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Transition Year Programme

The Transition Year Programme is a unique one-year programme that promotes the personal, social, vocational and educational development of students and prepares them for their role as autonomous, participative and responsible members of society. TY provides a bridge to enable students to make the transition from the more dependent type of learning associated with Junior Cycle to the more independent learning environment associated with Senior Cycle. It encourages the development of a wide range of transferable critical thinking and creative problem solving skills.

It aims to promote personal development and increasing maturity. Half of the timetable is devoted to academic subjects that will benefit the students when they sit their Leaving Certificate Examination. The other half is ever-changing, designed to meet the emerging needs of today’s students. The wide range of modules includes Microsoft Prodigy Learning (ICT), Dance, Mini-Company, Cake Artistry, Self-Defence, Ceramics, Hostess Cookery, Work Experience, Personal Development, Art and Design, Digital Media, Chinese Culture, Young Social Innovators, Development Education and Film Studies. Every year the Transition Year class stages a full-scale musical which is open to the public over three nights in March. All aspects of the production including, sets, costumes, choreography, stage management and publicity are carried out by the TY students under the direction of the Musical Core Team of teachers.



Transition Year Calendar of Events 2013/2014

From September to December, students who were not actively involved in the musical on Friday afternoons engaged in a number of different activities. These included personal development, jazzercise, yoga, first aid/health promotion, kickboxing, hair and beauty.  

Thursday 5th September – Monaghan Integrated Development, Youth Work Ireland Monaghan, An Garda Siochana and Monaghan Joint Policing Committee delivered the ‘Don’t Pour Your Dreams Away’ programme to all TY students prior to receiving their junior cert. results.

September 19th – Eimear Dolphin from ‘Aware’ visited the school to discuss mental health issues with all transition year students.

September 24th – Breda Gargan, (member of An Garda Siochana), visited the school to discuss cyberbullying with all transition year students.

September 24th – Liz O’Reilly from the HSE trained eight transition year students for the ‘Tooth Led Teens’ programme. These students then delivered two lessons on oral health to each first year class.

October 10th – 12 Transition year students collected on main street in aid of ‘Autism Ireland’.

October 10th – Four TY students began their training for the PYE Substance Abuse programme run by the HSE. Students completed 5 days training in total after which they delivered 4 lessons on substance abuse to each first year class.

October 11th – Twenty of our transition year students took part in an Active Citizenship and Youth Information Day in Carrickmacross civic offices.

November 4th – Padraig Nolan, member of An Garda Siochana, delivered a presentation on road safety to all transition year students.

November 4th – 8th: Two of our TY students were accepted onto the Transition Year Physics Experience Programme (TYPE) in the School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin.

November 5th – Thirteen TY students took part in a four week intergenerational programme run by Monaghan Integrated Development in conjunction with Age Action Ireland to enhance the IT skills of senior citizens in our community. Students acted as tutors on a one to one basis. The course was run in the schools computer suite.

November 11th – Mary Yore from Gaisce made a presentation to all TY students in relation to undertaking ‘The President’s Award’.

November 11th -15th: Two TY students were accepted onto the transition year programme in St. Patricks Mental Health Services, Dublin.

November 29th - Ten transition year students collected on Main Street for Carrickmacross Scout Flag Day.

November 29th – December 1st: Four transition year students travelled to Galway to participate in this year’s regional session of the European Youth Parliament.

December 13th – A group of transition year students delivered their own lesson on diversity, which they developed during their peer tutoring module, to the 6th class students in St. Josephs Boys School.

February 3rd and 6th - All transition year students engaged in ‘Wassa Wassa’ workshops which included African dance & song and African drumming and cultural awareness.

February 6th – Thirty TY students attended a Garda Operational Support Unit open day in Dublin where students viewed the work of the mounted, water, dog and air support units.

The timetable for Friday afternoons now that the musical is completed includes Hairdressing, Beauty, Line Dancing, Health Promotion, Jin Shin Jytsu, Defib. Training, Emotional Health and a Table Quiz.

March 13th – Representatives from ‘The Irish Wheelchair Association’ visited the school giving students the opportunity to play Wheelchair basketball in our Sports Hall (View photos here).

March 20th – Our student bank officially opened in the schools concert hall. Six TY students engaged in interviews to secure their roles as bank officials and underwent on-the-job training in Carrickmacross Bank of Ireland branch.

April 1st – All TY students  attended a recording of the live performance of warhorse in the Irish Film Institute in Dublin.

April 2nd – 16 students participated in fundraising for Autism Awareness Day.

April 7th – Elizabeth Bennett gave students an informative talk on blood and organ donation.

May 12th – Alan O’Neill, driving instructor, is coming to talk to TY students about doing the theory section of the driving test.

May 14th – All TY students will go to Stormont Buildings, Belfast as part of their Peer Education Programme.

May 15th – 12 students will collect in Carrickmacross town for the Irish Heart Foundation.


Other activities:

  • Louise – YSI and project with St. Louis Monaghan.

  • Student who entered Young Scientist Competition.

  • Mini company organising a debate team with the Patrician High School.


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