Senior Cycle


Students who sit the Accounting exam, at Higher Level have proven year after year that it is a subject that is richly rewarded. The National Results for students sitting the Accounting Higher Level Paper in 2012 are:

  • Students achieving a grade A 20.5%
  • Students achieving a grade B 35.3%
  • Students achieving a grade C 22.9%

Accounting is a subject that allows students to engage in critical thinking, and problem solving. It is a hands on practical subject which requires students to apply logic to financial situations.

Accounting is the language of business. It is the backbone of all businesses in good economic times – we need Accountants, in bad economic times – we need Accountants!

Is it for me?

Accounting for Leaving certificate leads on from the Business Studies Higher Level Junior Certificate exam. If you loved the satisfaction of balancing your accounts (think Paper 2, Question 3 – Club Accounts, or Paper 2, Question 4 – Final Accounts, then this subject is for you.

The Leaving Certificate course is designed to encourage each student in the development of self-reliance, mental organisation and agility, clear and logical thinking, planning habits, methods of investigation and processes whereby accuracy can be ensured.

Leaving Certificate Course Content

The course is divided into eleven main sections:

1. The Conceptual framework of Accounting
2. The Regulatory Framework of Accounting (Higher Level only)
3. Accounting Records

  • Double-entry bookkeeping
  • Bank reconciliation statement
  • Control Accounts
  • Suspense Accounts

4. Sole Traders
5. Company Accounting

  • Share Capital,
  • Reserves
  • Loan Capital
  • Financial Statements of Limited Companies
  • Appreciation of Annual Reports of Public Limited Companies (Higher Level only)Specialised Accounts

6. Specialised Accounts

  • Manufacturing Accounts
  • Stock
  • Club Accounts and the Accounts of Service firms
  • Departmental Accounts
  • Farm Accounts

7. Incomplete Records

8. Cash Flow Statements

9. Analysis and Interpretation of Financial Statements

10. Management Accounting

11. Information Technology and Computer Applications in Accounting


Applied Mathematics

The Applied Mathematics Module in Donabate Community College serves as an introduction to the Applied Mathematics Leaving Certificate course. The module lasts for the duration of Transition Year and consists of a double and single period per week.

  • Applied Mathematics is a study of how mathematics may be employed to solve real-life problems – technology, engineering, economics, telecommunications are some examples of such.
  • The Applied Mathematics course aims to provide a better understanding of the computational, analytical and numerical side of physical problems.
  • It aims to build confidence in a student’s problem-solving abilities.

The Transition Year Applied Mathematics course places particular emphasis on Vectors, Projectiles and Accelerated Linear Motion. It has strong connections with Physics and Mathematics and can be very beneficial if all three subjects are studied in conjunction with each other. The course will serve students well because it gives them a skill – to solve real life problems using mathematics as a tool.



The teaching of Art in Donabate Community College is integral to the promotion of personal development in our students. We strive to encourage them to take ownership of their learning and pride in the work they create.

The Art department encourages students to comment on their community and express their cultures, traditions, ideas and imagination in creative and interactive ways. Through the teaching in the department we hope to develop students who are equipped to engage with the visual Arts and have an understanding of the role of the subject in their community.

Art is promoted throughout the school and students work is displayed on the walls and corridors of the school. Through cross curricular engagement with the Home Economics, History, Music, Technology and Woodwork departments, we aim to provide each student with the opportunity to experience Art at some point during their time in the school.

Why should you consider taking Art as a subject?

  • Studying art builds further knowledge of Visual Art and Art techniques.
  • It allows you to express yourself creatively using a wide variety of materials.
  • It can help develop problem-solving skills.
  • Art puts us in touch with other customs, heritage, society and civilisations and encourages students to develop their opinions and experiences.
  • Studying art helps a student develop, critical thinking skills; problem solving, teamwork, and informed perception.
  • Enhances self-discipline and can encourage self-directed learning.
  • • Develop intuition, reasoning, imagination, and dexterity into unique forms of expression and communication.
  • •Lead to a range of creative career options.

Art Club

 There is an Art club run for all students on Wednesdays at lunch time for any student who wishes to explore the subject further regardless of their chosen option subjects.



Biology is the study of life. Through the study of biology students employ the processes of science to explore the diversity of life and the inter-relationships between organisms and their environment. They become aware of the use of living organisms and their products to enhance human health and the environment.

The aims of the Biology syllabus are:

  • to contribute to students’ general education through their involvement in the process of scientific investigation and the acquisition of biological knowledge and understanding
  • to encourage in students an attitude of scientific enquiry, of curiosity and self discovery through
  • individual study and personal initiative
  • team work
  • class-directed work
  • to develop an understanding of biological facts and principles
  • to enhance an interest in and develop an appreciation of the nature and diversity of organisms
  • to create an awareness of the application of biological knowledge to modern society in personal, social, economic, environmental, industrial, agricultural, medical, waste management and other technological contexts
  • to develop in students an ability to make informed evaluations about contemporary biological issues.

The syllabus has been developed in response to current knowledge and application of biology. Contemporary biological technologies such as DNA profiling and genetic screening have been included.

Subject Content

The course is divided into three units

  • Unit 1 The study of life (ecology and food science)
  • Unit 2 The Cell (Genetics, photosynthesis, respiration and enzymes)
  • Unit 3 The organism (a study of body systems, plant biology and microbiology)

There are 22 mandatory practical activities.

An ecology portfolio has also to be completed.

There is a strong emphasis on social and applied aspects e.g. when studying the breathing system a breathing disorder is studied.

Subject Requirement for 3rd Level?

It is counted as a science subject in any course which has a science subject as a requirement.

Exam Structure

The examination at higher and ordinary level is three hours duration. The exam paper is divided into three units.

  • Section A – Six short questions (answer five) 100 marks.
  • Section B – Three questions on practical activities (answer two) 60 marks.
  • Section C – Six long questions (answer four) 240 marks.

Associated Careers?

The types of courses and careers where the study of Biology at second level might be helpful would include the following;

Medicine, Veterinary, Dentistry, Nursing and associated careers. Agriculture, Applied Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Botany, Ecology, Earth Science and Environmental Science, Genetics, Marine Science and Aquaculture, Microbiology and Zoology, Psychologist, Astronomer, Teacher and Researcher.



Why Study Business?

Business equips students with the skills and understanding to make informed business decisions in areas such as consumer rights, business start-up, management and finance. Studying business also helps prepare students for participation in a changing business environment for adult and working life.

Leaving Certificate Course ContentWhat will you learn?

Students will learn:

  • To identify the main stakeholders in a business
  • To evaluate the business relationships that exist between stakeholders
  • To understand the steps in resolving a consumer complaint
  • To identify the key skills and characteristics of an Entrepreneur
  • To identify the key skills and activities of a Manager
  • To evaluate finance options available to a household and business
  • To understand the steps and skills needed to setting up a business
  • To develop the skills required to Market and Promote a product
  • To gain an understanding of the role of the government in the economy and its importance
  • To gain an understanding of the global business environment and the importance of international trade to Ireland
  • To evaluate the impact of business decisions on the community and recognise the importance of social responsibility

Business in Transition Year

Studying Business in Transition Year gives students the opportunity to trial the subject and explore areas of business to see if the subject is a good fit for them. Students learn business through a number of hands on activities including the Bank of Ireland Build a Bank initiative where students are responsible for setting up a bank in the school. Students develop key business skills such as communication, working with people and professionalism.

Career Options

Career options stemming from the study of Business include Entrepreneurship in terms of setting up your own business, roles in Marketing, Advertising, Human Resources, Banking, Finance and Technology businesses such as Google and Facebook.



The Leaving Cert. course follows directly from Junior Cert Science, and deals with more topics in a lot more depth. The course includes 28 mandatory practical experiments which must be completed in the lab, as well as a written paper including questions on the experiments and examining the theory and applications of chemistry.

Leaving Cert. Chemistry is comprised of all the essential and relevant topics within general chemistry. The major topics involved include the following:

  1. Atomic structure
  2. Volumetric analysis
  3. Organic chemistry
  4. Water chemistry
  5. Reaction mechanisms

There also is an option to be taken as part of the course which involves the study of atmospheric and industrial chemistry or the study of materials and electrochemistry. Experimental investigations are an essential part of the leaving certificate course. Each student must complete at least 28 experiments over the duration of the course. Experimental work is examined as part of the leaving cert exam and forms the basis for a minimum of three questions on the exam paper.

The Chemistry Departments aims are:

  • To stimulate and sustain students’ interest in, and enjoyment of, chemistry
  • To provide a relevant course for those students who will complete their study of chemistry at this level
  • To provide a foundation course in chemistry for those students who will continue their studies in chemistry or in related subjects
  • To encourage an appreciation of the scientific, social, economic, environmental and technological aspects of chemistry and an understanding of the historical development of chemistry
  • To illustrate generally how humanity has benefited from the study and practice of chemistry
  • To develop an appreciation of scientific method and rational thought
  • To develop skills in laboratory procedures and techniques, carried out with due regard for safety, together with the ability to assess the uses and limitations of these procedures
  • To develop skills of observation, analysis, evaluation, communication and problem-solving.

Why do Chemistry?

Chemistry exists everywhere not just in laboratories but in every living thing on land and sea and in our bodies.Chemistry is an essential element in the study of careers including: Medicine, Denistry, Veterinary Science, Physiotheraphy, Nursing, Pharmacy and Medical Laboratory Technology.


Construction Studies


DCG (Design Communication Graphics)

Design and Communication Graphics (DCG) is the revised course that was formally known as Technical Drawing (TD). The Design and Communication Graphics course makes a unique contribution to the student’s cognitive and practical skills development. These skills include graphic communication, creative problem solving, spatial abilities/visualisation, design capabilities, computer graphics and CAD modeling.

Design and Communication Graphics offers students the opportunity to explore challenging concepts in a practical and applied fashion. These concepts involve use of the manual drawing equipment, CAD and other ICT software, and the development of sketching skills, ICT skills, and knowledge of the underlying principles and theorems of plane and descriptive geometry.

Topics covered in DCG

  • Projection Systems
  • Plane Geometry
  • Conic Sections
  • Interpenetration of Solids
  • Dynamic Mechanisms
  • Structural Forms
  • Geologic Geometry
  • Surface Geometry
  • Assemblies


There are two assessment components:

  1. A student assignment (40% of the examination marks, of which CAD will form a significant and compulsory component)
  2. A terminal examination paper (60% of the examination marks)


Skills and abilities developed through Design & Communications Graphics are beneficial to many careers and courses particularly in the field of engineering, architecture, design and technology, manufacturing/production technology, industrial/interior design, carpentry etc.



Why Study Economics?

Economics gives students an insight into economic activities and principles as well as the opportunity to develop an interest in everyday economics and aid their understanding of the community in which they live and work.

Leaving Certificate Course Content – What will you learn?

The Leaving Certificate Economics Course is divided into two core areas.

  • Micro-Economics: focuses on the individual firm and the impact of decisions on consumers.
  • Macro-Economics: focuses on the economy as a whole and the role of the government in decision making.

Students will learn:

  • To understand economic concepts such as wealth, income, scarcity and opportunity cost
  • To evaluate and understand consumer behaviour
  • To explain factors that influence consumer demand and producer supply
  • To evaluate market structures and assess their application to the real-world
  • To understand the four factors of production (Land, Labour, Capital, Enterprise) and the role each plays in the economy
  • To analyse the function of money in the Economy
  • To understand the role of the Central Bank and European Central Bank
  • To understand the concept of National Income
  • To explain the impact of inflation on the economy
  • To understand the decision making role of the government in the Economy
  • To recognize the importance of international trade from an economic perspective.
  • To understand economic inequality and the impact of population growth on scarce economic resources.

Career Options

Career options stemming from the study of Economics include an Economist, Journalist, TV Presenter, role in Finance and Banking Industry, role in Developing Countries.



Our school has some of the best Engineering and Technology facilities any student or teacher could ask for. Along with having the latest and newest machinery the Engineering room is also equipped with an Interactive board, CNC machines and spacious design.

The Engineering course represents a study of a wide range of mechanical engineering materials, processes and technological applications integrated with the acquisition of the manipulative skills and techniques necessary for practical resourcefulness, creativity and design realisation in the execution of work. It aims to promote an educational knowledge of the materials; an understanding of the processes; ability in safely using the skills and tools to achieve objectives through practical work; initiative in the planning and development of technological projects.

The syllabus is presented in two sections:

1. Workshop Processes. This section represents all the practical processes which may be applied in the school workshop integral with the related theory. This section will carry 300 marks in the examination at both levels. Ordinary and Higher: There will be 150 marks for a practical examination and 150 marks for assessment of workshop/laboratory work and projects.

  • Health & Safety
  • Benchwork
  • Heat treatment of metals
  • Plastics processing
  • Fabrication and finishing of metals
  • Machining
  • Technology

2 Materials and Technology. This section represents the wider knowledge and technology as a whole. In the written examinations this section will carry 200 marks at Ordinary level and 300 marks at Higher level

  • Health & Safety
  • Classification and origin of metals
  • Structure of metals
  • Iron and steel
  • Non-ferrous metals
  • Heat treatment of metals
  • Corrosion of metals
  • Materials testing
  • Plastics
  • Joining of materials
  • Machining
  • Metrology
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Technology
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Computer Aided Manufacture



English, as a core subject on the curriculum and as the lingua franca of the school community, is at the heart of who we are. The English department strives to enable students to articulate themselves, their community, their culture and their ideas in a manner which allows them to be active school, community, Irish and world citizens. Teaching English in our school is integral to the promotion of personal and professional development in our students.

As a subject, English is by its very nature, a subject which lends itself to cross-curricular application. The opportunities for cross-curricular cooperation are rich and varied. As subject teachers, we promote and encourage students to see links existing between English and other subjects.

Through the teaching in the department we work to develop students who are enabled to think independently and critically, to take responsibility for, and pride in, the quality of their work and to articulate themselves in an

increasingly challenging and changing world. It is also our desire, through exposure to a range of literary and aesthetic materials to instill in students an appreciation of, and love for language and literature in its many expressions.



Learning a modern foreign language in a vitally important element in a child’s education. We in the French Department of Donabate Community College believe that through the study of French we are enabling our students to become responsible citizens of the world who can communicate effectively, have increased future academic choices and have a greater respect for cultural diversity.

Our approach to teaching is to try and make the experience of studying French as real and as interesting as possible. To this end most of our students are in pen pal correspondence with French children in Bordeaux and Nantes. In March 2012 we organised an exchange with a French school which proved to be very successful and which we hope will become an annual event.

Students of French in Donabate Community College are supported in the following subject aims:

  • To attain a proficient level of spoken French and an ability to understand aural and written French.
  • To develop affection for French as a language that can be enjoyed at school and which can give them a sense of themselves in a culturally diverse Ireland and Europe.
  • To interest the students in France, its culture, its history and its people as well as those of other French speaking countries.
  • To develop the students’ language skills and interest in French so that they may consider studying French at third-level or considering careers in which speaking French is valuable and /or necessary.

Why Study French?

  • French is a world language; more that 200million people speak French on all five continents.
  • French is the second most widely learned foreign language after English.
  • France is a language for the job market. France the world’s fifth biggest economy and number-three destination for foreign investment,
  • French is the language of culture; French is the international language of cooking, fashion, theatre, the visual arts, dance and architecture.
  • France is the language of travel . France is the world’s number-one tourist destination attracting more than 70 million visitors a year.
  • French is the language of industrial relations. French is both a working language and an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and international courts.
  • French is the language of the three cities where the EU institutions are headquartered: Strasbourg, Brussels and Luxembourg.
  • French is fun to learn; it is a beautiful rich and melodious language. French is a very good language for English speakers to learn since much of current English vocabulary is derived from French.


The Geography department of Donabate Community College wish to create an environment of positive learning and provide opportunities for students to foster an appreciation of the world around them. We believe that as a Department we can provide students with a platform to develop the skills necessary to become discovery learners.

In Transition Year the Geography Department aims to:

  • Enhance the skills developed in the Junior Certificate.
  • Increase independence in applying these skills, and the ability to use them across a widening range of contexts for learning and life.
  • Encourage personal development and self-expression.
  • Make meaningful links for learners across different curriculum areas.
  • Develop problem-solving skills and approaches.

At senior cycle the Geography Department aims to:

  • Develop a knowledge and understanding of a selection of contrasting physical and human (social, economic, and cultural) environments and of the relationships that exist between them. Promote an awareness of the spatial, structural, and temporal patterns of environmental phenomena, both physical and human, at a variety of scales, and to realise that these patterns can change with time.
  • Understand the opportunities for, and challenges of, global interdependence.
  • Promote the conservation and sustained management of the earth’s resources for the welfare and happiness of its inhabitants and for future generations.
  • Recognise, and be sensitive to other people and their culture, here in Ireland and elsewhere.
  • Develop a variety of geographical skills which can be applied to the world of work and to many other aspects of life.
  • Develop and promote active citizenship and to encourage informed participation, through lifelong learning, in society at local, national, European and global level.
  • Encourage the use of information and communication technologies in the teaching and learning of geography.
  •  Assist students to become well-informed and responsible citizens and to enable them to progress to further studies or to enter the world of work.
  •  Provide students, through their study of geography, with an interesting and enjoyable experience and imbue in them a lifelong love of their natural and cultural environment.


Home Economics

Leaving Certificate Home Economics is essential for entry to B Ed in Home Economics, required for teaching Home Economics and is recommended for Fáilte Ireland courses e.g. Hotel and Tourism Management, Event Management, Professional Cookery, Receptionist, Bar Management etc. Home Economics also has links with Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Food Innovation, Health Promotion and Physical Education, Bioscience, Environmental Health, Nursing, Early Childcare Studies and Interior Design. The study of Home Economics compliments the study of Biology. Most of the work on the Junior Cert course forms the basis for Leaving Certificate Home Economics. Students are required to complete a Food Studies Journal in 5th Year which is based on five Cookery Assignments completed in class. This is submitted to the Department of Science at the beginning of 6th Year and is worth 20%


The syllabus is based on a core of five areas of study that will be studied by all students and one optional study, from a choice of three.


  • Food studies and culinary skills
  • Consumer Studies
  • Social and health studies
  • Resource management and home studies
  • Textiles studies

Optional Study

The optional study allows students the opportunity to undertake a more detailed study of one of the core. one optional study may be chosen from the following three:

  • Childcare
  • Design and craftwork
  • Textile skills is an extension of textile studies


Home Economics Practical Coursework Journal 20%                       Written Exam 80%



Fís na Foirne: An Ghaeilge Bheo

I. Go mbeidh ‘An Ghaeilge Bheo’ á fhorbairt i ngach gné de shaol na scoile Choláiste Pobail Domhnach Beathach:

Is mian linn mar fhoireann na Gaeilge go mbeidh an Ghaeilge Bheo le cloisteáil go forleathan i dtimpeallacht na scoile. Tá sé i gceist againn go mbeidh rian na Gaeilge go láidir le feiceáil agus le haithint i measc na ndaltaí augs i measc na foirne uilig. Spreagfar an Ghaeilge go dearfach ionas go bhfásfaidh Spiorad na Gaeilge sa scoil ó bhliain go bliain. Baineann an cúram seo orainn ar fad mar fhoireann teagaisc.

II. Go mbeidh meon dearfach i leith na Gaeilge i measc na ndaltaí agus i measc na foirne go léir sa scoil:

Déanfaimid ár sár ndícheall mar fhoireann na Gaeilge tacú a thabhairt don bhfoireann ó thaobh na teanga, tearmaíochta agus foclóra de. Tá súil againn go leanfaidh leis na nósanna maidir le tearmaíocht de a thosaíomar anuraidh-cuir i gcás: oifig, runaí, dialann, caomhnóir srl.

III. Go mbeidh scileanna teanga á fhorbairt ó bhliain go bliain:

Is é aidhm na foirne go mbeidh gach scil teanga (éisteacht, labhairt, léamh agus scríobh) á fhorbairt ag gach dalta ón gcéad bhliain ar aghaidh. Leanfaidh an chéad bhliain cúrsa cómónta. Beidh na ranganna measctha ó thaobh chumais de. Sa dara bliain beidh ranganna á roinnt de réir cumais de. (Gasraíocht atá i gceist anseo)

IV.Is mian mar fhoireann go ndéanfaidh gach dalta staidéar ar an nGaeilge:

Is ag an bPríomhoide agus an Roinn Oideachais agus Eolaíochta amháin cead a thabhairt do scolaire gan tabhairt faoin nGaeilge sa scoil.

V. Is mian linn mar Fhoireann na Gaeilge a chinntiú:

  • Go leireoidh gach dalta a gcumas sa Ghaeilge i mbealach dearfach agus taitneamhach.
  • Gurb í an Ghaeilge amháin an t-aon teanga chumsaráideach sa Roinn.
  • Gurb í an Ghaeilge príomh teanga a úsáidtear sa seomra ranga.

VI. Cultúr na Gaeilge a spreagadh:

Tá sé tábhachtach dúinn mar fhoireann go gcuirfí béim faoi leith ar an gcultúr saibhir agus ar an traidisiúin a bhaineann leí i ngníomhaíochtaí seach-churaclaim. Is é aidhm na foirne féin mheas agus féin mhuinín na ndaltaí a chothú trí thuiscint a thabhairt dóibh ar an bhféiniúlacht agus ar an oidhreacht chultúrtha.

VII. Ceangail a dhéanamh leis na teangacha eile sa choláiste: An Fhraincís/An Spáinnis.

VIII. Go molfaidh an fhoireann do gach dalta cuairt a thabhairt ar an nGaeltacht ar a laghad uair amháin i rith a shaol scoláireachta:

Cuirfear scoláireachtaí scoile ar fáil chun tacaíochta a thabhairt don dtógra seo.

IX. Go mbeidh deis ag gach múinteoir Gaeilge freastal ar inseirbhís:

Cruinnithe Foirne: Bíonn 5 chruinniú fhoirmiúil ag an bhfoireann i rith na scoilbliana, ceann ag tús na bliana, deireadh na bliana agus ceann amháin eile gach téarma. Bíonn cruinnithe eile neamhfhoirmiúla ag an bhfoireann má tá ábhar ar leith le plé nó má tá aon fhadhb i rith na bliana. Baineann an fhoireann úsáid as an ríomhphost scoile chun teagmháil a dhéanamh, nuacht agus acmhainí a scaipeadh, agus ábhair éagsúla a phlé, ar bhonn laethúil/seachtainiúil.


ICT (Information Communications Technology)

Trip to Google HeadquartersInformation Communications Technology (ICT) is provided to all Transition Year students as a year long subject. In addition to the subject of ICT each class also completes an 8 week module of HTML website design.

As technology and the world of computers changes on a daily basis so does the TY ICT curriculum at Donabate Community College. Currently some of the software, programs and applications being taught and used this year include:

Glogster, Voki, Scratch, KODU, Digital Mind Mapping, Prezi, Wordle, Website Design, Movie Animation and Edmodo

Throughout the duration of the year students are exposed to and encouraged to take part in Independent and self directed learning. This involves students working and solving problems on their own and more importantly through the medium of group work. Students also take on individual projects outside of school which relate to ICT and computer technology – this is becoming more and more evident each year. For the first time this year our TY students have taken part in ‘iLearn’. This is a new 8 week long module where students use ICT and the internet to learn independently and examples of what has been learned include, self taught basic Chinese, German, Guitar, Sports Science, Java Programming.The computer classes in Donabate Community College can often be a noisy and busy room with students encouraged to help others in order to reach their goals.

All TY students develop an ePortfolio which is a year long project which involves the weekly updating of their work and TY activities. In addition to ICT at Senior cycle students are also encouraged to take part in a variety of the excursions and workshops which are arranged by the school.



A basic competence in mathematics is essential for everyday life. Learning mathematics involves the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills and also provides personal satisfaction. At Donabate Community College, we focus on developing students’ problem-solving skills and ability to apply these to unfamiliar, abstract and real-life problems. Additionally, many courses of further study include a substantial amount of mathematics. Mathematics is used as a powerful, descriptive, analytical and predictive tool in the sciences and in business.

In Transition Year the Mathematics Department aims:

  • To highlight the relevance of Mathematics in the real world
  • To enhance the skills developed in the Junior Certificate
  • To encourage students to try higher level topics in a more relaxed environment

Subject Aims

Mathematics has practical applications in everyday life. It also has theoretical aspects in that it deals with abstractions and logic. The two elements are interlinked. In the junior cycle, a more investigative approach is used which builds on and extends students’ experience of mathematics in primary school.

Students of Mathematics in Donabate Community College are supported in the following subject aims:

  • To develop the mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding needed for continuing education, for life and for work.
  • To help students see the connections within mathematics and other subjects.
  • To develop the skills of dealing with mathematical concepts in context and applications, as well as in solving problems.
  • To foster a positive attitude to mathematics in the learner.
  • To prepare students for the State Examinations paying particular attention to the appropriate levels for students.
  • To promote mathematics in everyday situations appreciating its relativity to daily life and to the world of work.
  • To develop a flexible, disciplined way of thinking and the creative search for solutions within students

 Students of Mathematics in Donabate Community College are actively encouraged to apply their mathematical knowledge:

  • To translate information presented verbally into mathematical form.
  • To select and use appropriate mathematical formulae and techniques to process information.
  • To select appropriate strategies leading to the solution of a problem and to present those strategies in mathematical terms.
  • To draw relevant conclusions and justify these conclusions.


Mathematics is not learned in isolation. It has important connections with other subjects. Many elements of Science have a mathematic basis and students are expected to be able to work with data, produce graphs, and understand patterns and trends. In Technical Graphics, drawings are used in the analysis and solution of 2D and 3D problems through rigorous application of geometric principles. In Geography, learners use ratio to determine scale and in everyday life people use timetables, clocks and currency conversions to make life easier. People need basic financial awareness and in Home Economics learners use mathematics when budgeting and making value for money judgements. In Business Studies, learners see how mathematics can be used by business organisations in budgeting, consumer education, financial services, enterprise, and reporting on accounts.

Mathematics, Music and Art have a long historical relationship. As early as the fifth century B.C., Pythagoras uncovered mathematical relationships in music; many works of art are rich in mathematical structure. The modern mathematics of fractal geometry continues to inform composers and artists.

Extra-Curricular Activities include:

  • A whole-school Numeracy Week
  • “The XY Factor” – a fun after school activities club for all students where real life mathematics problems and solutions can be explored, furthering an understanding
  • in mathematics, the world and beyond!
  • International online “Mathletics” competitions



Music is a subject that seeks to enrich potential in students. Through theoretical and practical study, music aims to develop aural, compositional and performance skills. Music enhances interest both in and out of the classroom and is integral to the promotion of personal development in students of Donabate Community College.

The Music department in Donabate Community College are focused around innovative teaching and planning in order to maximise potential in the classroom. A range of resources have been created and are available to students to promote interest and provide stimulation in the study of Music.

Music encourages commitment, dedication and passion for the subject. Opportunities are ongoing throughout the year allowing students to enhance their talents and become wholly involved in their learning environment.


PE (Physical Education)

Physical Education at Donabate Community College aims to provide the students with learning opportunities through the medium of movement and to contribute to their overall development by helping them to lead full, active and healthy lives.

Physical Education seeks to meet the physical needs of the student and the need for movement experiences, challenges and play. It aims to develop a desire for daily physical activity and to encourage constructive use of free time and participation in physical activities in adult life.

Physical Education has a unique contribution to make to the all round education of each student. Acceptable forms of social behavior and levels of responsibility are developed through Physical Education. Within Physical Education at DCC, all pupils are encouraged to participate with their peers on an equal footing. It is envisaged that through this approach the pupils will develop many desirable personal and social attributes:

  • The ability to work with others;
  • The ability to relate to others;
  • The ability to accept authority;
  • The ability to accept positive criticism;
  • The concept of fair play;
  • The acceptance of success and failure;
  • The ability to complete and display work in front of others.

Physical Education offer pupils frequent opportunity of experiencing achievement in a variety of situations, either as an individual or as a member of a team. This leads to an increase in self-confidence, a feeling of satisfaction and an enhanced self image.

The Physical Education Curriculum provides a balanced range of activities for students. The Physical Education Curriculum includes six strands:

  • Adventure Activities,
  • Athletics,
  • Dance,
  • Games,
  • Gymnastics,
  • Health- Related Activity.



Physics is the study of how things behave, and why they behave in that way. We study light, heat, motion, waves and sound, electricity and nuclear physics. You do not have to study higher level maths to do Physics, but a good grasp of ordinary level maths is essential.

The subject is very practical, there are lots of experiments on the course, as well as small practicals that can be done to enhance the teaching and learning, or to explain a concept better. Trips to outside locations, and guest speakers coming in to the school are arranged as much as possible, and give a real world application to the topics learned in lessons.

We have a well-stocked Physics lab, with all the essential equipment for mandatory practicals, as well as other things that are just fun to have. We have dataloggers (handheld computers with probes) that make the learning as up to date as possible.


Religious Studies

The general aim of education is to contribute towards the development of all aspects of the individual, including aesthetic, creative, critical, cultural, emotional, intellectual, moral, physical, political, moral, social and spiritual development, for personal and family life, for working life, for living in community and for leisure.

Religious Studies in Donabate Community College is an integral part of the school curriculum. The school believes that it plays an essential role in the holistic development of each student and allows them to reach their full potential. The aims of the program are to encourage an appreciation of various religious traditions and to acknowledge the non-religious interpretation of life. Donabate Community College is a non-designated school where we welcome all faiths and none.

Students in Donabate Community College study the Junior Certificate Religious Education Examination Syllabus while Leaving Certificate students use an adapted form of the curriculum framework for senior-cycle Religious Education.

Why study religion?

Religion has always been with us. Throughout history, it has expressed the deepest questions human beings can ask, and it has taken a central place in the lives of virtually all civilizations and cultures. As we think all the way back to the dawn of human consciousness, we find religion everywhere we turn.

This may be true of the past, but what about the present – and the future? In recent times, critics have suggested that religion is on the way out. Technology and science have changed our view of the world radically, leading some to say that we’ve entered a new stage of human existence, without religion. Soon, they argue, it will truly be a thing of the past.

Yet rumours of religion’s demise seem very premature. Religion persists and is often on the rise, even as scientific and non-religious perspectives have become prominent. We still find religion everywhere, on television, in film, in popular music, in our towns and neighbourhoods. We discover religion at the centre of global issues and cultural conflict. Why does religion continue to thrive? There are many reasons, but one thing is certain: religious traditions are adaptable in important ways. For many, contemporary religion even has room for scepticism, science, and the secular, which allows it to keep going strong in our rapidly changing world.

For both practitioners and observers – for everyone who wants to be informed about the world around them – religion is an intensely curious phenomenon that calls out for better understanding.





What is Leaving Certificate Technology?

Technology is the study of how humans have shaped the natural world around themselves, from towering sky scrapers to Nano-robots small enough to swim through a human vein. Students are encouraged to observe and engage with the world around them in an analytical manner. They design solutions to human problems that they identify, just as people have done for thousands of years. Students use processes and machinery to build solutions to design problems incorporating Electronics, Robotics and programming as well as manual manufacturing skills. These problems focus on aspects such as helping people with disabilities, sustainability in the environment and product design. The aim of the Technology Department is to develop Students into citizens that are;

  • Creative & adaptable
  • Able to manage projects
  • Team players
  • Multi-disciplined & multi-skilled
  • Problem solvers and critical thinkers
  • Innovators
  • Communicators
  • Socially and Environmentally conscious

Students engage in a number of Core elements within the topic, these include;

  • A Process of Design
  • Project & Quality Management
  • Materials and Production
  • Communication and Graphic Media
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Structures and Mechanisms
  • Energy, Electricity and Electronics

They also have the opportunity to undertake two options in addition to the core. These modules allow a student to foster specific, personal interests in the subject and to investigate their own strengths. These options include;

  • Electronics and Control
  • Applied Control Systems
  • Information & Communication Technology
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Materials Technology