"Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children." - Walter Elias Disney
The Junior Certificate School Programme (JCSP).
JCSP runs alongside The New Junior Cycle Programme.
The aim of JCSP is to support The New Junior Cycle Programme. The students complete a a series 'Statements of Learning' in a number of key subjects. These subjects are English, Maths ,Geography and Irish for 3rd Years and French, History, Geography and Religious Education for 1st and 2nd Years.
A statement of learning describes an area of knowledge, a concept or a skill the student has achieved through studying any of the above particular subjects, following the syllabus of that subject.
Statements are divided into learning targets and are recorded in Statement Books that each student receives in first year. These statement books are filled in at regular intervals to track the learning targets through statements of learning which are a great addition to the preparation for The New Junior Cycle. Students can see their achievements and there it contributes to a feeling of success through the three years in Junior Cycle.
The JCSP is a very positive learning tool for students of all abilities and at the end of third year each student is presented with a final profile of the work done over the three years before taking their final New Junior Cycle Exam.
JCSP also provides the students with free valuable resources which helps with all the different abilities of learning within each junior year.
JCSP also provides finance through "Initiatives" to support different subjects within The New Junior Cycle. These initiatives provide finance for invaluable workshops and resources that are subject-specific and helps finance trips related to specific subjects. Examples of recent successful initiatives include:
Artist In The Classroom For First Years: This involves puppet making workshops.
Film Making: This involves two second year groups learning about film making and making a short film each. This also involves the buying of film equipment as a follow up to the film making initiative.
Home Economics: JCSP programme helps with purchasing of invaluable resources which will serve all Home Economic students for practical teaching and learning within the subject.
Geography: JCSP programme helps with purchasing invaluable resources to aid in the teaching and learning of Geography for present and future JCSP students.
History: JCSP programme helps with financing History trips relevant to the syllabus.
Maths: JCSP programme helps with buying Maths resources to aid in the teaching of Maths In The New Junior Cycle.
We also apply for a summer celebration initiative so that students can have a celebration after being presented with their Final Profile Folder.
JCSP also provides unique opportunities to compete for new experiences for our student at minimum cost to the student.
For example, a recent adventure overnight trip to An Oige in Killarney: The students paid for transport only. The students kayaked with Cork Adventure Centre followed by hill walking. Lunch was supplied and prepared by a chef who also cooked the evening meal, breakfast and a packed lunch for going home the following day. Twenty five students were involved and it was a complete success.
The following is a link to more information on JCSP:
"The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." - BB King