Yes, the terrible beauty of the new Junior Cycle has been born… but to be honest, things really have not changed much. All the traditional subjects are gradually switching over to their new Junior Cycle versions, with more student-centred and skills-activities and more continuous assessment, but the three ‘Rs’ are still the heart of the curriculum and good teachers are still good teachers and young people are still, given the chance, eager to learn. Some of those eager learners can be seen below, in the familiar environs of the front steps of 28 Clyde Road, totting up the plentiful As, Bs and ‘Merits’ and a good few ‘Distinctions’, to boot! From the days of the old Intermediate Certificate, through the glory days of the Junior Certificate, and now at the dawn of the Junior Cycle, St. Conleth’s has always given these state examinations their due reverence, and the students their due preparation, and we have celebrated on those steps with many cohorts of exam-takers over the years, but we also know there is more to school than exams, and more to a child than results, and it is this more inclusive and holistic approach that is at the heart of our school. By now those certificates have been framed or filed away, and the TYs are getting on with some of that ‘holistic’ education under the guidance of TY Co-Ordinater Alan Trenier. They have already been adventuring in Carlingford, sailing in Dun Laoghaire and treading the boards with drama guru Seamus Gallagher. Stay tuned for more!