We pride ourselves on the number of specialist classes we are able to offer our students. Teresian students benefit from a range of classes through hands on, interactive lessons using the most up to date technology and specialised instructors.
The Computer Studies class in the Junior School introduces all our students from K A to Class 6 to the safe and creative use of digital technologies.
The students learn to use the keyboard and the mouse pad and are then introduced to Word Processing and Presentation applications, to Coding and to using the Internet.
We are currently developing a Digital Learning Framework which will see the computers used in the classroom on a regular basis. This will encourage students to use the skills learnt in the specialist Computer class to enhance their learning experience across all lessons.
Gill Doherty has a background in IT and several years ago trained as an IT teacher. She has taught all age groups, giving group and individual tuition.
The students love Computer class as it allows them to improve their technical skills while working collaboratively and creatively.
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.
From Class 3, the children are also taught how to read basic music notation and how to apply the notation on the page to the violin in their hand. The benefits of learning an instrument are many – from the basic discipline of the class (standing steadily, correct posture), to enhanced aural ability (identifying if notes are out of tune and, if so, correcting them), improved fine motor skills, both left and right hands, collaborating with classmates and not least some fun and enjoyment.
Additional ongoing benefits of learning an instrument are well recognised and range from; increased capacity of memory, refined time management skills, enhanced coordination, improved reading and comprehension skills, relieving stress, teaching discipline and promoting happiness. Research shows the academic benefits of playing a musical instrument are particularly related to string instruments.
Elaine Rice has played the violin from a very young age. She has an M.A. in Music Performance (violin) from C.I.T.
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.
We envisage that through PE, children will be given the opportunity to develop their physical skills and competencies to their full potential, appropriate to their age and ability in a safe and supportive environment. The planning and management of the PE curriculum in our school will always have the children as the focus of attention through the provision of a broad, balanced and differentiated programme of physical activities.
We endorse the aims of the Primary School Curriculum for PE:
Strands and Strand Units
The curriculum is divided into six strands:
Each strand is subdivided into strand units and this year we are concentrating on the ‘Games’ strand.
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.
Áine Keegan is a fully qualified teacher and holds an Associate Diploma in Drama Teaching with the Leinster School of Music and Drama (LSMD) and is a member of the Speech and Drama Teachers of Ireland Association. She studied Speech & Drama at ITW as a teenager before she received a scholarship to study Musical Theatre Performance in the prestigious Colin’s Performing Arts Academy in England. She was the first ever student to receive the Sheila Murphy Scholarship to study for an HDip in Drama in Education at Griffith College Dublin.
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.
Cristina, from Córdoba, in the region of Andalucia in the south of Spain is the Spanish teacher at the Teresian School. Cristina has lived in Ireland since 2006 and has been teaching at the Teresian School since 2012. In addition to teaching the language, Cristina loves teaching the kids aspects of her culture.
Cristina is also the founder and director of Olé School of Languages and organiser of the language afterschool activities at the school. At present, students from Kinder A to Class 6 can choose to attend Spanish and French extra-curricular classes, and in the near future the school hopes to run more language classes.
In language class –
In a multicultural world like ours, learning a language is so important, and learning it at an early age has many benefits. We look forward to your children joining us on their journey of discovering a new language, culture and country.
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 have featured on RTÉ Radio Jr. as part of LyricFM’s Choirs for Christmas Competition, competed in the Feis Ceoil, auditioned for the Late Late Toy Show and sprung a surprise, singing a teacher’s favourite song to wish her the best for her wedding.
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.