Sport and physical activity play a significant role in the life of the school. We are very lucky to have an all-weather pitch which is used for the various PE activities. It also multi functions as two tennis courts, a basketball or netball court and a five a side football pitch.
There are two art Art rooms in the school. The walls are covered with work done by the students .The Art Department is responsible for the beautiful mural, canvas and decorative work around the school’s walls, doors and corridors. It is a very active department and boasts a printing press, clay throw wheels, a kiln and many other resources.
Most of the classrooms are teacher based allowing the teacher to make the room their own. The subject-themed wall-work, creates a positive and stimulating environment for the learner. Our classrooms are very well equipped. Each room has a stationary PC with wireless broadband access, a digital projector and screen. There is also access to three SMART Boards in the school, a number of portable and stationery visualisers, a stock of cameras and portable recording devices, a number of iPads, and three laptop trollies.
The computer room is equipped with 24 computers, with high speed broadband access, 2 printers and a scanner. All classes are introduced to the subject of ICT and have timetabled classes which equip the students with the skills needed for independent and collaborative work. The computer room is frequently used by subject teachers and their classes for relevant internet digital based activities.
Home Economics Kitchens
We are very fortunate to have two fully equipped kitchens which cater for Home Economics practical classes at both Junior and Leaving Certificate level. We also offer Hotel Catering and Tourism as one of our Specialisms on the Leaving Certificate Applied course. In addition, this department facilitates a very practical childcare programme using the Real Care Babies Programme which is always a highlight of both the Transition Year and Leaving Certificate Applied Programme. – see www.reaityworks.com.
The Library is at the heart of the school. We are very fortunate to be part of the JCSP Library Demonstration Project which means we have an excellently resourced library and a full time Librarian. The Library now contains hundreds of books suitable for all readers and all of the books are catalogued. As well as novels and reference books, there are many books on cassette, DVD and many games, quiz books and magazines for the students to use. There are four computers in the Library, all of which are online, allowing students to carry out research for projects. The Library also runs a photography club as well as the creative writing and book clubs, popular with both junior and senior students. The Library also hosts numerous workshops, literary visitors and a range of initiatives and activities throughout the year.
All junior and senior cycle classes have a timetabled Library class. Teachers can also bring their classes to the Library to work on projects and they are shown how to find information on their chosen topic.
The multi-purpose hall functions as a venue for sporting activities such as indoor football, basketball, hockey, volleyball, badminton, yoga and table tennis. It provides a space for musical, theatrical and celebratory events, as well as serving as a gathering space for regular school assemblies and information nights. The hall is also well equipped with excellent lighting and sound facilities as well as a giant screen and high quality projector. It also facilitates the Breakfast Club every morning and is a busy and friendly meeting point for the students.
Positive Behaviour for Learning Resource Room
The PBFL resource room is a bright and airy learning space where students enjoy the many programmes and activities available, to support their learning in order to achieve and succeed in school. Student groups and individuals participate on programmes and interventions that may focus on developing; behaviour for learning skills, social and emotional skills, literacy and numeracy skills as well as learning and study skills. Positive health and well being programmes are also catered for.
The science subjects are taught in a recently refurbished laboratory. It is well equipped so that the subjects can be taught in a practical and interactive way. It also has a SMART Board and digital projector and enjoys the benefit of broadband access. Warrenmount has forged strong links with the Royal College of Surgeons, Trinity College and Dublin Institute of Technology; these links provide our students with the opportunity for additional support in the science subjects as well as participating in the annual Mini Med Week and other outreach programmes. These activities and programmes give the students the opportunity to further enjoy science and explore careers in the areas of science and engineering.
Technology in the Classroom Today
Presentation Warrenmount was one of the 78 ‘pilot’ schools to be connected to 100 Mbps in 2009. This connection, coupled with our partnership with the Digital Hub and Microsoft has facilitated the integration of ICT across all subject departments and has greatly enhanced the teaching and learning within our school.
We were a partner in the Connected Classrooms project with our sister school Colaiste Bhride in Clondalkin, which facilitated a number of our senior cycle students accessing a dedicated higher level Maths class using MS Lync Video Conferencing. We plan to develop this collaborative link further to provide additional subject choices for our students.
Through the use of Office 365, each student has a school e-mail address, cloud storage and access to online forums and shared subject sites. This facility enables teachers and students to access, publish and share their work online.