In  September  Transition year students had a poetry workshop. Speaker, Stephen Murray came to talk about different approaches to everyday poetry. Ty's were asked to write poems that express there feelings.  Here are some of their work and more can be found on 

Tearing Down Walls

Forced to search for meaning and devotion
With my friends and peers
Life is always in comparison.

Rebuilding the wall that I once tore down
Just for that one person I put trust in
But now I regret to cause deep within
I know in only myself I trust
Only will this brick walls turn to dust
When one gives me a reason to strive
Only then I will know my purpose in life.

Trusta Kamy Uchendu 

Sligo city

I walk these streets day and night
Know it better than most people do
I see things that make me think
I don’t talk I keep it all in my head
But any smart person knows Sligo city is a system
It’s like a ham and cheese sandwich
The gangs who run the city are the bottom bread
The cheese are the rich high end of Sligo but “SOFT”
The “HAM” or “BEEF” the middle class the less well off the strong to cut
The top bread is da police who make sure it’s all G.

William Moore


We live in one of the best surfing destinations in Ireland and SGS takes advantage of this. Every year all TY students have the opportunity to try surfing. For four weeks each Ty class is taken to Strandhill and given surfing lessons. 


Visiting lecturers are a feature of Ty as are visits to hear people talk about their experiences. This year Ty students heard from  Nobel Prizewinning scientist William C. Campbell who spoke at Sligo IT. Good manners and etiquette was the subject of another interesting if quirky talk! A dermatologist came and spoke to all TYs - boys and girls - about the importance of good skincare. The class attended a
talk by the Road Safety Authority and students were shown what could happen as a result of careless driving.


TY students go on many trips throughout the year.  The following are some trips they went on in 2016/17.

  • To start the year the T.Ys went to The Transition Year Expo 2016 in Punchestown, Dublin. This was a place for students to learn about TY and pick up ideas about what they might want to do during their year.
  • A trip was organised to see “A Feast of Bones” in the Hawks Well Theatre. This musical play was touring around the country and the TY was delighted to get a chance to see it.
  • A boat trip on Lough Gill was organised to give students a chance to see the lake and view the Lake Isle of Inisfree. They also got a chance to visit Parkes Castle.
  • TY Students went to the RDS in Dublin to attend an event run by I Wish. The aim of the organisation is to encourage girls to pursue a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)
  • A cultural trip to Croke Park allowed the students absorb some of their own cultural heritage as well as giving our many International students a flavour of Irish culture.
  • The TY Spanish class went on a trip to Grange to Streedagh beach to learn about Spanish culture in Ireland. The class listened to a talk on the beach given by a local on the Spanish Armada and their involvement there.


Workshops such as the following are a big part of Ty in SGS.

  •  Geography students were taken to Dublin to do a workshop in the Irish Aid Centre. The students learnt about life in rural Africa and the work that is done by Irish aid workers.
  • In April 25 TY students were selected to go to Sligo IT to do a workshop run by performing arts students. They were using drama to make poetry more engaging. 
  • They also went to a drama workshop in the Hawks Well Theatre. 
  • TYs had a drumming workshop with Mr. Peter Crann. At this ever- popular workshop they learned about many different kinds of drums and how to play them.
  • TYs also had a Latin Dance workshop organised by the Spanish class. 


TY is an opportunity to get away on bonding rips, including campig trips, activity trips and cultural trips abroad.

  • In September the TY’s went on a camping trip to Lough Key forest Park. The trip was at the beginning of the year and helped the TY students to get to know one another better.  The trip included team-building activities. 
  • TY students and four of their teachers travelled to Italy at the end of the school year for a cultural trip to Sorrento and the Amal Coast. They saw Rome, Amalfi Coast and Sorrento. They visited a honey farm, a coffee-making business, learnt how to make  ice-cream and pizzas and generally had a fine time!
  • To finish the year, the whole TY class set off on a camping trip to Achill Island. They cycled around the Island and were blessed with good weather.


Work Experience is an important part of TY in Sligo Grammar School. Students must organise a total of three weeks of work experience during the year, one block of two weeks and one block of one week. Students are encouraged to think carefully about the work they choose to do as this is an opportunity for them to try out work that they think they might enjoy. Often students find out that what they thought they wanted to pursue as a career is, after all, not the job for them. For this reason alone, TY work experience is invaluable.


Debating and Public Speaking is part of TY and all students get a chance to try it. The SGS DebSoc meets regularly in the Khansama after school on Wednesdays and many TY students are involved and are very promising debaters. They competed in public speaking and debating competitions during the year. 


TY students get a chance to visit some of our Universities as it helps them decide on the subjects they might need for their Leaving Cert. In 2016/17 Students went to Trinity, UCD and DCU. This gave them an opportunity to see for themselves what the Universities had to offer.

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