Transition Year Programmes

Cloughjordan HouseFarm to Fork Days at Cloughjordan House Cookery School

See who  host hands-on practical home economics classes in their  purpose built cookery school. Special  5th Year Assignment days which is intensive practical curriculum based and also the fun, team-building TY ‘Farm to Fork’ day. Students have a great time learning about where their food comes from, healthy eating and lifestyle and learn practical life skills

The Iveagh Scholars programme is a way for secondary-students to share their views on Ireland’s role in the world, and to get involved in the discussion about how the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade promotes abroad the values, interests and economic well-being of Ireland and its people. It is aimed at Transition Year students.
Students can enter the competition in one of two ways: either via a written essay (of not more than 500 words), or via a recorded video entry (of up to two and a half minutes), on this year’s theme of “Ireland’s values”. In addressing this theme, we encourage students to think creatively about the impact of Ireland’s values on the global stage and to consider what those values are, how they have developed over time and how they impact on Ireland’s place in the world.
The prize for the thirty most thought provoking, considered, creative responses will be an opportunity to experience a week in the life of a diplomat in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade headquarters in Iveagh House, Dublin. Schools are asked to nominate one entry per school.
For further information, please use the contact form available here and select the ‘All other queries’ option, citing ‘Global Horizons’ in the query box. The closing date for entries is 30th November 2014.

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Nationwide Tour FREE interactive, engaging and educational seminars for TY students
Miss Feelgood, a new healthy eating and lifestyle guide written especially for Irish teenage girls,has been launched this week and seeks to empower and inspire teens to lead healthier lifestyles and stem the current tide of youth obesity. The first of its kind, the Miss Feelgood guide has been created by Unislim, the organisation with 42 years expertise in healthy living, and is set to become the lifestyle bible for teenage girls. Written in association with Ireland’s top dietician Sarah Keogh and leading paediatric dietician Ruth Charles, Miss Feelgood is filled with wonderful advice that will help teens grow in confidence. From fun ways to feeling more energised and fabulous, to delicious foods for a healthy body and clearer complexion, the guide has all the answers to make every girl glow from the inside out.
Unislim worked closely with relevant bodies to ensure the Miss Feelgood programme is aligned with the Transition Year curriculum. Those interested in booking a class, contact


Amy Whelan  from Coláiste Chathail Naofa, Dungarvan, receiving her Gold Award

Amy Whelan from Coláiste Chathail Naofa, Dungarvan, receiving her Gold Award

The President’s Award
No Transition Year coverage would be complete without a reference to Gaisce –  one of Ireland’s most prestigious and respected Award programmes. The Award is nothing less than an invitation from the President of Ireland to all young people in Ireland aged between 15 & 25 to discover their potential and go that extra mile – for themselves and their community.   There are three Awards that participants can work towards: Bronze, Silver and Gold. There are four areas of participation for each award level; Personal Skill, Community Involvement, Physical Recreation and an Adventure Journey. An additional Residential Activity is required for the Gold Award only. Ably supported by the significant number of TY teachers that are also Gaisce PALs, many young people sign up to do Gaisce in their Transition Year, progressing to the Silver and Gold award in later years.  Just last month, Gaisce welcomed a new CEO, Yvonne McKenna, to the team. Yvonne was attracted to the role by the simple and ambitious vision Gaisce has for ‘an Ireland where young people dream big and fulfil their potential’.  This coming year will be an exciting time for Gaisce as 2015 marks Gaisce’s 30 year anniversary. For more information on the Gaisce programme visit the website or email

TY Eye logoTY Ireland a Transition Year Resource Initiative
With increasing numbers comes an increase in awareness and opportunities. It also comes with an increased demand on resources, which are in many cases already stretched to capacity. Transition Year is a unique opportunity for students to experience a different approach to learning. The focus shifts from students being reactive to being pro- active, and the community becomes increasingly involved in the overall learning experience, with the school acting as an anchor point rather than as the sole knowledge provider. In order for students to capitalize on these opportunities, timeous information is a critical factor. Students often miss opportunities presented outside the school due to lack of (or late) information about specific events / activities. Transition Year Ireland tries to bridge the information gap between awareness and availability. The Website and social media updates are available for free and are constantly updated to serve as reminders of upcoming events.
For Further information contact Edwin Landzaad 089 -212 1417

French school French immersion in a Swiss boarding school
Chantemerle International School has long been known as a premier international boarding school for boys and girls ages 12 to 16. Throughout the year, Chantemerle welcomes individuals and small groups of students who wish to spend several weeks in a French-speaking environment. Ideal for TY Students that  wish to improve their French the students attend 4 hours of intensive French class every morning. In small groups, under the supervision of experienced native teachers, the student naturally gains confidence and progresses rapidly in the French language.  In the afternoon, during the winter season, student can go skiing and ice-skating. Classes also often go out around the school to put their language skills to good use – at the local market, at the museum, the city centre or an exhibition. Several evenings per week, an activity is organised, such as a quiz night, moonlight snowshoe tour in the forest, games or cinema evening.  Chantemerle strives to provide quality service at a reasonable cost. Individual and group prices are available upon request. An accompanying teacher is warmly welcome to join the camp alongside their experienced FLE (Français Langue Etrangère) teachers.
Irish contact: Anne White

sailing-picWater Sports for Schools
Together Surfdock and Wakedock offer a unique range of water sports that are fun and exciting for students to learn, all in the safe surroundings of the Grand Canal Dock in Dublin 4. Their location is easily accessible by public transport, only 5 minutes walk from the DART and 10 minutes walk from the LUAS. They offer all year round tuition in wakeboarding, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing and stand up paddleboarding for students from 8 years onwards. Whether it is for a once-off outing or a series of lessons, they are happy to tailor the sessions to your school’s requirements. A typical lesson runs for 3 hours from start to finish and can be arranged for any time during the day to suit your schedule. Their series of classes has proven very popular for Transition Year Groups and activities can be used towards students attaining the ‘Gaisce’ Award. All watersports equipment and wetsuits are included.
Contact Details:

Friends elderyTransition Year and CSPE Programmes
The Friends of the Elderly Transition Year and CSPE Programme is a very worthwhile community initiative. They are designed so that all students, either as individuals, as a class or as part of the entire Transition Year can participate and receive certification on completion. There are 3 strands to the programme:
A. The Friends of the Elderly Transition Year and CSPE Programme for Individual Students where the student must complete 3 specific activities.
B. The Friends of the Elderly Transition Year and CSPE Programme for the class .The class must complete 4 specific activities.
C. The Friends of the Elderly Transition Year and CSPE Programme for the school year.For more information see:

Kippure Estate for your Transition Year
Kippure Estate’s training team have designed programmes to work with Ireland’s biggest facilitation training companies and  have worked with the top companies of all sectors in Irish business and sport up to national standard. They  are now turning that expertise to design programmes for schools and special interest groups nationwide. Kippure Estate is fast becoming the Residential location of choice in the Leinster region for Transition Year groups due to their  stand out accommodation, programmes, facilities and easy access from major national routes. Call  01-458 2889 to discuss your specific requirements.Learn a new skill, get creative, raise awareness for a worthy cause or discover our heritage.

Exploring Times recently  met students from all around the country that are keen to share some of their transition year projects with you. Read more



BEO was founded by transition year students from Coláiste Ailigh , St. Eunan’s College, Loreto Convent and Errigal College. All of these schools are located in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.
BEO aims to get young people interested in music by encouraging them to organise a series of concerts in their local area. Students are in charge of every aspect of the organisational process – booking the acts, promotion of events, filming of concerts etc. This encourages an interest in live music, while helping students develop a wide range of organisational and communication skills.
This project also puts a firm emphasis on the Irish language and seeks to encompass it in the organisational process – “Is fearr Gaeilge bhriste, ná Bearla cliste”.
Apart from the entrepreneurial skill learnt by kids Beo can be broken down into several roles and responsibilities, eg Business Co-ordinator/ Director, Webpage and Graphic Designers
Writers, Sales Facebook Personnel, Oifigeach Gaelige, Photographers
Would this suit your class?
Visit and it is here that schools can enter “ Comortas Beo.

And now for something completely different
The 2014 TY Students from Balla Secondary School Co Mayo in Partnership with Landscape and Geophysical Services Claremorris investigated the ancient monastic settlement at Mayo Abbey using remote sensing techniques. BARS_2 a follow on from BARS_1 was part of an Irish contribution to the ArcheoLandscapes Europe Project promoted by the European Unionthat investigated a local Archaeological site in Balla.
Known throughout the Christian world as ‘Mayo of the Saxons’, Mayo Abbey is a small rural village in South Mayo.

Founded by St Colman of Lindesfarne circa 670, Mayo Abbey is one of the most important monastic sites in Western Europe. Mayo Abbey was 300 years old when Viking Dublin was founded.
The remote sensing module, from the perspective of the teaching activity at BSS, provides input to the overall objectives of the TY programme. In addition it provides an opportunity to integrate elements of a number of subjects in the syllabus; in particular, history, geography, physics, ICT (information and Communications Technology) and art.
They also developed new skills such as remote sensing, kite Aerial Photography and soil testing.

For more information email Teresa Walsh, Transition Y ear Co-ordinator, Balla Secondary School, Balla Co Mayo.

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