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A Warm Welcome!. Information Evening for Parents & Guardians of First Year Students. Guidance & Counselling Service Agenda. Introduction Advice To Aid Transition (Primary-Secondary Subject Choice Third Level Requirement. Promotes: Decision-making Self-Awareness

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A warm welcome

A Warm Welcome!

Information Evening for Parents & Guardians of First Year Students


Guidance counselling service agenda

Guidance & Counselling Service Agenda

  • Introduction

  • Advice To Aid Transition (Primary-Secondary

  • Subject Choice

  • Third Level Requirement


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  • Promotes:

  • Decision-makingSelf-Awareness

  • Interpersonal communication skillsThe ability toplan

  • Personal and social skills

  • Problem solving

  • Personal

    Assists students with decision-making in:

    Educational and Training choices

    Job search skills

    Employment opportunities

    Interview skills

    Work and life

    Decision-making in relation to:

    Course, Subject &Level in 2nd level

    Study Skills

    Exam Technique

    Student

    Educational

    Careers


    Moving on

    Moving on …

    The Transition from Primary to Post Primary

    A significant life event


    Challenges of transition

    Challenges of Transition


    Curriculum

    Curriculum

    • New Subjects.

    • There is a subject change every forty minutes and with it a change of teacher.

    • A child may meet as many as nine different teachers on a daily basis.


    The timetable

    The Timetable

    • Do not allow the timetable to cause difficulties.

    • Be Proactive - make multiple copies of the timetable and put it on the fridge, the bedroom door, in the car anywhere and everywhere!!


    The school bag

    The School Bag

    • This is a skill....

    • Check the bag every night with your child to ensure the right books and copies are ready for at least the first 3 classes the following morning.


    Time management

    Time Management

    Finding the right balance between:

    • Homework.

    • Extra curricular activities there importance cannot be over emphasised.


    Homework

    Homework

    • Homework will increase when students enter secondary school it is expected that students do1 ½ - 2 hrs per night.

    • Have a look at the Homework Policy.


    Extra curricular activities

    Extra Curricular Activities

    • Getting involved in extra curricular activities is very important.

    • Taking part builds confidence and gets them mixing with others and will aid the transition.

    • It is a great way for teachers to get to know your child in different light.

    • Encourage them to try out everything.


    The locker key

    The Locker Key

    • When your child gets his / her locker key it is a very good idea to get a copy of the key cut so there will always be a spare.


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    Core Subjects


    Core subjects

    CORE SUBJECTS:

    • English

    • History

    • Irish

    • Geography

    • Maths

    • Religion

    • Science

    • C.S.P.E

    • S.P.H.E


    Choice subjects

    Choice Subjects

    • FrenchArt

    • GermanMusic

    • Business StudiesHome Economics

    • Tech GraphicsStudy Skills**

    • Metalwork

    • Materials Technology(Wood)


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    Benefits of the

    various subjects....


    Languages

    Languages

    • How to speak in the language.

    • The skills of listening to, reading and writing in the language.

    • The grammar of the language.

    • Information about the countries where people speak the language, and their way of life.


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    A foreign language is useful for many careers including: Translator, Interpreter, Tourism, Journalism, Management, International Marketing.


    The third language requirement

    The Third Language Requirement:


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    NUIG

    Cadets & Defence Force

    UCD

    NUIM

    UCC

    RCSI

    NCAD

    Shannon College of Hotel&Catering

    St. Angela’s,Sligo


    Exceptions to the third language rule

    Exceptions to the third language rule

    You do not have to have a third Language to go to the following colleges:

    • UL- University of Limerick

    • DCU- Dublin City University

    • TCD – Trinity College Dublin

    • Any of the Institutes of Technology


    Exceptions to the third language

    Exceptions to the Third Language:

    • Engineering & Agricultural courses at UCD.

    • Engineering and Science courses at NUI Maynooth.

    • Engineering and Science courses in NUI Galway.

    • University of Limerick (UL): English & another language.

    • Trinity College Dublin (TCD) accepts a “language other than English” e.g. Irish.

    • Institutes of Technology accept English or Irish for entry purposes.


    Home economics

    Home economics

    • Follow recipes and cook dishes, in pairs and on our own.

    • Carry out projects on foods.

    • Hand and/or machine sew to make small items.

    • Become more experienced at managing your resources and your time.

    • There are many jobs and careers that you can work in, e.g. chefs/cooks, catering, fashion and textiles, child care, teaching, food industry, tourism, and health and nutrition.


    Music

    music

    • Music has a very important part in many peoples’ lives. Most of us will take pleasure in listening to music and many people will enjoy singing or playing an instrument throughout their lives.

    • Music related careers: career in music in areas such as education(teacher, lecturer), business (sound engineer, lyricist, reviewer, therapist) and performance (composer, performer, conductor).


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    art

    • Learn a variety of new crafts.

    • Learn to work in 3-D e.g. culpture or clay work.

    • Learn about the design process and how to use it to create new design object and images.

    • There are many career opportunities in Art - areas such as: photography, illustration, interior/industrial/fashion design, education and architecture.


    Business studies

    business Studies

    • Business Studies helps you to make wise

      decisions about saving and spending your money now and throughout your life.

    • Introduce you to many possible careers such

      as: accountancy, finance, sales, marketing,

      and management.

    • It also gives you a good foundation for the three Leaving Certificate business subjects.


    Metal work

    metal work

    • Work with metals and other materials such as wood and plastic.

    • Assemble these materials into useful and interesting items.

    • Learn how to apply a finish to your project.

    • Careers: Construction, Craftsmanship, Engineering


    Cross curricular

    Cross-curricular

    • Some topics in Metalwork overlap with Materials Technology Wood.

    • Many of the practical skills learned in Metalwork are similar to those learned in Wood.

    • Technical Graphics will help you to understand drawings and diagrams that you will be using in Metalwork.

    • You will also find some of the same topics coming up in Science and Geography.


    Materials technology wood mtw

    Materials Technology Wood (MTW)

    • Materials Technology Wood (MTW) is one of the technology subjects offered at junior cycle.

    • In MTW students will learn: to designsmall projects; and the skills required to use tools and equipment to make their designs.

    • Students will work mainly with wood but also with other materials.

    • Students will learn about wood as a material and how it is produced.


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    At Leaving Cert -Construction Studies

    • Construction Studies introduces students to the knowledge and skills associated with construction technology, materials and practices.

    • This is done through theoretical study and practical projects.

    • At Leaving Cert Higher Level 79% of students get A,B,C

    • At Leaving Cert Ordinary Level 58% of students get A,B,C

    • (79% of students take Higher level)


    Technical graphics

    Technical gRAPHICS

    • Can be studied on its own or to compliment another Technical Subject

    • In Technical Graphics students will learn how to represent 3-D objects on paper and on computer.

    • Students will develop problem solving and creative thinking skills through the solution of graphical problems


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    • Technical Graphics builds on skills learned in mathematics for example: 2-D and 3-D shapes, lines and angles.

      Is it difficult:

    • At Junior Cert Higher level 71% of students get A,B,C

    • At Junior Cert Ordinary level 79% of students get A,B,C


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    • At Leaving Certificate, you will be able to study

      Design and Communication Graphics.

    • In this subject there will be a greater emphasis on computer graphics and freehand sketching.

    • The geometry that is learned in Junior Certificate will be further developed.

      At Higher level 77% of students get A,B,C.

      At Ordinary level 71% of students get A,B,C.


    Study skills

    Study skills:

    • This focuses on Maths and English.

    • For students who may find it difficult in taking on 3 choice subjects.

    • It is on the same band as the Languages, hence it is not possible to do a Language and Study Skills.


    Points difference

    Points Difference:


    How do you choose

    How do you choose?


    Research

    Research

    Subject Websites:

    www.scoilnet.ie

    www.education.ie

    www.skoool.ie

    Career Websites: www.qualifax.ie

    www.careersportal.ie

    www.careerdirections.ie

    Junior Certificate course books.


    Www stbrendanscsbirr ie

    New Website

    www.stbrendanscsbirr.ie


    Discuss

    Discuss

    • Subject Teachers

    • Current Pupils

    • Parents/Guardians, Older Brothers & Sisters

    • Guidance Counsellor


    Reflect

    Reflect

    • Do I like this subject?

    • Am I good at it? How have I performed up to now?

    • Is there a chance I might need it for further study/career?

    • Am I keeping my options open?


    Decide

    Decide

    We do not have a crystal ball to see into the consequences of our decisions but we tend to be happier and more at ease with our decisions when we have done our work!


    Supports

    Supports

    • Partnership between home and school is vital

    • An open honest dialogue with ‘the school’ is essential

    • If there are any difficulties let us know:

      • Year Head

      • Tutor

      • Guidance Counsellor

      • Senior Management


    Order of preference

    Order of preference

    Your son/daughter must list their subject choices in order of preference....The one they would like/want to do the most must be put down as

    NO. 1....

    4 subjects are chosen from the list and each student will be assigned to 3 of those subjects.

    Students have the option to tick the box to indicate they are flexible around their 3rd/4th preference.


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    SUBJECT-CHOICE RESTRICTIONS

    • SOME SUBJECTS (FRENCH, GERMAN) REQUIRE PREDOMINANTLY SINGLE CLASS PERIODS, WHILE OTHER SUBJECTS (MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY (WOOD), METALWORK, ART, HOME ECONOMICS, MUSIC) REQUIRE PREDOMINANTLY DOUBLE PERIODS. SUBJECTS ARE GROUPED ACCORDINGLY ON THE TIMETABLE AND, AS A RESULT, CERTAIN RESTRICTIONS ARE IN PLACE:

    • NO MORE THAN ONE OF THE MODERN LANGUAGES (FRENCH, GERMAN) MAY BE CHOSEN.

    • NO MORE THAN TWO OF THE PRACTICAL SUBJECTS (MT WOOD, METALWORK, ART, HOME ECONOMICS, MUSIC) MAY BE CHOSEN.


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    • JUNIOR CYCLE OPTIONAL SUBJECTS

    • ART, CRAFT AND DESIGN METALWORK

    • BUSINESS STUDIES MUSIC

    • FRENCH STUDY SKILLS

    • GERMAN ECHNICAL GRAPHICS

    • HOME ECONOMICS MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY (WOOD)

      PLEASE SELECT, IN ORDER OF YOUR PREFERENCE, THE OPTIONAL SUBJECTS WHICH YOU WISH TO STUDY FOR THE JUNIOR CERT. EACH STUDENT SHOULD INDICATE 4 SUBJECTS, FROM WHICH THEY WILL BE ALLOCATED 3. EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO ACCOMODATE STUDENTS, THOUGH NO PARTICULAR COMBINATION OF SUBJECTS CAN BE GUARANTEED.

    • STUDENT’S NAME: _______________________________________

    • CLASS: _______ TUTOR: ________________________________

    • 1ST CHOICE: ____________________________________________

    • 2ND CHOICE: ____________________________________________

    • 3RD CHOICE: ____________________________________________

    • 4TH CHOICE: ____________________________________________

    • IF YOUR 3RD AND 4TH CHOICES ARE EQUALLY ACCEPTABLE TO YOU, PLEASE INDICATE BY TICKING HERE ________

    • STUDENT SIGNATURE: ____________________________________

    • PARENT/GUARDIAN SIGNATURE: _______________________________


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