School Calendar 2019-2020

Term 1     Friday 23rd August – Friday 20th December 2019
Friday 23rd August  9.00 – 12 noon           First Years only
Monday 26th August  9.00 – 1.15 pm           First Years, Third Years and Sixth Years.
Tuesday 27th August  9.00 – 3.50 pm           All Students (Except Transition Years)
Tuesday 3rd September  9.00 – 3.50 pm           Transition Year Students
School Closed:     Monday 30th September 2019
Half Term: Monday 28th October – Friday 1st November 2019
Christmas Holidays:  Monday 23rd December 2019 – Friday 3rd January 2020
Term 2   Monday 6th January – Friday 3rd April 2020
Half Term:     Monday 17th February – Friday 21st February 2020
St Patrick’s Weekend       Monday 16th March and Tuesday 17th March 2020
Easter Holidays:  Monday 6th April – Friday 17th April 2020
Term 3     Monday 20th April – Friday 29th May 2020
Bank Holiday:  Monday 4th May 2020

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Transition Year

Ardscoil Phádraig

Transition Year Programme

2018 – 2019

School Mission Statement

Ardscoil Phádraig aims to create a pleasant, caring and secure environment in which the individual student is able to develop to his or her full potential through a spirit of partnership with all the stakeholders in education.


Transition Year Mission Statement

To promote the personal, social, educational and vocational development of pupils and to prepare them for their role as autonomous, participative, and responsible members of society.


Transition Year Aims

  • To foster the student’s personal growth, development and confidence
  • To develop the social skills of the student
  • To engage in preparation for a healthy, active life
  • To foster an appreciation of culture, aesthetics and the arts
  • To celebrate the religious and spiritual side of each individual
  • Education for maturity with the emphasis on personal development including social awareness and increased social competence.
  • The promotion of general, technical and academic skills with an emphasis on interdisciplinary and self-directed learning.
  • Education through experience of adult and working life as a basis for personal development and maturity.


Admissions policy

  • The maximum number of places available in each Transition Year Class is dependent on available resources.


  • An information evening for Parents and information seminars for students are held in the spring time of the year of entry. The Transition Year Programme is not necessarily suitable for all students.


  • Transition Year applications are supplied by and returned to the Transition Year Coordinator.


  • A closing date will be indicated on the application form and late applications may not be considered.


  • Acceptance of the application form does not confirm or imply an expectation of a place on the programme.


  • External applicants fill in the enrolment application form for Ardscoil Phadraig as new entrants and such students who meet the criteria can fill out an application form for TY.


  • The TY Coordinator will consult members of the Teaching Staff with respect to the TY Applications list.


  • Applicants will be interviewed by the 3 members of the TY Selection Committee, TY Coordinator, Guidance Councillor, Principal/Deputy Principal.


  • Final Selection will take place at a meeting of the Selection Committee.

TY Curriculum

Core Subjects 


Sampling Layer TY Specific Once off subjects*
English literature and Media Studies Experimental Science YSI Sign Language
Irish Culture 


Architecture Eportfolio Set dancing
Maths for TY 


Enterprise Photography
French Culture Engineering Boxercise/Paintballing/Go Karting/Bubble Soccer
Geography/History Performing Arts First Aid 


Woodcraft and furniture Swimming
Art Driving instruction






Maths for TY


Ms Fitzpatrick


Arts Visual


Ms Cooney




Mr Flanagan


Woodcraft and furniture


Ms Mulligan


Performing Arts


Mr Byrne




Ms Murtagh


English literature and Media Studies


Ms Rabbitt




Mr Mulvey




Ms McLoughlin


Irish Culture


Ms Doyle


Experimental Science


Ms Conlon




Ms Fitzpatrick


Year Head


Ms Fitzpatrick

2018 – 2019 TY Activities


Date Activity
5th September Baysports (full day)
12th September Photography (1.50 – 3.50)
19th September Photography (1.50 – 3.50)
26th September Photography (1.50 – 3.50)
3rd October Causey Farm (full day)
10th October Photography (1.50 – 3.50)
17th October Boxercise
24th October Retreat
31st October Midterm
7th November Boxercise
14th November Swimming (1.50 – 3.50)
21st November Swimming (1.50 – 3.50)
28th November Swimming (1.50 – 3.50)
5th December Sign Language (1.50 – 3.50)
12th December Sign Language (1.50 – 3.50)
19th December Sign Language (1.50 – 3.50)
26th December Xmas
2nd January Xmas

Credit System

Criteria Assessment Details Credits Awarded (max)
Attendance & punctuality 


90% min 20
Core Modules/Subjects 

English, Irish, Maths, French, Geography/History.


20 credits per module/subject 100
Subject Sampling Modules 

Science, Architecture, Woodwork, Engineering, Music, Art, Enterprise


20 credits per module/subject 140
TY Specific Modules 

Eportfolio,   YSI


20 credits per module/subject 40
Work Experience 


Attendance (40) 

Supervisor’s report (20)

Reflections (20)

Extra-Curricular participation 


Interview and eportfolio Interview (20) 

Eportfolio (20)



Credit Awards:

Distinction = 500 – 440, Merit = 340 – 439, Pass = 160 – 340,

Participation = 0 – 160



Extracurricular Activities Credits (80 Credits)


Max credits for each activity






Does not participate





Adequate participation





Good Participation





Excellent Participation





Credits will be awarded for each activity e.g. photography and your best eight results will be added up at the end of the year to give you a final result for extracurricular activities.

Work Experience Documentation


Work Experience


1)    Work Experience will take place on every Monday throughout the school year and on the following dates





2)   Students are responsible for finding their own work experience.


3)   After securing placement students must complete the following documents and return to Ms. Fitzpatrick, (copies available from Ms. Fitzpatrick) separate forms must be completed for each placement.

Transition Year Work Experience


Dear Parent/Guardian

I would like to welcome all the TY students.  I hope the year will prove to be both rewarding and fulfilling for all involved.   This year will bring new challenges to all the students.   They will experience a wide range of subjects, sports, activities and work experience which will be new and rewarding.

Work experience will take place every Monday during the academic year and one week block placement.

Please note the following points about the work experience placement:

  • The enclosed parent/guardian consent form must be filled in and returned to the school.
  • An information letter and insurance details will be sent to each employer on commencing of work experience.
  • An Employer’s questionnaire is forwarded to each employer to be completed and returned to the TY Co-ordinator.

I encourage all students to arrange their work experience as soon as possible.


Thanking You



Ann Fitzpatrick

Programme Coordinator


Consent form for Parents/Guardians


I give permission for   ………………………………………………..  to participate in a work experience scheme organised by the school and covered by the school’s insurance policies, at the below listed Business/Organisation for the purpose of gaining experience and insight into the world of work. I confirm that he does not suffer from any disability, which could result in unnecessary risk to his safety and that of other people.

I am aware that students participating in the work experience aspect of the course will be treated, as far as possible, as new employees, subject to the normal conditions and hours of work.

Dates of work experience: _____________________________________________________

Name of Business/Organisation: ________________________________________________

Address of Business/Organisation:  _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Name of Contact Person in the place of Work Experience: ___________________________________________________________________________

Phone number of contact person:________________________________________________


Signed by parents or guardians

(a)  _____________________________________

(b)  _____________________________________       Date:  ________________________



Thanking You


Ann Fitzpatrick

Programme Coordinator








We sincerely hope you thoroughly enjoy Transition year, if you have an issues, ideas or concerns at any time please do not hesitate to talk to me.


A Fitzpatrick



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