Blackrock Educate Together Secondary School


In the junior cycle specifications for Irish, students consolidate and deepen their understanding of Irish. Students are enabled to communicate in an effective, interactive, confident manner in formal and informal settings in the language community.

The fostering and development of awareness is emphasised; language and cultural awareness as well as students’ self-awareness as language learners. Junior Cycle Irish seeks to consolidate and develop the skills students bring to post primary school. Students are empowered to assume ownership of Irish; an important life skill.

Students are encouraged to:

• use language effectively and confidently, both personally and in communicating with other users in the language community
• enjoy creative and innovative communication in Irish
• appreciate Irish and have a desire both to speak it and use it
• express themselves through consolidation of their literacy skills
• attempt to use newly-learned language aspects
• engage with a wide range of texts in various ways, for learning, research, and recreation
• have an appreciation and respect for literature in Irish so that they may enjoy literature and benefit from it
• gain a better understanding of Irish culture and have respect and understanding for other cultures and languages

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Friday, 24th May, saw our annual Prize Day ceremony take place in the school. The occasion was a wonderful mix of performances, speeches, celebrations, and more! We thank all of our contributors and participants for ensuring the day was a


The Photography Club enjoyed their final session with a trip to Herbert Park. We congratulate them on helping with the various newsletters and sports updates this year.


Best of luck to Ben, Tim, and Beau, as they compete in the Irish Open Championships and Olympic Trials. They represent themselves and the school with pride each time they dive into the pool, let's hope they make a splash today in the arena!

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