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!

 


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

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

September 14, 2016

Desmond College, Newcastlewest Transition Year class follow in the steps of their predecessors and form new and exciting friendships with the service users in the Brothers of Charity Newcastlewest.

The Transition Years are welcomed into the Charity to be immersed in the daily lives of the service users. 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.


Sept 2016: Desmond College Transition Year Students pictured with Kitty McEnery, Tina Binchy, Margaret Browne, Con Collins, Mary Kirby and service users from the Brothers of Charity
Desmond College Transition Year Students pictured with Kitty McEnery, Tina Binchy, Margaret Browne, Con Collins, Mary Kirby and service users from the Brothers of Charity.

The Buddy System

September 12, 2016

In Transition year, the Buddy system has been running with great success for a number of years. The TYs ‘buddy up’ with the incoming first years and help to ensure a smooth transition from Primary school to Secondary School.

Each of the TYs act as a mentor for their select group of 1st years throughout the year.

They are there to help, support and advise them as they begin their journey through Post primary education.


September 2016: Desmond College TY Student with her two new First Year Buddies
TY student Hannah McMahon is the perfect ‘buddy’
for new first years Ciara Ryan and Emma Brennan.


September 2016: Desmond college First Year Students meet their TY Buddy
TY student Alice Duffy teams up with some
of our new First Years to help them adapt to their new school.

TY 2015-2016

May 24, 2016


A year in review for our TY class of 2016

End of Year Celebration at the Brothers of Charity

May 19, 2016

May 2016: Transition year students from Desmond College pictures with some people from the brothers of charity at the end of year celebration

Transition year students from Desmond College pictures with some people from the brothers of charity at the end of year celebration.

May 2016: Transition year students from Desmond College pictures with some people from the brothers of charity at the end of year celebration


May 2016: Transition year students from Desmond College pictures with some people from the brothers of charity at the end of year celebration


May 2016: Transition year students from Desmond College pictures with some people from the brothers of charity at the end of year celebration


May 2016: Transition year students from Desmond College pictures with some people from the brothers of charity at the end of year celebration

TY students Receive Cheque
from Tesco for Hope Foundation Immersion Programme

February 12, 2016


Feb 2016: Desmond College TY students who received a cheque from Tesco for their Hope Foundation immersion programme


Feb 2016: Desmond College TY students who received a cheque from Tesco for their Hope Foundation immersion programme

Feb 2016: Desmond College TY students who received
a cheque from Tesco for their Hope Foundation immersion programme

Transition Year Students go on Anois Leadership Training

January 28, 2016

Jan 2016: Gary Byrnes, Michael Hogan, Muireann Tobin, Leah Barry, Aine Upton, Amy Ryan and Sophie Bridgeman Transition Year students from Desmond College heading off on Anois Leadership training.
Gary Byrnes, Michael Hogan, Muireann Tobin, Leah Barry,
Aine Upton, Amy Ryan and Sophie Bridgeman, Transition Year students
from Desmond College, heading off on Anois Leadership training.

Transition Year Students at the LCETB Cross Country Competition

December 12, 2015

Desmond College Transition Year students stewarding at
the LCETB cross county event held at the demesne recently.

2015 December: Transition Year Students at the LCETB Cross Country Competition

Natalia Janska, Mary O Connor, Micheal Collins, Shane Normoyle,
Ryan White, Ronan St. John, Tomas McCarthy, Michael Hogan.

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

September 23, 2015

Desmond College, Newcastle West Transition Year class follow in the steps of their predecessors and form new and exciting friendships with the service users in the Brothers of Charity Newcastle West.

The Transition Years are welcomed into the Charity to be immersed in the daily lives of the service users. 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. Friendships are formed and last for years.

Transition Year Students with the Service Users at the Brothers of Charity

TY Graduation 2015

June 16, 2015

Peer Mentoring Award

Desmond College TY Graduation 2015: Peer Mentoring Award: Cillian McMahon with Ms Guiry
Cillian McMahon with Ms Guiry

Community Leader Award

Desmond College TY Graduation 2015: Community Leader Award: Claire Mortell and Ms Cregan
Claire Mortell and Ms Cregan

Innovation and Endeavours Awards

Desmond College TY Graduation 2015: Innovation and Endeavours Awards: Diarmuid Curtin with Ms Broderick
Diarmuid Curtin with Ms Broderick

Desmond College TY Graduation 2015: Innovation and Endeavours Awards: Seamus Hurley with Ms Broderick
Seamas Hurley with Ms Broderick

Desmond College TY Graduation 2015: Innovation and Endeavours Awards: Eamonn Browne with Ms Broderick
Eamonn Browne with Ms Broderick

Desmond College TY Graduation 2015: Innovation and Endeavours Awards: Eoin Considine with Ms Broderick
Eoin Considine with Ms Broderick

Brothers of Charity Award

Desmond College TY Graduation 2015 : Brothers of Charity Award: Patreeze Nugent with Anne from the Brothers of Charity
Patreeze Nugent with Anne from the Brothers of Charity

Tutor Award

Desmond College TY Graduation 2015: Tutor Award: Shauna Hallinan with Ms Collins
Shauna Hallinan with Ms Collins

Transition Year Student of the Year

Desmond College TY Gradutation 2015: Transition Year: Student of the Year Award: Emma Herbert with Ms Gavin Barry and Ms Collins
Emma Herbert with Ms Gavin Barry and Ms Collins

Localise Project Award

Desmond College TY Graduation 2015: Localize Project Award: Johnny Hunt, Shauna Hallinan and Patreeze Nugent
Johnny Hunt, Shauna Hallinan and Patreeze Nugent

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Desmond College TY Graduation 2015: Emma Herbert with proud Mam and Dad, Anne and Tom
Emma Herbert with proud Mam and Dad, Anne and Tom

Desmond College TY Graduation 2015: Claire Mortell Community Leader Award with her Family at the TY Graduation
Claire Mortell (Community Leader Award) with her family at the TY Graduation

Desmond College TY Graduation 2015 Diarmuid Curtin with his family at the TY Graduation
Diarmuid Curtin with his family at the TY Graduation

Desmond College TY Graduation 2015: Jack O'Connor with his Mam and Dad at the TY Graduation
Jack O Connor with his Mam and Dad at the TY Graduation

Desmond College TY Graduation 2015: Some of the TY Students at their Graduation
Some of the TY students at their Graduation

Transition Year Students enjoy a party with the Brothers of Charity

May 20, 2015

As part of the Transition Year localised project each of the TY students carried out some work experience in the Brothers of Charity. They gained great experience and made life long friendships as a result of their work.
Desmond College Traditional Music Group draiocht entertain at the brothers of charity party; May 2015

Desmond College Transition Year Students Enjoy a Party with the Brothers of Charity May 2015: Dermot Ahern and John McCoy

Desmond College TY Students have a party in May 2015 with the Newcastle West Brothers of Charity: Dermot Ahern and Mr. K O'Rahilly

May 2015: Transition Year Students from Desmond College have a party at the Brothers of Charity, NewcastleWest. Pictured: Patrick Foley and Conor Reidy

The Desmond College TY students with some of the members of the Brothers of Charity: May 2015