‘The most effective schools were those which had set out clear aims and objectives, had carefully drawn up programmes and policies, and had generated a strong team spirit and a sense of commitment among the teachers’.
Transition Year Programme An Evaluation by the Inspectorate of the Department of Education
Our Transition Year Programme is going from strength to strength since its inception in 2001 with just 24 students. Since then in excess of 100 students participate in the programme each year in Colaiste Bhride.
Transition Year – Mission Statement
-To provide the personal, social, and intellectual development of the students.
-To prepare them to become active participants in their learning,
-To provide them with a broad range of academic and cultural experiences.
Transition Year Rationale
- To provide a learning structure which promotes maturity
- To provide a wide range of cognative and emotional skills
- To be learning led rather than exam driven
- To ensure breadth and balance in the curriculum
- To provide experiential learning
- To challenge students in all areas of development
- To facilitate interdisciplinary and cross-curricular links
- To develop life skills
- To learn through networking with other schools and social agencies
- To encourage variety in teaching and learning styles
- To enable students to become independent, self-directed and self-regulated learners
- To encourage a professional use of assessment
- To meet the needs of all learners
To co-operate with all educational partners in providing a broad and enriching experience.
Aims of our Transition Year Programme
To lay a secure foundation for:
- A Leaving Certificate programme with more purpose and motivation
- A more informed approach to Leaving Certificate subject choices.
- Increased social awareness and social competence.
- Enhanced self-confidence and self-esteem.
- To facilitate further development of general, practical and academic skills.
- To provide the opportunity to discover and explore individual talents aptitudes and abilities.
- To develop effective study skills for performance in Leaving Certificate examinations.
Adult and Working Life
- To gain insight into the world of work.
- To expand the learning environment beyond the school campus into the wider community.
- To explore students to explore a variety of leisure activities in order to use leisure time constructively.
- To help students to acquire a positive awareness of their community and therefore enable them to become active
|Coláiste Bhride may offer the following in Transition Year
Calendar ‘Once Off’ Layer
|Work Experience Placements||University Open Days|
|School Final of Young Entrepreneur||Theatre Trips|
|County Final of Young Entrepreneur||YSI Speak Out|
|Gorey Chamber of Commerce Competition||French/German Exchanges|
|Visiting Speakers||Irish Workshop|
|Workshop Days||Baltingass Induction Day|
|Killary Outdoor Education Trip||Learner Driving Instruction Day|
|Gaisce Venture||Build a Bank Launch|
|TY Dev Ed Workshops||ESS Fieldtrip|
|Mental Health Seminars||Law Day|
|Optional European Tour|
|Transition Specific Layer|
|First Aid||Gaisce Awards|
|Law||Young Social Innovators|
|Programming & Coding||Holocaust Studies|
|Tae kwan do||Italian|
|Dance||Outdoor Pursuits/Hill walking|
|Guitar for beginners||Leisure & Rec|
|Critical reasoning & public speaking|
|Subject Sampling Layer|
|Core Subject Layer|
Assessment in Transition year
Relationship to Mission / Vision / Aims
Assessment in the broadest sense includes all appraisal of student achievement in curricular and co-curricular activities. The pursuit of excellence in all things requires reflection on practices, procedures, facilities and attitudes with a view to improvement. This policy articulates Colaiste Bhride’s goals for formative and summative assessment with a view to improving teaching and learning.
In Colaiste Bhride it is school policy:
- That summative Assessment occurs twice yearly by the means of end of module formal examinations in November and May.
- That assessment for Learning Methodologies are applied in each subject / module area in the form of continuous assessment.
- That all staff are encouraged to be flexible in assessments and in facilitating the demands and overall aims of the
- That TY be learning-led rather than exam-led.
- To use a variety of methods of assessment including oral, aural, and written exams, project work, unit work, continuous assessment
Folder of Achievement
Each student is required to keep a folder recording his/her activities during the course of the year.
The aim of this is to provide a means of reflecting on the worth and meaning of the activities that the individual has participated in.
It will also be instrumental in awarding prizes and class certificates at the end of the year.
Certificates will be presented at the following levels:
Distinction Merit Participation
More importantly it will be a unique record of each students’ experiences of a year when there is time to experiment, to achieve and to enjoy a myriad of different activities.
Custom & Practice
Applying for Transition Year Programme
Step 1- TY Induction for students & parents
- All 3rd year students are presented with information regarding the TY Programme in December/January of the academic year to which they wish to apply.
- Parents and students are also invited to an evening introduction meeting in January, entitled Senior Cycle Information Evening
- Application forms are given to interested students which must be returned within one week by date specified.
Applications are screened by Management, TY Core Group and Year Head according to:
- Availability of places
- Commitment to the programme.
- Personal school record of the applicant
- Application to school life and extra curricular activities
- Interview process.
Students are informed in writing of the outcome of the selection process.
Following receipt of this letter, students offered a place must accept it in writing together with fees. This secures a place.
Students transferring from another school: General Admissions Policy to Coláiste Bhride applies as well as Transition Year Admissions Policy.
Transfer students must accept their place in writing together with payment of fee in full within two weeks of being offered a place on the TY Programme.
Note: Deposit is non-refundable.