Transition Year is a one-year bridging programme which enables students completing the Junior Cycle to approach the Senior Cycle with a greater degree of confidence and maturity. Recent national studies on the effectiveness of Transition Year indicate that these students have a higher grade point average in the Leaving Certificate, and take a broader range of third-level courses than non-Transition Year students. Transition Year students also work better on research projects, have better interview skills and are more educationally adventurous. The school wholeheartedly recognises the personal and social development skills which accrue to Transition Year students. The outline for the Transition Year programme is subject to change from year to year. A new TY programme, Wider Horizons, was introduced in 2014 (see Wider Horizons Booklet).
In Transition Year, learning takes place both within and outside school, and students are encouraged to make the most of both. In school, learning takes place through participation (not graded) and through project work (graded by the school). Outside school, learning is facilitated by students having less school work and less study to do at home, and therefore more time to dedicate to advancing in other areas, such as music, art, sports, computing, languages, travel, work experience, additional subjects, useful hobbies etc. Parents are key in helping their sons use this time effectively for furthering their personal development, time which will be in short supply in 5th and 6th year due to study.
Participation in school, for a TY student, involves learning how to become organised and self-motivated, experiencing the world of work, entering specialist competitions, committing to TY-specific extra-curriculum events and trips, contributing to whole school drama and music activities, participating in extra sporting events and partaking of all relevant workshops provided by the school.
Download the 2019/20 Wider Horizon programme details from here
The fee for taking part in Transition Year covers all of the standard programme subjects and activities delivered by the school to TY students; extra charges are levied for any extra activities which occur.
Assessment & Reporting
There are two forms of Assessment in TY: Project Work & Classwork. There are two forms of Reporting: Student Booklet and Term Reports (December and May).
Only projects are formally assessed in TY. Assessment is through a grading system of Distinction (project work that is excellent in all regards); High Merit (project work that is very good in all regards); Merit (project work that is average for the class); Pass (project work that meets the minimum standard expected); No Pass (project work that does not meet the minimum standard expected)
While normally tuition for TY takes place during the standard school day, some activities may require time commitment outside of school hours. Typically Thursday is the day allocated to off-site activities.