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Fourth Year Transition Programme

The overall mission of Transition Year (TY) is “to promote the personal, social, educational and academic development of students and to prepare them for their role as autonomous, participative and responsible members of society”.

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Overview of Fourth Year Transition Programme (FYTP)

Like each other year of a six-year cycle through second-level schooling, FYTP has its own unique contribution to make to each person’s development and education. Typically, a Transition Year programme offers students a broad variety of learning experiences inside and outside the classroom. Transition Year in Newtown offers a curricular breadth and balance derived from the experience of teachers, who over the years, have utilised their specialist expertise and interests in constructing and conducting the programme. Each year the programme content is evaluated and prospective modules, trips, courses and subjects are reviewed to enhance the educational opportunities for future students.

Fourth Year students have the opportunity to acquire social, technological and scientific skills that will help them prepare for life beyond school. FYTP promotes maturity, independent learning and study skills, all of which enhance performance in the Leaving Certificate Programme. Students will be encouraged to develop their analytical and critical thinking skills and explore learning possibilities that will be relevant to their future lives. Throughout the year, students are encouraged to reflect on their individual learning outcomes and acknowledge and celebrate their achievements. 


The mandatory Core subjects include:

  • Irish (unless exempt)
  • English
  • Mathematics (including Quantitative Statistics & Geogebra)
  • History
  • Geography
  • Science

Subject Options will be between:

  • Music / Business / Art
  • French (continuing) /Spanish (continuing) (choose one)

Modular courses include (students undertake a variety of these courses over the academic year)

  • Technical Graphic / Woodwork / Sports Psychology / “Cook It” Programme
  • Orienteering / Walking & Tour Guiding Programme / Community Work (including Primary School Peer Mentoring Work) / Sports Psychology
  • Future is Food (Taste Council of Ireland Course) / Horticulture & Permaculture / Project Arts (Artifice) / PE
  • Community Work (including Primary School Peer Mentoring Work)  / Lifesaving Lifeguard Qualification / Ballroom Dancing / Typing
  • Computers / Photography /  Permaculture /  Dance for Life 2017 /  Fitness /  Relationships and Sexuality Education 
  • Badminton / Young Scientist / Latin /  Community of Social Innovation

Year Long Modules

  • Innovation and Enterprise Education
  • Young Social Innovators
  • Youth Dance for Life 2017 – A Waterford Education and Community Partnership Pilot Programme
  • Student Enterprise Programme
  • Event Management Programme& Fitness Challenge
  • Junk Kouture
  • Work Preparation
  • Career Guidance
  • Community Link Programme
  • Leisure Studies Programme
  • Specialist Workshops include Linguistics Workshops, Global Schools Project, Human Rights Workshops

 Snapshots of TY


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