- An optional one year programme.
- The vast majority of our students moving from Junior Cycle to Senior Cycle follow the programme.
Transition Year Programme
Transition Year aims to develop the student’s maturity. This is achieved by offering a wide and varied programme that allows students to acquire a broad range of skills, as well as continuing with academic subjects.
The Transition Year programme includes all the core academic subjects as well as Computers, Home Economics and Career Guidance. All students do modules of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, and this assists them in their selection of subjects for the Leaving Certificate.
ECDL - Each year many Transition Year students complete all seven modules of ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) and acquire this valued certificate.
Enterprise Programme - allows students to develop business ideas and learn cooperation and teamwork skills.
Work Experience - gives students the chance to sample the world of work and assists with future career choice.
The Transition Year Information meeting for Third Year parents and their daughters is held in late January, and once application forms are received the process of interviewing begins.
At the end of the year we hold a Transition Year Graduation Night for students and their parents.
Modules vary from year to year but generally include:
- First Aid
- Self Defence
- Environmental Science
- Video Production
- Writing for College
- Safe Driving for Life
Communication skills are of vital importance to all students as they proceed through school and on to their future career. Students have time each week where they prepare and deliver speeches to their peers.
We run an integrated Art Project where students from Carriglea do Art in Ard Scoil na nDéise with Transition Year students. They hold an exhibition of their work at the end of the year.
Transition Year also involves trips to many different events. The students undertake outdoor pursuits including surfing in September and May.
Transition Year Happenings
- Transition Year students are now participating in a new Road Safety programme. The aim of this course is to raise students’ awareness of every aspect of Road Safety.
- Waterford Sports Partnership in conjunction with Transition Year students has held a Festival of Sport in 2009 and 2010. The aim of this programme is to encourage Transition Year students to increase their level of physical exercise and to promote physical exercise among Junior students.
- Transition Year students have the opportunity to participate in Gaisce, the President’s Awards.
- Log-On-Learn is our new course for retired people, partly sponsored by Intel, Microsoft and An Post. Transition Year students act as individual “buddies” to the adults on the course.
See the Newsletters for Many More Activities and Photos
Irish Guide Dogs
We had a day in school called “Shades for a Day” where we raised money for the Irish Guide Dogs. We manage to raise lots of money for the charity. In order to present the money we went on a day trip to the Guide Dog training centre near Cork City.
The staffs were very friendly and they had the tea and biscuits ready on our arrival! They then brought us up to a video room where they showed us a very interesting video about the training of the Guide Dogs and how they can influence and help the quality of many people’s lives.
We also learned how much time and effort goes into the training of the Guide Dogs. Not every dog is a suitable candidate for helping blind people so these dogs are used to help autistic children.
We then saw Mrs. O’ Brien acting like a blind person by using all the different equipment blind people use. While doing this she had to wear a blindfold. It was kind of funny watching her crashing into everything!!!! They then brought us on a tour of the houses where people go while they are being introduced to their dogs. They have to use very different equipment to ours. We then met all of the Guide Dogs. They were so cute!!
Once our trip was over we went to Mahon Point to do some shopping! It was an unreal day!!!
On October 1st 2013 the Transition year students spent the day with Mr. Liam Moore of Honeywell Engines and Systems in preparation for their forthcoming work experience. We worked with him in the school hall for a one day health and safety course. We learned about different diseases and accidents that can occur in the workplace.
We all practised lifting things properly and had a test at the end of the day! We all passed and now feel prepared for our work experience in November.
We started 1st aid in September wait Elma Walsh. We thought it was going to be terrible having a double class full of notes and learning but Elma defiantly made it interesting and fun. We had a great laugh bringing Fred (the dummy) back t life every week. Poor fella must have been exhausted with it all but he never once complained.
We got lots of help from Elma, we learned a lot but really enjoyed the class. We will be getting our 1st aid certs soon and hopefully now we will be able to cope with life threatening situations.
Seachtain na Gaeilge (4ú-17ú de Mí Mártha)
I rith Seachtain na Gaeilge ghlac an scoil ar fad páirt i gComórtas Seanfhocail a bhí an-rathúil. Chomh maith le sin, Dé Máirt ghlac an chéad agus an dara bliain páirt i dTráth na gCeist a d’eagraigh ar idirbhliain. Bhain siad an-taitneamh as. Bhí lá Ghlas againn agus Maidin Dé hAoine, bhí céilí ag an gcéad bhliain le cabhair ón idirbhliain. An tráthnóna sin tháinig muintir na hIdirbhliana o Scoil na mBráithre agus ón Ardscoil le chéile le haghaidh céili. Bhí craic agus spraoi againn go léir. Coicís iontach a bhí ann.
T.Y. Gaisce Trip
One of the main requirements for the Gaisce Award is to complete a two day, overnight “adventure journey” where you must hike 26-30 kilometres. On the 7th of February all us who are taking part in Gaisce headed to Wicklow.
We stayed in a hostel close to the Wicklow Way where the scenery outside our window was stunning. Luckily for us, the rain stayed away and reports of snow on the mountains were greatly exaggerated because we were only there a short while when we took off on a hike through the woods.
The first ten minutes were tough going- we thought we’d never reach the top of that first hill. However we managed to find the energy to make it up a mountain of 500m and get back to the hostel with very few casualties. We were all very impressed with ourselves when we were told we had walked from Dublin to Wicklow!
We woke the next morning with quite a bit less energy than we had the day before for our six hour hike to the top of a taller 720 m mountain. The final few metres to the very top were covered in fog and we, totally drained of energy, had to band together to ensure no hiker was left behind, and reaching the top was the best feeling ever!
We stayed in Wicklow an extra night and woke on Friday morning tired, stiff and proud both of our hike and the “Harlem Shake” video we had made when we got back to the hostel.
We spent that final day learning Bear Gryll style survival skills, archery and climbing before playing the “unfair Mexican stand-off game”, so called because it’s unfair and was invented in Mexico!
Everybody was falling asleep on the way home but it was a lot of fun and brought us a step closer to achieving our Bronze award.
Kickboxing With Billy
Every Thursday until Christmas Billy from the Waterford kickboxing club came up to the Ard Scoil nDeise to the TY’s to have a bit of a workout and to talk to us about the dangers around us and self defence and drugs was a main topic Billy would talk to us about. The once day we had a proper work out and most of the class where in pain for the next few days ha ha. It was a good laugh though. We really enjoyed the kickboxing sessions, and every Thursday we where looking forward to Billy coming into us.
Billy taught us how to protect ourselves and told us that if we ever had any problems just to get his number off the school and give him a call and he would be glad to help us out! I have to say that the TYB class really enjoyed kickboxing with Billy.
Student Enterprise Awards
On the 12th of December 2012 13 enterprises, created by the transition year students, competed for a place in the Regional Final of the Student Enterprise Awards which will take place in February. Having completed 10 weeks of the Student Enterprise module run by the school the students participated in a craft fair held in the school. The students were interviewed and judged on various elements of their enterprise by Stephen and Gail from the Student Enterprise Awards .
The successful enterprises that will compete in the Regional Final are Orla Hickey, Clodagh Kearns, Jessica Meere and Taylor with Student Discount Cards; Catherine Bowen, Conach Gibson, Janine Krummemacher, Katharina Mayer and Meave Organ with Kameshe; Nadine Browne, Janna Grotkopp, Eimear Hurley and Kayleigh Veale with Survival Kits; Lauren Allen, Sophie Hodnett, Jessica O Shea and Niamh Whyte with Jamerama; Sophie Coyne, Amber Earley, Amy Lonergan, Lauren Mulvhill and Amy Yellop with Mini Mirrors.
T.Y. Quiz with the C.B.S.
On October 24th, the T.Y. students had a quiz with their contemporaries in the C.B.S. It was a great afternoon and all mixed in well. We would like to thank Mr. Collins,Mr. Scanlon and Mrs.Stack for organising this event.
We had joint winners; T.Y.1. Michael Culloo, Amy Yellop,Lauren Mulvihill ; T.Y.2 Catherine Bowen, Coady Power and Daniel Coleman. The two runners up were T.Y.1 Rob Shine, Jenny Wade, and Courtney Taylor; T.Y. 2 Billy Looby, Taylor Murray and Maria Ciabas Garcia. It was a great experience and we look forward to doing it again.
Lauren McGregor and Niamh Whyte.
On Tuesday, March 29th, the T.Y. students participated in a “Law Day”. Two barristers from Cork, Karen and Niamh, visited us to talk about a career in Law.
At first, they told us about the basics of law and how barristers and solicitors work. (And we got to see the infamous robe and wig!)
Then, after small lunch, we watched a film "A Time to Kill" starring Matthew McConaughy and Samuel L. Jackson to see what a real trial looks like and how it functions.
After lunch, gathering all the information we had learned throughout the day, a mock trial was held. Both classes enjoyed the case of Bob "Jaws" Murphy and the day in general.
On Tuesday the 7th and Thursday the 9th of this month the T.Y.s headed out to Colligan Equestrian Centre for a riding lesson. Some of us had never ridden before and for others it had been years since we had been in a saddle, so we were all both nervous and excited!
Once we had got our helmets, the first half of the session was a lesson for those of us who could ride a horse so we each “buddied up” with a pony and zipped around the arena trotting, cantering and trying to hear the songs that were playing on the radio near the entrance to the arena.
The second half was for those who had never ridden a horse in their lives! While the ponies were lead by the girls from the first lesson, everyone learned how to steer and do rising trot and all picked it up quickly and with no “horsing around!”
So, regardless of the stiffness in our legs that may never go away, we had a great afternoon and are devastated that we don’t have enough time left to go back this term!
The Ploughing Championships
On September 24th, we T.Y students headed off to the first day of the National Ploughing Championships which were opened this year by President Higgins at Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois.
We started the day off early as we all met at the school at seven o’clock and we arrived at the event at 10.00. As we arrived, a tractor and trailer approached and we all hopped on. It brought us to the ticket stands where we all handed over our tickets in exchange for a wrist band which was our pass to enter through the gates. We split into groups and waved each other on our way.
About 1,400 exhibitors had stands at the 800 acre site which made it quite hard to get around to every stall! There was a huge variety of things to see from tractors, crushers and lime spreaders to hair products, make up and even tooth whitening booths! There surely was a stall to suit everyone.
At around 2o’clock we and our friends headed to the R.T.E. stall where we met Daithi O’Shea and we had a photo taken with him. After our encounter with Daithi, we did the weather forecast which was good fun. We headed out and did our last minute shopping before we headed back to the area where we were to meet our teachers.
Just before we left, President Michael O’Higgins passed us in his car and waved at us.
We then went back to the bus and left Stradbally to head for home. Overall it was a wonderful day and the only complaint we had was we should have worn willies instead of shoes as our feet were covered in blisters. I think it was worth it though!
T.Y.s had a brilliant day in Tramore last Friday when they went surfing at the Oceanic Surfing School. The group was divided into two, with one group doing a cryptic challenge around Tramore. For the challenge, the teams of three were given a set of clues and set off around the town.
During this time, the other group of T.Y.s went surfing. Three of the coaches gave lessons on the beach before the girls excitedly entered the freezing water. Wetsuits, wet shoes and surf boards were all provided by the school.
By the end of the day, everyone had done all the activities and headed home, tired but happy.
Caitriona O’Brien and Grace Heffernan.
On Thursday, October 3rd, the T.Y.s went orienteering in Waterford in the Kilbarry Nature Park. The weather forecast predicted that there would be floods on the day and it was correct! The T.Y.s marched, ran and skidded through the boggy lands in the park. They all got very wet as they made their way through over-flowing rivers and flooded bridges.
Needless to say, the girls ploughed through the treacherous conditions and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves even though they were soaked to the skin. The girls returned to the Ard Scoil pleased to have experienced the excitement and adrenaline rush of orienteering.
Grace Whelan and Ailin Power.