5th years Make a Veggie Meal: 23 April 2018

Ms Crowley's 5th year Home Ec class tried out a 'Happy Pear' recipe on 23 April - Mexican Leek and Black Bean Chilli. Yum!

5th years Make Jam: 27 November 2017

It's jam-making season and Ms Crowley's 5th year Home Economics class produced some beautiful pots of jam today. This was their first practical assignment for their Leaving Cert exam.


Culinary Trip to Italy: 26-29 October 2017

2nd years went on a culinary trip to Italy, accompanied by Ms Crowley, Ms Ní Mhuineacháin, Ms A O'Neill and Ms Dunwoody. The group visited Rome, Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii and they did a bit of cooking and baking along the way.


Home Economics - 1st year Sewing Projects: 27 April 2017

"This is Ms. Crowleys 1st year sewing project. We included lots of techniques such as embroidery stitches like herringbone, French knots and blanket stitch. We also used a French seam to close the back of the dress and ribbons tied in bows for straps." (by Alex, Cadia, Rebecca and Keylah)

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5th yrs host lunch: Feb 2016

Ms O'Connell invited the 42 students and teachers who are going on the Paris tour in April 2016 to a 'déjeuner français' on 4 February. With her 5th years, she prepared French dishes (e.g.  'le potage aux légumes de printemps', 'quiche lorraine', 'profitéroles maison' and 'coupe de glace maison' followed by 'camembert', crackers, grapes, coffee and hot chocolat) for the participants. C'etait délicieux!

The teachers accompanying the students on the trip are MsO'Connell, Ms O'Neill, Ms Fullam and Ms Higgins.  Bon voyage à toutes!

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Resource provided by Ms S Johnston for the use of Manor House Home Economics students. This is updated regularly.

Here is a link to the blog.


Home Economics

Here is an overview of the subject in pdf format. 

Or read on...

Junior Certificate 

Home Economics is a subject where you will learn how to take care of yourself, others, your home and your environment. As Home Economics is a very practical subject, you will carry out a lot of activities in school and at home.

What will I learn in Home Economics?
Some of the things you will learn about are:
• Your body - what is good to eat and how to keep healthy?
• Food - how it nourishes your body, how to choose it, store it, and how to prepare and cook it
• using money - how to spend it wisely, how to save it, and how you are protected as a consumer
• Your home - about design in the home, about safety and hygiene
• Design and craftwork, child development, textiles - you will carry out a project in one of these areas.

How will I learn Home Economics?
in school?
Some of the things you may do with your teacher and classmates are:
• follow recipes and cook dishes, in pairs and on our own
• carry out projects on foods
• use textbooks, DVDs, computer programs and other materials
• Hand and/or machine sew to make small items for yourself or your home.

Some other things that will help you learn in class are if you:
• ask questions
• take notes
• keep a file of your work and your recipes
• suggest things to cook and make
• keep a file of interesting ideas for your craftwork or textiles.

How can I learn more about Home Economics outside of school?
Some of the things you may do are:
• cook dishes at home
• If you are eating out, take note of menus, prices, etc.
• use a library, magazines and the internet for information and ideas on food, household items and design
• watch cookery and interior decoration programmes on television
• look at fashion magazines for design ideas
• When shopping for clothes, look at the care labels and the type of fabrics used.

You can get your family to help by:
• organising your food for cookery class
• tasting what you cook.

What is the Home Economics Junior Certificate exam like?
In Junior Certificate Home Economics you will be examined in three ways:
1.    Coursework - with help of your teacher, you will choose a project from one of the following areas: Child Development, Design and Craftwork or Textiles Skills
2.    A practical cookery exam - you will have a one and a half hour practical cookery exam which involves preparing and cooking food
3.    A written examination - you will also have a written exam, which you can take at Higher or Ordinary level. When the time comes to decide, your teacher will help you choose the level that suits you best.

How will Home Economics be useful to me?
You will be able to use information you have studied in your everyday life; from looking after yourself, to shopping and caring for others.
You will be more experienced at managing your resources and your time.
There are many jobs and careers that you can work in, e.g. chefs/cooks, catering, fashion and textiles, child care, teaching, food industry, tourism, and health and nutrition

Will Home Economics be very different after the Junior Certificate?
In Leaving Certificate Home Economics you will study the core areas in greater detail:
• Food Studies
• Resource Management and Consumer Studies
• Social Studies.

You will also choose to study an elective area, in consultation with your teacher:
• Home Design and Management
• Textiles, Fashion and Design
• Social Studies.

Will Home Economics have anything to do with other subjects I will be studying?
Yes, it will. You will find links with Science, SPHE, Physical Education, Art, Craft, Design and Business Studies.

Leaving Certificate Home Economics

Subject Overview

The Leaving Certificate Home Economics syllabus provides students with knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes necessary for managing their own lives, for further and higher education and work. The learning experiences in home economics develop flexibility and adaptability in students, prepare them for a consumer-oriented society and provide a learning foundation for a wide range of careers in food, textiles, science, design, social studies and tourism. The subject is an applied subject combining theory with practice. It is concerned with the management of resources (material and human) to meet the physical, emotional, intellectual, social and economic needs of individuals and families. The study of home economics emphasizes the interdependent relationships that exist between individuals, families and their immediate and distant environments.


The syllabus is based on a core of three areas of study that is studied by all students and one elective area, from a choice of three.


  • Food studies

  • Resource management and consumer studies

  • Social studies


The elective allows students the opportunity to undertake a more detailed study of one area of the core.
There are three electives, from which one may be chosen:

  • Home design and management
  • Textiles, fashion and design
  • Social studies


Leaving Certificate Home Economics-Scientific and Social is assessed, at Ordinary and Higher level, as follows:

  • A terminal examination paper

  • An assessment of the practical components of the programme, that is the food studies from the core area and the textiles, fashion and design elective (where applicable).

Examination paper 80%
Core: 60%
Electives: 20%
Assessment of practical coursework 20%


Home Economics is relevant to a diverse range of career paths. Career opportunities can be found with community health organisations such as government health departments, the food industry, local councils, health promotion and nutrition agencies, consumer advocacy, counselling, family and social work organisations. 

For more information about the Home Economics course

Home Economics in Manor House School
In Manor House School we have 3 specialist Home Economics rooms: 2 modern kitchens and 1 sewing room. Home Economics is extremely popular at both levels and results are always excellent.  Junior cycle students particularly enjoy baking items such as cup-cakes, scones and cookies and cooking meals such as spicy beef fajitas, spaghetti bolognaise various soups and chicken curry and rice. 
The Design and Craftwork option at Junior Cycle is also very popular.  Students make items such as cushions with applique, patchwork quilts, cross stitch pictures and felt pictures. Examples of these can be seen below. 

Cake Decorating

Christmas Cakes


Butlers Chocolate Factory Visit 

Textile Projects


Bord Bia Presentation 


The Baking Academy Visit