Students speak on the change
4th year Colaiste de hÍde students were asked their opinions on the matter.
Student, Hollie Ní Fhiach, expressed her disinterest in the idea. Reasons being that she doesn’t want to sit in a class for an hour and that with 40 minutes the “classes go by faster”.
On the other hand, 4th year student, Glen Ó Ceallaigh praised hour long classes, stating that students will be able to “absolve more information” and having less subjects in one day will help “focus more on the subject at hand”.
A group of the 4th years gave their opinion on which they would rather. While teachers preferred hour long classes, 40 minutes won over the students by 16 votes.
One of the students said: “Hour long classes would be easier for teachers but not for students” claiming the teachers would be “greedy” to change to hour long classes as they should have the student’s best interest in mind.
Principal gives his opinion:
Schools principal, Conchubhair Mac Gloinn, gave his opinion on the matter. He said that it was one of the teacher’s ideas to change the classes to an hour long, he was open to the idea of it and is giving the teachers the choice to vote.Conchubhair said that he talked to two other Irish schools who were also thinking of changing to hour long classes too.
Teachers were also asked which classes they’d prefer. While most agreed that hour long classes would be great, German teacher Clíodhna Ní Chéileachair said: “Though I would prefer hour long classes I know it would not benefit my students.
Students and teachers now are waiting patiently for the chance to vote. The topic has been a prominent source of conversation. . .
Whereas music teacher Edel Ní Arrachtáin had a long list of reasons to go ahead with hour long classes, stating that “there are many benefits like less classes in a day, more time for group projects” and to “cover more topics in a day”. Decision to be made Students and teachers now are waiting patiently for the chance to vote. The topic has been a prominent source of conversation within the school as of late, all hoping the decision will be made soon. It is assumed that no official change will be made until the coming of the new school year in September 2023.