Loreto Secondary School
St Michael's

Transition Year

Transition Year

St. Michael’s was one of the first schools in the country to pilot the Transition Year Programme. Over the last number of years the programme in the school has been developed and expanded.

The Department of Education & Skills defines the purpose of Transition Year as follows:

‘To promote the personal, social, educational and vocational development of pupils and to prepare them for their role as autonomous, participative, and responsible members of society.’

Transition Year in St Michael's aims to

  • Encourage personal and social development of students
  • Further academic achievement. Help prepare students for further study and adult working life
  • Increase social awareness of students with emphasis on development of confidence and personal talent
  • Provide education through real life experience, use of ICT, peer teaching, research, self-directed learning, self-evaluation and self-assessment, and community based focus, whilst retaining a focus on more traditional methodologies, subjects and assessments
  • Create a positive environment in which students have opportunities to reach their true potential while availing of a supportive framework for personal development
  • Include parents, guardians, students and school management in a process of consultation and support for the mutual benefit of all

Transition Year Programme in St Michael's includes

  • Irish, English, Maths, Science, French / German, Business– all mixed ability
  • Social justice, Computer studies, Choir, Careers, Religion
  • Various modules: e.g. Public Speaking, Yoga, Crafts, Art, Media Studies, Geography, History, Italian, Gym , Sign language, Home Economics, Science.
  • Subjects are determined by the availability of specific teachers, timetabling restraints, the availability of resources and the size of teaching groups etc. One year’s subjects do not determine the following year’s timetable.
  • Work/Activities are largely school-based. Work experience of approx 10 weeks
  • Subject departments or individual teachers devise, evaluate and assess the curricula, guided by the DES guidelines for Transition Year.
  • Student, parent and guardian evaluations and weekly reflections

Currently Transition Year is optional and is subject to the school’s Transition Year Admissions Policy.

Oct 26
Midterm Break
Nov 02
Bullying Awareness Week
Dec 23
Christmas Holidays
Jan 28
JCT Cluster Day - school closed to students
St. Michael's, Navan, Co. Meath, C15YF83
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