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L.C.A.

Index
Section 1 - Programme Overview
● School Mission Statement
● Programme Aims
● Programme Objectives
● Coordinator, subject teachers and students
Section 2 - Programme Provision
● Admission Policy
● Programme Presentation
● Timetabling Allocations
● Calendar
● Induction
Section 3 - Planning and Preparation
Section 4- Teaching and Learning
Section 5 - Assessment
Section 6- Achievement and Development
Section 7 - List of Work Experiences/ Tasks/ Trips

Section 1 - Programme Overview

School Mission Statement
Our Lady’s Secondary School is a co-educational Christian Mercy School, whose aim it is to promote the development of the total person, by creating a climate where the spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social and cultural development if its students is a priority.

Mission Statement of LCA
To promote the personal, vocational and academic development of students and to adopt a holistic approach to the development of students thereby enabling them to be participative and responsible adults, both in the world of work and in society itself.

Programme Aims
This is a distinct and self contained programme of two years with provision for work experience and practical tasks.
The Leaving Certificate Applied focuses on Vocational Preparation, Vocational Education and General Education. A unique feature of L.C.A. is that Information Technology, Arts, Leisure and Recreation are required for all students. The two-year programme is divided into four half-year blocks and achievements are credited in each of these sessions. It is based on concepts of learning styles, achievement and excellence that are broader than those of the established Leaving Certificate (traditional). English, Communications and Social Education are core for all students, while the Vocational Specialisms on offer in this school are two of the following (depending on demand and resources): Graphics and Construction Studies & Information Technology.


Aims of Our Lady’s Secondary School LCA Year Programme
● To meet the needs of those students who are not adequately catered for by other Leaving Certificate Programmes
● To prepare learners for the demanding transition to adult and working life and to provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills of self reliance, self knowledge, communication and decision making.
● To recognize talents of all learners: the programme is responsive to aptitudes, abilities, needs and interest of students.
● To provide student centered curriculum that develops literacy, numeracy and teamwork skills within students via active teaching and learning strategies/methodologies
● To aid the personal and social development of all students
Programme Objectives
The Leaving Certificate Applied is a distinct, self-contained Leaving Certificate programme. It is designed for those students who do not wish to proceed directly to third level education or for those whose needs, aspirations and aptitudes are not adequately catered for by the other two Leaving Certificate programmes. The Leaving Certificate Applied is structured around three main elements – Vocational Preparation, Vocational Education and General Education - which are interrelated and interdependent. This programme is characterised by educational experiences of an active, practical and student-centred nature.

Coordinator, Subject Teachers and Students
Coordinator:    Mrs Hanoria Hough.
Tutor:     Mr. John Reilly.
Subject Teachers:
English & Communications  Mr. Slater.
Mathematical Applications  Ms. Connor
French     Mrs. Chambers
Irish     Mr Gaughan
Vocational Preparation & Guidance Ms McAndrew
Social Education    Mrs. Chambers
Art     Ms. Connor
Recreation and Leisure  Mr Lawless
Work Experience   Ms McAndrew
Religion    Ms McNally Woods
ICT     Ms. Connor
Graphics and Construction  Mr Gaughan

Students:
LCA 1     LCA 2
Nicole Cafferkey   Jamie McDowall
Patrick McDowall   Jasmine Wilson
Patrick Mullarkey   Lorraine Murdock
David Healy
Luke Heffernan
Kieran Doran

Section 2 - Programme Provision
Admission Policy
Students are selected for the LCA based on their suitability for the programme. The selection process involves:
● Liaison with the pupil’s parents: An Information Session on the Programme is provided for parents and students as part of the TY when parents are invited to an information evening with students on the programmes and subjects offered in the school. This usually takes place in April/May of TY
● Application Form: A written application form must be completed in respect of each student intending to enrol on the LCA programme.
● Academic Review: third and fourth year class tutors, year tutors and core subject teachers are consulted to assess the student’s performance in the school up to Junior Cycle/Transition Year.
Based on the above the student’s suitability for the programme is assessed and if his/her application is deemed successful, the student will be offered a place on the programme for the following September.
Each pupil’s performance is reviewed following the completion of the first session of the programme.

Section 3 - Planning and Preparation

Section 4- Teaching and Learning

Section 5 - Assessment

Section 6- Achievement and Development

Section 7 - List of Work Experiences/ Tasks/ Trips

Personal Achievement Tasks:
2016
David Barrett -  Elvis CD
Sean McGrath -  Jiving and dancing
Marico Barrett - Mechanics
Ryan Geraghty - Welding
2017
Jamie McDowall - Bird house and phone holder.
Jasmine Wilson  -  Makeup and beauty.
Lorraine Murdock - laptop table.

Trips:
Erris Tour of all tourists sights Blacksod, Corlough, Blow Hole, Ballyglass Lifeboat and Lighthouse, Civic Centre Belmullet.
Day to Castlebar to bowling/cinema and laser world.
Library visit to Belmullet Library.

Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA)
The Leaving Certificate Applied is a two-year Leaving Certificate available to students who wish to follow a practical programme with a strong vocational emphasis.
The LCA  Co-ordinator is Mrs Hanoria Hough.
Leaving Cert Applied is currently running for 5th & 6th years.
The Leaving Certificate Applied was introduced to recognise the talents of all students and provide opportunities for development in terms of responsibility, self-esteem and self-knowledge.
It is an innovative programme in the way students learn, in what they learn and in the way their achievements are assessed.
The Leaving Certificate Applied is intended to meet the needs of those students who are not adequately catered for by other Leaving Certificate programmes or who choose not to opt for such programmes.
Modules studied are:
● English & Communications,
● Mathematical Applications,
● Vocational Preparation & Guidance,
● Social Education,
● Art,
● Recreation and Leisure
● Work Experience takes place one day a week (Friday)

Vocational Specialisms offered are: Information Communications Technology (ICT) and Graphics and Construction Studies.
Irish is done in 5th Year. French is done in 6th Year.
All LCA students complete modules in Religion as part of their elective.

 
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