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Transition Year

TY Coordinator: Mr. O Boyle 

The Transition Year (TY) is a compulsory one-year programme that forms the first year of a three-year senior cycle in Our Lady’s. It is designed to act as a bridge between the Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate programmes.

The Aim of Transition Year:

  • To provide a transition between Junior and Senior Cycle and to lay the foundations for further study

  • To introduce a new range of experiences beyond the scope of the traditional curriculum

  • To encourage initiative, self-reliance and responsibility

Transition Year is a vibrant and creative programme which offers our students an opportunity to grow, develop and mature in a number of ways. Academic progress is maintained through well defined and delivered core subjects as well as through a variety of non-conventional alternative modules. The creative and physical aspects of the programme give students the chance to explore and develop skills outside the normal academic subjects, whilst our extra curricular activities also let students engage with social issues, both locally and nationally.

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Assessment in Transition Year:

 

Students are given credits for their overall participation in the transition year programme and will be given an overall grade of Distinction, Merit, Pass or Fail at the TY awards ceremony at the end of the year. The credits are awarded as follows. 

Work Experience: 

This Involves spending two weeks learning first hand about the workplace. It normally takes place at the beginning of November and the end of February in the weeks following the midterm break. Each placement is worth 40 credits towards the student’s certification at the end of the year. Students arrange their own placements which should be fixed as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Ideally it should not be working with relatives. Work experience is monitored by a combination of workplace visits, phonecalls to employers, employer evaluations and student diaries.      

 

Modules Offered 2021 / 2022:

 

  • Self Defense 

  • Sport and Leisure

  • Horticulture

  • Active Schools

  • Life Skills

  • Careers

  • Wellbeing 

  • Debating

  • Sign Language

  • Digital Media

  • Future Leaders

  • Fitness 4Life

  • Tech & Design

  • Cookery

  • Coding 

  • Community Care

  • Junk Kouture

  • BT Young Scientist 

  • Young Social Innovators

  • Mini Company 

  • Drama

  • Dance

  • First Aid 

Transition Year
2021 - 2022
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Assessment

Students are given credits for their overall participation in the transition year programme and will be given an overall grade of Distinction, Merit, Pass or Fail at the TY awards ceremony at the end of the year. The credits are awarded as follows:

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Events

Transition Year Main Events to date 2021 / 2022:

 

September: 

  • Bikeathon Fundraiser for LA519 Charity

  • Induction day Lough Muckno Adventure Centre

  • ‘Create the great in you’ workshop

  • Hike trip to Silent Valley reservoir in Co. Down 

 

October:

  • Aware life skills workshop

  • Planet Youth Survey

  • Mobile Music Workshop

  • Circus Skills Workshop

  • CV and Interview skills Workshop

 

November:

  • Work Experience

  • Wheelchair Hurling Workshop

  • Think Languages Conference

  • Chartered Accountants of Ireland Bootcamp Programme

 

December:

  • Forensic Fun Workshop

  • TY Coaching in primary school 

  • Sending Christmas Cards to the local community 

 

January:

  • TY refereeing and coaching blitz in Cloghan 

  • TY coaching in Primary Schools 

  • TY peer mentor with JCSP classes

 

February: 

  • First Aid Course

  • Reptile Haven Workshop

  • Hike Trip to Cuilcagh Boardwalk Co. Fermanagh

  • Work Experience

March:

  • Seachtain na Gaeilge - an Dreolin Dance Performance

  • Trip to Croke Park

  • Sports Day

  • Cooking Demonstration

  • Jungle Body Dance Workshop

April:

  • PE XPO event DCU

  • Teacher Vs 6th Year basketball fundraiser

  • Gaisce Trip to Carlingford adventure centre

  • Junk Kouture Finals Bord Gais Theatre

  • Monaghans inter school fitness competition


May

  • TY Awards Day 

  • Trip to Lets Go Hydro Belfast