The Transition Year concept was born out of a need to remove second level education from the straitjacket imposed by the rigid points system of the 1970's.
It was first established on a pilot project basis by some 16/20 schools nation-wide. We in St. Mary's were of that initial group, and have retained the T.Y.P. since. We now see it as an integral part of the curriculum of the school.
The aims and objectives of the programme are many fold but include the following:
- To create an atmosphere in which students can grow and mature without academic pressure.
- To broaden students awareness of and concern for others and to develop in them a sense of their own unique contribution to life.
- To stimulate the staff as educators and to improve the quality of education in the school.
- To help develop special skills, so that the students, especially those less able to cope, may be better prepared for the Vocational, Cultural, Recreational and Practical demands of life.
The core subjects are not neglected but the wider-ranging programme also includes Music, Drama, Media Studies with emphasis on Camera and Studio work; Youth Leadership (Toastmasters), Business Studies with Mini Company and Work Experience; Computer Studies(students have the opportunity to complete the E.C.D.L modules), First Aid, Social Concern and Outdoor Pursuits.
From humble beginnings, with much input from the staff who devised the programmes, the Transition Year is now in huge demand in our school.