Transition year has been running in the school for many years. It creates a bridge for students to move from a state of dependence to a more participative and independent role with regard to their future.
The program is not limited by the constraints of a prescribed syllabus and is not exam directed. This is one of the greatest advantages we see in the year as it opens up alternative ways of learning for students. The emphasis is on individual responsibility and the development of an articulate, self-confident person.
The course is particularly suited for a student who would otherwise do the Leaving Certificate at a young age. It also benefits a student whose general level of maturity and social development need to be encouraged. Finally, it suits a student who wishes to expand his range of interests and accomplishments.
The team of teachers working on Transition Year has developed a program reflecting the above aims. The recommendation of the Curriculum and Examinations Board is that not less than 30% and not more than 50% of the students time should comprise traditional and/or academic students. Our program encompasses new subjects and new active involvement of the individual student. For this reason, Transition Year should be seen more as a commitment than an option.
Vision: To provide a course that will promote the individual, social, educational and vocational development of our students and prepare them overall to become self-reliant, mature and responsible members of society.
Each Student spends two weeks out of the school year to work. This helps the student acquire some knowledge of the qualities needed to work with others and is very worthwhile.