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Transition Year 2014-2015

(The Programme below may be modified slightly; please visit the "Archive" to view the content of previous Transition Year Programmes, i.e. 2008-2014)

T.Y. Programme 2012-2013

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Congratulations to Matthew Parker, Darragh Kelly and Martha Faulkner who qualified for the Confucius Scholarship and in doing so will travel to China and study Chinese Language and Culture during the Easter Holidays. As part of this they will visit the Oriental Pearl Tower as well as going on a cruise of the Yangtze River. They will stay and study in the University of Shanghai. Matthew, Darragh and Martha won this award based on nationwide Chinese Christmas Exams and will be part of a group of only 85 students travelling from Ireland. We are very proud of their achievements.The students are seen here with Cheryl their Chinese teacher (left) and Pat Egan the TY Co-ordinator (right)

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Calcutta 2015


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Transition Year Programme

Aims of Transition Year

To ensure all students enjoy their Transition Year.


Overseas Aid Project: Each year we hope to raise a significant amount of money to help with a development project overseas.  This year we have chosen to raise money for the Hope Foundation in Calcutta.  On February 18th it’s planned to send ten students and a teacher out to Calcutta for a week of work with street children.  Each student has a target sum of at least €3,000.  This money will raise enough money to keep schools, hospitals and orphanages open in Calcutta for a year, while highlighting the plight of those less fortunate than ourselves.
German Student Exchange: Our students will be given the opportunity to study in a German school for up to four weeks as part of the exchange programme.  Students will subsequently host a German student for a similar period.  This is a very cost effective way of developing the linguistic and social skills of our students.
French Exchange: Students are given the opportunity to study in a French school for two weeks as part of the exchange programme.  Students will subsequently host a French student for a similar period.  This is a very cost effective way of developing the linguistic and social skills of our students. 
Gaisce: Each student will be given the opportunity to enrol for a Gaisce Presidential Award.  To achieve this, students must learn a new skill e.g. public speaking, get involved in regular physical recreation e.g. play on a team, complete an endurance task e.g. walk 30km over two days and undertake community service e.g. work with the elderly.  Each of the aforementioned tasks are an intrinsic part of our T.Y programme.
Three day visit to Kerry: The highlight of this trip is the visit to the Skellig Islands.  We also visit Banna Strand for two surfing classes as well as swimming.  Paintballing takes place on the final day.  Evening activities include a visit to the cinema and surfing.  These activities encourage teamwork amongst students and helps new students of the college to integrate with their peers.
Song School: This is a two day music workshop where students are encouraged to bring in their own musical instruments and write and record their own music onto a C.D. (Optional)
Dance School: This programme is designed to encourage non dancers to be comfortable on a dance floor for any occasion while also challenging accomplished dancers to further improve their skills.
 Social Awareness: Students will visit Scoil Aongusa, Scoil Cormac and The Nagle Centre for an hour and a half each visit over a period of eight weeks.  This gives the students the opportunity to work with people less well off than themselves in a classroom environment.  This is of particular value to students may be considering a career linked to the humanities or the caring professions.
Riding for the Disabled Association of Ireland (R.D.A.I.). This gives the students the chance to work with younger students who have either physical or psychological difficulties.  The students help a child to ride the horse and encourage it to be more self-sufficient both improving confidence and core strength.

Work Experience: This will commence from Monday March 19th to Friday April 13th.  This includes the two weeks of the Easter holidays. Students will get the opportunity to gain experience in the workplace with a view to deciding on their chosen career.  Students are obliged to report on their experiences while employers are encouraged to give feedback to the students under their care.  This will take place on the two weeks before the holidays to give the students up to four weeks work experience.

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teenagers: This programme, adapted from the bestselling book of the same name, helps students to deal with the challenges being faced by teenagers on a daily basis.
Law Education: This is a two day course that deals with the law as it applies to the student.  Topics covered range from consumer to criminal law.  It also deals with law as a career and it culminates in a mock trial whereby the students participate in all of the various roles involved.

Transition Year offers an opportunity to focus upon improving spoken Irish in the Classroom.  Pupils are encouraged to develop aural and oral Irish skills while they prepare for interviews similar to the Leaving Certificate Programme.  We visit the Gaeltacht during the final term to facilitate the experience of conversational Irish in everyday life.
We also use the TURAS TEANGA language programme to prepare students for essay writing, vocabulary and literature studies at the core of senior cycle.

Content:  Comprehension, Creative writing, Literature, Media Studies and analysis, Oral work.
AIMS:  To increase the pupil’s awareness of language and communication in a variety of forms, to increase proficiency in writing and comprehension. 
A Transition Year Newsletter is also produced while a solid grounding is given for Leaving Cert cycle by studying a major Shakespearean work

We aim to develop the pupils’ knowledge of maths on a functional level. 
To demonstrate the practicalities of maths to the pupil in such topics as probability and differentiation while giving a solid grounding for Leaving Cert cycle.

MODERN LANGUAGES: Students will get the opportunity to study any two of the following languages

We aim to promote an awareness and understanding of modern European language and culture, to assist pupils in the practical application of language skills, to develop ability and a confidence in their use of languages.  This gives the students the opportunity to make an informed choice for Leaving Cert cycle.

 This week course focuses on basic Italian vocabulary with a strong emphasis on conversation and role play.  The aim of the course is to enable students to ‘get by’ in Italy while also giving a taste of the language with a view to further study.

 Students will be given the opportunity to learn Chinese as part of the Confucius Programme. With the world economic climate changing so rapidly it’s very important to give the students a taste of the language and gain accreditation.
We conduct a study of key figures in history, including Arafat, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Lech Walesa, while studying the political climate faced by of each of the personalities.
We also do a study of Northern Ireland 1922 – present. ‘Genocide in the twentieth century’ we cover three case studies.  This gives an invaluable insight into the Leaving Cert syllabus.

We study natural disasters, their consequences and causes.  We complete a major field study while sampling topics that occur on the Leaving Cert cycle such as geoecology.

We aim to develop musical awareness and ability through the Production of a school musical. It’s hoped to encourage participation and a positive attitude to musical performance, to develop social skills and team work through the production of the musical.  We also learn to play a Bodhrán.  This syllabus is designed to give the student a good grounding for music at senior cycle.

Students learn the skills of clay moulding, self-portrait, bag making,  set design and construction for the college musical.  Students are given an appreciation of the many facets of Art and Art History.  This gives students a good grounding for Leaving Cert Art.

To heighten awareness of issues affecting young people and society in general, to examine social responsibility, to apply information gained on world religions in the Junior cycle to practical examples in modern society.

We aim to develop skills in a range of sports, to develop a confidence and a willingness to engage in sport, to gain an understanding of the importance of P.E to general health and well-being, to develop social and interpersonal skill through the medium of sport.

We aim to prepare pupils in choosing their work experience placement through the creation of a personal profile, to introduce pupils to aspects of responsibility and professionalism in work, to facilitate in career investigation. : Students are compelled to keep a record of all activities completed during the year culminating in the production of a portfolio.  This will include both academic and extra-curricular activities and will be part of overall assessment at the end of the year.

(Students will rotate between economics, accountancy and business studies)
The students get an introduction to the subject by studying double entry accounting, bank reconciliation statements, marginal costs and interpretation of accounts.

This provides an introduction to the subject by examining demand and supply, elasticity, the factors of production and national accounting and measurement. 

Business Studies
We study seven of the twenty four topics on the Leaving Cert syllabus.  These include the skills of modern management, enterprise, international trade, taxation, insurance, globalisation and business in general.

Students will rotate between Biology, Agricultural Science, Physics and Chemistry.
Biology and Agricultural Science
These 2 subjects while combined in TY science are separate subjects in the Leaving Cert which have a major amount of overlapping material.  Areas covered in this 9 week programme are:

         →experiment examining and preparing such cells

The aim of the TY Science Programme is to provide the students with a brief introduction in to the 4 leaving science subject to ensure that they make a well informed choice when selecting Leaving Cert subject.  To improve their handling of lab equipment while doing experiments to improve their practical work.
This programme covers 3 main areas from the Leaving Cert Course which are:


C)Theoretical Physics:

Broken into 3 areas 1) Chemistry 2) Physics 3) Biology & Agricultural Science.  Each area is broken into a 9 week programme.  In this way,  each student will cover each area for 9 week block.  Each area is taught during 1 single & 1 double class per week.
Topics covered within each area are as follows:

Calculating mass values of the mole
Calculating number of moles from mass.

Determining reactants or products based on Chemical equations (this includes 3 experiments).

Revision from Junior Cert followed by techniques used in acid/base titrations and making up solutions of known concentrations.

Students will rotate between First Aid, Toastmasters and Kickboxing
First Aid (10 weeks)
This course trains pupils to demonstrate an effective level of skill and knowledge in the diagnosis and management of choking, bleeding and shock.  It is examined in a practical assessment and divided into three parts:
Test 1: Rescue breathing, action for vomiting and the recovery position on a live casualty.
Test 2: Single rescuer C.P.R. using an adult or mannequin.
Test 3: Knowledge and understanding of basic life support and related conditions.
Toastmasters (10 weeks)
This encourages students to perform various roles which require public speaking.   For the duration of this course students will learn how to prepare and deliver a speech, to chair a meeting, to evaluate colleagues, time speeches, set up a room for a meeting and learn to speak ‘off the cuff’.  This culminates in an open night for students to hold a meeting which parents are encouraged to attend.  On completion of the open night students are awarded their Youth Leadership Cert.
Kickboxing (10 weeks)
This is particularly beneficial as it helps develop core strength and cardio vascular fitness.

Students will rotate between Driving school and safety, Drama and Self Defence
Drama –
The programme is devised to encourage first timers and to develop students with prior stage experience.  Each week a new aspect is developed and explored from comedy to improvisation.
Driving School and driving Safety-
The students will be prepared for the driving theory test by practising the questions that appear on the interactive road safety DVD.
The student will learn the mechanics of buying, taxing and insuring a car.
Students will learn the practicalities of repairing a puncture as well as basic car maintenance.
Car Safety Awareness: This two hour course highlights the safety features of modern vehicles while giving practical tips for driver and passenger safety e.g. how best to wear a seatbelt.  It also highlights dangerous driving practices and their consequences by looking at case studies.
This module will culminate in a one hour driving lesson with a local qualified driving instructor.
Self Defence-This will incorporate many aspects of the various martial arts with a view to self defence should a person find themselves under threat through no fault of their own. The primary aim of this course however is trouble avoidance.
Students will rotate between Film studies and Sports Science
Film Studies (15 weeks)
Over the duration of this course we learn about the business of film production from the writing of the screen play – the distribution and promotion of the film.  Each class will write a screen play – appoint a cast and eventually produce their own fifteen minute film.
Sports Science (15 weeks)
Over the duration of this course we study the physiology of the body, the importance of a good diet and the psychology of sport.  Through multiple case studies we get an understanding of the requirements for participation at all levels of sport. 
Students also build up their fitness in successive weeks eventually culminating in all students completing a 10km run.

Evening study takes place between 5.45pm -8.15pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and Wednesday 3.30pm -5.00pm and 5.45pm – 7.15pm. Every effort is made to ensure that a good balance is struck between giving students time to complete their assignments and get time for personal development.  Activities such as debating, piano and guitar are available to all students in the college however the following activities are organised with T.Y. in mind.
School Show – Back to the Eighties (05/09/10 – 27/10/10)
 All T.Y. students are encouraged to take part in the production of this show.  This involves acting, make up, and set design, ticket sales and front of house management.
Microsoft Specialist Programme-
This FETAC Accredited Programme will comprise of an in-depth study of Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
Word (20 hours)
Topics covered include manipulating text, formatting content, working with tabs, formatting documents, getting ready to print, using tables, working with illustrations, creating mass mailing documents and sharing documents.
PowerPoint (10 hours)
Topics covered include working with text, working with illustrations and other media, working with charts and tables, enhancing, reviewing and delivering presentations.
Excel (20 hours)
This will involve creating and editing worksheets, formatting worksheet data, working with charts and graphs, managing workbooks, customising excel 2010, working with external data and automating workbooks.
On the completion of each module students will get the opportunity to attain certification by sitting the specialist exam in the relevant module.
Evening film programme
One evening per week. The students will get the opportunity to view films and programmes based on the historical syllabus of TY. Examples of this Pacific, Band of Brothers, Mississippi Burning, JFK and Michael Collins.  This provides a welcome break from study and puts the historical programme in an accessible light.