Roinn na Gaeilge

T' an Ghaeilge 'igeantach do gach dalta sa phr'omhrang agus i rang a haon i gCol'iste Choilm.  Tugtar d'ol'ine speisialta do dhalta' a mb'onn fadhbanna foghlamtha saini'la acu amhail disl'icse, diosgraife, dioscalc'ile, etc.  I gc'sanna den s'rt seo, cuireann Roinn Taca'ochta Foghlama an Chol'iste ranganna speisialta ar f'il in ionad na Gaeilge.  B'onn cead freisin ag dalta' ag a mb'onn d'ol'ine oifigi'il St'it an Sp'innis a dh'anamh in ionad na Gaeilge 'n dara bliain amach.

C'ras de shraitheanna a bh'onn i bhfeidhm sa Chol'iste maidir leis an Ghaeilge. Cuirtear dalta' i sraitheanna A, B, C.. de r'ir a gcumais sa teanga. De ghn'th b'onn dh' shraith i ngach rang. Roinntear na ranganna mar a leanas:

  1. an scoil sh'isearach - r'amhrang suas go dt' an 3' rang
  2. an bhliain idirghabh'la - an 4' rang
  3. an scoil shinsearach - an 5' agus an 6' rang

An Scoil Sh'isearach

Leanann Col'iste Choilm treoirl'nte mar at'thar leagtha amach don Teastas S'isearach ag an Roinn Oideachais agus Eola'ochta.  Ullmha'tear dalta' i gcaitheamh tr' bliana (ranganna 1-3) don Ard- agus don ghn'thleibh'al den Teastas S'isearach.  Sna ranganna cuirtear b'im faoi leith ar mhodhanna cumars'ide agus ar an teanga bheo.  B'tear ag f'achaint ar chl'ir TG4 agus d'antar iarracht topaic' a roghn' a bheadh mar 'bhair insp'ise agus bainteach le saol an Chol'iste.

An Bhliain Idirghabh'la

B'onn dh' shraith sa bhliain seo; gn'thshraith agus ardshraith.  Ag an ghn'thshraith, cuirtear b'im faoi leith ar labhairt na teanga agus d'antar iarracht scileanna bun'sacha cainte a fhorbairt sna dalta'.  T'itear i mbun modhanna 'ags'la leis an aidhm sin a bhaint amach.  Baintear 's'id as d'osp'ireachta', dr'ma'ocht, amhr'na'ocht agus cl'ir oiri'nacha de chuid TG4.  San ardsraith, d'r'tear isteach ar litr'ocht na Gaeilge san fhichi' haois ' shaothair thosaigh na hAthbheochana go dt' na scr'bhneoir' d'anacha, amhail: D'ibh' ' Cr'in'n, Miche'l ' Conghaile, Alan Titley, Daith' ' Muir' agus S'amas Mac Annaidh.  Maidir le fil'ocht, scr'da'tear go grinn d'nta U' R'ord'in agus saothair na bhfil' Innti.  Iarrtar ar na dalta' go l'ir (sa d' shraith) tionscnaimh a ullmh' ar 'bhair a mbeadh suim faoi leith acu iontu agus d'antar meas'n' ar na tionscnaimh sin mar chuid d' n-obair go l'ir don idirbhliain.  B'onn scr'duithe le seasamh ag na dalta' sa ch'ad d' thr'imhse den bhliain agus t'st'lacha gairide le d'anamh acu i gcaitheamh na tr'' tr'imhse.

An Scoil Shinsearach

B'onn dh' shraith sa Ghaeilge sa scoil shinsearach.  Leantar an c'rsa mar at' leagtha amach ag an Roinn Oideachais agus Eola'ochta do dhalta' a bh'onn ag ullmh' don Ardteistim'ireacht.  Cuirtear a l'n 'iseanna ar f'il do na dalta amhail: l'ithre'n Gaeilge an Chol'iste, Examsupport.ie, agus seomra r'omhaireachta. Sol'thra'tear breisranganna taobh amuigh den sceideal oifigi'il do pháist' a mbeadh deacrachta' saini'la acu agus b'onn na ranganna f'in beag go leor (c. 18 ag an ghn'thleibh'al; c. 8 ndalta ag an Ardleibh'al).  Tugtar aire indibhidi'il do gach dalta agus bu'ochas le c'ras na dteagasc'ir' d'antar monat'ireacht ch'ramach lean'nach ar dhul chun cinn na ndalta' i rith an ch'rsa go l'ir.

The Department of Irish

The study of Irish is obligatory in both primary and first form classes at the College of St Columba.  Exemptions are given to pupils who have learning difficulties such dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, etc.  In cases such as these, the College Learning Support Department provides additional classes during Irish lessons in order to address any particular areas of concern.  Children who have acquired an official State exemption are required to continue studying this subject from second form onwards. Pupils are allocated to different sets within each form according to their ability and knowledge of the subject. There are usually two sets within each form; a higher-level set and an ordinary-level set.  The teaching of Irish is divided into three schools:

  1. junior school '  primary up to 3rd form
  2. transition year ' 4th form
  3. senior school ' 5tgh and 6th forms

The Junior School

The St Columba's junior cycle follows the guidelines as laid out by the Department of Education and Science. Pupils in forms 1 ' 3 are prepared for the Junior Certificate at the Ordinary and Higher Levels according to their ability in the subject.  In the classes communication skills, both oral and written, are emphasized in our teaching structures and practices.  Conversation, debates, oral physical repetition exercises and audio-visual aids are used extensively throughout the three years.  The pupils also watch appropriate materials broadcast on TG4. Each week, themes are chosen that will relate directly to the pupils experience in the College and many of the reading materials provided for their classes reflect pupil interests.

The Transition Year

The transition year consists of two separate strands. These strands have been designed in order to facilitate the most appropriate programmes for pupils of varying abilities. The first strand for the lower set is directed at developing oral and written skills. In it pupils are required to study a range of topics relating to Gaelic culture and Irish life.  A variety of methods is used to promote both active and passive language skills: e.g. discussion on prepared topics, drama, music and watching suitable programs on TG4.
The second strand, with a slightly higher academic profile, requires more reading and the preparation of  special projects which pupils present to their class at the end of the academic year. The higher set also studies the development of Gaelic literature in the 20th century from early revivalist literature up to modern writers such as; D'ibh' ' Cr'in'n, Miche'l ' Conghaile, Alan Titley, Daith' ' Muir' and S'amas Mac Annaidh. Particular attention is given to the work of Se'n ' R'ord'in and to the Innti poetry movement. Written examinations are taken by both sets in the first two terms and in the final term pupil-performance is assessed on the basis of their project-work alone.  

The Senior School

Presently there are two sets in the senior school cycle.  Pupils are prepared for the Leaving Certificate Examination at both the Ordinary and Higher Levels according to their abilities.  Apart from the usual class activities, all pupils have access to a wide range of additional learning facilities such as: an interactive College Irish Site, on-line Examsupport.ie, extra private classes for those with particular or specific difficulties, a computer room and continuous contact with their teachers by means of e-mail.  In addition, pupils also receive individual attention and support from personal academic tutors who provide careful and continuous monitoring of their work and progress.

Dr Garry Bannister (Head of Dept)

Ms Alison Maybury

Mr Tristan Clarke