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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AIMS

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OBJECTIVES

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

Read about some of the students’ experiences!

 


TY Class Learn about Tralee Institute of Technology

January 29, 2020

TY Class at Desmond College learns about the STEM courses and Opportunities in Tralee Institute of Technology.


Desmond College TY Students learning about Tralee Institute of Technology

Pictured with Mr Gerard Corkery and Ms Elish Broderick.

Numeracy Week

January 20, 2020

20th January 2020: First year and TY paired measuring during Numeracy Week

Some of our first-year students completing paired measuring with the TY students as part of Numeracy Week.

20th January 2020: First year and TY paired measuring during Numeracy Week

20th January 2020: First year and TY paired measuring during Numeracy Week

20th January 2020: First year and TY paired measuring during Numeracy Week

Midwest Vision Sports Inclusion Day

December 6, 2019

Some of our TY and 3rd-year students taking part in the Midwest vision sports inclusion day at the University of Limerick.
Dec 2019: TY and 3rd Years participate in UL's Midwest Sports Inclusion Day

Dec 2019: TY and 3rd Years participate in UL's Midwest Sports Inclusion Day

Dec 2019: TY and 3rd Years participate in UL's Midwest Sports Inclusion Day

Dec 2019: TY and 3rd Years participate in UL's Midwest Sports Inclusion Day

Dec 2019: TY and 3rd Years participate in UL's Midwest Sports Inclusion Day

Dec 2019: TY and 3rd Years participate in UL's Midwest Sports Inclusion Day

Talk by Limerick Animal Welfare

October 18, 2019

Congratulations to Nora O’Sullivan for organising a talk for first years delivered by Limerick Animal Welfare.
2019: Congratulations to Nora O' Sullivan for organising a talk for first years delivered by Limerick Animal Welfare

Junior Cert Results 2019 at Desmond College

October 11, 2019

All excitement in Desmond College and Gaelcholaiste with students receiving their excellent results last Friday, 4th October 2019.

Desmond College students celebrating and comparing results

Desmond college student with family, delighted with results

Desmond College students in School Library proud of their results

Students in Desmond College Library showing their results

Desmond College students

Desmond College students in School Library delighted with their results

Desmond College students in School Library delighted with their results

Desmond College students in School Library delighted with their results

Desmond College students in School Library delighted with their results

Desmond College students in School Library delighted with their results

Desmond College students in School Library delighted with their results

Desmond College students in School Library delighted with their results

Desmond College students in School Library delighted with their results

Desmond College students in School Library with family, delighted with their results

Desmond College students in School Library pleased with their results

Desmond College students in School Library delighted with their results

Desmond College student in School Library delighted with their results

Desmond College student delighted with results, standing in School Library with Pricipal Vourneen Gavin Barry

Irish Society for Autism talk to TYs

October 10, 2019

TY’s enjoyed a talk from Denis and Noreen Sexton from the Irish Society for Autism.

Irish Society for Autism talking in a classroom in Desmond College to TY students

Irish Society for Autism talking in a classroom in Desmond College to TY students

Desmond College Students representing Ireland at Global Trade Fair in New York

October 3, 2019

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.

Two TY Students from Desmond College who entered into NFTE Global Business Plan and are now representing Ireland at the Global Trade Fair in New York Oct 2019

Brothers of Charity Afternoon

September 24, 2019

TYs and 5th Years spend an afternoon with the Brothers of Charity
 #community, #youmatter


Brothers of Charity Fundraiser

September 13, 2019

TY students helping with the fundraising for the Brothers of Charity NewcastleWest on Friday 6th September #community



Team Building for TYs

September 11, 2019

TYs enjoying their team building experience in Kenmare, on September 11th, incorporating their Bronze Gaisce task.



Transition Year Graduation

June 3, 2019

Alanis Leen, Marcelina Krzywdainska, Victoria Brouder, Conor Fox, Cormac Browne and Nathan Wright pictured at their TY Graduation
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
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
Ciara Brouder receiving her Innovation and Enterprise Award from Ms Cregan

Conor Fox and Melissa Flaherty receiving their Community Spirit Award from Ms Corkery
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
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
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
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
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 the Age Friendly Award
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
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
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
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
Megan Romo, Mary Sexton, Ronan Mullane and Willie Quilligan receiving their Gaisce Award from Ms Ryan and Ms Culhane

Oisin O Sullivand and Chloe Aherne receving the Brothers of Charity Award
Oisin O Sullivan and Chloe Aherne receiving the Brothers of Charity Award

Teacher Taster Programme

May 21, 2019

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
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
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
Joanne Lai, Marcelina Krzywdainska, Alanis Leen, Chloe Aherne and Mary Sexton who took part in the Teacher Taster Programme at the University of Limerick

Transition Year Trip to Rome

May 20, 2019

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.


Our Transition Year Students on School Tour in Rome Our Transition Year Students on School Tour in Rome


Our Transition Year Students on School Tour in RomeOur Transition Year Students on School Tour in Rome


Our Transition Year Students on School Tour in RomeOur Transition Year Students on School Tour in Rome


Our Transition Year Students on School Tour in RomeOur Transition Year Students on School Tour in Rome


Our Transition Year Students on School Tour in RomeOur Transition Year Students on School Tour in Rome


Dylan O'Shea, Fiona Kelly and Matthew O'Connor on school tour in RomeOur Transition Year Students on School Tour in Rome


Our Transition Year Students on School Tour in Rome
Some of our Transition Year students enjoying their school tour to Rome

Limerick Sports Partnership Transition Year VIP Programme

May 17, 2019

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.

Sarah Cashin and Aoife Lee

The Hope Foundation

April 29, 2019

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
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