The Transition Year Programme
The fourth in the six-year school cycle, Transition Year promotes the personal, social educational a and vocational development of the student. Its aims are threefold: an education toward maturity, an education through experience of adult and working life and a promotion of general, technical and academic skills.
The school has a compulsory Transition Year, during which students have the opportunity to try subjects not normally taught at secondary level and which may open them up to new career options. These subjects include horticulture, media studies, motor safety awareness, Chinese studies, oral communication, electronics, first aid and anthropology. There are also many educational excursions with the annual trip to the outdoor activity centre in Gartan, Donegal, being one of the most popular.
Transition Year fosters academic achievement as students prepare for the Leaving Certificate. It encourages the development of critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. Proven research has shown that students who complete Transition Year achieve significantly better results at Leaving Certificate.
Transition Year is a one-year programme.