Two New Leaving Cert Programmes Launched At Coláiste Gleann Lí

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At the launch of the new Leaving Cert Physical Education Programme at Coláiste Gleann Lí were, front from left; Katelyn Kearney, Noa Cuevas, Chantelle Allen, Ruairi Halloran and Carly Szlapka. Middle row, from left; teachers Michelle Collins and John Creagh and student Elfuhad Falade. Back, from left; Principal Richard Lawlor, Minister Norma Foley and Deputy Principal Liam McGill. Photo by Dermot Crean

MINISTER for Education, Norma Foley TD was on hand to launch two new Leaving Certificate Programmes at Coláiste Gleann Lí on Friday.

The new programmes are Computer Science and Physical Education and will be offered from this year to Senior Cycle students at the school.The two new courses are being offered in response to the steadily increasing enrolments at the post-primary school.

Management, staff and student representatives of the school gathered to welcome the Minister and attend the launch which was held outside the school in adherence to social distancing and Covid regulations.

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The Chairperson of the Board of Management of the school, Cllr Terry O’ Brien welcomed the announcement and congratulated the school community.

“The aim of the Physical Education course is to develop the learner’s capacity to become an informed, skilled, self-directed and reflective performer in physical education and physical activity in senior cycle and in their future life,” explained Mr. John Creagh of Coláiste Gleann Lí PE Department.

At the launch of the new Computer Science Programme at Coláiste Gleann Lí were, front from left; Teacher Michael Quirke, student Andrea Foley and Principal Richard Lawlor. Back from left; Katelyn O’Connell, Eoin O’Connell, Darragh Mannion and Deputy Principal Liam McGill. Photo by Dermot Crean

Teacher Michael Quirke explained that the introduction of Leaving Certificate Computer Science was in keeping with the considerable advancements made in the school in relation to Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering (STEM).

“The introduction of this subject builds solidly on the strong foundations laid in Computer Science at Junior Cycle. Leaving Certificate Computer Science includes how programming and computational thinking can be applied to the solution of problems, and how computing technology impacts the world around us. It is an essential subject for the modern world,” he said.

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