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.
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.