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Transition Year Information 2023-2024

TY Letter to Parents
Transition Year Information 2023-2024

Re: Transition Year Information 2023-24

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

This letter is to let you know important information in relation to planning, dates and costs, associated with the Transition Year Programme. The curriculum includes core subject areas and provides for new areas of experience through additional learning modules as outlined in recent presentations. This year we are pleased to offer students the opportunity to learn Ukrainian – students have been surveyed and a small number have expressed interest. It will probably mean that these students will do 2 hours of computer classes, instead of 3 (to be confirmed). A calendar (subject to change) and a draft outline of likely costs during TY are included.  The cost of additional planned activities (for all students), which are listed below, is €160. This €160 excludes the cost of Petersburg, TY Trips, and other activities not on the planned calendar that students may organise during the year. 

​We expect all students to participate in the planned programme as this creates the maximum opportunities for learning. Please contact the TY co-ordinator or Principal in advance, if there are any circumstances that prevent your child from participating in these programmes. While we aim to budget for all activities in TY from the start, occasionally we get invitations to participate in very worthwhile activities based on how projects/student interests develop during the year.

Lastly, the Work Experience dates are:

(1) Mon 23rd Fri 27th October 

(2) Tue 6th – Fri 9th February

(3) Mon 27th – Fri 31st May

To avail of the benefits of the Work Experience module it is important that students begin to plan their preferred options as soon as possible.

​Looking forward to a productive and enjoyable Transition Year.

Yours sincerely,

Mary Kelly​​​ Mary Keating

Principal​​​ TY co-ordinator

TY Predicted Budget 2023-24

Petersburg Outdoor Education Centre (Teambuilding)


Tuesday activities/Leisure

(and associated transport)


Personal Safety & Self-Defence Workshop

Redesign Ireland Environmental Workshop

Law Course

Psycho-Spaghetti (tbc) Comedy show

CSI (Forensic Science Workshop)

Poetry Slam Workshop

Disability Awareness Workshop

Introduction to First Aid 

Sketch to Screen Workshops

Relationships and Sexuality Education

Ukrainian language (beginners) places limited


Stilt Walking (tbc)

subsidised by

Clifden Community Arts Festival

Kayaking (tbc)

Run by CAP

Gaisce: President’s Medal: Bronze

€15 (online) registration (Sept) + 

€?(tbc) Adventure Journey

Currently under review

Overnight Trip (3 days/2 nights): (under review)

(subject to approval from Board of Management)

Price will depend on destination and activities 

Day Trips: to be decided following discussion with students and approval from management

Price will depend on trip destination and activities

€160 due onreturn to school onor before Friday 1stSeptember on Way2Pay

Petersburgtripis to be paidforin full before travel (early-September)

Week No.


Event (may be subject to change)

Week 1

Tue 29th August

Tues –Return to school , Sign up for Gaisce

Week 2

M 4th – F 8th Sept


Week 3

M 11th – F 15th Sept


Week 4

M 18th – F 22ndSept

Arts Festival

Week 5

M 25th – F 29th Sept

Environmental Workshops

Week 6

Tue 3rd – F 6th Oct

Week 7

M 9th – F 13th Oct

Law Course

Week 8

M 16th – F 20th Oct

Week 9

M 23rd – F 27th Oct

TY Work Experience 1


M 30th Oct – F 3rd Nov

Week 10

M 6th – F 10th Nov

Assess of Options deadline

Week 11

M 13th – F 17th Nov

T Y Exams (class based), Options change

Week 12

M 20th – F 24th Nov

School of Improv: Sketch to screen

Week 13

M 27th – F 1st Dec

Week 14

M 4th – F 8th Dec

CSI Forensic Science

Week 15

M 11th – F 15th Dec

Week 16

M 18th – F 22nd Dec


M Dec 25th – F Jan 5th

Week 17

M 8th – F 12th Jan

TY Aptitude Test & Parents re 5th Options (tbc)

First Aid

Week 18

M 15th – F 19th Jan

Assess of Options deadline

Week 19

M 22nd – F 26th Jan

Options change

Inspireland Wellbeing through Poetry

Week 20

M 29th – Fday 2nd Feb

TY (class tests)

PsychoSpaghetti Comedy Show in Station House Theatre

Week 21

Tues 6th– Fday 9th Feb

TY Work Experience 2


M 12th – F 16th Feb

Week 22

M 19th – F 23rd Feb

Week 23

M 26th - F 1st March

3 day Trip (to be confirmed)

Week 24

M 4th – 8th March

TY P/T M (Tuesday)

Week 25

M 11th – 15th Mar

Alex Personal Safety (14&15th)

Week 26

Tues 19th – 22nd Mar

ATU Letterfrack Week

Assessment of options deadline


25th Mar – 12th April

Week 27

M 8th – F 12th April

Options change

Week 28

M 15th – F 19th April

Breast Health and Cancer Awareness

Week 29

M 22nd – F 26th April

Irish trip (tbd)

Week 30

M 29th – F 3rd May

Week 31

Tue 7th – F 10th May

History trip

Week 32

M 13th – F 17th May

Gaisce trip (tbc)

Week 33

M 20th – F 24th May

Assessment of Options & TY exams deadline

Week 34

M 27th – F 31st May

Work Experience 3

Stilt walking, Radio, Kayaking & TYs got Talent currently under review

23 2024
1st Year Return
26 2024
1st, 3rd, 5th & 6th Years Return
27 2024
All Years Return
23 2024
School Arts Week Programme
30 2024
School Holiday
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