TRANSITION YEAR STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO GET INVOLVED IN EVENTS THAT ARE ORGANISED BY THE SCHOOL, BUT, MORE IMPORTANTLY, THEY ARE ENCOURAGED TO ORGANISE AND RUN EVENTS THEMSELVES.
Below are some examples of TY events.To begin the start of the exciting year, the TYs travelled to Connemara Adventure Centre for an opportunity to bond with the new students. After over two hours on the bus we were ready to embrace what Connemara had to offer. As there were 84 of us we were divided into three groups and set off on our activities. One group climbed the never-ending 445m high summit called ‘Diamond Hill’ which was a most challenging and rewarding experience as the view was spectacular. Another group went orienteering through the boggy forest searching for the hidden numbers 1-12 on the trees. Unfortunately no.7 appeared to have ‘disappeared’! The third group was taken out on the nearby lake for kayaking which was enjoyable. After an action-packed day the friendly staff prepared a nutritious meal. That night we gathered around a bonfire which was a heart-warming experience. Around 25 courageous students volunteered to sleep in a bivvy bag in the forest for the night while the rest of the students slept in comfortable beds in a hostel. This meant trying to get comfortable lying on tree twigs and stumps in a waterproof survival bag with no phones or food. We were described as sardines in a tin! This opportunity was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and was highly recommended. We encountered a wild goat and talked till dawn. On returning to the centre we looked like bears during hibernation but had grins on our faces and many memorable, amusing stories to tell. After a final BBQ we set off reluctantly back to Sligo and caught up on some sleep! Thank you Mr Lynch, Mr Gavin, Ms Finnerty, Ms Higgins and Mr. Price for making it possible.
Early in September, the Transition Year go on a bonding trip. This year they went camping in Lough Key Forest Park. The annual bonding trip is a great way for TYs to get to know one another.
In September TY students organised a whole school walk as part of the European Week of Sport. All the students and a good few teachers took part in a school walk along the scenic Garavogue River to Doorly Park and back, a distance of 4km. TYs acted as marshals along the route. The school has done this walk for the last few years as part of the drive to promote healthy lifestyles.
Every May the Transition Year Class celebrates their TY achievements in a special Awards Night. They present a review of the year, with many students speaking about the year’s events and activities. Funds raised during the year are distributed among many local charities such as the North West Hospice, the Cancer Support Centre, St Vincent de Paul and the Alzheimers Society, among others.
In May 2017 Transition Year students organised and ran a fashion show in aid of the National Council for the Blind, Ireland. The project was run entirely by the TY group with MCs, models, sound technicians, back- stage crew, interval acts and raffle organisers all coming from TY. The night was great fun and €550 was raised for NCBI.
To finish the year, the whole TY class sets off on a camping trip, this year to Achill Island. These trips are always a high point and a lovely way to end the year.