Galway ETSS

Our Curriculum

In Galway Educate Together Secondary School Students we have five core subjects which students are required to take:

Short Courses

All students will participate in short courses in CSPE, SPHE and PE but they will also have the opportunity to experience other short courses. These may include:

To read more about Junior Cycle Short Courses click here

1st Year Taster Programme

In Galway Educate Together Secondary School all first-year students will have the opportunity to sample each optional subject before selecting their optional subjects for the Junior Cycle.

Applied Technology aims to develop the students' curiosity of the technological world while integrating the necessary subject knowledge with the disciplinary skills to investigate and solve real-life problems.

Business studies aims to stimulate students’ interest in the business environment and how they interact with it. It develops skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviours that allow them to make informed and responsible decisions with all of the resources available to them, ensuring their and society’s well-being, while becoming more self-aware as learners.

Geography focuses on developing students' knowledge and skills to explore and understand the world around them. This is achieved through the study of three main areas:

  • Exploring people, place and change
  • Exploring the physical world
  • Exploring how we interact with the physical world.

Students will create case studies and projects that focus on a range of geographical areas. We aim to focus on interpersonal skills and personal accountability, hoping that through independent learning students will find a love of geography.

Technical Graphics the study of Graphics at Junior Cycle aims to:

  • develop the student’s creativity, spatial ability, and capacity to reason and communicate ideas through engagement with abstract and applied geometric problem-solving activities
  • encourage the development of the cognitive and practical dexterity skills associated with graphical communication
  • instil an appreciation of the role of graphics in the world around them • equip all students to make judgements on the best mode through which to represent their ideas and solutions
  • encourage the production of drawings that promotes the skills of communicating through graphics
  • develop students cognitive and practical skills associated with modelling and graphical communication

History: The study of history at Junior Cycle aims to enable students to develop the necessary conceptual understanding, disciplinary skills and subject knowledge to investigate the actions of people in the past and to come to a deeper understanding of the human condition. Students also come to see the world, and their place in it, from a historical perspective; and understand how the people and events of the past have shaped the contemporary world.

The study of history instils in students a respect for integrity, objectivity and looking at issues from different perspectives. This capacity for critical thinking helps them to interrogate sources of evidence and make judgements about the viewpoint expressed, including the capacity to identify propaganda.

Home Economics develops students who are well informed, environmentally conscious and dedicated to a sustainable and responsible way of life through the exploration of three strands:

  • Responsible Family Living
  • Food, Health & Culinary Skills
  • Textiles & Craft

Students develop practical food and health literacy skills, creative design and textile skills while nurturing students’ resourcefulness, innovation, adaptability, and competency as consumers.

Music aims to contribute to the development of artistic awareness and understanding, self-expression, self-esteem, imagination and multicultural sensitivity, and therefore, to the development of the whole person. Students will develop the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to produce and engage with authentic and original music, that is both theirs and the music of others. In doing so, they will develop the music literacy, critical skills and language necessary to engage with today’s musical world.

VisualArt: Through practical engagement in the areas of art, craft and design, students will develop self-confidence, inquisitiveness, imagination, and creativity. They will also develop authentic, real-world problem-solving capacities and the capacity to work over time, as an individual and in groups, on the design and execution of artistic and aesthetic tasks.

Students will develop the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to produce and to engage with authentic and original art, craft and design work. In so doing, they will begin to develop the visual literacy, critical skills and language necessary to engage with contemporary culture. This will further contribute to the students’ understanding of the rich and diverse roles of art, craft and design in historical and contemporary societies and cultures.

Woodwork will be offered subject to our accommodation. This will be confirmed in due course.

Aug 26
2019
Students Back to School this Week - date to be confirmed
Oct 28
2019
Mid Term Break
Nov 04
2019
JCT School Closure Day - Junior Cycle Cluster Day for all teachers
Nov 07
2019
Junior Cycle ET Planning Day
01-Jul-2019
Grianach House, beside Galway Crystal in Merlin Park has been confirmed as temporary location of GETSS!
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Galway ETSS,
Grianach House,
Murrough,
Galway,
H91 YTR6

086 7793259


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