In Coláiste Dún an Rí and in line with the new Junior Cycle English Specification, through the teaching of English, we aim to develop students’ knowledge of language and literature. We aim to consolidate and deepen their literacy skills and make them more self-aware as learners.  We will encourage 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.



We aim to develop language and literacy in and through the three strands: Oral Language, Reading, and Writing. Through their study, students will engage with 39 learning outcomes that articulate exactly what they should know, value and understand at the end of the three-year junior cycle. In line with the specification, first year students will engage with 22 learning outcomes, which will support them in their transition from primary school.  During their first year students will complete:

* a studied novel, with on-going, sustained reading of novels

   throughout the year

* a variety of drama extracts to suit appropriate learning outcomes

* a variety of non-literary texts including texts in oral format

* a number of short stories

* at least 10 poems



During years two and three, from a list of prescribed texts, students will study: 

* two novels

* variety of non-literary texts including texts in oral format

* a film chosen from the prescribed list of texts or a biography or

* travel text or documentary

* a selection of poetry (a minimum of 16 poems over the two years)

* a number of short stories

* two drama texts



Our students will be encouraged to develop their personal and interpersonal skills through engaging with the English language in all its forms, reading, writing and oral. 

Science is a core subject in our school. It also a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subject and is encouraged further in our school through initiatives such as the BT Young Scientist Exhibition and SciFest. 


In 2017 Coláiste Dún an Rí had 6 entries in the competition

In 2018 Coláiste Dún an Rí had 7 entries in the competition

In 2019 Coláiste Dún an Rí had 7 entries in the competition

BT Young Scientist 2020

This year Coláiste Dún an Rí ​is privileged to announce ​that 10 projects have been accepted to compete in The BT ​Young ​Scientist and Technology Exhibition taking place in the RDS, Dublin ​on January 8th-11th 2020. This is a new record for the school. Well done to all the students and teachers involved!

BT Young Scientist Entries

The projects titles competing this year are;

  • Are older generations aware of the rising anxiety levels in younger generations? by Lucy Fitzsimons.
  • An investigation into the prevalence and importance of woodlice in Dun an Ri ​Forest​Park by Shanice Alwell.
  • An investigation into the population of earthworms, nutrient content and organic matter content of organic farms vs conventional farms by Evan O’Reilly.
  • The Kaye ​Effect and how different viscous liquids affect it’ by Aoife Sheriff.
  • CBAs: Less Stress or more mess, a statistical investigation to analyse how effective the Junior Cycle CBAs are at reducing stress in students by Aimee Reilly.
  • A glass of wine is not OK: An investigation into the drinking habits of pregnant women in Ireland by Grainne Kieran and Amber Smith.
  • Psychological experiment to determine whether white noise can impact on learning by Corey O’Reilly and Holly Browne.
  • Chicken feathers as an alternative Insulation b​y Lauren McCabe, Allanah Clarke and Freya Waterson.
  • Should Home Economics be compulsory for Junior Cycle? by Rachel McEneaney, Ava O’Reilly and Lorcan Gogarty.
  • To investigate if birds feel safest feeding on garden feeders high up, at mid-height or low down by Louise Kennedy, Tara Shannon and Sophie Byrne.




 Coláiste Dún an Rí art students entered the Cavan and Monaghan Science Festival poster competition. The competition was to raise awareness in terms of water quality in our rivers and lakes including protecting our rivers and lakes from water pollution. Here are some of the posters entered.

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 Samples of students' work:

Students are working on their drawing skils and their shading skills.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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Junior Cert Science

The new Junior Cycle science course will be introduced in September 2016. New features of this course include learning outcomes across 5 main areas:

  • Nature of Science

  • Physical world

  • Chemical world

  • Biological world

  • Earth and space.

There is a new focus given to the Nature of science which aims to promote greater engagement and thinking about how science works; carrying out investigations, communicating in science, and the role and contribution of science and scientists to society. There are also new assessments which offer students a chance to demonstrate their achievement as creators of scientific research reports.

All students will be encouraged to participate in science competitions such as the ‘BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition’ and ‘Scifest’ to enhance their understanding of the Nature of Science.


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