Programmes – Transition Year

Transition Year in St Dominic’s College is a one-year programme taken after Junior Certificate and before Leaving Certificate.  The purpose of Transition Year is to promote maturity.  Maturity in studies by making students more self-directed learners, developing of their academic skills.  Maturity in relation to work and careers by developing work-related skills.  Personal maturity by providing opportunities to develop communication skills, self-confidence and a sense of responsibility.  Social Maturity by developing greater ‘peoples’ skills and becoming more aware of the world outside school.  Transition Year can be an opportunity to allow a student to develop their multiple intelligences- Linguistic, Logico-Mathematical, Spatial, Musical, Bodily-Kinesthetic, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal and Naturalist.  Students can also develop key skills for our 21st Century, the three Ts, Thinking, Teamwork and Technology.

Core academic subjects are Irish, English, Mathematics, French or German, Geography, History, Home Economics, Business Studies/Mini-Company, Computer Studies/IT using MOS, Choir, Religion and World of Science.

Possible Modular subjects may include Media Studies, PE and Sign Language, Public Speaking/Drama, Applied Maths, Music Technology, Animation/Digital Media Literacy, Music Production, SPHE, Sport & Recreation, Careers, First Aid, Beginner’s Russian and Beginner’s Chinese, Art and Technical Graphics.

Many different involvements take place over the year, for example, Community Care Week and Work Experience. 

For Community Care, the student finds a placement in a charity/voluntary organisation of their choice. 

Work Experience is where students find work placement(s) for a two-week period, usually during first two weeks of February. Other involvements include Gaisce, Respect, Peer to Peer Drugs Awareness Programme and our 6th Class Transfer Programme.

St Dominic's College Transition Year 2019-2020

MISSION:     To promote and aid the overall development of the pupil


  • To give the pupils a love of truth, a desire for knowledge and a love of learning.
  • To give pupils a broad educational experience where they discover the value of education without outside examination pressure.
  • To help students develop and mature in all aspects of their lives, to promote a sense of mutual respect and a spirit of community amongst themselves and within society.


  • To help students recognize what positive contributions they can make in society.
  • To assist students in taking responsibility for their own learning and decision making.
  • To aid personal growth through participation in social activities, voluntary work and work experience.
  • To help students recognize and develop their own interests and aptitudes. (As far as possible).
  • To lay a good foundation for the demands of their Leaving Certificate programme or whatever course of further studies undertaken by the student.
  • To help students make more informed choices with regard to their future studies and work.
  • To help students gain self-confidence in learning.


  • 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.

Transition Year: update September 2019

Well, Transition Year 2019 has taken off!  Our TY students have started to settle down to the opportunities and challenges of a very different educational experience.  On Friday 23rd August they were introduced to the year, signing their Commitment to Work page and learning about their new subjects and modules.  This year, as well as continuing with most of our very successful modules from last year eg Sport & Recreation, Chinese and Russian, we are also involved in exciting new modules eg Philosophy and Public Speaking!

The students are now looking forward to their trip to the Carlingford Adventure Centre on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th Sept with great anticipation.  Their rain gear and wellies are being packed (as well as the suncream!) so that they arrive on time at 8.15 for early assembly. The trip to Carlingford helps students bond, to get to know each other, gaining insight into group tasks and activities, and working together to solve challenges.

A week after Carlingford, all TY students head to Co. Carlow, to the Ploughing Championships.   What an action-packed year – we are only in September!!

New documents (2019-2020)