TY Students had a fun filled team bonding day at “Zipit – Forrest Adventures” in Farran Woods!
“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!
|06/09/2017||Brothers of Charity visit||All|
|Different dates||Brothers of charity work placement||All at different times|
|25/09/2017||Primary school blitz||All|
|02/10/2017||Music generation workshop||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|
|16/10/2017||Narrative four workshop||Selected|
|19/10/2017||Ballyhoura walk with 1st years||All|
|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||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|
|09/01/2018||Leave for young scientist||Selected|
24/01, 31/01 ,07/01
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.
Tony Monahan from Limerick Music Generation delivering a workshop to our Transition Year students.
Breda Magner recording a song the Transition Year students composed during a workshop facilitated by Tony Monahan from Limerick Music Generation.
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.
Rhea Crowley and Michéal Murphy receiving their
Community Spirit Awards at the TY Graduation.
Thomas Curtin and Dylan Moloney receiving their awards
for Innovation at the TY Graduation.
Jason Ryan receiving his award for his
outstanding volunteer work in the Brothers of Charity.
Emmett Wrenn and Liam Callinan receiving awards for Peer Mentoring.
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.
Our Transition Year students enjoying their recent trip to Rome.
Ms Kerrie Collins who organised the Transition trip to Rome and Mr Culhane who accompanied them.
Jason Ryan and Dylan Moloney enjoying their school tour to Rome.
Michéal Murphy, Sean Walton, Dylan Moloney, Thomas Curtin, Emmet Wrenn and Jason Ryan on their school tour to Rome.
Rhea Crowley, Aoife Corbett, Alice Duffy with Ms Kerrie Collins on the Transition Year school tour 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 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.
Desmond College Transition Year students with members of the Brothers of Charity.
Thomas Curtin, Dylan Moloney and Jason Ryan with WJ from the Brothers of Charity.