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Hartstown Community School




For Private Circulation only to Parents of new

Students of Hartstown Community School

School Year 2014/2015

Telephone: 820 7863 Fax:820 9867

e-mail: info@hartstowncs.com


INDEX PAGE

School Ethos 3

Parents – Partners in Education 3
Admission Policy 4
Transfer of a student from another school 7
Curriculum 8
Junior Cycle Curriculum 8
Senior Cycle Curriculum 9
Subject Information 9
Religious Education 13
Additional Programmes 14
Extra Curricular Activities 15

SCHOOL ETHOS

We ask pupils that they show:



  • RESPECT FOR THEMSELVES

  • RESPECT FOR OTHERS

  • RESPECT FOR PROPERTY

  • RESPECT FOR OPENNESS

This is the underlying spirit of our charter of behaviour, which is there not to annoy or frustrate but to protect pupils and to ensure that the main task of the school, which is teaching and learning, is safeguarded and encouraged to its maximum potential.

The creation of the desired atmosphere in the school is dependant on co-operation between all parties involved (pupils, parents/guardians, teachers and Board of Management) in implementing the charter of behaviour. We expect all parties to adhere to the basic principals of tolerance and consideration for others and to recognise the right of the individual to learn and to study, in an encouraging atmosphere without disruption or fear of intimidation.



As a student of Hartstown Community School, you are asked to make a positive contribution to the life of the school in whatever way you can. You are asked to be honest and caring in your dealings with others and committed to your study.

PARENTS: PARTNERS IN EDUCATION

Students, parents and teachers are partners in the education process. This partnership is based on mutual respect and support and an appreciation that parents are the prime educators of their children.


We encourage parents to be involved with, and to keep regular contact with the school so that by working together in the best interests of our students we can fulfil the aims of our Mission Statement.

As Year Heads and teachers are teaching classes most of the time it is advisable to make an appointment. However, if a parent has a serious or urgent concern he/she should contact the school and a meeting will be arranged as soon as possible.


We, the staff & management, pride ourselves for our caring and supportive role. The school and its education partners (parents, students and staff) are widely recognised as providing a positive and safe learning environment which can only be maintained by all of us working together for the good of our student population.
You deserve our best efforts and our professional commitment to help the students of Hartstown Community School to achieve their potential. We wish to teach and care for all our students in an environment of peace and harmony where students and teachers feel safe and secure. Very disruptive students, after support, advice, counselling, parent visits etc. will be referred to the Board of Management.
The rights of the majority to be taught in an environment which is conducive to good teaching and learning will always be protected.

PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION

Hartstown Community School has an active Parents’ Association. The Annual General Meeting takes place in October and the committee meets regularly throughout the year.

Through the Parents’ Association, parents can


  • have a voice on the Board of Management.

  • have a say in the development of school policies

  • raise issues of concern

  • support the school in practical ways.

Mary Daly and Sandra Devaney are the representatives on the Board of Management.

If you are interested in being involved with or supporting the work of the association in any way, please contact Mr. John Bean, Principal.

The Association is affiliated to the recognised parent body PACCS. For more information on PACCS and on the work of Parents’ Associations you should visit their website at www.paccs.ie.




HARTSTOWN/HUNTSTOWN COMMUNITY SCHOOL

ADMISSION POLICY

Policy revised on 19th June 2012.

The School


Hartstown / Huntstown Community School is a co-educational, multi-denominational community school founded in 1992 to cater for the educational needs of Hartstown & Huntstown children and for the wider community through community education programmes.
The school is managed by a Board of Management which consists of representatives of the Trustees (The Archbishop of the Dublin Diocese and the Co. Dublin Vocational Education Committee), the Parents and the Teachers. The Department of Education and Science provides financial and teaching resources. Additional financial resources are received through, voluntary sports and recreation contributions from parents.
The school with a population of over 1000 pupils, a staff of over 80 teachers together with ancillary staff, is located in a beautiful modern building, surrounded by playing pitches, tennis courts and basketball courts.

The Board’s aim is to work with parents and students to provide the best possible education to all the students entrusted to our care.

Mission Statement
Hartstown/Huntstown Community School seeks to provide for its pupils an atmosphere of security and belonging, focusing on the full social, moral, spiritual, cultural, cognitive and physical development of the young person. We aspire to encourage our pupils’ sense of initiative and self-reliance, their capacity to communicate and co-operate, their perseverance and self-confidence, the development of their unique personality and the achievement of their academic goals.

Our high expectations can only be achieved if each of the partners – students, parents and teachers, realise and fulfil their individual roles and responsibilities.


Religious Ethos

Hartstown/Huntstown Community School is a ‘multi-demoninational’ school. We suscribe to the values of our Religious Trustees and the aspirations of our Constitution. We respect equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practices.


Admissions Policy
This policy is developed in accordance with the Mission Statement of Hartstown/Huntstown Community School and having due regard to the following legislation;

Education Act 1998

Education (Welfare) Act 2000

Equal Status Act 2000

Deed of Trust for Community Schools

European Union Law-Council Directive 2000.



Catchment Area

The catchment area of Hartstown/Huntstown Community School is based on the defined parishes of Hartstown and Huntstown for which the school was established. This is in keeping with Article 2 of the second schedule of Articles of Management of the Deed of Trust which states: "The school shall be established with the object of providing a comprehensive system of post-primary education open to all children of the community, combining instruction in academic and practical subjects, and ongoing education for persons living in the defined parishes of Hartstown and Huntstown in the county of Dublin 15. (Article 2 of Articles of Management page 17)


Admission Criteria


The catchment area of the school is as defined above
Hartstown / Huntstown Community School welcomes applications on behalf of students from the following categories depending on available places.

  1. Children who reside in a permanent capacity in the defined parishes of Hartstown and Huntstown have automatic access. Waiting lists apply.

  2. Children who attend St. Ciaran's or Sacred Heart of Jesus Primary School and who reside outside the defined parishes but who have attended those schools from junior infants onwards.

  3. Children of staff of Hartstown Community School.

  4. Children whose brothers/sisters attended Hartstown/Huntstown Community School but whose families now reside outside the catchment area.

  5. Children from developments at Clonee adjacent to Hartstown and Huntstown such as Little Pace, Hunters Run, Castaheany etc. depending on available places and resources.

  6. Applications for enrolment on behalf of children residing in the catchment area of another second level state school are normally not considered until applications from within our own catchment area have been processed.

Note: Category (a) students have automatic access. Categories (b) to (e) depend on availability of places and resources and are considered in that order, ie (b) then (c) then (d) then (e) then (f) in the order i.e. (b) to (f).

Note: A student applying for admittance to first year must have reached the required statutory age i.e. 12yrs. by January of the following year and should have completed 6th class in Primary school or equivalent.
All other applications not coming within the above criteria will be examined by the Board.

Waiting List

If the number of applications exceeds the number of places available, waiting lists will be established under each category (a) to (f). Late applications will be placed on the relevant waiting list. Applicants on list (a) will have priority over applications on list (b) and so on.

Admission Procedures





  1. Application for enrolment is carried out by the completion in full of the approved application form, duly signed by parents / guardian.

This includes supplying PPS no., birth certificate and utility bill as proof of address.

  1. Completed applications for first year students for the school year beginning in September are processed in the preceding month of October on a date specified on the official letter of notice.

  2. Application forms are available from the school office.

  3. Application for enrolment at other times during the year is carried out by making formal contact with the school office for the appropriate form and documentation.

  4. Parents / Guardians are requested to supply evidence of ability to meet the conditions of the Admissions Policy of the Board where requested to do so, such as a utility bill as evidence of address.

  5. Students must be willing, with parents / guardians to accept the school code of behaviour and other policies sanctioned by the Board of Management. Confirmation in writing of that acceptance is required of parents / guardians and of students. The signing of the application form by the parent / guardians and students will commit parties to that acceptance.

  6. Parents and prospective students must be willing to accept the school ethos.

  7. Applicants for first year must have reached the required age which is 12 on the 1st January in the calendar year following the student's entry into first year, (birth certificate must be shown)

have completed sixth class standard in primary school and

be willing to take an Assessment Test.


  1. Following enrolment the Board will decide on the number of classes to be formed to cater for first year for the following school year.


  2. Parents / Guardians of applicants are requested to pay a contribution of €20 to cover administration costs of assessments, stationery, printing, postage, etc. for incoming first year students. This fee is non-refundable unless admission is refused. It is separate to the Sports & Recreation contribution.

For students who accept a place in the school there is a voluntary contribution to a Sports and Recreation fund. This covers transport associated with the many activities which are promoted, prizes for sports days and purchase of gear, all in-house Examination, Parents Newsletters and postage for reports home etc. (Currently €120 for 2 or more family members, €60 for an individual student).

  1. On enrolment, Parents will receive relevant documentation outlining school policy on a range of areas as required under The Education Act 1998 e.g. Admission Policy, Management and structures of the school, the curriculum on offer, Code of Discipline, Special programmes, Extra-curricular activities etc.

Late Applications

Late applications will be accepted, subject to the foregoing admissions policy and other conditions as outlined and provided there are places available.


Applications for other year groups are also accepted on the above basis subject to places being available in the subject options of the year group concerned with the maximum class numbers specified.

Students with Special Educational Needs


The school's ability to provide a good education to students with particular needs is dependent on the provision of resources by the Department of Education & Science.

You are asked to complete the application form filling in as much detail as possible regarding special educational needs. The Board will then be in a position to apply to the Department of Education and Science for the resources to suit each child’s particular need.

Transfer of a Student from Another School

The Board of Management will decide on applications for admission to a year group from another school under its admissions policy.




  1. Where a student's application meets the criteria laid down at (a), (b) and (c) of the admission criteria he / she will also be required to meet the conditions listed below.

  2. The transfer request must in all cases be supported in writing by the Principal of the pupil's current school.

The Board will also consider:



  • the reasons for seeking such a transfer

  • all relevant information concerning such a request

  • all reports educational and otherwise from the applicant's previous school or schools.

  • whether acceptance is in the best interest of the student

  • whether acceptance is in the best interest of the school.

  • any contractual conditions which should be entered into by the prospective applicant and his/her parents or guardians prior to acceptance.

Following the receipt of the application form and the provision of such information as may be prescribed by the Minister "as soon as practicable, but not later than 21 days, the Board of Management of the school concerned shall make a decision in respect of the application concerned and inform the parent in writing thereof".

Education (Welfare ) Act 2000, section 19 (3).
The school is committed to meeting, to the best of its ability, the educational needs of the students it accepts based on the resources provided by the Department of Education and Science in terms of accommodation, finance and personnel.
Note: The Board reserves the right to refuse enrolment in the following exceptional circumstances:

  • Where a pupil has special needs such that, even with additional resources available from DES, the school cannot meet such needs and/or provide the pupil with an appropriate education.




  • Where in the opinion of the BOM, the pupil poses an unacceptable risk to other pupils, school staff and/or school property or to the teaching and learning environment.



ASSESSMENT TESTS FOR 2014/2015

Classes are formed following an assessment test which we administer during last term of 6th class. This is not an entrance exam as students have already been accepted by the date of the test.

We also consult with the students’ teacher as to progress, ability, motivation, etc.

Based on this information we place students in classes which we think will best suit their ability.

Progress in first year is constantly under review. Where we feel a child has been misplaced, we will do all we can to place the child in a more suitable class.

CURRICULUM


At the heart of every school is the Curriculum offered to the students. In many respects the curriculum is set by the Department of Education & Science and teachers are charged with interpreting that curriculum. How the curriculum is interpreted is critical to the success of a school. The interpretation of the curriculum depends on the professional competence of the teachers.
Our school offers the following courses:

Junior Cycle Programmes leading to the Junior Certificate Examination

Senior Cycle Programmes leading to the Leaving Certificate Examination

Leaving Certificate Applied Programme leading to the Leaving Certificate Applied Examination.

The Transition Year Programme is an optional year after Junior Certificate and prior to Senior Cycle. Students are strongly advised to consider this option. Research nationally and in this school indicate a 40-50 point advantage in the Leaving Certificate exam for students who have completed Transition Year.

JUNIOR CYCLE CURRICULUM


All students study the following Department of Education and Science programmes for the 3 years of Junior Cycle: Irish, English, Maths, History, Geography, Science, Religious Education and C.S.P.E. (Civic Social & Political Education), S.P.H.E. (Social, Personal and Health Education) and P.E. Information Technology is timetabled in first and second year.
Students must take one modern language (French, Spanish or German) and two from the following list of subjects: Business Studies, Music, Materials Technology (Wood or Metal), Technical Graphics, Art or Home Economics.
All examination subjects at Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate level are offered at higher level.

Note I: Irish - There are very special circumstances whereby a student may be exempt from the study of Irish. Please consult the Principal.

Note II: Should a student, for medical reasons, not be in a position to follow the normal P.E. programme, it is essential that the year-head and the P.E. teachers are acquainted with the medical reasons for opting out of the P.E. programme whether that be of long term or short term duration.

A medical certificate will be required.


SENIOR CYCLE CURRICULUM
All students follow the Department of Education and Science curriculum in English, Irish and Maths. Students are offered a wide range of optional subjects. From these option groups they are required to choose four subjects.

The following is the list of subject options available to our 5th year students:

History, Geography, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, French, German, Spanish, Accounting, Business, Home Economics, Art, Construction Studies, Engineering, Design & Communication Graphics, Music, Religion, Applied Maths, Japanese, Russian, Romanian, Polish, Lithuanian, Croatian.

All students also take classes in the following subjects which are not for examination in the Leaving Cert: P.E., Religion, Career Guidance and Information Technology

SUBJECT INFORMATION

The following information on what we term “optional” subjects should be noted. While it is not always possible to facilitate all students with their first choice, we will make every effort to give students their 1st choice preference in each option.


Home Economics:

What is Home Economics?

Home Economics is a subject suitable for boys and girls and covers a wide range of topics like textiles, fashion, food studies, health and safety, household management and consumer awareness. It is a practical subject which involves research and project work.


What does it lead to at Senior Cycle?

Home Economics, Scientific and Social (food, biology and sociology management).


What are the employment prospects in this area?

There are positions in Hotel Management/ Catering, all aspects of Tourism, Teaching, Nutrition and Diet, the Food Industry; and many areas of self-employment.


A broad outline of study at Junior Cert.

There are 5 core units at this level and I optional study.

(1) Food Studies (2) Consumer Studies (3) Social and Health Studies (4) Resource Management (planning and design in the home, the environment, community services) (5) Textile Studies (contemporary fashion and design).

For the optional study students can work in one of three areas, Childcare, Textile skills or a Special Project. At the end of 3rd year, students are assessed on a practical exam, a project and written test.


Business Studies:

What is Business Studies?

Business Studies introduces the student to the world of finance and money management on a personal level, progressing to the world of business, simple economics and information technology.

What does it lead to at Senior Cycle?

The subject at Senior Cycle is more specialised and splits into three distinct areas.

(1) Accounting (2) Business (3) Economics.
What are the employment prospects in this area?

Achievement in this subject area as part of a good overall Leaving Cert. and suitable personal qualities, prepare the student for the workplace or for entry into many different 3rd level courses.


A broad outline of the subject at Junior Cert. level.

The subject begins with a study of personal financial management, banking, insurance services and household budgeting. The skills acquired in this area facilitate the move to accounts preparation and management of business.

The context of business operations is the focus of study in the next area of the course by looking at simple government budgets, foreign exchange and trade.

Materials Technology (Wood):

What is Materials Technology?

Materials Technology (Wood) concerns learning about different trees, timber and forests of the world. Students are introduced to specific tools and machines and taught how to use them. They learn the skills of joining wood in order to make things such as toys, furniture and other household goods.


What does it lead to at Senior Cycle?

There is a direct link to Construction Studies at Senior Level where students learn about the building of houses from start to finish (the skills of block-laying, painting and carpentry).

What are the employment prospects in this area?

There are a range of professions open to students who have studied and achieved in this area –Carpentry / Joinery, Plumbing, Building, Architecture, Engineering, Draughtsmanship, Site Surveying, Site Foreman.

A broad outline of the subject at Junior Cert.

Students begin by learning to identify, draw and use the specific tools and machines. They learn how to recognise the different trees/ timbers/ leaves and how to draw them. They learn the skills and methods of joining different types of materials-timber, plastics, metals etc. In 3rd year they undertake a project that is part of their J.C. examination.


Materials Technology (Metal):

What is Materials Technology (Metal)?

Materials Technology (Metal) is a practical subject which involves using a variety of tools and machines to make things with different metals and plastics. There is a wide range of topics covered from decorative metalwork and jewellery making to computer aided design.

The Metalwork room is like a workshop and safety is important.


What does it lead to at Senior Cycle?

There is a direct link from Junior Cert. Metalwork to Leaving Cert. Engineering. A new Engineering syllabus will begin in the near future.


What are the employment prospects in this area?

There are a lot of careers open to students who do well in Metalwork/Technology/Engineering - Aer/Auto Mechanics, Engineering (Civil, Mechanical, Chemical Electrical), Architecture, Tool-making, Fitting etc.


A broad outline of the subject at Junior Cert.

Students are introduced to the specific tools and machines and learn the skills involved in the joining processes (welding, brazing, soldering). They are introduced to electronics and electricity, computer aided design and manufacturing. They study theory associated with these processes. There is a 3rd year J.C. project.



Technology:

What is Technology?

Technology introduces the student to the world of design, where you generate designs to solve problems or satisfy needs. You will develop skills and acquire knowledge by making different objects using materials, components and tools.

What does it lead to at Senior Cycle?

(1) Engineering (2) Technology


What are the employment prospects in this area?

Success in this area can lead to rewarding careers in Engineering (Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical) Industrial Design and Business.


A broad outline of the subject at Junior Cert. Level.

The subject covers 5 main areas: communications; sketching and drawing; craft and materials; energy and control, electronics, computers; technology and society.


Technology combines practical work with theory. In 3rd year students must design and make a project supported with written explanations and presenting it for assessment.

Technical Graphics:

What is Technical Graphics?

Technical Graphics is about learning to draw in a special, technical way. The student learns to use certain drawing equipment such as a board, tee-square and specialised draughting tools like a compass, protractor, flexicurves and scale ruler.




What does it lead to at Senior Cycle?

This subject is a foundation for the Leaving Cert. subject design and communication graphics DCG. However it is also a valuable base for students who wish to study engineering or construction studies at Senior Cycle.


What are the employment prospects in this area?

A competence in Technical Graphics can lead to study and careers in Architecture, Engineering, Draughtsmanship, Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Advertising and Packaging Design, Interior Design, Builder, Tradesman.

A broad outline of the subject at Junior Cert.

Students begin by learning how to draw in a technical manner using the equipment correctly and developing neatness and accuracy. They study different types of draughting such as orthographic projection and perspective. They solve both mathematical and practical questions using graphics. They develop their powers of visualisation. Freehand sketching and Computer Aided Draughting (CAD) is also developed.

Art:

What is Art?

Art is a means of expressing ideas in various ways like drawing, painting, collage, clay and printing. Students will learn and develop skills associated with these areas while also creating an awareness of their environment, becoming more observant and appreciative.


What does it lead to at Senior Cycle?

Art at this level is more advanced and can be divided into 2 areas: Art /Craft appreciation and Art History.


What are the employment prospects in this area?

Success in Art can lead to a variety of careers: Art teaching, Graphic Design, Artist, Industrial Design, Textile / Fashion Design, Animation, Printing, Pottery.


A broad outline of the subject at Junior Cert.

Students develop skills in 4 specific areas; Graphic Design, Painting, Work in 3D area and Craft.

In 3rd year students must submit a project for assessment based on a specific theme.

Music:


What is Music?

Music is an enjoyable subject where you have the opportunity to do three things:

Play a musical instrument.

Listen to all kinds of music including Rock, Pop, Dance, Folk, Classical and more.

Learn how to write your own songs adding chords and rhythms.

The Music department is equipped with top of the range keyboards, pianos, percussion instruments and recorders.

What does it lead to at senior level?

The good news about senior level is that a brand new and exciting Leaving Cert. Music Course has just been introduced. It is a perfect follow on from the Junior cert. The best thing about it is that you can concentrate on what you are best at and this can account for 50% of your total marks in the final exam. So if you play Guitar or Keyboard or another instrument you can spend half of your 'study' time on this.

Also there is room to study computer generated music such as dance music and the school will be shortly equipped with the CUEBASE software programme for this purpose.

What are the Job prospects?

Here's a quote from John Teeling a Managing Director of a large company:



'If two people arrived tomorrow with the same qualifications except that one had shown success in an unrelated area, such as Leaving Certificate Music, we would have to consider that person as having an advantage’

In other words, Music shows personal abilities which are vital for many jobs – teamwork, ability to adapt and change. It also shows an ability to learn on your own and supervise your own learning. In addition, jobs in the Music industry are many and varied:

Music Software Programmer, Producer, Recording Engineer, Jobs in Radio and Television, Disc Jockey, Video Jockey. Also in Education and Advertising there are many job opportunities.
A broad outline of study for the subject at Junior Cert. level:

1st Year: Students learn to play selected instruments, such as keyboard and recorder. Tuition for other instruments (such as guitar, piano. flute. trumpet and keyboards) is available on a fee paying basis after school. Students also learn how to read and write music and listen to some songs and larger works.

2nd Year: Students continue to learn to perform in groups and continue to learn writing and reading music. They also undertake a special study of a particular type of music such as Jazz or Rock.

3rd Year: There are two exams for Junior Cert. Music: The first usually in March/April is the practical exam where students perform in groups and on their own. The second, in June is an aural and written exam where students listen to a tape and answer questions.


French / German/ Spanish

The aim of a language programme at Junior Cycle level is to equip the student with the language and skills needed to communicate. Topics covered include, meeting and getting to know people, buying and selling, making bookings and reservations, ordering food and drink, finding your way to work, school, home etc. Study of a foreign language is a first step in learning about the culture and literature of countries where the language is spoken.

Study:

A modern language is a compulsory entry requirement for many 3rd level colleges. Some 3rd level non language courses, such as Engineering include a language module.



Work:

Job opportunities are plentiful in tele-sales, tourism and catering, foreign languages are essential for these areas. Irish companies who trade with European countries require skilled linguists who are also trained in areas such as law, marketing or communications. Translation is a huge area of employment in the European Union.



Travel & Recreation:

Visits to foreign countries are greatly enhanced if the visitor can speak the language of the country he or she visits. The ability to communicate directly with other nationalities leads to greater understanding and appreciation of their culture.


Information Technology:


We now have 3 fully equipped computer rooms which are used by students and also Adult Education classes. Classes have time-tabled hours in the Computer Room. Students also gain experience with computers through different subjects. First and second year students are time-tabled for one class per week in the computer room. Fifth year students have 2 classes per week of computer studies. The EDCL (European Computer Driving Licence) course is compulsory in 5th year.

SPECIAL NEEDS AND LEARNING SUPPORT

Ms. L. Blanche will co-ordinate Learning Support for in-coming first year students. Ms. Blanche will be available to parents and students to discuss and address students’ learning difficulties and special needs. Parents who feel their son/daughter needs assistance should arrange to meet Ms. Blanche to discuss their concerns.

It is our policy to provide as much help and advice as possible to parents and students.




RELIGIOUS EDUCATION


The spiritual formation of our students is an important aspect of the overall education of those entrusted to our care. Young people are very caring, thoughtful and spiritual. The task for the religious education teacher in the school is to provide a sound knowledge base for the young person, to nurture and encourage their beliefs and value system based on good moral values.

The school has the service of a full time Chaplain, Mr. S. McGroarty. He is available to students, parents and staff who may wish to seek his guidance and advice on any issue.

The teachers in the Religion Department, together with Mr. S. McGroarty, organise:



  • Personal Development Days for each year group – some are held in school, others at outside venues. The cost of these days are now included in the annual Sports & Social contribution.

  • Liturgical services at key stages of the year – The opening of the academic year, Christmas, Lent, Graduation, etc. Mass is celebrated during Lent on Wednesdays at 8:30am. Parents and students are very welcome to attend.

  • Hampers for the needy at Christmas which are donated to the Vincent de Paul Society for distribution.

  • Prayer services for the daily year group assemblies.

We are very well supported in our endeavors by Father George Begley (Huntstown), Fr. Joe Coyne (Hartstown), Father D.J. O’Mahony from the Oratory in Blanchardstown Town Centre and by the Church of Ireland parish clergy in Castleknock. Fr. D.J. O’Mahony who is a member of the Board of Management gives great time and support to the school, he is available to both staff and students.

Religious education has now become an examination subject at Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate level and this year we offer it as an optional subject for Leaving Cert.

Hartstown Community School is a multi denominational school which cherishes the diversity of faith and culture which is now evident in the school by the presence of students from many nationalities.
Should any parent have any query or anxiety about the Religious Education Programme or should they not wish their son / daughter to take part it is necessary to make an appointment to see the Principal.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMES

The school's philosophy is to educate the whole person, as far as is possible. We therefore have programmes such as Pastoral Care, Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE), Substance Abuse, RSE etc. These programmes are taught in the school and supplemented by outside speakers with expertise in these areas. We also hold meetings for parents to link in with what is happening in school. The following information on these various programmes may be of interest to you.



SOCIAL PERSONAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION - SPHE

Hartstown/Huntstown Community School seeks to foster in its pupils positive attitudes towards health and fitness. All students benefit from a Physical Education programme and are encouraged to avail of the broad range of sporting and other activities offered by the school outside of the daily timetable.


We also offer a taught programme dealing with a range of health related issues with a particular emphasis on substance abuse - smoking, alcohol and drugs. Part of the programme is delivered by teachers in the school. Outside experts are invited to talk on a range of issues such as pregnancy, alcohol, community awareness, assertiveness and substance abuse. We plan to extend the Health Education programme in the coming school year.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE

The school offers a programme on substance abuse which deals with drug abuse. As well as the taught programme we also have outside speakers who address pupils on this very important topic. We also support parents by holding information meetings where guest speakers advise and inform parents as to the best course of action should drugs be a cause for concern.

Visiting theatre groups have presented shows to the students around the above themes.

School Policy

Where a student's behaviour gives rise to suspicion that he or she may be abusing drugs, the school will raise the matter with the student and his/her parents or guardians. Counselling may be recommended and the parents/guardians will be given the names of outside counselling agencies. It will be the responsibility of the parents/guardians to pursue the matter.


Where the behaviour of a student is such as to persistently disrupt the work of the class, the parents/guardians may be asked to keep the student at home until he/she has committed to, or completed a course of counselling.
Sanctions will be imposed on students who come to school under the influence of mood altering substances.
A student who is found to have been dealing in drugs either in school or while wearing the school uniform will be liable for expulsion. The Garda Junior Liaison Officer will be informed. The Board of Management has ultimate responsibility in this area.
The full text of the school's policy on substance abuse is available for inspection in the school.

EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVIES

The school through its staff provides a very wide range of activities for students. These activities offer students opportunities to learn new skills and make new friends.


S

port

Gaelic Football, Hurling, Soccer, Rugby, Basketball, Badminton, Camogie for girls,

Swimming, Athletics & Cross-Country, gym training, circuit training, zumba for

girls.
We have a school choir which performs at major school events

e.g. Graduation, Christmas Choral Services, Masses and other Religious Services.

Competitions: We enter a variety of public competitions historical, general

knowledge quizzes, artistic, business, musical.

Short story and poetry competitions are promoted. Our yearly school magazine

‘Class Act’ provides opportunities for creative writing, competitions.


Young Scientist Exhibition (now sponsored by ESAT) and directed by Mr. J. Kerr and Ms. E. Morrow accepts entries from a number of students who produce projects in the school. We have had wonderful success in this event having in the past been awarded the trophy for the best overall school.
Young Entrepreneurs: We enter students for this event and also organise a trade fair before Christmas. We encourage and promote links with local industries.

Cultural activities and opportunities: are provided through language exchanges. Visits to theatre, film, art exhibitions, art workshops, cultural centres etc. week-ends in the gaeltacht, an Irish club, quiz competitions, dance for Transition Year etc.

A Meditation for Young People
I am a member of the world family

I am related to those who stand next to me….

by the air we breathe….

By the light we share….

the hope we have for a better world.
I have a responsibility

To give…. To receive,

To be open, tolerant, free,
I have inherited this world

from those who have lived before…..

I occupy space and time

For a few short years,

I hold this world in trust

For those who will follow.
My life - with others - can follow this

World toward Peace rather that strife….

Hope, rather than despair….

Freedom rather than slavery.

I, with those about me,

Can make the Unity of Humanity

A living thing.
I pledge my willing spirit

To this thought.

Let us do this together.


From Unicef

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