St. Paul's CBS Secondary School

North Brunswick St

Dublin 7

Subjects

English

English Department Overview

The English department of St Paul’s CBS has a clearly defined mission statement:

‘To support and encourage all students to improve and reach their potential. To that end, the English department aims to teach students how to develop their comprehension, analytical and writing skills. We want to encourage engagement with and enjoyment of all aspects of English language and literature.’

Students at St Paul’s CBS sit English at both Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate level. Junior Cycle students are arranged into mixed ability classes as we believe every student should be given the time and opportunity to absorb the skills of the subject, to work hard and to find the examination level (Higher, Ordinary, Foundation) that best suits them.

While we are interested in developing our students as readers and as independent thinkers, we are also very conscious of the importance of success in State exams. St Paul’s CBS students regularly achieve commendable grades at both Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate level.

A recent Department of Education Inspection Report (2014) commended the manner in which English is taught in our school. A copy of this report can be accessed here.

St Paul’s CBS places great value on its Junior Certificate Schools Programme (JCSP) library which is in place in order to improve general reading skills amongst our students and all JCSP classes are allocated one library class per week from the allotted five English classes per week.

Students also have the opportunity to take part in debating and speech training classes during their Transition Year.

ENGLISH NEWS
  • Great Video Entry for Show Racism the Red Card - Here’s the link to the fantastic rap video made by 2nd year and 5th year students in collaboration with the library and Ms Hackett. We are very proud of the finished product and look forward to the Show Racism The Red Card competition on May 2nd in […]
  • St. Valentine’s Day Poetry Competition -   Well done to all the students who entered our St. Valentine’s Day Poetry Competition. The lads were asked to write an acrostic poem of the name of the person they felt deesrved a treat for St. Valentine’s Day. We received many entries and it was lovely […]
  • Hallowe’en Poetry Competition - Congratulations to the winners of the Hallowe’en Poetry Competition. This year students were asked to compose Hallowe’en Limericks. The winners are: 1st Dante Cusolito 2 Heaney 2nd Brandon Maher 3 Boyle 3rd Martin Keane 3 Walton
  • Mother’s Day Writing Competition -   We ran a competition asking students to write about the favourite memory they have of the person they thought deserved a bunch of flowers for Mother’s Day. There were over 50 entries and a winner was chosen from each year group. It made for some very […]
  • TY – Bank of Ireland Community Events - On November 20th Bank of Ireland, in conjunction with Blackhall Place, held a community event for the local primary and secondary schools. Jianchun He was the winner of the art competition. Jianchun had to create a clay character that might be used in an animated feature. He […]

Irish

An Ghaeilge i Scoil Naomh Pól

An Teastas Shóirsearach

Déanann gach dalta Gaeilge i mbliain 1,2 agus 3 ach amháin na daltaí le díolúine. Bíonn na ranganna trí mhéan na gaeilge chomh minic agus is féidir. Úsáidtear modhanna múinte éagsúla chun na daltaí a spreagadh ( obair bheirte, obair ghrupa, rólghlacadh srl). Cuirtear béim ar mheon dearfach a chruthú, i measc na daltaí, i leith na Gaeilge. Baintear leas as na ceithre scileanna teanga ins na ranganna – ag scríobh, ag éisteacht, ag labhairt aguis ag léamh. Cuirtear béim ar leith ar an Gaeilge labhartha. Tugtar obairbhaile gach lá.

An t Idirbhliain

Bionn cultúr na Gaeilge i gcroílár na hoibre sa bhliain seo. Faigheann na daltaí blas ar lítríocht na Gaeilge, an Ghaeilge sa mhéan chumarsáide, an CLG srl. Úsáidtear tionscadail chun na daltaí a mheas. Téann na daltaí lasmuigh den seomra ranga chomh minic agus is féidir. Bíonn béim ar leith ar an Gaeilge labhartha arís.

An Ardteist.

Is fiú an scrúdú béil 40% san Ardteist. Mar sin, cuirtear an-bhéim ar an Gaeilge labhartha i ngach aon leibhéal. Spreagtar na daltaí an ard agus ghnáth leibhéal a dhéanamh de dheasca nach bhfuil aon pointí ag dul leis an bonn leibhéal. Is féidir le daltaí an leibhéal sin a dhéanamh áfach, má oireann sé a gcumas. Tugtar scrúduithe go rialta. Tugtar obairbhaile chuile lá.

Irish in St. Paul’s

Junior Certificate

Every student in years 1, 2 and 3 Irish (with the exception of those with an exemption). Irish is taught through the target language as much as possible. Different teaching strategies are employed to encourage the students including pair work, group work role play etc. Emphasis is placed upon creating a positive attitude, among the students, towards the language. Emphasis is placed upon the four key language skills, in class, of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Special emphasis is placed upon the spoken language. Homework is set daily.

TY

Irish culture is central in this year. Therefore, students will get a taste of Irish literature, Irish in the media, the GAA etc. Projects will be used to assess the student’s knowledge. Students will engage in learning outside the classroom as much as possible. Emphasis will again be placed on the spoken language.

Leaving Certificate

The oral exam is worth 40% of the overall mark. Therefore, special emphasis will be placed on spoken Irish in each class. Students are encouraged to take the test in the highest level that they can, bearing in mind that there are no points available for taking the test at foundation level. Students whose level is foundation will be accommodated. Exams will be given regularly. Homework will be set daily.

IRISH NEWS
  • Great Video Entry for Show Racism the Red Card - Here’s the link to the fantastic rap video made by 2nd year and 5th year students in collaboration with the library and Ms Hackett. We are very proud of the finished product and look forward to the Show Racism The Red Card competition on May 2nd in […]
  • Gaeilge 24 - Ghlac daichead dalta, ó cheann ceann na scoile, páirt i nGaeilge 24 i mbliana.  Bhí ar na daltaí a gcuid Gaeilge a usáid ar feadh aon lá amháin.  D’imir na daltaí cluichí teanga sa rang, rinne siad tráth na gceist agus bhí tóraíocht taisce chomh maith. Maraon […]
  • Student Video Project on 1916 - Under the guidance of their Irish teacher Ms. Hackett our TY students have produced an excellent video centred on the theme of 1916. The video is one of a number of excellent Arts projects that have been produced by our students around this theme and they are […]
  • snagcolorsmall Seachtain na Gaeilge 2015 ar siúl ó 1-17 Márta - Thosaigh Seachtain na Gaeilge ar an 1 Márta agus leanann sé go dtí Lá Fhéile Pádraig . Ná déan dearmad a úsáid do cúpla focal agus an teanga taitneamh a bhaint as . Le haghaidh tuilleadh eolais cliceáil ar www.snag.ie Seachtain na Gaelige began on March 1st […]
  • Transition Years Visit Croke Park - On Tuesday November 4 all of Transition Year visited Croke Park.  The students were taken on a guided tour of the stadium which included the dressing rooms, corporate boxes and some students even got to sit in Suíochán an Uachtaráin!  After lunch we all went on the […]

Maths

Maths Department

The Brunner Maths Department aims to deliver the curriculum as set out in the Department of Education & Skills syllabus. To this end we prepare students for the State Examinations at Junior and Leaving Certificate (Traditional & Applied) Levels as well as providing investigative experience in Transition Year.

Within these guidelines, we present mathematics as an essential skill and a key component of everyday life. We strive to place Mathematics in the context of real world problem solving and to create within our students an appreciation of the practicality, usefulness and the natural logic of mathematical thought.

Students learn about the lives of famous mathematicians, their discoveries and the unique language used to describe their methods. We aim to simplify but not dilute the beauties of abstract mathematical thinking and show how this can be transferred to other subject areas.

MATHS NEWS
  • Brunner meets Mrs. Brown! - Today Mr McWeeney and Ms Lawlor met Mrs Brown creator and star Brendan O’Carroll at the launch of our ‘Mrs Brunner Build a Bank’ competition. Brendan who was filming his latest project in the area very kindly agreed to pose with a banner which was designed by […]
  • Transition Year Maths Activities - The Transition Year Brunner lads have been exploring Maths in various ways, including the ancient art of Origami and trying their engineering skills in the Marshmallow Challenge.
  • 1st.Year Maths students visit DIT Kevin Street - On Monday 13th.October the entire 1st.Year cohort of students visited DIT Kevin Street as part of Maths Week 2014. There they were given an interesting and lively talk  entitled ‘Maths Magic’ followed by an active hands-on session of Maths games, puzzles and videos delievered by DIT students […]

History

St Paul’s CBS offers History as a subject at both Leaving and Junior Certificate level. Students are encouraged to develop their research and critical thinking skills. We believe that history is a very important subject because awareness of past events allows young people to develop a better understanding of the world in which they live.

We follow the prescribed curriculum and are proud of a consistent record of strong exam results in this subject from students who sit both the higher level and ordinary level papers. We also encourage students to complete project work, and to produce presentations that illustrate their research into areas / topics of interest to them. This work, which is done during years 1-4, helps students develop the skills required to complete the Special Research Topic for their Leaving Cert. The SRT constitutes 20% of the marks available for Leaving Cert History, so success in this section is critical to success overall.

In addition to learning about major world events, we also encourage students to learn about the history of the city in which they live and the Transition Year Programme is designed to develop an understanding of Dublin. We are tremendously lucky with our location, and in TY, we take the opportunity to visit Glasnevin Cemetery, Kilmainham Gaol, The National Museum of Ireland in Collins Barracks and Kildare St, as well as two full day walking tours of the major 1916 and War of Independence sites both north and south of the River Liffey.

HISTORY NEWS
  • TY Living Art Installation - On a very wet Friday 3rd March the Transition Years took part in a historical art project in the grounds of DIT Grangegorman. The lads were part of a group who were photographed wearing bonnets to commemorate the over three thousand women and 500 children who were […]
  • 2nd Year JCSP Trip to Glendalough - The weather was just perfect for a hike when we set off on Friday 27th May for Glendalough. The second year students learned the history, geography and religious significance of the area before we began the 17km hike over the Spinc trail. We all made it back […]
  • TY Visit to Cathal Brugha Barracks. - on Monady May 23 the TY History group concluded their 1916 studies with a visit to Cathal Brugha Barracks in Rathmines.  Our guide, Noel McDonnell, gave a wonderful presentation in the visitor centre where there are some very interesting artefacts from the period.  The lads were fascinated […]
  • TY – Bank of Ireland Community Events - On November 20th Bank of Ireland, in conjunction with Blackhall Place, held a community event for the local primary and secondary schools. Jianchun He was the winner of the art competition. Jianchun had to create a clay character that might be used in an animated feature. He […]
  • Second Year Trip to Glendalough -   On Friday May 15th both 2 Leinster and 2 Connaught travelled to Glendalough to experience all that the ancient monastic site has to offer. Mr McCormack taught us the history, Ms Roe explained why it is  sacred place and Mr Dunleavy helped us to scale the mountain. […]

Physical Education

As Physical Education and the many qualities acquired on the sports field are important aspects of a fully integrated education, all the boys of our school are strongly encouraged to participate in Physical Education and Sport.

The aim of the Physical Education programme is to contribute to the holistic development of the student through a comprehensive programme of selected physical activities. They aim to engage the students cognitively, socially, affectively and physically.

The activities we currently offer include:

  • Indoor Hockey
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Athletics
  • Gymnastics
  • Creative Dance
  • Out Door and adventure activities
  • Table Tennis
  • Rowing
  • Rounders
  • Volleyball
  • Dodgeball
  • Self Defence
  • Health Related Activity
  • Introduction to Gym based Training

The Activities are presented to students at two levels:

Level One:

Incorporates content and methodologies appropriate to the student’s first experience of the particular physical education activity at post-primary school. It is introductory in nature and is accessible to students with a variety of physical education backgrounds. This level builds on the experience of the activity in primary school but such experience is not viewed as a pre-requisite.

Level Two:

Builds upon learning attained at preceding level and differentiates for students whose abilities and aptitudes may vary. The content and suggested teaching approaches are designed to deepen the students understanding of the activity and enhance their performance level. The aim at senior level is to encourage life long engagement and participation in physical activity and sport.
St Paul’s CBS Sports and Physical education programmes take place in the school hall and court yard which allows for a multitude of activities to be undertaken. The current home pitch for Gaelic games are located close to the school in the phoenix park, this is also the location for athletics sessions and sports days.

Students have the opportunity to join in numerous activities outside of regular class time, during lunch and evening practice sessions.  These are optional, but we do hope that our students stay involved in team games and after school activities for as long as possible.  This helps to develop friendships and also good habits for “life long” engagement in sport.

We do ask parents to encourage their child to participate as fully as possible in Physical Education as the school looks to cater for all interests and ability levels.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION NEWS
  • 20170427_135101 TY Tour of the Phoenix Park - Many thanks to Mr. Dunleavy who was our tour guide on a cycling trip around the Phoenix Park. The lads did a great job of researching and presenting information on each of the landmarks that we visited.  
  • TY Boxing - The lads in TY have been working hard with Paul Quinn from Boxing in the Community to complete The Bronze Programme of non-contact boxing. The whole class engaged at this level and we’ll have to see who get to complete The Silver Programme!
  • 2nd Year JCSP Trip to Glendalough - The weather was just perfect for a hike when we set off on Friday 27th May for Glendalough. The second year students learned the history, geography and religious significance of the area before we began the 17km hike over the Spinc trail. We all made it back […]
  • 6th Year Trip to Glendalough - The 6th years celebrated their last few days with us by heading off on a hike to Glendalough. It  was an eventful day. The bus broke down, we hitched a lift from Paddy Wagon Tours, and a few of the lads got lost at the first turn […]
  • Rugby team defeated in final but gained a victory overall - The rugby final was finally played at Donnybrook stadium in front of several exclusive Leinster rugby officials as well as other schools on the 12th of April. Unfortunately for Brunner it would not be their day to win the battle on the field, as they lost to […]

Home Economics

Home Economics is a multi disciplinary subject combining aspects of science, nutrition, culinary skills, childcare, consumer law & finance and design. Students learn about the inter-relationships between diet, health, family, home and choice and the management of resources.

Home Economics delivers vital skills that enable students to lead effective lives as individuals and family members as well as members of the wider community. (ATHE 2014)

>Here at St. Pauls CBS Home Economics is offered to students at Junior Cycle, Transition Year and Senior Cycle. Also, as part of the LCA programme a core subject within this programme is Hotel, Catering and Tourism.

The 5 key areas of study include:

* Food Studies and Culinary Skills
* Consumer Studies
* Social and Health Studies
* Resource Management and Home Studies
* Textile Studies

HOME ECONOMICS NEWS
  • JCSP – Trip to Butler’s Chocolate Factory - On Tuesday 28th January the entire second year group visited the Butler’s Chocolate Factory in Clonshaugh as part of their Geography studies. The trip was organised and part funded by the JCSP Programme. The lads learned about the inputs, processing and outputs of a major production plant […]
  • Second Year Trip to Butler’s - Here are a few photos from our recent trip to the Butler’s Chocolate Factory in Clonshaugh. We had a brilliant morning learning about the workings of the factory, the history of chocolate and, of course, sampling the products! It was a trip for second years but if […]
  • Brunner meets Mrs. Brown! - Today Mr McWeeney and Ms Lawlor met Mrs Brown creator and star Brendan O’Carroll at the launch of our ‘Mrs Brunner Build a Bank’ competition. Brendan who was filming his latest project in the area very kindly agreed to pose with a banner which was designed by […]
  • Transition Year Food Art Project – Hugh Lane Gallery, Chapter One & St Pauls CBS - In September of this year the Transition Year students of St Pauls were invited to take part in a very  dynamic &  prestigious event with Hugh Lane Gallery and Chapter One Restaurant . The students along with their Art teacher Ms Heffernan and Home Economics teacher Ms […]
  • DIT Nutrition & Brunner 2nd Year Home Economics - Over the last number of weeks one of the 2nd year Home Economics groups here at St. Pauls collaborated with the DIT Human Nutrition & Dietetics students to learn more about nutrition and diet. On our first meeting the group partook in some fun games to learn […]

Science

Science
Science is offered as a core subject in St. Pauls. Junior students will study the 3 different areas of Science.

Biology
Students will learn about the inner workings of the cell, the mechanisms of the human body’s different systems and the structure and processes involved with plants

Chemistry
Students will learn about the makeup of matter and how and why different substances react together

Physics
Students will learn about the different forms of energy and the mechanics behind the way “everyday” objects move

During Transition Year students will build on Junior Cert knowledge with practical Lab work, entering competitions and studying important topics not covered in Junior Cert such as Evolution and Astronomy
Biology and Phys/Chem are the 2 science subjects offered to students starting 5th year. Senior students will now study these subjects at a more detailed level with the aim a good performance in the Leaving Cert examination.
​To have a little look at the wonderful world of scientific discovery log on to ​http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/11_16/site/science.shtml

SCIENCE NEWS
  • Interesting Article about past pupil, Ray Moran - ‘No one went to uni from my estate’, says scientist targeting alzheimer’s Here is a link to a news article about Brunner past pupil and current DCU PhD candidate Ray Moran who talks about the value of college access programmes and how he was inspired to study […]
  • TY Visit to the Botanic Gardens - These are some of the images of the TYs enjoying an educational tour of the Botanic Gardens on March 7th.      
  • 5th Year Roboslam Students - Our 5th Year group had a great time at Roboslam yesterday where they built robots from scratch. The lads showed great ingenuity and imagination and received high praise from their mentors for the quality of the work they produced. You’ll find more information on Roboslam at this […]
  • 2nd Year Students Visit DIT during Science Week - Last week was Science Week and our 2nd year students took part in a Forensics Investigation workshop in DIT Grangegorman. They learned about fingerprints, memory tests, DNA extraction, handwriting identification and chromotography. They then used these techniques to solve a number of puzzles, just like real CSI […]
  • TY Camping Trip 2014 - The Transition Year group went on a camping trip for two nights In the Wicklow Mountains. We left the school on Tuesday morning and arrived in Wicklow to begin our expedition. On the first day we were lucky because the sky was clear. After a great hike, we […]

Art

Art, Craft and Design subject covers a vast area of art crafts and appreciation. Students learn that art is not just about the skill of drawing but translates into 3D construction, print and paint amongst others. In St. Pauls, the art department believes that every student has the ability to be creative and expressive in their own artistic way.

Junior Cert Art provides the opportunity to develop an understanding of the basic skills in art alongside creative and critical thinking. Transition into Leaving Cert art brings these skills forward with the addition of artistic analysis and an understanding of personal artistic attributes.

ART NEWS
  • TY Living Art Installation - On a very wet Friday 3rd March the Transition Years took part in a historical art project in the grounds of DIT Grangegorman. The lads were part of a group who were photographed wearing bonnets to commemorate the over three thousand women and 500 children who were […]
  • Hallowe’en Art Competition -   1st Adam Byrne 5 O’Sullivan 2nd Spencer Brehhov 2 Yeats 3rd Bobby Craig 1 Tisdall
  • Thomas McDonagh 1916 Commemoration Exhibition 22/04/16 - To commemorate the 1916 Rising there is a wonderful exhibition of paintings, wood carvings, artifacts and posters on display  in our school hall today. Well done to Ms. Heffernan, Mr. Weldon, Ms. Brady and to all the students who worked so hard to produce such wonderful work. The […]
  • TY – Bank of Ireland Community Events - On November 20th Bank of Ireland, in conjunction with Blackhall Place, held a community event for the local primary and secondary schools. Jianchun He was the winner of the art competition. Jianchun had to create a clay character that might be used in an animated feature. He […]
  • Halloweek Winners -   Halloweek Winners: Art Competition-  Dylan McCloskey, Spencer Brehov and Lucian Prisecaru. Fancy Dress – Dylan McCloskey, Caine Graham, Cian Sexton, Ivan Polsky and Klajdi Kalemi. Poetry Competition  - Brandon O’ Connell, Adi Kasa and Corngau Chen

Geography

At St Paul’s CBS the aim of the Geography Department is to create a positive learning environment which is inclusive of all students’ needs.  Every Junior Cycle student completes Geography as part of the Junior Certificate. Geography is also an optional subject for our Leaving Certificate students.

The Geography Department uses a wide range of teaching methodologies to assess students learning. These methodologies include, amongst others:

  • Think Pair Share Activities
  • Walking Debates
  • Differentiation of subject content (A wide variety of choice around homework for students)
  • Group work/Peer Learning

Students receive the opportunities to engage in hands on practical work such as making volcanoes in Junior Cycle to attending JCSP practical initiatives. Very popular among these initiatives is a field trip to a Chocolate Factory where students are taught how to make chocolate and gain an understanding of how factories work as a production system. Other popular trips include visiting peat bogs in Causey Farm to fishing trips as part of the Geography curriculum. Leaving Certificate students attend a Geographical Investigation in 6th Year in which they complete a study of river processes. This investigation is worth 20% of their overall marks in Geography.

GEOGRAPHY NEWS
  • SEAI Team 2017 SEAI Team Light Up Croke Park! - Yesterday our Power Preservers Team – Kian Fitzwilliam, Lee Grace, Corngau Chen, Dante Cousolito and Tommy Ahmed, represented St. Paul’s CBS in the SEAI One Good Idea Final in Croke Park. They have worked tirelessly over the past four months on their project to reduce our schools energy […]
  • JCSP – Trip to Butler’s Chocolate Factory - On Tuesday 28th January the entire second year group visited the Butler’s Chocolate Factory in Clonshaugh as part of their Geography studies. The trip was organised and part funded by the JCSP Programme. The lads learned about the inputs, processing and outputs of a major production plant […]
  • 2nd Year JCSP Trip to Glendalough - The weather was just perfect for a hike when we set off on Friday 27th May for Glendalough. The second year students learned the history, geography and religious significance of the area before we began the 17km hike over the Spinc trail. We all made it back […]
  • Second Year Trip to Butler’s - Here are a few photos from our recent trip to the Butler’s Chocolate Factory in Clonshaugh. We had a brilliant morning learning about the workings of the factory, the history of chocolate and, of course, sampling the products! It was a trip for second years but if […]
  • Second Year Trip to Glendalough -   On Friday May 15th both 2 Leinster and 2 Connaught travelled to Glendalough to experience all that the ancient monastic site has to offer. Mr McCormack taught us the history, Ms Roe explained why it is  sacred place and Mr Dunleavy helped us to scale the mountain. […]

Italian

Italian

Italian is taught from first year to sixth year (inclusive) in St. Paul’s C.B.S. Communicative language teaching is at the heart of the methodologies used by the teachers of Italian. The emphasis is on the use of the target language in the classroom. During their studies, students develop their four core language skills namely: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Emphasis is also placed on Italian culture which helps to contribute to the personal growth of the students and also helps their social development. This part of the course includes a small research project and also the study of topics like food (including a visit to an Italian cafe), sport, important cities, art and architecture, history, geography, films, TV programmes etc.

The study of Italian gives an opportunity to every student to speak and experience a modern European language and to discover a new culture, as well as being very advantageous when entering the world of employment. A modern European language like Italian, can also be essential to gain entry to many college and university courses and gives students many opportunities after graduation. To sum it up nicely, while studying Italian in St. Paul’s C.B.S. “LA VITA È BELLA!” (LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!)

L’Italiano

L’Italiano è una materia che è insegnato dal primo al sesto anno (Junior Certificate e Leaving Certificate incluso). L’insegnamento della lingua comunicativo è al cuore delle metodologie adottato dagli insegnanti dell’ Italiano. L’enfasi è sull’ uso della lingua Italiana in classe. Durante gli studi, gli studenti

sviluppano le quattro competenze essenziali – la scrittura, la lettura e anche la capacità di ascoltare e di parlare la lingua. C’è l’enfasi anche, sulla cultura Italiana che aiuta a contribuire alla crescita della personalità degli studenti e anche al loro sviluppo sociale. Questa parte del corso include una piccola ricerca e anche lo studio dei soggetti come il cibo, una visita a un caffè italiano, il paese, le città, l’arte e l’architettura, la storia, la geografia, i film, i programmi televisivi ecc.

Lo studio della lingua Italiana dà l’opportunita ad ogni studente di parlare una lingua europea e di scoprire una nuova cultura e può essere molto vantaggioso per entrare il mondo di lavoro. Una lingua europea come l’Italiano, può essere anche importante per essere accettato in alcuni corsi universitari e dà a uno studente tante opportunità dopo la maturita. In poche parole, quando si studia l’Italiano a St. Paul’s C.B.S. LA VITA È BELLA!

ITALIAN NEWS
  • Little Italy Home Economics Field Trip - On Friday 10 th October Ms Lawlor and the second year Home Economics class went on a trip to Little Italy. On our trip we got a true authentic Italian experience. We were greeted by 3 lovely Italian staff who we conversed with a little in Italian. […]

French

French class at St. Paul’s CBS

St. Paul’s CBS offers Higher and Ordinary level French at both Junior and Leaving Certificate level. The course is taught according to thele-monde-francophone syllabuses which are the backbone of the exam and provide a guideline for teachers. For more information on the French syllabus please click on the following link: http://www.curriculumonline.ie/getmedia/52ac0a4a-562b-410a-83f3 02fa2d666f9e/SCSEC15_French_syllabus_eng.pdf.

As a result, French teachers at St. Paul’s ensure that the main elements of the syllabus are covered. By the end of the course, students will be able to read and write French. They will be able to hold a basic conversation with a French speaking person. Most students will be able to talk in French about themselves, their friends and family, their hobbies and school life. Advanced students will be able to talk about more abstract topics such as, social issues and current affairs. Students will also have explored French culture and other Francophone areas such as Canada, Africa and Belgium.logo_parlonsfrancais

From time to time they will be given an opportunity to explore authentic texts taken from current newspapers and magazines. Each year there are cultural trips planned for our language learners: a trip to the French film festival in the IFI (Irish Film Institute) or to a French patisserie and possibly a trip to Paris “La Ville-Lumière” known as “The City of Light “.

However, the course is not purely exam focused. The French department regard this to be an essential point of language learning. The language in the classroom is therefore acquired very naturally during communicative tasks. Students are given the opportunity to use the target language and to practice four key skills of reading, writing listening and speaking with one another. Pair work and student participation is therefore very important. To increase student participation students play verbal football at the end of each week. Each team scores points by answering correctly in French. Students are assessed on the four skills throughout lessons and will have to sit an exam on each.

Thus, the overall aim of the French department is to foster learner independence so that students are best prepared for the world of work, business and travel. The communicative approach along with active methodologies underpins our teaching and learning.  These methods also encourage the social and personal development of each student. Personal growth and self-esteem is therefore regarded very highly in the French department.

FRENCH NEWS
  • Visit from French Language Theatre Company - All Junior Cert and TY students of French had the pleasure of experiencing and even participating in the performance of a short French stage production staged by the French Theatre for Schools group. The play was called Le porte bonheur (The lucky charm), and it was about a young man who is unlucky in love […]
  • Paris 2015 -
  • French competition - Congratulations to Irfan M for winning the French Halloween poster competition. 
  • French verbal football - Congratulations to Alex D, Kian F,Irfan M and Brandon O’C for scoring the most points during Term 1 of 1st year French football. Students earned their points by working hard answering the most correct French questions weekly. Bravo, Les Bunner boys!!
  • Joyeux Halloween -

CSPE

St. Paul’s offers Civic Social and Political Education C.S.P.E as a Junior Certificate subject.  The course is taught according to the C.S.P.E syllabus.  Civic Social and Political Education aims to develop the pupils’ personal and social confidence. It contributes to their moral development, and prepares them for the responsibilities of citizenship. For more information on the CSPE syllabus please click on the following link.

https://www.education.ie/en/Schools-Colleges/Information/Curriculum-and-Syllabus/Junior-Cycle-/Syllabuses-Guidelines/jc_civics_sy.pdf

The course is divided into four units of study.

  • Unit 1 ‘The Individual and Citizenship’ allows students to explore Human Rights and Responsibilities. Students mainly focus on key documents such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • Unit 2 ‘The Community’ gives students the opportunity to explore the concept of community development and relevant issues such as stereotyping and prejudice.
  • Unit 3 ‘The State-Ireland’ enables students to learn about the political system in which they live in. Students learn about Democracy, Law and our Rights and Responsibilities as active citizens. Students learn about the Oireachtas, the government and Bunreacht na hÉireann, the Irish Constitution.
  • In Unit 4 ‘Ireland and the World’ students learn about Ireland’s relationship with other European countries. The concepts of Development and Interdependence are at the heart of this topic.

By the end of this course students will have developed many skills, such as awareness, evaluation, action and communication skills. All of the above skills will enable students to play a positive part in society.  In order to encourage students to become active citizens, students will do an Action Project. This will account for 60% of their Junior Certificate exam while, 40% of the grade will be based on a written exam. The Action Project must be based on one of the seven course concepts: Human Dignity, Rights and Responsibilities, Democracy, Stewardship, Interdependence, Development and Law.

In previous years, studenaction-without-vision-nelson-mandela-picture-quotets have invited guest speakers from Anti Bullying Ireland and the D.S.P.C.A Dublin Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Students have also visited local youth clubs such as Brádog and have organised an Anti-Racism campaign.

Have a look at our gallery to find out more about CSPE Action Projects in St. Paul’s CBS!

 

 

CSPE NEWS
  • CSPE trip to Dáil Eireann -
  • - St. Paul’s offers Civic Social and Political Education C.S.P.E as a Junior Certificate subject. The course is taught according to the C.S.P.E syllabus. Civic Social and Political Education aims to develop the pupils’ personal and social confidence. It contributes to their moral development, and prepares them for […]

SPHE

Social, Personal and Health Education supports the personal development, health and well-being of young people and helps them to create and maintain supportive relationships.

The aims of the curriculum are:

  • To enable the students to develop skills for self-fulfilment and living in communities
  • To promote self-esteem and self-confidence
  • To enable the students to develop a framework for responsible decision-making
  • o provide opportunities for reflection and discussion
  • To promote physical, mental and emotional health and well-being
  • The issues are addressed in ten modules taught for one class period per week at Junior Cycle.
The ten modules are:

  • Belonging and integrating
  • Self-management: A sense of purpose
  • Communication skills
  • Physical health
  • Friendships
  • Relationships and Sexuality
  • Emotional Health
  • Influences and Decisions
  • Substance Abuse
  • Personal Safety

Although SPHE is not timetabled at senior cycle it is supported through the teaching of moral decision making in Religious Education and the delivery of workshops by outside agencies.

SPHE NEWS

Materials Technology Wood

The fusion of design and manufacture that is involved within Materials Technology Wood (MTW) or otherwise known as woodwork makes this subject extremely special in terms of skills that can be learned for the future. No longer is MTW about producing carpenters, builders or persons ready for work, MTW is key to teaching students critical thinking skills, motor skills and affective and emotional learning. Students have the opportunity to engage within the design process, solve existing design problems, and create new solutions. These design and higher order thinking are skills will be key in the future as these skills are in short supply and are a vital part of Irelands growing smart economy. MTW for the J.C. looks at the theory behind the materials used while also the technologies used to produce them. The culmination of this study is evident in the 3rd year of the cycle as students have the opportunity to design their own individual project and manufacture resulting design.

MTW NEWS

Construction Studies

The relationship between humans and the houses in which we call home are extra special. So much so that there has never been as much emphasis on what our homes should look and feel like. In the age we now live in the importance of designing sustainably has never been as pivotal. In construction studies, students have the opportunity to understand the ‘Why’ and not just the ‘How’ houses are constructed. Students will engage in evaluation and critique and draw on higher order thinking skills throughout their course of study. By studying the theory behind house design, students will also have the opportunity to develop craft skills, which is examined in a day exam during 6th year. Students will also engage in self directed investigation and evaluation during their design and manufacture of a capstone project to be completed during 6th year. This project allows students the freedom to investigate many various aspects associated with construction studies in greater detail as they research, evaluate and ultimately drive their own project plans.

CONSTRUCTION STUDIES NEWS
  • 1st Year Visit to DIT for Design Week Activity - For design week this year students were invited to DIT to participate in some bridge design and building.  Students learned about the different types of bridges, their designs and functions.  Armed with their new found knowledge they went to work in engineering teams of 3.  Each team designed and […]
  • Thomas McDonagh 1916 Commemoration Exhibition 22/04/16 - To commemorate the 1916 Rising there is a wonderful exhibition of paintings, wood carvings, artifacts and posters on display  in our school hall today. Well done to Ms. Heffernan, Mr. Weldon, Ms. Brady and to all the students who worked so hard to produce such wonderful work. The […]
  • 6th Year Construction Studies Site Visit to DIT Grange Gorman. - On Friday the 21st of November the 6th year construction studies group visited the new DIT campus that is under construction on the Grangegorman site. The students were greeted by Jimmy O Keeffe (project manager), and Aidan O Connell (contracts manager), of BAM, the construction company charged […]
  • beyondpebble Beyond Pebbledash TY project - Our TY students are taking part in a programme called Beyond Pebbledash. Beyond Pebbledash in Clarke Square is an architectural installation and aims to engage, challenge, provoke and inspire new ways of thinking about our city and urban architecture. The exhibition is on display from 27th August until 30th […]

Business Studies

Business Studies is offered in our school as an optional subject to incoming first years.

Business Studies gives you a better understanding of the world of work. It encourages you to think why people start up in business and helps you to make more informed decisions in the everyday business of living.

The Junior Certificate syllabus consists of four main sections:

1. The business of living

2. Economic Awareness

3. Enterprise

4. Book-keeping

Business is offered as an option to Fifth Year students.

Business is concerned with the understanding of the environment in which business operates in Ireland and the wider world.

 

The Leaving Certificate syllabus is broken into three main sections:

1. People in Business

2. Enterprise

3. Environment

Alongside the study of the traditional business curricula, we offer initiatives such as, ‘Business in the Community’ to Leaving Certificate students and Mini-company competition to Transition Year students

BUSINESS STUDIES NEWS
  • TY run the Brunner Bank of Ireland -   Eleven of the TY lads have been busy over the last few weeks setting up Brunner’s very own bank. With plenty of help from Andrea Rodden in BOI Smithfield they succeeded in opening the 100 students accounts they needed to receive the rewards promised if they […]
  • Career Ready Visit to Dell - Many thanks to Dell who hosted a Career Ready visit for Brunner and Loreto Crumlin on February 28th. It was a great opportunity to see how such a large company operates and to hear about the different job opportunities available.  
  • New Career Ready Students - Ten new students from Transition Year have enrolled for  Career Ready and got to go to London for the launch of the programme. We had an early start and a long day but it was a fantastic experience and the lads got to see a little of […]
  • Career Ready Graduation 2016 - Congratulations to the nine sixth years who graduated from the Career Ready programme in December. They were presented with their certificates by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform for Paschal Donohoe. (They were also very excited to meet tanning expert and owner of Cocoa Brown Marisa Carter […]
  • Bank of Ireland Ireland Enterprise Town - Bank of Ireland, again, very kindly sponsored the Enterprise Town event which saw the TY students from Brunner go head to head with the ladies from Stanhope Street in the now annual inter schools debate. Brunner were delighted to take the title this year in a a […]

Guidance

St Paul’s CBS offers dedicated Guidance classes to all class groups from 3rd year through to 6th year. These classes concentrate on areas such as study skills; subject choices; CV preparation; progression to Third Level; career guidance; promoting positive mental health, etc.
The pastoral care of our students is at the heart of the school’s work and we strive to ensure that this is reflected across all subjects, not just in the Guidance classes or subject areas such as CSPE and SPHE.

Useful websites for students include:
www.qualifax.ie; www.careersportal.ie; www.skoool.ie/; www.yourmentalhealth.ie; www.aware.ie; www.tcd.ie/pathways-to-trinity/application/study/

GUIDANCE NEWS

Religious Education

The religious education syllabus is designed to be taught to students of all faiths and none. It does not discriminate.

As it is taught in St. Paul’s religion class aims to;

* Contribute to the religious development of our students.

* Develop a caring ethos, co-operation between pupils, justice and fair play towards all, respect for truth, a passion for the environment and a love for learning.

* To provide opportunities to deepen sacramental and liturgical awareness.

* To encourage our students to ask and seek answers to fundamental questions.

* To foster respect for the faiths of others.

During their time in St Paul’s students will explore modules on:

Christianity

Islam

Judaism

Buddhism

Hinduism

New Religious Movements

Moral challenges in life

Community

The question of faith

How faith is celebrated

The search for meaning

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS
  • Opening of School Sacred Space - Thank you to Fr Bryan who kindly agreed to bless and officially open our new sacred space in the school. Thank you to Alex, Antonio and all of the students and staff who worked on planning and developing the space. We dedicate the opening to the memory […]
  • Prayer Room -   After many months of work, the school Prayer Room is finally complete. Huge thanks to all of the students who helped by painting the stain glass windows, cleaning and shopping. A special thanks to Mike our caretaker who gave a lot of his time to see […]
  • Blessing of the Shamrock - We were delighted to receive an invitation for some of the Brunner boys to attend the annual Blessing of the Shamrock ceremony in Grangegorman. The Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin led us in prayer as we remembered all those who are immigrants in our world. Many thanks […]
  • TY raises €1086 for Threshold - Huge thanks and congratulations go to the lads in TY who braved the cold of the city streets to sell candy canes  in aid of  housing charity Threshold. The organisation helps to prevent families becoming homeless and the Brunner boys raised a staggering €1086 to help them.
  • 2nd Year JCSP Trip to Glendalough - The weather was just perfect for a hike when we set off on Friday 27th May for Glendalough. The second year students learned the history, geography and religious significance of the area before we began the 17km hike over the Spinc trail. We all made it back […]

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