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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.


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
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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














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 2016


Investigate and compare the quantitative effects of changing

(a) the duration of light physical exercise and

(b) the time elapsed since the exercise stopped

on the pulse rate of a person.


Investigate and compare the quantitative effects of changing

(a) the rhubarb surface area and

(b) the temperature of solution

on the rate of reaction (measured by noting time for decolorisation of solution) between the oxalic acid in rhubarb and dilute potassium permanganate solution (acidified with sulfuric acid).


Investigate and compare the quantitative effects of changing

(a) the pendulum length and

(b) the mass of the pendulum bob

on the period (time of oscillation) of a simple pendulum oscillating through a small angle.


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






Physical Education

Over the 6-year cycle, the school aims to offer students as wide ranging a PE programme as possible. All students in the school take physical education as a subject.


Time for Physical Education

1 Hour and Thirty minutes

This programme introduces students to field hockey, basketball, gymnastics, dance, athletics, rounders and tennis, giving students the basic skills necessary to participate in the activity. All activities covered are on a modular basis.


Forty Minutes

The programme continues with the First Year modules and develops a better awareness of the skills, rules and teamwork necessary to participate in team and individual sports.


Forty Minutes

Students are introduced to Gaelic football, badminton, circuit training, volleyball and have one module of dance and rounders.


Forty Minutes

Students continue with the Third Year programme with trampoline and indoor sports as an extra module. First aid may also be offered depending on class size.


Forty Minutes

Students are given an opportunity to select activities that they would wish to participate in. Each activity selected lasts a minimum of four to six weeks. First aid may also be offered depending on class size.


Two Hours

Students get the opportunity to experience activities not covered in the general programme. Activities such as sailing, pitch and putt, windsurfing, aerobics, self defence, dance, grooming and skiing may be offered as part of the PE programme. The activities covered may change from year to year depending on numbers and availability. The Transition Year programme hopes to develop students ability to work as part of a team and also to develop new life skills.


After school, activities /team sports take place Monday to Friday from 3.30pm to 5.00pm. The sports covered are basketball, camogie, soccer and badminton while cross country training takes place at lunch time. The school takes part in the cross country championships and the Leinster Track and Field championships. Each year the school competes in the Inter Dominican Sports day.

During lunch time the sports hall is used on alternate days for basketball shooting skills, indoor soccer, trampoline and badminton for beginners.

A whole school sports day is organised in the third term with class leagues in basketball, soccer, rounders and tennis also taking place in the third term.

Students who have achieved a high standard in a sport not catered for on campus are given the opportunity to represent the school at selected events.

In general, the PE and sports programme aims to develop the physical ability of each student through a varied programme of activity. Every student in the school is encouraged to participate in all activities on offer.

The PE uniform for the school is a tracksuit consisting of black bottoms wine sweatshirt with school crest and white polo shirt.