A Different Year of Learning
Introduction: Transition Year and the Teresian Ethos
Transition Year was first introduced to students in The Teresian School in 1987. It has always been an integral part of The Teresian School Curriculum.
The Teresian School ethos underpins our Transition Year. The Teresian School Mission Statement focuses our commitment on:
- Providing a person-centred education, based on faith and Christian values, which aims to develop each student to the full.
- Appreciating the dignity and uniqueness of each person in a family-like atmosphere where staff, students and all school personnel are respected and valued.
- Achieving high academic standards, sound intellectual and moral criteria and a love for learning.
- Fostering a sense of responsibility, solidarity and co-operation, always striving to build a more just, human and peaceful world for all.
- Working as a school community where staff, students and parents together respect and foster the Teresian ethos of the school.
Transition Year offers a unique opportunity to develop the value system and commitment to all that the Teresian School stands for.
The TY Programme aims to develop four main aspects of our students:
To develop, mature and discover more about one’s personal strengths and a sense of responsibility.
To become more aware of society and the contribution one can make and promote the value of caring for others.
To experience the workplace and to explore and identify possible career options.
To experience and explore the different subjects available to them on the Leaving Certificate Programme with a view to making informed choices relating to their future careers; to take ownership of their learning.
It is crucial to the success of Transition Year that students develop as autonomous learners
An Gaisce: The President’s Award
As part of Transition Year, each student will participate in the Gaisce Awards.
Gaisce – the President’s Award is Ireland’s very own National Challenge Award, the
country’s most prestigious and respected individual award programme, and a challenge from the President of Ireland, to each student. It works on the basis of a personal challenge set by the student. Each student will set the challenge and agree it with a President’s Award leader. Each challenge is completely individual
In order to attain the minimum of a bronze medal each participant must complete the following:
- Community Involvement: This is done outside school hours and organised by the student, 13 hrs
- Personal Skills: This involves one hour per week for 13 weeks during which time the candidates may, for example, learn to play a musical instrument, develop computer skills, attend classes in arts and crafts, learn some first aid or attain skills in car maintenance.
- Physical Recreation: This involves one hour per week for 13 weeks and can include involvement in any sporting activity.
- Adventure Journey This is a two-day expedition over 25 kilometres.
- One other activity involving one hour per week for 13 weeks from any of the sections above.
All activities must be completed outside of school hours and verified by parents /
instructors / coaches / teachers. These activities should be set up immediately. The Award programme is open to all young people between the ages of 15 and 25. Anyone can take part as long as you’re self-motivated and up to the challenge
BT Young Scientist Competition /
The Teresian School has had an excellent track record in these competitions and Transition Year affords the students the opportunity to devote time for the research and development needed to enter these prestigious Competitions. It underlines the importance and need for Science in our Society and the relevance of engaging in serious project work.
Since The Teresian School is a UNESCO Associated School, these projects are also be submitted to ECO-UNESCO.
There are three work experience weeks during TY:
- November 28th to December 2nd inclusive
- February 13th to February 17th inclusive
- May 29th to June 2nd inclusive
Teresian Exchange Programme: Valencia or Madrid
There are two established exchanges with two Teresian Schools in Spain – in Valencia or Madrid, in which the students have an opportunity to engage in life in a Spanish family and attend a Spanish School. They usually take 3-4 weeks and the Spanish students come to Ireland and participate fully in the life of the School the following academic year. The students need to apply for an exchange placement. The School reserves the right to select students from among those who apply and there may be an interview
Subjects and Modules
Weekly modules include Aromotherapy, Horticulture, Chinese. A variety of Guest Speakers on topics of interest, for example: ISPCC, Barnardos, Hope Foundation, Peter McVerry Trust.
Mental Health Ireland with a series of units on positive mental health –discussion, questionnaires and other relevant information.
Weekly visits: ‘Get to know Dublin’
Examples of Activities and Places are:
- Museums – Natural History /National Museum / Decorative Arts
- Airfield Trust
- Irish Aid Centre
- Dublin Castle
- The National Gallery
- The Hugh Lane Gallery
Students will complete at least one project in each subject area they study. These projects must be handed in on time. It is not sufficient to download material from the Internet and submit that as a project. While the Internet is an invaluable resource there must also be evidence of the student’s own input and research. Projects are assessed using the following criteria:
- Resources and Bibliography
We would ask students and parents to note the deadlines that will be allocated for project submission must be kept and we would ask that progress in project work is checked by parents.
The Transition Year Diary
The Transition Year Diary is an integral part of the year’s programme and a major element of teacher assessment. For the student it is both a record and a personal assessment of the ongoing events and activities during the year.
Material should be updated every week.
The following sections appear in the diary and are to completed weekly by students:
- The Teresian School Contract of Learning
- Aims and expectations for the year
- Reports of Transition Year activities
- An account of every talk, lecture, seminar and interview attended
- Reviews of plays and films attended
- Review of novels read
- A personal reflection of each week
The Transition Year Portfolio
As part of the overall assessment of Transition Year students will present a portfolio of there work from throughout the year. This will be submitted in May 2015 and as part of the assessment students will be interviewed on the portfolio that they present.
Examples of work that should be included in the portfolio include:
- Reports on sports and competitions
- Samples of project work completed in the differing subject areas
- Account of work experience including CV and letters sent to employers
- Young Scientist or Eco-UNESCO report on project.
- Photographs which record the year’s activities.
All other relevant material including certificates of achievement gained throughout the year.