TY (Transition Year) is a one-year course taken by some students before they proceed to Leaving Cert. Teachers and parents have often noted that students fail to reach their full potential at Leaving Cert level because they are too young or too immature. The purpose of this Course, therefore, is to offer a broad and integrated programme where the students study a wide range of subjects not on offer in the Leaving Cert Programme.

The programme provides for the development of personal and social skills.  It encourages both activity based (doing projects) and self-directed learning both inside and outside the classroom. The course has been successfully run in our school for the last 17 years. There is growing concern at the number of students who drop out of college courses. One factor for the drop out rate is that students are starting such courses too young and immature.

This is a year where the students are given the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects not on offer in the Leaving Cert. Programme.  Work experience, drama, art, mini-company, film studies and computer studies are among some of the subjects studied. In a Transition year programme you will take responsibility for your own learning. Students are  given the freedom to acquire new skills and to evaluate life in ways that is just not possible in a system dominated by examinations.

More information about TY    —for pdf on What is Transition Year —- WhatisTransitionYear

TY School Calendar 2016-2017

The following calendar will change as required as events and speakers are booked.


Wednesday TY Classes Commence



12th- 14th   Trip to Carlingford adventure centre
Thursday 15th Drive for life programme TY classes A+ B
Friday 16th Higher options conference RDS Dublin


Drumming classes – arranged by Music department – ref Marion

Music competition – ref Marion



5th October
Talk by worlds most successful athletics coach Br.Colm O’Connell
17th- 21st Work experience
Saturday 15th-23rd Maths Week
Friday 28th School Closes for Mid-Term Break @ 4pm.
Mon. 31st – Fri. 4th Mid-Term Break



Monday 7th School Re-opens
Thursday 17th
Tuesday 22nd School Show in Holy Family Tuesday-Saturday



Wednesday 14th Carol Service – 11:30am.
Thursday 22nd School Closes for Christmas Holidays
Fri. 23rd – Fri. 6th Christmas Holidays



Monday 9th School Re-opens.



2nd Founders Day + last day of work experience
Friday 17th School Closes for Mid-Term Break @ 4pm.
Mon. 20th – Fri. 24th Mid-Term Break
Monday 27th School Re-opens.



Thursday 16th School Closed.
Friday 17th St Patrick’s Day. School Closed.



Mon. 10th – Fri. 21st Easter Holidays.
Monday 24th School Re-opens for Final Term.
Tuesday 25th



Monday 1st Bank Holiday.
Saturday 6th School hosting Cycle Against Suicide
Wednesday 24th T.Y. Graduation Night – 7-9pm.




TY trip to the zoo 2016

TY trip to the Natural History Museum and the Dublin Zoo in May 2016

TY Mental Health 2016

On Wednesday February 3 we hosted a TY Mental Health workshop with students from all four secondary schools in the town.

The workshop is the brainchild of Fr Paul Dempsey PP & our school chaplain and with the help of Mr Whelan, they have organised a number of recognised speakers to address the TY students.

In attendance were Mickey Harte (Tyrone SF manager); John Leonard (author of Dub Sub Confidential) & Pa Monahan (Caragh native & Dublin Marathon Wheelchair Winner 2015).

It was a great opportunity for the students from all four schools to socialise together & hear the powerful messages from all three speakers.

TY Fair

TY Fair December 2013