History

 

    The History Department of Castleblayney College prides itself on promoting and fostering an interest in heritage and culture, at a local, national and international level. Our students at Junior Cert embark on a journey through the curriculum that will take them from the Stone Age to the Nuclear Age, and from Ancient Rome to the United Nations.
Transition Year offers the opportunity to engage in more interactive projects. In the past, our students have explored local architecture, researched passengers on The Titanic, and completed a module of Holocaust Studies which culminated in a visit to the school by Holocaust survivor and author, Tomi Reichental.

Leaving Certificate students of history examine key periods from Irish, European and American history. Some topics include the War of Independence, the Anglo-Irish Treaty 1921 and the subsequent Civil War, the rise and influence of Nazi Germany, and the Vietnam War, to name just a few. Senior students also complete a Research Study Report on a topic in which they are personally interested. This counts for 20% of their Leaving Certificate exam and is an ideal opportunity to engage in self-directed learning and to truly experience what it means to be a historian. Leaving Cert History results in Castleblayney College consistently exceed the national average. Former students of History have gone on to study Law, Veterinary Science, Primary and Second Level teaching, Midwifery and Engineering and a wide range of other disciplines.

Class based study is supplemented by field trips and guest speakers. The History Department utilises a wide variety of resources and teaching methodologies, and the excellent results achieved in the subject every year are testament to the enthusiasm and dedication of both staff and students.