Monday 12th October 2015

The Best of Both Worlds in Confey College:
Confey College to introduce an Irish stream or ‘Sruth’ for students starting in 2016.
A well-known seanfhocal states ‘Ní féidir an dá thrá a fhreastal’ however with the introduction of a Sruth in 2016 Confey College facilitates students to have the best of both worlds! First year students can now enrol to be taught their core subjects through Irish, including, Maths, History, Geography, Science, PE, RE, SPHE, and CSPE, while French/German will be taught through the target language. Students can choose two other optional subjects such as Art; Business Studies; Chinese; Computers; Home Economics; Music; Technical Graphics; Woodwork; and Metalwork; through English alongside the mainstream students.

Parents interested in the Sruth are being invited to a meeting on Tuesday 3rd November at 7pm in Confey College to hear more about the initiative. The annual Open Night takes place on Wednesday 11th November and applications for all first years in 2016 close on Wednesday 26th November.

School Principal Mike O’Byrne said “There’s great enthusiasm in the school for the new initiative. Students from local Gaelscoileanna currently can complete their second level studies through all Irish in Colaiste Cois Life or Maynooth Community College (Aonad), or further afield. Confey College’s new initiative will increase the provision of post-primary instruction through the medium of Irish locally. The Sruth would afford students the opportunity to study through Irish and have the full range of Junior Cycle options subjects. Some local families are sending their children to different second level schools because we do not provide a Lán Ghaeilge option. We have had positive feedback from staff and parents who believe that delivering instruction through the medium of Irish would meet the needs of some of our families”.

Confey College currently has an enrolment of 750 students, while approx. 50% of the students come from the Confey area, another 50% come from Lucan and Celbridge. We need a minimum of 15 students to open the Sruth in September 2016, however, the class will have a max of 24 students. Mr O’Byrne added that the teachers involved are especially enthusiastic about the project. The teaching capacity of the school will allow us to offer all the Junior Cycle core subjects through Irish. The teaching team have a passion for their subjects and a commitment to the Irish language.

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Deputy principal, Mary Cullen said “The opening of the Sruth gives an extra option to parents’ of children in Gaelscoileanna in deciding on their children’s 2nd level education. We feel that the addition of the Sruth and its students provides a new and exciting dimension to an already established school, something that can benefit students learning Irish at all levels and in all year groups”.

The setting up of a Sruth in Confey College is a positive addition to the school. Mr. Sean Ashe, Chief Executive of KWETB welcomed this new initiative, saying, “ Tacaíonn KWETB le gach scéim a chuireann an Ghaeilge mar aon leis an gcultúr chun cinn”. The Irish department in Confey College has already had a number of meetings including one with the former manager of a long established Sruth. A key aim is that the Sruth will have a positive impact on the level of Irish generally in the school. Students in the Sruth will still have the opportunity to mix with all other students during option classes and at break times.

The Irish stream will be offered up to Junior Cert, and we anticipate that it will be something that will grow and develop over the years.

Choosing the Sruth for your son/daughter
• Students who attended a Gaelscoil have the opportunity to continue their education through Irish locally.
• Small class size gives students more attention and helps with the settling in process to secondary school.
• It will promote fluency in the language, which would benefit students taking Irish in the Junior and Leaving Certificate. The oral aspect of the Irish exams attracts 40% of the marks at Higher Level in the Leaving Certificate. The Irish stream will be of huge benefit to students in the state examinations and their fluency will be enhanced.
• Student answering a particular state exam paper through the medium of Irish can gain up to 10% extra, up to a student gaining 75%. After 75%, a graduating scale is introduced. Those additional marks can be gained in all written papers

Parents of children in 5th and 6th class interested in the Sruth are invited to attend the information meeting in Confey College on Tuesday 3rd November. We look forward to meeting you on the night.

Category: First Year , Junior Cert , San Carlo Senior School , Sruth