Transition Year

Transition Year Mission

To promote the personal, social, educational & vocational development of the students and to prepare them for their role as autonomous, participative & responsible members of society.

What is Transition Year?

Transition Year is a one year programme. It provides a bridge to enable students make the transition from Junior to Senior cycle. It encourages personal and social development and recognises the need for students to grow in independence. Transition Year fosters academic achievement as students prepare for a Leaving Certificate Programme, further study and adult and working life. It encourages the development of a wide range of transferable critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills.

Subjects in Transition Year

Coláiste Mhuire devises its own timetabled programme to cater for the needs of its students. This is done in accordance with the Department of Education and Skills guidelines, school and community resources. Essentially a Transition Year programme offers students a broad and balanced curriculum covering such areas as:

  • CORE SUBJECTS e.g. Irish, English, Maths, Careers, Religion & Physical Education.
  • SUBJECT SAMPLING e.g. Construction Studies, Design & Communication Graphics, Art, Home Economcs, Music & World of Science, History and Geography etc
  • MODULES DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR TY e.g. Mini Company/Social Action, Life Skills, Drama, Debating, Leadership, French, Horticulture & Mindfullness, Gaa Leadership, Coaching course, Health and Safety, Basic Cookery course
  • CALENDAR EVENTS e.g. Work experience, guest speakers, field trips, sporting activities, science buddies, first aid course, driver safety programme, SVP workshops, Drama Competitions, fitness workshops, GAA coaching, Ballyhass scholarship etc.

WORK EXPERIENCE TERMS 19/20 school year:

1ST placement: Friday 6th September to Friday 24th October (inclusive)

2nd placement: Friday 8th November to Friday 20th December (inclusive)

3rd placement: Friday 10th January to Friday 13th March (inclusive)

4th placement: Friday 20th March to Friday 22nd May (inclusive)

Surfing team building trip: Monday 16th September

TY/Buddy overnight trip: Monday 14th & Tuesday 15th October

IWISH Conference : Thursday 30th January ..more to follow

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT TY

What is Transition Year?

A one year programme taken after the Junior Certificate and before a Leaving Certificate Programme.

What's the purpose of the Transition Year Programme?

The Purpose of Transition Year is to promote maturity:

  • Maturity in learning - by making students more self-directed learners through the development of general, technical and academic skills.
  • Maturity in relation to work and careers - by developing work-related skills.
  • Personal maturity - by providing opportunities to develop communication skills, self-confidence and a sense of responsibility.
  • Social maturity - by developing greater 'people' skills and more awareness of the world outside school.

Is Transition Year suited to all students?

All young people benefit from the programme due to the emphasis on development and maturity. Transition Year, in particular, can allow for the development of an individual's multiple intelligences-linguistic, logico-mathematical, spatial, musical, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal and naturalist. The Transition Year programme can also develop key skills for the 21st century such as the three Ts - thinking, teamwork and technology.

What subjects are studied?

This programme works towards getting a balance between some continuation of essential core subjects and tasting and sampling of leaving certificate subjects, a variety of distinctive courses designed to broaden students' horizons and some modules and activities specifically aimed at promoting the maturity that is central to the whole Transition Year ideal.

What about exams?

Assessment is a key part of any worthwhile learning programme. Transition Year is an opportunity to move beyond the narrow focus of end-of-year, written exams. The emphasis is on varied and on-going assessment with students themselves becoming involved in diagnosing their own learning strengths and weaknesses. Project work, portfolio work and exhibitions of students work are also encouraged. The Coláiste makes its own arrangements for the certification of students who complete a TY programme.

How are parents involved?

Parents' understanding of and support for student learning in TY is a key factor in a successful Transition Year experience. Parents should encourage their sons and daughters to avail of the numerous opportunities offered by this unique programme.

As TY is optional might the student miss his/her friends who continue through to fifth year?

It is true that if some of their friends opt for TY, the student will be separated from them. However, unless his/her friends opt for the same Leaving Certificate subjects they will become separated anyway. It is dangerous to make important decisions about your education based on what your friends want to do!

Is there a danger that students may lose study skills in TY?

There is always this danger if the school and home do not work to ensure that essential skills are maintained during the TY programme. However, it is rare that a student who had good study skills at Junior Certificate level will not be able to pick them up again in fifth year. The leap from Junior Certificate to Leaving Certificate is a large one and again it is rare that a student who finds the move from Transition Year to Leaving Certificate difficult would not have found the move problematic if she/he had moved directly into fifth year.

Here in the Coláiste, the regular assessments (along with continuous assessments in their practical subjects) ensure that the TY student remains focused on their studies.

Typical TY Timetable

Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

8:50

English

English

English

World of Science

Work

Experience

9:30

Construction Studies

Maths

PE

English

10:10

Construction Studies

Irish

PE

Maths

Work

Experience

11:10

History

World of Science

Art

Cooking for Life

11:50

History

World of Science

Art

Cooking for Life

Work

Experience

12:30

Maths

Art

Maths

History

1:50

Coordination class

Drama

Construction Studies

Work

Experience

2:30

Carreers

Drama

English

3:10

Irish

RE

Drama/

Work

Experience

Typical Transition Year Highlights

September

TY introduction.

Buddy Programme.

Surfing & Rock Climbing.

Orienteering.

Enterprise Day.

Ballyhass Overnight Trip.

January

Paired reading in Primary School.

Drama semi finals

Debating

Nursing Home ‘My life’ Project.

Gaisce Talk.

Garda Workshop/Talk.

First aid course

Pre Med day

October

Drama.

G.A.A. Coaching Course.

Buddy Programme Charleville.

Football Blitz with First Years

Retreat.

Halloween Cake Sale

February

Drama Finals.

Spectroscopy in a suitcase Workshop.

Science buddy program.

Science buddy workshop with primary school.

CIT student experience programme

November

Drama.

Mental Health Talk.

Tuck Shop set up.

CIT engineering week

March

Mini-Company Regional Finals.

Aware Programme.

Young SVP workshop.

Cork Pops trip.

Drama/Karate/Drivers Ed.

December

Christmas Trade Fair.

Bank start up.

Nursing Home Carol Service

Drivers Ed.

April

Karate/Drivers Ed

Fire Safety course

Road safety talk

Retreat

Health & Fitness Workshop (Health, Exercise & Activity Training)

May

SVP youth celebration /Life coaching.

Awards ceremony/ End of year trip.

What you get out of TY depends on:

  • the attitude you take to it in the first place
  • how open-minded you are - if you are open minded you are more likely to see & grasp opportunities
  • what YOU are prepared to put into it

'Transition Year is also a year where students can stand out and gain confidence, boost their moral, develop better communication skills, social skills and group work skills'.