Welcome and Information

Welcome to St Peter’s transition Year page.

Transition year in St Peter’s aims to provide a wider educational experience than either of the Junior Certificate or Leaving Certificate programmes do. In this endeavour students are offered constant opportunities to grow as people, expand their life experiences and further their achievement at Leaving Certificate.

Transition Year for 2015 – 2016

St Peter’s has structured its programme for 2015-2016 as follows:

  1. Core subjects – Maths, Gaeilge, English, World of Science, Leadership Skills, Information and Communications Technology, World of Work, Social Studies and a language from the following: German, French or Spanish. All students study these subjects for the year.
  2. Modular Subjects – Chinese, Home Economics, Art/ Craft work, Building, Metal Craft and Production, and Business Studies. Students study a range of these subjects.
  3. Specialism Subjects
    1. Sport and Recreation Studies including kayaking, rock climbing, hill walking,
    2. Musical – the production of a musical. In the past ‘Grease’, ‘Les Miserables’, and ‘Oklahoma’ are amongst a long list of productions the TY’s have undertaken
    3. Arts, Drama and Studio Technology which complements the musical production and involves setting up of sound and lighting systems and stage production and management

Students pick one of the three specialism subjects.

  1.  Personal Enrichment courses, skills workshops and lectures including first aid courses, overnight visit to the Gaeltacht in Rathcairn, Development Education workshops, Poetry Slam, and Easter Rising Celebrations. Students are also invited to take part in a trip to China or Italy at an extra cost. Ms Sinead Edmonds is our events organiser and she takes great care in ensuring students get access to a wide range of activities.
  2. Work Experience

This involves students working outside the school on a Friday from the end of September. Employers like IBM, RTE, Dunboyne Castle, Creches, and primary schools facilitate students. They also do a weeks’ work experience in late September and mid-April. Students generally find this an invaluable experience.

At St Peter’s we encourage students to become actively involved in as many activities as they can in TY. Those who do so are usually the ones that benefit most from the year. For Parents of TY’s it can be useful to take a look at their son/ daughters’ TY journal which acts as a reflective diary of all activities he/ she has engaged in. This is reflective of the wealth of experiences that TY students have access to at St Peter’s.

TY activities in the final term are more Leaving Cert focussed in order to begin preparation for it. It can take a little time for 5th year students to readjust to the demands of academia and this therefore enables them to adopt the correct mind set to embrace fully the demands of 5th year.

Assessment and Examinations in Transition Year

Transition year at St Peter’s emphasises development of the student as a whole. Consequently assessment of it takes a number of forms. This ranges from house exams in some subjects to assessment of project work and personal skills both from within the school and also by outside bodies. Parents receive two reports for the year. Students are also interviewed and assessed on a portfolio of work that they put together at two key points during the year.

Work experience is assessed by the employers and monitored by the students’ World of Work teacher. Students keep a reflective diary which is also monitored by the students’ teacher.

Patricia Daly

TY Co-ordinator