'Ours is not to reap the harvest, Ours is just to sow the seed'
Blessed Anne-Marie Javouhey

Transition Year 2018/2019


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


The objectives of this course:

  • To develop an awareness of the power and influences of this medium-film, through this practical project.
  • To develop technical expertise in all film equipment, therefore enabling the student to acquire practical skill.
  • To encourage students to express their feelings through film and to appreciate the aesthetic of film making.
  • To communicate with the viewer, to translate an idea through film, and to develop an idea from conception to realisation.
  • To learn how to work in a group, to appreciate the value of individual strengths, and to learn how to work in harmony on a collaborate piece of work.
  • To foster an interest in potential careers in the film industry, television and media.

Personal Development

The objectives of this course:

  • To instil an awareness of the social, physical and emotional aspects of the human body.
  • To view objectively aspects of their person- to include diet/nutrition, grooming, exercise/leisure, relationships.

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

The objectives of this module:

  • To learn to read and use sign language, up to a basic standard.
  • Students learn how to sign by following instruction from the teacher as well as using individual worksheets.
  • Students initially learn how to spell and count, and gradually learn how to sign words and short sentences.
  • Students are then able to understand and sign basic sign language, including letters, numbers and words.

Work Experience

The aims of this placement:

  • Work Experience involves spending time as part of Transition Year learning about life in a workplace.
  • Students will learn about the world of work, training/education routes for employment and to learn more about themselves.
  • The course includes two work placements each, one week in duration.


The objectives of this course:

  • to inculcate interest among students in the Russian language
  • to give a superficial knowledge of the culture and traditions of the Russian people
  • to develop reading skills
  • to learn about the 15 most frequently used phrases in Russian

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

  • Introduction to Road Safety
  • Issues relating to Road Safety

Section 2: Killer Behaviour

  • Alcohol and Driving
  • Speed and Speeding
  • Drugs and Driving
  • Hazard Perception
  • Driver Fatigue

Section 3: The Emergency Services

  • Action in an Emergency
  • Living with the Impact of Road Traffic Collisions

Section 4: Safety for the Road

  • Safety Belts
  • Child Restraints
  • Airbags
  • Driver Fatigue

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.

07 2020
School Holiday
08 2020
Holy Day
08 2020
PAYG Meeting
22 2020
Celebrations of Christmas
Mount Sackville Secondary School,
Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny,
Dublin 20,
D20 WP68

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