# Ireland School

As you step out your front door onto your front yard that is full of freshly cut green grass you see a rainbow while running to the bus. As you hop on the bus, you sit in the seat close to the window. Looking out the at the rainbow, you start to think what Irish schooling would be like. What kinds of grades you'd be getting? With it being a Friday you couldn't imagine going to school on a weekend. Almost forgetting, you remembered to grab your iPad. You wonder if they have wonderful abilities to use technology. Your best friend gets on the bus and sits next to you; you give her a long curious stare making you think if you'd even have a slightest chance of having the same classes as her. You wonder what differences Irish schools have from yours.

## Class placements

Allicen:

In the Republic of Ireland schooling is very different than what people may be used to. Instead of Elementary school, Middle school, and High school. They have what is called Primary and a secondary. Primary school involves Junior infants ages 4-5, senior infants which is ages 5-6, first class is ages 6-7, second class is 7-8,third class is 8-9, fifth class is 10-11 and the last year at primary school is ages 11-12. Secondary school is also called the junior school. When first attending secondary school the ages are 12-14, the second year is 13-15, the third year of schooling is 14-16. When reached the age 15-17 you have a choice of going to school. Then after the optional year of school is the senior cyde which is two years. The first of the last two years the ages are 16-18 and the last year is ages 17-19.

Levi:

In Ireland the grading scale is a little bit wierd. The scores are A: 100% - 70% B: 69% - 60% C: 59% - 50% D: 49% - 45% (lowest passing grade) E: 44% - 40% F: 39% - 0%. Some schools divide the grades even more. Each school has there own point system and you get points for your grade. Some cources need a certain amount of points in order to join. Any score below 10% is considered as no grade or NG. 43.9% of college students pass all their years of college. A leaving certificate Is required to graduate their last year at school.

## Technology

Marion:

"Ireland this year ranked 17 out of 28 on problem solving computer use and 22 out of 44 countries.” (Independent.ie) “An estimated one-in-ten students in the first year students will begin secondary school with tablets instead of textbooks.” (RTÉ). “Irish school textbook publishers reckon that within three years 50% of schools will have gone digital to some extent. However, while many schools are choosing this option, it can be very expensive.” (RTÉ). “The tablets can cost anywhere between €160-500 ( \$220.24- \$688.25 in the U.S.). E-books can cost up to €300 ( \$412.89 in the U.S) and unlike textbooks, they can't be recycled.” (RTÉ). “The license dies after 1-3 years depending on the course. Small numbers of schools are also exploring new ways with technology." (RTÉ) Some teachers are having there students use smartphone or other devices in there classes.

## Schedule

Constance:

In Ireland, school only runs for about five and a half hours. With that they start quite late in the day. Primary school starts at 9:30am and secondary school starts at 9am. The end between 2:30-3:00pm. As their days are shorter their classes run longer. Ireland starts school on September 11th. Then later they have mid-term breach from October 28th - November 1st. Then have Christmas break December 23rd - January 3rd. Later in the year they have mid-term break in February, secondary is Feb 17th - 21st and primary Feb 20th - 21st. Of course they've got St.Patricks day off. School ends on June 2nd.
As you hop on the bus, you sit in the seat close to the window. Looking out the at the rainbow, you start to think what Irish schooling would be like. You remembered that you researched about the grading scale, what is their school calendar, if they are good at using technology, and what types of schools there are.

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