The Teresian Junior School provides a unique educational experience for girls from four to twelve years of age. We follow the Irish Primary School Curriculum, in addition to offering classes in Spanish, Drama, Computer Literacy and Violin. We have a dedicated team of teachers who inspire our students to achieve outstanding academic results.
Resource/Learning Support – Early Intervention
If the teacher feels a child requires further assistance in maths or reading, she/he will have the opportunity to work with the Resource Learning Support Teacher.
All classes in the school receive a violin lesson weekly. From Kinder A to Class 6, the children learn the fundamentals of violin playing. They start by learning how to hold the violin and the bow correctly, correct posture, how to pluck and bow open strings, gradually moving on to putting fingers on the strings and playing notes. They will develop their skills by playing small appropriate pieces graduating from easy pieces to more difficult pieces.
Physical Education provides children with learning opportunities through the medium of movement. Through PE we aim to help children develop physically as well as socially, emotionally and intellectually. PE in our school is designed to support children in every aspect of their life and development.
The Active School Flag (ASF) is a Department of Education whole school initiative. Organised through the Mayo Education Centre and supported by Health Ireland it aims to acknowledge schools that strive to promote the benefits of being physically active. In order to achieve the ASF, the school must firstly self evaluate and then plan, implement and monitor improvements in physical activity across the school community, as well as holding one Active school week that will continue as an annual event thereafter. Here at The Teresian School we have decided to embrace this challenge with open arms and have registered to work towards achieving recognition as an Active School. To learn more about this program check out their website.
Within drama class students explore an array of skills with elements of singing and dancing from the Broadway hits to the music charts, in a welcoming and structured class. The aim of the programme is to build students confidence, understanding of performance and to develop their skills in the performing arts.
At the Teresian School, Spanish is taught as a curricular subject during school times for Students from Class 2 to Class 6, and as an afterschool activity for students from Junior Infants (Kinder A) to Class 6.
Spanish is taught through a communicative approach, prioritizing the speaking and listening skills. The classes are delivered in a relaxed environment and applying positive reinforcement. Interactive resources such as videos, songs and quizzes are used to motivate the children in order to improve fluency and to develop the oral aspect of the language. Other activities such as role plays, drama, singing and dancing, art and craft and games make the classes fun and productive.
Once a week, every class has singing with teacher, Kevin O’Sullivan. Each student is encouraged to find and develop their voice through songs and games. Kevin, a qualified music teacher who majored in singing, builds students’ confidence and vocal technique, preparing them for the many singing opportunities throughout school life. Christmas plays, school masses and other special events teach the students a wide range of secular and sacred repertoire. Children also learn about the rudiments of music theory in an approach based on the Kodály method: exploring musical concepts with voice and song.
The School Choir meet at 8:15am every Wednesday. It is open to any student from Class 3 to 6. School Choir gives choristers extra singing opportunities and aims to take singing technique to the next level. The Choir sing annually at the Parish Laudate/Emmanuel Concert and compete at least once a year in a choral competition such as the Wesley Inter-Schools Music Festival.
LAOS – The Inspectorate has developed a new Quality Framework for Schools. The framework is published in Looking at Our School 2016 A Quality Framework for Primary Schools. It provides a unified and coherent set of standards for two dimensions of the work of schools: teaching and learning and leadership and management. The Quality Framework will inform the work of inspectors as they monitor and report on the work in schools. The teaching and learning dimension of the Quality framework will support schools as they engage in the school self-evaluation process.