Transition Year Programme

Every student in fourth year partakes in the Transition Year programme. Transition Year gives every student many wonderful opportunities to grow and develop outside of the classroom. We place great emphasis on personal development in TY, as well as academic progress also. TY affords students the opportunity to learn more about themselves, with activities such as Voluntary Work, Work Experience, Musicals/Dramas, Foreign Trips, Gaisce, GAA Future Leaders, YSI, and many more being made available to all students. We also use e-Portfolios to enhance students learning and self-management. The skills that students develop during Transition Year are of huge benefit to them as they carry these skills in to their Senior Cycle education.


Core Subjects                                                                      Modules

Gaeilge                                                                                  Environmental Studies

English                                                                                  Nutrition

Maths                                                                                    Cookery

Spanish                                                                                 DIY Skills

Physics                                                                                  Enterprise

Chemistry                                                                             Sports Science

Biology                                                                                  Art

Physical Education                                                              Technology

                                                                                              Driving Theory

GAA Future Leaders

GAA Future Leaders is a Cross-Curricular programme designed for Transition Year students. The programme consists of 8 modules. Each module varies in length, with most taking 6-10 hours to complete. Each module is a stand-alone module, and certification is provided on a module by module basis. Students will undertake the following modules;

Hurling/Football Coaching


Sports Journalism

Functional Analysis



Event Management

For true learning to take place, students will put their learning into practice by attending games and organising events. This programme will enable students to contribute and involve themselves in other school events.



Our Transition Year students commenced their surfing module as part of their TY PE Curriculum recently. With good waves and beautiful weather, conditions were perfect for an enjoyable experience for all. This module is proving to be extremely popular with our students!!

First-Aid Training

All of our First Years complete their Basic First-Aid Training as part of their TY Personal Development module. This year’s training was provided by the Ballyhass Lakes group. Well done to all involved.

 Transition Year Safe-Driving Course

Our Transition Year group went on a very worthwile field trip recently to the Munster Driving Campus. This was a great opportunity for these pupils to learn and develop driving skills, and the group also received practical advice and tips on the following;

Changing Tyres

Undertaking the Driving Theory Test

Measuring/Understanding an engine


Cúrsa Thiomána na hIdirbhliana

Chuaigh an Idirbhliain ar turas an-tairbheach go dtí an “Munster Driving Campus”. Deis a bhí ann dóibh foghlaim faoi scileanna tiomána agus fuair an grúpa neart deiseanna praiticiúla chomh maith i dtaobh na gníomhaíochtaí seo a leanas;

  • Roth a athrú
  • Tabhairt faoin Scrúdú Teoiric
  • Inneal ghluaisteáin a mheas
  • Tiomáint!

Transition Year London Trip

The Transition Years travelled to London on Wednesday, November 7th for what was a very full trip. They started at 5 in the morning in Cork Airport and returned home close to midnight. They visited the Natural History Museum, did the Thames River Cruise and the highlight of the trip was going to see Wicked in the Apollo Theatre. The group will never forget this trip.

Transition Year pupils from Gaelcholáiste Charraig Uí Leighin travelled to Valladolid, Spain last week as part of their Spanish Exchange programme. The trip involved a six-night stay with host families from Collegio Internacional de Valladolid in central Spain. Amongst the many activities included on the trip were a day-trip to Salamanca, a day-trip to Segovia, Treasure-Hunt around the city of Valladolid, and a day-long Spanish Cookery Workshop. Our students also experienced a day on campus of Collegio Internacional de Valladolid, where they took part in some Geography and Technology lessons. They also took the opportunity to teach their Spanish hosts cúpla focail, which will certainly be useful when they visit Gaelcholáiste Charraig Uí Leighin in September. It was a truly wonderful experience for all those involved. Hasta luego!!