Transition Year is a one-year, school-based programme between Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle. It is designed to act as a bridge between the two by facilitating the smooth transition from Junior Cycle to more independent self-directed learning required for the Senior Cycle. The aim of the programme is to:
- Provide a good academic basis for beginning the Senior Cycle course.
- Develop aspects of the curriculum which tend not to be catered for in other courses.
- Develop teamwork through task oriented projects.
- Develop links between school and the wider community.
- Encourage students to become more responsible for their own development.
- Introduce students to a wide range of cultural activities and sporting activities.
- Prepare students to become responsible members of society.
Subjects studied during this year are: English, Irish, French, Spanish, Maths, Information Technology, History, Politics and Current Affairs, Religious Education, Geography, Business Studies/Mini Company, Science, Arts & Crafts, Home Economics, PE, Drama, Creative Embroidery, Library, Excursions and Career Guidance.
Activities include: Personal Development, First Aid, Personal Grooming, Childcare, Crafts, Information Studies, Outdoor Activities, Mentoring Programmes, Musical Appreciation, Drama and Educational Excursions. Teachers have the opportunity to design programmes and courses tailored to the needs and interests of students. Students are also afforded the opportunity to sample a wide range of subject areas and can make more informed choices about the kind of Leaving Certificate programme they want to follow after the Transition Year. Parents, local businesses and community groups can bring new kinds of learning opportunities to the students.
Work experience is an integral part of the programme.
For more information see www.pdst.ie/TY, www.education.ie and www.tyireland.com
TY students are involved in modules with:
- Young Social Innovators
- Dublin City Council
- Diageo Ireland
- Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
- A and L Goodbody
- Pope John Paul II and Gaisce Awards
- AIB Build A Bank Challenge
- Warrenmount Adult Education Centre
- A variety of other social and justice activities
- National College of Art and Design
Students are also afforded the opportunity to sample a wide range of subject areas and can make more informed choices about the kind of Leaving Certificate Programme they want to follow after the Transition Year.