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Our School Facilities

-  Dedicated subject classrooms
-  Spacious common areas for students
-  PE hall complete with changing facilities & fitness suite
-  New sports courts & playing fields (Sep 16)
-  Multi-media laboratory
-  4 fully equipped science laboratories
-  Science demonstration room
-  Lecture theatre
-  Drama and music room with stage
-  School canteen
-  Group rooms for project work
-  Design and communications graphics room
-  2 art rooms
-  2 woodwork rooms
-  2 home economics room
-  Dressmaking room
-  2 metalwork rooms
-  1 technology room
-  Meditation room
-  First aid room
-  Library overlooking the sea
-  Elevator and disabled access
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How will your child benefit from attending
Glenart College ?


Dedicated development has made sure that our students can avail of many educational advantages in our school such as:

-  Brand new state-of-the-art school
-  Book rental scheme for all subjects and all years
-  Specialised classrooms for many subjects including metalwork & engineering, wood-work, art, home economics, science, design and communications graphics and computer studies
-  Excellent progression to further education
-  Focus on maths, science and technology for the future
-  Awards in many local and national competitions that complement students learning
-  A range of learning supports so that all students reach their full potential
-  Our Home School Community Liaison Co-ordinator and a Student Support Officer.
-  Homework club for 1st years
-  Supervised evening study
-  Broad range of extra and co curricular activities
-  Peer Mentor programme where 6th years help ensure a smooth transition to Secondary school
-  Excellent links with the community including businesses (e.g. Elavon) and community organisations (e.g. St Vincent de Paul )
-  A Student Council to encourage student participation
-  Extra classes for exam years
-  Annual Senior and Junior Excellence awards for achievement
-  Study skills training for all years
-  Active numeracy & literacy plans
-  Transition programme for all new 1st Years & their parents
-  Student of the month and special endeavour awards for 1st years

Curriculum


Glenart College has the most comprehensive range of subjects and programmes of any second level school in the locality. All subjects are available at both Higher and Ordinary Levels. We are the only school in Arklow who offer metalwork and engineering - some of the subjects that are key to economic success.

The Courses we offer are:
-  Junior Certificate
-  Transition Year
-  Leaving Certificate
-  Leaving Certificate V occasional Programme
-  Leaving Certificate Applied Programme

Junior Certificate Subjects:

Core subjects are:


Irish, English, Mathematics, Science, CSPE, Religion, Physical Education and SPHE/RSE, Computers & Coding
Students then choose from:
French, Geography, History, Business Studies, Technical Graphics, Art, Metalwork, Woodwork, Home Economics All students follow Junior Certificate Schools Programme which enhances the Junior Cert Programme by focusing in on core learning outcomes for all subjects and rewards achievement throughout the three year programme.

Leaving Certificate Subjects:

Core subjects are:


Irish, English, Maths
Then students choose four from:
French, Physics, Biology, Engineering, Design and Communications Graphics, Business, Art, Geography, History, Home Economics, Construction Studies
If students opt for the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme they will also study the link modules of Preparation for the World of Work and Enterprise Education.
They will also participate in Religion/RSE and Physical Education.

“The school offers a broad and balanced curriculum suited to the needs & interests of its students. All students in Junior Cycle participate in the JCSP, which provides very good learning activities to support the advancement of literacy and numeracy skills “
Dept of Education & Skills Inspectorate 2016

Transition year

Transition year is being introduced in 2018. We see transition year as an opportunity for students to concentrate on personal development. Planning is already underway to ensure that this will be a year of discovery that will help our students find where their intesests lie before they have to start making major decisions about senior cycle and further education.
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Further Education at Glenart College

The college also offers a range of courses in its Senior College leading to QQI qualifications. These include Early Childhood Education, Beauty Therapy and Business Administration. These courses are well established at the college and are highly regarded by local employers.

Pastoral Care

Our pastoral care system centres around each individual student and aims to achieve the highest possible standards in a disciplined, caring and respectful environment. One of the main aims of the pastoral care system is the creation of a positive relationship between the staff, students and parents.
Each class has a dedicated class teacher with weekly class tutorials along with a year head. Policies are in place to ensure this systems success and these include behaviour, SPHE, anti-bullying, homework, attendance and participation policies.
Students cannot learn without a good discipline system . In Glenart College we have an excellent learning environment in every classroom which allows teachers teach and students learn effectively.
Our behavioural policy is centred on our motto – “Respect, Concern, Consideration”- We believe that a respectful atmosphere where relationships flourish is the key to good discipline. To this end we reward and celebrate positive contributions from students.

“The very good student support systems reflect the strong ethos of care and concern for Students”
Dept of Education & Skills Inspectorate 2016
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Book Rental Scheme

The College currently operates a very successful book rental scheme which is available to all of our second level students. The scheme represents excellent value for money and significantly reduces the annual book bill. The scheme also allows for flexibility for students to change subjects or move to a different level of study without placing added financial burden on parents. This is especially useful in 1st Year where students are offered a taster programme of many subjects from which they will choose the subjects they study in Junior Cycle. For further information about the scheme please contact the main office.

Academic Achievement and Progression to Third Level

Examination results are essential for success in the future for our students. These results are the foundation for each individuals further education and working lives.
Teachers expect the highest possible standards and engage in focused methodologies to ensure the full potential of each student is met. All teachers use extensive subject planning to make sure that all examination standards are achieved. All students undergo study skills training to help them plan and focus on good results.
Most of our students go on to higher and further education in a wide variety of fields e.g. the sciences, arts, engineering, computer science , in our universities, institutes of technology and colleges of further education.
There is a comprehensive student support system that helps students identify their strengths and challenges through the SPHE course in Junior cycle and through careers lessons and individual meetings with class teachers , year head and guidance counsellor at senior cycle.
We also recognise that students may encounter many personal difficulties during the course of their school life and counselling is available at all times to support them.
“Staff presented as an enthusiastic, hard working, cohesive team which is very committed to the further development of the school and its students. Exemplary and stimulating learning environments were created in many classrooms, laboratories and practical areas, seating arrangements facilitated cooperative learning methodologies.”
Dept of Education & Skills Inspectorate 2016
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Supervised Evening Study

Supervised study is available to stu- dents for a minimal fee . Exam students are given priority access to this. This is an excellent service as it ensures work done in a quiet Environment which helps greatly with exam pressure.
There is a first year assisted home-work club where our student support officer helps first years get used to increased homework which some students find very difficult in the transition from primary to secondary school.

Assessment for Learning

Teachers in the college believe strongly in the benefits of assessment. Each teacher will regularly assess students performance through class activities, homework and class tests.
Parents receive reports at Christmas and Summer. Parent teacher meetings are held after school with exam years having two meetings per year. School journals are also used to ensure constant communication with parents.
Mock exams are held for exam years in early spring with formal house exams at Christmas for all students and formal Summer exams for non exam classes. Exam years also take part in extensive assessment of learning tests to help students with vital revision.

Uniform

The school uniform consists of a navy, beige & maroon standard kilt for girls with optional navy trousers in the winter months. They can wear navy socks or navy tights. Boys will wear navy trousers and navy socks. Both boys & girls will wear a white shirt.
Junior Cycle students wear a maroon jumper with beige stripe and crest. Senior Cycle students will wear a navy jumper with beige stripe and crest. Girls will wear navy or black leather school shoes and boys will wear black leather school shoes.
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Learning Support

Students who need extra assistance have always been well looked after at Glenart College. Our aim is to develop the student intellectually, socially, morally and physically according to their abilities. The Learning Support and Special Needs department caters exclusively for children with special educational needs. It offers our curriculum in a broad, balanced, differentiated progressive way in a caring environment. Students have access to the expertise of an excellent team of resource teachers, learning support and Special Needs Assistants.
“High Priority is placed on supporting students with additional educational needs”
Dept of Education & Skills Inspectorate 2016
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Information & Communications Technology

Our new school building is fully networked. All students currently have their own school e-mail address which allows them access from any device to their work. They have full access to Office 365 from any device. Sharepoint allows teachers to share work and notes with students. This along with the normal data projectors etc in classrooms ensures that all students have access to excellent ICT. There are three computer rooms, design and Communication Graphics room and a multi-media lab as well as computer hubs in each classroom. This ensures that students learning is complemented through the use of ICT. Coding is offered as a Junior Cycle short course with Galileo Boards provided by Intel.

Student Council

The College has a student council. This provides a formal arena for student representatives to voice their opinions and become actively involved. They meet weekly with their facilitator and the Principal to discuss matters of mutual concern. It also promotes active citizenship and leadership skills.
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Peer Mentor Programme

Sixth year students that are chosen to undergo leadership training so that they can mentor incoming first years each September. This programme ensures that all new students have the support of a more senior student in the school which helps greatly with the transition from primary to secondary school.
 

Home School Community Liaison Coordinator

The College is the only secondary school in Arklow to have a HSCLC. This programme supports parents in helping their children to settle in. It is a partnership and collaboration between parents and teachers to foster self help and independence. Home visits help establish bonds of trust with families. The Coordinator is also the main link with voluntary community organisations and many state agencies.
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Parents Council

The Parents council is a vitally important element of school life. It exercises considerable influence at various levels and all parents are encouraged to involve themselves in someway in its activities. All parents/guardians of children attending this school are automatically members of the Parents Association. Meetings between elected representatives of the Parents Council and teaching staff take place on a regular basis.

Cultural Life

Arts and Culture are extremely important in the college with great emphasis being placed on Drama and Art with many of our students going on to study at Third Level in these fields.
- Annual senior and junior drama productions
- Participation in Arklow Music Festival
- Public speaking and Debating
- Essay and Poetry Competitions
- Comhairle na n-Óg
- Art Competitions
- School Choir
- European School Tour
- Annual Gaeltacht trip
- Gaeltacht Scholarship
- School Newsletter
- Crafts
- Make a Book Competition
- Reading Club
- MS Readathon
- Theatre trips
- Visits to museums and places of historical significance
- Multicultural week
- Seachtain na Gaelige
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Other Co & Extra Curricular Activities

- BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition
- Guest Speakers
- Retreats
- Young Social Innovators
- National Fundraising Campaigns (E.g. Rose Week)
- Volunteering in the Community
- Gaisce Awards
- Space Camp
- Salters Chemistry Festival
- Computer Club
- Coderdojo
- Chess Club
- Business in the Community Programme
- JSCP Christmas Celebration
- Mental Health Week
- Science Week
- Green schools
- Yellow Flag - an award granted to the school for its efforts to celebrate diversity
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Sport

Sports play a major part of life in our school. We will have fantastic playing fields, courts & gym facilities in our new school and will continue to offer a variety of activities including:
-  Gaelic Football for boys and girls
-  Hurling
-  Camogie
-  Soccer
-  Basketball
-  Athletics
-  Cross Country
-  Tag Rugby
The School has great success in many sporting activities at both regional and national levels and we are proud to note that several of our past pupils have gone on to become soccer professionals.
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