An Ardteistiméireacht / LC

An Cúrsa ArdTeistiméireachta
Leaving Certificate Course


Leaving Certificate Course Planning Committee

  • Donncha Ó Treasaigh
  • Áine Máire Ní Uaithne
  • Elaine Ní Shé
  • Ciara Ní Dhrisceoil

Coordinating Team – Roles and Responsibilities

Role Team Member Responsibilities
Principal Donncha Ó Treasaigh Oversees the Curricular Provision of the Course
Year-Head Ciara Ní Dhrisceoil Pastoral Care & Discipline
Deputy Year-Head Conall Ó Cruadhlaoich Support Role in Pastoral Care & Discipline
Assessment & Monitoring Áine-Máire Ní Uaithne
Breifni Ní Shearcaigh
Guidance Counsellor

TréadChúram – Pastoral Care
Pastoral approach in our College
Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh realises its core aims and goals through a variety of means, none more important than our pastoral care approach. We understand Pastoral Care ‘as an approach to education which endeavours to value and develop each member of the school community. It promotes learning at every level of the student’. This approach defines the nature of our pastoral care provision. Each member of the school community has access to the relevant pastoral structures and procedures; each is also invited to play their part in contributing to the pastoral ethos of the community at Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh. More than anything else we seek to nurture positive relationships as the core resource in developing a pastoral approach. This policy endeavours to put in place the framework necessary to underpin and support this approach. The policy will address the following areas:

  • Pastoral role: definitions and responsibilities
  • Pastoral programmes
  • Pastoral procedures
  • Resources and professional development
  • Monitoring and evaluation

Pastoral roles: definitions and responsibilities
At the centre of our pastoral framework are the pastoral roles of class tutor, year head, guidance counsellor, chaplain, and principal. We also recognise that other key roles in the school carry significant pastoral dimensions and responsibilities – such as subject teachers, learning support, resource teachers.
The roles of the tutor and year head are detailed below.

Class Tutor

  • Has responsibility for his/her class group
  • Develops a close working relationship with his/her group and will highlight pastoral care needs
  • Meets their class group at daily assembly
  • Records attendance and punctuality
  • Plays a major part in the induction programme
  • Has access to the relevant information on the students in their class
  • Liaises with parents and records of such correspondence will be forwarded to year head
  • Monitors the dialann scoile
  • Monitors progress and behaviour of the group and will make recommendations to principal as to students deserving of litreacha mhollta
  • Monitors academic progress of students to identify underachievers and forward information to YearHead.
  • Class tutors are given opportunities for professional development in their role

Year Head

  • A clear role in the implementation of the Code of Behaviour is designated – up to a recommendation for suspension/detention
  • There is clear access to relevant information on the students in the year group
  • A regular meeting usually once a week of the Year Head, principal and assistant YearHead
  • Year head attends regular meeting of the pastoral care team.
  • Year Heads have strategies to recognise and acknowledge excellence, effort and contributing to year spirit
  • Year Heads meet tutors to identify areas of concern
  • Year Heads are given opportunities for professional development
  • Organise assemblies of the year group when necessary
  • Report to staff in relation to the year group and from time to time meet with subject teachers
  • Maintain student records – attendance, punctuality, academic progress and correspondence
  • Liaise with parents in relation to student attendance, punctuality, discipline and detention
  • Have access to appropriate administrative support

Pastoral Care Coordinator and Team

  • The Pastoral Team will be made up usually of the pastoral care coordinator, guidance counsellor, chaplain, year head, SPHE coordinator, principal. Other members may be co-opted at any time
  • The team meet weekly at a designated class period reserved for the group in the College’s timetable
  • They will have responsibility for supporting class tutors and year heads, coordinating the pastoral programme, reviewing students with particular difficulties; advising relevant groups within the coláiste on pastoral issues
  • Overseeing at least one major social justice/fundraising project for the year group
  • Will organise, implement and oversee pastoral care placements in transition year
  • Organise retreats and religious services for year groups throughout the year in conjunction with the chaplain
  • Will work closely with transition year co-ordinator and team
  • They will present an annual report on the pastoral life of the College to the staff and the Board of Management
  • They will highlight and discuss discipline issues that emerge

Lifeskills Programme
Lifeskills is a core area of the life of the Gaelcholáiste and its link to pastoral care is clear. The College has a commitment to Lifeskills training and provision and demonstrates this in its provision on the curriculum which adheres to the official Department guidelines. In addition we recognise Lifeskills as being of concern to the whole coláiste and therefore ensure that there are opportunities for whole staff consideration of the this subject in the coláiste, review with parents and management regarding the effectiveness of the programme, on-going professional development for staff is prioritised in this area. In conjunction with the Lifeskills curricular programme, this College has its own pastoral programme that is facilitated by the pastoral team in conjunction with the class tutors and year heads. It is the responsibility of the pastoral team and the Principal to review the inter-relationship and provide for the optimum experience for the student. The College’s pastoral programme deals with such areas as: the Mission Statement and Ethos of Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, class and year group spirit, study skills and approaches, justice and voluntary projects, schools procedures.

Pastoral Procedures
The College has a number of procedures with pastoral implications. In the area of information we are committed to respectfully and sensitively dealing with how information is received, shared, stored and accessed.

Another area of relevance is the relationship of the College to the parent. Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh aims to work in partnership with parents to achieve the optimum quality of relationship – this will require respect, listening, patience, and willingness to reach consensus, creativity, cooperation, and generosity.

Dealing with sensitive issues such as sudden death or death by tragic circumstances requires careful consideration. The College Crisis Response Policy addresses the pertinent issues. In particular the creation of a Critical Response Team is essential. The effectiveness of this team will be reviewed once a year and be part of the annual pastoral review made to the Board of Management.

Resources and Professional Development
The coláiste is committed to providing the necessary resources to underpin this pastoral policy. In particular we are committed to providing where possible tailored professional development programmes for class tutors and year heads. There will also be annual opportunities for the full staff to review the effectiveness of these roles and other pastoral issues.

Structure
For Fifth Year, pupils will be grouped into one of two class groups for core subjects and divided for options.
We expect pupils to participate in learning strategies which are active and experiential and which help them to develop a range of transferable critical thinking and problem solving skills.
It will provide an opportunity for your boys/girls to reflect on and develop an awareness of the value of education training in preparing them for the ever-changing demands of the adult world of work and relationships.
The Method and the Approach
A key feature of pupil learning at Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh is the wide range of teaching and learning methodologies and learning environments which differ from traditional class and homework models in other schools.  These methodologies, which pupils and parents have already experienced through the College’s successful Junior Cycle Course place particular emphasis on:

  • personal responsibility in learning
  • active learning, role play, presentation training, workshops
  • activity based learning
  • group-work, discussion, debate, interview, creative drama work, role-play and
  • project work
  • study visits and field trips
  • experiential learning

Curriculum Details / Timetabling 
The Leaving Certificate Course, in both Fifth and Sixth Year has a full-time table of 9 class periods per day which runs throughout the week.

Core Subjects

  • Gaeilge
  • Mata
  • Béarla

Languages

  • French or Spanish

Options

  • History
  • Geography
  • Design, Communication Graphics
  • Music
  • Business Studies
  • Applied Maths
  • Art
  • Construction Studies
  • Economics
  • Accounting
  • Home Economics
  • Agricultural Science
  • Politics & Society

Science Subjects

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Class Periods and Actual Time Allocations to each Subject

Rang 5A 5B 5C 5D No. Of Classes per wk Time per Subject
Ábhar Gaeilge

5

3.11

Béarla Béarla

6

3.73

Mata Mata

6

3.73

Spáinn Frain

6

3.73

LíneA St. Ghnó Ceimic DCG Eac Bhaile

5

3.11

LíneB Stair Bitheolas Ceol Applied Maths

5

3.11

LíneC Fisic Tíreolas Ealaín Inneall

5

3.11

TFC

1

0.62

Treor Scil Saolta

1

0.62

Corp Oid

2

1.24

Creideamh

3

1.87

Total

45

28.00

Assessment 
Pupils will be assessed continuously in their subject areas.  Reports will be sent home after Christmas and after Summer exams.
The modes of assessment will include the following:
Porfolio Folder to include

  • Overall report of pupil performance
  • Written, practical, oral and aural tests
  • Projects, portfolios and exhibition of work

Meetings will be held with parents of pupils who the College feel are not performing to their abilities and aptitudes.  It is essential that both pupils and parents realize and accept that the College Staff will be very busy preparing pupils for the Leaving Certificate Examinations.