Transition Year in Ardscoil Phádraig is unique to our students and their interests, with our modules constantly evolving to reflect the different cohort of students who opt into the programme each year.
Transition Year provides students with a broad learning experience through a combination of core subjects and participation in a variety of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. Over the last couple of years, our students have developed their skills in areas such as photography, First Aid, sign language, modern dance and driving, while also participating in Young Entrepreneurs’ Competitions and representing our school at the National Finals of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition and Junk Kouture.
TY students are frequently cast in lead roles in our annual school Pantomime as they develop their acting and musical skills throughout the year while our Architecture modules have produced a number of budding Dermot Bannon’s as students develop their flair for innovative building design and creative interior concepts.
Work Experience forms an integral part of Transition Year in our school and we are always grateful to the local employers who offer our students the opportunity to gain a valuable insight into their various areas of work. In recent years a number of our students have also taken part in The Bar of Ireland’s “Look into Law” Transition Year Programme. This experience offered students the opportunity to shadow a barrister for a week while visiting King’s Inns, The Four Courts and The Criminal Court of Justice, as well as participating in an interactive Mock Trial.
Many of our TY students have also participated in The RCSI Transition Year Mini Med Programme which takes place in the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin and provides participants with the opportunity to experience what it is like to study medicine and work as a doctor.
As well as their involvement in community initiatives such as Tidy Towns and Christmas Fairs, frequent trips are also organised to both local and national events which have provided our students with the opportunity to witness the natural beauty of the Marble Arch Caves, to experience a show in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and to challenge themselves at Boda Borg, as well as physical activities such as swimming, water sports, bubble soccer and bog hopping in Causey Farm!
Active participation in the Transition Year Programme in Ardscoil Phádraig enhances the personal, social and academic development of our students. Students grow in confidence, make informed Leaving Certificate subject choices, develop skills to aid them into the future and create lifelong memories during this action-packed year of unforgettable experiences.