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Transition Year

Rosemont's transition year has been developed to play an integral part in students’ educational development. Transition year students build on academic achievements, and learn essential skills for success in third level education and the workplace.
The transition year programme has been developed in partnership with parents so that it accomplishes the school’s primary goals. Within the transition year programme students discover new talents, build aptitude in areas of challenge, and learn to achieve while working with different people of varied personalities and styles.

The programme accomplishes essential aims, while employing advanced teaching practices and providing a year of diverse experiences.

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Explore elements of Rosemont’s transition year

Lateral thinking module: teaching thinking as a skill
Examples of course content
Transition year outside the school
Extracts from the 2008 transition year Inspection Report
How to apply for transition year
A day in the life of a transition year student

Learning to think
Rosemont’s transition year provides students with opportunities to engage in lateral and analytical thinking.  Put simply: teachers employ methods that encourage students to develop thought processes, and techniques for solving both real and theoretical problems (ethical, scientific, mathematical, literary, etc.) 

Lateral thinking module
Rosemont offers transition year students a unique and specialised 10-course module which teaches lateral thinking.  Students learn and develop step-by-step methods for creative, innovative thinking. Taught as a skill, through this module ‘thinking’ becomes the students’ own tool.  
They also learn to process volumes of information, identify high-priority information, and devise ways to put that information to use, all essential techniques for independent study and thought. 

Structure and flexibility: examples of course content
Rosemont endeavours to make transition year a fun and exciting year for girls, while also presenting them with a challenging year packed with relevant course content and innovative teaching methods.

Maths
Transition year affords maths students the time to probe more deeply into mathematical thought. The transition year Maths curriculum stimulates interest in students, inspires confidence and demonstrates some of the many practical uses for advanced maths. While learning binary systems and computer operations, predictive graphing, and statistical surveying methods students also get a feel for how maths are used in the professional world. 

English
Transition year immerses students in literary worlds, teaching them how to see the world through the eyes of another person.  Students themselves have commented that the English programme gives them a chance to question their assumptions, and think more deeply about literature.  
The course gets students thinking analytically and teaches them methods for expressing their own thoughts and opinions effectively, both verbally and in writing. To encourage effective writing skills TY English also introduces students to journalistic writing concepts, stressing clarity and accuracy.  They learn and employ sub-editing skills in order to produce stronger, more compelling written material.

Music    
Creating music stimulates the mind, encourages creative thinking, and gives students a well-earned sense of self-satisfaction when they listen to their final product.  Once taught how to compose music, transition year Music students take part in a music technology module.  After composing their own song students use music writing software to professionally write their song, inputting notes, articulation, dynamics, and phrasing. Using the same software they also learn how to edit music. With a professional finished product, students then print their music, play it, and record their own single. 

While in each subject the transition year students cover a tremendous amount of course material that will prepare them for success in the senior cycle, they also have the unique chance to make the most of experiences that take place outside of the traditional class setting.

Transition year outside the school
Teamwork is an essential skill among students and professionals today, and transition year offers great opportunities for students to develop the ability to effectively work with others and recognise classmates’ strengths and different styles.
The curriculum-based excursions included in the transition year programme share a common goal of facilitating teamwork among individual students. Those excursions include trips to museums, universities, art exhibits, external physical education modules, community volunteer sites, and the Carlingford Adventure Centre. 

Carlingford transition year adventure
Three nights at the Carlingford Adventure Centre cements bonds amongst girls in the class and provides the perfect chance for girls to start the transition year off with enthusiasm.  In October the class and several teachers take on a series of grueling but fun physical and mental challenges at the Carlingford Adventure Centre.  Working together, students tackle high ropes, rock climbing and a number of team exercises designed to get students thinking independently, working together, and testing their own limits.

Pictured right: Students have to get the whole team across the stream using just two planks.  The group leverages their weight at the end of one board so their teammate in front can venture to the end of one plank and lay down a second.

Work experience
From the Supreme Court to the city planning office, to the Royal College of Surgeons, Rosemont’s transition year students get the chance to try their hands at career paths ranging from doctor to barrister to traffic planner, learning about their professional strengths and interests along the way.

Rosemont encourages and supports students in making the most of their work experiences.  Teachers and coaches work with students to earn them access to unique work experiences. They are challenged to discover what interests them, which careers appeal to their strengths, and to explore career paths they haven’t yet considered.

The work experience is an important step for students working on deciding what area of study they plan to pursue in the third level.

Read what the students learned in their work experiences below:
The doctor (PDF)
The barrister (PDF)
The city planner (PDF)
The teacher (PDF)

Volunteering in the community

Transition year students also get the chance to volunteer in their community, meeting different people while making a contribution.  They organise events for people living with Alzheimer’s, or people who are visually-impaired.  At the end of transition year many students have commented that the weekly chance to volunteer in the community made for one of the year’s richest experiences.

Physical education

The PE curriculum is wide, varied and flexible.  It consists of numerous unique and exciting activities outside of the school including but not limited to: gym, swimming, self defence, aerobics, netball, golf, dance, badminton, sailing, high ropes, canoeing, wind-surfing, orienteering and hiking.

Extracts from the 2008 Inspection Report from the Department of Education
Evaluated in 2007-2008, Rosemont’s transition year Programme received an outstanding review from the Department of Education.  The following are extracts from the published Inspection Report:

“Active learning, group and team work are promoted and this ambition has been successful in many key aspects of the programme.  The school endeavours to incorporate personal, vocational, recreational, social and academic programmes into the curriculum.”
“Students were motivated and enjoyed the variety of learning experiences from established subjects to subject sampling to innovative modules and activities.”
“The school places great emphasis on student self-assessment.”
“The school’s self-evaluation process in relation to TY is exemplary.”
“TY programme objectives are fulfilled. Student maturity and confidence are promoted and consolidated through many aspects of a well-designed curriculum.”  
 “TY coordination duties are carried out very effectively and this is one of the key strengths of the programme in the school.  The transition year core team drives the programme forward with vision and enthusiasm.”
Access the full report at: http://www.education.ie/insreports/report3_60930L.htm

How to apply to transition year
Apply to have your daughter accepted into Rosemont’s transition year.  
Contact us for information on the application process
Phone: 01 283 3855
Email: info@rosemont.ie

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A day in the life of a transition year student
Read about a day in the life of a transition year student.