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O'Fiaich College Transition Year.

INTRODUCTION

Transition Year

The transition year programme in O’Fiaich College provides time and space for each participating student to learn, mature and develop as a person and to discover his/her own individual talents, aptitudes and abilities. We offer students a broad variety of learning experiences, both inside and outside the classroom, to help them to develop the skills and competencies necessary to cope successfully with their particular stage of development. We also encourage students to experience a year where the emphasis will be on each student taking responsibility for his/her own learning and the nurturing of thinking, caring, articulate, independent and self-confident people.

AIMS

The Transition Year Programme aims:

  • To provide learning structures which promote maturity
  • To challenge students in all areas of development
  • To enable students to take greater responsibility for their learning and decision making and to become independent, self-directed and self-regulated learners
  • To help students to develop a range of transferable critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • To enable students to develop basic competencies in key areas according to their individual needs
  • To be learning led rather than exam driven.
  • To provide experiential learning
  • To develop life skills
  • To prepare students for the world of work
  • To facilitate interdisciplinary and cross curricular links
  • To ensure breadth and balance in the curriculum
  • To ease the transition to senior cycle

Each curriculum area has specific objectives which reflect these general aims.

CURRICULUM

  • English
  • Irish
  • Mathematics
  • History
  • Geography
  • Information Technology
  • Religious Education
  • Material Technology (Wood)
  • Technical Graphics
  • Art
  • Home Economics
  • Business Studies
  • Career Guidance
  • Enterprise Studies
  • Physical Education
  • Media Studies
  • Technology

Some subjects are offered on a modular basis, thus allowing students the opportunity to try out new learning experiences:

  • Photography
  • Car Mechanics
  • Cosmetics & Beauty
  • First Aid
  • Self Defence
  • Drama
  • Junior Achievement Competition
  • Young Social Innovators
  • GAA Coaching/ Badminton Coaching
  • Safety Awareness (Choose Safety Programme)
  • Special Olympics
  • Gardening

These subjects may vary from time to time to reflect the interests of the students.

Mapping a career path is one of the most important and often one of the most difficult tasks in a young person’s life. The Transition Year Programme provides an excellent opportunity for students to think carefully about their future career options. The formal study load is not as demanding as in the Leaving Certificate Programme, thus providing students with more opportunities to consult with career guidance counsellors and explore careers.

TEACHING METHODS AND APPROACHES

A key feature of Transition Year will be the use of a wide range of teaching/learning methodologies and situations. Emphasis will be placed on:-

  • personal responsibility in learning
  • activity-based learning
  • integration of appropriate areas of learning
  • team teaching approaches
  • group work: discussion, debate, interview, role play
  • project work and seminars
  • study visits and field trips
  • work experience, work simulation, community service

ASSESSMENT

Assessment is an integral part of the learning process in the Transition Year Programme in O’Fiaich College. We aim to provide accurate information on pupils’ strengths and weaknesses and to facilitate improved student performances through feedback, affirmation and guidance.

We use a variety of methods of assessment such as written, oral, aural, project work, student self-assessment, work exhibitions, work experience, practical portfolio/interviews and student log books of learning experiences.

Formal assessment is based on a credit system where students can achieve a maximum of 200 credits over the course of the year – 100 credits by Christmas, and another 100 credits by May.

CERTIFICATION

At the end of the programme each pupil should have:-

  • a completed journal for his/her personal evaluation
  • a portfolio and record of achievement
  • a certificate of achievement from school

Pupils can also gain other external certificates

  • First Aid Certificate
  • Safe Pass
  • ECDL
  • Badminton Coaching/GAA Coaching Certificate
  • Food Safety and Hygiene Certificate
  • Choose Safety
  • Junior Achievement
  • Young Social Innovator