Transition Year 2017/18


November 2017

Transition Year Modules

Welcome to the first TY newsletter of 17/18. This year we have three classes with 87 students in all. Each class will experience a number of modules including Mindfulness, Speech and Drama, Photography, Couch to 5k, Mini Company, Young Social Innovators, Politics, Irish Dancing, Film Studies, Drivers Education, Forensic Science, Woodturning, Master Chef, Chinese French/ German, History, Geography, Business, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. As well as the core subjects of Irish, English, Maths, Journalism,  PE, Religion and Careers.Thursday morning is an Activity morning where students will get the opportunity to engage in activities such as Hillwalking, or visits to local attractions.


BT Young Scientist

Well done to the groups who have qualified for inclusion in this years Young Scientist Exhibition, Shauna Linehan and Noirina O’Sullivan Project Title: Invisible Parents, Inconspicious Children. A Study of Parent-Child Separation Among The Homeless In Emergency Accommodation. Darragh Twomey, Neil O’Leary and Andrew Heffernan: Project Title ; Feeding 9.6 Billion People By 2050. The Effects of Pseudomonas Fluorescens L321 On Enhancing Barley Crop. Ciara Hartnett, Maire Moylan. Project Title : Investigating Changes In Cell Morphology As A Consequence of Caesarian- Section [C-Section] Delivery and Gender. Roisin Kavanagh and Leah Murphy. Project Title : A Study To Identify The Various Aspects of Meteors Above South West Ireland Using Video Footage and Developing An Algorithm To Determine Camera Placement for Optimal Viewing and Accuracy. Molly Browne and Sinead Moynahan. Project Title: A Quantitative Study To Show The Effect of Female Role Models On Girls Choosing Stem Subjects At Second Level. Roisin Foley. Project Title : Spotting Dyslexia: A quantitative study to investigate Dyslexia symptom recognition among Irish primary school teachers of children aged 5 -7. Sarah Murphy. Project Title : Gauging the appetite of the Irish population for Inglorious fruits and vegetables: A feasibility study.


Mental Health Seminar

Students attended the Mental Health Seminar an annual event for Transition Years organised by Cork Mental Health on Oct 12th. Guest speakers included Aisling Thompson the Cork camogie captain who speaks openly about her own mental health problems, Gavin Hennigan an extreme sports athlete who has built an incredible mental fortitude and Liam Doocey the Youth Development Officer with Youth Health Services in Cork.


Students have been involved in Fundraising Flag Days for the following charities. The Donkey Sanctuary, Dogs for the Disabled and The Irish Wheelchair Association.

Public Speaking Project

Congratulations to the three TY teams who are through to the semi final of the Cork Public Speaking Project. Rory O Connor, David Oguemefu, and Norita Healy beat off opposition from St. Mary’s Charleville and Colaiste an Phiarsaigh Glanmire while Leah Murphy, Orlagh McCarthy and Charlotte Giles were victorious over St. Mary’s Charleville and the third team of Kaitlyn Kelleher, Hollie Linehan and Shauna Linehan had success over Charleville CBS and St. Mary’s Charleville. The semi final takes place on Nov. 22nd in the Silver Springs.

Ploughing Match

All students attended the ploughing match in Tullamore Co. Offaly in September


Twenty students are currently studying Chinese. This project which is funded by the Confucius Institute in UCC aims to give students a basic knowledge of the language as well as educating them on modern and traditional aspects of Chinese Culture. One student will travel to Shanghai in April for an Easter Camp in Language Skills and Cultural Awareness.

Concern Debates

Well done to the Coláiste Treasa TY debating team of Marion O’ Sullivan (captain) Noirina O Sullivan, Meadhbh Walsh Niamh Browne and Ide Marie Herlihy who had a great victory over Coláiste Fionnchua, Mitchelstown on Oct 11th. Motion for debate was “To end hunger the world must embrace GMOs” Well done also Kaitlyn Kelleher Chairperson on the night, Julie O Keeffe Timekeeper and Elaine Daly. The team then met Douglas Comprehensive School to debate the motion ” For women to access leadership positions gender quotas must be implemented” and were defeated but will still progress to the next round in December where they will meet Carrigtwohil to debate ” Young people are indifferent to the problems of the Developing world” Best of luck!


Following a talk from the Hope Foundation, six Transition Year students have decided to fundraise for a trip to Calcutta in March. Niamh Browne, Anna Buckley, Elaine Daly, Zara Murphy Emma Norton and Julie O Keeffe will witness first hand the reality of living in the slums and on the streets of Calcutta. They will see what the Hope Foundation is doing through their projects including protection homes, coaching centres and hospital and where the fund raised money is going.

GAA Coaching

30 Students are involved in a course in GAA coaching with Pat Spratt Games Development Administrator.

Mini Company 

Students are presently working hard developing their mini companies for the Cork Schools Enterprise Programme. This programme sees students setting up a mini company raising all the necessary finance identifying producing and selling a product, making a profit, filing company accounts and returns. An innovation day in Charleville Park on Sept 25th was aimed at helping students brainstorm for business ideas. Production will begin soon with the products available for Christmas and on display at the annual trade fair which will be held on December 7th.

Young Social Innovators

Young Social Innovators (YSI) is Ireland’s largest social awareness and active citizenship and education programme for 15- to 18-year-old teens. Its main goal is to get young people involved in action which helps improve the lives of others in their community. YSI involves thousands of young people in Ireland each year in hundreds of projects and social enterprises which are youth-led, team-based and action-focused. Each year, each YSI team is invited to present their project at the YSI Speak Out Regional fora. A national Showcase of Young Social Innovators takes place in May each year where thousands of young social innovators come together and showcase their projects. Colaiste Treasa TY students are examining two areas they are passionate about, one group exploring reducing anxiety and building resilience in teenagers, while the second group is looking at social inclusion of the elderly in the community.

Strasbourg Exchange
Nineteen students travelled to Strasbourg on an exchange programme in October. The students and two teachers were welcomed by their host families and given tours of the local attractions as well as a visit to the European Parliament. The French students will visit Ireland in April.


Peace Advocacy
Transition Year Class representatives Carmel Feehan, Darragh Kiely and Sarah Murphy will attend a Peace Advocacy training workshop in Mallow College of Further Education on Monday and Tuesday next. The workshop will be attended by students from a number of other local schools.

Students took part in an orienteering event at Glenabo Woods Fermoy on October 26th.

Apprentice Chef

Twenty four students attended Tralee IT on Thursday for an introduction to the Apprentice Chef Programme. Students received a tour of the Hotel and Catering Department, a talk from nutritionist Susie Cox as well as cookery demonstrations from experienced chefs. A cook off will soon be held in school from which 2 students will be selected to enter the Apprentice Chef competition.







Please be advised that Transition year is constantly under review and modules and courses offered are subject to change.