Transition Year

25/09/2020

 

Dear Parent/Guardian,

 

Please note below details regarding the Transition Year trip to Ballyhass Coachford on Tuesday September 29th, 2020.

 

 

Here is a sample time table of what each group will be doing. Groups will be split into hubs of 8:1 with a designated instructor. In regards to lunch, pod areas will be designated for each group so they will not cross over or over mingle with each other.

 

 

10am – 11:15am 11:15am – 12:30pm LUNCH (12:30 – 1:00pm) 1:00pm – 2:00pm 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Group 1 Aqua Park Kayaking Lunch in Pod Area 1 Team Games + Assault Course Archery

Group 2 Aqua Park Kayaking Lunch in Pod Area 2 Team Games + Assault Course Archery

Group 3 Aqua Park Kayaking Lunch in Pod Area 3 Team Games + Assault Course Archery

Group 4 Team Games + Assault Course Archery Lunch in Pod Area 4 Aqua Park Kayaking

Group 5 Team Games + Assault Course Archery Lunch in Pod Area 5 Aqua Park Kayaking

Group 6 Team Games + Assault Course Archery Lunch in Pod Area 6 Aqua Park Kayaking

 

 

As you can see from the timetable each group will get half the day on the land and half of it on water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a list of what they will need to bring,

 

· Swimwear & Towel – We will provide all the wetsuits and safety equipment. Swimming togs are to be worn under these. If you have your own wetsuit you are welcome to bring it along.

· Plastic Bag – You will more than likely have a lot of wet clothes so these are handy when packing.

· Wet shoes or Old Shoes – For kayaking you will need to wear some form of footwear in the water. For all other water activities, you will have to walk with wetsuits.

· Warm Outdoor Clothing We are an outdoor activity centre. If it is raining we will still operate, we have a sheltered site that nothing short of a red weather warning stops us. It is your responsibility to have appropriate outdoor clothing. If nothing else at bringing a spare pair of clothes.

· Rainproof outer layer – Probably the most important part of all. You can pick up cheap ponchos in any supermarket outdoor store. It will make your experience so much better if it’s raining. (Or at a minimum a spare pair of clothing that can act as an extra layer)

· Big packed lunch – On a full day, you will be outside for over 5 hours doing several active experiences. Trust us you WILL be hungry.

· € coins for the tuck shop – Our hot chocolates are famous!!

· Waterproof sunblock – Even on a cloudy day, this prevents wind burn. We can’t overstate how important this is at all times of the year regardless of what the weather forecast says.

If you have any queries regarding any of the above, please do not hesitate to give me a call.

Yours sincerely,

_________________________________

Frances Clarke

Transition Year Co-ordinator of activities

 

Dear Transition Year Parent/Guardian,

 

I hope you are all keeping well and that your son/daughter are settling into school life in Transition Year.

 

Our full return to school will have considerable impact on how the Transition Year Programme is run this year at St. Peters. I ask for your support and understanding as we navigate these uncertain times. We will continue to proceed with the same enthusiasm and dedication for the TY programme as was the case pre Covid19 but we may encounter some changes along the way to scheduled events and activities.

 

Many students may experience difficulty securing work experience during the two week block just before Christmas break. For this reason the work experience programme is provisionally timetabled for a two week slot just before February mid term. If the current situation has not changed by February, students may have the opportunity to secure work experience during a two week slot before Easter break.

 

Many of the modules offered in TY that involve visiting tutors/presenters will be offered as an online option this year where possible. Such modules will be planned on a month by month basis and both the students and parents/guardians will be notified in advance of these activities happening.

 

Our annual TY school play may go ahead this year, planning for this element of the programme is at an early stage.

 

For the month of September, there are currently two activities planned for this year group, The Drive4Life motor safety programme is organised for Monday September 21st and Tuesday September 22nd. We have also planned a trip to Ballyhass Coachford, outdoor activity centre, for Tuesday September 29th, which will be an all day event, details of which will be discussed with all students in advance of this trip. This school trip will cost 50 euro per student which covers entry into the centre and the bus journey. Payment can be made through our Way2Pay online system and should be paid on or before Monday September 21st, 2020.

 

We look forward to engaging with our Transition Year students and building on their progress from Junior Cycle. We will continue to have high expectations for our students in terms of attendance, punctuality and of course participation in all class work and all activities. Positive attitudes lead to positive outcomes.

 

Our Transition Year Team are:

 

Transition Year Year Head:                                      Ms. Jennifer Creedon

Transition Year Programme Co-ordinator:           Ms. Frances Clarke

 

Class Saoirse class tutor:                                         Ms. Martina Drohan

Class Shona class tutor:                                           Ms. Lorraine Walsh

Class Sorcha class tutor:                                          Mr. James Fitzgerald

 

If you have any further queries, please feel free to contact me at fclarke@stpeters.ie

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Frances Clarke

Transition Year Programme Co-ordinator.

Transition Year in St. Peter’s is an action packed year that balances the academic and the non academic aspects of school life.

 

Transition Year Activities

Transition Year is compulsory for all students in St. Peter’s. The academic component involves taking senior Leaving Certificate subjects – the compulsory subjects of English, Irish, Maths and French which works in harmony along a carousel system for the option subjects. This means that all Transition Year Students have the opportunity to try all the option subjects during the year before they choose their option subjects for the Leaving Cert.

Transition Year students can also look forward to work experience. This takes place in a two week period before the Christmas Holidays. Students work in an area of interest and explore the opportunites that their chosen work experience provides.

Some of the many educational, interesting & diverse activites involved in the busy year include:

  • Young Enterprise Mini-Companies
  • Public Speaking
  • Gaisce Awards
  • Music and Drama Production
  • P.A.L. Programme (Public access to Law)
  • Sports
  • Life Skills and Health Education
  • Communications Module
  • School Bank
  • Programmes e.g.
  • Drive for Life,
  • GAA Coaching
  • Road Safety Road-Show.
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