At present, all students study the following subjects to examination level:
Irish* (unless students have an exemption from the Department of Education & Skills) English, Maths, History, Geography, CSPE, Religion, Science, Physical Education (P.E.) (non-exam), (SPHE) (non-exam).

Optional Subjects (1 language plus 2 other subjects)
French, German, Spanish, Business Studies, Home Economics, Art, Technical Graphics, Materials Technology (Wood), Music.

Students are divided into four or five mixed ability base classes in 1st to 3rd Year. In second and third year, classes in Irish and Maths are divided in accordance with the levels taken by students
i.e. higher, or ordinary. Classes in other subjects will be of mixed ability. The greatest possible level of choice is given to students, when selecting optional subjects for 1st Year, subject to resources and availability. Preference will be given on a first come first served basis where there are limits on class size. Changes in subject choice are permitted when there is available space in the subject- this is subject to the approval of the Principal/Deputy Principal. Parents/guardians are advised to encourage students to stay with the study of subjects at higher level for as long as possible.

Modern Foreign Languages

At Coláiste Muire, we offer three languages to choose from at Junior Cycle. These are:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • German

The Specification for Junior Cycle Modern Foreign Languages aims to develop communicative language skills broadly aligned with the A band (A1 to A2, basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)[1] and its descriptors. It also aims to enable students to explore the interdependence between language and culture, to develop their appreciation of the relevance of languages to their lives for personal, social, educational, vocational and leisure purposes, and to derive enjoyment from language learning.
More specifically it encourages all students to:

  • actively engage in language activities and tasks, developing the capacity to understand written and spoken language
  • communicate effectively and confidently in the target language in familiar contexts through a range of media
  • develop their capacity to use appropriate structures and vocabulary for the purposes of communication, both written and oral
  • enjoy a language-learning experience that will facilitate and encourage them to continue learning languages in future
  • be reflective and autonomous in their language learning, and become actively involved in monitoring and assessing their progress
  • appreciate their own and other cultures
  • develop skills that they can apply to other areas of study and to their lives.
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Home Economics

The central focus of Home Economics as a field of study is achieving optimal, healthy and sustainable living for individuals, families and society. Individuals and families in every society are continually faced with new and emergent issues that can impact on their wellbeing. Such issues include concerns relating to food, nutrition, diet and health; family and social concerns; consumer issues; sustainability in the home; responsible family resource management; and textiles and clothing. Home Economics is an option subject in Coláiste Muire In Home Economics, students learn how to address these practical, real world, perennial problems of individuals, families, households and society in socially responsible ways. Practical perennial problems or concerns are endured from generation to generation by families and require critical decision-making skills to resolve them. Home Economics education uses a systems
approach to empower individuals and families with the knowledge and skills to address these real-life concerns of everyday living. Home Economics draws on diverse disciplines integrating social, physical and human sciences. It strives to solve everyday challenges using a blend of knowledge and skills acquired from multiple disciplines. Home Economics education develops students’ essential lifeskills and personal independence. It supports the development of students who are critical, creative thinkers and encourages students to be problem solvers capable of making ethically and socially responsible decisions.

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Art

Visual Art at junior cycle aims to provide the student with a set of personal attitudes and qualities as well as skills and processes and a sense of the aesthetic.
Art is an option subject in Coláiste Muire Students engage with various crafts throughout their three years while looking at the use of design and the power visual art can have in the world around them. First year is mainly media & driven with a focus on process and the improving of skills. Second year sees the first of two Classroom Based Assessments were students focus on the design process and engage further with both contemporary and historical art visually. The second Classroom based assessment along with the state examination occurs in third year. Students are assessed on a practical project produced over a number of weeks that will showcase the skills and knowledge they have build up over their three years studying visual art.

Technical Graphics

Technical Graphics is an option subject in Coláiste Muire The study of Applied Technology at junior cycle aims to:

  • enable students to develop the necessary conceptual understanding, disciplinary skills and subject knowledge to investigate and solve real-life problems
  • promote the enjoyment of the study of the subject while developing a curiosity about the technological world
  • develop the ability of students to generate and evolve their ideas through an iterative process and communicate through appropriate media
  • develop students’ resilience through constructive critique and support their learning in a ‘safe failure’ environment
  • encourage a disposition of enquiry, innovation, creativity, and self-efficacy
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Wood Technology

Wood Technology is an option subject in Coláiste Muire The study of Wood Technology at junior cycle aims to:

  • enable students to develop the necessary conceptual understanding, disciplinary skills and subject knowledge to design and create artefacts of value
  • empower students through designing and making, whilst developing an awareness of sustainability and the use of natural resources
  • develop a range of core design skills and relevant manipulation skills through modelling and processing wood and other materials
  • develop the confidence and resilience of students through engagement with the uncertainty of design challenges
  • encourage students’ innovation and creativity through recognition and appreciation of their capacity to design and create