Transition year

Transition Year programme has been offered in Mercy College since 1993. Transition Year aims to -

  •  Promote the personal, social and educational development of the student.
  •  Provide the student with an opportunity for the study of topics outside the school curriculum.

         free from the pressure of examinations and the constraints imposed by an examination curriculum.

  • Transition Year also gives students an opportunity to participate in work experience, educational outings and fundraising events.

Some facts about Transition Year:

At the end of Transition Year the student is generally more focused and more mature. Statistics nationally indicate that students who have completed Transition Year score higher points in the Leaving Certificate than those who did  not take the course.

Transition year students are also less likely to drop out of college in their first year than those who have not completed the course.

The curriculum is broad and balanced.

Students participate successfully in a number of competitions at county, regional and national level.

Advice for TY students

Make the most of it while it lasts.

The year will give you many opportunities and challenges.

Be involved!

Do your best!

Your form teacher will help you along the way, he/she will pass on information about events and activities, so make sure you are on time for morning roll call.

Also check the TY notice board in the hall regularly.

For those of you who make the most of it, TY will be a great experience. I anticipate that by May 2011 you will feel more confident and independent, have more friends, know your teachers better, be more socially aware, be more of a ‘team’ person and have lots of good memories. Carpe diem!

CORE SUBJECTS

  • English
  • Irish
  • Mathematics
  • French/German/Spanish/Italian
  • Leisure Studies

MANDATORY TRANSITION YEAR  SUBJECT

E.C.D.L.

SUBJECT SAMPLING

  • Science (Physics, Chemistry & Sports Science)
  • Business Studies.
  • Mini Company
  • History
  • Geography
  • Home Economics
  • Religion
  • Typing
  • Italian
  • Music
  • Work Preparation

MODULES

  • Library Studies
  • Technology
  • Art
  • Craft
  • Chinese Language and culture
  • European Studies
  • Video & Film Studies
  • Bridge

EUROPEAN DIMENSION

Education has assumed an important European dimension within the school in recent years, as a result of the E.U. Comenius Project funded by Leargas. Mercy College has forged strong links with five schools in mainland Europe, in Portugal, the Netherlands, Slovakia and Latvia. Previously Mercy College linked with Denmark, Sweden, France, Italy and Greece in a similar Inter School Project.

Transition Year students involved in the European Education project communicate with our partner schools by e-mail, letter and video and also have the possibility of student exchange visits to these countries

 

Assessment

Pupils will receive a Christmas and end of year report as in any other year. Successful participants will receive Work Experience Certificates and Transition Year Certificates. There will be exams in the core subjects in May.

Attendance

Good attendance is vital if you are to make the most of the year. Poor attendance and/or punctuality mean that you will miss out on information, events, activities, and assignments.

Collecting for charity

Occasionally, groups of TY pupils collect for charity, usually by selling ‘flags’ or bag packing in the city centre. A permission form from home is always required.

Deadlines

A deadline is a deadline! Every year some TY pupils miss deadlines for signing on for activities or handing in Projects or Portfolios. You may miss out on the activities or have your work rejected if you miss the deadlines.  Be warned!

Debates

Some senior pupils in Mercy College become involved in school debating teams and competitions. TY is the best year to begin!

Exchange Trips

French ,Spanish and German exchanges are organised for Transition Year students.

Gaisce President’s Award

Gaisce, or the President’s Award, is a national prize for personal achievement, based on set challenges, e.g. learning a new skill, doing community work or going on an expedition.

Graduation Night

At the end of the year, there will be a TY Graduation Night to which parents and guardians will be invited. A range of certificates e.g. First Aid, Work Experience, will be presented.

The most important certificate is the Transition Year Certificate, which will be awarded to the majority of the year’s TY class. The certificates are awarded at three levels – Distinction, Merit, Pass.

Leaving Certificate Subject Choices

There will be Guidance classes to help pupils make these choices. Choices are made in the spring. There will be an evening meeting for parents on this topic.

Modules

A module is a subject that lasts half a year! Indicate on your timetable the length of each module. After Christmas you will switch to a different module. Participate to the best of your ability in your classes. This will be a key factor in deciding on the level (Distinction, Merit, Pass) of your Transition Year Certificate.

Outings

Various outings are organised by individual teachers or subject departments. A pupil who misbehaves on an outing may be excluded from other outings.

Parent teacher meeting and Parents’ Night

There will be an Information/Discussion evening about TY in March and a parent-teacher meeting later in the year.

Discipline

TY pupils are not immune from detention.

September

September is a ‘settling in’ month for getting back to school, starting new subjects and modules, meeting new teachers and getting the Junior Cert results… The ‘big’ TY events are further down the road.

Speakers

There will be a number of guest speakers for TY during the year. The talks will generally be on social and health issues.

TY Play and Musical

The TY Play is always a main highlight of the year for those involved! A fantastic opportunity to make new friends, develop self-confidence and have possibly the best experience of your time in Mercy College!

Work Experience

Work Experience is a major element of TY. You will have a Work Experience class once a week but the onus is on you to organise your placements.

Where possible, students find placements in work related to the career in which they have a special interest. It is the responsibility of each student to make her own application and to find their Work Experience Placement as this is an essential element of preparation for the world of work.

Students are not paid for work experience. Students are monitored by the school and assessed by the employer.

At the end of work experience each student is required to complete a Work Experience Portfolio.

Note: To gain a Work Experience Certificate at the end of the year, you must complete the assignments set by your work experience teacher. Incomplete Portfolio = no Certificate!