Poetry Ireland – Writer in Residence

Enthusiastic Second Year English students with Writer in Residence Ms. Debbie Thomas

Writer in Residence

Second year students have started a six week workshop with writer, Debbie Thomas. The workshops, funded by Poetry Ireland, will focus on Global issues such as Poverty and Sustainability.

Students will get the opportunity to engage in discussion and debate on these important topics. These discussions will inform the writing that students will then undertake.

We look forward to hearing more from these students in the coming weeks.




MS Readathon


Many congratulations and well done to the First Year English classes on their participation in the annual MS Readathon. The students read as many books as they could over a four week period and were sponsored for every book they read.

The students thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and were delighted to discover new genres and authors during the readathon. There was lots of discussion in classes regarding their book selections.

This year the sponsorship total was over €1200 which is an amazing achievement.

Well done to all of the students and their teachers Ms. Doran, Ms. Walsh, Ms. O’Regan and Ms. Duggan.



Assessment Task and Classroom Based Assessment 2

This week sees the completion of the Assessment Task by Third Year Junior Cycle students. The students will complete the task over two class periods using the assessment task booklet. This task is worth 10% of the final examination.

The students have also been busily selecting two pieces of writing from their collection of writing built up over the past two years. Both pieces of writing were put forward for the Classroom Based Assessment 2. The deadline was December 2nd. These pieces will also form part of the work for the Assessment task.key-skills

Best of luck to all of the Third Year students on Thursday and Friday as they complete their task.


Literacy Board and Poem of the Month

Our Literacy Board is prominently placed right at the centre of our school building and is a very popular resource for all students with helpful hints and tips. Thank you to Ms. Walsh for her hard work with the Literacy Board.

It is also a space where we can promote some of the activities of the department – our annual Readathon for MS Ireland is currently running. All First Year students are participating in the readathon and are really enjoying their chosen books.



The English Department has also started a Poem of the Month initiative where each year group will nominate a poem per month for the entire school to enjoy. The poem is read to the school via intercom at the beginning of the month and displayed for all students to see on our literacy board.

To start the initiative off the English Teachers chose the Thomas Hardy poem ‘Last Week in October’ – a fitting poem for the week leading up to our well deserved mid-term break.


The Department were also busy attending the annual Irish National Organisation of Teachers of English conference in Hotel Kilkenny on Saturday October 15th.

Pictured at the conference are Ms. Doran, Ms. Walsh and Ms. O’Regan.

ipad-oct-16-045Our Junior and Senior Book Clubs are also up and running along with Public Speaking and Debating! October has been a really busy month for the English Department.

Welcome to a new school year!

A very big welcome to our new English teachers Ms. Duggan and Ms. O’Regan. We also say Happy New School Year to our returning students and another big welcome to our new First Years. We look forward to working with you all and creating some wonderful English work this year.

Junior and Senior Book Club will return and new members are always most welcome. Debating will be on the agenda this year and we look forward to participating in the MS Readathon. We are also very excited to continue our Pen Pal programme with students in Dubai and are delighted to extend the programme to another school in the UK.

Keep an eye on our literacy board for some top tips and as always watch out for the “What I am reading” notices on teachers’ classroom doors!

Looking forward to a great year ahead!

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Junior Cycle English

It has been a busy week with all teachers in the English Department attending the New Junior Cycle English CPD In-Service at Education Centres throughout the country.


The English Department have been busily working for the past year on the new Junior Cycle English. There are two year groups studying the new key skills and learning outcomes of the new course.

The current Third Year students will be the last group to sit the Junior Certificate English Exam.

Below you can read the Junior Cycle English Learning Outcomes.