Loreto Bray offers students a six year programme of studies:
- A three year Junior Cycle programme of studies.
- A non-compulsory Transition Year programme of studies
- A two year Senior Cycle programme of studies.
Our students participate in the Irish state examinations system. Students sit the Junior Certificate Examination on completion of Junior Cycle while the terminal examination for Senior Cycle students is the Leaving Certificate Examination.
The School Day:
All classes are forty minutes in length.
Roll call takes place at 8.45am daily.
Mon/Tues/Thursday: 9 Classes per day. School closes at 4.00 pm
Wed: 6 Classes. School closes at 1.10 pm.
Fri: 8 Classes. School closes at 3.20 pm
The following study programmes are available as optional subjects at Leaving Certificate level.
- The Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP)
- Religious Education as an Examination Subject
- Applied Mathematics
All students participate in Career Guidance classes in Transition Year, Fifth Year and Sixth Year. Talks from guest speakers and opportunities for college visits are made available to students. Our Fourth Years undertake an individual career research project where they use the appropriate computer based resources to prepare a summary of their research findings. Our Career Guidance Teacher, Mr. Sweeney will also meet with students on an individual basis to provide support in areas such as careers research and college applications. Every Sixth Year student will have dedicated appointments to plan for their future third level courses (Further and Higher education options) / career path with appropriate follow up.
Senior students are instructed in the following: Goal setting, Time management / Study schedule, How to study / Note taking skills, Exam technique, Organisation and stress management
The Career Guidance Counsellor works closely with the Pastoral Care team. The school arranges workshops according to student needs. For example, the Junior Cert students had a Stress Management workshop in late September 2017. This was a five hour holistic event covering areas such as: Time Management and Note Taking, Study Skills, Stress Management, The Importance of Exercise and The Importance of Nutrition.
The Loreto Bray Chinese Studies Programme started in September 2007 and now offers Mandarin Chinese classes to first, second, third and fourth year students. The programme is sponsored by the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland. The Confucius Institute works with the Irish government, businesses and academia to develop stronger educational, cultural and commercial links between Ireland and China.
Loreto Bray is privileged to work with the UCD Confucius Institute and to offer our students what we believe is a wonderful opportunity to learn about China and to study Mandarin Chinese.
The Confucius Institute provides native Chinese speakers to teach Chinese language and culture classes to our students.
In addition to their language classes our students are presented with opportunities to experiment with Chinese cookery, paper cutting, calligraphy and many other activities.
Over the past four years our students have been privileged to perform on stage – singing and reciting Chinese poetry – in the O’Reilly Hall (UCD) and the National Concert Hall (Dublin). A group of nineteen Transition Year students have recently returned from China where they were guests of the Confucius Institute. The girls performed a Chinese song as part of the Fifth Confucius Institute Gala performance. The show was broadcast on Chinese National television to an audience of over one billion people.
Our students have successfully taken the YCT (Young Learners Chinese Test) examinations and many of the participants in our Chinese Studies Programme have expressed the desire to include Chinese Studies as part of their third level studies when they leave Loreto Bray.
On Friday, 26th March 2010 Loreto Bray was honoured to welcome the Chinese Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Mr. Liu Biwei and the President of University College Dublin, Dr. Hugh Brady came to our school to officially launch our Confucius Classroom – the first ever secondary level Confucius Classroom in Ireland. In his address, His Excellency, Mr. Liu Biwei congratulated Loreto Bray on the success of its Chinese Studies Programme and welcomed the opportunity to launch the first Irish second level Confucius Classroom. During his address, Dr. Brady spoke of the growing importance of China on the world stage and of the increasing interest in the study of Chinese at third level. He welcomed the Loreto Bray Chinese Studies Programme as a forward thinking initiative and congratulated the students on their progress to date.
On Wednesday 5 December, Dr Liming Wang presented four Sixth Year Loreto students, Rachel Ball, Róisín Finnerty, Jenny Murphy and Gillian Tracey, with certificates from the Confucius Institute for Ireland(UCD) to acknowledge their six years of Chinese study. During the ceremony, there were three cultural demonstrations – traditional Chinese musical instrument (Guzheng), Chinese tea ceremony and Chinese painting and caligraphy.
The students greatly enjoyed the afternoon and found it very emotional.
Chinese Bridge Competition 2014
Chloe Shortall from Sixth Year came second overall and won a two week scholarship to study Chinese in China next October.
Students in Loreto Bray study 10 Junior Cycle subjects to Junior Certificate level.
The following are the eight compulsory subjects at Junior Cycle: Irish, English, Mathematics, History, Geography, Religion, Science, a Foreign Language (French, German or Spanish) C.S.P.E, SPHE, P.E and Music for Well Being
In addition students select two subjects from the following optional subjects: 2nd Foreign Language (French, German, Spanish), Art, Music, Home Economics, and Business Studies.
Dedicated Loreto French site is available for registered students – click here
Loreto Bray, with the enthusiastic support of the Loreto Bray Parents’ Association, has built up a well stocked, well catalogued school library which is available for student and teacher use. In Spring 2011 a number of computers have been added to the library facilities to assist students in their research work for programmes such as History, Geography and Religious Education
On a day-to-day basis the library is run by the Fifth Year Library Monitors who have been trained in the use of the Library computer system. The staff Library Committee oversees the general management of the school library.
The library is opened on set lunchtimes for general student use. The Junior and Senior Book Clubs also meet in the school library on a fortnightly basis.
Our Careers Library – adjacent to the main library – is also available to students wishing to research possible career paths.
Fifth year and sixth year present students with the challenges of the Leaving Certificate programme of studies. In general, students sit seven subjects in the Leaving Certificate Examination though some choose to take an eighth subject.
The following are the core subjects studied by all students at Senior Cycle:
Irish, English, Mathematics, Religious Education, P.E. and Careers.
In addition, students select four subjects for the following list of optional subjects:
History, Geography, French, German, Spanish, Art, Music, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Home Economics (Social & Scientific), Accounting, Economics and Business.
Dedicated Loreto French site is available for registered students – click here
Transition Year is an optional but very popular programme of studies in Loreto Bray. There are currently 125 places available in Transition Year.
During Transition Year students continue to study core subjects such as Irish, English, Mathematics, Religious Education and European Languages.
In addition, pupils undertake six or nine week ‘taster modules’ in all Leaving Certificate subjects available within the school. These ‘taster modules’ assist students with subject selection for their Leaving Certificate course of studies.
Transition Year also offers students the opportunity to experience new subjects and to engage in new activities. Horticulture, Interior Design, European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) Studies, Legal Studies and Personal Development Studies are just some of the courses on offer. Students also undertake periods of work experience and community service. A Transition Year school tour to an activities centre is another popular part of the programme. The annual Transition Year school musical is performed in the Mermaid Theatre, Bray and is a very popular local event.
Transition Year offers students the opportunity to engage in self-directed learning. Many aspects of the programme challenge students to work successfully in teams. Students are presented with opportunities to display initiative and develop leadership skills.
Transition Year presents students with a wonderful opportunity for personal growth.