Transition Year

Gaisce Trip

The TY students are going to Wicklow on the 24th and 25th of May to complete the Adventure Challenge part of the Bronze Level Gaisce Award. 
Drivers Education
This year TY students took part in Driver's Education classes and learned about road safety. They will take part in a day's driving in May in the safety of the school car park.
Minister of the Eucharist
The students who took part in the John Paul two awards this year and became Minister's of the Eucharist are scheduled to graduate over the coming week. Congratulations to all involved.

Aims and objectives of the Transition Year programme

Transition Year Programmes are designed to provide the integrated development of the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, physical, social and vocational capacities of each individual student. The principal objective of the Transition Year is to prepare young people for their role as participative and responsible members of society. The Transition Year offers students the opportunity to review and consolidate the work done in Junior Cycle, explore new areas and methods of study, and make more mature and informed choices regarding their future development and learning.

The Principal aims of transition year are:

1. Education for maturity with the emphasis on personal development including social awareness and increased social competence.

2.The promotion of general, technical and academic skills with an emphasis on inter-disciplinary and self-directed learning.

3.Education through experience of adult and working life as a basis for personal development and maturity.

Programme Content

The programme has a substantial academic base, which will enable the student to retain the habit of study and to adapt readily to Leaving Certificate course work in Fifth Year. The core subjects in the programme are: Religious Education, English, Irish, Mathematics, French/German and Physical Education. Students will have the opportunity to study subjects they may not have opted for in the Junior Cycle as all Transition Year students will attend classes in Business Studies, Science, Art, Home Economics and Music. New Courses include: Information Technology, Health Education, Media Studies, Ancient Civilisation, Architectural Studies, Environmental Studies, Personal Development, Careers and Tourism Awareness. Practical experience will be gained from work placements and the Mini-Company component of the Business Studies Programme.

Tutor Groups

  • Each student will be monitored regularly on a one-to-one basis by a tutor. The tutors will be a small group of staff members who will meet weekly with the Transition Year co-ordinator to assess the programme and the students.
  • Self-evaluation will be required and students must keep a journal, which will be available to their tutor.
  • Teachers will assess their own subjects and this assessment can take the form of examinations, projects, reports, etc.
  • Transition Year students will have Christmas and Summer examinations with the rest of the student body.
  • The Year Head and the Transition Year co-ordinator will assess punctuality and attendance.
  • On completion of the course, students will be presented with a folder containing assessment results, punctuality and performance record, and references and employers reports. The school will issue a certificate to students who successfully complete the programme. Certificate will be awarded “With Distinction” or “With Merit” to students who deserve special recognition.


Transition Year Activities


  • Autism guest speaker
  • Rose Day
  • Film Studies
  • Play
  • Poetry Workshop
  • Irish Times School Mag Competition


  • Science week UCD
  • Young Scientist RDS
  • Enfo


  • National Art Gallery
  • Irish Times Workshop in Design
  • Knowth and Newgrange
  • Botanic Gardens
  • National History Museum

Travel & Tourism

  • No. 29
  • Collins Barracks
  • Casino Marino
  • Visit a tourist attraction
  • Dublin Town Bus
  • Guinness Storehouse


  • Retreat
  • Visit to Catherine McAuley House on Baggot Street
  • Visit to the Mosque

Physical Education

  • Self defence course (6 weeks) Certified
  • Life Support Skills (10 weeks) Certified
  • Outing to the gym (spinning, yoga and pilates)
  • Official FAI training

German/ French

  • Outing to the cinema to see a German film
  • Learning German and French songs/ Poems

Business & Mini Company

  • Junior Achievement Company
  • AIB Build a Bank Challenge
  • Get up and go Minicompany
  • College green AIB
  • Dublin City Enterprise
  • Law Day with the Barrister

Personal Development & Social Skills

  • Bonding Day
  • Aromatherapy
  • Beautician
  • 4 weeks of Work Experience
  • Trip away
  • Theatre visit Abbey and the Helix
  • Dance Workshop
  • Poetry Workshop
  • Enterprise Workshops
  • First Aid
  • FAI training
  • Fundraising for various charities
  • Coffee mornings
  • Flag days
  • Organising regional Futsal tournament
  • Interview Training
  • YSI Young Social Innovators

History/ Geography

  • Trip around Dublin City
  • Project work on 1916
  • Geography Case Study (Traffic Pollution)
  • Trip to the National Archives
  • Kilmainham Jail

2009 sees the introduction of the TY LOL programme where Ty students will introduce people over the age of 65 to computers over a period of 8 weeks training run during school time. The Eco Unesco programme and an alliance with the Northside Area Partnership have also begun for the first time in 2008-2009.