Moate Community School, Church St. Moate, Co. Westmeath.
Tel: (090) 6481350 , Fax: (090) 6482133, Email:

What is the formal Curriculum in the School?

The Formal Curriculum

First Year:

A system of Subject Sampling is in operation for First Year Students.

The applies:

Core Subjects – Studied for full year
Tasted Subjects (16 weeks each)

Irish, English Maths








Business Studies




Technical Graphics



Home Economics

Students study all subjects in the core section all year and each subject in the ‘Tasted Section' for half the school year on a rotational basis.

*What is SPHE?

Social, personal and health education, as part of the curriculum, supports the personal development, health and well being of young people and helps them create and maintain supportive relationships.

Taster Programme

A taster programme is in place prior to students entering the school to give students an opportunity to select their language choice The taster programme also allows students to taste other subjects such as physical education as well as facilitating the transition from Primary to Secondary School. The taster programme takes place between January – April each year.

2 nd / 3 rd Year:

At the end of first year students decide on their subjects for Junior Certificate. All students study the following examination subjects:

Irish English Maths Science

Religion CSPE

as well as four other subjects of their choice. They also study PE, SPHE and Computer Studies. All subjects are offered at Higher and Ordinary level. At the end of 3 rd Year students sit their Junior Certificate Examinations. A certificate listing student's grades will be issued by the Department of Education & Science .

Senior Options: After Junior Certificate students have the option of doing a two/three year Leaving Certificate cycle.

Transition Year : Transition Year is a year between Junior Certificate and the beginning of Leaving Certificate. Moate Community School has designed its own Transition Year Programme to meet the needs of its own students. One of the chief benefits of TY is that students can sample various subjects and have the opportunity to grow and mature.


  • one extra year of maturing before making Leaving Certificate subject choices
  • 40% of Leaving Certificate syllabus covered
  • Statistics show that students who do Transition year will achieve higher Leaving Certificate points.
  • Opportunity to experience wider range of subjects.
  • Develops critical thinking and independent learning skills.
  • Prepares students for life and the world of work
  • Greater participation in extra curricular activities.
  • Greater opportunity to develop creativity, initiative and leadership .

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Leaving Certificate/ Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme.

Leaving Certificate: After Junior Certificate/Transition Year students study a 2 year Leaving Certificate Course. Students study Irish, English, and Maths together with four other examination subjects of their choice.

Subjects on offer: Home Economics, History, Geography, Ag. Science, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Art, Music, Engineering, Business, Construction Studies, Technical Drawing, French/Spanish, Accounting, Religion.German

All subjects are offered at Higher/Ordinary level.

Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme : Students taking certain combinations of subjects qualify as LCVP students. This programme allows the students to have project work together with work experience recognised as a subject. It is a considerable advantage to have project work carried out during school time accepted as an examination subject, which qualifies for points.

Students choose any 2 subjects from the combinations listed

The subjects which qualify a student for LCVP are: 

Specialist Groupings:

  • Construction Studies or Engineering or Technical Drawing
  • Physics and Construction Studies or Engineering.
  • Agricultural Science and Construction Studies or Engineering
  • Agricultural Science and Chemistry or Physics
  • Home Economics and Agricultural Science or Biology
  • Home Economics and Art
  • Accounting or Business or Economics (any two)
  • Physics and Chemistry
  • Biology and Chemistry or Physics.

Services Groupings

  • Engineering and Business or Accounting or Economics
  • Construction Studies and Business or Accounting or Economics.
  • Home Economics and Business or Accounting or Economics
  • Agricultural Science and Business or Accounting or Economics
  • Art and Business or Accounting or Economics
  • Music and Business or Accounting or Economics.

The student of course takes Irish, English, Maths and two further subjects as usual. There is no difference for LCVP students and ordinary LC students.

Three additional short courses or modules are done by LCVP students.

They are:

  1. Enterprise Education
  2. Preparation for Work
  3. Work Experience.

The modules are examined by portfolio (60%) and examination (40%).

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What we need to know for the start of the Year?


School Uniform
The school uniform must be worn at all times:


Shirt White shirt.

Pants Navy (No denims or cord ).

Jumper Navy with school crest.

Shoes Black/Navy (non slip soles)

Jacket School jacket with school crest.


Shirt White shirt.

Skirt Tartan. Navy Trousers (with crest optional)

Jumper Navy with school crest.

Shoes Black ( non-slip soles)

Jacket School jacket with school crest

T-shirts or polo neck jumper are not allowed to be visible

T-shirts or polo neck jumper are not allowed to be visible.Students who arrive in school out of uniform will not be admitted to class. Parents will be contacted and advised to bring in the uniform or collect their son/daughter from the school.

School uniform is only available from:

Cochrane's Main Street, Moate

Walshe's Irish House, Main Street, Moate.

Book Rental Scheme

Our School offers a book rental scheme to all pupils which greatly reduces the cost of books. These books are distributed through the class teachers and each student is expected to take full responsibility for their books which are collected at the end of each academic year. In light of recent educational cuts the provision of the book rental scheme is based on the provision that all students pay the appropriate rental fee.


In many instances parents will require transport for their children to attend Post Primary School. This will be provided by Bus Eireann. An application form should be completed on enrolment.

A private bus service is available to students in the Ballycumber/Clara area. Details available from the school. We offer transport to all extra curricular activities for a nominal fee.


Our school operates its own canteen. Food is prepared fresh in our kitchen each day. We offer wraps, rolls, soup, fresh fruit salad, yogurts, fruit and a wide variety of confectionary. All of our produce is on sale at a reasonable price and supports our Healthy Eating Policy.


Each student has the opportunity to avail of the use of a Locker to store their books and equipment. There is a small charge for the use of the locker and lockers are issued early in the school year. Each student will be given a code to their locker and it is their responsibility to ensure that no one else knows the code.

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How do we assist your Child in learning ?

Extra Tuitition/Revision Courses

Our School offers extra tuition/revision courses from time to time to help and assist students. These are offered free of charge to our students and offer the students an excellent opportunity to avail of extra help in a particular subject. Students will be informed about the availability of all classes.

Mock Orals

In preparation of oral examinations our school offers mock orals from time to time.

The oral examination is a great opportunity to gain valuable marks and thus enhance the overall grade. We are delighted to be able to offer students the chance to practice their oral skills prior to an exam.

Supervised Study

Supervised study is open to all students and is run in two centres in the school. There is a charge for each term and students must re apply each term.


•  Sept- Halloween

•  Halloween – Christmas

•  New Year- St. Patrick's Day

•  St. Patrick's Day- Summer

  Rules and Regulations

•  Students will have their journals stamped each evening. This will inform parents/guardians that a student is in attendance. Therefore , notes explaining absence are not required.

•  Parents may be contacted to verify a students absence during the term.

•  Students must be present for the entire duration, otherwise they will not be admitted to study.

•  Students will be assigned a seat and should sit in this seat for the term.

•  Responsibility will only be accepted for students in attendance at study.

•  Normal School rules in relation to discipline apply to evening study.

•  Any student who fails to comply with these rules, will have sanctions imposed which may include the following.

1.Verbal warning

2.Temporary suspension from evening study

3.Permanent suspension from evening study(In this event money will not be refunded).


Homework is an essential part of learning and an important aspect of a student's programme. Homework helps students to develop study skills and self-discipline. Homework, each evening, consists of the following;

•  Revision of the work done in class earlier in the day.

•  Completion of work started in class or of written exercises prescribed.

•  Research into topics that are being studies.

It will rarely be valid for a student to say ‘I have no homework tonight'. Students must record their set homework in the School Journal. Parents must check their children's Journal each evening. The Journal is a means of daily communication between school and home.

The following time scales are given as a guide to students and parents:


Minimum Time

Monday to Friday

Minimum Time


First 1½ - 2 hours 1 hour
second 2 - 2½ hours 2 hour
Third 2½ - 3 hours 4 hour
Transition Year 2½ - 3 hours 4 hour
Fifth 3 – 4 hours 4 hour
Sixth 3 – 5 hours 8 hour



•  The setting of homework is an essential part of the teacher's lesson plan.

•  Homework should address the specific learning outcomes of the lesson.

•  The teacher will design the task around relevant achievable goals with consideration of the ability levels of the class groupings.

•  The homework will be assigned and fully explained during the lesson

•  Time will be granted for it to be recorded accurately by the student in the student journal within the lesson.

•  It is vital that all homework assignments are presented on time.Failure on the part of the student to complete any homework assignment, to a satisfactory standard, is recorded by the teacher sanctions may be imposed.


•  Provide a suitable study area and the necessary tools (for example- paper and books) to complete the homework assignments.

•  Monitor after-school activities and television viewing etc, establish a specific homework time and procedure.

•  Praise the student's efforts. Assist the students, if requested, by reading over assignment questions or working through an example rather than simply providing the answer.

•  Junior students will need more parental guidance and assistance with homework than senior cycle, the parent should observe that appropriate time is spent doing homework and review completed work assignments.


Students may not always view homework as a pleasant experience, but if the assignment

serves a good purpose and parents reinforce the completion of the tasks, students will benefit by gaining grades, better study habits, and a more positive attitude towards school and learning.


School Reports will be issued at the following times. November Break, Christmas, Pre Examinations *(3 rd & 6 th Year only) Easter (1 st , 2 nd 5 th & Transition Year); Summer 1 st , 2 nd 5 th & Transition Year)

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How do we look after your Childs well being?

Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care is a systematic approach to education, which seeks to value the young person at every level. It involves a holistic approach creating an environment, which enriches the lives of students. It is a programme, which aims to provide a caring supportive school community allowing for the full development of the emerging adult, nurturing talents, fostering self worth and maximising potential.


Role of the Chaplain

The Chaplain focus at all times is the welfare of all individuals within the school
community. The Chaplain is a spiritual guide, a faith friend and a supporter of others
as they experience personal difficulties. In fulfilling this role, the Chaplain works closely
with all staff, students, parents and agencies/groups/organisations within the
community. The Chaplain attends Pastoral Care, Yearhead, Special Education and
Referral meetings on a weekly basis.

Areas of Focus:
1. The Chaplain has a teaching role within the school.
2. The Chaplain works closely with the RE Department to identify and mark significant
events in the school and liturgical calendar.
3. The Chaplain is available to meet parents in their home or in school and may offer
them support at times of difficulty.
4. The Chaplain also plays a pivotal role in the Transition of all students from Primary
to Secondary school and will contact all National Schools of incoming first years.
5. The Chaplain liaises where appropriate with the Special Education Department
relating to students who need additional support.

Role of the Guidance Service

The aim of the Guidance Service, in keeping with the school ethos, is to assist and challenge each pupil to become aware of and reach their fullest potential in each facet of their development.

The Guidance Counselling service is in part of a whole school enterprise and provides for the development needs of all its students in the three key areas: Personal and Social, Educational and Vocational.

Team: The Guidance Counsellor works as a member of a team, working with members of the staff, with parents and other relevant professionals outside the school.

The Guidance Counselling service in this school includes:






Referral of Students

The referral team is made up of Guidance Counsellors, Home School Community Liaison Officer, Chaplain and Principal or Deputy Principal.

The team meet ona regualar basis.

Links: The Guidance Counsellor links with Special Education Department, Referral Team and Pastoral Care Team on a weekly basis.

Further information available form the Guidance Department upon request.


To further assist students with difficulties our school offers an external counselling
facility. It offers students a chance to articulate difficulties they may be experiencing in a safe and secure

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What is the School Attendance Criteria?


Parents must understand that there is legal obligation to ensure that students attend school regularly. Regular attendance is essential and directly linked to student's achievement at school. The school understands and accepts that there are genuine reasons students will not be in a position to attend school i.e. sickness, bereavement, etc. However, a parent priority should always be to ensure their son/daughter is in school whenever possible.

To enable our school to achieve our obligation with regard to attendance the following is in place.

•  A roll call will be taken first class each morning

•  When a student is absent he/she must bring an explanation note in the Journal on the first day he/she returns to school. Failure to supply a note may necessitate the school contacting you by letter.

•  Each students absence will be monitored by Yearheads

•  Any student leaving the school must be signed out at the front office by a parent.

•  Unexplained absences may mean the school contact you by letter/phone/web text.

•  Absences in excess of 15 days – parents will be notified.

•  Absences in excess of 20 days – parents and the Education Welfare Officer (Department of Education & Science) will be notified

•  To encourage students to attend school full attendance awards will be presented on Awards Night.


A small percentage of offenders in this area take up staff time with constant monitoring and checking. Punctuality is part of school training. Parents have a duty to see that their children arrive in school on time. Students who arrive late will be met by the Principal who will stamp their Journal, and must report to the office. The onus is on students who are late to sign in on the ‘Late Pass Book' in the office. If no satisfactory explanation is offered in writing a sanction will be applied after the third or subsequent offence up to an including refusal of admission.


If my child is ill and in school they should:

•  Inform the teacher

•  Report to the Office and phone home

•  Return to their class.

•  If you can calling to collect them, you should call to Reception and sign your child out of school.


They should remain at home until they are fit to come into school

If I wish to make contact with my child

If I wish to make contact with my child during class time I should: -
• Ring the school on 090 6481350 and leave a message;
If I wish to collect them during the school day, I should: -
• Ensure that I place a note in their school journal indicating the collection/
appointment time and inform them to wait for me at Reception at the
appropriate time.
Please note that announcements will only be made in the case of an emergency or
at break-times.


Students being absent from school because of family holidays are a cause for concern and a breach of current legislation. Parents are asked to ensure that student do not lose time in school due to family holidays during term time or because they are needed at home.


Announcements of school closure for reasons that become known in advance will be communicated in advance to parents/guardians. Emergency closing due to bad weather or service breakdowns cannot be notified as easily. The school authorities will make the best decision they can with the available information. Parents must consider local conditions before sending children to school. Please note that if there are icy roads the decision on whether or not school buses should run is a matter for the school bus drivers and Bus Eireann. In the context of emergency closures the school will make every effort to advise local stations of this situation / or to text parents. Please note the school will remain open in all situation if at all possible

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What Extra Curricular Activities are adopted by the School?


All students are encouraged to become involved in Extra Curricular Activities. Our school believes that Extra Curricular Activities play an important part in the holistic development of young people. Parents should encourage their son/daughter as much as possible but should also be conscious that all work missed is caught up on so that the academic achievements of the student is not affected in any way.

As well as physical fitness, the principle value sought through team sports is a sense of enjoyment through team participation.

We expect a high level respect for our opponents and when representing the school our students must take responsibility for the sport in which they partake, respect their mentor and the performance of the team.


Our facilities include :

Fully floodlit all weather pitch Two Astro turf pitches and tennis courts
1 GAA pitch 1 Cross country course
1 soccer pitch 3 Tennis courts
1 Training pitch 4 Basket ball Courts
1 Large Multipurpose Gym 3 Outside Soccer courts
1 Set of Hydraulic Gym Equipment Access to the Local Community Hall
1 Multi – Gym Weights Set Threadmill/Rowing Machine

Clubs and Activities

Debating, Irish Debating, Public Speaking, Salsa/Dance, Computer Club, Spanish Club, Music/Drama, Retreats, Tours, Exchanges, Gaisce


The following sports are available:

Ladies and Boys Gaelic, Soccer, Basketball, Athletics, Badminton, Table Tennis, Hurling/Camogie, Tennis, Cross-Country, Athletics, Swimming , Horse Riding, Kickboxing, Volleyball.

All training takes place at lunchtime or after school in the evenings and does not impact negatively on student's attendance in class. Students who miss class time due to representing the school in any competitions are obliged to obtain class notes/homework.

Students should limit themselves to approx. two extra curricular activities so as not to adversely affect their academic performance.


Over the past number of years school tours have taken place to different locations on the continent. The school is of the opinion that such trips give students learning opportunities in the areas of travel, experience of different cultures and civilisations, coping with living away from home, teamwork etc. The management of such trips places a great onus of responsibility on supervising teachers. In these circumstances it is important that they are reasonably happy that the students they are bringing with them do not pose a potential threat to the safe conduct of the tour. Consequently the following general rules are in operation:- Permission form must be signed by parent/guardian at the time of booking.

•  If a student has shown a poor attitude to the Code of Behaviour or has refused to co-operate with an investigation into breaches of discipline he or she will not be considered.

•  Any student who has committed a serious misdemeanour prior to tour departure date, notwithstanding that he/she may have paid in full for his/her ticket will not be allowed to travel. Any money paid by such a student will be forfeited.

Decisions with regard to the interpretation of these conditions will rest with the Principal in consultation with the organising teacher and the supervising teachers.

Students who breach school rules/regulations during school trips abroad, in particular abuse/use of alcohol or other illegal substances will be sent home and extra costs involved will be the responsibility of the parents.

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How Do we Acknowledge Achievements of our Students?

Honour Board

This is a notice Board placed in a prominent place in school which displays achievements by students. From time to time it will show newspaper clippings, photographs, articles, etc.  


The Newslink is a newsletter that is issued our to parents in October, Christmas, Easter and Summer. It contains news items and articles about all aspects of the school including sporting achievements, musical events, upcoming events, Principals' matters etc. It acknowledges students' achievements and their contribution to school life.


The Yearbook is published annually and is available for sale in May. It contains articles on events that have taken place throughout the school year. It acknowledges students achievements and displays some of their

work in the form of book reviews, poems, articles etc. It also contains pictures of each student in the school along with pictures of the many events that have taken place during the year. Many of these events are also posted on the schools webpage throughout the year.


Each teacher is issued with a stamp, which contains a positive statement, which may be used twice a week with each class group.


Postcards are available through a designated member of Pastoral Care. These postcards are intended to acknowledge achievements of students. They will be signed by the Principal and will be sent to parents from time to time

Student of the Term

Student of the Term will be nominated by the Tutor upon examination of his/her student's journals. Other specific criteria for the selection of Student of the Term will also be used.


Assemblies will be seen as an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of our students within the school community.

Student of the Year Awards

Student of the Year awards are a culmination of the students work i.e. offer an opportunity for students to receive specialist awards in addition to student of the year awards for each year group.

Web Page and twitter page @moatecs

The web page is constantly updated to include students achievements and participation
in school related activities.

Student Council/Games


These Committees are filled from TY/Fifth and Sixth year students. Students may apply by way of application form and after consultation with school management and staff they are appointed. The co-ordinator of each programme will meet their group at regular intervals to monitor their progress. Training in leadership is provided. Staff support for the role each group of students fulfils is very important and appreciated

Student Council

A student's council (Junior/Senior) is in operation in our school. The Council involves a representative from each class. These representatives will be democratically elected by their peers. The duties of the council will be-


•  To represent the view of students.

•  To arrange regular meetings with Co coordinator /teacher in attendance.

•  To act as class rep.

•  To report any irregularities to tutors.

•  To report on any damages etc. to the classrooms.

•  To liase with other committees and groups in the school.

Games Committee

The duties are:


•  To assist and supervise during lunchtime.

•  To organise inter-class games at lunchtime.

•  To report any irregularities or damages to school property .


The duties are:

•  To assist first year Class Tutors in creating good class spirit.

•  To operate one/way system.

•  To assist with Canteen supervision.

•  To control entrance/exits.

•  To supervise locker areas and toilets.

•  To assist at school functions.


The mentors provide a very valuable and impressive support system, to assist new students in their transition to MCS. In order to undertake the many challenges presented, mentors undergo a rigorous training programme. The programme provides students with invaluable insight into the role of the mentor and greatly facilitates their work.

The duties are:

•  First Year Hand Book

•  First Day Programme

•  Mentor/First Year Group Support

•  Club

•  Mentor Meetings

•  Special Events

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What we need to know as First year parents?


Our school conducts an assessment test in the weeks immediately following the open day:

•  All applicants shall be obliged to sit for the school's Assessment Test, which shall be held on a day, time and place determined by the school. A candidate who fails to sit for the test without good reason (as judged by the school) will put their admission at risk. The Board may decide to revoke an earlier decision to admit such a student and to offer the place to a student on the waiting list.

•  The Assessment Test will be used to help the school identify whether a student has special educational needs and the results may be used as a basis for seeking additional teaching or other resources from the Department of Education & Science, in line with the school's Special Educational Needs Policy.

•  The Assessment Test guides the school in its assignment of students to certain classes.

First Tear Curriculum

Please also refer to first year section outlined above.

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How does the school communicate with you as a parent?

Parent / Teacher Meetings

Parent/Teacher meetings afford parents the opportunity to discuss with each teacher the progress of their student in a particular subject.

Students in 3 rd /6 th year may attend the meeting with their parents. Dates of the Parent Teacher Meetings will be available on the school calendar. There will be a number of information leaflets available at the Parent Teacher Meeting covering topics such as Alcohol and Young People, SPHE, Bullying, etc. These Leaflets are for information purposes and are there to aid you in your role as parent.

Parent teacher meetings are held in the School Gymnasium and when you arrive at the school you will be supplied with:

•  A map of the Gym indicating where each teacher is sitting. Teachers will be sitting alphabetically.

•  Your son/daughters journal will be collected the day of the PTM and you will be given this before you enter the gym.

In Preparation for the Parent Teacher Meeting:

  • Talk to your child about classes, subjects and any concerns you may have
  • Get a written list of all of your son/daughters teachers indicating subject and level.
  • Consider what type of questions you may like to ask i.e. homework, behaviour, socialising etc.


  • Be direct/know what you want to say
  • Each teacher has many parents to see, be considerate, be direct and don't delay
  • if you wish to discuss something sensitive make an appointment to see the teacher in question.

Parent Nights:

At various times during the year parents will be invited to the school to attend information sessions. These could be in relation to study skills, internet safety, subject choices, graduation and many more. We are always delighted to invite parents to the school and thank parents for their continued support. Some of the nights are times of celebration for example the Graduation Ceremony and some are informative but all add to the great sense of community that exists in Moate Community School.


School Reports will be issued at the following times. November Break, Christmas, Pre Examinations *3 rd & 6 th Year only) Easter (1 st , 2 nd 5 th & Transition Year); Summer 1 st , 2 nd 5 th & Transition Year).

See Also our policy documentation :

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What is the Schools Code of Behaviour ?

Goals and Objectives

 Our Code of Discipline will be administered in a manner that is consistent with the human dignity of the child. This Code of Discipline, together with our School Rules, outlines the standard of behaviour that shall be observed by each child.


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For a full list of our policy documents, select the link to our policy page at the top of this page or click here


Moate Community School, Church St. Moate, Co. Westmeath © 2012 Tel: (090) 6481350.