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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,


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.


The study of Science entails practical laboratory work (experiments) along with the study of theory. In the modern world where advances in Science and Technology are bringing great changes to our lives, the study of Science is particularly relevant to help people assess the implication of these developments.

The study of Science at Junior Certificate level involves the study of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Applied Science.

Junior Certificate Science marks are distributed as follows:  

  • Coursework A - 10%    (Experiments and investigations specified in the syllabus) 
  • Coursework B - 25%    (2 specified investigations)
  • Terminal examination - 65%    (Section 1 - Biology / Section 2 - Chemistry / Section 3 - Physics)

    Science branches into 3 separate subjects for the Leaving Certificate:
  • Biology.
  • Chemistry.
  • Physics.

Coursework B
Student Investigations Each student is required to undertake two specified investigations in their third year and to submit a pro forma report on these for assessment. These additional investigations, based on the topics and learning outcomes in the syllabus, will be set by the examining body and will vary from year to year. These investigations account for 25% of the students final Junior Certificate grade and will require substantial time investment, by the student, during the year. Students will be notified of the investigation titles well in advance of the laboratory time they will be allocated to conduct the investigations, and this laboratory time-slot cannot be altered. DES deadlines for submission by the students of their report must be adhered to, and, in order to prevent missed deadlines, students are expected to exercise due diligence in the preparation, planning and conduct of their chosen investigations. Students who fail to do so will not be given additional time, and reports still incomplete come deadline, will be submitted as is.

Investigation Titles 2017


Investigate quantitatively, to determine the impact of each additive, the effects on samples of a

garden soil of adding 20% by mass of (a) sand, (b) potting compost, and (c) clay* on

(i) the soil’s ability to retain water,

(ii) the rate of drainage of water through the soil.

*Some readily available cat litter is composed of dry clay.


Investigate quantitatively, at room temperature, the effect of dilution on the pH of

(i) vinegar,

(ii) a solution containing 5 g washing soda per litre of water,

(iii) a solution containing 5 g sucrose per litre of water.



Using conductors made of children’s play (modelling) dough, investigate quantitatively the effect on

resistance, calculated from measurements of voltage across and current through the conductors, of

changing the conductor length and obtain data to establish whether dough colour has an effect on

its resistance.



We have developed a blank copy of the Coursework for your use.  It differs slightly from the state examinations booklet in that we have specified how many resources you reference, how many safety aspects you must specify, etc...(Note - these numbers are a minimum).  A copy of a blank Coursework B booklet can be found here. 

Additional coursework B material can be found in the table below to help you with your projects.

Introduction to Investigations

Physics Sample Investigation Biology Sample Investigation
Chemistry Sample Investigation 2007 Marking Scheme - Coursework B


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

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





Our aim is to develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
These four skills are examined in both the Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate. During transition year, the students, through their project work, music and visits to art galleries and theatre (where appropriate), gain an insight into Spanish and Latin American culture.

The Spanish Department prepares each student for the Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate examinations. We also try to foster a love for Spain, its language and culture and our aim is that all of our students will be able to communicate to a high standard.


Newspapers, videos, Spanish novels and cassettes are all available in school.

Spanish Language Resource Guide

Authentik Newspapers Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cervantes Institute,
54 Northhumberland Rd.,
Dublin 4.

Modern Languages Ltd.,
Educational Booksellers,
39 Westland Row,
Dublin 2.
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(webpage not yet in existence)

Grant and Cutler,
55-57 Great Marlborough Street,
London WIV2AY.


Exchange agencies

Irlespan International Exchanges
Tel: 01 2985763: 087 2491103
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Or contact
Nuala FitzGerald,
10 Woodlawn Grove,
Dublin 14.

Escuela International,

Click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to contact the Spanish Department.


What is Physics?

Physics is the branch of science that studies matter, energy and the relationship between them. Understanding the laws of Physics gives us a better view of the world we live in. If you are curious enough to wonder about any of the following questions, then you should enjoy studying Physics. 


  • Why do I see colours on my C.D?
  • How does a generator produce electricity?
  • Why is there sometimes a rainbow when it's wet?
  • How can we see inside a person's body with an X-ray machine?
  • How do the speed guns of the Gardaí work?
  • What are mirages and how do they occur?
  • Why do vibrating waves produce sound?

In Leaving Certificate Physics you will study various topics in each of the following areas. Mechanics and Motion (5th year), Heat (5th year), Waves and Sound (5th year), Light and Optics (5th year), Electricity and Magnetism (6th year), Atomic Physics and The Electron (6th year) and Nuclear and Particle Physics (optional)

There are 25 compulsory experiments in Leaving Certificate Physics. Four of these are asked in Section A of the exam and you must answer three. Pupils generally do well here as we focus a lot of attention on experiments and we tend to repeat them closer to exam time. In addition, some of these experiments can be asked in Section B.





Mandatory Experiment Procedures (*with past questions)
 Light Experiments
 To find the focal length of a Concave Mirror
 To find the focal length  of a Converging Lens
 To find the wavelength of a monochromatic light source
 To verify snell's Law (RI of a Solid)
 To verify snell's Law (RI of a liquid)
 Heat Experiments 
 To find the SHC of water by the electrical method
 To find the specific latent heat of fusion of ice
 To measure the specific latent heat of vaporisation of water
 To plot the calibration curve of a thermometer using the laboratory mercury thermometer as standard
 Sound Experiments
 To measure the speed of sound in Air
 To show that the fundamental frequency of a stratche string is inversely proportional to its length
 To show that the fundamnetal frequency of a stretched string is proportional to the square of its tension
 Mechanics Experiments
 To verify Boyle's Law
 To measure the value of 'g' by means of the simple pendulum
 To measure constant velocity using a ticker tape timer
 To verify the principle of conservation of momentum
 To show that the acceleration of a body is proportional to the applied force

Leaving Certificate past Papers and Marking Schemes


Physics Papers
Physics Marking Schemes

L.C. 2002

L.C. 2002 Marking Scheme

L.C. 2003

L.C. 2003 Marking Scheme
L.C. 2004 L.C. 2004 Marking Scheme
L.C. 2005 L.C. 2005 Marking Scheme
L.C. 2006 L.C. 2006 Marking Scheme
L.C. 2007 L.C. 2007 Marking Scheme
L.C. 2008 L.C. 2008 Marking Scheme
L.C. 2009 L.C. 2009 Marking Scheme
L.C. 2010 L.C. 2010 Marking Scheme
L.C. 2011 L.C. 2011 Marking Scheme
 L.C. 2012  L.C. 2012 Marking Scheme
 L.C. 2013 L.C. 2013 Marking Scheme
 L.C. 2014  L.C. 2014 Marking Scheme
L.C. 2015











Real World Physics by Dan O'Regan.

The following books are available from our library:

  • Electronics for Today and Tomorrow by Tom Duncan.
  • Advanced Physics by Tom Duncan.
  • Modern Elementary Particle Physics by Gordan Kane.
  • Particle Physics by Arthur Beiser.
  • A Laboratory manual of Physics by F. Tyler.
  • Leaving Certificate Physics by Donal Collins.
  • How Things Work: The Physics of Everyday Life by L.A. Bloomfield.

Useful Web Addresses
This applet is a simulation of a ripple tank
Java applets on Physics
A collection of Applets from X-Ray machines to Microwave ovens to the Periodic Table of Elements.
The Radiological Institute of Ireland.
****An excellent gateway site to various Physics applets****

Useful Summaries

Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11

To measure the constant acceleration of a trolley using a ticker tape timer and ticker tape
To show that the acceleration of a body is y proportional to the force acting on it

Useful Past House Exams

5th Year Summer 2005         5th Year Christmas 2006

Physics Proofs

Atomic Physics Maths Questions and Answers