The Transition Year programme is intended to facilitate the integrated development of the spiritual, intellectual, emotional, physical, social and vocational capacities of each individual student through a structured learning experience. The general aim of the Transition Year is the preparation of young people for their roles as autonomous, participative and responsible members of society. The programme, therefore, aims to provide young people with the skills and support necessary to develop their own individual talents, aptitudes and abilities with regard to future educational and/or vocational preparation.
Emphasis is placed on
- Education for maturity, and spiritual and personal development, including social awareness and increased social competence.
- The promotion of general, technical and academic skills with an emphasis on self-directed learning.
- Education through experience of working life as a basis for personal development and maturity.
Aims of Programme
- To provide an opportunity for all students to mature intellectually, socially, physically and spiritually.
- To consolidate and develop the learning experience of the student which has taken place during the Junior Cycle.
- To develop study habits more suited to Senior Cycle and Third Level and to encourage the development of self-directed learning in all students so as to enable them to achieve at 3rd Level.
- To foster a growing sense of responsibility in the student for his/her own life so that he/she may become a responsible socially conscious citizen, able to cope successfully with the demands of society and of life.
- To encourage students to value inter-personal relationships and to inculcate this through team-work and project work.
- To introduce the student actively to the world of work so that they will learn to work with others and develop a good working relationship with others and learn to engage in dialogue with others in a respectful way.
Main Components of Programme
Aspects of the following subject areas are included:
Gaeilge, English, Mathematics, French, Spanish, German, History, Geography, Science (including modules of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Applied Maths), Business Studies (including modules of Economics, Accounting and Business), Home Economics, Metalwork, Woodwork and Psychology.
Study, homework and regular evaluation are required. In the area of languages, the emphasis is on literacy and fluency, with elements of literature which are not prescribed for the Leaving Certificate programme.
Modules are also provided in Music, Art, Drama, Dance, Social and Health Education, Religion, Personal Development, Mini-Company, Physical Education and Tourism Awareness, a Law Module, an Environment Module, sign language, GAA Coaching course, Chinese and Outdoor Education.
Students have opportunities in I.T. with courses in programming and computer skills. Students also get a chance to try out film production – see this clip to get a glimpse at their handy work http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvKTbJq1GBk
This section includes Work Shadowing one day each week for 13/14 weeks. During this period, students will spend 3/4 days in each of 4 workplaces where they will shadow a member of some particular profession or workforce.
Students also have one class period of Guidance each week during which they receive a comprehensive preparation for the world of work. This will include interview preparation, compiling a C.V., writing letters, study skills and an overview of Third Level, subject choices for Fifth Year and careers information.
Students are encouraged to enter in a wide range of competitions, from Leadership and Community Involvement awards, to the Young Social Innovators Awards, and the Gaisce Awards (Bronze Medallion). There is also a range of competitions from web design to magazine design, film making and student drama. Other activities and projects include Builda Bank, Special Olympics, Disability Theatre, Creative Writing, Dance and a Fashion Show.
The year begins with a team Building day in Cappanalea. Tours and outings are organised on a regular basis for instance to the University of Limerick Activity Centre in Killaloe, the cinema, field study trips, sports events, hill walks, museums, the UCD Conway Institute, the Young Scientists Exhibition, the Cork Circuit Court and the Gaeltacht.
There is an optional School Tour in the second term – destinations vary from year to year. Students participate in the Rosemary Smith Driving Course
There is an End of Year ceremony in Síamsa Tíre at which certificates and awards are presented. The guest speaker on the night is somebody whose involvement in the business world or in public life befits a Transition Year function. A magazine produced by the students is also available on the night. The students in their art, woodwork and metalwork classes make all sets and scenery required for the production – highlighting the inter-disciplinary nature of the Transition Year Course.
What’s life like in TY?Each year the TY group have a varied programme of activities. Below is a sample of a typical year’s activities based on the work in 2011/12. It will give you a flavour of what TY is about in all its energy and diversity.
Outdoor Activities and Charity EventsDuring the year our pupils took part in many events: surfing in Banna, diving in Castlegregory, rock climbing and kayaking in Cappanalea, hill walking, orienteering and mountain climbing in Killarney and Dingle. There were trips to the Gaeltacht, Dublin, Cork, the National Ploughing Championships and Killarney. They walked the old Kenmare Road from Muckross House and on to Kenmare, they climbed Mount Brandon in aid of The Irish Cancer Society and they ran a 10k for the Carers’ Association. They bag packed for the Autistic Unit in Balloonagh and gave assistance to several local charities who needed extra manpower during the year. In all the T.Y. class of 2012 helped raise almost €20,000 for charity.
YSI Groups (Young Social Inventors)The YSI Project ‘WOULD YOU PAY FOR POISON?’ came second place nationally in the YSI competitions in Dublin. The students involved in the project have done Trojan work during the year to raise awareness about the hazards of fluoride in our water supply. The YSI group have spoken at a Tralee Town Water Quality Meeting where councillors and the Mayor of Tralee were in attendance and where the students premiered their song ‘Wake up Zombie Nation’. As a result of their efforts, Kerry County Council held a vote on the issue last December and they unanimously voted to remove the chemical. However, this is not within their power at present as water quality is a national question. YSI voiced their concerns on Kerry Radio and Youghal Community Radio. They have set up a Facebook page and a Twitter page to educate the public on the quality of our drinking water. The group plan to continue this project again next year.
Young EntrepreneursWe had a very successful Young Entrepreneur class this year with excellent ideas and prototypes from Conor O’Mahony, Cillian Cusack and Peter Karim. Peter reached the final fifteen and had a wonderful showcase of his “Safelite” high visibility jacket at the Young Entrepreneur Awards in Killarney in May.
The Young Entrepreneur Programme encourages young people to think creatively and provides guidance on setting up their own business. This is a unique programme which is the result of educators, state bodies, entrepreneurs, private sector companies and individuals pooling their resources for the common good and to provide an enriching experience for all. This year, 27 students opted for this programme in TY.
Peter Karim (developed a prototype high visability vest with LED lighting) and Conor O’Mahony (created a water meter to monitor water usage in showers) were shortlisted for the semi-final. Peter got through to the final which was held in the Malton Hotel, Killarney. All 15 finalists in the competition were invited to Dublin where they met with successful entrepreneurs and also had a meeting with the President Michael D. Higgins.
The TY School TourThere was also the trip to northern Italy which proved to be very worthwhile even though we endured Arctic temperatures for four of the five days. The trip was a feast of cuisine, culture and fun. We visited and had walking tours of Milan, Forence, and Verona. We experienced the Venice Carnevale with exotic masks and costumes. We managed to tour the Lake Garda region and the beautiful town of Sirmione. It was such a success that the class of 2012-2013 will be offered a similar experience. Euroscola in Strasbourg
The Transition Year class of 2012 finished what was a varied and productive year by staging “one of the best night’s entertainment” ever put on by a Transition Year group. The Ballyroe Hotel was the venue for the annual end of year awards ceremony at which pupils received plaques for Endeavour, Christian Leadership, Comhar, Attendance, Drama, Music, Food Safety, Sport and Class Spirit. On the night, two pupils- Joe O’Kelly and Sadhbh Brosnan received Student of the Year awards for the huge amount of hard work and dedication to Transition Year. On the night twenty two pupils received their bronze Gaisce Award and it is hoped that they will now endeavour to gain the silver award while in fifth year. The Gaisce programme was coordinated by Ms. Mary McGillicuddy without whom it would not have worked so well.
The T.Y. Night also showcased some of the many talents of our pupils, not only their academic abilities as witnessed by the comprehensive exhibits of the four class groups’ work but also their artistic talents. We saw performances of ‘The Crucible’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’ as well as a wonderful rendition of one of the famous Monty Python sketches. I wish to acknowledge some of the performers who shone on the night, namely Aisling Bulman for showing us a side of Juliet that many didn’t know existed…her bold side! Niall O Brien and Matt Finnerty must be commended for their comic efforts in the Monty Python sketch and Laura Sicat was magnificent in ‘The Crucible’. It must be said that all actors outshone themselves on the night. Thank you to the drama teachers – Ms. Cora McElligott, Ms. Veronica Hunt, Ms. Elaine Costello and Ms. Mairead O’ Mahony for their thespian guidance.
One of the other highlights of the night was the puppet show. If you didn’t see it, well, you missed out. It will be remembered forever by those who were there and if you were absent, you might be lucky to get your hands on a clip of it.
Musical interludes were provided by Megan Carney, Sarah Dillane, Roisin Hussey, Aoife Mc Donnell, Amy Lynch and Matt Finnerty. The singers were brilliantly backed by Jamie O’Sullivan and Emma Linnane on piano, Chris Armstrong on guitar and bass and Fiachre O’Connor on drums. Ms. Naomi Nevin was the person who brought all the different musical talents together into a seamless whole, and the night was enriched as a result of her efforts. The entire group of 107 singing the four chord song in unison was, to say the least, inspirational.
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