Education For Love
In accordance with the
aims and objectives of the College, the Education for Love programme in Form 1,
Form 2 and Form 3 endeavours to further these values through its curriculum in
a partnership of teachers and students and as an extension of the ideal
- to exist as an extension of the Catholic home;
- to develop the “whole person” as a follower of
- to help create individuals committed to the
Christian way of life;
- to prepare students for adult responsibilities.
To achieve these aims we
hope to reach these objectives:
- to select suitable teachers sensitive to the
ideals and aims of the Catholic Church;
- to help students develop a Christian way of
life by examining issues related to their development and the
responsibilities of adult life;
- to help students respect religious and moral
- to help students develop a high level of self
respect and self discipline;
- to help students cope with adolescence: its
physical and emotional demands;
- to help students set goals for the future;
- to help students examine issues of moral,
social and physical importance;
- to help students develop stronger family bonds
and coping strategies;
- to help students relate to each other and
understand their similarities and differences.
At present 12 teachers are
involved in EFL, throughout the various years. This is incorporated within the
Pastoral Care programme in the College.
Each year is timetabled
Pupils have one session
per week for approx. 7-10 weeks, twice a year. This is alternated with IT.
Year 9 and 10
Pupils have one session
per week for 6 weeks, twice a year.
This is alternated with the tutorial programme.
The tutorial group is
divided between two teacher of EFL, timetabled simultaneously. The groups
are mixed, boys and girls, with the option, on occasions, of one large mixed
group or single sex groups, depending on the wishes of the teacher and the needs
of the group at the time.
All Year 8, 9 and 10
classes have EFL. A range of topics are covered throughout the three
years, each year having a set syllabus, though variation is possible depending
on the needs of the group or if the teacher feels it is appropriate to cover a
topic not on the syllabus.
The smaller group setting
should lead to a more informal type of class where the pupils feel at ease to
discuss the topics covered. Discussion, active learning procedures and
group interaction are all encouraged in covering this work. Continuous
review of the material is carried out. The sessions are developmental and cover
physical, emotional, social, moral and spiritual development over the years.
LIFE ISSUES is an
extension of the E.F.L. Programme in Year 13. It covers issues of
interest and concern to this age level and is also done on an eight week
modular basis either single sex or mixed, depending on Teacher/Student choice.