How can you help and support your Transition Year daughter?
Encourage your daughter to make the most of the Transition Year programme. Her success is largely dependent on her input, contribution and involvement in class work and activities throughout this year. It really is a year from which the benefits gained relate to the effort put into it.
Show as much interest in your daughter's daily educational activities as you would when she is following a Junior Certificate or Leaving Certificate programme.
Familiarise yourself with all the 'extra' and optional opportunities the school plans to provide during the year. Your daughter may only convey to you what she is interested in and many valuable opportunities may be overlooked. Sometimes parents only discover what was on offer at the end of the year!
Acclimatise yourself to having a student who will not necessarily have traditional 'homework'. The TY student will tend to have other forms of homework: projects to complete, questionnaires and surveys to conduct or oral presentations to prepare. However, if your daughter appears to have little or no work to do at home, do contact the school.
Familiarise yourself with the dates of Community Care and Work Experience. Your daughter was informed about these dates in Third Year and was required to find a placement over the Summer for these weeks in a charity/voluntary organisation/work placement of their choice. Information about placements, addresses and phone numbers have been available to your daughter on the TY notice board. All Community Care & Work Experience placement forms need to be returned before the date agreed by the Coordinator, Ms Branigan, (This year it is Monday September 30th 2019 ).
If you have an area of interest e.g. Local Politics or an expertise e.g. Interview skills, consider offering your services to the Principal or TY Co-ordinator.