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Transition Year

Transition Year has been a part of Ballincollig Community School for a number of years and each year it evolves in new and different ways.

The Transition Year Programme is conducted according to the Department of Education’s 1993 Guidelines. It is designed to cater for the students’ personal and social development with particular emphasis on increasing maturity and self-confidence. It offers an opportunity, between Junior and Senior Cycle studies, to develop a more self-directed approach to work and study; some orientation towards the world of work; and to help students take responsibility for their own learning and decision-making.

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.

Year gives students a more rounded education and an additional edge in the Leaving Certificate and is possibly the first real experience of the wider world.

There are many benefits of TY, namely it promotes:

  • Personal development -Maturity in outlook and behaviour
  • Social development -Social awareness
  • Educational development -Academic work
  • Vocational development -Work experience

Activities in which students partake include:

  • Retreats
  • School bank
  • School visits to Our Lady of Good Counsel School
  • Eurofoot
  • School Tour
  • Dance
  • Self Defence (Cert)
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • First-Aid (Cert)
  • Golf
  • Horse Riding
  • Photography
  • Food Craft
  • MOS (Microsoft Office Specialism)

Work Experience

Work Experience is an integral part of the TY Programme – two weeks work experience, with preparation before the work placement and follow-up exercises after the work experience is an important aspect of the year. This provides students with real opportunities to develop and apply many of the skills they have acquired in school. As a result, they will become more aware of their personal talents and strengths upon which they can base their future career choices.

The School Musical

The Transition Year Musical is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the TY calendar with everyone on stage, working on set, costumes, make up, front of house etc. The musical is a highlight of TY for our students and for their parents and families.

Our musical performances to date have included:
Grease – Mamma Mia – Hairspray

Transition Year News

Transition Year Show – Electric 80’s

As this very unique term draws to an end, many students and staff will look back and reflect on what could have and should have been. In particular, the Transition Year students of BCS, will always remember the show that did not take to the stage in March 2020. Transition Year students were to take […]

UCC MPT Winners

Congratulations to some of our Transition year students who won awards at the UCC MPT awards on Wednesday. The School of Computer Science and INformation Technology at University College Cork runs a variety of outreach programs aimed at primary and secondary schools from the Munster area, called “Munster Programming Training”. David Selmeczy won third prize […]

Irish Karate Champion

Hieu Power won double gold at ONAKAI Karate Ireland national karate championships in Dublin on Sunday. Hieu is training very hard in pursuit of his dream of representing Ireland in the Paris Olympics in 2024 and is part of the emerging talent programme based in UCC.

Grease is the Word

Transition year students staged a very successful performance of Grease in the school in November.

Wheelchair Basketball 2017

On Thursday 30th March, a group of transition year students represented B.C.S in the Munster Wheelchair Basketball Competition in Neptune Stadium. The team included four managers, twelve players (six boys and six girls), water boys, first aid, gear managers and supporters independently selected by the panel of 25 fourth years. When we arrived we did [...]

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