Mount Sackville Secondary School

Sisters of St.Joseph of Cluny, Chapelizod, Dublin 20

Transition Year

Curriculum

If a Transition Year Subject is studied in the school at Junior or Leaving Certificate, please see the relevant departmental pages for further information.

 

Film

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Personal Development

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Transition Year Musical

Mount Sackville Secondary School has had a huge tradition of putting on musicals and operettas for many years. The Musical is ultimately run by the Music Department with help from other members of staff and an external producer. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to part in such an event. The feedback from the students is always hugely positive. By having the musical in Transition Year it gives every student the opportunity to be part of something that they may never have experienced before or will ever experience again. Every student is given the chance to shine and often new talent is discovered. If students do not wish to perform on stage, they may decide to be part of the back-stage crew or get involved in creating the programme or selling tickets.

 

Sign Language

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Work Experience

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Russian

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Road Safety

This module is designed to enhance student appreciation for and understanding of issues that relate to Road Safety. The Road Safety course is divided into 4 sections:

Section 1: About Road Safety

Section 2: Killer Behaviour

Section 3: The Emergency Services

Section 4: Safety for the Road

 

Transition Year Computer Skills Programme

At the beginning of Transition Year, the students undertake a short module in keyboard skills. The training software used is “Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing 16” (http://www.mavisbeacon.com/)

Following keyboard skills, the students begin working on the European Computer Driving License (ECDL) programme (http://www.ecdl.com/). The ECDL certification is a globally recognised information and communication technology (ICT) and digital literacy qualification. According to the ECDL Foundation, the ECDL certification is recognised and supported by national governments, computer societies, international organisations and private corporations. To achieve an ECDL certification, the candidate must successfully pass a test in the following seven modules:

  1. Concepts of information technology
  2. Using the computer and managing files
  3. Word processing
  4. Spreadsheets
  5. Databases
  6. Presentations
  7. Information and communication

Once students have completed the ECDL they have an opportunity to experience some computer programming, using the programme “Scratch” (http://scratch.mit.edu/) as designed by MIT. Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art. By using Scratch, students learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.

This year, the students have been given the opportunity to work in the Mac Lab for one period a week. During this time the students have been assigned the task to produce a piece of work that demonstrates their creativity with the Mac computers. This year we are seeing musical compositions, posters, newsletters and a variety of stop-go animations using Lego.