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Castleisland Community College

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Castleisland Community College

Castleisland Community College is a co-educational school committed to the growth of each student to his or her fullest potential in terms of academic, personal, spiritual, social and civic development and to enhance the life changes of each student. The Principal and staff strive to create a safe, caring and happy environment where everyone is respected and valued. The students in our care are offered every opportunity to achieve their potential both academically and socially. We believe that given quality of educational opportunities all children can learn. At Castleisland Community College you are encouraged and supported in every way possible to be the best that you can be. We are all on a continuous journey of learning here at Castleisland Community College, striving to maintain excellence in all areas.
Subjects
Junior Cycle
We offer a broad subject range to meet the needs of a diverse student intake. The subjects on offer at Junior Cycle are English, Maths, Irish, Science, French, Geography, History, Business Studies, Home Economics, Art, Religion, Computers, Woodwork, Metalwork, Physical Education
Technical Graphics, Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE) and Social, Political and Health Education (SPHE). In addition to this the new Well Being programme is implemented as per Department of Education.

Senior Cycle
We also offer a wide range of subjects to Leaving Certificate level where our students have 4 Science based subjects available to them.
These subjects include: Mathematics, Irish, English, Religion, Physical Education, Social Political and Health Education (SPHE), French, Design Communication Graphics, Geography, Construction Studies, Art, Agricultural Science, Enterprise, Home Economics, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Business, Accounting, Physics, Applied Maths, Career Guidance and Computers.
Physics is on offer in the school for all 5th year students in our community, including students from other schools. (FREE of CHARGE)

The school has a very strong progression to third level.
Students have achieved coveted places in the Royal College of Surgeons, Medicine and Pharmacy in University College Cork, Physiotherapy in University of Limerick, and Engineering in UCC among others.

Transition Year Programme

The Transition Year programme is running in the school since 1996.
Transition Year is a one year school based programme between Junior and Senior Cycle. It is designed to encourage independent self-directed learning required for the Senior Cycle. Some aspects of Transition year include:
• Introduction to the Working Environment
• Research and Project Work
• Subject Sampling
• Encouragement of creativity
• Increased Maturity
• Entrepreneurial Exposure
• Nurturing of self-learning
• Development of new Skills.
All subjects on offer for all students. Gaisce Award, Foreign trip, Public Speaking, Drama, Information Technology, Enterprise and Young Social Innovators Programme, Bond Traders, Planet Savers, Aberdeen Angus, Oral elements of languages to name but a few….

Facilities
We now have two fully equipped Science labs,
• Two fully equipped Computer Rooms.
• Two fully equipped Science Laboratories with the latest state of the art equipment including the most up to date technology. All the Science Subjects on offer Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Agricultural Science
• Wi-Fi throughout the whole school and high speed Broadband in all classrooms
• Computer and Projector in every classroom
• Set of IPads for students for Educational use.
• Student have Office 365 email accounts to access class materials and subject lessons prepared by teachers from home.
• Library, new and current books available
• New health promoting canteen facilities.
• Free Breakfast Club for all students.
• Free filtered water for all students
• Lockers ( Individual)
• Book Rental Scheme.
• Changing rooms with showers.
• Basketball courts, soccer pitch.
• Study Skills Programme.
• After School Study (Free for all 1st Years)
• Reflection room, “Daisy Room”.
• Astroturf pitch due to start this summer.
• Scan in attendance system
Other Specialist rooms
Engineering/ Metalwork (fully refurbished)
Woodwork/Construction room
Design Communication Graphics with 24 high spec computers
Home Economics
Art room
Career Guidance room

Adjacent to
Community Centre
An Ríocht Athletic
Pitch and Putt
Tennis Club
Squash Club
Rugby club

Well-being
• There is a very strong pastoral care support structure in the school.
• Year Head system in place.
• Timetabled Guidance for all year groups
• Peer mentoring program
• Student Support Team that meet weekly
• Fully trained Guidance counsellor
In school activities and other extra Curricular

The school offers and a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, including sport (Basketball, GAA, Athletics, Badminton, Rugby and Soccer) and music (Choir and music group).
Achievements in sport we won numerous All –Irelands in basketball down through the years.
Last year we won the O Callaghan cup in football.
Lots of other achievements in badminton, soccer, rugby and cricket also.
Full use of Sports Complex: Team Sports, Basketball, Soccer, Football, Athletics, Futsal,
Full Physical Education programme including, Orienteering, Gymnastics, Badminton, Athletics, Adventure Education and Invasion and Court Games
“Maths Week”, “Enterprise and Bond Traders projects ” , “Seachtain na Gaeilge”, “English Book Club” ,“Club Gaelach” “Think Wellness Week” and “Science Week”
• Music and Choir
• Mindfulness at lunchtimes

Achievements
Excellent Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate Results
Excellent Junior Certificate Results (Oral Irish/French)
Science Olympiad
Best Technology Student Award
Department of Education and Science Award: Construction Studies- Silver medal
• National Finalists in One Good Idea
• National Finalists in Bond Traders
• National Finalists 2017, AIB Build a Bank
• National Finalists, 2017 Aberdeen Angus Competition
• National Winners ECOUNESCO Competition
• National Winners 2017 Water Explorers
• National Finalists Young Social Innovators
• Regional Youth Award Winners Tidy Towns 2017
• 3 Green School Flags
• “Amber Flag” school achievement, for promoting Positive Mental
Health
• Certified Fair Trade school
• Global Education Award Winners
• Health Promoting School Award
• Active Flag School by end of academic school year
Water Explorers Competition- National winners. Castleisland Community College representing Ireland in International showcase in October 2017 in London.

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16th July 2018