Transition Year

In 2013, Presentation Secondary School embarked on a Joint Transition Year Programme with our Educational Partners in St. Patricks Secondary School.



It is intended that this unique Joint Transition Year Programme will enhance and develop the intellectual, emotional, spiritual, moral, physical, social, vocational and civic characteristics of the students involved. The programme should challenge all students, encouraging autonomy in learning, fostering interpersonal skills, and creative thinking.  The programme, therefore, aims to provide young people with the skills and support necessary to develop their own individual talents, aptitudes and abilities with regard to future educational and/or vocational preparation.
Emphasis is placed on:

  • The evolution of students of both schools towards characteristically well rounded adolescents.
  • Self-directed learning, personal goal setting, and commitment to achieving individual improvement.
    • “To have an aim is to act with meaning.” (Dewey, 1916)
  • Experiential education of working life as a basis for personal development and maturity.
  • The active encouragement and positive reinforcement of students
  •  To introduce the student actively to the world of work and the demands of punctuality, work ethic, commitment to learning and adaptability this places on the individual
  •  To provide an opportunity for students to mature intellectually, socially, physically and spiritually.
  •  To consolidate and develop the learning experience of the student which has taken place during the Junior Cycle.
  •  To develop study habits more suited to Senior Cycle and to encourage the development of self-directed learning in all students so as to enable them to set and achieve their goals.
  •  To foster a growing sense of responsibility in the student for his/her own life so that he/she may become a responsible socially conscious citizen, able to cope successfully with the demands of society and of life.
  •  To encourage students to value and develop inter-personal skills through team, group and peer relationships.

The curriculum is structured into 4 layers.

  • Core Subject Layer

Aspects of the following subjects are included: Gaeilge, English, French, Spanish,  Information Technology, Physical Education.

  •  Subject Sampling Layer

Students get to sample Science, History, Geography, Design & Communication Graphics, Engineering, Art, Business & Enterprise and Culinary Skills

  •  TY Specific Modules

Young Social Innovators, Young Entrepreneurs Programme, Young Scientist Competition, Life Skills , Work Experience, Community Placements, Gaisce-The President’s Award, 121 Digital

  • Calendar “once off” Layer

The activities available may vary depending on the interests of the Transition Year Group and opportunities that arise during the year. Typical activities include: Driver Education Course, First Aid Course, Visiting speakers, Teambuilding activities, Wheelchair Basketball, F1 in Schools Competition, Mock Interviews and a variety of courses.

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