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Transition Year
2014 - 2015

Portmarnock Community School
Transition-year
Teacher says! “The opportunity of a lifetime to be used
with the lifetime of the opportunity”
Student says...
Key Information for your child
From June 2014 on the transition-year section of the
School website

www.portmarnockcommuni...
WHAT IS TRANSITION YEAR?
Optional first year of a three-year Leaving Certificate

Programme

Strongly subscribed to by s...
WHAT IS TRANSITION YEAR?
Professional development Service for Teachers:

…a unique one year programme that promotes the
pe...
Professional development Service for Teachers:

…a bridge to enable students to make the transition
from the more dependen...
Portmarnock Community School
Why TY?
Promotes personal and social development
Promotes self-esteem and self-confidence
Improved results in the Leavi...
T.Y. Year Head - Ms. Norris
Tutors: Ms. O'Dea, Mr. McGovern, Ms. Maher,

Ms.Woods, Ms.McDonald

T.Y. Co-ordinator: Mr. ...
CORE SUBJECTS
Irish

English
French or German or Spanish
Mathematics
Information and Communications Technology
Prepa...
Optional Subjects (1)
Design and Communication Graphics
Engineering
Geography
History
Home-economics
Physics
Woodcr...
Optional Subjects (2)
 Art, Craft, design
 Beginners Music
 Biology
 Business Studies ((Accounting, Business Organisat...
The Form

Portmarnock Community School
The Form

Portmarnock Community School
Activity Fee €230 – Due mid-September 2014
Has not increased in recent years
Set by the Board of Management

Portmarnoc...
27th January 2014

Portmarnock Community School
Some key dates
Exams – December 2014
Exams – May 2015
Work-experience Dec. 2014 (two weeks)
Community-care Feb. 2015 (...
Work-experience Diary due date: January 2015.
Community-care Diary due date: March 2015

Portmarnock Community School
Planned for Play

- November 2014
Planned week for Musical

- March 2015

Portmarnock Community School
Aims of work-experience
To experience the nature and realities of working life.
To identify skills and abilities require...
Aims of Community-care
To give students a greater understanding of the

nature and value of their local communities

To ...
The placement
Students are advised to begin their search for a

placement as soon as the dates are confirmed

Students k...
Can I do (extra) Work-experience outside these

dates?
Yes – in a small number of circumstances

Where e.g. a Hospital ...
Where you get an exceptional offer of work experience

from a Company (two recent examples were offers from a
University ...
EVALUATION
Initiative in finding a placement
Full completion of diary
Presentation of diary on due date
Report from em...
Wednesday Modules
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Animation – Ms. Tynan
Digital photography – Mr. Higgins
Heritage - Mr. Dempsey / Mr. Cur...
Formal reporting to parents / guardians

Portmarnock Community School
Traditional school reports
Students will sit two formal examinations (December

and May) and receive two reports with a p...
May TY Report
Divided into three parts:
The Modules (= 500 marks)
Academic options (Six subjects plus I.T. and P.E.) =
8...





1050 - 1,500
825 – 1049
600 – 824
1 – 599

- Distinction
- Merit
- Pass
- Fail

You teacher will clarify with you...
TY Reports – as usual in January and June. This will

include your absences.

May TY Report – on the TY “Celebration” ni...
Gaisce
There are 4 different challenge areas. To earn an award, you will need
to participate in each of the 4 challenge ar...
Gaisce
Presidents Award Leader: Mr. Dempsey
Face to Face and Online requirements with both Mr.

Dempsey and Gaisce

Dea...
Internal programmes
Various Talks e.g. Garda road-safety
Aptitude Tests
Thinking Outside the Box
Law Day

Portmarnock ...
Other Activities
 Mini-companies, mentored by Fingal Enterprise Board
 AIB Build a Bank
 An Gaisce Award (€10 extra)
 ...
Other Activities
 Song-school (Up to twenty students - Small fee)
 G.A.A. coaching with local Primary-school
 Pupil par...
Possible links with Third-level
 Beaumont Hospital / RCSI (Five places 2014)
 DCU Compute TY (thirty places 2014)
 UCD ...
The way students (you) are going to college
is changing
DCU: Degree in Problem Solving & Software

Development (2013)

G...
DCU Portfolio ideas
Had appropriate computer-based experience

during transition year inside school

Developed a web sit...
DCU Portfolio ideas
Programme their own computer (e.g. the Rasberry pi)


Been involved extracurricular activity using
co...
TCD & the CAO – trial from 2014
...a new system will take into account Leaving

Certificate results, a student's performa...
Trinity & the CAO – trial from 2014
History (TR003), Law (TR004), and Ancient and

Medieval History and Culture (TR028)

...
Consider the Centre for Talented Youth Ireland,
correspondence courses (2013/14 link – will be
updated in Autumn ’13)

Por...
Sports programmes
…emphasis on Coaching
…emphasis on skills development
…Dance / Frisbee
…possibility of Diving (extra...
P.E. Assessment
Students will use….technology to present or display
information on the skill component, psychology, or
nut...
Portmarnock Community School
Extras
Ski-trip to Switzerland (participants selected in

Third-year)
Lesotho experience (participants selected in Third...
Opportunities will arise...
Film
Student Council
Fundraising

Portmarnock Community School
Motivation

Portmarnock Community School
Portfolio
The Portfolio is the purposeful collection of your work
To show your effort, progress and achievement in ten

...
Content of Portfolio
One exemplar piece of work from Five subjects you

studied (5)

Photographs and accounts of two sch...
One reflection on an activity you volunteered for in

school (1)

One reflection on your experience of TY – a Written

R...
Presentation of Portfolio
A folder
With a table of contents
Use dividers for the ten pieces of work
Individualise it –...
Portfolio Interview
Portfolios submitted Friday May 2nd 2014
Interviews:
Wednesday – Wed 14th and Wed 21st May

Portmarnoc...
Motivation
Make Transition-year – your year!

Portmarnock Community School
Evaluation
You will be asked to evaluate TY by post

Students will evaluate TY online

Portmarnock Community School
Recap
These slides are on the school-website
You and you child fill out the application form
In August you will receive...
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  1. 1. Transition Year 2014 - 2015 Portmarnock Community School
  2. 2. Transition-year Teacher says! “The opportunity of a lifetime to be used with the lifetime of the opportunity” Student says! “…get involved in as many things as you can, the year will be so much better…” Portmarnock Community School
  3. 3. Key Information for your child From June 2014 on the transition-year section of the School website www.portmarnockcommunityschool.ie Portmarnock Community School
  4. 4. WHAT IS TRANSITION YEAR? Optional first year of a three-year Leaving Certificate Programme Strongly subscribed to by students, staff and parents of Portmarnock Community School Programme varies from school to school Portmarnock Community School
  5. 5. WHAT IS TRANSITION YEAR? Professional development Service for Teachers: …a unique one year programme that promotes the personal, social, vocational and educational development of students and prepares them for their role as autonomous, participative and responsible members of society. Portmarnock Community School
  6. 6. Professional development Service for Teachers: …a bridge to enable students to make the transition from the more dependent type of learning associated with Junior Cycle to the more independent learning environment associated with Senior Cycle. …encourages the development of a wide range of transferable critical thinking and creative problem solving skills. Portmarnock Community School
  7. 7. Portmarnock Community School
  8. 8. Why TY? Promotes personal and social development Promotes self-esteem and self-confidence Improved results in the Leaving Certificate (E.S.R.I. 2005) Wide range of subjects Experience of the work environment Positive approach to education Exposed to new learning skills
  9. 9. T.Y. Year Head - Ms. Norris Tutors: Ms. O'Dea, Mr. McGovern, Ms. Maher, Ms.Woods, Ms.McDonald T.Y. Co-ordinator: Mr. O’ Mahony Portmarnock Community School
  10. 10. CORE SUBJECTS Irish English French or German or Spanish Mathematics Information and Communications Technology Preparation for Working Life Religious / Moral Development / Life-skills Physical Education
  11. 11. Optional Subjects (1) Design and Communication Graphics Engineering Geography History Home-economics Physics Woodcraft and Furniture Portmarnock Community School
  12. 12. Optional Subjects (2)  Art, Craft, design  Beginners Music  Biology  Business Studies ((Accounting, Business Organisation and Economics)  Chemistry  Continuation Music  Craft- Textiles Portmarnock Community School
  13. 13. The Form Portmarnock Community School
  14. 14. The Form Portmarnock Community School
  15. 15. Activity Fee €230 – Due mid-September 2014 Has not increased in recent years Set by the Board of Management Portmarnock Community School
  16. 16. 27th January 2014 Portmarnock Community School
  17. 17. Some key dates Exams – December 2014 Exams – May 2015 Work-experience Dec. 2014 (two weeks) Community-care Feb. 2015 (two weeks) TY Night May 2015 Portmarnock Community School
  18. 18. Work-experience Diary due date: January 2015. Community-care Diary due date: March 2015 Portmarnock Community School
  19. 19. Planned for Play - November 2014 Planned week for Musical - March 2015 Portmarnock Community School
  20. 20. Aims of work-experience To experience the nature and realities of working life. To identify skills and abilities required for particular jobs. To achieve a realistic knowledge of their own interests, abilities and social skills. To achieve a knowledge and understanding of job application and selection. Portmarnock Community School
  21. 21. Aims of Community-care To give students a greater understanding of the nature and value of their local communities To allow students to give something back to their community Portmarnock Community School
  22. 22. The placement Students are advised to begin their search for a placement as soon as the dates are confirmed Students keep a diary during both their Work and Community Care placements Students are monitored by teachers through telephone calls to their employers Portmarnock Community School
  23. 23. Can I do (extra) Work-experience outside these dates? Yes – in a small number of circumstances Where e.g. a Hospital / Business / National-body has a set week and you get a place on it. You will inform the school with the letter of offer from that organisation Portmarnock Community School
  24. 24. Where you get an exceptional offer of work experience from a Company (two recent examples were offers from a University and a computing multinational). You will write to the Principal requesting permission to take up the offer stating who is offering you the position, why is has to be undertaken outside the set-dates and what you hope to achieve from it. Please allow the Principal five working days to make a decision. The decision will depend on the disruption it causes to your progress in T.Y. – that will obviously depend on the commitment you have shown to the year, to date. Portmarnock Community School
  25. 25. EVALUATION Initiative in finding a placement Full completion of diary Presentation of diary on due date Report from employer Oral presentation to class 10% 25% 15% 30% 20% Your Tutor is responsible for this evaluation Portmarnock Community School
  26. 26. Wednesday Modules 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Animation – Ms. Tynan Digital photography – Mr. Higgins Heritage - Mr. Dempsey / Mr. Curran Film-studies – Mr. Clarke Sports Science: Mr. McNeive & First-aid: the Civil Defence Portmarnock Community School
  27. 27. Formal reporting to parents / guardians Portmarnock Community School
  28. 28. Traditional school reports Students will sit two formal examinations (December and May) and receive two reports with a percentage grade in each subject Irish / English / Maths / Continental European Language Portmarnock Community School
  29. 29. May TY Report Divided into three parts: The Modules (= 500 marks) Academic options (Six subjects plus I.T. and P.E.) = 800 marks Participation = 300 marks (Work-experience, Community, Care, Portfolio) Portmarnock Community School
  30. 30.     1050 - 1,500 825 – 1049 600 – 824 1 – 599 - Distinction - Merit - Pass - Fail You teacher will clarify with you the nature of this assessment and its due date - this may be online or as a verbal presentation or a poster, etc Portmarnock Community School
  31. 31. TY Reports – as usual in January and June. This will include your absences. May TY Report – on the TY “Celebration” night Portmarnock Community School
  32. 32. Gaisce There are 4 different challenge areas. To earn an award, you will need to participate in each of the 4 challenge areas. You might decide to build on an activity you’ve tried in the past. Each participant must participate in at least one new activity to earn an award. The 4 challenge areas are: 1. Community Involvement 2. Personal Skill 3. Physical Recreation 4. Adventure Journey Portmarnock Community School
  33. 33. Gaisce Presidents Award Leader: Mr. Dempsey Face to Face and Online requirements with both Mr. Dempsey and Gaisce Deadlines are deadlines Portmarnock Community School
  34. 34. Internal programmes Various Talks e.g. Garda road-safety Aptitude Tests Thinking Outside the Box Law Day Portmarnock Community School
  35. 35. Other Activities  Mini-companies, mentored by Fingal Enterprise Board  AIB Build a Bank  An Gaisce Award (€10 extra)  The Play “Taming of the Shrew”  The Musical “possibly Bugsy Malone”  Fundraising – Walk in my Shoes (St. Patrick’s University Hospital) / Oesophageal cancer / R.N.L.I. Portmarnock Community School
  36. 36. Other Activities  Song-school (Up to twenty students - Small fee)  G.A.A. coaching with local Primary-school  Pupil participation in the Arch Club  Rotary Club – Intel Ideation Competition  Variety show – 30th April this year  Promote SciFest Portmarnock Community School
  37. 37. Possible links with Third-level  Beaumont Hospital / RCSI (Five places 2014)  DCU Compute TY (thirty places 2014)  UCD – Physics workshop (one place)  RCSI – Mini-Med (one place)  St. Patrick University Hospital (Two places 2013)  Physics Department TCD – nanotechnology / Astrophysics (1 place each)  DIT Computing academy (five places) Portmarnock Community School
  38. 38. The way students (you) are going to college is changing DCU: Degree in Problem Solving & Software Development (2013) General DCU entry requirements plus Maths – not an accumulation of points We still encourage students to do well in their Leaving Certificate exams, but we will select students based on their passion, experience and ability Subjects + Portfolio + Interview Portmarnock Community School
  39. 39. DCU Portfolio ideas Had appropriate computer-based experience during transition year inside school Developed a web site Programming, participated in initiatives outside school e.g. ComputeTY, DIT Computing Academy etc Portmarnock Community School
  40. 40. DCU Portfolio ideas Programme their own computer (e.g. the Rasberry pi)  Been involved extracurricular activity using computers CoderDojo Doing own work and opening badges in codecademy Portmarnock Community School
  41. 41. TCD & the CAO – trial from 2014 ...a new system will take into account Leaving Certificate results, a student's performance ranking in their own class, and a personal statement written by the student. ...want to get a raw honest enthusiastic assessment or account of why the person wants to study these particular things, who they are and the context in which the results were achieved Portmarnock Community School
  42. 42. Trinity & the CAO – trial from 2014 History (TR003), Law (TR004), and Ancient and Medieval History and Culture (TR028) Full details Portmarnock Community School
  43. 43. Consider the Centre for Talented Youth Ireland, correspondence courses (2013/14 link – will be updated in Autumn ’13) Portmarnock Community School
  44. 44. Sports programmes …emphasis on Coaching …emphasis on skills development …Dance / Frisbee …possibility of Diving (extra cost) Portmarnock Community School
  45. 45. P.E. Assessment Students will use….technology to present or display information on the skill component, psychology, or nutritional aspects of Physical Education. There will also be a unit on Sports Science. Deadlines are deadlines for submitting projects… Portmarnock Community School
  46. 46. Portmarnock Community School
  47. 47. Extras Ski-trip to Switzerland (participants selected in Third-year) Lesotho experience (participants selected in Thirdyear) Surfing in Mayo (with an marine awareness module) Sailing with Malahide Yacht Club – certification – excellent value for money Portmarnock Community School
  48. 48. Opportunities will arise... Film Student Council Fundraising Portmarnock Community School
  49. 49. Motivation Portmarnock Community School
  50. 50. Portfolio The Portfolio is the purposeful collection of your work To show your effort, progress and achievement in ten areas of learning You will select the pieces of your work that best show learning, not necessarily the best pieces Portmarnock Community School
  51. 51. Content of Portfolio One exemplar piece of work from Five subjects you studied (5) Photographs and accounts of two school-organised activities that took place outside Portmarnock Community School (2) Reflection on one outside school activity that you undertook yourself (1) Portmarnock Community School
  52. 52. One reflection on an activity you volunteered for in school (1) One reflection on your experience of TY – a Written Report, a song, a poem, be inventive! (1) Portmarnock Community School
  53. 53. Presentation of Portfolio A folder With a table of contents Use dividers for the ten pieces of work Individualise it – but don’t make it “dazzling” – you may need to show this folder elsewhere Portmarnock Community School
  54. 54. Portfolio Interview Portfolios submitted Friday May 2nd 2014 Interviews: Wednesday – Wed 14th and Wed 21st May Portmarnock Community School
  55. 55. Motivation Make Transition-year – your year! Portmarnock Community School
  56. 56. Evaluation You will be asked to evaluate TY by post Students will evaluate TY online Portmarnock Community School
  57. 57. Recap These slides are on the school-website You and you child fill out the application form In August you will receive a calendar and permission forms by post Return those forms with Activity-fee Portmarnock Community School
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