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.
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
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.