KS3 Year 9

Staff

Dr M Gormley (Head of Key Stage 3)

Form Tutor 9A - Ms B Gallagher
Form Tutor 9B - Mr A Quinn
Form Tutor 9C - Mrs N Dobbins
Form Tutor 9D - Mrs D Carlisle
Form Tutor 9E - Ms L Diffley

 

Year 9

The well-being and personal development of each individual is at the core of the Pastoral Programme. In Year 9, the aims of the Pastoral Programme are:

  • To support the school in its creation of a caring and disciplined environment providing pastoral care for all students in an atmosphere of mutual respect.
  • To foster self-esteem by instilling in students a sense of achievement for non-academic and academic accomplishments both within and outside school.
  • To help students develop initiative, independence and critical thinking in matters of faith and morals and so live out their faith through participation in their school, parish and home communities.
  • To develop links with parents.
  • To provide students with the tools to become responsible members of society.
  • To provide an environment in which students may experience and develop the Catholic faith.
  • To encourage understanding of and respect for faiths, traditions and cultures 

Pastoral Programme

The Pastoral Programme at Key Stage 3 aims to develop the whole student academically, personally and spiritually. It seeks to build relationships between home, school and parishes and permeates every aspect of school life. The well-being and personal development of each individual is at the core of the Year 9 Pastoral Programme. Form tutors deliver the Programme during one allocated Pastoral lesson each week during which students complete their individual Pastoral Booklets. Students also have the opportunity to lead Assembly throughout the year and participate in many charity events. External agencies such as the Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum, Divert and PSNI also facilitate workshops throughout the year on themes such as Bullying, Internet Safety, Alcohol/Drugs Awareness and students also participate in Heartstart First Aid Training. Some of the themes studied in the Year 9 Pastoral Programme include Self Concept, Feelings & Emotions, Health and the Whole Person (Body Image), Target Setting and Safety and Managing Risk (First Aid).

Curricular Provision/Subjects Available

The Key Stage 3 Curriculum has been organised to provide a balanced and broad experience for each pupil. All students in Year 9 study the following subjects: Art & Design, Citizenship / Employability, English, French / Spanish / Irish* (*students study two Modern Languages), Geography, History, Home Economics, Information Communications Technology, Mathematics, Music, Pastoral Education, Physical Education, Religious Education, Science and Technology.

The Merit System

The purpose of the Merit system is to recognise the good work of our Key Stage 3 pupils and reward them for their efforts. The Merit System awards both individual and whole class achievement. A pupil can achieve up to 5 merits per week (one per day). Students will be awarded Bronze, Silver and Gold Certificates when they achieve specific targets. Bronze Certificates are presented by Form Tutors, Silver certificates are presented at Assembly while Gold certificates are awarded at Junior Prize-giving. A number of pupils with the highest number of merits will be awarded a prize at the end of the college year. The Merit System recognizes and fosters group achievement by awarding prizes annually to the class group with the highest cumulative total of merits in each year group.


Other articles of interest:

November 2017

Year 13 Geography Field Trip

» 7th November 2017 ~ 8th November 2017

Year 8 Road Safety Talk

» 8th November 2017

Year 14 Oxbridge Interviews

» 9th November 2017

Walk to School and Year 8 Race

» 10th November 2017

Year 9 Explore Enterprise

» 13th November 2017

Year 11 Cyberbullying

» 13th November 2017 ~ 14th November 2017

Staff In-Service Afternoon

» 14th November 2017 at 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Year 14 Careers Trinity Talk

» 16th November 2017

#wearblue day

» 17th November 2017

Entrance Assessment

» 18th November 2017

Year 9 Amazing Brains

» 20th November 2017

Year 9 Retreat

» 21st November 2017

Year 14 MMIs Careers

» 22nd November 2017 ~ 23rd November 2017

Year 12 English Language Mock

» 24th November 2017

Mandarin Competition Belfast

» 28th November 2017

Ceili

» 30th November 2017

Year 14 MMIs

» 30th November 2017