Transition Year

Transition year in Coláiste Iognáid is a one year programme between the junior and senior cycle and is compulsory for all students.

The Transition Year Programme is conducted according to the Department of Education’s 1993 Guidelines. The Programme promotes the personal, social, vocational and educational development of students and prepares them for their role as autonomous, participative and responsible members of society.

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. It encourages the development of a wide range of transferable critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills.

Our desire is that students at the end of Transition Year would have grown in greater maturity and confidence, as well as a greater appreciation of themselves, others and the world in which they live.

The Purpose of Transition Year

To promote maturity:

  • Maturity in studies by making students more self-directed learners through the development of general, technical and academic skills
  • Maturity in relation to work and careers by developing work-related skills
  • Personal maturity by providing opportunities to develop communication skills, self-confidence and a sense of responsibility
  • Social maturity by developing greater ‘people’ skills and more awareness of the world outside school


The Transition year Programme


Core subjects Modular Subjects Activities Certified Activities
Irish History Film Making Lift Programme
English Geography Aids West Gaisce
Maths Home Economics Future Careers Life Saving/Water Safety
French/German Art Young Scientist Yoga
Business Music Horticulture Driver Theory
Career Guidance DCG History Tours First Aid
Biology Business Tours Coding
Chemistry Cinema IT
Physics Erasmus
Philosophy Foreign Exchanges
Ethos and Justice
Environmental Studies
IT Studies


In Transition Year, students have an opportunity to:

  • Experience activity-based learning
  • Develop research skills
  • Develop self-directed learning skills
  • Reflect on own learning outcomes
  • Develop initiative and creativity
  • Develop new friendships and teamworking skills
  • Discover personal strengths
  • Discover likes and dislikes
  • Connect with adult working life

Work Experience

Students have 3 set weeks to engage in work experience and this is set out in their calendar.

Social Outreach

Coláiste Iognáid endeavours to show Faith at work through justice and compassion; to provide opportunities for young people to explore the mystery of a loving God through a relationship with Jesus and to develop their abilities to the full extent so that they will become, outstandingly, people for others. We aim to encourage an understanding of the need for justice as a necessary concomitant of a pupil's commitment to Christ. It is envisaged that we develop the social consciousness of our students through practical experience and critical reflection. That aspiration finds its expression in the Transition Year Social Outreach programme.

The following are some of the communities that the TY students can get involved with;

  1. Swimming in leisureland with
    • Claddagh N.S..
    • St Joseph’s School Special School
  2. St Joseph’s Special School - playground
  3. Scoil Iognáid
  4. Fr Bob McGoran Centre
  5. Art with St Joseph’s students


Social outreach is on every Friday and modulate every Monday.

Please download the Vetting form which you be completed if the student is 16 and over.


Click on the buttons below to view the TY class timetables:

4 Claver & 4 Gonzaga

4 Ricci & 4 Brebeuf

TY Movies

Watch TY Student’s movies on Youtube

JES TY Hero 2 Zero

JES TY The Light from Darkness

JES TY Out of Control

JES TY The Break Up

JES TY Silent Sequence

JES Blooper Reel

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