Life Learning for Open Evening Thursday September 27 2018 6pm - 8pm - Creagh College
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www.creaghcollege.com Learning for Open Evening Thursday September 27 th 2018 life 6pm - 8pm A new world of 21st century learning
PRINCIPAL’S ADDRESS Welcome to Creagh College. I am proud to introduce our school to you and hope that this prospectus will give you an insight into the special qualities of Creagh College and the outstanding all-round education we offer. Choosing a secondary school for your child is one of the most important decisions that you will make in terms of his/her education and career. We are very aware of the importance of a smooth transition for prospective students from primary to secondary school. In this regard, our first year students are supported from their first day in school by peer mentors who assist them in settling into school life at Creagh College. Our comprehensive induction programme MISSION ensures our new students settle-in quickly into a happy, caring and respectful I am delighted to announce that we STATEMENT atmosphere where all students can achieve are one of only three schools in Ireland their full potential. It is through the delivery selected to offer the new Leaving Creagh College believes in of a quality education service coupled Certificate PE and Leaving Certificate the provision of a POSITIVE with a strong emphasis on pastoral care Computer Science subjects (see page7). learning experience that and positive discipline that makes Creagh We are also offering the new Politics nurtures MUTUAL RESPECT College a school where our students can and Society programme as a Leaving and personal RESPONSIBILITY effectively learn, grow and thrive Certificate subject this year. Our fifth within a SAFE, fair and CARING year students will begin studying these environment. At Creagh College we encourage academic subjects this September and this will bring excellence by creating an environment We are committed to the an entirely new, modern dimension to where learning is encouraged and pursuit of excellence in all of education and open new avenues for the fostered. The school provides a diverse our activities. futures of Creagh College students. range of educational experiences that are challenging and fulfilling. Our dedicated Creagh College is a safe and secure and energetic teachers are encouraged environment for girls and boys to learn to adopt a student-centred approach and grow academically, emotionally and to education. This ensures that each personally. I would strongly encourage individual student’s needs are catered for parents and prospective students to in the school. We believe in empowering visit our school and experience it for and equipping students to achieve their yourselves. I look forward to welcoming potential whatever their aptitude. A great you in person at our Open Evening on emphasis is placed on the social, spiritual September 27th 2018 at 6pm. Enrolment period begins and personal development of students Thursday September 27th outside of the academic sphere of the 2018. classroom. There is a vast range of after- Enrolment period ends 4pm school activities in which all students are Friday October 12th 2018. encouraged to participate. The school is committed to the development and Open Evening: Thursday care of each and every person in our Declan O’Toole September 27th 6pm-8pm. school community, where respect for one Creagh College another is held in the highest regard.
ABOUT CREAGH COLLEGE Creagh College is a co-educational post-primary school. Every student is a valued member of our community and we ensure that they are given every opportunity to develop their full potential. Students of Creagh College thrive because they are supported, encouraged, cared for and feel a real sense of belonging. 4
WHY CHOOSE CREAGH COLLEGE? EXCELLENCE IN STUDENT CARE • Excellent pastoral care system which ensures a smooth transfer to second level education. • Positive Affirmation Committee which focusses on rewarding positive behaviour. • Wellness Wednesday which focusses on the wellbeing of the school community. • Restorative practice creates a culture of positive relationships. • Students stay on campus throughout the college day. • Award winning healthy school canteen which demonstrates our commitment to our healthy eating policy. EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AND LEARNING • Excellent State Examination results. • Excellent team of teachers. • Varied, progressive curriculum. • Leaving Certificate P.E. from September 2018. • Leaving Certificate Computer Science from September 2018. • Leaving Certificate Politics & Society from September 2018. • Our students are very well prepared for progression to third level. EXCELLENCE IN MODERN FACILITIES • State-of-the-art building. • Excellent sporting facilities. • €22 million educational campus. • Fully equipped gym and indoor sports hall. • Specialist classrooms equipped with every educational resource required. EXCELLENCE IN TECHNOLOGY • Hi-tech 21st century approach to education. • iPads + eBooks = lighter schoolbags. • High speed broadband and wifi throughout the building. • Our specialist rooms are equipped with the very latest technology and equipment.
A NEW WORLD Creagh College has developed an exciting IT vision. Our students develop a high degree of digital literacy. These skills are essential in OF 21 CENTURY ST everyday modern life and for future career paths. All entrants to Creagh College have their own personal iPad replacing traditional textbooks LEARNING and opening up an exciting array of learning opportunities. ICT FOR LEARNING STATE-OF-THE-ART IT FACILITIES LEARNING IS FUN Technology is incorporated across the Our magnificent modern campus has Our students engage in a greater variety of curriculum adding real value to learning 100 MB broadband and Wi-Fi throughout learning activities. The scope for delivery in every subject. Our students are which has opened up a new world of 21st of new interactive and enjoyable learning becoming independent, enthusiastic century learning. activities has increased enormously across and empowered learners. all subject areas. CHANGE OF EMPHASIS IN THE ICT FOR THE COMMUNITY NEW JUNIOR CYCLE ORGANISED & MORE EFFICIENT We use technology to communicate The new Junior Cycle will involve the Our students need less time at lockers, more effectively with parents and use of IT in all aspects of the curriculum. don’t have issues as a result of forgetting the community allowing both the Students will produce high quality textbooks – everything now in one place! opportunity to play significant roles in project work in the form of ePortfolios the day-to-day life of the college. Teachers easily share extra notes and which will replace some ‘pen and resources with students using the latest paper’ written aspects of Junior Cycle ICT FOR LIFE apps. Likewise, students share their work assessment. Creagh College is to the fore with teachers in an instant. This prepares Our students are being recognised for in implementing this new progressive our students for third level and the world their digital skills, developed and applied model of education. of work. during their time in Creagh College. 6
NEW JUNIOR CYCLE Creagh College is fully committed to and engaged with the Junior Cycle reform process. Students starting post-primary education in 2019 will follow the new Junior Cycle specifications in all subjects. The new subject specifications will be assessed by classroom based assessment in 2nd and 3rd year and by a formal examination in June 2022. For more information see www.juniorcycle.ie NEW SENIOR CYCLE SUBJECTS STARTING IN SEPTEMBER 2018 1) Leaving Certificate Physical Education 2. Leaving Certificate Computer Science Creagh College are delighted to announce that we have been Creagh College has been selected to be one of the pilot schools successful in our application to the Department of Education to be part of the phased introduction of Computer Science as and Skills to be included in the first phase of schools to offer a subject in the Leaving Certificate. Being a pilot school means Leaving Certificate Physical Education (LCPE) as an optional that Leaving Certificate Computer Science will be introduced subject for examination. to Creagh College 5th Year students starting September 2018. Our students will sit the Leaving Certificate Computer Science Leaving Certificate PE will be introduced from September 2018 online exam in June 2020. Computer Science will be the first at Creagh College. LCPE is an optional subject in which the online Leaving Certificate exam. students will study and are examined in, as part of the Leaving Certificate, with CAO points allocated accordingly. The new 3. Leaving Certificate Politics and Society Leaving Certificate Physical Education examinable subject will have three assessment components: Creagh College are delighted to announce that we have been chosen as a pilot school for phase two of the new Politics and • A physical activity project, Society course for Leaving Certificate. We will offer the course • A performance assessment to the incoming 5th year class to begin in September 2018. It will then be tested at Leaving Cert (higher and ordinary level) in • A written examination. June 2020. The subject will have equal standing with all other Sports psychology and skill techniques will be among the LC subjects and will be alloted the same amount of CAO points areas studied. The subject will be available at both higher and ordinary level.
“Students are well behaved and apply themselves diligently to work assigned” Whole School Evaluation Report 2015 8
COLLEGE PROGRAMMES JUNIOR CYCLE TRANSITION YEAR SENIOR CYCLE 1 - 3 Year st rd 5th and 6th Year Subjects Offered: Subjects Offered: Subjects Offered: • Mathematics • English • Mathematics • English • English • Irish • Irish • Irish • Mathematics • Physical Education • Science • French/Spanish • Career Guidance • Modern European Languages • BT Young Scientist • SPHE (French/Spanish) • Accounting • Chinese for beginners • Wellbeing • Agricultural Science (incorporating PE, CSPE, SPHE and • Green Cert • Applied Mathematics Guidance) • Music • Art • Art, Craft & Design • Performing Arts • Biology • Business Studies • Business • Engineering • Chemistry • Classical Studies • Bake-Off • Classical Studies • Geography • Road Safety • Construction Studies • History • Wellbeing • Computer Science (New L.C. Exam Subject) • Home Economics • Design & Communications Graphics • Construction Studies • Materials Technology (Wood) • Economics • Design & Communication Graphics • Engineering • Materials Technology (Metal) • Embedded IT Systems • French • Music • International Cuisine • Geography • Religious Education • History • Young Social Innovator • Technical Graphics • Home Economics • Global Development • Music • Technology • Mini-Company • Physics • Craft • Physical Education (New L.C. Exam Subject) • Politics & Society (New L.C. Exam Subject) • Japanese • Religious Education • Forensic Science • Spanish • Technology Subjects will be offered based on student demand and availability of places. OTHER PROGRAMMES Transition Year is a one year optional programme designed to develop self-directed learning and to promote self-esteem and maturity. It affords students the opportunity to acquire new skills while continuing to work in their core subject areas. Students take modules in a variety of subjects which enables them to make informed choices when they enter Senior Cycle. Creagh College offers both the Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) programme and the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) alongside the established Leaving Certificate.
STUDENT WELLBEING MEITHEAL A group of sixth year students are assigned as mentors to first year students. The Meitheal students help the first years throughout the year to settle into their new school by meeting them regularly and organising events for them. The senior students act as positive role models and provide encouragement and support for our new pupils. CAREER GUIDANCE & COUNSELLING As a post primary student you will make many important decisions. Our counsellors are on hand to help students with these choices. They are trained professionals with expertise and knowledge to help you make choices regarding their educational and career issues. Our counsellors also provide valuable support for students in dealing with personal issues. A student Care Team meets on a weekly basis to support student welfare. LINKS WITH HOME Parents can meet with Guidance Counsellors, Year Heads, Class Tutors, Subject Teachers as well as the Principal and Deputy Principal. We work in partnership with our parents and encourage a great deal of interaction between home and college. There are several opportunities throughout the year when the college links with home: Parent/teacher meetings, Reports, Parents’ Council, Email and text messages home, new website, facebook page and twitter account. HEALTHY EATING POLICY All students stay in the College for lunch. A range of healthy lunches, both hot and cold are sold in the canteen. In conjunction with the HSE, student council and our canteen provider we have developed an excellent healthy eating policy. Healthy eating is promoted across the College. Creagh College has received the Irish Heart Foundation’s ‘School Healthy Eating Award’ in May 2018. HEALTH PROMOTING SCHOOL In Creagh College we: • Have been awarded the ‘Health Promoting Schools’ flag by the HSE. • Promote physical activity within the school • Attach great importance to the emotional needs of our students • Ensure our students are safe and well cared for • Keep our new campus clean, attractive and welcoming • Promote healthy eating within the college 10
“A wide range of effective supports for students is provided in the school”. Whole School Evaluation Report 2015 EXPECTATIONS Creagh College has high expectations of all its students with regard to: Work Ethic , Attendance, Punctuality, Uniform, Equipment and Attitude
“The school offers a wide range of extra-curricular and co-curricular activities” Whole School Evaluation Report 2015 12
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES There is a massive range of extra-curricular activities for students to choose from. • Art Club • Science Club • Ciorcal Comhrá • School Tours Examples include: China 2019, Athens 2018, Italy Ski Trip 2018, Munich 2017, Netherlands 2017, New York 2016 • Basketball • Equestrian • GAA (Football, Hurling & Camogie) • Debating • School Business Enterprise • Table Tennis • Drama • School Musicals • School Choir • Soccer • Gaisce Awards • Chess • Cycle Against Suicide • Charity Work • Health Promoting School Initiative • Green Schools • Computer Coding Club • Student Council • Rugby • Tennis • Archery • Creative Writing • Athletics • Cookery Club
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE Enthusiastic team provide a rich and interesting learning experience. 14
“Teaching staff demonstrate a strong commitment to the school” Whole School Evaluation Report 2015 The Creagh College Team “The atmosphere across the school community is extremely good, mainly because the teachers are so friendly” First Year Student
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