Home Economics Department
The Home Economics department delivers a comprehensive curriculum at both Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle.
Home Economics Personnel
The department has a staff of four full-time teachers who possess extensive expertise and experience. All department members are involved in ongoing professional development. Department members are experienced State Examination Commission examiners at both Junior and Leaving Certificate level in both practical and written examinations. A subject co-ordinator is appointed annually. Subject department meetings take place regularly to plan and co-ordinate all subject related activities. A key focus of the department is to ensure that all Home Economics students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for them to fulfil their true potential. A special emphasis is placed on the application of this knowledge and skills in their everyday lives. Home Economics has established a strong position within the school curriculum with large numbers opting for the subject at both Junior and Senior cycle.
Junior Cycle Home Economics
The course aims:
- To provide pupils with knowledge and practical skills for application in the process of everyday life within the home and community.
- To ensure that pupils will be capable of wise decision making in areas related to the management of their personal resources.
- To develop in pupils competence in making wise consumer decisions.
- To develop interest in the vocational aspects of the subject.
Senior Cycle Home Economics
The course aims:
- To provide continuity and progression from the aims and content of the Junior Certificate Home Economics programme.
- To allow students, male and female, to acquire and develop the knowledge, understanding, skills, competence and attitudes necessary to contribute to a personal and family environment conducive to human development, health, leisure, security and happiness.
- To provide a suitable basis for the formation of post – school life, with emphasis on future education, vocational training and employment needs; to include the particular needs of the food industry, clothing, textile and craft industries, tourism, and social and health services; and to develop an appreciation of the significance of their learning to the Irish economy and the European Union.
- To develop an understanding of the physical, emotional, intellectual, economic and social needs of individuals or families and to encourage an appreciation of the diversity of socio-economic and cultural influences on family life.
- To encourage students to develop and apply the management skills necessary for effective organisation and management of available resources to satisfy personal and family needs in a continuously changing economic, social and technological climate.
- To develop an awareness of the interdependence of the individual or family and the environment and to promote a sense of responsibility to global issues.
- To be sensitive to aspects of Irish and European cultures.
- To nurture and develop a spirit of enterprise, inventiveness, aesthetic awareness and creativity.
- To encourage students to become discerning consumers, able to seek out and evaluate information and weigh evidence as a basis for making sound judgements and choices.
- To develop and awareness of health and safety practices in activities related to Home Economics.
- To develop personal qualities: perseverance, self-confidence, co-operativeness, team spirit, adaptability, and flexibility.
The Department has three specialist rooms, which are superbly resourced with modern equipment and materials which afford students great opportunities to learn and develop practical skills.
The Home Economics department and its students are actively involved in a wide variety of whole school activities. In particular the Transition Year Home Economics programme is structured to involve students in various school events such as; school masses, musicals, parent evenings and awards night. The highlight of the year for these students is the planning, preparation and delivery of their own Transition Year Celebration Dinner for their parents and those staff involved in the Transition Year Programme.