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Minister Simon Harris visits Ardscoil Mhuire to deliver a CAO lesson



Minister Harris is introduced to Ardscoil Mhuire students by Ms Bríd Herbert, Principal

Minister Simon Harris visits Ardscoil Mhuire to deliver a CAO lesson

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Minister Simon Harris, Ciara Grimes (Head Girl), Kayleigh Downey (Deputy-Head Girl), and Ms Bríd Herbert (Principal)

Ardscoil Mhuire’s Senior Cycle students appreciated the recent visit of Minister Harris, who came to the school to highlight changes to the CAO process.  The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science met with a group of Fifth Year students and gave generously of his time to explain, and take questions on, a CAO applications system that seeks to place inclusivity and equity at its heart. The students found the experience both informative and reassuring.

The changes to the CAO applications’ system and website are visionary; for the first time ever, information on the full range of options will be available to students when they log on to the CAO website, including further education, training, and apprenticeships. Though applications to further education will continue to be made through the traditional channels, further changes will allow students to apply directly through the CAO website next year.

Minister Harris, speaking after the event: “I was delighted to visit Ardscoil Mhuire today to speak to the students about the options now available on the CAO website.

“For the first time, the 2022 CAO application launch provided Leaving Certificate school leaver’s information on FET (including PLCs), a link to Apprenticeship information and employment opportunities and the opportunity to apply for these courses.

“It’s really important that students know that there are so many options out there for them to become trained in the career they want to pursue.

“My Department and I are focussed on ensuring all students, parents and guardians, teachers and guidance counsellors have a clear understanding of FET and apprenticeship opportunities, including the more direct pathways they can provide into employment for learners, as well as the pathways for progression into Higher Education.”

The Senior Cycle students of Ardscoil Mhuire will be carefully considering their next steps in life, under the guidance of their teachers. The expanded CAO process that Minister Harris has overseen will present all students with a myriad of possibilities for their life after secondary school.  Bríd Herbert, Principal of Ardscoil Mhuire, praised Minister Harris’s work on the CAO process as being “reflective of [his] commitment to inclusion and equity in education” and deeply in line with Ardscoil Mhuire’s own cherished values.

Ardscoil Mhuire is a CEIST school whose mission is to ensure that all students are valued and assisted to reach their full academic and personal potential. The staff and students live this mission daily by their commitment to excellence in all that they do. For Ardscoil Mhuire, the future is bright. School management is currently working closely with the Department of Education on a new and exciting building project. This new school development will allow the school to continue to offer the very best to all students and the community which it serves, now and into the future.

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