At Junior Certificate Level in St. Conleth’s, History is still a mandatory subject and well it should be! George Santayana famously warned, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Our bankers and politicians may have ignored this sage advice, but our History students will not be able to plead their ignorance! The coming new Junior Cycle course will make a well-designed curriculum even better with a greater emphasis on primary sources and interactive research.
Leaving Certificate History is a significant step up, as students are expected to complete their own independent research topic and fine-tune both their content knowledge and academic skills over a demanding but rewarding two-year course. It is a heavy workload but there is still time for informed debate in a classroom environment which harkens back to the days of Plato and the Socratic method of learning….sans hemlock!
Mr. Carvill, Subject Co-ordinator notoriously has an incurable case of wanderlust, and he leads his merry troops on various escapades throughout the year. There is the annual First Year History trip to the Irish National Heritage Park in Ferrycarrig, the Third Year trip to Titanic Belfast and shorter trips to our local museums and archives. And our various foreign larks, with Mr. Carvill often at the helm, always have a historical element (alongside the water-slides). There are also the History Teachers Quiz (which we have hosted) and and the famous First Year Castle Competition!
You can refer to the St. Conleth’s History Website for the latest updates.