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 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

Transition Year Students in Desmond College get Certified in First Aid

May 19, 2015

Desmond College students acquire competency in performing CPR as part of the Transition Year First Aid Certificate: May 2015

Transition Year Students in Desmond College Learn Some Essential First Aid Skills : May 2015

Transition Year students enjoy a talk from
Darragh Lavelle from the Irish Defence Forces

March 26, 2015

Transition Year students enjoy a talk from Darragh Lavelle from the Irish Defence Force :Eamonn Browne, Cian Cremin, Conor Leahy, Shauna Hallinan, Chloe Collins, Sara Flatley, Lauren Moloney, Stacey Flynn, Matthew Hally, Conor Kennedy, Sean McElliggott, Eoin Considine, Seamus Hurley, Claire Mortell, Emma Herbert, Darragh Lavelle, William Lane, Jodie Lenihan

Transition Year Students Putting The Finishing Touches on Their Projects for the Chain Reaction Conference at the University of Limerick

March 19, 2015

Desmond College is one of only six schools in Ireland who are participating in the Chain Reaction Project currently being run by the University of Limerick. The projects aims to develop critical thinking, reasoning and problem solving skills amongst students. The students will attend the National Conference on the 19th March where they will present their project about “The story Behind the Ice Bucket Challenge”. The winning group will enjoy a trip to Germany.

Desmond College Transition Year Students putting the finishing touches on their projects  for the Chain Reaction Conference at the University of Limerick

Transition Year Students learn Lifesaving skills along with Gym Participation in Killeline Leisure Centre

March 6, 2015

Transition Year students from Desmond college under the guidance of their teacher Ms. Sandra Quaid are currently attending Killeline Leisure Centre as part of their PE module. The students will practice lifesaving skills and get an insight into gym participation.

Desmond College TY students : Lifesaving Skills : Johnny Hunt, Conor Leahy, Cillian McMahon, Claire Mortell, Killian Lynch, Emma Herbert, Diarmuid Curtin, Lauren Moloney, Conor Reidy, Seamus Hurley, Liam Dowling

Cian Cremin and John McCoy enjoy Gym Participation in Killeline

Transition Year Work Experience

February 24, 2015

Transition Year students in Desmond College are currently preparing for their second work experience from the 2nd – 6th March.

They will be based in a range of areas including Moore Park Agricultural College, Accountants, Solicitors and Gaming Technology.

Work experience provides many benefits for students by helping them to acquire skills and experience that will allow them to stand out to future employers. It gives them the opportunity to see if they are suited to particular careers. It equips them with certain soft skills such as team working, communication skills and commercial awareness, all of which are sought after by employers.

Transition Year students in Desmond College Get an Insight into “A Day in the Life of a Scientist”

February 18, 2015

Transition Year students in Desmond College pictured with Blathin Casey and Laura Comber, both PhD students in the University of Limerick’s Clinical Therapies Department.

Transition Year students in Desmond College pictured with Blathin Casey and Laura Comber, both PhD students in the University of Limerick’s Clinical Therapies Department.

The Brothers of Charity Service Users visit Desmond College

February 17, 2015

The Brothers of Charity Service Users with their friends from Transition Year in  Desmond College, helping them to raise funds with their beautiful Valentines products. This is co-ordinated by Ms K Collins.

Pictured are Imelda Chalk, Mary McCann & Sinead o Mahony with Emma Herbert and Claire Mortell

TY Reading Initiative

January 25, 2015

TY Reading Initiative January 2015 TY Reading Initiative 2015 Transition Year Reading Initiative January 2015 Transition Year Reading Initiatve 2015 Desmond College TY Reading Initiative 2015 Desmond College Transition Year Reading Initiative January 2015 Desmond College Transition Year Reading Initiative 2015

First Year Hike with TY Buddy (Oct 2014)

October 20, 2014