Transition Year 2016/17

North Cork Enterprise Mini Company Competition 9/12/16

Well Done to Coláiste Treasa Mini Company ‘Picture That’  overall winners of the North Cork Enterprise Mini Company Competition. 

Back Row From L to R : Sarah O’ Keeffe, Peig O’ Connor, Ellen Clernon, Rebecca O’ Flynn, Sarah Kate Jones, Jennifer Sheehan, Karen O’ Donoghue.

Front Row: Aoife Buckley, Muireann Healy, Katie Lyons


Also well done to the “Sweeten up Santa” Mini Company who won the best interview category at the awards.

Back Row: L to R: David Collins, Daire Moynihan Front Row: L to R: Martina O’ Donoghue, Mary Buckley, Eve Murphy, Kara O’ Sullivan 




Cork Mental Health Public Speaking Project. 15/11/16. Well done to the Transition year Public Speaking Teams who qualified for the next round of the Cork Mental Health Public Speaking Project.

Team1: Peig O’ Connor, Ros Murphy, Kayla Wallace. Team 2: Aoife Buckley, Kara O’ Sullivan, Mary Buckley. Team 3: Michael Sheehan, Liam Butler .Cian Crowley




Welcome to the first Transition Year Newsletter of 2016. 54 students are enrolled in this present class group and so far have been busy with a wide range of activities.

Cork Mental Health Association 

Students attended a Mental Health Conference in Rochestown Park on October 11th. Speakers on the day were Robert O Connell Chairman of Cork Mental Health, Irish women’s rugby star Hannah Tyrell who has struggled with an eating disorder and self harm issues,,Martina Ryan education officer with Cork Mental Health Association, Gerry Duffy a motivational speaker and astounding athlete who has run 32 marathons in 32 days and Liam Doocey who works with Cork Youth Health Services. Students also heard speeches from last years winners of the Cork Mental Health Public Speaking Project Gaelcholaiste Mhuire AG North Mon.. Three teams from Transition Year will take part in the first rounds of the competition on Tuesday 15th November in Silver Springs Hotel Cork.


All Transition Years attended the Ploughing Match on September 21st in Screggan, Tullamore Co. Offaly

Chinese Module. 

Twenty five 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. . Two students will travel to Shanghai in March to an Easter Camp in Language Skills and Cultural Awareness.


All students enjoyed kayaking, archery, zip wire and abseiling in  Ballyhass on October 13th. Ballyhass Lakes offer an annual wake boarding scholarship to students in local schools.  This year, for the first time, a similar kayaking scholarship is on offer. These courses are 16 weeks in duration and run throughout the school year and offer ‘one to one’ coaching. The overall value of  this course is €3000.  Following an induction evening for all applicants Darragh O’ Sullivan was chosen for the wakeboarding course while Robyn Corcoran and Conleth Aspel will participate in the kayaking course.


Following a talk from the Hope Foundation five Transition Year students have decided to fundraise for a trip to Calcutta in March. Muireann Healy, Katie Lyons, Sarah Walsh, Gemma Browne and Mary Buckley 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.


Students have been involved in raising money for the Donkey Sanctuary, Irish Guide Dogs and The Mercy Hospital through flag days in Kanturk recently.


All students are presently completing a 5 week spinning course at Agility Fitness Studio.

GAA Coaching 

40 Transition Year Students have completed a course in GAA coaching with Pat Spratt Games Development Administrator.

Film Making 

Twelve Transition Students Jennifer Sheahan, Claire Field, Aaron Jennings, Michelle Murphy Clery Sophie Healy, Jack Murphy, Cian Crowley, Liam Butler, Niamh Tully, took part in a Film Making workshop organised by Cork Young Filmmakers. Students got the opportunity to write direct and produce their own film. The film will be edited at Cork Film Centre and will have its premiere public screening at the First Cut Youth Film Festival in Youghal on Friday 28th April alongside all the other secondary schools and there will be a number of award categories.

Walking Module 

A very enjoyable walk was had on Mount Hillery on Oct 1st. It is intended to do a number of similar walks during the year as part of our health and wellbeing initiative.

Cork Simon

Niamh Quain spoke to students on Thursday last on the work of The Cork Simon Community.

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. A launch day in Charleville Park on Sept 26th  was aimed at introducing the mini company concept and helping students brainstorm for business ideas. Students have been working at designing and making a number of products which will be available for the Christmas market and on display at the annual trade fair which will be held in December.


Students will study three modules this year Microsoft Word, Excel and Presentations. The module including e learning will run at a cost of €89 per student a special schools rate . Cost outside of school for 7 modules is €450 and upwards.

Young Scientists 

Congratulations to all our students who entered the 2017 BT Young Scientist competition but a particular mention to those Transition Year students who qualified for the event: Conleth Aspel, Jack Murphy and Michael Sheehan.

Conleth’s project in conjunction with Dr. Catherine Conlon of the Department of Epidemiology and Public health, University College Cork will address the three main types of parenting styles commonly studied (authoritarian, authoritative, permissive). Research in the United States on the three major prototypes has yielded consistent pictures of the types of parenting thought to enhance or mitigate the successful socialization of the middle-class student. Authoritative parenting has been thought to assist adolescents develop psychosocial maturity, cooperation with peers and adults, responsible independence and academic success. There is however a gap in research quantifying parental styles in an Irish setting and correlation between parental style and wellbeing as well as academic achievement. Conleth’s investigation seeks to undertake this research project on an Irish teenage cohort.

Jack Murphy and Michael Sheehan first became interested in the hen harrier after attending a raptor exhibition at the James O’ Keeffe institute in Newmarket. At this exhibition they saw some magnificent raptors but took a particular interest in the hen harrier. The hen harrier ( Circus Cyaneus ) is an endangered species of bird of prey with approximately 108-157 breeding pairs of hen harriers in Ireland. In recent decades the hen harrier has been the focal point of many conservation projects in Ireland. Jack and Michael are working closely with Dr. Ilse Corkery of IRD Duhallow and are investigating how plant life and plant quantity is affecting the population of small mammals which are ultimately diet of the hen harrier. They have spent many early morning and late evenings trapping small mammals at various sites around Ballydesmond and are now in the process of analysing their results.

We look forward to tracking their progress and wish them all the best at BTYSE January 11th –January 14th.

School Bank

Interviews were recently held by Aidan Walsh and Siobhain O Sullivan from Bank of Ireland for positions in the school Bank and the following students were successful, Managers Peig O Connor and Leah Corkery, Digital Advisors, Darragh O Sullivan, Eve Murphy and Cian Crowley. Auditors, Michael Sheehan and Mary Buckley. PR Team,Luke Philpott, Jennifer Sheahan and Robyn Corcoran.


A careers exhibition was held in the Edel Quinn hall on Oct 4th and attended by TYs.

Upcoming Events

Work Experience Nov 21st to 25th. Students are expected to arrange their own work experience. When choosing a place of employment consider your career interests. TY Students not travelling to Barcelona on the school tour will go on an extra week of work experience this week.

Mental Wellness Seminar Nov 15th Mallow.

A Talk for Parents- ” Building Bounce Back  Ability” – Focusing on  Relationship Skills and Resilience in our Children & Young People.

Speaker: Dr. Fergus Heffernan, Psychologist. Tues Nov 15th @ 7.15pm sharp in the Hibernian Hotel, Mallow. Admission FREE.

A Practical & Humorous night guaranteed!


Transition Year in Coláiste Treasa is available to all students who have completed their Junior Certificate.  It is optional, and places are allocated after application and interview.

Transition year is seen as an opportunity to promote the personal social educational and vocational development of the student, preparing them for their role as mature responsible members of society.

Besides the core subjects of Irish, English, Maths and French\German the following subjects are offered: History, Geography, Home Ec, DCG, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Business, Accounting, Woodwork, Engineering, Art and Music.  Students also get the opportunity to avail of modules in First Aid, Law, Chinese, Mini company, Film Studies, Public Speaking, GAA Coaching as well as participating in Young Scientist, Fundraising, Model United Nations, the Hope Foundation Calcutta Project, Hill walking, Outdoor activity trips (Ballyhass, Cappanalea) School Tour, Cookery, Driving Skills and Gaisce. Students also take part in work experience, where each student is responsible for locating work in a suitable environment. Work experience takes place for a week before Christmas and  for another week at Easter time.

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