Comeragh College one of first schools to teach coding course

Comeragh College one of first schools to teach coding course

Comeragh College is one of 19 second level schools throughout the country chosen to roll out a pioneering new computer coding course to its first year students starting next September.

"Exploring Coding" is a new optional subject for the Junior Cycle Student Awards curriculum that will soon replace the Junior Certificate. First year students enrolling at the Carrick-on-Suir community school in September will be among the first in the country to try the subject out.

More than 120 post primary schools throughout the country applied to be among the first to teach the course. Comeragh College is one of three Tipperary schools in the final 19 chosen. The other Tipperary schools selected are Colaiste Mhuire, Thurles and Nenagh College.

The course has been devised by the Department of Education's Junior Cycle for Teachers (JST) professional development service in collaboration with Intel and LERO, the Irish Software Research Centre.

Comeragh College teachers Paddy Codd and Shane Russell been invited to undergo training in "Exploring Coding" at the University of Limerick.

Both attended a training day about the course at the Intel campus in Lexlip last weekend. Intel has donated computer equipment to Comeragh College and the other 18 schools taking part in the programme.

Shane Russell said the course was one of the most innovative and modern subjects in the new Junior Cycle Student Awards curriculum.

Comeragh College Principal Kevin Langton said the school was delighted to be chosen to introduce this new subject to Junior Cycle students.

He pointed out that the school's selection for this initiative coincides with the move of Comeragh College's students and staff to the new multi-million school campus on the Pill Road that will be equipped with state-of-the-art computer education facilities.

March 14 is the scheduled service commission date for the new school, which means the campus will be available for students and staff to move into from that date onwards.