Transition Year

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Transition Year in St. Raphaela’s is an optional one year programme between Junior and Senior cycles.

It helps to lay a solid foundation for Leaving Certificate studies in an original, engaging and stimulating way as well as introducing students to an array of new experiences. Transition Year facilitates the maturation of young people at a critical stage in their development. It is a vibrant and creative programme offering students an opportunity to develop and mature academically, socially and culturally.

Student’s may be interviewed before being awarded places in the programme. Places are awarded to student’s with attested good behaviour records and, where more students fill these criteria than there are places available, preference will be given to younger students or those to whom it is considered that the year will be of most benefit.

The aims of the programme are threefold:

  • To provide students with the skills necessary to develop their talents and abilities.
  • To encourage students to become more independent and to recognise the responsibility that comes with greater freedom.
  • To help students understand their educational needs and to encourage confidence and motivation for Leaving Certificate.

An amenity charge is requested to facilitate the wide range of activities in which students are involved during the year.



Here’s an overview of some of the Transition Year activities:

  • School musical in conjunction with St. Benildus – this year’s school musical is Summer Holiday and it will take place between the 3rd and 6th of Marc.
  • Adventure trip to Delphi in May.
  • First aid course-2 day event-certificates in first aid achieved.
  • Road safety delivered by Gardai and the emergency services
  • Anti bullying talk presented to all TY students.
  • 2 day commercial/advertisement workshop ‘What’s the big idea?’ Students got into teams & came up with an advert for Ballygowan water.
  • Volunteering to coach Gaelic football & hockey in St Raphaela’s Primary School
  • Outreach programme includes sailing course in INSS in Dun Laoghaire, trips to museums, galleries, churches and places of cultural and historic interes
  • Make up courses
  • African drumming
  • Web Design and e-portfolio
  • Community care where students volunteer in the local community – crèches, Parish coffee docks, charity shops, the school convent
  • Quarterly modules in Russian, Drama, Zumba & Self-Defence.
  • Work Experience for 2 weeks in December as well as a week in February. Students are encouraged to find a third week placement. Varied employers chosen.
  • Science trips to Young Scientist Exhibition.
  • European youth parliament
  • Extra fee paying courses in photography & drivers education.
  • Comhairle Na N’Og-peer meetings in conjunction with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council-discussion of Contemporary teenage issues.
  • Enterprise showcase-awards for TYs to present business ideas-PowerPoint presentations.
  • Charity work-collect for various charities.
  • Linguistics Olympiad-DCU run this competition-students volunteer to take part.
  • Trip to Causey Farm as class bonding day & TY Induction day in September.
  • TY assessment. Credits awarded for attendance, individual subjects & portfolio.
  • Log on learn initiative-teaching senior citizens computer classes.15095581_804013009740335_5479412642234575861_n 15192748_803273896480913_8569511206602883293_n ty graduation 0391655725_381074342034206_8120896917640799425_o
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