TY Class at Desmond College learns about the STEM courses and Opportunities in Tralee Institute of Technology.
Pictured with Mr Gerard Corkery and Ms Elish Broderick.
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:
Within Year specific modules. The modules this year are:
Subjects specific for Transition Year pupils are
also provided. These include:
Our once off calendar year provides the following for our pupils:
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.
The Transition Year co-ordinator is Ms. Kerrie Collins.
Read about some of the students’ experiences!
In July 2019, Ciara Brouder and Melissa Flaherty, two transition year students of Desmond College, entered NFTE Global Business Plan competition.
Following intense competition and having to pitch their business idea “Safety Harness Attachment” the two students were elated when it was announced that they had been selected to represent Ireland at the Global Trade Fair in New York in October 2019.
TYs and 5th Years spend an afternoon with the Brothers of Charity
TY students helping with the fundraising for the Brothers of Charity NewcastleWest on Friday 6th September #community
TYs enjoying their team building experience in Kenmare, on September 11th, incorporating their Bronze Gaisce task.
Ten prospective teachers from the Transition Year class visited the University of Limerick to experience a teacher taster workshop.
The Desmond College Students were instructed by UL undergraduate students and learned new skills and experienced microteaching sessions.
It was a wonderful opportunity organised by the three 3rd level institutions in Limerick…
* University of Limerick,
* Mary Immaculate College
* and Limerick Institute of Technology.
The TY class trip to Rome was packed full of sightseeing, fun, sunshine and smiles. The group experienced this historical city first hand by enjoying walking tours of the Colosseum, the Pantheon, ‘bones church, Trevi fountain and Spanish steps to name but a few.
The typical Italian cuisine (pizzas and gelatos) were all sampled!! As was a bit of Italian shopping!
A visit to the Cincinetti world film studios showed how films are produced and sets were made. This was followed by a day of rollercoasters and thrill rides in Cincinetti theme park!!
That was not the end of it…… a visit to the Vatican state and St Peter’s Basilica and square on the last day gave the group another completely different viewpoint of this magical city.
Memories that will last forever! A huge thank you to Ms Collins and Ms Nash for accompanying the students on tour.
A big congratulations and well done to Aoife Lee and Sarah Cashin, both 3rd Year students in Desmond College who have been selected for The Limerick Sports Partnership Transition Year VIP Programme 2019/2020.
With near 300 applicants and 2 rounds of interviews, the girls should be very proud to get chosen. The programme is provided by Limerick Sports Partnership at the University of Limerick and will be carried out every Monday from September to May.
The girls will get certified in a range of coaching courses and work with Primary School children throughout the Year.
Six of our Transition Year students – Kayla McMahon, Matthew O’Connor, Shannon Copse, Ciara Brouder, Dylan O’Shea and Shauna O’Sullivan were afforded the unique opportunity to travel to Kolkata for one week during the Easter Holidays.
They got to witness, first-hand, the work of HOPE and the extremities of life in Kolkata. Supported throughout their time in India, the students were introduced to poverty, the realities of street children and the joy of HOPE.
The students spent time visiting HOPE projects, interacting with children and adolescents who are in HOPE supported projects and immersing themselves in Indian culture.
Our young Ambassadors will remember the experience for the rest of their lives and have become more aware of their place in society and how they can make the world a better place by caring for people who are less fortunate than themselves. We are so proud of these students for not only volunteering their services but also raising a substantial amount of much-needed funds.
Well done to all of the students involved.