The programme content is a balance between the academic and the non-academic with emphasis on an enjoyable experience which in turn will lead to a positive attitude where the student will grow in confidence and maturity. The academic subjects, such as Irish, English, Maths, and option subjects, are taught to provide a solid foundation for Leaving Certificate studies. All activities undertaken enable students to have a valid and worthwhile learning experience with emphasis given to developing personal skills, study skills and self-directed learning. The Transition Year programme is a dynamic one, and is therefore evaluated and reviewed on an annual basis.
Activities: A wide range of additional activities are provided to increase the experiential aspect of Transition Year which may include the following (Activities will vary from year to year
- First Aid & Manual Handling Training.
- Induction-Causey Farm/Carlingford Adventure Centre
- Trip to show in Gaiety theatre.
- Tours- Zoo/Butlers Chocolate factory/Sports Campus.
- Work Experience twice per year.
- Young Scientists Exhibition.
- Road Safety Workshop
- STEM initiative with Maynooth University
- School Musical.
- Microsoft Dreams Project
- Peer Education Programme
- Revenue Commissioners intoduction to Tax
- BOI Moneysmart programme.
- Careers trips to Queens University/ DKIT/DCU.
Work experience involves spending two weeks learning at first-hand about the work place. It normally takes place at the beginning of November and the end of February. Students arrange their own placements which should be organised as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Ideally, it should not be working with relatives. This work experience is monitored by a combination of phone calls to employers, employer’s monitoring form and student diaries.
The TY Folder contains the form the students fill out with their employer’s details and the employer evaluation form. Any student who does not submit their Transition Year work experience information will not receive certification.
Students are also permitted to source other work placements throughout the school year. This is in consultation with the Programme Coordinator and 4th year head.