Transition Year Programme (TYP)

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Transition Year is an optional one-year school programme in the North Monastery Secondary School.

The purpose of Transition Year within our school is:

  • to place emphasis on personal development including social awareness and increased social competence.
  • to promote general, technical, and academic skills with an emphasis on interdisciplinary and self-destructed learning
  • to give our students a learning experience of adult and working life as a basis for personal development and maturity.

Key Skills

Throughout the TY year, students will develop the following skills:

  • Information processing
  • Being personally effective
  • Communicating
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Working with others
  • Wellbeing

Subjects/Modules (2021-2022):

In the North Monastery Secondary School, our TY programme provides a wide range of subjects which change. At the end of each school year, we review and update the selection of subjects/modules offered.

Core Subjects:

Gaeilge English
Maths MFL (French/Spanish/German)
World Religions Physical Education
Career Guidance Wellbeing/RSE

 Taster Subjects:

Art Biology
Business Chemistry
Engineering Technology Geography
History Music
Politics and Society Computer Science


Specialist Modules:

Throughout the TY year, students are offered the opportunity to take part in a number of specialist modules.

Coding Gaisce President’s Award
Diversity Leadership for Life (Foróige)
Debating Young Social Innovators
Life Skills & Catering
BT Young Scientist


Assessment is a key part of Transition Year within our school,  it gives our students an opportunity to move beyond the narrow focus of end-of-year, written exams. The emphasis is on varied and on-going assessment with students themselves becoming involved in diagnosing their own learning strengths and weaknesses. Project work, portfolio work, and exhibitions of students’ work are an essential part of our programme.

TY Activities:

Our TY students engage in a wide variety of activities during the course of TY  which can vary from year to year (subject to public health), some of these include:

Day Trips Hillwalking
Getting Ready for Work Experience Week (Online) Mental Health Workshops
Social Work Experience Work Experience
Drama Workshops Field Trips (Geography, History, etc.)
Green Flag / Amber Flag / Yellow Flag Outdoor pursuits
Debating / Public Speaking
TY Musical (every second year)

TY Contract

TY Contract 2021-2022: Fill out the digital form here or please download and print the form here.

Work Experience 2021/2022

  • Online Preparation Week 2: February 7th to February 11th, 2022
  • Work Experience Week 2: April 4th to April 8th, 2022

Online Portfolio

Students will make use of both Microsoft Teams and the TY Reflection Journal to monitor their progress throughout the year. More information regarding Microsoft Teams is available here.

If you have any further queries regarding our Transition Year Programme, please click here.

TY Team

  • TY Year Head (2021-2022): Mr Barry
  • TY Coordinator (2021-2022):