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Histoire. Mission et Objectifs

Le collge/lyce Saint Muredach est une cole Catholique sous la tutelle de I'vque Catholique de Killala.
L'cole a pour but de promouvoir une communaut attentive ou les valeurs d'honntet, de loyaut, d'estime de soi et du plaisir d'apprendre sont encourages.
Les lves et I'quipe Educative travaillent en troite collaboration pour promouvoir une ambiance d'ducation, d'quit et de justice pour tous.


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History & Mission Statement: Aims.

St. Muredach's College is a Catholic Voluntary School under the trusteeship of the Catholic Bishop of Killala.
The school seeks to promote a caring and inclusive Community where the values of honesty, loyalty, self- esteem and enjoyment of learning are encouraged.
Students and staff work in co-operation with each other to promote an atmosphere of fairness and justice for all.


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Subject Aims


  • To develop the students ability, appreciation and confidence in all aspects of French language, culture and literature.
  • To develop communicative competence in French.
  • To prepare students for junior and leaving certificate exams.
  • To make French enjoyable.


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Subject Objectives


  • To introduce students to different aspects of French culture through literature, poetry and video.
  • To develop confidence in speaking through oral and aural work and involvement with our exchange school in St.Brieuc.
  • To develop writing skills through the study of the mechanics of language.
  • To develop comprehension skills through the study of literary passages.
  • To instill in students an awareness of French as a living language.


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Grouping of Pupils

Pupils of French in the school are placed in mixed ability classes at junior cycle. Numbers permitting, we introduce streaming in Fourth Year. When numbers are sufficient to facilitate streaming at senior cycle, the system works effectively. Recent Leaving Certificate results reflect this. Less capable pupils are given more time and attention when they work as a class group.

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Pupil Access to French

French, as well as German is studied by all first year pupils. They opt for one of these languages in second year. While French is an open option to all pupils, not all pupils are obliged to study a modern language in First Year. Pupils may opt to study both modern languages for the Junior Certificate if they so wish.

By the end of First Year it is generally deemed to be too late for pupils to then opt for French except in extenuating circumstances, where, for example a pupil has sufficient prior knowledge of French. At senior cycle pupils have the option of continuing their French studies. It is recommended to avail of this option. Under normal circumstances a pupil should have studied French at Junior Certificate level in order to study it at senior cycle.


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Photographs are from the Humbert Exhibition in Ballina Library.

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