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Miss Gemma Mc Court from Trocaire visited the Abbey Grammar this morning to hold an Assembly with pupils in Yr 8,9 and 10. Organised by Mrs Lisa Mc Keever (RE HOD).
The Year 8 pupils have been very busy competing in the annual Advent Calendar Competition. The task was to create an Advent Calendar that reflects the true meaning of Christmas using verses from St Matthew’s and St Luke’s Gospels. The pupils displayed some outstanding creativity and professional presentation in their work. The judges, Mr McGovern, Mrs Elmore, Mrs Mc Keever and Mr Harvey were totally amazed by the sheer talent in Year 8 and they all agreed that every calendar was unique and pupils clearly applied a lot of time and effort to achieve their finished product.
Prizes will be awarded at Mrs Elmore’s assembly on Thursday 3rd December.
Well done to everyone who took part, you have set a very high standard for next year!
New exciting Specification changes!
From September 2016 major changes are happening with both GCSE Religious Studies and A’Level Religious Studies in the Abbey!
The ‘Samaritan Purse’ Shoebox appeal. All pupils in Yrs 8-10 have been asked to bring in a shoebox, wrapped in Christmas paper and filled with goodies! These shoeboxes need to be brought in before Halloween. Denise Nixon from the organisation will be in Re classrooms on Friday to speak with a variety of pupils.
In the Abbey, Religious Studies is taught from Year 8 to Year 14. At KS3 we follow the Fully Alive programme along with our own innovative power points and interactive lessons. Our focus as a department is to engage our pupils and ensure that they enjoy coming to Religion class. Every class is responsible for preparing their own class mass which takes place period 5 each Wednesday. Fr Colm Murphy, comes into the abbey to celebrate mass with us!
Every year our KS3 pupils take part in the ‘Good Samaritan Shoe box’ appeal. This year our shoe boxes went to Romania.
A new initiative this year was to organise a Year 8 ‘Advent calender’ competition which is being judged by Fr Colm on Wednesday…..major competition!!
From September 2016, we are moving examining board to CCEA and embarking upon a new GCSE. this course will be a Modular GCSE course with pupils completing 50% of their exam at the end of Year 11 and the following 50% at the end of Year 12. The content is as follows:
Christianity through a Study of the Gospel of Mark (Unit 5)
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