Transition YearA Transition Year Perspective on Transition Year…’ written by Danielle MacDonald

“Transition Year is a year where we get the chance to mature and do things we have never done before. It gives us a chance to sample all the subjects and extra-curricular activities. We have to do 40% of the Leaving Certificate course. We work mostly on project work, team work and enter a lot of competitions such as BT young scientist, Formula 1 and Y.S.I. We have a lot of speakers in from different organisations. This year gives us time to get to know ourselves better and our class mates, it gives us time to improve on our communication and social skills.”

Speakers’ written by Transition Year Student Chantel Wilcox

During the first term of Transition Year four individual speakers have come in and told us briefly about what they do and how we can make a difference. Mary Phelan spoke to us about her job as a journalist for the Irish Farmers Journal. Frank Downey spoke to us about the Irish Guide Dogs Association which we followed up with by carrying out bag packing in Dunne’s Stores and raised €500 for the association. We had members of the Simon Community speak to us about what they do for the homeless.

Finally, the Gardaí visited us in conjunction with ‘Road safety week’. They were accompanied by members of the local Fire Brigade who together gave us a demonstration of how they react during a car crash.