1st Year Induction Overview

Welcoming First Year Students

All new students to Crana College will be welcomed and several induction activities will be organised so that your son or daughter will experience a smooth and enjoyable transition from Primary School.

These will vary from year to year but there will always be a number of such activities in any given year.  In particular, close contact and cooperation with the Primary School is established and activities are arranged accordingly.  There will be information sessions in Primary Schools, an Open Night and a Transfer Day for all incoming students. First Year students will have at least one full day in September when they are the only students in the school.

First Year students are mentored by a Class Tutor whom they meet every morning at roll call. This time is very important as students get the opportunity to prepare for the day ahead and bring any issues they have to a teacher.  All first years are also under the care of the first year Year Head. A mentor programme is also in operation were 5th year students volunteer and are training in mentoring 1st year students.

Book Loan Scheme

All incoming pupils are supplied with the necessary textbooks and workbooks under the school’s Book Loan Scheme.  Pupils are able to receive their books at a fraction of the usual price when they avail of this scheme. Approximate cost is €100.

Crana College Journal

Each pupil uses the school journal to record homework and study.  The journal also contains a copy of their timetable, list of teachers’ names and other useful information.  In addition, the journal is a means of communication between home and school.   Parents and guardians are expected to read and sign the journal each week.

Uniform

Boys:

Plain grey trousers.  A V-necked jumper with the school crest, worn over a plain white shirt and tie (navy, yellow stripe and school crest). Navy blue school jacket/hoodie with the school crest.  Black Shoes. School Blazer (optional)

Girls:

Skirt: Junior students (1st, 2nd, 3rd year) plain grey pleated skirt to the knee or plain grey trousers, Senior students (4th, 5th year) plain grey straight skirt to the knee or plain grey trousers .  A V-necked jumper with the school crest, worn over a plain white shirt and tie (navy, yellow stripe and school crest). Navy blue school jacket/hoodie with the school crest. School Blazer (optional)

Black Shoes.  Plain dark black tights or navy socks.  Students will not be permitted to wear both socks and tights.

 

In the interest of health, safety and hygiene body piercing, facial jewellery or large earrings should not be worn. Boys should be clean shaven and girls should be sensitive to, and aware of, the subtle use of makeup. School management reserve the right to make decisions on any issues relating to appearance in the school setting as it may affect relationships or good order in the school.

Particular attention will be placed on students having totally black shoes.  Students will not be permitted to wear runners/boots/uggs/converse in the school with the exception of runners in PE class.

If students are not wearing the proper uniform/footwear they will be detained at break and lunchtime or given a pair of black school shoes for the day.

Curriculum

The First Year Programme in Crana College is the first year of the Junior Certificate Programme. Crana College prides itself in providing a varied curriculum for students allowing great accessibility for all needs.

For the first six weeks students complete a taster programme where they try out all our practical subjects before they choose which two they wish to continue studying.  This allows everyone to make an informed decision and work with staff on deciding which subject best suites their needs.

Our practical subjects include:

Woodwork       Metalwork       Home Economics      Music

Technology      Art                   Technical Graphics

As well as practical subjects, all students get the opportunity to study a vast curriculum inclusive of the following subjects:

English             Irish                 Mathematics

Science             Business          History

Geography       Spanish            Computers

Religious Education (RE)         Physical Education (PE)

Social, Personal & Health Education (SPHE)

Civic, Social & Political Education (CSPE)

We feel it is very important for all students to receive a varied Junior Certificate Programme as this prepares them best for the Leaving Certificate Programme and in making appropriate subject choices at this stage also.

Educational Support

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator: Mrs Margaret Ferguson

ASD Unit Co-ordinator: Ms Aine Gallagher

Resource

There is no automatic transfer of resources from primary school to post-primary school.  Therefore, it is essential that pupils in receipt of Additional Teaching Hours, SNA support, Assistive Technology, school transport (for children with disabilities) notify the Learning Support Department as early as possible so that resources can be applied for and put in place for September.

It will be necessary to furnish the school with a copy of any psychological assessments that have taken place and /or documentary evidence as to the nature of the special need.

Pupils who are not studying Irish at primary school must first furnish the school with an official certificate of exemption which is recognised and valid throughout their education.

The school also has an Autistic Spectrum Disorder Unit (ASD Unit). Please contact the ASD Unit co-ordinator to discuss supports required for your child and to arrange an appointment.

Learning Support

Pupils who do not meet the criteria for Resource teaching may be eligible to avail of Learning Support.

These pupils are identified through:

  • Transfer of information from primary school
  • Screening tests
  • Teacher observations

Support is available during scheduled Irish classes for those with an official exemption.  These pupils may also avail of support scheduled during Spanish classes where deemed appropriate.

Where there is no exemption, pupils are withdrawn for support from non-examination subjects to minimise any infringement on their examination subjects.

In consultation with parents, some pupils are referred for psychological assessment to determine any underlying learning difficulties.

Useful Apps for students with ASD:

Apps for ASD students