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What is Business?

Our current third year students are studying the older Business Studies Curriculum and they have been exploring topics such as Money & Bnking, Economics and Cashflow Forecasts. We are delighted that our first and second year students are participating in the new Junior Cycle Business Studies this year. First years students have been examining Personal Finances during their 11 week rotation and exploring how our choices impact others, the planet and the economy. Second year students have been busy exploring Global & Ethical Consumerism and expanding our awareness on such an important topic.

The new specification for junior cycle business studies focuses on improving students’ understanding of the business environment and on developing skills for life, work and further study through the three inter-connected strands: Personal Finance, Enterprise and Our economy.  









English in Junior Cycle aims to develop students’ knowledge of language and literature, to consolidate and deepen their literacy skills and make them more self-aware as learners.

More specifically it encourages all students:

  • To be creative through language and to gain enjoyment and continuing personal growth from English in all its forms
  • To develop control over English using it and responding to it with purpose and effect through the interconnected literacy skills of oral language, reading and writing
  • To engage personally with and think critically about an increasingly broad range of spoken, written and multimodal texts
  • To develop an informed appreciation of literature through personal encounters with a variety of literary texts
  • To use their literacy skills to manage information needs, and find, use, synthesise, evaluate and communicate information using a variety of media
  • To gain an understanding of the grammar and conventions of English and how they might be used to promote clear and effective communication.

What will I study in English?

First Year

  • A studied novel, with on-going, sustained reading of novels throughout the year
  • A variety of drama extracts
  • A variety of non-literary texts
  • A studied film
  • A number of short stories
  • At least 10 poems

Second and Third Year

  • Two studied novels
  • Two full plays (One Shakespearean drama)
  • A variety of non-literary texts
  • A film chosen from the prescribed list of texts
  • A selection of poetry (a minimum of 16 poems over the two years)
  • A number of short stories

How will I learn?

Junior Cycle English focuses on the development of language and literacy through three strands:

  • Oral Language
  • Reading
  • Writing

The elements of these three strands place a focus on communicating, on active engagement with and exploration of a range of texts, and on acquiring and developing knowledge of the shape and structure of language. There is a renewed focus on the oral dimension of language. This makes the English classroom an active space, a place of ‘classroom talk’ where learners explore language and ideas as much through thinking and talking as through listening and writing.


We believe that literacy is a key life skill and we are dedicated to instilling a life-long love of reading in all our students.

As part of our literacy focus, all students are encouraged to have a novel with them at all times so that any spare moments can be used to read for pleasure.

We are currently working on building our school library, with the help of student suggestions.

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Importance of Coding:

Coding is a short course which is offered as part of the new junior cycle. Our school is currently running as a pilot school running out the newest and most current coding course in conjunction with Intel Ireland and Lero. Intel Kindly Donated 66,000$ worth of equipment to 20 schools around Ireland involved in the pilot course.


The short course aims to develop the student's ability to formulate problems logically; to design, write and test code through the development of programs, apps, games, animations or websites; and, through their chosen learning activities, to learn about computer science.


The short course in coding focuses on the following statements of learning from the Junior Cycle Framework:

SOL 17: The student devises and evaluates strategies for investigating and solving problems using mathematical knowledge, reasoning and skills.

SOL 16: The student describes, illustrates, interprets, predicts and explains patterns and relationships.

SOL 20: The student uses appropriate technologies in meeting a design challenge.

SOL 23: The student brings an idea from conception to realisation. 

Students learning is broken up into three different strands.

Strand 1: Computer science introduction.

In this strand, students explore the range of uses computers have in today’s world and learn to understand the hardware and basic software which operates them. This includes learning to write, test and evaluate code.

Strand 2: Let’s get connected.

This strand deepens the student’s understanding of the computer as a communications tool through the storage and manipulation of data. Students also have the opportunity to identify, research, present and receive feedback on a topic or challenge in computer science that inspires them.

Strand 3: Coding at the next level.
In this strand, students are introduced to more complex levels of coding where they can

demonstrate their understanding through documentation, discussion and feedback. 


In Celbridge Community School students use various resources and tools such as Scratch, Khan Academy,, Swift, w3.schools, unity, App Inventor, etc... throughout the three years in order to complete the short course.

Assessment in coding happens through two Continuous Based Assessments one in second year and one in third year which will allow for a profile of achievement to be created for each student.


An Ghaeilge i bPobalscoil Chill Droichid

“Not to learn Irish is to miss the opportunity of understanding what life in this country has meant and could mean in a better future. It is to cut oneself off from ways of being at home. If we regard self-understanding, mutual understanding, imaginative enhancement, cultural diversity and a tolerant political atmosphere as desirable attainments, we should remember that knowledge of the Irish language is an essential part in their realisation.” (Seamus Heaney)

Cuirtear an Ghaeilge chun cinn i bPobalscoil Chill Droichid mar theanga bheo, chumarsáideach, nua-aimseartha. Leagtar an-bhéim ar fhíor-chumarsáid agus ar mheon dearfach a chothú i leith na Gaeilge trí ranganna idirghníomhacha agus gníomhaíochtaí seach-churaclaim a reáchtáil. Sna ranganna Gaeilge, is í an Ghaeilge modh cumarsáide na ranganna agus úsáidtear modheolaíochta nuálacha, gníomhacha, tairbheacha le tacú leis an bpróiseas sealbhaithe teanga, trí chur chuige comhtháite, cumarsáideach a fhreastalaíonn ar na scileanna teanga go léir. 

Úsáideann scoláirí agus foireann na scoile an Ghaeilge go laethúil sa ghnáthchaint agus tá an Ghaeilge le feiceáil ar fhógraí na scoile. Reáchtáltar Club Gaeilge gach seachtain agus tugann sé seo deis do scoláirí teacht le chéile i suíomh neamhfhoirmeálta chun a gcuid Gaeilge a úsáid agus gníomhaíochtaí seach-churaclaim a eagrú. Rinne an Club Gaeilge éacht i mbliana leis an obair a rinne siad ar Sheachtain na Gaeilge, ar Chomóradh 1916 agus lena gcomhscoláirí a ghríosadh le páirt ghníomhach a ghlacadh i Rith 2016. Féach ar an bhfíseán seo le súil a chaitheamh ar Sheachtain na Gaeilge 2016 i bPobalscoil Chill Droichid.


An Ghaeilge sa tSraith Shóisearach nua

I sonrúchán Gaeilge na sraithe sóisearaí féachfar chun eolas agus tuiscint an scoláire ar an teanga a fhorbairt, a leathnú agus a dhaingniú. Cumasófar an scoláire chun cumarsáid éifeachtach, idirghníomhach, mhuiníneach a dhéanamh i suíomhanna foirmiúla agus neamhfhoirmiúla ar réimse leathan ábhar (de réir a chumais). Cuirtear béim ar chothú agus ar fhorbairt na feasachta lena n-áirítear an fheasacht teanga, an fheasacht chultúrtha mar aon le féinfheasacht an scoláire mar fhoghlaimeoir teanga. Féachfar chun na scileanna a thugann an scoláire leis go dtí an iar-bhunscoil a bhuanú agus a fhorbairt. Cumasófar an scoláire le freagracht a ghlacadh as a fhoghlaim féin, cumas a sheasfaidh leis sa saol.

Bunaitear gach gné den tSraith Shóisearach nua ar 8 bPríomhscil:

Maidir leis an tSraith Shóisearach nua, seo iad aidhmeanna sainiúla an tsonrúcháin do gach scoláire:

  •  cothófar muinín i labhairt na Gaeilge sa scoláire ionas go mbeidh ar a chumas é féin a chur in iúl agus a thuairimí faoin saol thart timpeall air a phlé trí mheán na Gaeilge ó bhéal, i scríbhinn agus sna meáin chomhaimseartha
  •  éascófar an scoláire chun cúram a dhéanamh de ghnéithe de réimse agus de chruinneas na teanga ar mhaithe le barr feabhais a chur ar a scileanna cumarsáide agus féinléirithe
  •  spreagfar an chruthaitheacht agus an nuálaíocht sa scoláire chun an teanga a shealbhú trí ghníomhaíochtaí taitneamhacha réadúla bunaithe ar a eispéiris féin ionas go mbainfidh sé taitneamh as cumarsáid a dhéanamh trí Ghaeilge
  •  misneofar an scoláire le heolas agus cabhair a lorg agus a thabhairt, le triail a bhaint as teanga nuafhoghlamtha agus le tuairimí pearsanta a roinnt trína scileanna litearthachta a dhaingniú
  •  cumasófar an scoláire le dul i ngleic le raon leathan téacsanna, i meáin éagsúla, ar mhaithe le foghlaim, le taighde, le caitheamh aimsire
  •  forbrófar agus cothófar tuiscint agus meas ar an litríocht ionas go mbainfidh an scoláire taitneamh agus tairbhe as litríocht na Gaeilge
  •  cothófar meas agus fiosracht sa scoláire maidir le saibhreas agus saíocht na Gaeilge, an t-ilteangachas agus an ilchultúrthacht araon agus beidh tuiscint níos fearr aige ar a fhéiniúlacht dá bharr