Transition Year

TY Modules

Transition Year students will undertake two of the following year long modules over the course of the year.

Film Studies

Film studies is one of the modules students were provided with the choice of doing throughout Transition Year. It involves the analysis of film as a medium, the discussion of what constructs the scene and how certain elements can add to the film. In film studies, we watch films regarded for having excellent cinematography and screenwriting that include classics (Citizen Kane for example) and modern pieces such as La Haine.

D.I.Y

This module allows students to improve their skills in D.I.Y and to also use these skills in day to day activities. The module mainly focuses on carpentry skills but other skills are also learned such as plastering, basic wiring and tiling. Students make various projects from wood throughout the school year and they also work in teams to make other projects such as desks and chairs. Students do not have to have studied woodwork in the junior cycle in order to do this module.                                              

Junk Kouture

Students who choose Junk Kouture will be participating in a national competition that involves the creation of pieces of extravagant clothing made from everyday pieces of ‘junk’ that would otherwise be discarded. Students have the choice to work on their own or form groups of up to three people. The closing date for the competition is usually around the end of January, so students who choose junk kouture are allowed to work on their outfit at home if they feel they cannot complete their outfit in time.

Robotics

Students who pick robotics as their year long TY Module will learn about the history of robotics, LEDs, motors and traffic lights. They will learn to use computer programs such as Solidworks. Students will learn about safety in the workshop, working together and how to use computer aided design software.

Students will improve on problem solving skills, sketching and computational thinking. Each student will be put in a team and each team will assemble a robot which will be entered into a competition at the end of the year against other schools.

Journalism

Journalism is a module that allows students to develop a wide spectrum of skills such as teamwork, research and reporting by reporting on school events. Journalism includes many tools to develop the skills of a journalist. Videography, photography and podcasting are some of these skills. Journalism is very student driven, students are given opportunity to keep the media of the school updated. Students who are looking to learn new skills and explore modern media will get lots of value from this module.

Sport Science

The Sports science module gives students a chance to learn about how the healthy human body works during exercise, and how sport and physical activity promote health and performance from the millions of small cells in our system to the whole human body.

The year long module incorporates areas of physiology, sports psychology, human anatomy and more.

This module provides students with the opportunity to participate in Pexpo, an event that takes place in DCU that allows students to present their research of the science in relation to sports.

Music and Multimedia

Music and Multimedia is a course designed for students who would like to learn about the creative uses of sound, image, video and technology and wish to develop their skills in these areas. Students who picked this module will complete a number mini-tasks before they take on a final project. This could take the form of a recorded piece of music, a music video, a short film, a soundtrack, a portfolio website or the organisation of a live multimedia event in the school. So far in this new module, these students learned about some of the basics of multimedia production and some basic aspects of music.

For example, these students were taught how to compose beats, learn about rhythm make melodies and about the different things that are used to make sounds in modern music such as synthesizers, keyboards and different applications on computers and more.

Visual Arts

Students who have an interest in the analysis of art pieces and adding to our school by creating art pieces, should enjoy visual arts. Visual arts can involve painting murals and decorating the school through. Students who pick visual arts as their year long module will learn about working in groups, the creation of art and will be prepared for leaving cert art should they chose to do it. Students doing visual arts will also create posters to be placed around the school.

Information created by Eoin Moran, Liam Shortall, Matthew Byrne, Jack O’Connor.