Presentation Secondary Castleisland – A Leading Light in Digital Excellence

Presentation Castleisland Transition Year students, Fiona Brosnan (left) and Joanna Moynihan have been selected as this year’s Webwise Youth Panelists.
Presentation Castleisland fifth year Computer Science students, Saoirse Mc Carthy  (left) and Rachel O’Connor enjoying the challenge of programming a microbit .

In these challenging times, schools would be forgiven for slowing down the introduction of new subjects to their curricula.

Not so for Presentation Castleisland!  Building on their excellent foundations of promoting STEM to their students, they have continued in their quest for digital excellence by introducing Leaving Certificate Computer Science as an optional subject at senior cycle.

Innovative and Progressive

This innovation is very progressive as they are one of only four schools in Kerry to offer the subject.

Leading this initiative in the school are teachers, Annette Leen and Pierce Dargan.

“The course is structured to enable students of all abilities to embrace the subject and succeed in every aspect,” said Ms. Leen.

“Digital literacy is a requirement in many careers, so it is more essential than ever that students develop an understanding of Computer Science.

A Variety of Desirable Skills

“It develops a variety of desirable skills in students including problem solving and organisational skills as well as computational and critical thinking. “We are delighted to be able to offer this amazing opportunity to our students.

Other Digital News…

“In other digital news at the school, Transition Year students, Fiona Brosnan and Joanna Moynihan have been selected as this year’s Webwise Youth Panelists.

“They replace the outgoing panelists, Cáit O’Mahony and Ava Flaherty.

“Every year Webwise recruit proactive teenagers from all over Ireland to be a part of their Webwise Youth Panel.

Speaking Out on Issues

“The panel is made up of 30 students, who want to stand up and speak out about online safety issues through the panel.

“These views are heard at a national and European level, so that young people can have a real say on the issues that affect them.

“We are very proud our students will be represented again at a national level this year,” said Ms. Leen in conclusion.

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