The English department is vibrant and aims to develop in students a mature and critical literacy to prepare them well for State examinations and to nurture a lifelong appreciation for language.
St.Louis students have access to a reading corner that boasts the best in modern young adult fiction, including Kindles, audiobooks, comics, graphic novels and all the recent best sellers. Students are encouraged to read in their free time and to take part in extra-curricular activities like debating and writing competitions, as these activities greatly enhance their writing skills and improve their understanding of the language. We operate a paired and group reading programme for all junior cycle students and they are rewarded with Reading Awards based on the number of books they read and review.
Public speaking is very strong in St.Louis C.S. and our debating teams have had great success in the Concern debating competition. Each year, TY students participate in Public speaking competitions run by the Soroptimists and annual competition organised by the Mental Health Association. Our public speakers have even been invited to address GMIT students! The English department organise an annual spelling bee for first, second and TY students and an annual debating competition between classes in Junior Cycle and TY. This is hotly contested and is a highlight of our English calendar. The school magazine is published by Transition Year, with the co-operation of the English department. Students from the school won several English writing awards in recent years, including the Golden Pen poetry award, Kenny Naughton Short Story winners, digital photo-story, scriptwriting competition run by Bord Gais and a national poetry competition run by the National History Museum. Our department believe in acknowledging the efforts of all our students and we endeavour to display examples of good work in the classrooms. Most importantly, the English department put the fun in the thinking that English is fundamental!