What is the fee structure?
How many pupils will there be in each class and how will they be organised?
One hundred pupils are accepted into First Year. Places are allocated according to our Admissions/Enrolment Policy which is available on our website. Pupils are divided into 4 groups of 25 each. Each class has a tutor teacher with special responsibility for her/his class. A Year Head has responsibility for the entire First Year. In addition each First Year pupil is appointed a “cara” or friend who is a member of Sixth Year and who will take on the role of older sister to her charge, to ease the settling in process.
Will our daughter be in the same class as her friend?
Pupils are placed in classes at random. When a number of pupils from the same primary school enter the school together, an effort is made to place at least two in the same class. It is not possible, however, to guarantee that particular friends will be in the same group. Pupils are urged to mix freely and to make a number of friends in their new school.
What subjects are studied by First Year pupils?
Entrants in 2016/2017 will study for the new Junior Cycle Student Award. Subjects on offer include English, Irish, Maths, History, Geography, Religious Education, Science, P.E., French, German, Spanish, Home Economics, Business, Art, Music and I.T.
Are pupils streamed?
In First Year all classes are of mixed ability.
From Second Year onwards, classes in Mathematics and Irish are “set” i.e. pupils are graded according to ability and classes of all levels run concurrently to enable movement when necessary. Levels are decided based on performance during First Year.
How are subjects decided upon for the Junior Cycle Student Award?
As pupils approach the end of First Year, they are consulted about their desired choice of subjects for the Junior Certificate. Bands are drawn up based on the wishes of the majority.
Is learning support provided for those who need it?
If a pupil has a known learning difficulty, the school should be advised of this, so that learning support can be provided. Tests administered by the school during First Year may pick up difficulties undetected until this point. Should this happen parents will be advised accordingly. Learning support may necessitate a pupil’s withdrawal from class for individual or small group tuition.
Is Guidance & Counselling provided?
Our Guidance Counsellors are available for all students and a comprehensive guidance and counselling programme is an integral part of the school’s curriculum. Guidance Counsellors meet all first year students.
What sports are played in the school?
First Years are encouraged to play a sport. While P.E. is part of the curriculum, sports take place after school and/or on Saturday mornings. Hockey and basketball are the two most popular sports in the school and table tennis, athletics and soccer are all available in season. The new Sports hall allows us to increase the number of sports activities on offer.
What other extra-curricular activities are available?
First Year pupils are encouraged to involve themselves in a range of extra-curricular activities.
- Creative Writing Club
- Irish Club
- History Club
- Science Club
- Debating – English, Irish and German
- Model United Nations
- Justice and Peace Group
- Green Schools Group
- Young Entrepreneurs Scheme
Pupils with musical ability are encouraged to join one of our musical groups. While choir is part of the curriculum, we also have a Special Choir which competes in the All Island School Choir Competition and an Orchestra. Additionally, members of the Folk Group meet at lunchtime on a voluntary basis.
For detailed information visit our Extra-Curricular page.
Is supervised study provided?
Supervised study is available until 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. according to choice. However, since the longer school day combined with a variety of new subjects often proves tiring for First Years, they are not encouraged to stay for supervised study, except when exceptional family circumstances dictate it.
What do pupils do during lunchtime?
All pupils other than Sixth Years remain in school for morning break and during lunch. Pupils are encouraged to bring healthy food and drink for break times. Microwaves are available. Fresh sandwiches, soup, pastas and drinks can be purchased in school if desired.
What is the length of the school day?
Classes begin at 8.55 a.m. There is a short break from 10.55 to 11.10 a.m. Lunchtime runs from 12.30 p.m. to 1.10 p.m. for 1st Years. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays school finishes at 3.10 p.m. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, classes finish at 3.50 p.m.
How is contact maintained between school and parents?
Every pupil has a journal which provides for a brief correspondence between teachers and parents. Formal Parent/Teacher meetings are held once a year. Written reports are issued each term. A Newsletter is circulated approximately once a term. The website contains updated information on the school.