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St John the Baptist’s College, Portadown


Our Departmental Vision

  • To promote the study of Irish within the school community.
  • To give each pupil an appreciation and a passion for the Irish language.
  • To provide exciting, engaging and stimulating lessons which will be tailored to meet the needs of all learners and allow each of them to achieve their potential.
  • To provide a firm basis in the language for those who wish to pursue this subject at third level education.
  • To help pupils to develop an understanding of Irish in a variety of contexts and for practical use.
  • To develop an awareness and understanding of Irish speaking communities such as the Gaeltacht.

KS3 Overview

Irish at Key Stage 3 covers a wide range of topics in accordance with the Northern Ireland Curriculum.  The focus in the Department is on spoken language and students are actively encouraged to speak Irish both inside and outside of the classroom.

Students get the opportunity in Key Stage 3 to achieve the ‘cúpla focal’ badge and their ‘silver fáinne’. Most students study Irish for two periods a week in year 8 and three periods a week in year 9 and 10.


19th Oct 2018
SJBC hosted the qualifying blitz for the Óisín McGrath shield on Friday...
3rd Oct 2018
Past pupils Aimee O Connor and Kasey Carville paid a visit to the Irish department...
3rd Oct 2018
Congratulations to Coen, Catriona, Shauna and Adam on their excellent results in...