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Year 8 Perspective

Year 8 Perspective Grammar Stream - Devon Quinn

My name is Devon Quinn and I am 12 years old. I came to St. Joseph’s Grammar School, Donaghmore from St. John’s Primary School in Kingsisland.


I live with my mum, my dad, my three cats and my dog. I knew St. Joseph’s/Scoil Ióasef was the right school for me just 15 minutes into the Open Day tour.


I was quite nervous about starting secondary school but I shouldn’t have been because the teachers and staff really are amazing and make it very easy to fit right in!

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What is it that’s so special about St. Joseph’s / Scoil Iósaef?


It’s not just one thing, it’s lots of things: the teachers, the wide range of subjects, learning new things and making new friends. Oh! … and the food is amazing!


St. Joseph’s is a big school but it has a small-school feel. You are made to feel very welcome very quickly in Year 8. Everyone is so friendly and helpful here and they go out of their way to help you settle into Year 8.


I am learning three languages: French, Irish and Spanish. So far, Spanish is my favourite. You will love Home Economics - everything we have made has been delicious!


Learning is very important but there is so much else here to enjoy

There are loads of excellent after-school clubs and lunchtime clubs too. You will definitely find a club that is right for you!


I have also made so many friends, not just in my own class, but from right across all five form classes.


I really do love it here at St. Joseph’s Grammar School and I am sure you will too

Year 8 Irish Medium Stream Perspective - Conrad Glackin


Cé go raibh mé neirbhíseach go leor ag an tús, bhí na muinteoirí iontach deas agus chuidigh sé sin go mór liom. I ndiaidh cúpla seachtain, bhí cuid mhór cairde agam. Is breá liom bheith ag freastal ar scoil Iósaef mar tá moll mór clubanna ar fáil dúinn i mBliain 8. Bím ag traenáil leis an fhoireann peile agus an fhoireann iománaíochta. Is rud iontach é go bhfuil cuid ar fail trí an mheán na gaeilge do na daltaí an tSrutha fosta. Tá club obair bhaile againn do scoláirí an tSrutha amháin agus bíonn an GaelZón againn ag am lóin. Is féidir cuid mhór a dhéanamh anseo, bím ag imirt fichille, cluichí Uno agu fiú Fifa ar an Playstation.


Tá mé chomh sásta gur roghnaigh mé teacht chuig Scoil Iósaef. Mothaím iontach sásta anseo agus má tá Gaeilge agat, seo an scoil duit!

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Hello everyone, my name is Conrad Glackin and I am a Year 8 student here at Scoil Iósaef. I have come here from Gaelscoil Eoghain in Cookstown. I was nervous about moving schools at first, but all the teachers are kind and helped me to settle in, and after only a couple of weeks, it felt like I’ve been here for years! I know all my teachers’ names and I’ve made many friends. There are so many clubs to join. Since September I’ve joined the hurling and Gaelic football clubs, and this has helped me to make more friends. There are so many new opportunities such as a lunch-time club, through the medium of Irish, where we play board games such as chess and Jenga - there is even a PlayStation you can play FIFA on!

Science is one of my favourite subjects, as I enjoy doing new and exciting experiments. Half of my subjects are in Irish, and the rest are in English. We learn French through Irish and it’s really fun. I am so happy that I chose to come to Scoil Iósaef. If you speak Irish, this is the school for you!

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