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Junior School

Those of a certain vintage will remember the Junior School prefabs and the great team of teachers – Miss White, Mrs McMahon, Mrs Geragthy, Mr Rafferty and of course “aeiou” – Miss Byrne the elocution teacher. But it has changed with the times… 

Modern building

The CUS Junior School changed over the years. No longer is it situated in prefab building, but in a state of the art block where the old chemistry lab was situated right in the heart of the school’s footprint.

 

Girls & Boys

CUS Junior School provides a 21st century education to boys from 4 - 13 years old and also girls 4-6. Just like the secondary school, the junior school is under the auspices of the Marist Fathers.

Students in the Junior School automatically qualify for the Senior School, where there is a waiting list at the moment. All classes in the Junior School have an enviable pupil/teacher ratio, and the maximum number of students in each class is 20.

Afterschool

Work/Life balance can be very difficult for parents. These days CUS Junior School provides an After-School programme which is open daily until 6.00pm all year, except the first 2 weeks in August.

Students are supervised while doing homework, having dinner and playing. There are also opportunities to take classes in Guitar, Computer Coding, Yoga, Club Gaeilge, Spanish/Mandarin and an expanding list of extra-curricular programmes.

 

 

Teaching philosophy

It is no longer possible to predict what knowledge people will need as they move through life. To support their ability to develop new knowledge learners need to become self – reliant, to be critical and creative thinkers, and to learn to use initiative.

 

To facilitate independent learning, teachers integrate into their daily work the most advanced Teaching and Learning methodologies such as Active Learning, Assessment for Learning/ Assessment of Learning, and Differentiated Learning. The junior school also incorporates Spanish and Mandarin within our mainstream curriculum.

 

In CUS Junior School this whole-school approach to education means our teachers are not simply transferring knowledge, but also helping the students become more thoughtful, articulate and enterprising.

New teachers are supported during the induction phase of their career in CUS by a support team of experienced teachers who oversee reflective practice, mentoring and professional conversations. Continuous Professional Development is provided for all staff. This ensures the highest standards of teaching and learning in line with our vision for teachers’ work:

 

A teacher’s task is to tell the learners what to look for, without telling them what to see.

 

So, quite different to what it was when many of you reading this were there and should you think you can assist the junior school in any way by giving talks, showing experiments or anything that creative young minds would show an interest in, please contact the school secretary, Louise at 01- 6449593 or email juniorschool@cus.ie

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