Our Lady’s Bower Junior Cycle 2019_20

Key Dates from the State Examinations Commission: Junior Certificate 2020

Home Economics Coursework:  March 4th, 2020.

Religious Education Journal Booklet: April 24th, 2020.

Note:  Teachers may look to collect this work before the official SEC deadline to allow your daughter to plan her work scheduled, and avoid deadlines clashing.

Practical Examinations

Music:  March 23rd to April 3rd – dates to be confirmed.

Home Economics: March 23rd to April 3rd – dates to be confirmed.

CBA Dates to note

Second Year

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Other Areas of Learning: calendar of events

First Years

Second Years

Third Years

Subject Options

First Year Subject Choice Booklet


The modern languages you can learn for Junior Cycle are French,  German and Spanish. You must choose one but can choose two.

What will I learn in a modern language ?

How to speak in the language about yourself, your family and friends, your hobbies, your school, etc. This will help you to talk to people who speak the language


  • the skills of listening to, reading and writing in the language
  • the grammar of the language
  • information about the countries where people speak the language, and their way of life.

How will French/German/Spanish be useful to me ?

You will find modern languages useful in your personal life for travelling and in many careers including tourism, catering, education, business and translation services.

What are the modern languages Junior Cycle exams like ?

In each of the modern languages:

  • You will listen to and answer questions on conversations, news items, etc. in the language
  • You will read and answer questions on texts like advertisements, articles, recipes and celebrity profiles in the language
  • You will write texts like notes, cards and postcards in the language.

You can take each exam at Higher or at Ordinary level. When the time comes to decide, your teacher will help you choose the level that suits you best.

Subject Requirement for 3rd Level ?

It is a requirement for the NUI Colleges and for the Cadets. However in DCU, UL and the Institutes of Technology you do not need a language if it is not an essential part of the course.

Home EconomicsJC-COOK

Home Economics is a subject where you will learn how to take care of yourself, others, your home and your environment. As Home Economics is a very practical subject, you will carry out a lot of activities in school and at home.

What will I learn in Home Economics?

  • your body – what is good to eat and how to keep healthy
  • food – how it nourishes your body, how to choose it, store it, and how to prepare and cook it
  • using money – how to spend it wisely, how to save it, and how you are protected as a consumer
  • your home – about design in the home, about safety and hygiene
  • design and craft work, child development, textiles – you will carry out a project in one of these areas.

How will Home Economics be useful to me ?

JC-COOK-GILSYou will be able to use information you have studied in your everyday life; from looking after yourself, to shopping and caring for others.

You will be more experienced at managing your resources and your time.

There are many jobs and careers that you can work in, e.g. chefs/cooks, catering, fashion and textiles, child care, teaching, food industry, tourism, health and nutrition, sociology, hotel and catering management etc.

What is the Home Economics Junior Cycle exam like ?

In Junior Cycle Home Economics you will be examined in three ways:

  • coursework – with help of your teacher, you will choose a project from one of the following areas: Child Development, Design and Craftwork or Textiles Skills
  •  a practical cookery exam – you will have a one and a half hour practical cookery exam which involves preparing and cooking food
  • a written examination – you will also have a written exam, which you can take at Higher or Ordinary level. When the time comes to decide, your teacher will help you choose the level that suits you best.


JC-BUSBusiness Studies helps you to make more informed decisions in the everyday business of living. It gives you a better understanding of the world of work. It encourages you to think about how and why people start up in business and why you too might also consider starting a business.

The Junior Cycle Business Studies course covers the everyday business of living, contributing to an understanding of the world of business and encouraging a positive attitude to enterprise and developing appropriate skills.

What will I learn in Business Studies?

good communication skills such as letter writing and report writing

  • how to collect, organise and record financial information for yourself,your family, for clubs you may be a member of and for businesses you may be employed with in the future
  • what your rights and responsibilities are as a consumer (someone who buys or uses goods and services – that’s you!)
  • how to calculate your wages when you start working (including the minimum wage)
  • about why our membership of the European Union is so important to our economy.

How will Business Studies be useful to me ?


Business Studies helps you to make wise decisions about saving and spending your money now and throughout your life. You will learn about the world of work which will introduce you to many possible careers such as: accountancy, finance, sales, marketing and management. It also gives you a good foundation for the three Leaving Certificate business subjects.

What is the Business Studies Junior Cycle exam like ?

Ordinary level students are required to sit one written exam.

  • They are required to answer twenty short answer questions and five long answer questions.

Higher level students are required to sit two written exams.

  • Paper I examines students on household and personal questions, which consists of twenty short answer questions and four long questions.
  • Paper II examines students from a business perspective and consists of four long questions.

You can take the exam at Higher or at Ordinary level. When the time comes to decide, your teacher will help you choose the level that suits you best.




Technical Graphics

In Technical Graphics you will learn how to represent 3-D objects on paper and on computer.
You will develop problem solving and creative thinking skills through the solution of graphical problems.

What will I learn in Technical Graphics?

  • how to produce drawings using drawing equipment, freehand sketches and computers
  • how to read and interpret drawings and diagrams
  • how graphics relate to the design and manufacture of products.

How will Technical Graphics be useful to me?

Technical Graphics helps you to think in a more logical and creative way. You will be able to JC-TG
communicate information using diagrams and sketches. You will have learned how to present information in a neat and organised fashion. This subject will be of use to you if you want to progress into career areas such as engineering, computer software engineering, architecture and architectural technician.

What is the Technical Graphics Junior Cycle exam like?

You will sit a three hour examination paper. It is made up two sections:

  • short answer questions which you complete on the sheet provided and
  • longer questions which requiremore detailed answers.The longer questions allow you to show, in greater detail, the drawing and problem solving skills you have learned.

You can take the exam at Higher or at Ordinary level.When the time comes to decide, your teacher will help you choose the level that suits you best.

Art, Craft and Design

JC-ARTIn Art, Craft, Design you will have the opportunity to create images and objects using a variety of tools, materials and special equipment. To understand Art, Craft, Design it is important to make things yourself so that you learn and understand by doing.

What will I learn in Art, Craft and Design ?

In Art, Craft, Design you will:

  • investigate by looking and recording your observations and experiences
  • learn a variety of new crafts
  • learn to work in 3-D e.g. construction, sculpture or clay work
  • learn about the design process and how to use it to create new design objects and images
  • learn to make links between your artwork and that of other artists, craft workers, architects and designers from different countries and historical periods.

Sample Associated CareersJC-HATS

Illustration, Comic art, Digital colouring, Computer Graphics, Product packaging design, concept development for movies and other productions, Archiecture, 3d modelling and animation, 2d animation.

Subject Requirement for 3rd Level ?

It is needed for Art – Visual and Design – Visual Communications in Waterford IT and for Graphic Design in Letterkenny IT.