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 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.

TY Students Making Perfect Pancakes!

February 21, 2018


13th February 2018: Desmond College TY Students Make Perfect Pancakes


13th February 2018: Desmond College TY Students Make Perfect Pancakes


13th February 2018: Desmond College TY Students Make Perfect Pancakes

TY Activities to date

January 29, 2018
Date Activity Group
06/09/2017 Brothers of Charity visit All
Different dates Brothers of charity work placement All at different times
18/09/2017 Achill All
25/09/2017 Primary school blitz All
28/09/2017 Space programme All
02/10/2017 Music generation workshop All
03/10/2017 St.Ita’s project All
Every Tuesday afternoon St.Ita’s 3/4 students
05/10/2017 ISA Rose Campaign All
09/10/2017 Garda work experience 3 Students
09/10/2017 Denis sexton talk All
11/10/2017 Ethiopia Workshop(Donal) All
12/10/2017 Open night Selected
16/10/2017 Narrative four workshop Selected
19/10/2017 Ballyhoura walk with 1st years All
23/10/2017 Anois interviews Selected
25/10/2017 G.A.A coaching course All
Selected Dates Gym for P.E. All
13/11/2017 Alan Devine public speaking workshop All
14/11/2017 Life saver project All
17/11/2017 Enterprise in Desmond College Selected
17/11/2017 Candy canes & bun sale Selected
20/11/2017 U.C.C. guest speaker All
21/11/2017 Science workshop All
21/11/2017 Alan Devine public speaking follow up All
22/11/2017 Griffith college talk All
23/11/2017 Adrian O’Brien talk All
30/11/2017 Liam Lawton Concert Selected
13/12/2017 Shannon hotel management guest speaker All
13/12/2017 Tablet draw for Ty’s All
14/12/2017 Butlers trip All
15/12/2017 School mass Selected
09/01/2018 Leave for young scientist Selected
15/01/2017 Anois Selected
10/01, 17/01,
24/01, 31/01 ,07/01
(2018)
Judo All

Limerick Music Generation and Transition Year Programme

January 23, 2018

Our TY class has just completed a 4-week creativity music workshop facilitated by Tony Monahan of Limerick Music Generation.

They have had the opportunity to work with various composing applications, music technology devices and recording devices. Some students composed a song, which was recorded and performed by the TY students.

Tony Monahan from Limerick Music Generation delivered this workshop to our Transition Year students.


January 2018: Tony Monahan from Limerick Music Generation delivering a workshop to our Transition Year students
Tony Monahan from Limerick Music Generation delivering a workshop to our Transition Year students.

Jan 2018: Desmond College student records song composed by TY Students during Music workshop with Tony Monahan from Limerick Music Generation
Breda Magner recording a song the Transition Year students composed during a workshop facilitated by Tony Monahan from Limerick Music Generation.

TY Christmas Raffle

December 19, 2017


Congratulations to our Desmond College winner of a Tablet in the TY Christmas draw
Congratulations to Ben McCormick winner of a Tablet in the TY Christmas draw.

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

September 13, 2017

September 2017: Brothers of Charity and Desmond College start a new year

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

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.

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.

Transition Year Graduation 2017

June 13, 2017


May 2017: Rhea Crowley and Michéal Murphy receiving their Community Spirit Awards at the TY Graduation
Rhea Crowley and Michéal Murphy receiving their
Community Spirit Awards at the TY Graduation.


May 2017: Thomas Curtin and Dylan Moloney receiving their awards for Innovation at the TY Graduation
Thomas Curtin and Dylan Moloney receiving their awards
for Innovation at the TY Graduation.


May 2017: Jason Ryan receiving his award for his outstanding volunteer work in the Brothers of Charity
Jason Ryan receiving his award for his
outstanding volunteer work in the Brothers of Charity.


May 2017: Emmett Wrenn and Liam Callinan receiving awards fro Peer Mentoring
Emmett Wrenn and Liam Callinan receiving awards for Peer Mentoring.


May 2017: Ben McCormick receiving the Class Tutor award from Ms Kerrie Collins
Ben McCormick receiving the Class Tutor award from Ms Kerrie Collins.


Student of the Year Alice Duffy receiving her award from Principal Ms Vourneen Gavin Barry and TY Co-ordinator Ms Kerrie Collins
Student of the Year Alice Duffy receiving her award from
Principal Ms Vourneen Gavin Barry and TY Co-ordinator Ms Kerrie Collins.

Transition Year Trip to Rome

June 1, 2017


May 2017: Desmond College Transition Year trip to Rome
Our Transition Year students enjoying their recent trip to Rome.


May 2017: Desmond College Transition Year trip to Rome
Ms Kerrie Collins who organised the Transition trip to Rome and Mr Culhane who accompanied them.


May 2017: Desmond College Transition Year trip to Rome
Jason Ryan and Dylan Moloney enjoying their school tour to Rome.


May 2017: Desmond College Transition Year trip to Rome
Michéal Murphy, Sean Walton, Dylan Moloney, Thomas Curtin, Emmet Wrenn and Jason Ryan on their school tour to Rome.


May 2017: Desmond College Transition Year trip to Rome
Rhea Crowley, Aoife Corbett, Alice Duffy with Ms Kerrie Collins on the Transition Year school tour to Rome.


May 2017: Desmond College Transition Year trip to Rome
Amy O’Shea, Leona Mulally, Rhea Crowley, Hannah McMahon, Alice Duffy, Roz Barrett and Aoife Corbett on the TY school tour to Rome.

Desmond College and Brothers of Charity Celebration

May 15, 2017

Desmond college TY class hosted their friends from the Brothers of Charity in their annual celebration at the start of May.

The group had great fun creating pieces of art together and listening to the Desmond College students perform some traditional Irish music.

There was great craic when the dancing and singing started and there was even a brush-dance competition.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day and look forward to our continued friendship.

May 2017: Desmond College post primary school TY Students with their friends from the Brothers of Charity
Desmond College Transition Year students with members of the Brothers of Charity.


May 2017: Desmond College Transition Year Post Primary School Students with their Friend from the Brothers of Charity
Thomas Curtin, Dylan Moloney and Jason Ryan with WJ from the Brothers of Charity.

Transition Year Students Complete a First Aid Course

May 9, 2017


May 2017: Desmond College Transition year students complete a First Aid Course

Kollect4Kolkata

April 12, 2017

A huge thank you to everyone who so generously donated items for Rang Geraldine’s “Kollect4Kolkata” in aid of the HOPE foundation.

The class are pictured here with four of the Transition year students who will travel to India next week with there suitcases full up with gifts for the street and slum children of Kolkata.

Best of Luck to Ms Aisling Ryan and Ms Joan Nicholas along with students Roz Barrett, Hannah McMahon, Alice Duffy, Thomas Curtin and Darragh Collins who will travel to Kolkata this week to volunteer.


April 2017: Kollect4Kolkata, Desmond College Transition Year volunteers who collected for the street and slum children.

TY Students Fundraise for The Hope Foundation

March 15, 2017

March 2017: Desmond College TY Students speaking and fundraising at all Masses in Newcastle West this weekend for their upcoming trip to Kolkata
Thomas Curtin, Roz Barrett and Hannah McMahon speaking and fundraising at all Masses in Newcastle West this weekend for their upcoming trip to Kolkata.

Wheelchair Basketball

March 14, 2017

The Transition Year students in Desmond College are currently in training for a wheelchair basketball competition, which will take place in Neptune stadium on Thursday the 30th March 2017 where they will compete against other TY schools.

March 2017: TY students in Desmond College taking part in Wheelchair Basketball
Thomas Curtin, Alice Duffy, Leona Mulally, Rhea Crowley, Hannah McMahon, David O’Donovan and Michéal Murphy all TY students in Desmond College taking part in Wheelchair Basketball.

March 2017: TY students in Desmond College taking part in Wheelchair Basketball
Amy O Shea, Roz Barrett, Alice Duffy, David O’Donovan and Thomas Curtin all TY students in Desmond College taking part in Wheelchair Basketball.

First Year and Transition Year Trip to Ballyhoura

October 24, 2016

Oct 2016:First year and transition year hiking Trip to Ballyhoura
Holly Kelly, Liam McMahon, Aoife Lee, Sean Walton, Aaron Moinbhiol, Emma Beasley, Liam Callanan and Ava McDonagh


Oct 2016:First year and transition year hiking Trip to Ballyhoura
Aaron Moinbhiol, Brianna Callanan,Kristina Horan and Michelle Leahy from Desmond College who went on a hiking trip to Ballyhoura


Oct 2016:First year and transition year hiking Trip to Ballyhoura
Some First Year and Transition Year students from Desmond College who went on a hiking trip to Ballyhoura


Oct 2016:First year and transition year hiking Trip to Ballyhoura
Darragh Collins, Alice Duffy, Amy O Shea, Aoife Corbett, Roz Barrett and Hannah McMahon students from Desmond College who went on a hiking trip to Ballyhoura