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
  • Halloweek 2018 - Huge thanks to all of the students and staff who made such great efforts to get into the spirit of this year’s JCSP Halloweek celebrations. Congratulatons are due to the winners of our Fancy Dress, Poetry and Art Competitions. Have a relaxing and safe mid term break! […]
  • St. Valentine’s Day Competition - We challenged our students to write verses that were meaningful or just downright funny for St. Valentine’s Day. We had over 50 entries and the winners received a box of chocolates and a card that they could present to the person they wanted to show appreciation for […]
  • 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

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
  • JCSP Maths in my Life Winner - We were delighted to learn that one of our students was chosen a s a winner in the recent JCSP Maths in my Life competition. Students were asked to design posters showing that Maths is used frequently throughout our lives without us really being aware of it.
  • Marvellous Maths Week in St Paul’s CBS! - Well done to everyone for participating in a successful and enjoyable Maths week in the Brunner last week. It might have been shortened to three days due to Storm Ophelia but we still managed to pack in a few activities. Congratulations to all our entrants to the […]
  • 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 Smashing Times Drama Workshop - Thanks to the Smashing Times Theatre group the TY students were treated to a brilliant drama workshop exploring the significance of 2018 as the centenary of women having the right to vote in Ireland.
  • 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 […]

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
  • TY Carlingford - Yet again, we had a fantastic day out in Carlingford zip lining and playing ‘army’ in the laser tag zone. It was a brilliant way to kick off the TY year.  
  • An Oige TY Trip to Donegal - Many thanks to An Oige for gifting us a night away in Donegal as part of their Give Us A Break Competition. We got to see a beautiful part of the country we had never visited before, go kayaking and bog walking. It was tiring but a […]
  • TY Retreat in Ovoca Manor - Our Ty group spent a fantastic couple of days on retreat in Co. Wicklow looking after body and soul. There were food fights aplenty during the messy games and they got to go climbing and try some archery. A highlight of the trip was toasting marshmallows at […]
  • DIT TY Sports Challenge - Huge thanks to everyone in DIT Grangegorman for organising an inter schools TY Sports Day. The Brunner lads competed against three other local schools to win points in the TY Challenge Cup.  
  • TY Boxing Programme - Huge thanks to Paul Quinn and the Boxing in the Communit Programme for his many weeks of hard work with the TY group this year. They started with four weeks of basic non-contact skills then progressed to four weeks of sparring with seven lads deciding to move […]

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
  • TY Baking Challenge - Well done to those lads in TY who took on the baking challenge this year. They competed against each other in order to be put through to the DIT finals and represent Brunner in the baking aspect of the TY Challenge Cup. Huge congratulations to Florentin and Konrad […]
  • Brunner Brunch – The Calm Before the Storm - This is what the hall looked like before the feeding frenzy began!
  • 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 […]

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
  • Science Week 2018 - As part of Science Week our school is running a number of events and linking with DIT to visit their science labs and take part in workshops. This allows our students to learn about the many exciting areas of study in science disciplines that are available. Today in […]
  • Big Bear Planetarium - All of our JCSP students experienced the wonders of the universe with a visit form Carl and the Big Bear Planetarium.      
  • 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 […]

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
  • Halloweek 2018 - Huge thanks to all of the students and staff who made such great efforts to get into the spirit of this year’s JCSP Halloweek celebrations. Congratulatons are due to the winners of our Fancy Dress, Poetry and Art Competitions. Have a relaxing and safe mid term break! […]
  • Halloweek Winners - Well done to everyone who entered our Fancy Dress, Art and Puzzle Competitions. Prizes were awarded to Krystian Nawrot, Bobby Craig and Brandon Slattery for their fabulous Hallowe’en themed drawings. Corngau Chen and Spencer Brehov boggled our minds with their puzzles while Aaron Molloy, Pawel Rutkowski, Amir Moazzemi, […]
  • 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 […]

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
  • JCSP Trip to Butlers - Our second year students enjoyed a fantastic day out at the Butlers Chocolate factory learning the inputs, processes and outputs of a a successful industry.
  • TY Rediscovery Centre - As part of their Development Education Programme the TYs went to the Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun to discover how everything can be made useful again!  
  • Evalinto - The Evalinto Project is about Senior and Junior students from migrant backgrounds working together to gain a better understanding from one another about their cultures and their hobbies interests to encourage progress in school. Over the past 6 weeks we have had several sessions working together and […]
  • Development Education Progress – Our First Citizen’s Passport! - This year the school community, with notable effort from the Transition Year group, has worked hard to establish Development Education in the school. We have recently been awarded our Citizen’s Passport – for Emerging Engagement with Global Citizenship Education from World Wise Global Schools. Activities and initiatives […]
  • JCSP Trip to Butler’s Chocolate Factory - All of our second year students recently visited the Butler’s Chocolate Factory in Clonshaugh on a JCSP Geography field trip to learn about the inputs and outputs of industry. They saw first hand how the chocolate is produced and packaged and also how it is distributed worldwide. […]

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
  • Evalinto - The Evalinto Project is about Senior and Junior students from migrant backgrounds working together to gain a better understanding from one another about their cultures and their hobbies interests to encourage progress in school. Over the past 6 weeks we have had several sessions working together and […]
  • Bin It Roadshow - The Bin IT Roadshow came to Brunner to highlight the problems faced by littering and waste gum.  
  • 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
  • Evalinto - The Evalinto Project is about Senior and Junior students from migrant backgrounds working together to gain a better understanding from one another about their cultures and their hobbies interests to encourage progress in school. Over the past 6 weeks we have had several sessions working together and […]

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
  • Cake Sale - We were delighted to be able to help the Just Ask Project with their Moroccan Trip fundraising efforts. The school rallied around and held a fantastic Cake Sale which raised €340 towards the group’s travel costs.  
  • Evalinto - The Evalinto Project is about Senior and Junior students from migrant backgrounds working together to gain a better understanding from one another about their cultures and their hobbies interests to encourage progress in school. Over the past 6 weeks we have had several sessions working together and […]
  • TY Retreat in Ovoca Manor - Our Ty group spent a fantastic couple of days on retreat in Co. Wicklow looking after body and soul. There were food fights aplenty during the messy games and they got to go climbing and try some archery. A highlight of the trip was toasting marshmallows at […]
  • Brunner Buglers (Choir) - Well done to the Brunner Buglers who entertained groups from the local community at the Macro Christmas celebration yesterday. They were in fine voice and were even called upon for an encore! You can see a picture of the choir in action here: https://twitter.com/thebrunnerD7/status/943517117269372929
  • Cake Sale – Morocco Fundraiser - Thanks to all who contributed cakes and cash to our annual cake sale. The amount raised was €250 and it was used to support three of our students who travelled to Morocco over the mid-term break to help with volunteer projects.

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