This excellent programme bridges the gap between Junior and Senior Cycle. As well as addressing the traditional Leaving Cert syllabus the programme also introduces students to new areas such as Enterprise, Personal Development, Public Speaking and Debating, Driving Instruction, European Tour, Work Experience, Ice Skating, P.A.L Law Course, Golf Lesson, Gym Sessions, Self-defence, Surfing, Healthy Lifestyle modules, School Musical and drama.
Transition Year 2016/2017
Sancta Maria produces an annual school musical for public performances at the beginning of February. This year the very successful ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ was staged. The staging of the Musical is one of the main focal points of our Transition Years who have total responsibility for it.
TERM ONE SEPTEMBER – DECEMBER
Trip to Killary Adventure Centre
In early September, Transition Year students travel to Killary Adventure Centre for a team-building bonding session. The students participate in a variety of activities organised over the two days.
Students partake in Community Involvement (personal development) over a period of five weeks. They have a choice:
1. Helping out in the McBride Home for the Elderly in Westport.
2. Assisting in the Western Care Offices.
3. Caring for young children in the local Primary Schools and pre-schools where they are often given the chance of teaching lessons as well as enhancing many personal skills along the way.
GAA Coaching Course
All students take part in a two day GAA coaching course. The course is a mixture of classroom and outside activities. The students are trained by Mayo County GAA coaches. Each student will learn skills on coaching, team work, communication and organisation. Each student will get a certificate at the end of the course.
Law Course (Public access to Law)
All Transition Years participate in the Public Access to Law (P.A.L) Programme. The main objective of this course is to de-mystify the law. It gives students an understanding of how law works and thus widens their knowledge of the legal system. The students always find this course very appealing and relevant. All tutors are practising Barristers who have teaching experience. P.A.L places an emphasis on teaching the skill of advocacy. Training in advocacy introduces the student to the art of persuasion, speaking succinctly and the skill of thinking ‘on ones’ feet’. A written exam is also incorporated into the module and successful candidates are certified.
Trip to the Dail and Croke Park
Transition Year students are taken to Dublin in November where they get a guided tour of the Dail and Croke Park. Our local T.D. Mr. Michael Ring is very welcoming in Dail Eireann and students are always given the red carpet treatment! After a guided tour they are permitted to sit in on question time in the Dail and Seanad. The students visited Croke Park to visit the stadium and the visitor centre. They took part in many activities at the visitor centre.
First Aid Course
Students got a chance to take part in a First Aid Course in the school. The course allowed students to learn key skills which would come in useful if an injury were happen.
Young Enterprise Competition
The Young Enterprise Competition is sponsored by Enterprise Ireland and is geared towards the aspiring entrepreneurs. All students take part in the Enterprise module in Transition Year and the students that display the best enterprising skills and abilities (innovation, creativity, market research, product development, marketing, sales, customer service and teamwork) go forward to represent the school in the competition at local, regional and national level.
The students are instrumental in organising the annual School Musical. They play a pivotal role in stage construction, set design, props, costumes, stage management… Without the help of our TY’s, the musical simply could not take place. The musical usually takes place in January - February. This year (2016) they performed 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers'. This was the 21st year of musicals at Sancta Maria College.
Self-defence and orienteering
Students took part in self-defence on Monday evenings. They took part also in orienteering where they spend an afternoon near Leenane to demonstrate their new skills.
Trip to Glasnevin and Collins Barracks
Transition Year students are taken to Dublin in early April where they get a guided tour of the Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum and Collins Barracks. Students were given an opportunity to visit Ireland’s most historical sites and remember those who took part in an important time in Irish history.
This programme allows students to be trained as leaders to encourage younger students to become active. It is run in conjunction with the Mayo Sports Partnership.
The TY students get to grace the stage again. This time (2015) they took part in an Irish drama ‘The Playboy of the Western World’ by J.M. Synge. All TYs got to be involved in the production both front and back stage.
A recognised School of Motoring offers a two-day intensive driving course to all students. The students learn in class about the safety needed on our roads. They also gain practical driving experience. The course is followed up by a trip to Westport where they sit the Theory test; a prerequisite for applying for a driving licence.
Trip to Barcelona
Each year the Transition Year students are taken on a trip to Barcelona. They have a fun-filled, action packed educational week with lots of planned activities including a tour of the Nou camp stadium, a guided tour of Barcelona City, a trip to Montserrat, and a day out in Portaventura Theme Park which is a highlight for many students.
The challenge of the President’s Award awaits all students in Transition Year. To win an award involves participating in four main sections:
1. Community Involvement
2. Physical Recreation
3. Personal Skills
4. Venture Project
The Award takes approximately six months to complete.
- The students got an opportunity to take part in the ‘John Paul II Award’
A number of fundraising events are organised by our TY students. Every year the students help raise money for St. Vincent de Paul and other worthy causes. They also got involved with the Concern fast to raise awareness and money for this worthy cause.
Peer 4 Peer
Students were trained to mentor primary school students on the issues around Bullying, Computer safety, friendship and communications skills. The purpose was to allow younger students to hear this information from students near their own age.
Sports form an integral part of extra-curricular activities for Transition Year. Throughout the year students are involved in Gaelic Football, Spike Ball, Duathlon Soccer and Basketball where they compete on school teams, while also partaking in regular timetabled physical education classes
Throughout the year, various speakers are invited in to talk on topical issues such as:
- Dementia talk
- Youth Connect – Workers Rights
- Road Safety Authority
- Garda Siochana
- Science talks
- Certain 3rd level courses/careers…