The Institute Christmas Camp for 2nd Year Students

The Institute Christmas Camp is a 5-day academic course designed to increase knowledge, understanding and confidence in Maths, Science, English and Irish for students currently in 2nd year of the Junior Cycle. Taught by our experienced and skilled teachers, the camp is designed to strengthen the basics in these four core subjects and introduce students to the skills and techniques they need to succeed at Junior Cycle level.

Booking is not currently available for this course. For further information on grinds and part-time courses please contact our main office on 01 661 3511.

Students attending these classes receive the following benefits:


To learn more about what will be covered in the 2nd year Christmas grinds, please select from the subject list below.



This course focuses on the new Project Maths syllabus for Junior Cycle. Students are encouraged to gain confidence in their problem solving skills through a series of practical, interactive exercises. This course will also include material following on from the Common Introductory Course.

Topics from:

  • Algebra
    Further operations in algebra, simplifications, brackets, powers, long division.
  • Factors
    Primes, Grouping, Difference of two squares, Quadratics.
  • Sets
    Venn diagrams with 2 and 3 sets, all set operations- intersection; union, Venn diagrams, set difference, complement and universal set.
  • Arithmetic
    Percentages, Fractions, Financial calculations, Calculations performed with and without a calculator.
  • Number I
    Properties and Characteristics of numbers, the Number Line, Natural numbers, Integers, Factors, Squares, Prime Numbers.
  • Number II
    Fractions; Decimals: Operations, Rounding, Order of operations.
  • Probability
    Sample spaces, Probability scale, Tree diagrams, two-way tables, word problems.

Please bring a calculator



In this course students are introduced to key elements of the Junior Cycle Common Level Science syllabus.

Topics from:

  • Biology
    The Path of Food/ Digestion.
    Respiration and Photosynthesis.
  • Chemistry
    Acids and Bases.
    Metals and Non-Metals.
    Materials Science.
  • Physics
    Motion and force.
  • Earth & Space
    Big Bang Theory.



This course focuses on developing the skills required for the new Junior Cycle English course, in particular the three key strands of oral language, reading and writing:

Topics from:

  • Oral Language
    Active listening skills and tips on oral expression.
    Preparing and delivering oral presentations, a requirement of the new Junior Cycle English course.
  • Reading
    How to interpret the different types of texts in Junior Cycle English, including poetry, drama, fiction and non-literary texts.
    Focus on how to interpret Shakespearean texts, a compulsory requirement of the Higher Level course.
  • Writing
    How to respond to comprehension questions.
    How to expand points into developed paragraphs.
    How to plan, structure and compose short stories, personal essays and discursive pieces.



This intensive course is aimed at students who wish to improve their level of Irish and who aim to do Higher Level for the Junior Certificate. Students are provided with high quality notes and excellent revision handouts.

Topics from:

  • Cluastuiscint
    Skill for answering the listening section of the Junior Cycle.
  • Ceapadóireacht
    Useful phrases for essay and story writing.
  • Scileanna Labhartha
    Phrases to improve students spoken skills, boosting confidence ahead of the CBA.
  • Léamhthuiscint
    Focus on the key question words and phrases, in addition to practising  Junior Cycle comprehensions.
  • Gramadach
    Irish grammar forms an integral part of the course.
  • Litríocht
    Notes are provided on a selection of the texts regarding poetry, short stories and drama from the list of recommended texts.

Upon completion of this course it is envisaged that students will have an excellent knowledge of both the layout and the topics for the Junior Cycle Higher Level Irish exam.

The updated timetable for 2020/21 will be available shortly.

Please note:

  • Classes will operate 1 hour later on New Year’s Day
  • Lunchroom facilities are available and students can bring a packed lunch.
  • All classes take place on our main school campus, 79-85 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2.

Fees for 2020/21 will be available shortly.

Please note:

  • Credit Card payments accepted
  • 10% reduction for the second and subsequent members of the same family, attending the same courses. Please contact our office to avail of this discount.
  • Fees are non-transferable

Q: Can I be admitted to class without my card?

A:It is every student’s personal responsibility to ensure they have their card with them each time they attend classes at the Institute. We have the right to refuse admission to any student who does not comply with this regulation. If you have misplaced or have not received your card please come into our reception and we will issue you with a replacement or temporary card.

Q: Is there a place I can get lunch?

A: Yes, we have an onsite canteen serving a variety of sandwiches and drinks. Also, locally, there are sandwich bars and shops.

Q: My son/daughter is unwell and cannot attend. Can I have a refund?

A: No, there are no refunds. However, if you return the student’s admission card to us immediately, along with a short letter of explanation, at the discretion of management, a credit note can be put on the student’s file for future use or for use by a sibling.

Q: My son/daughter cannot attended the course. Can we buy the notes?

A: No. Teaching is a central part of all our courses. The notes are to facilitate recall and revision of the day’s work covered by the teacher.

Q: Am I entitled to the notes from classes that I was absent from?

A: Yes, however you must deal directly with your teacher in relation to this. Administration staff do not have access to class notes.