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 involvment there. The talk was set up as part of the Celtic Grange Fringe Festival which took place in Grange on the 23rd-25th of Sep.
For the first 4 weeks of school, the Transition Years went to Strandhill Beach, to do a surfing programme.
On 1st September, the TY Year went camping in Lough Key Forest Park.
On Wednesday 25th May TY students were presented with their TY Certificates. Many students were also awarded the Bronze Gaisce award after having completed the sporting, community, skills and adventure requirements of the Presidents Award. See our Gallery page HERE for more photos.
Transition Year is very important, not only because of the activities and experiences that they are getting, but also because TY students get to choose their subjects that they are going to do for their Leaving Certificate. They were recommended to choose subjects that are based on their aptitude.
TY Students also had taken DATS (Differential Aptitude Test) testing. This test was taken to show the natural ability of the students. Based on the result of DATS Testing, some students were recommended to do certain subjects.
On the 27th of January, there was a options evening after school, for TY Students and their parents. Parents and students attended a talk, and they all found it very informative.
Ms McGuinness talked about the importance of choosing subjects which suit the student. She strongly recommended that students should not choose a subject that they are not interested in. She also discussed the LCVP course.
After the talk, Students and Parents were given a chance to talk with teachers. Parents and students could ask questions about the subjects in leaving cert, and the teachers answered them and gave an advice about subject choice.
After this talk parents and students were sent home, and students were asked to fill out the forms for subject choices. Subject bands were created based on the students’ subject choices.
Throughout the course of the year Transition Year students are involved in many events.
They include school-based events and community events.
On 2nd of December, Students went to Trinity, UCD and DCU. This gave them an opportunity to see for themselves what the Universities had to offer. Later this year students will have to choose the subjects they will take to Leaving Cert level, so a visit to the Colleges is vital to help them make their decisions.
Each year transition year have sponsored swim in Rosses Point. Students must swim in fancy dress and collect money for charity!
A group of TY’s attended the ‘Schools Summit” at this years web summit, the last one for now to be held in Ireland. Students spent 2 hours in the RDS listening to speakers about their start-ups.
Recently Transition Year students went down to Stephen Street car park for the Road Safety Authority talk.
They sat in a normal car which was on a pivot and turned upside down slowly. When the car turned upside down you were completely suspended in the air by your seat belt. We learned that if one person in the car wasn’t wearing a seat belt they could kill everyone else in the car.
We learn to always fasten our seat belts.
This year TY students started the year by going away to Coláiste Uisce in Connemara for a “bonding” session1
They stayed overnight and got involved in a range of activities designed to get students working together. These activity days are very important as they give the students a chance to get to know one another, especially vital for the new students in the school.
At Coláiste Uisce the TYs did various workshops and activities including Irish dancing and water sports.