ICT

Staff

Head of ICT and Teacher of ICT to A Level:  Ms D Dolan

Teacher of ICT to A Level: Ms O Goodwin

KS3 ICT: Mr S Turner, Ms S Hughes, Dr L Meneely,

Ms A Carroll, Ms J McLaren and Ms AM Raffery

Technician: Mr E Kane

Aim

The ICT department in SJS aims to provide students with the essential skills and knowledge that will fully equip them to deal with the demands of both third level studies and a dynamic and challenging working environment.

In Northern Ireland, there is currently a shortage of IT graduates and leading companies like All State and Kainos are now actively recruiting A’ Level students. It is estimated that over 20,000 jobs will be created in the next 4 years.

ICT is a thriving subject and this enthusiasm is evident in the Department’s excellent result record. ICT is currently the top performing department at GCSE and regularly scores in the top five departments at AS and A2 Level. The ICT Department is one of only five departments that achieved the coveted A* status.

Facilities

There are four designated computer suites:

ICT Rooms

Extra-curricular activities

The KS3 ICT Club runs once a week at lunchtime and provides students with the opportunity to learn to come together to share and perfect their ICT skills and interests. This involves using packages such as Audacity, PhotoStory, Scratch, Moviemaker and websites such as Google Earth and Jam Studio. Many students also use the club as a way of sharing games, tips and passing on useful websites. The number of members can vary between 30 and 40; and is a definite hive of activity on Friday lunchtime.

Events

The last academic year was busy for the ICT Department. The following events took place between Sep 2013 – Jun 2014.

  • Bring IT On Careers talk to Year 10 students by Carol Govett
  • Year 13 “Girls Only” IT Event in Belfast
  • Year 14 Allstate NI Visit at their Belfast HQ
  • Year 11 Bring IT On Roadshow at Queens
  • Year 13 Bring IT On National Event in the Titanic Building
  • P6 Sentinus Robotics Roadshow held onsite

 

Pupil Awards

Each term, the high achieving and most improved students are awarded and placed in the Hall of Fame. The top students in each year group also receive a special award.

Prefects

 

ICT Prefects

A big thank you to our outgoing ICT Prefects, who have been a tremendous help and support during the year. We wish them the very best in their exams and future careers.

ICT Prefects

Specifications:

KS3

Pupils have one hour per week where ICT is delivered as a discrete subject to help support subject teachers deliver the skills required to participate in the CCEA Using ICT accreditation.

Students will learn skills using the following packages:

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Publisher

Audacity

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Access

SuperLogo

Microsoft PowerPoint

Windows MovieMaker

Game Maker

Microsoft FrontPage

Windows PhotoStory

Scratch

Adobe Photoshop

Internet Explorer

Search Engines

KS3 UICT Assessment

Using ICT, along with Communication and Using Mathematics, is one of three statutory Cross-Curricular Skills that form part of the Northern Ireland Curriculum. Assessment and reporting of Using ICT is a statutory requirement for all schools from 2013/14. To meet this requirement, schools are required to use The Levels of Progression. These apply for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3. The requirements for Using ICT in the Levels of Progression are set out under the 5 E’s Explore, Express, Exchange, Evaluate and Exhibit.

To date there are three departments in school who allow students to complete assessments which will go towards the awarding of a level in Using ICT. The contributing departments are: French, Geography and Home Economics. It is envisaged that more subjects will be involved in the future.

GCSE

ICT table 1

A Level

ICT table 2