As part of our school’s healthy eating policy all our students receive a custom-ordered lunch. The lunch includes a sandwich/wrap, a healthy snack and a juice drink. This is a free service provided by the school. Students are given a login password so as they may order the lunch they want for the following week. Our school lunches our supplied by Carambola
Book grant/rental scheme
Incoming first year students may apply to our book grant/rental scheme for all their compulsory subject books (Irish is not included). Books for optional subjects are also provided by the school in first year but these option subject books must be bought by you once your son chooses his option subjects at the end of first year.
Students in fifth year may apply to a book grant scheme – successful applicants are given a book voucher redeemable at High Street Books.
Deerpark C.B.S in cooperation with our School Completion Programme team runs a free breakfast Club on Tuesdays and Fridays. Students have a choice of toast, cereal, sausages, rashers and hash browns! This is another free support offered to our students.
Together with our School Completion Programme and our partners at UCC+, Deerpark CBS runs a free homework Club three nights a week.
Exam students also have the opportunity to participate in after-school study. This is another free service provided for by our school (other schools charge for supervised study).
Free revision course are offered during the Easter holidays.
Deerpark C.B.S is part of the UCC PLUS+ Schools Programme. The aim of this programme is to let students see the fantastic opportunities in UCC and get them thinking about their future.
Our students can avail of the following activities: Student achievement awards, CSI Camp, Xperience CIT and UCC, Easter School, science and maths revision classes, use of study facilities in UCC, Graffiti Drama, TRIZ, and grinds.
Career Guidance & Counselling
Our Guidance Counsellor provides our students with support, information, advice and guidance throughout their time in Deerpark CBS. Students from all years can avail of one-to-one meetings.
The role is to assist students in four main areas: Personal, Social, Academic and Career development. The role is a mixture of “Guidance” and “Counselling”.
GUIDANCE HELPS STUDENTS WITH THEIR CAREER BY:
- Identifying strengths, interests, personality and skills
- Learning how to plan the next stage in a student’s life
- Finding and understanding information about colleges and courses
- Learning about the world of work
- Learning about CVs, application forms (colleges and work) and preparing for interviews
Career Classes are timetabled throughout the Senior Cycle (TY to 6th Year).
Students’ self-knowledge and decisions are helped though Aptitude Testing, Interest Inventories, IT Programmes, Career Investigation Worksheets, access to internet investigation.
Visits to career events and colleges, presentations by speakers from colleges/industry/youth welfare and support groups are arranged throughout the year.
GUIDANCE HELPS STUDENTS TO LEARN HOW TO:
Understand how school can help them
- Learn how to study more effectively
- Improve exam techniques
- Get information about subject choices and levels
- Learn about exams and qualifications
GUIDANCE ALSO HELPS STUDENTS TO:
- Learn about relationships
- Understand feelings and moods
- Learn how make important decisions
- Learn how to make plans
- Counselling offers a student a chance to talk to someone in a private, caring and non-judgmental place.
- Students are very welcome to make their own appointments or can be referred by teachers, and other members of our school community, parents/guardians and by friends.
- Our Guidance Counsellor will do everything possible to listen, understand, clarify and help students to make their own decisions.
- Counselling offers students help with a wide range of issues: generally feel mixed up. relationship problems, family problems, dealing with anger outbursts, loss of a loved one, bullying, low self-confidence, worried about the future, difficulties getting use to a new school, exam stress, drug and alcohol use, body image, identity, peer pressure, depression, abuse (psychological, physical or sexual) and self-harm.
Some third level colleges and institutes of further education:
- www.csn.ie (Colaiste Stiofain Naofa)
- Other useful websites:
- www.qualifax.ie (Ireland’s national course database, provides information on course content, entry requirements, subjects needed and points)
- www.cao.ie (Central Applications Office – for applying to Universities and I.T.s)
- www.examinations.ie (State examinations commission. Find exam timetables and exam papers)
- www.studentfinance.ie (National website for applying for grants)
- www.accesscollege.ie (Students applying for the HEAR and DARE schemes)
- www.careerdirections.ie (Careers database established by FAS)
- www.skoool.ie (online revision aid with interactive lessons, assessment and study notes
Useful sites if you need some emotional support
School Completion Programme
THE SCHOOL COMPLETION PROGRAMME
THE SCHOOL COMPLETION PROGRAMME is a service offered to 9 schools in this area, 7 primary schools and 2 secondary schools.
SCP work with children and teenagers who find school life challenging. SCP put programmes in place to support them in remaining on in school and enjoying student life.
The two main contacts in Deerpark CBS are Katie Burns (Programme Co-Ordinator) and Eoin Pol O Callaghan (project worker). Eoin Pol meets a number of boys on a weekly basis during the school day – working on issues such as organisational skills, goal setting, anger management, motivation, social skills and communication skills.
SCP also organises and runs 2 Breakfast clubs on a Tuesday and Friday from 8.10am with the support of volunteers from the school staff. The Breakfast club is open to all students and food is funded by Deerpark CBS school management.
SCP also provides 2 after-school Homework clubs – on a Tuesday and Thursday evening for approx 45mins – 1hour. The boys get support with completing homework and can leave when it’s done. It is still a guardian’s responsibility to sign and check journals for any notes which may be sent home by teachers.
In early September, each year, SCP organise a Team Building event for all first years to help them settle into their new school; this activity allows first years to make new friends and get to know each other in a fun way.
During midterm breaks, Easter and in particular summer time, the School Completion Programme provides a great range of holiday activities to which a limited number of students are invited. We subsidise the cost of the activities and expect commitment from the students who have signed up to attend. These activities include surfing, kayaking, zip-lining, hillwalking and footgolf.
Katie and Eoin Pol are available to discuss any concerns you may have regarding your son and his attendance and participation in school life. Katie 0833183560 or email Katie.firstname.lastname@example.org
Behaviour for Learning
The Behaviour for Learning Programme offers students a range of subject and behaviour supports covering areas such as organisational skills, social and communication skills, working in groups, classroom behaviour and class participation. We have one full time BFL teacher. Students work individually or in a small group setting and the BFL teacher co-ordinates student behaviour planning according to the individual student needs.
Unlike in other schools at Deerpark C.B.S students meet with their Class Tutors every day for ten minutes. This allows us to keep a better eye on your son and to ensure that his academic and pastoral needs are being looked after.