KS3 Year 9

Staff

Dr M Gormley (Head of Key Stage 3)

Form Tutor 9A - Mr D Begley
Form Tutor 9B - Mrs M T Meenan
Form Tutor 9C - Mrs M Sweetman
Form Tutor 9D - Mrs M McMenamin
Form Tutor 9E - Mr J Byrne

 

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:

April 2017

Saturday Morning School

» 1st April 2017

Saturday Morning School

» 8th April 2017

Bronze DoE

» 8th April 2017

GCSE Art Exam

» 11th April 2017 ~ 12th April 2017

Spring Concert

» 12th April 2017

Staff In-Service Day

» 13th April 2017

Year 9 Parent/Teacher Meeting

» 13th April 2017 at 9:00am - 11:30am

Year 10 Parent/Teacher Meeting

» 13th April 2017 at 1:00pm - 3:30pm

Easter Holidays

» 14th April 2017 ~ 21st April 2017

Easter Revision School

» 19th April 2017 ~ 21st April 2017

Summer Term Begins

» 24th April 2017

Year 11 Emotional Wellbeing

» 26th April 2017

AS/A2 Art Exam and GCSE Music Performance

» 27th April 2017 ~ 28th April 2017