Letter to 3rd Year Parents

31st March 2020

Dear parents of 3rd years,

I sincerely hope you and your families are keeping well during these difficult times.  Due to the school closure we will extend the TY application process until Thursday 23rd April 2020. 

This letter is to address the Transition Year programme in St. Marys college and will hopefully shed some light on the programme been offered for our TY students for 20/21.

The success of our TY programme is in no small way attributed to the dedicated TY teachers, the TY students and the hard work of our coordinators. The programme has grown in strength and popularity in recent times. There is a very clear, concise calendar of events mapped out for the students from their start in August until the course completion in May.

The Ty programme offers a bridge to enable students to make the transition from Junior cycle to Senior cycle. It encourages personal and social development and recognises the need for students to grow in independence. The course aims to promote maturity, improve skills and educate students through experience of a working environment. Students will move from a formal structured Junior Cycle programme to one where they will take greater responsibility for their own learning and decision making. During the year students sample a wide range of core and choice subjects. Students also get to experience a wide range of subjects that they would not have experienced before. They also get to experience a wide range of modules throughout the year.

A number of trips are organised throughout the year including outdoor pursuits, leadership programmes, team bonding and building. Work experience and community involvement, also form an integral part of the TY Programme.

The Department of Education’s mission statement for TY programmes sums it up by stating “To promote the personal, social, educational and vocational development of pupils and to prepare them for their role as autonomous, participative, and responsible members of society”.

Work experience forms an integral part of the programme and this year work experience will take place one day a week. This experience will run throughout the year which affords the students the responsibilities and opportunities that comes with working. 

If the TY is something that may benefit your son, please fill out the application form and return by Thursday 23rd April 2020. All applications post this date can only be considered if there is room within the TY programme as well as the usual criteria.


Eamonn Veale