The aim of Transition Year (T.Y.) in the Mercy is to give time to students to mature through education in social awareness and working life, while promoting general, technical and academic skills as well as becoming familiar with the concept of self-directed learning.
Students study core subjects in TY such as Maths, English and Irish and they also sample Leaving Certificate subjects such as Japanese and the Science subjects. In addition, students have classes in Religion, Careers and PE.
In the Mercy, TY-specific modules include IT, ‘Mini Company’ and ‘Introduction to Law’ as well as preparation for the world of work. In 2010, a new and exciting module called the ‘Albert Schweitzer Leadership for Life Programme’ was introduced. This programme allows students going onto NUIG to obtain credits for certain courses at the university.
Calendar events during the TY year include work placement in November and March as well as guest speakers from voluntary, business and community organisations. Students take part in an outdoor pursuits’ trip during the year and can participate in competitions such as the ‘BT Young Scientist’ and “Junk Kouture”.
Gaisce – the President’s Award is Ireland’s National Challenge Award for young people between 15 and 25 years of age. In Scoil Bhríde, we have a long tradition of Gaisce. Every year, Transition Year students are given the opportunity to take on the Bronze challenge. Gaisce works on the basis of a personal challenge set by the student. One doesn’t compete with other participants, as each challenge is completely individual – one’s only rival is one’s self. Below is a photo of those Transition Years who were successful competitors last year.