Idirbhliain Taithí Oibre & Obair Dheonach - Work Experience & Voluntary Work

Students choose and organise the work placement (s) themselves. They are helped by the Careers teacher and TY co-ordinator but it is the student’s responsibility to sort it out.During the week the students do not attend school but are in the organisation(s) they have chosen. At the end of the week the employer will submint a report on the student and the student will themselves keep a diary of reflection on their experience. The Transition Year co-ordinator will try and visit as many of the students on work placement as possible in order to monitor their progress.

Voluntary Work

As a Dominican school we try to instil our students with a sense of seeking a just society. “We aim to educate our students to be people of integrity and responsibility, whose potential has begun to be realised and who will use their gifts to contribute to a more just society.” (Domincan Way- In search of Truth). To reflect this we have incorporated two weeks of Voluntary work in the Transition Year programme. Students offer their services to a charitable or vountary organsition for a week at the beginning of December and again in May. They have helped out in a wide variety of settings including the Cappuchin Soup Kitchen; Animal rescue organisations, Friends of the Elderly, TLC nursing home and St Michael’s House. This provides a great opportunity to students to see the need for such work to promote a fairer society.Many students go on to volunteer for the organisations they work with and even incorporate such work into their work for the President’s award – An Gaisce

Voluntary work

This is work in charitable organisation that works on behalf of other people-not-for profit organisations such as charity shops, soup kitchens, nursing homes etc.

Work Experience

It is recommended that students do two different placements for the two weeks of work experience if possible.

Other Activities

As part of the TY programme students are offered opportunities to participate ina range of activities throughout the year. Participation is one of the main goals of the programmes and students are actively encouraged to try everything.

Other activities include

  • Talks
  • PACT – Personal safety issues
  • Aware – Mental Health Issues
  • Drugs Workshop
  • Know About Nutrition
  • An Gaisce

Extra Courses Students may choose to participate in extra once off courses which may arise during the year:

  • Gael Linn – Radio and TV programme making (As Gaeilge)
  • Red Cross – Practical First Aid Course
  • Filmmaking
  • Introduction to Hospital Life – Mater Hospital
  • Royal College of Surgeons – Min Med programme.

Trips

Tannagh Adventure Centre Monaghan.

Transition Year begins with a 2 night/3 day trip to Monaghan for an outdoorpursuits course. This is a big part of the teambuilding which is one of the objectives of the year.

Kairos

Each group attends the Kairos Centre in Maynooth University as part of their Communications Module. There they put together a TV programme.

Additional Trips include:

  • Causey Farm
  • Writer’s Museum
  • GAA Museum
  • Cinema
  • Ice Skating
  • W5 Belfast
  • Armagh Planetarium

The exact programme depends on availability and resources and changes depending on the interests of the group.

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