“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:
- 1) Continuation of the core subjects
- 2) Subject sampling for the leaving certificate programme
- 3) Transition Year specific modules and subjects
- 4) Once off calendar events
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:
- All the science subjects:
Biology, Agricultural Science, Physics and Chemistry
- Home Economics
Within Year specific modules. The modules this year are:
- Driving Education
- Social Education
- Design Communications and Graphics
- Performing Arts
Subjects specific for Transition Year pupils are
also provided. These include:
- Career Guidance
- Tourism awareness
- Mini company
- and a heavy emphasis on Information Technology.
- Also within our timetable is a triple period for Physical Education.
Our once off calendar year provides the following for our pupils:
- Participation in the Gaisce awards (Bronze medal).
- Two day outdoor pursuit programme in The Star Outdoor Centre, Kenmare.
- First Aid Course and exam (with certificate).
- One day of Law and exam (with certificate).
- Exposure to various visiting speakers.
- Swimming/Lifesaving lessons.
- Coaching Primary School pupils various sports
- Introduction to Judo.
- One day study skills course.
- Various Educational outings.
- Participation in the Young Scientist Competition and the eco-UNESCO Young Environmental Competition.
- Two seperate weeks of work experience.
- Mock interviews.
- Community Work in Brothers of Charity.
- Producing a Transition Year Newsletter.
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.
- 1. Education for MATURITY with emphasis on social awareness and increased social competence.
- 2. Promotion of general, technical and academic SKILLS with an emphasis on interdisciplinary and self-directed learning.
- 3. Education through experience of ADULT AND WORKING LIFE as a basis for personal development and maturity.
- 1. Promote the personal, social, educational and vocational development of pupils.
- 2. Prepare pupils for their role as autonomous, participative and responsible members of society.
- 3. Enable pupils to take a greater responsibility for their own learning and decision making.
- 4. Help pupils to develop a range of transferable critical thinking and creative problem solving skills.
- 5. Prepare pupils for the world of work.
- 6. Enable pupils to develop basic competencies in key areas according to their individual needs, including remediation where appropriate.
- 7. Give pupils the opportunity to experience education without the severe pressures and restrictions of a rigid state examination curriculum and timetable.
- 8. Enable pupils to experience a variety of subjects not normally available to Junior Certificate and leaving certificate pupils.
The Transition Year co-ordinator is Ms. Kerrie Collins.
Read about some of the students’ experiences!
Alanis Leen, Marcelina Krzywdainska, Victoria Brouder, Conor Fox, Cormac Browne and Nathan Wright pictured at their TY Graduation
Cian Mason, Nathan Wright, Kayla McMahon and Cian Nolan receiving their Gaisce Award from Ms Culhane
Ciara Brouder receiving her Innovation and Enterprise Award from Ms Cregan
Conor Fox and Melissa Flaherty receiving their Community Spirit Award from Ms Corkery
Cormac Browne receiving the Transition Year Student of the Year Award from Ms Vourneen Gavin
Dan Mocanu, Marcelina Krzywdainska, Ana Da Silva, Matthew O Connor, Shannon Copse, Shauna O Sullivan, Dan O Sullivan, Shane Copse and Billy Cunningham pictured with Ms Keane and Ms Murphy at the TY Graduation
Daniel O Sullivan receiving the Transition Year Tutor Award from Ms Kerrie Collins
Dylan O Shea, Oisin O Sullivan, Fiona Kelly, Cormac Browne, Conor Fox, Declan O Conner receiving their Gaisce Award from Ms Culhane
Fiona Kelly and Cian Nolan receiving their Awards
Fiona Kelly and Cian Nolan receiving their Awards from the Age-Friendly Team Gillian Robinson, Anne Rizzo and Mary Cronin
Joanne Lai receiving her Peer Mentoring Award from Ms O Mahony
Marcelina Krzywdainska, Joanne Lai, Chlo Aherne, Victoria Brouder, Ciara Brouder, Melissa Flaherty Receiving their Gaisce Award from Ms Culhane
Megan Romo, Mary Sexton, Ronan Mullane and Willie Quilligan receiving their Gaisce Award from Ms Ryan and Ms Culhane
Oisin O Sullivan and Chloe Aherne receiving the Brothers of Charity Award
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.
A number of Desmond College Transition Year students who took part in the Teacher Taster Programme at the University of Limerick.
Cian Nolan and Matthew O’Connor who took part in the Teacher Taster Programme at the University of Limerick
Joanne Lai, Marcelina Krzywdainska, Alanis Leen, Chloe Aherne and Mary Sexton who took part in the Teacher Taster Programme at the University of Limerick
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.
Desmond College Students, The HOPE foundation 2019 trip to Kolkata: Matthew O’Connor, Dylan O’Shea, Kayla McMahon, Ciara Brouder, Shannon Copse and Shauna O’Sullivan
Congratulations to winners of our TY Seachtain na Gaeilge competitions; Ciara Brouder (best blog); Fiona Kelly and Cian Ó Nualláin (best video on favourite Irish language app), Teacher Ms Murphy.
Ciara Brouder (winner best blog)
Fiona Kelly and Cian Ó Nualláin (best video on favourite Irish language app)
Well done to our TY students who wrote and produced a 30-minute radio programme as Gaeilge as part of our celebration of Seachtain na Gaeilge. Bhí craic is ceol ann! #snag
This week, James Taylor speaks to second two of our four Second Level National Finalists in the ESB Networks National Safety Challenge.
The ESB Networks National Safety Challenge is proudly supported by Safe Family Farms, a joint initiative between ESB Networks and The Irish Farmers Journal, to raise awareness and make farms a safer place for all.
Students: Kayla McMahon and Fiona Kelly
Year: Transition Year
Teacher: Mr. Donal Enright
Idea: Eye in the Cab
Kayla McMahon and Fiona Kelly from Desmond College have developed “Eye in the Cab”, a device that you attach in the cab of a tractor. It detects the angle that the tractor is at and alerts the farmer if they are operating at a dangerous angle.
“So what it does is it detects what angle that the tractor is at, but while doing that then it also has a GPS device inside in it so that it allows you to locate where exactly where the tractor is so when it reaches a certain point it will send a text message to the In Case of Emergency (ICE) contact of the person in the tractor.
Using a gyro sensor, GPS modules, and an Auto Dialler, we built a device that recognises the angle of the tractor. Gyro sensors, also known as angular rate sensors, are devices that sense angular velocity.
With the aid of an internal siren, it can alert the driver once a tractor has reached 35-degree tilt and can alter the driver’s ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact via an STMicroelectronics SPBTLE-RF Bluetooth Chip 4.1 auto-dialler, once the vehicle has reached or exceeded 45 degrees.
The “Eye in the Cab” device can be fixed to the inside of the cab via magnets. It is also equipped with an emergency button on the front panel that the driver can press in an emergency.
Because it is portable, the driver can take the unit with them and attached to their belt and if they are involved in an accident involving animals, machinery or overcome by slurry fumes.”
“Agriculture is a huge part of the lives of the people in Ireland. The fatality rate in agriculture is far higher than any other economic sector.
A large proportion of all fatal workplace accidents occur in agriculture, even though only a small number of people are employed in farming. According to research carried out by the Health & Safety Authority (HSA), machinery related accidents make up for 50% of farm fatalities.
Factors that influence the probability of vehicles tipping over are the size, weight, angle of incline, terrain, front and back loaders as well as tyre size and pressure, the multiplicity of factor made it difficult for the driver, our device will serve as an early mechanism and help reduce accidents.
However, research informs us that when a tractor reaches an angle of 36.780 it has a 75% chance of rolling over and at 450, it has a 100% chance.”
What it would mean to win
“To win the ESB Networks National Safety challenge it would mean a lot to us to know that like even in our young age we could potentially save lives with an idea and project we came up with ourselves and would mean a lot to us.
It would be a massive achievement for us and our school.”
Shauna O’Sullivan, Shannon Copse and Chloe Ahern organised a bake sale to raise much needed funds for Pieta House
50 different mini-companies from 16 different schools across Limerick City & County descended on the South Court Hotel on March 26th for the annual Limerick Enterprise Office – Student Enterprise Awards.
Desmond College was represented by 1st Years, Tara Danaher & Josh Dore who won 2nd place in the Junior Section with “The Empty Chair Company”.
Aine Murphy, Lauren Ambrose, and Lucy Flaherty (all second years) won 1st Place in the Intermediate Section with their company “Hy Geeenie”.
TY students, Oisin O’Sullivan, and Conor Fox, achieved a Highly Commended in the Senior Section with “Sigigraph” and Melissa Flaherty and Ciara Brouder won 1st place in the senior section with “Safety Harness Attachment”.
Megan Roma and Victoria Brouder also took park with their company “6Teen Skincare”.
1st Place winners go on to represent Limerick in the All Ireland Student Enterprise Finals in Croke Park in May.
Aine Murphy, Lauren Ambrose and Lucy Flaherty all second year students won 1st Place in the Intermediate Section with their company Hy Geeenie at Student Enterprise 2019
Oisin O’Sullivan and Conor Fox achieved a Highly Commended in the Senior Section with ‘Sigigraph’ at Student Enterprise 2019
Megan Roma and Victoria Brouder, Transition Year students at Student Enterprise 2019
Melissa Flaherty and Ciara Brouder won 1st place in the senior section with “Safety Harness Attachment” at Student Enterprise 2019
The Bank of Ireland TY academy helps students to develop their critical thinking, communication, problem-solving skills and to provide practical guidance using the lean canvas methodology to start up their own business.
Desmond College had five transition Years selected to take part in the Limerick/Clare/Tipperary Regional Round of the TY Academy: Oisin O’Sullivan, Dylan O’Shea, Melissa Flaherty, Fiona Kelly, and Victoria Brouder.
As part of the academy, students work on a business problem with students from other schools. Over the course of three days, they explore the areas of enterprise and innovation, and learn how to pitch their proposals in a “Dragon’s Den” environment.
The Lean Canvas methodology used by many start-up companies provides students with the tools necessary to generate their business plan and launch their idea. Students can also learn how to build a website or develop an app.
The All-Ireland finals will take place on the 9th of May in Dublin and Limerick/Clare/Tipperary will be represented by a team of 4 comprising of two students from Desmond College, Fiona Kelly, and Dylan O’Shea.
An honourable mention was reserved for “Man of the Match” or the hardest working student of the week, Oisin O’Sullivan, also from Desmond College.
Congratulation to the five students for representing our school with pride and distinction, many thanks to all the mentors who assisted the students during the week with a special mention to Bank of Ireland for sponsoring and organising it.
Oisin O’Sullivan, Dylan O’Shea, Melissa Flaherty, Fiona Kelly and Victoria Brouder at the Bank of Ireland TY Academy
Oisin O’Sullivan ‘Man of the Match’ at the Bank of Ireland TY Academy
Fiona Kelly and Dylan O’Shea through to the All Ireland Final of the Bank of Ireland TY Academy taking place on 9th May.
On Wednesday 13th March, the Transition Year students along with Ms. O’Mahony and Ms. Corkery travelled to Killarney for an overnight trip to take part in adventure activities including mountain hiking and biking and kayaking. Unfortunately, due to bad weather conditions, the students didn’t kayak.
The group stayed in Killarney International Youth Hostel and went to the cinema and enjoys walks around Killarney and got an insight into the history associated with the National Park.
Thank you to Ms. Collins for organising a fantastic trip.
Some of Desmond College Transition Year getting ready to Mountain bike in Killarney
Some of Desmond College Transition Year getting ready to Hike in Killarney
Some of Desmond College Transition Year enjoying the scenery in Killarney during their adventure trip
Congratulations to Ciara Brouder, Transition Year student in Desmond College who was presented with a Certificate of Achievement at the Business Studies Awards Ceremony hosted by UL’s Kemmy Business School and the Business Studies Teachers Association of Ireland (BSTAI). The award recognises those who have achieved an A Grade in Higher Level Business Studies at Junior Certificate level in 2018
Ciara Brouder receiving her Certificate of Achievement at the Business Studies Awards Ceremony hosted by UL’s Kemmy Business School and the Business Studies Teachers Association of Ireland (BSTAI)
Billy Cunningham and Daniel O’Sullivan fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation
Marcelina Krzywdainska and Joanne Lai fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation
Victoria Brouder and Cormac Browne fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation
Dan Mocanu and Cian Mason fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation
Cian Nolan and Nathan Wright fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation
Conor Fox and Megan Romo fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation
Anna Da Silva and Alanis Leen fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation
Our Transition Year students spent a class helping our First Years on various measuring activities as part of their Paired Maths Initiative.