was ‘very imaginative and demanded a high level of skill’

Meet our new Foreign Language Assistant

My name is Camille Mazzoni and I am twenty-one years old. I come from Buchelay, a small town near Paris. I was a student at the University of Cergy-Pontoise where I attended an English course called “LLCER” (Foreign and Regional Language, Literature and Civilisation).

Royal School Cavan have welcomed me as a Foreign Language Assistant. I work twelve hours per week at school sometimes on my own with small groups of students (pictured) or with a whole class and a teacher. As a native speaker my role is to share ideas, to spread the French culture, to encourage the students in their projects and to promote the importance of foreign languages.

Having a first experience of teaching in an Irish Post-Primary school would not have been possible without Royal School Cavan. Therefore, I hope that my presence, along with my background, will be a positive addition to the already rich student life and environment of the school.

Monthly Roundup – October 2020

LC 2020 Graduation
The school held an online graduation service on September 24th for the LC class of 2020. This was an opportunity for the school to say farewell to a remarkable group of young adults who have contributed so much to the life of the school and who faced the most challenging of final years. Earlier that day we were delighted to welcome back Nathan Clarke and Sophie Reilly who performed their last duties as Head Boy & Girl be partaking in a tree planting ceremony to mark the occasion.

TY Awards
On October 1st we held the annual TY Awards ceremony in the school. This acknowledged the great achievements of the TY class of 2019/20.  Congratulations to our ‘Spirit of Transition Year’ winner, pictured below. Meanwhile the ‘Overall TY pupil of the year award 2019/20’ and the accompanying Wesley Anderson shield was shared, Rebecca Cherry & Louise Hastings both scoring identical grades & merits. The prospect of attaining these awards has been an excellent motivation for our transition year students since their introduction many years ago.

Deputy Head Boy & Girl
Congratulations and best wishes to Ben Ritchie and Rebecca Cherry who assume the roles of Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl. They will assist Head Boy Jamie Dugdale and Head Girl Katie Dunne this year.

Transition Year News
The TY Class of 2020/21 are well settled into their new year. Covid restrictions have meant some changes this year but the school is still endeavouring to provide as rounded and exciting programme as possible.
Michelle Harding from ‘School of Life’ delivered an Etiquette workshop. They enhanced a number of skills relevant to the workplace and life in general. Things such as tying a tie, setting a table, creating a good first impression, customer care, and much more.
This was a programme where students developed leadership skills concentrating on themes such as listening, adopting a positive attitude and respect. Students will now be certified as facilitators and hopefully can deliver the programme themselves to younger pupils.

Young Enterprise
The Entrepreneurial spirit in the school continues to thrive. This year we have 9 mini companies in TY and 5 in First year. These students will all participate in the National Student Enterprise awards this year.

Charity Donation
Many thanks to the current 2nd year pupils who ran mini companies last year. Despite their business experience being cut short in March, they remained determined to donate some of their hard-earned profits to charity. This month they donated €300 to two local charities, Down Syndrome Ireland and Cavan Palliative care. Well done to all concerned.

Covid 19 regulations
We would like to thank all pupils, staff, parents and the whole school community for their continuing forbearance and support while we implement all the necessary Covid 19 regulations within the school.




Welcome Back!

Acting Principal’s Welcome
I would like to welcome back our staff, students, and their families for the academic year 2020- 2021. It was great to welcome our students back to school in September, we missed them terribly.  I hope that everyone has a good year. I express good wishes to our 46 Form 1 students as they begin their educational adventure in Royal School Cavan.  I also express good wishes to all other students that have joined us into different year groups.

Covid-19 – A Collective Responsibility
We have been preparing our school for the safe return of our students and staff since the end of July. Making the necessary physical changes and re-imagining everything that happens in the school from the moment we open in the morning until lock up time in the evening. I am delighted at how our staff, students and parents have responded to these changes. We are all in this together and the co-operation and assistance of all students and parents/guardians is terrific.

Closing of Boarding House
The Board of Governors, with deep regret, made the very difficult decision last June to close-down the Boarding House at Royal School Cavan.  RSC will now be a day school only.  RSC will continue to maintain what is critically important-the warm RSC welcome and care, the promotion of our core Church of Ireland values, excellence in teaching and learning, our commitment to the individual and the provision of holistic education for all our students

Wi-Fi, ICT & New Classrooms
We are most grateful for the funding received from the DES. This has allowed us to install Wi-Fi throughout the whole school building and purchase 48 Chromebooks. These Chromebooks can be used in any classroom and allow for better integration of ICT in our teaching, learning and assessment. We have also reconfigured the boarding dining hall into a new spacious classroom, reconfigured some of our dormitories into teacher workspaces and a new Learning Support room and finally repurposed our library into a new music room.

Leaving Certificate Results 2020
A huge congratulations to the LC class of 2020 on the outstanding results they received on Monday 7th September. Special mention to Barry Stratford, Rachel Alexander & Nathan Clarke who obtained over 600 points. Remarkably, 40% of the year group achieved over 500 points.  We thank them very much for all the positive contributions they have made during their time at RSC and we wish them every success in the future.

Teaching Staff Changes
We welcome Ms. Henry (Maths) and Ms Bates (English & French) to our teaching staff. We also extend a very warm welcome to our French Language Assistant for this school year, Ms. Mazzoni. We also thank Mr. Lindsay for the massive contribution he has made at RSC over many years and we wish him well in the future.

Sports Hall
We were delighted to receive confirmation of funding to build a Sports Hall on the school grounds last year. Significant work was carried out by the architects at the DES building unit on this project during the early part of the summer. We are hopeful that work will commence soon.

Creative Schools Project
We are delighted to report that RSC was selected to be part of the Creative School Project for this academic year. We hope to give you regular reports on this project throughout the school year.

Cyber Bullying & Internet Safety Seminars
Cyber Bullying & Internet Safety are two of the biggest concerns facing both parents and students in the modern age. All Year Groups took part in a seminar on Internet Safety and Cyber Bullying in mid-September. The topics covered included Cyber bullying, leaving an on-line footprint, internet predators, knowing your on-line friends, dangers of apps, social media privacy, reputation damage.  A parental seminar was also held on Thursday 17th September prior to the Parents’ Association AGM.

Leaving Cert Subjects
We are delighted to introduce LC Business as a new subject to our senior cycle curriculum this year.

Head Boy & Head Girl
We wish Jamie Dugdale and Katie Dunne every success in their role as Head Boy and Head Girl.

Open Day/Night
Due to current circumstances we are unable to hold our traditional Open day & Open night. However we do intend to host a virtual/online information evening on October 5th  2020 for prospective pupils and their parents. Look out for further details on our website and on local media.

Student Admissions 2021-2022
We will be accepting applications from Monday 5th to Friday 23rd October. Application forms can be downloaded from our website www.royalschoolcavan.ie/admissions

SEC Grants
Information on the Protestant Block Grant Scheme can be found at www.secgrant.ie.


Year Groups will return as follows:

Monday 31st August at 8:40 a.m. school opens for Form 2, Form 3 & TY
Tuesday 1st September at 8:40 a.m. school opens for Form 1, Form 6 and Prefects
Wednesday 2nd September at 8:40 a.m. school opens for ALL PUPILS

COVID-19 Information:

COVID-19 Response Plan for the safe and sustainable reopening of Royal School Cavan

COVID-19 Policy Statement

Government Information for Parents on the reopening of Schools

Our school endeavours to nurture students’ gifts and talents in a learning community that is supportive, inclusive and creative. Everyone is encouraged to achieve their full academic and personal potential, while developing habits that instil lifelong learning, guided by our Christian ethos.

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