Ennistymon Vocational School

Transition Year

Transition Year is a one year programme which provides a bridge to enable students make the transition from Junior to Senior Cycle. We have devised a programme which encourages the personal and social development of students. It also helps to prepare them for the Leaving Cert Programme , further study and adult and working life.

Subjects taken during TY:

  • Career Education,
  • Work Experience
  • Art
  • Craft & Design
  • Gaeilge
  • Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Business Studies
  • French
  • Physical Education
  • Science

Students undertaking the Transition Year Programme will undertake an intensive curriculum over the course of the academic year. This will include a 'hands on' approach in many areas.

Some example of the activities and subjects that may be carried out are as follows;

  • GAISCE Bronze Award
  • Young Scientist
  • Mini Company – Business
  • Leisure Studies - Surfing, Kayaking, Hiking
  • Community Work – Ennistymon Development Association links and Young Social Innovators.
  • Coaching Courses
  • School Bank
  • Computer Studies
  • European Studies
  • Life Skills
  • Remote learning including access to Dulan North West Remote learning platform specially planned for students at Ennistymon Vocational School.

Assessment

The school recognizes that assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning process – assessment and certification within Transition Year is school-based. Student will undertake continuous assessment including group work, individual presentations, projects, written and aural/oral class tests. Subject reports will be sent home after Christmas and again in the Summer. Student reflection on their own learning is encouraged through engagement with a student e-Portfolio which students must present at an end of year interview with the TY coordinator.

Certification

The overall certification of the TY option involves a Credit System where students earn credits in their subjects, activities and reflections throughout the year. They may achieve an award of Distinction (80%), Merit (60-79%) or Participation (below 60%). See sample credit system below:

Criteria

Assessment Details

Credits

90%

20 credits

Attendance

(70%= 10 credits)

(Minimum 70% to pass TY)

(80%= 15 credits)

(Online attendance will be recorded if remote learning is in place)

(90% = 20 credits)

Core Subjects

English

10 credits

Irish

10 credits

Maths

10 credits

French

10 credits

Engineering

10 credits

Woodwork

20 credits

Science - Biology and Physics

10 credits

Art

10 credits

Home Economics

10 credits

Business

(110 credits in total)

Subject Sampling

Music Generation

10 credits

IT

10 credits

SPHE

10 credits

Personal Development

10 credits

Environmental and Social

10 credits

(50 credits as above awards by teachers)

Additional TY Modules

Gaisce

10 credits

Online Learning

10 credits

Work Experience

CV/Interview Skills

50 credits

Two interviews reviewing progress

Awarded by TY Coordinator

Extra-Curricular

Taking part in programmes across the school including PE

20 credits

Portfolio of learning

E based learning portfolio presented at Christmas and Summer as part of the TY interview

100 credits

Leadership and Attitude

In consultation with teachers and school principal students who show initiative and leadership through the school year will be awarded credits

30 credits

Total Credits

400 credits

Teachers will award credits in subjects based on the overall year results including; 0-10%= 1, 11-20%= 2, 21-30%= 3, 31-40%= 4, 41-50%= 5, 51-60%= 6, 61=70%=7, 71-80%=8, 81-90%= 9, 91-100% =10

Overall Award: 300 – 400 Credits= Distinction /200- 300= Merit/ 100-200 = Participation.

Sample calendar of the School Year

September

October

November

December

January

Work Exp

Work Exp

Work Exp

Work Exp

Drama

Gaisce Reg

Ecology Trip

IT Workshops

Christmas Crafts

First Aid

Surfing

Music Generation

IT Workshops

Build A Bank

Work Exp

Agricultural Show

Peer Mentoring

Kayaking

Iceskating

Drivers Theory Test

Careers Fair

Construction Skills

Engineering Trip

Young Scientist

February

March

April

May

Gaisce Adventure Journey

Aquapark Trip

Planning for end of year trip

End of Year Trip

Coaching Skills

Voluntary work

Enterprise Awards

Graduation Ceremony

Work Exp

Work Exp

Work Exp

End of Year Magazine

Careers Fair

Hiking

Gaisce Award

Jan 26
2022
1st Year Parent Teacher Meeting
Feb 01
2022
5th Year Parent Teacher Meeting
Feb 03
2022
Junior Cycle Staff Training
Feb 04
2022
New School Staff Planning
06-Jan-2022
Return to School Parent Notice
26-Oct-2021
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