KS3 Year 9
Dr M Gormley (Head of Key Stage 3)
Form Tutor 9A - Mr D Begley
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:
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.