Construction Projects 2020

Today was a strange day in school. Taking a trip through the construction room was like scenes more commonly seen in a documentary. It was clear the room was abandoned with the intention to return. Tools, paint brushes and varnishes left on tables ready for the next days work.

On Thursday 12th March like many we were taken by surprise, the schools closed a week earlier then we had guessed. Nobody ever expected that was the last day of school for the class of 2020, we thought we’d back back after Easter or worst case the May bank holiday. Foot and Mouth, SARS, H1N1, Swine flu, all passed through in recent years and we all kept working. Confident we would be back the Construction class left the projects with a few small touches left to do before the final exams.

Every year at this time we post our projects for all to see, and this year will be no different. Keep in mind when you look at the projects, some are finished, some are almost there. The odd coat of varnish is needed, maybe a hinge or a clock, the cushions are mocked up but the sense of where we were going is clear.

Best of luck to the class of 2020, don’t be shy call in and say hello, our door will open again.

Junior Certificate Wood Projects 2019

Below are the projects submitted by this years woodwork classes for the State Examinations.

Students had to pick one of the following design briefs and submit a project they felt answered the brief.

Coursework 2019 – Design and Realisation Design Briefs

Ordinary Level

1. Design and make a compact artefact to store three small handheld gardening items. Your artefact should be portable and reflect a nature theme. The maximum dimension of your artefact must not exceed 350mm.

2. Animated movies have entertained audiences for many years. Design and make a decorative artefact to celebrate your favourite animated movie. Your artefact should exhibit skilful handcraft in wood. Your artefact should be compact and suitable for display on a desk or shelf.

3. Design and make an attractive wall-mounted artefact on which to hang four coats. Your artefact should incorporate curves and should showcase your handcraft skills. It should reflect a theme of your choice. The maximum dimension of your artefact must not exceed 400mm.

Design Briefs – Higher Level

1. Wood is an ideal medium from which to handcraft beautiful items of unique design and function. Design and make a distinctive artefact for the neat storage of newspapers, magazines or other printed material. Your artefact should include an innovative secondary function and should showcase a range of your handcraft skills. The maximum dimension of your artefact must not exceed 450mm.

2. Young people share global concerns about the health and sustainability of our oceans and seas. Design and make an elegant artefact that evokes the beauty and diversity of our oceanic habitats. Your design should reflect the importance of protecting and preserving our fragile oceans. A variety of carefully chosen hardwoods, complemented by a range of handcraft skills, should enhance your design. The maximum dimension of your artefact must not exceed 350mm.

3. Cherished items are often simple, cleverly conceived, well crafted and beautiful in appearance. Design and make a slimline unit to hold a variety of small personal items in a young person’s room. Your artefact should be designed to be wall or corner mounted and should incorporate distinct spaces to facilitate neat organisation. Handcrafted joints should be a distinctive feature of your artefact. The maximum dimension of your artefact must not exceed 450mm.

Junior Certificate Woodwork Projects 2018

Below are the projects submitted by this years woodwork classes for the State Examinations.

Students had to pick one of the following design briefs and submit a project they felt answered the brief.

Coursework 2018 – Design and Realisation

Design Briefs – Ordinary Level

1. Design and make a compact wooden artefact for displaying notes and reminders in the home.
Your artefact should include a facility to hold keys and other small items. It should be elegant in design and hand crafted. The maximum dimension must not exceed 420mm.

2. Design and make a decorative artefact to promote an appreciation of Irish Wildlife.
The artefact should reflect aspects of flora and/or fauna native to your locality. Your design should be enhanced by the use of solid woods. The artefact should be compact and suitable for display in your home.

3. Design and make an attractive educational toy as a gift for a child.
The wooden toy should be designed to help the child recognise shapes and colours and to develop their manipulative skills. The maximum dimension must not exceed 350mm. The applied finish should be non-toxic and safe.

Design Briefs – Higher Level

1. Artefacts that are functionally innovative and of elegant design are admired.
Design and make an attractive wooden container to store baked goods. Your artefact should include an integral and complementary secondary function. Your artefact should be designed for placement on a kitchen worktop or for wall-mounting and be made from appropriately jointed solid wood. The maximum dimension must not exceed 400mm. The applied finish must be food-safe.

2. Wellbeing is important in the life of a young person.
Design and make an elegant artefact to reflect an aspect of wellbeing that is important to you. Your artefact should be enhanced by the use of contrasting solid woods and should showcase a range of handcraft skills and techniques. The artefact should be suitable for display on a mantelpiece or shelf.

3. Streaming and downloading on phones and tablets are popular when accessing online content.
Design and make a compact artefact to support a phone or tablet while viewing content. A facility to adjust the viewing angle should be integral to your design. Your artefact must incorporate storage for headphones and other ancillary items. Your artefact should exhibit skilful handcraft in wood. The size of the artefact must be appropriate to the size of the phone or tablet.

 

Leaving Certificate 2018 Construction Projects

Below are the projects submitted by this years Leaving Certificate class for the State Examinations 2018.

The Leaving Certificate course is broken into three sections with 50% awarded for the terminal exam, 25% for a practical examination and 25% for the projects shown below.

Unlike previous years where students have focused on furniture skills, this years group also looked at other areas of study, including a historical study of Liscarroll Church, and investigation into the design and construction of Mallow Gaa. Also an extensive restoration of a family heirloom, a folding farm chair.

Phase 3 Extension Update #4

As September fast approaches here is a photo montage of the last 3 months on site at the new extension. The interior works in most rooms are approaching completion with only minor tasks left such as connection of light fittings, sockets etc. Furnishing has commenced in other rooms. The heavy construction has moved onto external groundworks and finishes. Currently the building is on track to open on schedule when we return in September.

Junior Cert Wood Projects 2016

Below are the projects submitted by this years woodwork classes for the State Examinations.

Students had to pick one of the following design briefs and submit a project they felt answered the brief.

Coursework 2017 – Design and Realisation

Design Briefs – Ordinary Level
1. Design and make a small side table on which to display a vase or ornament in your home. Your table should be well-proportioned and sturdy. It should be elegant in appearance and should complement the decor in the room. The footprint of the table must not exceed 300mm and the maximum height must not exceed 450mm.
2. Design and make a decorative artefact to celebrate the importance of music in your life. The artefact should reflect a music genre or artist of your choice. Your design should be enhanced by the use of contrasting solid woods. The artefact should be suitable for display on a mantelpiece or shelf.
3. Design and make an attractive artefact to hold and display containers of tea, coffee and sugar on a kitchen worktop. The artefact should be stylish, compact, well made and appropriately finished. It should reflect a theme of your choice.

Design Briefs – Higher Level
1. Fruit is an important part of a healthy and balanced diet. Design and make an artefact to store and display a range of fruit in an appealing manner. A useful and innovative secondary function must be integral to your design. The artefact should be designed for placement on a worktop or for wall-mounting. Your design should incorporate solid wood and have an appropriate applied finish. The maximum dimension must not exceed 400mm.
2. Young people are inspired by scientific discoveries, innovations and advancements and by their contemporary applications. Design and make an elegant artefact reflecting a significant scientific milestone which has had an influential and lasting impact on society. Your design should incorporate native Irish hardwoods and include a range of handcraft skills and techniques. The artefact should be suitable for display on a mantelpiece or shelf.
3. Young people like to have personal items close by while relaxing in their room. Design and make a modern wall-mounted bedside unit which includes an integrated hand crafted lamp. Your design should incorporate a facility to store small personal items in an enclosed manner which avoids clutter. The artefact should be slimline, graceful in form and display hand crafted joints in solid wood. Note: All electrical connections and fittings must comply with current safety standards. The maximum dimension must not exceed 450mm.

Building Works Update

The building of our extension is still progressing well. The new basketball courts are close to completion and the new building remains on schedule to be completed over the summer months.

Here is a short video of the progress from late December to the 1st March.

In case you missed it, here is a video of the progress from October to December 2016.