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Subject Choice

Each year students in St Kieran’s College must make decisions regarding the subjects they wish to sit for their Junior and Leaving Certificate Examinations. These decisions are made towards the end of 1st Year and Transition Year respectively. Students will make their decisions in consultation with their teachers and parents. In order to help both parents and students make a more informed decision regarding the subjects to choose, a meeting will take place for 1st Year and Transition Year parents in the College Theatre/online where advice and assistance will be given in order to ease this process.

The following documents may also be useful to both parents and students.

The first document is our Guide to Subject Choice for 5th Year. This document provides a summary of the presentation given by our Guidance Counsellors Mr Brian Dowling, Mr Liam Smith and Ms Eadaoin Maher at the meeting with parents each year and outlines some of the factors that parents and students should consider when making subject decisions for the Leaving Certificate and how they may affect their pathway to 3rd Level education, apprenticeships and the world of work later on. To further help in this process we have also included below on the right a subject description of all courses which are on offer here in St Kieran’s at Senior Cycle.


A Guide to Subject Choice at Senior Cycle

It is a great honour for St Kieran’s College to have been selected by the Department of Education as one of only 40 schools nationwide to pilot the new Leaving Certificate Physical Education course. We have integrated this new course into our curriculum. The specification for Leaving Cert PE is available here


Leaving Cert PE Specification

We are also very grateful to Mr Brian Dowling, Mr Liam Smith and Ms Eadaoin Maher who are the Career Guidance teachers in St Kieran’s College and continues to guide students in many areas, including their subject choice. Mr Dowling, Mr Liam Smith and Ms Eadaoin Maher possess a wealth of knowledge in the area of subject choice and their presentation is available here

1st Year Subject Choice

After Christmas of their first year in the school, 1st Year students will also make choices regarding subjects for 2nd Year. The information contained in the documents below should help parents and students during this process. The school will organise a meeting for the parents of 1st years,  usually in January each year before the Parent/Teacher Meeting and every assistance will be given to both students and parents to ease the process.

1st Year Subject Choice Presentation

If students, or parents, have any questions about the subjects or the process they should contact the school and we would be delighted to help.

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Key Dates

Key Dates

Please note: It may be necessary to reschedule some of the below times and dates. Please check the school website throughout the year for confirmation of the most up to date information.

September
Friday 23rd
Sports Day for all students
Monday 26th
Open Night for Incoming First Years 2023 beginning at 6:30pm
October
Monday 17th - Friday 28th
TY Work Experience
Thursday 27th
6th Year P/T Meeting (4:15-6:45pm)
Friday 28th
Midterm Break Begins at 1pm
November
Monday 7th
School reopens after Mid-Term Break at 8:50am
Thursday 10th
6th Year Careers Information Evening for Parents at 7pm
Thursday 17th
5th Year P/T Meeting (4:15-6:45pm)
Friday 25th
Staff Training Day - No school for students
Monday 28th
JCT Cluster Day - No school for students
December
Thursday 1st
3rd Year P/T meeting (4:15-6:45pm)
Monday 12th
Christmas Exams Begin (Provisional)
Wednesday 21st @1pm
Christmas Holidays Begin
January
Thursday 5th
School reopens after Christmas at 8:50am
Thursday 12th
Subject Choice Meeting for 1st Year Parents
Thursday 19th
1st Year P/T Meeting (4:15-6:45pm)
Thursday 26th
2nd Year P/T Meeting (4:15-6:45pm)
February
Monday 6th
St Brigid's Day (School Closed)
Thursday 9th (7pm)
Subject Choice Meeting for TY Parents
Friday 10th @1pm
Mid-Term Break Begins
Monday 20th
Class resumes after Mid-Term Break (8:50am)
Thursday 23rd
Transition Year P/T meeting (4:15-6:45pm)
March
Saturday 11th
Entrance Assessment Test
Friday 17th
St Patrick's Day (School Closed)
Monday 20th
JCT State Training Day (No School for Students)
Friday 31st @ 1pm
Easter Holidays Begin
April
Monday 17th @8:50am
School Reopens after Easter Holidays
Thursday 27th @7pm
Third Year Parents Information Evening for TY
May
Monday 1st
Bank Holiday (School Closed)
Tuesday 2nd
Free Day (School Closed)
Monday 23rd
End of Year Awards Night
Monday 29th
Summer Exams Begin (Provisional)
June
Friday 2nd @1pm
Summer Holidays Begin
Wednesday 7th
State Examinations Begin

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