TRANSITION YEAR IS A TIME WHEN THE STUDENTS CAN GET INVOLVED IN A HUGE AMOUNT OF ACTIVITIES. HERE IS A FLAVOUR OF WHAT GOES ON!
Despite Covid-19 restrictions Sligo Grammar School’s TY programme continues (almost) unabated. Workshops, Talks and activities have punctuated the term since Christmas – on-line as well as “in the flesh”! These included a talk/workshop with funny man, Rory O’Connor, who talked about his personal mental health journey. John Lonergan, former governor of Mountjoy Prison also spoke to the TYs . They also had an on-line HR talk. Workshops included a drumming workshop (photos below), a Disability workshop, and a Stripe workshop. TY students also competed in the BT young Scientist competition on-line in January, while some pro-active individuals did on-line courses in diverse areas such as Law, Drama and IT skills. Two of ourTY 2021 Irish Angus teams progressed to Stage 2 of the competition.
At the end of September the TY classes spent a day dedicated to promoting wellbeing. Following morning workshops in the school they then went with their Form Teachers to climb Knocknarea and have pizza together in Strandhill.
CHARITY SEA SWIM
Every November the TY class does a sponsored Sea Swim for charity. the dress up in fancy dress and brave the cold waters of Rosses Point. The funds raised go to a variety of local charities.
TY Bonding Trip
TY students and some of their teachers go to Killary Adventure Centre for an annual bonding trip. The students get involved in activities such as swimming in bog-holes, climbing walls, and generally communing with nature in a very hands-on way! The trip includes an overnight stay in the Adventure Centre. It is a great way to get to know one another.
An end-of-year camping trip gives the TYs a chance to close this exciting year together.
The Transition Year mentoring programme for first years starts at the end of August with a preparation course. TY students show the new students around and tell them everything they need to know about life around the school. The TY students find it an excellent experience which helps develop their leadership skills. First year students find it helps a lot with settling in especially if they didn’t know anyone before they arrived to the school
Talks and workshops are part and parcel of TY. These can range from Road Safety to Drumming. The students often attend workshops outside of the school, while some are held within SGS.
Poetry Slam is a creativity workshop that all TYs get to do. It is highly successful and very popular with the students. Here are two offerings.
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
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.
As part of the Transition Year P.E. course students get the chance to do four weeks of surfing. It usually takes place during P.E. class in Strandhill.
TY students go on many trips throughout the year. The following are some trips they went on in the past.
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.