PORTLAOISE College entered the history books last week when it became the first secondary school in Ireland to introduce reflective Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA) journals.
The journals contain a students’ junior certificate results, results from classroom-based assessments and information on other areas of learning that a student might have accumulated during their first three years of secondary school.
Teacher Catriona Walsh, the junior cycle for teachers’ coordinator in the college, launched the journal with first and second-year students. It comes into immediate effect.
She said that the journal’s entries create a full picture of each student, which will help them keep track of their development and allow them to reflect on what they have accomplished. The JCPA journal is an efficient way of monitoring young people’s progress through school and creating opportunities for reflection.
Students will begin looking at areas of learning in extra-curricular activities, classroom-based initiatives and whole school development.
Ms Walsh said: “I think this JCPA journal will help our students take ownership of their work and reflect upon achievements. The students are becoming more self-aware and appreciating other areas of learning.”
Teacher Mary Marum worked on the design and layout of the journal.
She said: “The objective was to enable students to create meaningful content based on independent reflection.’’