Coláiste Íosagáin

Transition Year

Transition Year

Transition Year Programme

‘Transition Year is a one-year programme which provides a bridge to enable students to make the transition from Junior Cycle to Senior Cycle’.

In Coláiste Íosagáin the programme is designed to

  • foster academic achievement as students prepare for the Leaving Certificate
  • promote independent learning at all levels, and promote ‘self-motivation ‘
  • help students to mature, become more confident and responsible, and be better equipped to face the Leaving Certificate
  • encourage personal and social development
  • facilitate the need for students to grow in independence and develop a wide range of transferable critical thinking and creative skills
  • Develop new friendships and teamworking skills
  • Connect with the community and adult working life

Some of the modules/activities/workshops that Transition Year may offer in Coláiste Íoságain

  • Leadership training
  • Gaisce Bronze Award
  • Microsoft office Specialist programme
  • Public speaking and debating
  • Outdoor activity programme
  • Robotics competition
  • Climate Literacy programme
  • Global citizenship programme
  • First Responder workshop/First Aid
  • Movie making/song writing workshops
  • Fundraising events eg Stay Awake/Golf Classics/Bake Sales
  • Mini-company
  • Work Experience
  • Talks on a wide variety of topics (eg Addiction, Cyberbullying, Social Justice issues etc )
  • Out of school trips

Subjects covered in Transition Year

There is still an emphasis on the core subjects of English, Irish and Maths in Transition Year in Colaiste Íosagain, and on the European language (French or German).

The remaining subjects usually facilitated are Computer skills (e.g. Microsoft office specialist) Business studies (which can also be used as a taster for Economics and Accountancy during the year), Science (where students can taste some Chemistry, Biology or Physics), Career Guidance, Arts Education, Religion, History/Geography, Home Economics, Wellbeing and Music. There may be a slight change from year to year depending on the resources available.

Work Experience

In Colaiste Íosagain, this is usually run over a two-week block in February. Work Experience gives the student a chance to taste the world of work and to choose an area that they may have an interest in pursuing in the future. It is also a ‘maturing ‘ and confidence building experience, introducing the student to adult working life.

Costs Involved

The Cost of Transition Year in Colaiste Íosagain is used to pay for all the workshops, buses and trips, speakers, project work, competitions etc, and also covers the cost of the three-day ‘bonding’ trip to an outdoor education centre which usually takes place in October and is one of the highlights of the TY year.

Outdoor Education Trip to Killary, a fantastic bonding experience for the Transition Years at the start of the year. They get to gorge walk, cliff jump into the sea, complete high rope challenges, do some bog jumping, try some archery, table quizes, drum workshops, karaoke and generally have an amazing and fun time.

Transition Year Trip Abroad

The school organises a trip abroad for the Transition Year students each year. This trip is voluntary and is not included in the Transition year costs.

Assessment in Transition Year

Students are assessed on their completed portfolio showing their involvement in all the areas of the TY programme throughout the year. Credits will also be given for an ‘out of school project’ they must complete in their own time. Attendance will also be taken into account, and a final end of year interview. Following this the Transition Year student will be awarded either a distinction, merit or certificate of completion.

Accessing Transition Year in Colaiste Íosagain

There are usually 48 places allicated by the Board of Management for those that wish to complete Transition Year depending on schools' resources. Please see the school's admission policy for Transition Year on the website (click on about us, then policies, admission policy and read point 21.)

Final Note

The success of Transition Year will depend on the student's involvement and participation. In order to get the most out of the programme, the student must be willing to engage and have a positive attitude towards the programme. Students that show little enthusiasm will gain very little. They must be willing to take part in all the new opportunities given with an open mind. Those that fully immerse themselves in the programme will benefit the most. They will have matured, become more caring and responsible citizens, be more organised, more self-confident and more prepared for the challenge of the Leaving Certificate.

Dec
08 2022
School Closed
Dec
22 2022
Christmas Holidays
Jan
18 2023
1st Year P/T Meeting
Feb
02 2023
5th Year P/T Meeting
Feb
06 2023
School Closed
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Coláiste Íosagáin,
Bog Road,
Portarlington,
Co. Offaly,
R32HV25

05786 23407


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