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 in 2015 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.

First Year

The core curriculum for First Year 2015/2016 include all of the following Mandatory Core Curriculum Subjects:

  • English
  • Irish
  • Maths
  • French
  • History
  • Science
  • Geography
  • Religious Education
  • CSPE
  • SPHE
  • PE

First Years will also take all of the following subjects, and chose to continue some of them in Second Year:

  • Latin
  • Spanish
  • Business
  • Music
  • Art

Second and Third Years

In Second Year, all students will continue with the core subjects and pick two from Latin, Spanish, Business and Music.
Art can be continued in Second Year after school on Wednesday afternoons and in Third Year on Monday afternoons. Link to Art Letter

In accordance with the new Junior Cycle, there will also be ‘short courses’ offered. Chinese and Computer Coding are two popular examples.