Citizenship

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Teacher

Mrs K McDowell HOD

The aim of the Northern Ireland Curriculum is to:

Empower young people to develop their potential and to make informed and responsible choices and decisions throughout their lives.

A gap was identified, where pupils are given the recognition of young people as citizens who can make a positive contribution to society. It was with this in mind that the subject of Local and Global Citizenship was introduced to the Northern Ireland Curriculum.

Within this subject pupils address the following areas:

All pupils study Citizenship at key stages 3 and 4, and are given the option at key stage 4 to do the GCSE in Learning for Life and Work, of which Local and Global Citizenship is one of the three modules. The other two modules are Employability and Personal Development

The Citizenship Department has been successfully running for five years now, during which time we have been involving various outside agencies to re-enforce such issues as:

These agencies have included:

Civic Link

In 2006 The High School became involved in delivering Co-Operation Ireland’s Civic-Link Project. The aims of this are to:

  1. Promote values of mutual understanding, respect and acceptance of diversity.
  2. Empower young people to put these values into action.

During this The High School was linked with Patrician College, Finglas, Dublin. Young People from each school came together through two residentials, one in Dublin and one in Northern Ireland, to address issues affecting their communities and share and learn about each other. They explored how they could take action on these issues in relation to existing public policies. The emphasis was to increase their awareness of policy formulation and equip them with skills to actively participate and take action.

This project proved to be both exciting and a great success in helping pupils develop a wide range of transferable skills and positively impacted on their confidence and self-esteem.

Due to this success we intend to continue our involvement with this project. Also from September 2008 the High School is becoming involved in Co-Operation Northern Ireland, with St. Colman’s High School, Ballynahinch, as our partner school. We will keep you updated on our progress in this project and any other new and exciting events.

GCSE Assessment

Learning for Life and Work (LLW)

This course is divided into three compulsory components:

The content of each component is outlined in more detail below:

Local and Global Citizenship
Personal Development
Employability

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