Idirbhliain - Transition Year

Irisleabhar na Scoile Bealtaine 2016

Féach ar Irisleabhar na hIdirbhliana 2016 anseo!

Féach ar Irisleabhar eile anseo!

Age Action Computer Class: Transition year students were tutors for computer classes in conjunction with Age Action Ireland! See the photos here!

Eolaí Óg 2013

I mí Mheán Fhómhair, thosaigh daltaí na hIdirbhliana ag obair ar a dtionscnaimh don Chomórtas BT Eolaí Óg na Bliana. Fuaireamar scéal i mí na Samhna gur glacadh le dhá thionscnamh ón scoil; ceann Antóin Ó Dúllaing agus Conchúr Breathnach, agus ceann eile Dayna Ní Shíocháin agus Chloe Teale. Onóir ollmhór ab ea seo don scoil toisc nach raibh sé ach an dara bhliain dúinn cur isteach ar an gcomórtas.

Click here to read about students taking part in the Young Scientist Exhibition

Turas sciála 2013

Bhíomar ar ais san Ostair i mbliana. Bhí sé ag cur sneachta don tseachtain go léir agus bhí na coinníollacha sciála foirfe!
Bhaineamar sár-thaitneamh as an turas!

Féach ar roinnt grianghrafanna anseo!

An Neidín - Neartú Foirniúlachta!!




Turas Sciála 2012

Click here to read two accounts about the transition year ski trip 2012



Fort Camden Nollaig 2011

Click here to read about life down in Fort Camden!

Click here to see the students in the middle of some team-building exercises down in Fort Camden!

Daltaí ón Idirbhliain ag garraíodóireacht thuas sa pháirc!
Click here to see the Transition Years hard at work gardening up in the school field with Máistir Gilbourne!

Dráma 2011

See pictures from the Transition Year play here!

Turas Sciála 2011

See pictures from the Transition Year Skiing trip here!


Turas go Cappanalea

Read about the Transition Year trip to Cappanalea, Co. Kerry here!

Click here to see photos!

Idirbhlian 2010-2011

Additional Subjects 2010/2011

“Maidin Caifé na hIdirbhliana”


43 students have chosen “An Idirbhliain” for the coming year and commenced with a “Turas go Beal Áthan Ghaorthaidh” a very enjoyable day was had by all  “ar siúlóid sna sléibhte” le In. Ní Dhuinnín,An  tUas. Ó Seartán & In. Ní Mhaolcatha. Other activities so far this year have included  a coffee morning in aid of Marymount Hospice which raised over €450; bag packing for the Cork Simon Community and a visit to the Graffiti Theatre company to see “The Shape of a Girl”, exploring themes relating to bullying. 

As part of their programme they are currently concluding their First Aid certificates and 10 students participated in a course in C.I.T. entitled “Exploring Technology”.

Some new subjects have been added this year so students are doing modules in Spanish and self-defense for the first time. Also they are busy preparing their drámaíocht “Trouble in Oz” Other future planned events include  a day of reflection at Innismore retreat centre, outdoor pursuits in Cappanalea, Skiing Trip to Austria and Work Experience.



“Smile, only 10 more miles to go, a dhaltaí”


“Modules in Spanish and self-defense for the first time”…”busy preparing their drámaíocht”.


Also Agricultural Science is being offered at both 5th Year and Leaving Certificate level under the tuition of Muiris Gilbourne. This brings to 4 the number of Science subjects on offer. As part of their curriculum students are required to submit  a  project which counts for 25% of the overall grade. In preparation for this students in Leaving Certificate visited the farm of Mr Tony Lyons in Mallow on Wed. Sept.

22nd 2010. We wish to express our thanks to Mr Lyons for making his farm available.

Art is again being offered at both Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate level this year. A large group of 2nd year students have commenced their preparations under the tuition of Katie Burgess who replaces  Mary O'Brien, who secured full-time employment over the summer. We thank Ms O'Brien for her contribution over the last number of years.

· Ag feitheamh sa scuaine ag an Maidin Caife





The Transition Year programme is now in its sixth year in the school. It began in 2004 with twenty students. This year there are fifty one students doing the programme. It is an optional year.

In the second term of the year, third year students are informed about Transition Year, firstly by the programme co-ordinator and then by current and past students of Transition Year. All parents of third year students are invited to an information meeting in the school with the Principal and the co-ordinator.

Students are invited to apply for a place in Transition Year if they are interested. Each applicant is interviewed by the Principal and co-ordinator with a view to assessing if the year would be suitable for them. The interview enables them to get further information on the programme and also gives them the opportunity to express their expectations for the year.

The school has developed a programme for the year in keeping with the aspirations set down by the department of Education and Science. We aim to help the students to develop themselves in terms of personality, sociability, physical and intellectual and other knowledge.

Students continue to study and make progress in the core subjects like Maths, English, Irish etc. They will normally explore these subjects in ways which are different from the exam focussed approach necessary for the Junior and Leaving Certificates. They may use their skills to prepare a magazine or a film script, take part in debates or public speaking. The aim here is to keep them intellectually stimulated and to help them to continue to progress in their skills in these core subjects so that when they go into fifth year and begin to prepare for the Leaving Certificate, they will have greater maturity in dealing with the academic programme.

Students are also given the opportunity to experience the subjects that they will have to choose between in Senior Cycle. This gives them a chance to find out which subjects would suit them best in terms of their abilities and ambitions.

In keeping with the ideas of Multiple Intelligences and the broadening of the personality, students are also given the opportunity to do subjects and workshops in areas that they do not normally have access to in the school. This will involve music, theatre, art and crafts, cookery and nutrition, First Aid, drama workshops and performances, film-making, mini-company, organising activities for charity such as Hospice Coffee morning (thus developing their sense of social responsibility) as well as activities such as a table quiz, school disco and Seachtain na Gaeilge, Spanish/Japanese language and culture.

In terms of sport, there are many activities which are new and challenging such as climbing skills, outdoor pursuits, gym, swimming, yoga and skiing.

There are trips to places such as Cappanalea Outdoor Pursuit Centre in Killorglan and also a trip abroad, either to a major city or to a skiing resort. There may also be a trip to the Gaeltacht to increase the students' awareness and appreciation of Irish language and culture.

Students are given the opportunity to take part in the Gaisce programme which helps them to develop themselves in a number of areas: community, skill, physical and adventure.

Students are also given the chance to get to know the world of work through a two week work experience. Ten students are also sent on the week-long Exploring Technologies programme run annually by CIT .

Overall, we consider Transition Year an excellent opportunity for the students to mature both personally and socially; to become more aware of their strengths and weaknesses and learn how to deal with difficulties; to take a step back from the academic pressures of exam preparation and explore new areas and thus to be better prepared overall for the worlds of study and work.




  [Home] [Nuacht] [Guests] [Contact] [Gallery]