Educating the ‘whole child’ is a responsibility which we take very seriously at St. Conleth’s. Each student receives personal supervision and training and is encouraged to participate in intellectual, artistic and athletic pursuits.
Excellent academic achievement is, of course, at the core of St. Conleth’s success. A sensible curriculum which allows for substantial choice and variety is expertly run by a staff which exudes the perfect blend of experience and enthusiasm. We are perfectly placed to implement the new Junior Cycle, of which the phasing-in process has already begun. Our staff are already planning for the significant changes which this new regime will usher in, particularly regarding the wider choice in subjects and the use of continued assessment. In keeping with the school’s ethos, subjects are not streamed except for Irish and Math in exam years, and the favourable pupil/teacher ratio allows for smaller classes and greater personal attention.
A study logbook is maintained throughout the year to encourage a healthy and productive habit of regular revision. The optional, supervised After-school Study, from 3:30-5:30, has proven very popular with both pupils and parents. Fifth and Sixth Years also attend intensive study-skill seminars and individual guidance sessions.
The objective of these study strategy sessions, and our intensive academic programme as a whole, is not merely to maximize the point-taking on the Leaving Certificate. Our Sixth Years do finish at or near the top of the table each year, but just as importantly, we are confident that they are leaving us for courses and careers which suit their individual talents and interests.
This is an exciting time to be beginning Senior School as the new Junior Cycle begins to take effect. In English, Irish, Science and Business Studies, First Years will be part of the new Junior Cycle with its more interactive and practical syllabi and the development of continuous assessment. Each subject teacher will explain the details but rest assured that this is a beneficial development for students, a ‘best of both worlds’ scenario, where a student’s in-term work earns more credit yet there is still a cumulative exam.
The curriculum includes all of the following core subjects:
Students will also take three of the following subjects including at least one modern language:
- Visual Art
Non-examinable subjects that are part of the curriculum are:
- CSPE (Civic, Social and Political Education)
- RE (Religious Education)
- SPHE (Social, Personal and Health Education)
- PE (Physical Education)
In accordance with the new Junior Cycle, there will also be ‘short courses’ offered. Chinese and Computer Coding are two popular examples.
St. Conleth’s is able to maintain the academy-like ethos and atmosphere of a small school while offering an impressive number of subjects at the Leaving Certificate level.
All students take:
- Religion (non-exam)
Students choose four or five subjects from:
- Applied Maths
- Classical Studies
Choice groupings are determined solely by student interest but we always arrange the choices so that the linguistically talented can take both French and Spanish and the budding scientist can take Biology, Chemistry and Physics.