The Transition Year Programme at Errigal College promotes the personal, social, vocational and educational development of studdents annd prepares them for their role as automomous, participative and responsible members of society. Transition year is optional to all third year students of the college. It is a unique one year programme for students who have completed the Junior Certificate. It provides a bridge to enable them to make a transition from the more dependent thype of learning associated with the Junior Certificate to the more independent learning enviroment associated with the Senior cycle. It encourages personal and social development and recognises the need for students to grow in independence.
Transition Year fosters academic achievement as students prepare for a Leaving Certificate programme, further study and adult and working life. It enourages the development of a wide range of transferable critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. Students in transition Year pursue a number of academic subjects during the course of the year, which gives students an insight into the subjects before opting for them for the Leaving Certificate. This is an excellent opportunity to sample a subject foe an academic year, which in turn helps them make up thier minds if they wish to pursue that subject into the Leaving Certificate. Emphasis is placed on overall development with special focus on Multiple Intelligences.
A broad spectrum of subjects is therefore essential in ensuring that all intelligences are catered for during the year. Students in Errigal College study Music, Art, Construction Studies, Agricultural Science, Irish, English, French, Mathematics, Enterprise, Word Processing, Nutrition and Dietetics, Excerise, Physiology, History and Outdorr Education. Every week TY students travel to Garten Outdoor Education centre where they engage in various outdoor educational activities. Outdoor education offers students the opportunity to develop skills that would not have the opportunity to blossom in the classroom enviroment e.g. teamwork, leadership and shared responisibilites. Students also engage in numerous activities during the year as part of the course. Activities include, the AIB Build a Bank Competition, Film Making Competitions, Road Saftey, First Aid Course, Water Saftey Course, Word Processing FETAC Level 5 to name but a few.
At the end of the year students will have certificates in First Aid, FETAC Word Processing and An Gaisce President's Award. In addition to these, students will have sampled subjects that are optional for the Leaving Certificate. Studies show that Transition Year students perform on average 8% better than those not opting for Transition Year. More information on the AIB Build a bank and the TY mini-company are as follows.