Transition Year (TY) is an optional one-year programme that forms the first year of senior cycle. It is designed to act as a bridge between the Junior Cycle and Leaving Certificate programmes. It is a year to explore careers, hobbies, talents and strengths while allowing students the opportunity to make new friendships and solidify others. TY students get to enjoy wonderful trips and workshops, while also gaining experience in the world of work. TY allows students to try new things and to get more involved with school life and extra curricular activities. Students who do TY tend to get more points in their Leaving Cert compared to their equally-abled peers who do not. So, not only is it a very pleasurable year, it also improves academic scores.
Transition Year students have an immensely vibrant and active academic school year. The range of activities undertaken throughout the year will broadened their mindset greatly on Irish culture. The trips embarked on are diverse, including open top bus tours showcasing the city’s top attractions to adapting their teamworking skills through paintballing to absorbing the natural beauty and breathtaking landscape of Glendalough. The Transition Year group of students thoroughly submerge themselves in Irish culture. They gain a greater respect and awareness of Ireland's attractions and beautiful landscape which draws so many tourists to our shores each year. It is with these cherished experiences that students will look back on a year that has been extremely productive, exceptionally rewarding and fun filled.