School Calendar 2019-2020

Term 1     Friday 23rd August – Friday 20th December 2019
Friday 23rd August  9.00 – 12 noon           First Years only
Monday 26th August  9.00 – 1.15 pm           First Years, Third Years and Sixth Years.
Tuesday 27th August  9.00 – 3.50 pm           All Students (Except Transition Years)
Tuesday 3rd September  9.00 – 3.50 pm           Transition Year Students
School Closed:     Monday 30th September 2019
Half Term: Monday 28th October – Friday 1st November 2019
Christmas Holidays:  Monday 23rd December 2019 – Friday 3rd January 2020
Term 2   Monday 6th January – Friday 3rd April 2020
Half Term:     Monday 17th February – Friday 21st February 2020
St Patrick’s Weekend       Monday 16th March and Tuesday 17th March 2020
Easter Holidays:  Monday 6th April – Friday 17th April 2020
Term 3     Monday 20th April – Friday 29th May 2020
Bank Holiday:  Monday 4th May 2020

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Homework Policy

Homework forms an essential part of effective learning and therefore is an important part of the learning process in this school.  Homework consists of learning, studying and revision as well as written work.

We expect that students would treat homework as an important part of school performance that demands time and attention each day.

Students should remember that all subjects are equally important in state exams and therefore all subjects require appropriate attention.

Students should record their homework (learning, studying, revision and written work) at the end of each class in their homework journals. Parents / guardians should check the journal each evening to verify that given homework is completed.

Students should try to do homework at a fixed time each day.  Like school, it is more effective when performed to a fixed timetable.  Ideally students should work in a warm well lit room with no distractions from Television, Radio, Phones or other people.

It is advisable that students complete homework assignments on the day that they are given.  This is important where there are a number of days before the homework must be handed in.

Students also have the option to participate in an after school study programme (at a nominal fee).  This programme runs for four evenings per week Monday – Thursday from 4.30 pm – 6.30 pm.  The programme is two hours of supervised study-time without any form of disruption.  It is supervised by staff and a register of attendance is maintained.

It is undesirable that students should complete homework after 10.00 pm.  Students should have a healthy mix of homework and recreation time.

It is our experience that students who give full attention to homework do fare better in their exams.  We suggest the following average study times for students and parents.

Year First Year Second Year Third Year Fifth Year Sixth Year
Hours 1 – 2 hrs 2 – 2.5 hrs 2.5 – 3 hrs 3 hrs 3 – 3.5 hrs

This timetable is offered as a guideline.

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