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Saint Augustine's School

Vocational Development

Vocational Development Programme Hours

First Year:
9:00 am to 12:10pm - Skills Areas
12:10pm to 1:00pm - Lunch and Recreation

1:00pm to 3:00pm - Academic Classes

Second Year:
9:30 am to 12:15pm - Academic Classes 12:15pm to 1:00pm - Lunch and Recreation

1:00pm to 4:00pm - Skills Areas

The Programme: Academic Classes

Students will be assigned to teachers in the Vocational Development classes for Maths, English, CSPE, and Irish Culture. They will follow the Junior Certificate curriculum in these subjects.


Each student will complete modules from the following list-

  • Maths, Food and Cookery
  • Craft (Ceramics)
  • Craft (Wood)
  • Office Procedures
  • Horticulture
  • Caring for Children
  • Communications
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Craft Textiles
  • Personal Care & Presentation
  • Living in a Diverse Society
  • Computer Literacy
  • Personal & Interpersonal Skills
  • Health Related Fitness
  • Drama
  • Work Orientation
  • Music Appreciation
  • Preparation for Work
  • Personal Effectiveness

Saint Augustine's is an accredited centre for the delivery of FETAC programmes.

The Programme: Skills Areas

Skills Areas Induction Period (1st Year students only) Students will sample all skill areas on a rotational basis; Horticulture, Catering, Office and Retail Skills, Car Valeting, General Skills, Social Skills and Personal Development. Following successful completion of Induction, 1st year students will be assigned a specific skill area for each of the following 3 school terms.

2nd Year students will be assigned a specific skill area for the duration of their final year.

Dress Code

Students do not wear a uniform but are required to dress presentably and adhere to Saint Augustine's dress code. For Health and Safety reasons all students, while working in the Skills Areas, are required to have

  • 1 pair of steel capped safety boots clearly marked with student's name.
  • 1 pair of overalls (navy blue) clearly marked with student's name.

These are available at various outlets including Penta Products, Unit T2, Stillorgan Industrial Park, Sandyford, Dublin 18. Ph: 2950320

July Programme

A mix of work and leisure activities is provided by the Vocational Skills Instructors for the first three weeks of July.


Horticulture building at Saint Augustine’s
Horticulture building at Saint Augustine's


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