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Transition Year Information Presentation 2018/2019

 

Transition Year

Larkin Community College

 

Aims:

 

To develop the qualities of courtesy, cooperation and concern for other people, to develop self-awareness, decision-making and coping skills  

 

To provide a transition between Junior and Senior Cycles and lay foundations for further studies

 

To establish realistic educational, occupational and life ambitions

 

To encourage initiative, self reliance and responsibility

 

To introduce a new range of experiences beyond the scope of the traditional curriculum

 

To allow students to experience working life as a basis for personal development and maturity

 

Subjects/Curriculum:

 

All students study our core subjects in 30 week modules:

  • Irish
  • English
  • Maths
  • Italian

Students also study the following subjects in 15 week modules:

  • Geography
  • History
  • Spanish
  • Biology
  • Creative writing
  • Accounting & Marketing

Students then choose from the following subjects to study in 15 week modules:

  • Mechanics,
  • Computers/Robotics
  • Science
  • Music
  • Peer/Fun Fitness
  • Animations,
  • Applied Maths
  • Home Economics
  • Woodwork
  • Outdoor Activities

Students study specialised 30 week modules in:

  • Science for Life (eg Forensics)
  • Arts/Drama
  • Junk Kouture

Students work with our numerous partners on different projects throughout the year.

 

(eg M&S, KPMG, GAA, Abbey Theatre, Matheson, Localise)

 

Students learn life skills such as:

  • First Aid
  • Self defence
  • Public Speaking
  • GAA Coaching
  • Peer Coaching

 

Students source two weeks work experience in February.

There are also limited additional work experience opportunities available in specialised areas throughout the year.

 

Transition Year Programmes

There are many programes in TY:

  • Fun Fitness
    Students work with local primary schools and help out in their PE classes.
  • AirField
    A gardening programme that works with a local kindergarden.
  • Junk Kouture
    A creative programme where pupils make koture outfits from recycable material.
  • BITC
    A programme with Marks & Spencers which gives students an insight into working life.
  • ALONE
    A partnership with Localise to organise a Christmas dinner for local elderly people.
  • Work Experience
    Students gain experience in difference placements for 4 weeks.
  • Gaisce
    The President’s award where students get awarded for community development.
  • Green Schools
    An environmental management, development & educational programme.
  • Sign Language Module
  • Check out this clip of our TY Students learning how to sign the alphabet!
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Student Insights

Rotunda & Bar of Ireland - Matylda

"I was involved in the Rotunda Mini Medical programe, during this programe 2 other students and I got to spend a week in the Rotunda maternity hospital. This was an amazing experience and gave me an insight on the work done in the medical field.

 

I also got to spend a week at the Bar of Ireland which is an organisation for barristers from Ireland. I had to apply to the programe by writting an 800 word essay on the life of a barrister, after getting on their TY programe I got to spend a week shadowing a barrister and seeing different court cases in the Four Courts and the CCJ. It was an experience that I won’t forget and it got me interested in the work done in the field."

Business in the Community (BITC) - Natanya

Business in the Community is a programme that comes hand to hand with the company Marks and Spencers. TY students are given serveral different opportunities within the programme such as:

  • A tour of the full Marks & Spencers building.
  • CV and cover letter preparation.
  • The chance to interview Marks & Spencers’ workers.
  • Mock interview.

"During the cv and cover letter preparation students are given tips to help us prepare for job applications.

We were also given several tips to help us with a interview such as eye contact and no chewing gum during an interview.

We are then given to chance to be interviewed by Marks and Spencers as if we are applying for a job in the company. Once the interviews are done pupils are given an insight on what they did good and what was their weakest point."

Sample of TY Activities 2018

 

 

Sample of TY activities since September 2017