Christ King Girls' Secondary School

New Junior Cycle

Key Dates for Junior Cycle Students 2018 - 2019

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October 2018:

On Monday 8th October, we gave a presentation to 2nd and 3rd year parents about the new Junior Cycle. The presentation can be found here:
Parents Presentation 2nd and 3rd Year 2018-2019.pdf

To view the key dates for the New Junior Cycle assessment for 2018 - 2019, please click

The new Junior Cycle features newly developed subjects and short courses, a focus on key skills, and new approaches to assessment and reporting.

More information can be found at the following sites:

This is an exciting time as the Junior Cycle is going through huge changes.
We held a meeting in April 2018 for 1st and 2nd year parents to inform them of some changes happening in both learning and assessment for our students.

Entrance Assessment and Formation of Class

All students who have been offered a place will be assessed in the January prior to entry. There are five mixed ability classes in each Year; A, B, C, D and E. This assessment is not an examination in the competitive sense; it is merely to help to arrange the students in classes of mixed ability and to identify any student who may need extra help.

After October mid-term, in Second Year students will be set in Higher or Ordinary Level Mathematics classes on the basis of

  • Teacher's assessment
  • Tests during First Year
  • Development of moral and spiritual growth through Religious Education.
  • Development of emotional and social growth through Social, Personal and Health Education and Wellbeing.
  • Development of physical growth through Physical Education.
  • Development of artistic growth through Speech and Drama, Choir and Art.
  • Development of a critical sense throughout.

It is recommended that all students study a modern language in the interest of balance and career options.


The following subjects are compulsory for all students at Junior Cycle:
English, Irish, Mathematics, French, History, Geography, Religious Education and CSPE (Civic, Social & Political Education).

Students choose three further subjects from the list below:

  • Science
  • Business Studies
  • German
  • Art
  • Home Economics
  • Music
  • Technical Graphics

We always endeavour to ensure that every single student gets the opportunity to study any three subjects that she wishes.
The syllabus/specifications for each subject is prescribed by the Department of Education and Science.

Our wellbeing programme at Junior Cycle consists of PE, SPHE (Social Personal Health Education), Drama & Dance.

Methods of Assessment

  • Regular assessment in each subject throughout the year.
  • Christmas and summer examinations followed by reports (1st and 2nd).
  • Classroom Based Assessments (CBAs) in 2nd and 3rd year.
  • Assessment Task in 3rd year.
  • Junior Certificate Examination at end of Third Year (Pre exams in February).
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Important Information for Junior Cycle and Leaving Cert students in relation to State Exam online marking for 2019...
Congratulations to our Leaving Cert Class of 2019 who graduated on Thursday. A beautiful Mass in Christ King Church was attended by all students, parents and teachers.
Junior Cert students enjoying their end of year PE trip. Bowling was the order of the day with the focus on #fun #friends #teamwork. Thank you PE depart. for keeping us focused on positive physical activity before the exams.
On Wednesday May 22nd, the Christ King School community gathered together in the school hall to recognise students who had achieved and excelled academically, on the sporting field and across a wide range of different areas.
Christ King Girls' Secondary School
South Douglas Road,
Co. Cork,

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