The Transition Year Programme (or TY as it is more commonly known as) 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 (Transition Year Guidelines, 1994, Department of Education). 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.
Our Transition Year programme is well established here in St Louis. It is now in its 19th year. We regularly review and carry out a range of evaluations to ensure we are offering the very best programme to our students. Our demand for transition year is growing every year. We currently have 73 students taking part in it this year. We are also considering bringing it in as a compulsory year in the future.
We give students the opportunity to try new subjects for the first time. In some cases, students then go on to take these subjects in their leaving certificate. This year we are offering the following subjects in transition year:
Career guidance, enterprise education, European & local studies, Spanish, French, Home Economics, Irish, Musical Production, Pastoral Care, PE, Religion, World of Science, Art Craft & Design, English, Maths, ICT Design & Technology, & Chinese.
Our students also get involved in a lot of activities such as TY musical (last year it was ‘Legally Blonde’), in numerous sporting events) including a Santa Run, Gaisce Award, Pope John Paul Award, Young Social Innovators, Youth for Justice, Mini- Company, Work Experience, various guest speakers and trips.
Girls who do transition year in an all-girls school get on average an extra 50 points in their leaving certificate. This tends to be due to the fact they are more mature, have a better understanding of their preferred career path (after work experience), make more informed subject choices for Leaving Certificate and are also ready to start studying for their next State Examination. Our highest achievers at leaving certificate and our Head and Deputy Head Girls over the years tend to be students who partook in our Transition Year Programme.