Business and Humanities
Students at junior and senior cycle develop their skills and creativity while working in a variety of fields such as drawing, painting, sculpture, clay modelling, pottery, graphic design and printing. Students are commended and encouraged by our art teachers who regularly place students work on display in the school.The department aims to foster an appreciation of art and creative visual work. In recent years students have had the opportunity of meeting and working with professional video and ceramic artists through our Artist-in-Residence projects.
This subject gives students an in-depth knowledge and understanding of
a range of different topics which are invaluable to everyday living.These include the study of consumer rights, employment laws, the EU, money management and the national economy.Through case studies and practical activities students examine international businesses such as Coca Colaand Kerry Group, as well as the importance of marketing and advertising. Students of Business are encouraged to participate in the annual Kerry County Enterprise Board competition which involves setting up a mini- company thus showing innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. TCC business department has a successful track record in this area.
English is mandatory and presented in classes of mixed ability.The school library provides suitable reading materials, for all abilities and interests, to support in-class instruction.The English Department are committed to the development of literacy levels while nurturing a love of language and literature.To this end, students engage in a wide range of initiatives at both junior and senior cycle.These initiates include the Writers-in Residence scheme, paired reading, experiential trips to theatre,‘Word Millionaire Challenge’,‘Drop Everything and Read Day’to name but a few. In keeping with objective of academic and practical appreciation for literature our junior cycle classes of English published an anthology of poetry and prose called ‘The Write Stuff ’ and a sequel entitled ‘The Next Instalment’ which has been extremely well received in writing circles.
Studying another language helps students to understand the experienceof others and studying French can assist in making you a true citizen of the world. Songs, films and letters from our French correspondents bring some of the colour of this living language into the classroom. Students gain experience of French language and culture while practising the four key skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in French for junior and senior cycle.
Roinn na Gaeilge strives to assist students to develop effective communication skills- oral, aural and written- in the Irish language. Students are encouraged to develop an interest in the Irish language as an integral part of Irish culture and heritage.We use a communicative approach in keeping with the welcome changes to the curriculum and assessment of the language at both junior and senior cycle.Therefore, we employ modern technologies in our delivery of lessons.We foster a positive working environment in the delivery of our lessons, Creidimid ‘Mol an oige agus tiocfaidh sí’.
History is the study of the experience of human life in the past.The course introduces the students to the work of the historian and to the sources and procedures that historians use to find out about the past. It provides the learner with a rich tapestry of past events, issues and ways of life throughout the ages with a focus on key developments, not least, its coverage of the twentieth century.
Religion is offered as a non-examination based subject where the emphasis is placed on understanding and appreciating what others believe. Diverse Religious beliefs are investigated and students learn what and why people believe and how these beliefs influence their own lives, the lives of others and the world around us.
Mathematics and Sciences
The use of numbers is an integral part of our daily lives and this is emphasised more by the new Project Maths syllabus which aims to help students to understand the relevance of mathematical concepts to everyday scenarios. Our maths rooms have interactive white boards which assists the successful implementation of the Project Maths syllabus. Students’confidence in maths, at junior and senior level, is increased through group work, problem solving and investigations.A solid foundation in maths is vital for progress in many other disciplines, from Business, Science, and Woodwork to Technical Graphics.
CIVIC, SOCIAL, POLITICAL EDUCATION (CSPE)
A Junior Certificate subject promotes active citizenship in the community. Students learn to appreciate the society in which they live in a familial, school, community, national and international context.This mandatory subject aims to develop active students and citizens with a keen sense of belonging based on human rights and social responsibilities.
This area is concerned with the study of people and their environment. Through their study of Geography at Junior and senior cycle students develop skills that help them make informed decision about issues at local, national and international level.The study of Geography develops a variety of skills such as investigative, information gathering, map reading and social study skills. Students put their geographical skills into practice through field trips and project work.The study of Geography provides students with a lifelong love of their natural and cultural environment.
This subject area teaches students to take care of themselves, others, the home and the environment. Home Economics is relevant to the present and future of every young person.There are theoretical and practical aspects
to the study of Home Economics. Practical elements include cookery, craft, textiles and childcare projects. Home Economics is offered to both Junior and Leaving Certificate.
Science to Junior Certificate level is offered in three main components; Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Biology includes the study of the human body, animals, plants, ecology and micro-organisms.
Chemistry provides a better understanding of the substances that make up the world and ways in which these substances combine to make chemical reactions to form new substances.
Physics investigates properties such as volume, shape and weight while also examining topics such as energy, light, heat and electricity.These science subjects are taught as individual subject areas to the Leaving Certificate, Biology and Physics are offered.
Materials Technology Wood, better known as Woodwork, is about the study of wood and other materials.The students learn how to design and make useful items using hand and power tools under the supervision of teacher and to varnish and polish the items before taking them home. Developing the students’ coordination forms
an integral part of the course where great emphasis is placed on acquiring new skills in a safe and friendly environment. Students’self-confidence grows as they see their designs develop form the drawing boards or C.A.D. sheets onto the workbench where
is marked out and worked into a well-finished piece for display. Assessment consists of a project and supporting portfolio which accounts for up to 50% of the final Junior Certificate grade.There is a natural progression from Materials Technology Wood to the more advanced Leaving Certificate Construction Studies course.
This is a technology based subject which has a strong practical element. Students learn skills in machining, soldering, brazing, forging, welding and decorative metal work which enables them to assemble various components and projects while also using electronics to operate their projects. Students focus on the study and manipulation of materials such as aluminium, copper, brass, steel, acrylic andother plastics.The Metal work room used has state of the art equipment. Following successful completion of the Junior Certificate programme, students may progress to the study of Engineering for Leaving Certificate.
This subject area can be described as a universal language; it is the language of technology. If you can understand a drawing it allows you to understand ideas and plans better than in the verbal context. Students of this subject are given opportunities to express their ideas using drawings and free hand sketches, notations and symbols. There is progressive development and monitoring of hand-eye coordination while students familiarise themselves in the use of draughting equipment. A basic introduction to C.A.D. Solidworks is taught in the specially –equipped Design and Communications Graphics room while enables students to progress to the D.C.G. Leaving Certificate programme with greater confidence.
Junior Cycle Applied Technology aims to develop the students’ curiosity of the technological world while integrating the necessary subject knowledge with the disciplinary skills to investigate and solve real-life problems.
Physical and Mental Health Education
These classes are designed to assist students to make informed choices about their lives appropriate to their age and stage of development and to make smooth transitions based on these choices.The focus to the Guidance class is subject choice, level, exam preparation and techniques, decision making, study skills, self-awareness and progression to third level and further training.
Junior and Senior cycle students participate in the Physical Education programme.We offer aquatics, adventure activities, dance, gymnastics, games and health-related fitness.Additional rich- task events have proven to be extremely successful in recent years, from orienteering in Ballyseede Woods, to athletics in An Ríocht Athletics’Track, to spike ball tournaments. Such tasks have improved students’fitness and confidence and will continue to flourish into the future