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New International Students 2020/21

Dear Student, Parent and Guardian

The Covid-19 Pandemic has affected every corner of society, on a global scale this year, and has created such uncertainty with schools and businesses closing, and non-essential air travel being suspended indefinitely. The King's Hospital School has been closed by government mandate since Thursday March 12th, which was a very difficult day for us; saying goodbye to our students from Ireland and abroad, not knowing when we would see them again. We knew that a shutdown was inevitable so we had been planning to take our classes online. 

Academic and Extra-Curricular Classes have since been delivered by online taught engagement and through Google classroom assignments. However what sounds good in theory does not always reflect reality and we remain aware of the challenges we all face. Parents and children confined to home, working and studying side by side, is not going to be easy, with limitations on space, resources, and WiFi. Families like yourselves, on our staff, and in our parent community; continue to work in frontline or essential services, while some of you have experienced illness, bereavement and job loss.

We hope that you are all doing well, wherever you are, and know that we are thinking of you at this time. I have really enjoyed my SKYPE interviews with you since the outbreak began. It has been so enlightening to learn about your personal experiences and how you and your communities are coping with the restrictions, some in place since January. I have been so impressed by your resilience and acceptance of all that is happening, while having such a positive attitude. International students are such a vibrant and integral part of our school ethos and community and we really look forward to welcoming you soon.

Warm regards and best wishes,.

Síle Jio

Admissions Manager

This page is specifically for our new International-based students joining us for the first time in the Academic term, August, 2020. Here we will keep you updated on Ireland's response to the Covid-19 pandemic, school reopening dates and the restructuring of our school calendar for 2020/21. We will upload any relevant school communications; book and uniform lists, changes to meeting dates, extra-curricular information and travel scheme to this page. Please email us at KHadmissions@thekingshospital.ie with any questions, feedback or suggestions.

Government Mandated closures, movement restrictions and deferral of state exams

Although the government is hopeful that schools will reopen at the end of August there is no confirmation yet on the resumption of air travel or if inbound visitors will be required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival. We are in frequent discussions with education bodies to collectively plan how we might reopen a boarding school as a safe and healthy environment for students and staff.

March 12th - all school buildings closed and remote learning to take place

March 24th - all non-essential workers to work from home and non-essential businesses to close until April 19th

March 29th - school and business closures extended until April 19th

April 10th - State exams due to take place in June deferred and restructured

April 19th - School and business closures extended until May 5th

May 5th - Business closures and movement restrictions extended to May 18th. Primary and secondary schools will not reopen until the start of the new academic year 

May 8th - The Leaving Certificate State Exam will not take place on the rescheduled date of July 29th. Students will be awarded Calculated Grades for access to Third Level Education.

May 1st The Irish government announced a ROADMAP of reopening society and business. The full version of the ROADMAP is available to download as well as a single page OVERVIEW of the 5 reopening phases. The reopening phases are dependent on public health advice at each phase. We will update this is page at each phase.  The phase dates are:

  • Phase 1 - May 18th - is allowed to proceed
  • Phase 2 - June 8th
  • Phase 3 - June 29th
  • Phase 4 - July 20th
  • Phase 5 - August 10th

Government ROADMAP for reopening society and business 1-5-20.pdf

Government OVERVIEW of reopening society and business 1-5-20.pdf

Reopening phases Ireland Stage 1-5.jpg

Communications

Here are a list of FAQs about the start of school as of 22-5-20. Start of School FAQs 22-5-20_0.pdf This will be updated frequently throughout the summer as more information becomes available.

We have collated a number of helpful academic and well-being resources on our Covid-19 Support page. Even though book lists will not be finalised until June we recommend that you download e-books that were for the Academic year 2019/20 as they are currently free to access and will give you an idea of the curriculum that students will be studying in Form 1, 2, 4 and 5. 

Booklists

Download free eSchool books

TY Information Booklet updated for 2020/21 but subject to change.

Information & Forms to come - some dependent on government mandates

  • End-August meeting and start dates
  • Guardian meeting date
  • Airport Travel Scheme
  • Booklists
  • Uniform list
  • Class timetables
  • Extra-curricular Booklet & sign up forms
  • International Student Handbook
  • Updated school calendar
  • Database form
  • Irish exemption form
  • Medical booklet 
  • Image consent form
  • New International Students 2020/21