Drogheda ETSS

Optional Subjects

Taster Programme

In Drogheda Educate Together Secondary School all first-year students have the opportunity to sample each optional subject for four weeks before selecting their three optional subjects for the Junior Cycle.

Applied Technology aims to develop the students' curiosity of the technological world while integrating the necessary subject knowledge with the disciplinary skills to investigate and solve real-life problems.

Business studies aims to stimulate students’ interest in the business environment and how they interact with it. It develops skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviours that allow them to make informed and responsible decisions with all of the resources available to them, ensuring their and society’s well-being, while becoming more self-aware as learners.

Geography focuses on developing students' knowledge and skills to explore and understand the world around them. This is achieved through the study of three main areas:


• Exploring people, place and change
• Exploring the physical world
• Exploring how we interact with the physical world.


Students will create case studies and projects that focus on a range of geographical areas. We aim to focus on interpersonal skills and personal accountability, hoping that through independent learning students will find a love of geography.

Home Economics develops students who are well informed, environmentally conscious and dedicated to a sustainable and responsible way of life through the exploration of three strands:


• Responsible Family Living
• Food, Health & Culinary Skills
• Textiles & Craft


Students develop practical food and health literacy skills, creative design and textile skills while nurturing students’ resourcefulness, innovation, adaptability, and competency as consumers.

Music aims to contribute to the development of artistic awareness and understanding, self-expression, self-esteem, imagination and multicultural sensitivity, and therefore, to the development of the whole person. Students will develop the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to produce and engage with authentic and original music, that is both theirs and the music of others. In doing so, they will develop the music literacy, critical skills and language necessary to engage with today’s musical world.

Technical Graphics the study of Graphics at junior cycle aims to:

  • develop the student’s creativity, spatial ability, and capacity to reason and communicate ideas through engagement with abstract and applied geometric problem-solving activities
  • encourage the development of the cognitive and practical dexterity skills associated with graphical communication
  • instil an appreciation of the role of graphics in the world around them • equip all students to make judgements on the best mode through which to represent their ideas and solutions
  • encourage the production of drawings that promotes the skills of communicating through graphics
  • develop students cognitive and practical skills associated with modelling and graphical communication

Visual Art: Through practical engagement in the areas of art, craft and design, students will develop self-confidence, inquisitiveness, imagination, and creativity. They will also develop authentic, real-world problem-solving capacities and the capacity to work over time, as an individual and in groups, on the design and execution of artistic and aesthetic tasks.

Students will develop the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to produce and to engage with authentic and original art, craft and design work. In so doing, they will begin to develop the visual literacy, critical skills and language necessary to engage with contemporary culture. This will further contribute to the students’ understanding of the rich and diverse roles of art, craft and design in historical and contemporary societies and cultures.

Aug 20
2024
New Staff Induction
Aug 21
2024
CP Staff Induction
Aug 22
2024
1st Year Induction
Aug 23
2024
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07-Mar-2024
Students from the Transition Year DETSS program participated in the annual Junk Kouture competition for 2024 in Dublin. Congratulations to the Junk Kouture design team of Jane Golden, Ruby Shanahan, Leyre Rapino Sanchez, and Abigail Ryan whose design
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