Upcoming Events:

School Year 2017/2018

Tuesday 29th August 2017

Training of Peer Mentor       10:00am – 1:00pm

Staff Planning/Meetings       9:30am – 4:00pm

Wednesday, 30th August 2017

1st Year Students and Peer Mentors                 9:30am to 1:00pm

Parents/Guardians of 1st Years                          9:30am to 10:15am

Staff meet Parents                                                 9:30 am to 10:15am

Staff Planning                                                         10:15am to 4:00pm

Thursday 31st August 2017

School Year 2016/2017 Holidays

October Midterm Break: Close on Friday, 27th October 2017. Reopen on Monday, 6th November 2017.

Christmas Holidays: Close on Friday, 22nd December 2017. Reopen on Monday, 8th January 2018.

February Midterm Break: Close on Friday, 9h February 2018. Reopen on Monday, 19th February 2018.

St. Patrick’s Day Holiday: Closed on Monday 19th March 2018.

Easter Holidays: Close on Friday, 23rd March 2018. Reopen on Monday, 9th April 2018.

May Bank Holiday: Closed on Monday 7th May 2018.

Summer Holidays: Closing on Friday, 1st June 2018.

State Exams: Wednesday 6th June 2018


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At Leaving Cert level, the English course aims to develop:
• The ability to critically analyse information, as preparation for the responsibilities and challenges of adult life
• A respect and appreciation for language used accurately and appropriately, and a competence in a wide range of oral and written language skills;
•   An awareness of the value of literature for widening horizons, for enhancing their sense of cultural identity, and for personal enjoyment.


Why Study English?
•  Universities generally require a student to pass English
•  Leaving Certificate English invites students into rich experiences with language so that they become fluent and thoughtful users of it and more aware of its significance in their lives. It develops a range of literacy and oral skills in a variety of areas, personal, social, and cultural. Students develop a wide range of skills and concepts. These will allow them to interpret and enjoy a range of material so that they become independent learners who can operate independently in the world beyond the school.
•  If English is your subject and you want to further your studies then you have a wide variety in terms of course choice.


What kind of Student would English suit?
Anyone who has ambitions for a career in creative writing, politics, or entertainment sectors. English also forms a key part of journalism courses and good presentation skills will be required for courses in History, Politics and law and almost all other courses.
Students looking to develop and improve their communication skills.


Course Overview
English is a core subject and is compulsory in all schools.

The exams at both higher and ordinary level require students to sit two papers. Junior Cert. results are often a good indication of what level a student should choose for English. A large number of students take English at higher level but should not underestimate the amount of work required to obtain a high grade.


Course Content
Core Elements

Students are required to study the following five designated areas of language in a wide variety of contexts, functions and styles.

1. The Language of Information.
2. The Language of Argument.
3. The Language of Persuasion.
4. The Language of Narration.
5. The Aesthetic use of Language.

•Students are required to study one literary text from a list of prescribed texts.
•Students are required to study three other texts in the Comparative manner, according to the comparative modes prescribed for that year.
•Students are required to study at least six poets from the eight poets prescribed at Higher Level. At Ordinary Level 36 poems are prescribed.

Compulsory elements: At Higher Level a Shakespearean Play must be one of the texts chosen for study on its own or as an element of the Comparative study.


Exam Structure

Paper I Higher and Ordinary Level – 170 mins. – 200 marks.

Section I Three texts – one which is visual – are presented to students on a general Theme. Two sets of questions, an A and a B follow each text. Candidates must answer a question A on one text and a question B on a different text. (100 marks)
Section II (Composing) Candidates must write an extended composition in a specific genre of language from a list of seven choices. (100 marks)

Paper II Higher and Ordinary Level – 200 mins. – 200 marks.

Section I The single text (60 marks)
Section II The Comparative study (70 marks)
Section III Poetry (70 marks)

Higher Level
(i) Unseen poem (20 marks)
(ii) Prescribed poetry (50 marks)


Ordinary Level
(i) Unseen poem (20 marks)
(ii) Four poems will be printed on the exam paper and students must answer questions on one of the four. (50 marks)

Optional Elements: At Ordinary Level the study of a Shakespearean play is optional.


Career Possibilities
English is useful for careers including Speech therapy, Advertising, Broadcasting, Politics, Journalism, Law, Librarian, Teacher, Sales representative and Translator.

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