Special Unit. The Special Unit comprises three class groups (1st.,2nd. & 3rd. Years) catering for students with low incidence special educational needs. Students are prepared for the Junior Certificate Schools Programme which they take in one or more sittings.

The Junior Certificate School Programme is based on the concept that all young people are capable of real success in school and that they can have a positive experience of school if the conditions are favourable. The Programme is a national Department of Education and Science Programme within the Junior Certificate aimed at students who may leave school early.
Every year a small group of students leave school, some of them without attempting any of the State examinations. For many of these young people, their experience of school has been one of failure and alienation.
The Junior Certificate School Programme has been designed to ensure that these young people can benefit from their time in school and enjoy the experience of improvement and success. It sets out to ensure that each individual student in the Programme experiences success and progression and to make the experience of school relevant and accessible to those young people who find it difficult to cope with the school system. It does this by providing a curriculum framework which will assist schools and individual teachers in adopting a student-centred approach to the Junior Certificate specifically aimed at those young people who show signs of school failure or early leaving.
It is not an alternative to the Junior Certificate but a support framework to it. It aims to ensure that all participating students sit the same Junior Certificate examination as their peers in as many subjects as they can succeed in. Students leave school for all kinds of reasons and so the framework is flexible to meet those different needs.

Our Lady’s students in Make a Book Competition


A group of 2nd Year students from Our Lady’s Secondary School recently
attended the Make a Book competition, a JCSP initiative held in Dublin City
Civic Offices on March 11th. A very excited 2L group were justifiably very
proud to see their project on display having spent many months preparing for
this big day!

The project was a display consisting of a range of cross-curricular items.
The main component was a book written by the students, entitled ‘Edible Ever
After’, a fairytale set in Castleblayney! The students worked very hard with
their teachers in the various departments including the English, History,
ICT, Art, Woodwork and the Home Economics Departments, a fact remarked upon
by the JCSP personnel, “we are extremely impressed with the originality of
the project and the amount of subjects involved in this cross-curricular
project, well done to all the students and their teacher Ms McCooey”

All of the students, Darren Byrne, Terry Curtis, Pauric Fitzpatrick,
Stephanie Fitzpatrick, Brendan Gorman, Dillon Madigan, Sean McCullagh, Marta Soltysek, Grace Driver & Joe Tormey invested a huge amount of time and effort into this project and
were rewarded when it was displayed so professionally. They, with their
teacher, Ms McCooey would like to acknowledge the generosity of Eileen
Gormley in Eileen’s Tearooms for her kind donation of the most delicious
cake in the shape of a castle for our display.