The school has a Pastoral Care Team that provides support and guidance for students. As the school is of medium size, teachers know students individually. In addition, each class has a Year Head responsible for the welfare of students in that year. The Year Head liaises with other members of the pastoral care team as well as parents/guardians to encourage and enable students to cope with all aspects of daily student life.
At present we are involved in The Amber Flag Programme which aims to promote and actively bring about a culture change in the promotion of positive mental health within the educational system and other organisations.
Guidance and Counselling
Our school counsellor provides support to students in their educational, personal and career needs. She works closely with the Learning Support Department and with the Year Head system. Ms. Gleeson meets students within their class groups and individually by appointment.
The Learning Support Department
The Learning Support Department screens all 1st Year students in September. The department provides extra help and support for students within small groups. This takes place in a specialised room where there is access to learning materials such as maths and spelling programmes. Communication with parents or guardians is central to the programme which will be devised for the student in order to meet their learning needs.
The Students’ Council
The Students’ Council is the official forum by which the student body can express their views and opinions on school related matters. Each class has a representative and elections are held in September. A designated Teacher liaises between the Students’ Council and the Staff and School Principal.
Parents’ Advisory Council
CBS Dungarvan is very fortunate to have a very active Parents’ Advisory Council and this greatly enhances the life of the school. The Parents’ Council holds an AGM every September to elect its members. Membership is open to all Parents and Guardians of students attending the school. All parents are invited and encouraged to actively participate.
Code of Behaviour
CBS Dungarvan has a Code of Behaviour for students which ensures effective and efficient management of the school. Students have a right to learn and teachers have a right to teach. Our Code of Behaviour fosters learning in an orderly atmosphere. We aim to encourage our students to develop a sense of responsibility for themselves.
After-School Study is organised in the school for the 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th year students. It is available Monday to Friday from 4:00 pm – 6:00pm. Study is supervised by teachers and is available for a fee to students.
School Uniform consists of a grey shirt, school tie, crested school jumper, grey trousers and black shoes. P.E. gear is also necessary for PE classes.
The school uniform may be purchased at Noel Devereux’s, Dungarvan. (058) 41113.
Parent Teacher Meetings take place once a year for each year group. This affords both parents/guardians and teacher an opportunity to discuss the student’s progress. Of course parents/guardians are welcome to make an appointment to see a teacher at any time. It is also usual to communicate by phone or through the student’s school diary.
First Year students participate in a subject taster programme which allows them to sample French, German, Art, Technical Graphics and Technology, then select the subjects best suited to their individual aptitudes, talents and academic ability.
Subjects include: English, Irish, Maths, History, Geography, Science, French, German, Business Studies, Art, Technical Graphics, Technology, CSPE, SPHE, Religious Education, PE & Computers.
Transition Year is a one year optional programme. It provides a bridge to enable students make the transition from Junior to Senior cycle. It encourages personal, social development and fosters academic achievement.
CBS Dungarvan devises its own timetabled programme to cater for the needs of its students. Our programme offers students a broad and balanced curriculum including: Journalism, Photography, Public speaking, Cultural Activities, Heritage Studies, Film Studies, Gaelic Studies, Engineering, Enterprise Education, Art, Mathematical Methods, Career Guidance, Chemistry, Social Studies, Speech & Drama, Graphics, Home Economics, Business Management, Religious Education and Agriculture.
Senior Cycle is of two years duration, at the end of which students take the Leaving Certificate Examination. Subject choices for Leaving Certificate is based on student aspirations, career choice and entry requirements for third level entry. Students generally study seven subjects for the Leaving Certificate.
Subjects include: English, Irish, Maths, French, German, Art, Economics, Accounting, History, Geography, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Agricultural Science, Engineering, DCG, PE, Career Guidance & Religious Education.
Extra-Curricular Activities & Sport
One of the main highlights of the school year is the annual school tour which takes place during the Autumn mid-term break. To date, the students have travelled to many European destinations including Paris, Rome, Milan, Holland, Belgium, Germany and Barcelona. These tours are of vital importance to the students as they, not only, give the students the opportunity to experience a variety of different cultures but also to make life-long friendships and to enhance their personal development.
Throughout the year, many educational trips, such as visits to local exhibitions, lectures, shows, museums, art galleries, wildlife parks and career days are organised for the students. These trips are of particular importance in the areas of Geography, History, Science, Ag. Science, Drama and Art.
September is a very exciting time for the first year students as they all head off on their annual trip to the Oysterhaven adventure centre in Cork. This trip gives the new students the opportunity to get to know their peers and hopefully, foster bonds which will last well into their adulthood. Throughout the day, students take part in a variety of outdoor activities ranging from rafting and kayaking to assault courses.
Each year, students from all classes are given the opportunity to get involved in debating. This can assist the students in the development and enhancement of their communication, interpersonal and social skills. The school regularly participates in local debates as well as the famous Concern Debates which have been running for over 25 years.
Every year, the students of Dungarvan CBS take part in and hold many different activities in a bid to raise important funds for both local and national charities. Recently, students from all years were involved in the Concern Fast in which they raised a substantial amount of money for the charity.
Students at Dungarvan CBS are given a full range of opportunities to take part in physical education and competitive sports through inter-school activities. All students are encouraged to make full use of these opportunities for their own personal benefit and to contribute to their overall development both physically and mentally.
Students have the opportunity to participate in: Hurling, Football, Soccer, Rugby, Rounders, Volley Ball, Basketball, Tennis, Badminton, Swimming, Table Tennis, Darts, Pool, Cross Country, Javelin, Shot Putt, Hurdles, Long/ Triple Jump.
Our annual Sports Awards take place every May, where we recognise all sporting achievements of our students. We honour both achievements in school as well as those attained outside of school.
Each year Dungarvan CBS has an Academic Awards night to acknowledge the academic achievements of our students. This night allows the school, parents and students to celebrate our students performance and hard work over the year.