St. Kilian's Community School, Ballywaltrim, Bray

Transition Year 2018-2019

St Kilian’s Community School                Transition Year (TY) 2018-2019

The following is a summary of some of the principal dates and activities for Transition Year students. Other events, activities and key dates will be added as the school year progresses.

Trips/Activities are an integral part of the TY Programme and are compulsory for all students.


Transition Year Activities


  • Bonding Day
  • National Ploughing Championships (County Offaly)


  • Activity Day (mostly Outdoor)
  • Gaisce Walk (to be confirmed).


  • **Work Experience Week 1 (November 12th – 16th)
  • Tests


  • Ice Skating
  • Christmas-related activities


  • Activity Day (mostly Indoor)


  • **Work Experience Week 2 (February 4th – 8th)


  • *Killary Adventure Centre (March 27th –  29th)
  • Junk Kouture
  • Student Enterprise County Awards


  • TY Parent Teacher Meeting (April 9th)


  • Portfolio Interviews (May 7th – 10th)
  • Sci-Fest
  • Tests
  • TY Parents’ Night (May 29th)

You have received a copy of the full School Calendar which is also available on our website ( This calendar carries up-to-date listings of all planned school and TY activities.


Note 1:            ** Work Experience:

Before their return to school, TY students must    organise their two sessions of Work Experience for the coming year. Details must be given, on the form provided, to the          TY Coordinator, Mr Kelly, by Friday, September 7th.

Note 2:           Transition Year Fee:

  • The TY Fee is payable in full. It includes the usual Brennan Insurance, Journal and other costs payable by students in other Year Groups.
  • *The Killary Adventure Centre trip costs €180-€200 (depending on numbers) and the Ploughing Championship trip costs approximately €25. These costs are covered in full by the TY Fee.
  • Other, but not all, activities are also fully funded by the fee. Students will have to make a contribution towards some trips/activities.
  • If students have not paid the €250 TY Fee in full at the time of a trip/activity, they will have to pay the cost in full.


Transition Year Curriculum 2018-2019


(A) Core Curriculum – followed by all students

  • Maths, English, Irish
  • RE, PE, Personal Development, Work Preparation, Music/Choir, IT/Design/Japanese


(B) Optional Academic Subjects – students have already selected their subjects.

      Students will continue with four Option subjects for Leaving Certificate.

Line 1

Construction Studies





Line 2





Line 3


Construction Studies




Line 4





Line 5


Home Economics



Line 6

European Studies A


European Studies B



(C) One Module chosen from the list below

  • Environmental Project (Green School)
  • Junk Kouture
  • Enterprise Studies
  • Sci-Fest (Biology/Ecology)


(D) Special Modules

  • Street Law: Students have the opportunity to gain a Law Society of Ireland qualification, under the direction of local solicitor, Ms. Annie Egan.
  • Japanese: All students take a module in Japanese Language and Culture, taught by Japanese native, Ms Mika O’Loughlin (Post-Primary Languages Initiative). Interested students can study Japanese in 5th and 6th Years, and can take it as an extra subject in their Leaving Certificate.



  • In Transition Year, students have access to a larger than usual selection of subjects.
  • At the end of Transition Year, students will choose their four Leaving Cert optional subjects.
  • The availability of a subject in Transition Year is not a guarantee that this subject will be available to students for their Leaving Cert programme. The final subject choice depends on the number of students in a year group and the popularity of the different subjects with those students.


John Murphy,

Principal.                                                                                          July 2018