Transition Year

“About Transition Year: A Year to Thrive”

The aim of the Transition Year Programme is

“to provide the personal, social, vocational and educational development
of students and prepare them for their role as autonomous
and participative members of society.”

 

The Transition Year programme in Desmond College formally began this year on 27th August 2010. It is an optional course within the school. Our programme is based on the DES aims for the Transition Year Programme and the calendar focuses on four main areas:

Within Desmond College the core subjects of English, Irish, Maths and French are continued with heavy emphasis on building on pupils knowledge from the Junior Cycle and giving a strong grounding for the Senior Cycle.

Pupils are given the opportunity to sample the subjects on offer in the school for Leaving Certificate:

2010-2011 Transition Year Cooking Pancakes
Transition Year Students involved in Young Social Innovators 2012

Within Year specific modules. The modules this year are:

Subjects specific for Transition Year pupils are
also provided. These include:

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2010-2011 Transition Year First Aid

Our once off calendar year provides the following for our pupils:

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The year is devoted to facilitating the pupils to learn new skills, have new experiences, travel, teach, improve their academic skills and develop personally and socially.

The Desmond College Transition Year class are proud to be associated with the Brothers of Charity, Newcastlewest. Each student will experience work experience at the centre, as well as organising events and fundraising for charity. This has proved to be personally rewarding and enriching experience for all involved.

The Desmond Credit Union is also affiliated with our school and a selected group of T.Y. are chosen to become co-ordinators. This process teaches each member of the group job application procedures, interview processes and marketing and administration of a banking system.

The group also have the opportunity to participate in a parenting course, where the realities of life as a parent is witnessed first-hand when the class members have the opportunity to take a “virtual baby” home for the night.

The T.Y programme has been crammed full of activities and events such as lifesaving, Judo, Teaching Physical Education in the Gaelscoil, Young Scientist, mini-companies, driving theory tests and mentoring junior students. The list of activities is endless.

The TY group have had many trips. The 2010/2011 class visited Knock, Killaloe Outdoor and adventurous centre, Clarion Hotel (‘spagetti show’), Thomand Park, Mary Immaculate College music recital, Young Scientist Exhibition, Hunt Museum, Killfinane Outdoor centre and not to mention a trip to London.

The Transition Year has been found to have been an enlightening and exciting opportunity for all involved. Students have made well informed decisions for their Senior cycle due to tasting subjects and research on careers. Each individual has grown in maturity and have developed personal and social skills that will stand to them for many years ahead.

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The Transition Year co-ordinator is Ms. Kerrie Collins.

Read about some of the students’ experiences!

 


Brothers of Charity Advocacy Conference

October 5, 2018

Our TY students were at the Brothers of Charity Advocacy Conference. They danced with the Brothers of Charity in front of an audience of over 300 people.

October 2018: TY Students dance with the Brothers of Charity in front of 300 people!

They even got a standing ovation!!!
So proud.

Oct 2018: TY Students enjoying a treat after the dance
Enjoying a treat after their dance!

LIMERICK LEADER:
“Junior Cert: West Limerick teens receive
hard-earned grades after first state exam”

September 18, 2018

JUNIOR Cert results day is a “milestone” that deserves to be marked, says principal of Newcastle West’s Desmond College, Vourneen Gavin Barry.

The principal was speaking after 68 beaming students opened up their envelopes in the west Limerick school this Wednesday morning (12th September) shortly after 10am.

12th Sept 2018: Desmond College and Gaelcholaiste students celebrate their Junior Certificate Results

“It’s been a wonderful morning,” said Ms Gavin Barry. “They came in with their parents, so the families got to meet the teachers and celebrate the occasion together.” The principal said that although it is “a low-stakes exam”, for the pupils, it’s the most important thing in their lives when they’re doing it.

“We had a bit of a celebration at the school because it’s important to mark it. It is a milestone in their lives and their education.”

“The students went home with their families after getting the results and we have them back in school tomorrow. We had nanas and granddads and parents in, and they all go home together afterwards. That encourages responsible behaviour in their celebrations as well – it should be a family occasion,” said Ms Gavin Barry.

And the school had plenty to celebrate.

“We had lovely results. Lots of As, and we had a couple of students with all As. We noticed that the English results were particularly strong, with lots of distinctions and merit. We have a very happy English department. Maths was also very positive. We are very happy,” said the Newcastle West principal.

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Desmond College Junior Certificate Results

September 14, 2018

2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results 2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results

2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results 2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results

2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results 2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results

2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results 2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results

2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results 2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results

2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results 2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results

2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results

2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results

2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results

2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results

2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results

2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results

2018: Delighted Desmond College students receive their Junior Certificate results

Desmond College and The Brothers of Charity
Start Another Year of New Friendships

September 14, 2018

Each year Desmond College, Newcastle West Transition Year class are invited to form new and exciting friendships with the service users in the Brothers of Charity Newcastle West.

The Transition Years are welcomed on the first week of term and are toured around the facility. They then have the unique opportunity of having a day to experience the day-to-day life of the service users needs. They are taught how to help and respond to all the people they meet under the direction of Mike Sheahan and his colleagues.

Sept 2018: Desmond College Transition Year Students and Brothers of Charity service users

The friendship between the school and Brothers of Charity has proven to have a positive effect on all involved.

The Transition Years will have the opportunity to complete work experience and organise different events for their new friends.

The service users of the Brothers of Charity reap the rewards by having new and young faces around the centre, showing assistance in their activities. Desmond College Transition Years also invite their friends in the Brothers of Charity to celebratory events in the school. Friendships are formed and last for years.

TY Graduation

May 28, 2018


May 2018: Desmond College Transition Year Students Graduation


May 2018: Desmond College Transition Year Students Graduation


May 2018: Desmond College Transition Year Students Graduation

TY Presentation to Teachers


May 2018: Transition Year Students Presentation to Teachers


May 2018: Transition Year Students Presentation to Teachers


May 2018: Transition Year Students Presentation to Teachers


May 2018: Transition Year Students Presentation to Teachers

TY Student of the Year Awards

May 2018: Transition Year Student of the Year Awards


May 2018: Transition Year Student of the Year Awards


May 2018: Transition Year Student of the Year Awards

Student Awards

May 28, 2018


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Student Awards

May 28, 2018


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Brothers of Charity

May 18, 2018


TY students and the Brothers of Charity celebrations.


May 2018: Desmond College and their friends in the Brothers of Charity


May 2018: TY Students and Brothers of Charity group celebrate!May 2018: TY Students and Brothers of Charity group celebrate!


May 2018: TY Students and Brothers of Charity group celebrate!May 2018: TY Students and Brothers of Charity group celebrate!

TY Students in Farran Woods

May 15, 2018

TY Students had a fun filled team bonding day at “Zipit – Forrest Adventures” in Farran Woods!


May 2018: TY Students enjoy "Zipit - Forrest Adventures" in Farran Woods


May 2018: TY Students enjoy "Zipit - Forrest Adventures" in Farran WoodsMay 2018: TY Students enjoy "Zipit - Forrest Adventures" in Farran Woods


May 2018: TY Students enjoy "Zipit - Forrest Adventures" in Farran Woods


May 2018: TY Students enjoy "Zipit - Forrest Adventures" in Farran WoodsMay 2018: TY Students enjoy "Zipit - Forrest Adventures" in Farran Woods


May 2018: TY Students enjoy "Zipit - Forrest Adventures" in Farran Woods


May 2018: TY Students enjoy "Zipit - Forrest Adventures" in Farran Woods

TY Students in Rome

May 3, 2018


May 2018: Desmond College TY Students in Rome


May 2018: Desmond College TY Students in Rome


May 2018: Desmond College TY Students in Rome


May 2018: Desmond College TY Students in Rome


May 2018: Desmond College TY Students in Rome


May 2018: Desmond College TY Students in Rome


May 2018: Desmond College TY Students in Rome


May 2018: Desmond College TY Students in Rome

TY students enjoy Rome

May 2, 2018


May 2018: Desmond College TY Students in Rome


May 2018: Desmond College TY Students in Rome


May 2018: Desmond College TY Students in Rome

TY Students Walk The School Day

March 13, 2018


March 2018: Desmond College TY Students participating in Walk the School Day
 

March 2018: Desmond College TY Students participating in Walk the School Day March 2018: Desmond College Transition Year Students participating in Walk the School Day
 

March 2018: Desmond College Transition Year Students participating in Walk the School Day
March 2018: Desmond College Transition Year Students participating in Walk the School Day

March 2018: Desmond College Transition Year Students participating in Walk the School DayMarch 2018: Desmond College TY Students participating in Walk the School Day

March 2018: Desmond College TY Students participating in Walk the School Day

TY Students collecting for the “Make a Wish” Foundation

March 12, 2018

9th March 2018: Desmond College Students collect for Make A Wish Foundation9th March 2018: Desmond College Students collect for Make A Wish Foundation9th March 2018: Desmond College Students collect for Make A Wish Foundation

TY Workshop

March 9, 2018

Ty had a very informative workshop given by Limerick Youth Services today.

Entitled ‘embody’, the students learnt about the refugee crises and discrimination.

Pictured with the class are facilitators Shay Moloney and Deirdre Ní Chaisleáin.


2018 March: TY Workshop: EMBODY

TY Students Complete Anois Leadership Course

February 21, 2018

Congratulations to all TY students who completed the Anois Leadership course.


2018 February : TY students complete Anois Leadership course
James Shepherd, E’Ouenn Feron, Bryan Mortell, Jack Corkery,
Sarah Leahy, Genevive Collins, Sophie Leenders and Latina Massey.