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Junior Cycle

Junior Certificate

In St. Mary’s College we operate a system of mixed ability in First Year. From Second Year onwards various subjects are taught in separate Higher or Ordinary level classes.

Core Subjects

Gaeilge (Irish), English, Maths, Religion, History, Geography, Science, CSPE, PE, SPHE.

Optional Subjects

Students choose three subjects to study for the Junior Cert. from the following: Art, Business Studies, French, German, Home Economics, Music, Materials Technology Wood, Technical Graphics, Technology.

First year Options

From September to Halloween, each first year student has a ‘Taster’ period of the following subjects:

Art, Business Studies, French, German, Home Economics, Music, Materials Technology Wood, Technical Graphics, Technology.

During this time they will also study the normal range of core subjects.

At the end of the Taster Period he/she will choose three of the above optional subjects for the Junior Certificate Examinations. When the student has his/her subject choices confirmed, before the Halloween break, he/she will be allocated their weekly class periods for these subjects.