Transition Year

Transition Year

Benefits of Transition Year

❖ To help ensure a smooth transition from the dependent learning of Junior Cycle to the more
independent self-directed learning required for Senior Cycle
❖ Help gain academic experience to make better subject choices for subject options
❖ Statistics show it improves Leaving Cert points as students are a year older doing the Leaving Cert
❖ Increases responsibility & maturity
❖ Improves relationships with teachers & parents
❖ Helps students pick the correct subjects for Leaving Cert by sampling subjects
❖ Explore job opportunities outside of school through work experience & mini companies
❖ Develop new interests & explore new ideas
❖ Make new friends
❖ Take on challenges and develop holistically
❖ Get involved in the community
❖ Discover personal strengths
❖ Nurture students to become reflective, caring, articulate and self-confident people

❖ Digital Portfolio- Each student maintains a digital portfolio & updates on the events of each week.
❖ End of Year Reflective Interview
❖ In 2021-21, Christmas exams in English, Irish & Maths
❖ Work Experience Journal
❖ Class Projects, presentations, tasks & Teachers award credits for their module
❖ Certification in courses like Gaisce & Young Social Innovator etc.
❖ Attendance, behaviour & participation important
❖ End of year Graduation in May with awarding of Certificates

Subjects: Students experience the core subjects of English, Irish, Maths along with Religion, Computer
Studies, P.E., Enterprise, Community, Tutor Reflection and get to sample the following subjects:
Construction Studies, Arts& Craft, Design, Business, Design & Communication Graphics, Nutrition &
Dietetics, Biology, Spanish, French, Physics, Work & Communication Skills, Music, Accountancy etc

Initiatives: This year, students will complete and get involved in many great projects and events such as
the Gaisce Award, First Aid, Road Safety Awareness and Driving course, Go Games GAA Coaching, Young
Social Innovator, Christmas Craft Fair, Bike4Life Cycle Fundraiser, Uplift, IRFU coaching, Mini Companies,
Make your own film, Careers Projects, Chinese Classes, Air quality campaign, Think Languages event,
Special Olympics Ireland competition, Spirit of KTCS Community Week, Climate change week, Science week
& Stand Up Awareness week.

Students have been involved in Community initiatives such as The Thoroughbred Marathon, Santa's Reindeer
Hospital, Time Capsule project with the Elderly, Talent Show, St Patrick's Mental Health, Walk in my Shoes

Trips: Students will go on many trips that range from an overnight adventure trip, a huge waterpark, a
team bonding day, Ziplines & High ropes in Castlecomer Discover Park, Airsoft & Archery Tag in Redhills,
Causey Farm, Epic Museum & Grafton Street in Dublin, Kilkenny Castle, DCU etc.

Speakers: These will range from several Drama workshops, Biodiversity, Autism Awareness, Etiquette
School of Life, Martial Arts, Dancing, Boxing, Yoga, Forensics, The Hive, Animal Welfare, Lets talk Consent,
Emotional Self-Defence & Mental Health workshop, Defense Forces & Army, Hope, LGBTQ+ ShoutOut,
Foster Good Relationships, Anxiety & Resilience talk etc.

TY Fee: The fee for the year is €400

Application to TY
If interested, you must fill out an application form in February and attend for interview shortly after.. The
TY Admission Policy can be found on the school website. Having good attendance and behaviour is
essential, along with participating positively both inside and outside of class. We understand that making
the right subject choices are important to our Students and Parents. Should you require further
information about TY, don’t hesitate to contact the Programme Coordinator, Mr O’Sullivan.

Yours sincerely,
Mr Frank O’Sullivan

Kildare Town Community School
Dunmurry Rd,
Kildare Town,
Co. Kildare,
R51 D288

045 535228

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