TY (Transition Year)




Welcome to our TY Diary 2017/2018! On this page we will keep you up to date with all our adventures during the year!


TY Graduation 2018


National Scratch Competition Winners

Congratulations to 3 of our TY students who took home not only 1 but 2 prizes from the Scratch Competition last Wednesday 25th of April in UL. Niamh and Dani won the Best Animation prize out of 502 entrants, for their short animation called 'Behind the Bully'. Dewi took home the best in her category prize for her mini game called 'Clean up the Streets'. Well done to our students and all 31 finalists on the day. 

National Scratch Finals 2018

Check out their projects below: (You will need to have flash enabled)

Behind the Bully:

Clean up the Street:


YSI Speakout

On the 21st of March the TYs travelled to the Lyrath Estate Hotel for the Young Social Innovator Speakout. Both TY classes have been working hard in their YSI class raising awareness for their topics; Girls in sport and LGBTQ+ equality in the school. They had a great day learning about other schools social issues.

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Visit to Cloughjordan

On the 12th of March all the Transition Years travelled to Cloughjordan House in County Tipperary. Both classes started the visit with a warm welcome of hot chocolate and delicious baked treats. One group worked in the garden whilst the other group worked in the kitchen. The 4A class worked in the garden first and the 4B class worked in the kitchen. In the kitchen they learned how to make vegetable soup and homemade bread from scratch we also learned how to make their own butter. They really enjoyed making the bread.

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Whilst they were working hard in the kitchen the other group were learning how to sew seeds and learned about the work that is done around Cloughjordan. They had a great time feeding the pigs, collecting the eggs from the chickens and sewing seeds for different vegetables. For lunch they enjoyed eating the soup and bread that the 4B class made earlier which was really appetizing. After lunch they handed over our aprons to the 4A class to prepare for dinner.

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The 4B class were out in the garden. In the kitchen they made tacos and chocolate brownies. They, learned different skills such as how to cut vegetables and how to bake brownies. The 4B class were working hard in the garden, they sewed seeds in the greenhouse and fed the pigs. Then they all enjoyed the tacos that were made in the kitchen for the dinner and the brownies for dessert. They had a great day in Cloughjordan, they enjoyed learning how the food comes from the farm to the fork.

TY Drama

On the 6th and 7th of March the TYs put on the annual TY play directed by Ms Donovan and Ms Tobin. The two plays ‘Are We Late’ and ‘Dead Lucky’ were written by Michael Dennehy. ‘Are We Late’ was a light hearted comedy about a drunk man and his wifes struggle to make the Late Late Show. ‘Dead Lucky’ was a darker comedy about and string of affairs and plot twists. The plays were a big success and enjoyed by everyone.


TY Drama 2018


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The Transition Year class attending the M.O.G Car Safety Demonstration given by Mike Gleason.

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Science of the Circus

The TYs travelled to UL with the 5th Year Physic class to the Science of the circus workshop. Circus performer, James Soper demonstrated how science is used in circus performances. They had a great time and learned a lot.


Work Experience

The TYs spent a week from the 5th the 9th of February on work experience. We chose a career that we had an interest in. We spent the week observing and learning about the job. We all enjoyed the week and learned a lot.


African Drumming Workshop

The TYs had an African Drumming workshop in the school. They learned how to play a few rhythms on the drums and they had a good time.


Scoil Pól Make- Up Masterclass

A group of TY girls organized a make- up masterclass in aid of Focus Ireland and the TY fund. Two make up artists, Leah O’Sullivan and Jodie Hanley gave a demonstration each and gave the audience their tips and tricks. There was some amazing spot prizes sponsored by local pharmacies. The night was a great success, over €600 was raised and the girls would like to thank everyone for their support.



The Staff Christmas Dinner 

On the 13th of December the 4A class hosted the annual staff Christmas dinner in the library. They were preparing for it in their cookery and life skill classes. The learned how to set and serve a table correctly. All the students were involved in making the dinner and some were chosen to serve the tables. It was a success, all the teachers enjoyed their meal. 


The Christmas Market 

On the 15th of December 2017 some TYs travelled into the Milk Market in Limerick to sell their Mini Company products. There was a wide variety of stalls there. All the TY mini companies there had a successful day selling.


First Aid Module 

The TYs completed their First Aid Module. They were thought the basic first aid skills such as how to treat wounds, CPR, how to use a defibrillator and how to make a sling. These were valuable skills that the TYs may have to use in life. They enjoyed this module and learned a lot.



Sign Language Module

All TYs took part in the sign language module. They began it at the end of November and last 3 weeks. They learned how to spell their name and the alphabet, they also learned how to talk about themselves. All the TYs enjoyed doing their sign language module.



Comedy Show

On the 13th of November 2017 the TYs went to a comedy show in the Friars Gate, Kilmallock. The comedy was a one man comedy given by Ger Carey the comedian. The show was very entertaining and everyone found it very funny.

The Lifesavers Project

On the 14th of November 2017 the TYs attended a road safety demonstration and talk in the South Court Hotel, Limerick. A live demonstration was given, actors acted in a fatal car crash. The demonstration showed what happens at a car accident scene and how the guards, the fire brigade and the ambulance do their at a car accident scene. After the demonstration they were given a talk by the guards, an ambulance worker, a fireman and a car crash survivor. Upsetting videos and pictures were shown but the TYs learned the importance of road safety.

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The Cork Pops Concert

On the 10th of November 2017 all TYs travelled to the UL Concert Hall in Limerick to watch the Cork Pops perform. The Cork Pops are a full orchestra, they were joined by the Voice of Ireland winner Keith Hanley. The performance was excellent and it was enjoyed by everyone.



Self Defense Module

All Transition Year students took part in their self defense module with Martin from the School of Fitness Ireland. The module lasted 6 weeks, each week the TYs had an hour of learning self defense. At the end of the 6 weeks they all had an exam. The results of the exams were very good.

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The Claire Byrne Show

The TYs travelled to Dublin to be part of the audience for Claire Byrne Live. They left after school and arrived at the RTÉ studio in Donnybrook. Interesting topics were discussed on the show. They met Clare Byrne after the show for pictures. They arrived in Kilfinane late at night but they had a great evening in Dublin.

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The Transition Year Cake Sale

On Sunday the 24th the Transition Years held a Cake Sale in the school extension. We all made goods to bring in for selling. The cake sale was in aid for our TY fund. We all had jobs such as making posters, selling and dealing with the money. The cake sale was a great success and we are grateful for everyone's support.

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The Ploughing Championship

On the 20th of September Transition Year students travelled to Tullamore in Co. Offaly for the annual Ploughing Championships. A bus left Kilfinane at 6am carrying a load of tired but excited heads. It was a very wet day and we were all soaked but we had a great day going from stall to stall, meeting celebrities and collecting all the free things that we could. We all had a great day in Tullamore. We returned to Kilfinane tired and wet but we all had a great day in Tullamore together.

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Team Bonding at Ballyhass Lakes

Ballyhass Lakes On the 11th of September all Transition Years and LCAs went to Ballyhass Lakes near Mallow in Co.Cork. They took part in many activities such as the zip line across the lake, the gladiator challenge and the inflatable waterpark. This trip was our class bonding day, by the end of the day we all felt that we were closer as a class as many activities were team based and we all had to work together. We all had a great day in Ballyhass with our class, teachers and instructors.

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