Letter to OLG Transition Year Parents

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We hope you are keeping well and we look forward to communicating with you throughout the year. Planning for this upcoming Transition Year is ongoing and we ask for your support and understanding while we attempt to navigate these unchartered waters. 

I am sure you will understand that some changes have had to be made to the programme in line with public health guidelines. Nonetheless as you will see we have a wide variety of workshops, activities and online courses for students to explore and engage with over the coming weeks. We are committed to ensuring that this year’s TY will proceed with the same spirit and determination as it did pre-Covid. 

Updates for the 2020/21 TY Programme (So Far….)

  • TY Work Experience will take place after Christmas. Dates for work experience will be confirmed by the end of September. 
  • Community Work will take place in school on a Tuesday afternoon. Students will participate in projects which will explore topics such as social justice and social action. These projects will satisfy the Community Work requirement for their Gaisce award. 
  • • All students will participate in Gaisce. Gaisce – also known as The President’s Award is a self-development programme that encourages students to find their passion, get active and make a difference in their community. During TY, students will undertake the bronze level of this award. The fee for this award is €15. In all previous years students have paid this €15 on top of the TY fee. However we are happy to inform you that this year we have included the cost of Gaisce in the TY fee.
  • Activity Week will take place from the 28th of September to the 3rd of October. This is one of the highlights of the TY programme. Students will participate in a variety of workshops and activities:
    • First Aid: Students will cover essential first aid topics such as CPR, choking, seizure, asthma, burns and scalds, allergies, recovery position, care of the unconscious patient and the wellbeing of the first aid responder.
    • Hairstyling: Students will learn about hair care and good hair practice and will practice various braiding and up-styles. 
    • Culinary Delights: Students will participate in a cooking class and will make some tasty delights to bring home. 
    • African Drumming: Students willbe introduced to basic rhythmic concepts of West African and World Percussion through drumming, chanting, body percussion and storytelling.
    • Artistic Expression: Students will participate in an art workshop which will explore their creativity and develop their artistic technique. 
    • Larch Hill: On the Thursday 2nd of October students will go to larch hill activity centre and will enjoy a full day of activities including orienteering, hill sledging and rock climbing.
    • • All students will complete a TY Portfolio using Microsoft One Note which will document various activities, workshops, achievements, etc throughout the year. This Portfolio will  account for 50% of their overall TY grade. All notices and information about upcoming events will be posted in the ‘Content Library’ in One Note and will suit our needs in the event of any further school closures.
    • • All students will participate in a new e-learning law course – “The Law Uncovered”. This course is specially designed for TY students to explore and understand all their legal rights and responsibilities. On successful completion of the course students will be awarded a certificate.
    • • We have included a brand new Media Broadcasting course from TINPOT MEDIA. Facilitated by expert trainers and using interactive online video tutorials, students will learn by doing – working through modules covering areas like radio presentation, editing, audience engagement, scriptwriting, and music playlisting.   
    • • All TY’s will complete a COVID and the Workplace training course and a health and safety in the workplace course to prepare them for their work experience module.
    • • Students will also participate in online Entrepreneur Workshops. These career-themed workshops will focus on developing students design thinking, creativity,strategic thinking skills and problem solving skills all of which are necessary for starting a business initiative.
    • • Students will participate in the Young SVP Programme. This specially designed TY programme is run by St .Vincent de Paul and offers workshops on a range of topics such as power and society, leadership and creating change, human dignity – rights and responsibilities, sustainable fashion and climate justice and energy poverty. 
    • • Students will take part in an interactive Forensics Workshop.  They will explore forensic science including ballistics, fingerprints, facial recognition, autopsy, trace evidence and will receive a certificate of achievement on successful completion of the workshop. 

We want to commit to all parents that the TY fee is only spent on TY. The Board of Management also contribute to the programme every year. We are very careful with our spending and only engage in courses and activities that we think the girls will really enjoy. Should we not spend the budget it will be returned to parents pro-rata before the end of the year.

Further details regarding Activity Week will be sent to you closer to the date.

I look forward to working with you throughout the year.

Kind regards,

Aedín Martin

Programmes Coordinator