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Parent Guide to the Internet

What is the Internet?

The Internet is a worldwide system of connected computers, each of which may be connected to another network of computers. For this reason, it is sometimes called a network of networks. The Internet allows people in all corners of the world to communicate electronically, and to send and access information electronically in a matter of minutes.

What is the World Wide Web?

The World Wide Web is the main source of content that is accessible via the Internet. It is like a library of books, only the pages are stored on lots of different computers around the world. The unique thing about the World Wide Web is that anyone can make information accessible on the Web.

What are the advantages of Internet access?

The Internet allows people to access a vast information resource, talk to each other by email, and join electronic news, discussion and special mailing groups. Educationally speaking, it can open up a whole new vista for the user as well as provide access to information resources at one's fingertips and provide a creative outlet for those who wish to create web pages.

What are the disadvantages of Internet access?

The Internet is a powerful learning tool, but it should not be used indiscriminately or without supervision. While your daughter is at school, the school will make every effort to ensure that this resource is used appropriately. As parents, it is your responsibility to monitor this resource at home, not unlike the manner in which you monitor use of television, video games, or the telephone. It is not advisable for students to engage in hours of unsupervised time on-line. Check their emails, know who they are chatting to on-line, and scrutinise the websites visited. Keep in mind that while your child is on-line, your telephone bill is getting larger.

What use is the Internet likely to be in the classroom?

The Internet has the potential to provide access from the classroom to educational resources within Ireland or from many parts of the world. A large variety of source materials, information, images and computer software can be accessed rapidly. It is possible to facilitate individual or group projects, collaboration and idea sharing between geographically dispersed students, teachers and schools.

Through the Internet it is possible to make contact with people all over the world, whether fellow students, educators or experts in specialist fields. Prominent public figures occasionally make themselves available for on-line question-and-answer sessions also.

Through developing a website of its own, a school can contribute to the sum of available knowledge on the Internet, publicise its own activities or encourage collaboration through educational projects.

Internet Access Parental Permission Form

Please complete and return this form to your computer teacher.

Name of Student: ________________________________ Class: _________


I agree to comply with the school rules on the use of the Internet. I will use the network in a responsible way and observe all the restrictions explained to me.

Student Signature: _________________________ Date: _____________


As the parent or legal guardian of the above student, I have read the Internet Permission Form and grant permission for my daughter to access the Internet. I understand that Internet access is designed for educational purposes. I also understand that the school cannot be held responsible if students access unsuitable websites, but that every reasonable precaution has been taken by the school to provide for online safety.

Signature of Parent/Guardian:____________________________

Date: ____________ Home Telephone: ______________

Internet Policy of Dominican College

Student access to the Internet

Internet access is now available to students. The school is pleased to offer this resource to both students and teachers for reference purposes and for researching project materials. Students will now have ready access to thousands of libraries and databases on every subject. Electronic information research skills are now fundamental to preparation for living and working in the Information Age. The school will integrate such information as appropriate within the curriculum and staff will provide guidance and instruction to students in the appropriate use of such resources. Student use of telecommunications and electronic information will be provided and only be permitted upon submission of permission and agreement forms by parents of students and by students themselves.


Electronic mail, or email, allows students to communicate with peers and educationalists around the world. Students will send and receive email during supervised sessions only.

World Wide Web

Access to on-line resources will enable students to explore thousands of libraries, databases, and bulletin boards throughout the world. The school believes that the benefits to students from access to information resources and increased opportunities for collaboration exceed the disadvantages. Students will not be given access to the Internet without teacher supervision. The school uses filtering software called CyberPatrol which blocks out webpages containing expletive words, pictures, or unsuitable content.
Teachers regularly check computer logs of all information accessed by students.

Data Protection Act

The Data Protection Act 1998 was passed to deal with privacy issues arising from the increasing amount of information kept on computer about individuals. In accordance with the Act, only student information that is relevant to the context of the class will be published.

Internet Access Parental Permission Letter

Dear Parent/Guardian,

During the school year, students may be offered supervised access to the Internet. Before being allowed to use the Internet, all students must obtain parental permission and both they and you must sign and return the enclosed form as evidence of your approval and their acceptance of the school rules on this matter.

The Internet is a global computer network, which offers a wealth of resources. Students can use the Internet to locate material to meet their educational needs, to ask questions and consult with experts and communicate with other schools. As information on the Internet appears, disappears and changes, it is not always possible to predict or control what students may locate or use. They might encounter information that is inaccurate, controversial, or potentially harmful.

The Internet will be used to further educational goals and objectives, but students may find ways, accidentally or intentionally, to access undesirable materials as well. We believe that the benefits to students from access to the Internet, in the form of information resources and opportunities for collaboration, exceed any disadvantages. Ultimately, parents and guardians are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using media and information sources. To that end, the school supports and respects each family's right to decide whether or not to apply for access.

During school, teachers will guide students toward appropriate materials. The ScoilNet website available at is designed to assist schools to access information and resources relevant to the needs of Irish education. The school will use ScoilNet as the starting point for Internet access. Outside of school, families bear the same responsibility for such guidance as they exercise with information sources such as television, telephones, magazines and other potentially offensive media.

Further information, regarding the school's Internet policy is available on request.

Le meas,


Junior Cycle Science


Science is a collaborative and creative human endeavour arising from our desire to understand the world around us and the wider universe. Learning science through inquiry enables students to ask more questions, and to develop and evaluate explanations of events and phenomena they encounter.

The study of science enables students to build on their learning in primary school and to further develop their knowledge of and about science. Students enhance their scientific literacy by developing their ability to explain phenomena scientifically; their understanding of scientific inquiry; and their ability to interpret and analyse scientific evidence and data to draw appropriate conclusions.

Click here for an information booklet on JC Science


Science in junior cycle aims to develop students’ evidence-based understanding of the natural world and their ability to gather and evaluate evidence: to consolidate and deepen their skills of working scientifically; to make them more self-aware as learners and become competent and confident in their ability to use and apply science in their everyday lives.

More specifically it encourages all students:

• to develop a sense of enjoyment in the learning of science, leading to a lifelong interest in science

• to develop scientific literacy and apply this to the analysis of science issues relevant to society, the environment and sustainability

• to develop a scientific habit of mind and inquiry orientation through class, laboratory and/ or off-site activities that foster investigation, imagination, curiosity and creativity in solving engaging, relevant problems, and to improve their reasoning and decision-making abilities

• to develop the key skills of junior cycle to find, use, manage, synthesise, and evaluate data; to communicate scientific understanding and findings using a variety of media; and to justify ideas on the basis of evidence

• to acquire a body of scientific knowledge; to develop an understanding of Earth and space and their place in the physical, biological, and chemical world and to help establish a foundation for more advanced learning.


Junior Cycle Science:

New features of this specification include learning outcomes across the unifying strand, Nature of science, and the four contextual strands: Physical world, Chemical world, Biological world and Earth and space. There is a new focus given to the Nature of science which aims to promote greater engagement and thinking about how science works; carrying out investigations, communicating in science, and the role and contribution of science and scientists to society. There are also new assessments which offers students a chance to demonstrate their achievement as creators of scientific research reports. Teachers, students and parents will be able to check progress by logging in to examples of student work where they will see the range of annotated examples of work that students in junior cycle Science create and see the learning outcomes in action.

The Assessment guidelines have been revised to take account of feedback from teachers working with authentic samples of student work. 



Summaries of the old JC Science Topics:

The following table contains a summary of all the JC Science chapters complete with appropriate past questions.  It is an excellent revision guide.

Biology 1 to 4
Biology 5 to 8
Biology 9 to 12
Biology 13 to 16

Chemistry 1 to 4
Chemistry 5 to 8
Chemistry 9 to 11
Chemistry 12 to 13

Physics 1 to 4
Physics 5 to 10
Physics 11
Physics 12 to 15

There is a shortage of people in Ireland with training in Science and Technology to meet our current needs. It is also important to remember that a Science subject is required at Leaving Cert level for some third level courses, e.g. Medicine, Pharmacy, Engineering, Food Science etc.

Students' Corner:

Jeonah Roperoz (1.1) recently suggested the following to remember the characteristics of life:

Real Elephants Noses Grow Really Really Massive

Respiration. Excretion. Nutrition.Growth. Reproduction.Responsivity.Movement

Useful websites:

Department of Education and Science sites:


Department of Education and Science

Department of Education and Science

Department of Education and Science

State Examinations Commission

National Council for Curriculum and Assessment

Scoilnet, the NCTE schools website

Teacher Support Network sites:


Second Level Support Service - Physics and Chemistry

Biology Support Service

Chemistry Support Service

Physics Support Service

Irish Science Teachers' Association - membership is   open to all teachers of science

The Association for Science Education (UK) -   membership is open to all teachers of science

National Science Teachers Assocation (USA) - membership   is open to all teachers of science

Resource sites:


Concept Cartoons offer excellent starting points for   discussion and thinking

Science Enhancement Programme - focuses on scientific   enquiry and practical work, scientific knowledge and conceptual   understanding, scientific research and developments

Drawing tool for both teachers and pupils

Puzzle makers

Crossword construction kit

Wordsearch construction kit

Hot Potatoes software - construct crosswords,   wordsearches, cloze test, matching exercises

Chemical Jigsaw Puzzle

PhET - Physics Education Technology, interactive   physics animations from the Unversity of Colorado

Freezeray Interactive Science Resources

Biology Corner

BBC Schools site - human body interactive games

Science photograph library - teachers can register,   then download and use the images, as long as credit for source is given

Science Smarties - a variety of assessments for each   topic of the Junior Cert. syllabus, from a TeachNet Ireland site

Science, Technology and Society sites


Ingenious Ireland

The science behind the news

Science and technology in action

Science trail at the science centre, Birr castle

General Interest sites:

URL: has a section on science

How Stuff Works

Natural History Museum of Ireland

Explore materials science

NASA Astrobiology Institute


Exploratorium - interactive with many DIY experiments

Timeline for events in science and mathematics

European Space Agency Human Spaceflight - teachers   can request a free copy of the Education Kit aimed at students aged 12-15


 First Years Attachments:

Energy Powerpoint - posters

Saoirse Ní Chuilleagáin's poster


Mock Powerpoints and Pdfs for Revision Purposes

Biology Definitions

Physics Definitions

Chemistry Definitions

Biology Revision Notes

Physics Revision Notes

Chemistry Revision Notes