We are very fortunate in Loreto College Foxrock to have highly dedicated and skilled Home Economics teachers. The subject is very popular among students at Junior, Transition and Senior cycles.
Facilities & Equipment:
There are two fully equipped Home Economics kitchens. Both kitchens consist of 10 individual fully equipped units where students work with their partner for the year in their own space. Students cook throughout the year mastering a variety of skills.
Taking into account the increased emphasis on practical assessment and its integral part in the curriculum at both senior (Social and Scientific) and junior levels, we are constantly updating and investing in equipment broadening the facilities available to our students.
1st and 2nd Year students can take part in cookery club which is held two evenings a week for 17 weeks where they learn to prepare and cook a range of dishes which are both sweet and savoury.
On display within the school is a wide selection of crafts, ranging from knitting to applique, created by 3rd Year students as part of their Junior Certificate.
Transition Year Home Economics Programme:
During the Transition Year programme, students get the opportunity to explore new avenues within the subject on a module-rotating basis with other subjects
- Firstly, all students take part in Culinary skills which is a triple class period where difficult challenging dishes are prepared by the students with the aim of teaching and improving skills in relation to food.
- Secondly, students sample Home Economics with the emphasis on healthy eating and healthy attitudes to food choices including practical preparation of a range of appetising dishes.
- Finally, all Transition Year students have Fashion & Design on their timetable. During this double class per week, which takes place in the Art & Design room, teams of students create an outfit made from recyclable materials within the allocated five weeks. Students then model their creations at the end of the module and the outfits are on display at the end of the year during Transition Year Graduation Night.
The development of research skills at junior and transition levels are further enhanced at senior level within the new curriculum. Students investigate, prepare, make and evaluate five dishes ranging from diet specific main meals to the use of gelatine in desserts. These reports are then submitted in written form for examination. The majority of this work takes place in 5th Year.
Our students express great interest in activity-based learning by taking part in competitions including ‘Take away My Way Competition’ and ‘ Easyfood Baking’ games. Students can also take up the ‘Odlums Baking Challenge’ by practicing their skills and baking treats for the class during the year.
The highlight of the year is Healthwise Week which runs annually during the first week of March. Home Economics, in conjunction with the SPHE and PE departments, promote and encourage a healthy lifestyle through a range of initiatives - free fruit, healthy treats produced by the students and available at break time, visiting speakers, stickers for walking to school - culminating in a 5km run at the end of the week. Students are rewarded for participation, effort and enthusiasm.