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 (Transition Year Guidelines, 1994, Department of Education).Before the New Junior Cycle students relied more on dependent learning and TY bridges the gap between JC and LC by creating more independent learners and critical thinkers.
Our Transition Year Programme is well established here in St Louis. It is now in its 21st year. We regularly review and carry out a range of evaluations to ensure we are offering the very best programme to our students. Demand for Transition Year is growing every year. The year is not compulsory. We also have many students who join us in St Louis to take part in our TY Programme such is its reputation.
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:
Irish, English, Maths, Career Guidance, Enterprise Education, Geography, Spanish, French, Home Economics, Musical Production, Pastoral Care, PE, Religion, World of Science, Art Craft & Design, ICT Design & Technology, & Chinese.
Our students also get involved in a lot of activities such as: TY Musical – this year it is ‘All Shook Up’, in the Couch to 5K programme culminating in a Parkrun just before Mid Term, Gaisce Award, Pope John Paul Award, Young Social Innovators, Youth for Justice, Mini- Company, Work Experience, various guest speakers and trips.
Did you know, 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 from 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.