Transition Year

TY Students & Meath GAA Organise First Year Hurling Blitz

TY Students & Meath GAA Organise First Year Hurling Blitz

Yesterday our TY students in partnership with Meath GAA organised a First Year hurling Blitz. 85 first year students were involved in the Hurling Blitz. Our TY students selected and mentored the First Year teams, set out the pitches, developed the round robin system,...

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TY Chinese Mandarin

TY Chinese Mandarin

TY students completed a 10 week Mandarin Chinese course for beginners which included an introduction to phonetics and daily expressions  In Mandarin. After taking this class, TY students now have a basic understanding of Chinese Mandarin and are able to make basic...

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Transition Years: Garda Community Programme

Transition Years: Garda Community Programme

Congratulations to our TY students who completed the Transition Year Garda Community Programme. Congrats to Ewan Phipps, Niamh Batzella, Chloe Keating Creag, James Kavanagh and Mark Gorman, who completed the course. The Programme occurred at Trim Garda Station from...

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Senior Cycle Options 2023

Please see letter linked regarding our Senior Cycle Options Information Evening taking place on the 6th of December. Ty Senior Cycle Info Evening 2023

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Green Schools News

Green Schools News

Well done to the TY Dóchas Class, who continued on our bulb planting spree today as part of Green Schools and their Environmental Studies class!

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Empowering Leadership through Sports: Inspiring Girls Program

Empowering Leadership through Sports: Inspiring Girls Program

Transition Year and Class Tara students have been participating in the Inspiring Girls Sports Programme. The programme aims to develop leadership skills in senior girls by developing and delivering a sports programme to increase sports and physical activity among...

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TY Students Enjoyng Pilates Course (8 Weeks)

TY Students Enjoyng Pilates Course (8 Weeks)

TY students are enjoying there Pilates Course at the moment. Pilates is a form of exercise like yoga. It involves a series of movements that focus on core strength, posture, balance and flexibility. A huge thanks to Ms. Murphy for delivering the course   [gallery...

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TY Students Complete As I AM Workshop

TY Students Complete As I AM Workshop

Last Friday as part of Stand Up  Awareness Week our TY Students attended the AsIAm workshop. This workshop gave our TY students a deeper understanding of Autism. The story of AsIAm began in 2014 when our CEO Adam Harris founded the organisation based on his own...

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Forensic Analysis Workshop (JFK)

Forensic Analysis Workshop (JFK)

As part of Science week, our Transition Year and Class Tara participated in an engaging workshop today hosted by Forensic Crime Investigation. Students investigated the mysterious case of the assassination of John F. Kennedy by gathering clues, analysing evidence and...

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A unique programme that acts as a bridge between Junior and Leaving Cycles.

What is Transition Year?

  • This is a unique one year programme for students aged 15/16.
  • It provides a bridge to enable students to make the transition from Junior to 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.
  • The type of student to which Transition year is best suited is one who is an all-rounder or who wants to explore and develop their abilities, whilst learning new skills within a structured environment.
  • The Transition Year programme is designed to provide pupils with the opportunity to discover their own talents, aptitudes, and abilities whilst developing skills and competencies within a well-defined academic structure.
  • It challenges pupils to accept responsibility for their own learning, to improve their performance in many core areas, explore new subjects, develop their own interests, and to evaluate their progress.
  • Work Experience plays a significant role in the programme as students gain first-hand experience of the world of work. Students arrange and complete Work Experience in a number of different workplaces in blocks throughout the year in areas relevant to their own interests and ambitions.
  • Please note that due to an ongoing process of evaluation, review, and improvement the curriculum is subject to change


Points to consider before deciding to do Transition year

  • Students have an opportunity to explore other interests and skills.
  • D.O.S.S. Developing other skill sets!
  • Students are older and more mature:

(i)   doing the Leaving Cert

(ii)  going to college

  • Students who do TY have a lower dropout rate at Third Level


Application Procedure

  • Application form.
  • Interview
  • Third Year head, AEN Department and Guidance Department consulted.
  • Participation in school life and school record considered.


What Boyne Community School Leaving Certificate students’ said about the programme?

  • I got to do subjects which I never did before which was class and helped me chose my subjects for the Leaving Cert
  • We visited DCU and learned loads about college
  • I made new friends because the class was small
  • Work experience helped me to mature
  • Going on trips and doing activities outside of school was brilliant
  • I loved every minute of it.
  • Go Karting was it for me
  • I appreciated all the work we done in the Community and really learned a lot
  • There was something new every week, it made the year very interactive.
  • Team work was really at the centre of our activities



TY Programme Goals

  • Education for Maturity and Personal Development
  • Emphasis on Self-Directed Learning with focus on Process not Result
  • Development of Social Conscience
  • Education through Experience of Adult and Working Life.


Subjects in TY

  • Core Subjects
  • English
  • Irish
  • Maths
  • World of Science
  • Information Technology
  • Home Economics
  • Physical Education
  • Career Guidance


Sampling Subjects

  • Music
  • Religion
  • Spanish
  • Mandarin
  • Sign Language
  • Enterprise and Construction
  • Short Film Making
  • Drama
  • Forensic Investigation
  • Environmental Studies
  • Disability Awareness
  • Aware Programme


  T.Y. Programmes (6-8week blocks)

  • GAA Coaching Course
  • First Aid
  • Self Defence
  • Self-Development
  • Enterprise Education
  • Water safety/ lifesaving course
  • A.I. Coaching Course
  • Community Work (Sensory Garden)
  • Future Leaders
  • Gaisce (Presidental Award)
  • Young Social Innovators
  • BT Young Scientist Competition


Other Areas Students Will Experience

  • Work Experience
  • Outdoor Pursuits
  • Fieldtrips
  • Visiting Speakers
  • Social Awareness Programme
  • Day Trips – relevant to courses undertaken
  • Voluntary work
  • First Aid


Work Experience

Students arrange and complete Work Experience in a number of different workplaces throughout the year in areas relevant to their own interests and ambitions.



Assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning in T.Y. Students are assessed using a variety of methods:

  • Project Work
  • Written Assessments
  • Exhibitions
  • Self-Assessment
  • Peer Assessment
  • Presentations
  • Interview
  • Portfolio




Meas, Mórtas, Muintearas.

Respect for ourselves and others, pride in our work, and a sense of community.