Incoming Parents: Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get further information on Core and Elective subjects?

There is a section for 1st Year Parents on the ‘BGS Guidance’ website. It covers the Junior Cert subjects in more detail. It can be found on www.bandongrammar.ie or just by searching in Google.

 

Why must students study French or Spanish?

A third language is required for many 3rd level courses. The large oral and aural parts (up to 55%) of the Junior Cert exam gives students with language difficulties a better chance of succeeding. In many cases these students will be exempt from spelling and grammar.

 

How can students decide between two similar languages such as French and Spanish?

All students studying a language will have a chance to experience both French and Spanish for three weeks each and will then decide which language they prefer.

 

What if my child is exempt from Irish?

Where applicable, Learning Support and Resource classes will be provided during this time. They are welcome to continue with the study of Irish if they wish. They will be exempt from spelling and grammar if they have a specific learning disability.

 

What if my child is exempt from the study of a 3rd language?

During French and Spanish, they will have the opportunity to study another subject. However, we would encourage all students to try a new language. In most cases, they will be exempt from spelling and grammar if they have a specific learning disability.

 

Who do I talk to if my child has a specific learning difficulty or is really struggling in school?

The Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator reviews the reports of all incoming students with SLDs prior to entering the school and works closely with the Learning Support Co-ordinator to allocate resource and learning support hours on a needs basis. Results of Incoming Form 1 testing and continuous feedback from teachers ensure that any student who is having difficulty will be supported in an individual or group setting.

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