Transition Year Activities

Transition Year-September to October Midterm 2020
Transition Year Activities

Transition Year-September to October Midterm 2020

Our Transition Year students have enjoyed a very busy start to this year and have settled in very well. There have been a number of workshops taking place each week and even a trip away from our school. This year will present a number of challenges to all of us but our group of TY’s appear to be taking it in their stride and enjoying the challenge.

Work Experience

Each student has taken part in a work experience programme each Monday since September. They have arranged this placement themselves which has been a difficult task considering the restrictions and social challenges we face due to Covid -19. Despite these challenges they have gained a placement in various businesses in their communities and in doing so are gaining some invaluable life experiences.

Kildare Sports Partnership-Leadership and Wellbeing course

7 KSP.jpgAnna Deegan from Kildare Sports partnership facilitated the delivery of a leadership and wellbeing course which took place over a 10 day period. The aim of the course was to support and contribute to the development of a wellness culture in post primary schools. Students took part in practical and theory workshops in addition to completing an online cardiac first responder’s course. This online course was followed up with a seven-hour practical 1st aid course in our sports hall facilitated by Maltings training company. Students had an opportunity to receive training on the use of a defibilator and resuscitation techniques.

AWARE Lifeskills

Mary o Hallorahan provided our students with the AWARE Life skills programme which looks at addressing various issues that students will face in their lives. Based on the principles of CBT, this programme can help teach young people how to make small, practical changes in areas of their lives that they find difficult. The programme took place over the last four weeks and has been invaluable in helping students to understand some of the tougher challenges that life can throw at them.

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Driver Education

During September we welcomed the Irish School of Excellence-Driver Education Programme to our school. Traveling to us all the way from Co Clare they provided two brilliant Driver Education workshops. Our students took part in both theory and practical sessions under the tuition of experiences instructors. Athy GAA club kindly provided us with their Car park to facilitate the practical driving experience. Every student had an opportunity to drive a car, change a tyre, learn about car engines, wear goggles which simulate the dangers and the visual effects of driving a car while under the influence of alcohol. The theory part of the course involved students using digital devices to purchase a car, check its history and undertake a theory driving test. 2 Driver practical.jpg

Self Defence

A self defence course will take place for all TY students over the next five weeks. It will look at increasing students’ knowledge of how to handle and avoid conflict situations. The course is delivered by Mick Aldridge who will be putting students through their paces and challenging them to think through different scenarios before acting. This course has always been an enjoyable experience for our students and our current year group are looking forward to it already.

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