A new year at Castlepollard Community College
12th September 2016
In synch with the trend over the last few years here at Castlepollard Community College our student body has once again increased in population. This year saw the arrival of 53 new first year students along with further students joining the college across a range of year groups. In total, this September has seen an increase of just over 20% in our student population. To facilitate the growing numbers in the college, we are also delighted to announce the addition of two new teachers to our staff in the subject areas of Languages and Science.
In terms of the curriculum here at Castlepollard Community College, our Junior Cycle students are currently taking part in the new Junior Cert in English in third year, Science in second year and Business Studies in first year. Our relevant staff members have been thoroughly prepared for the change to the new Junior Cert. At Senior Cycle level, we have also added Accountancy as a subject option.
This development ties perfectly with the introduction of a new accountancy apprenticeship course, established by a partner educational institute, Solas, who are also part of the LWETB. Adding Accountancy as an option in fifth year provides yet another career path from the college through this newly developed course. At a recent conference for Transition Year teachers, Solas announced that within the next three years it hopes to add 20 more apprenticeship courses which will link with the curriculum in our college.
In addition to this we are also now offering a full range of Science subjects at Senior Cycle level: Chemistry, Biology, Ag Science and Physics. This is in-keeping with idea that students will have every educational option available to them here at Castlepollard Community College.
Due to the extraordinary success of Transition Year in the college we are happy to now facilitate two Transition Year classes enjoying a range of new subjects and fresh approaches to their existing curriculum. Pupils in Transition Year have also had the chance to work with students from around Europe with students from Germany, Belgium, Spain and Italy joining the College this year. With that in mind, best of luck to the entire group who departed for Carlingford Adventure Centre today to take part in a three-day team building trip.