Transition Year

Graduation 2017



End of Year Hike 2017

Great day in Glendalough!












Special Olympics

TY students participated in a fundraiser for Special Olympics Ireland over the weekend. A massive thanks to all involved and to Ms. Murphy for organising.




As I Am

Thanks to Adam Harris from 'As I Am' for his incredibly informative and entertaining workshop on autism awareness today.



Foroige Leadership Training

Congratulations to our first group of students to complete Level 1 of the Foroige Leadership for Life programme.



Kairos: Media Skills Training Day

We look forward to seeing the finished product!











Road Safety Workshop

Well done to all the TY students who participated in the MOG Road Safety workshop over the last two days. A worthy opportunity to reflect on the importance of being safe on our roads.









Poetry Slam 2016

Another great year with Stephen Murray! Some fantastic poetry written by our TY's during thier Poetry Slam workshop.





Art Trip

TY Art classes Friel and Synge enjoying their day at the "Sculpture in Context" Exhibition in Botanic Gardens and a tour of Farmleigh house on way home.




Newgrange Trip

Last week all TY’s participated in their start of year bonding trip to Newgrange where they participated in a range of adventure activities. It was a great experience for everyone and the pictures are only a small fraction of the amazing experiences had.






Idea Generation Event

The TY Enterprise class attended an idea generation event in Trim yesterday where they got the creative juices flowing for their own projects.




Leadership Seminar 2016

The Transition Year students of Dunshaughlin Community College enjoyed a fantastic Leadership Seminar in the Parish Centre last Friday Sept 9th.

A group of 120 students enjoyed visiting speakers from various organisations within the community...special thanks to Jennie Leonard Parish Youth Leader, Fiona Daly  from the Rotary Club and Sheila Ryan from SVP Labels Boutique, Navan, we really appreciate you all giving your time to speak to the students.

The group then participated in a respectful Meditation session, followed by lively fun activities to focus on positive team building and using their talents to serve others. The Senior Prefects from the College were on hand to assist and facilitate the activities...they were ideal role models for Youth Leadership!

Ms Collins (TY Co-ordinator) and Ms Nic an Rí (Leadership Liaison Teacher) were very proud of all our students for their attentive listening and energetic enthusiasm on the day! Míle buíochas to Rita Walsh for the delicious food supplied, and in particular to Damien in the Parish Centre for all of his help. "LEADERSHIP IS NOT A POSITION OR A TITLE.. .IT IS AN ACTION AND AN EXAMPLE"



End of Year Hike

On Thursday 26th all our TY's headed to Glendalough for our end of year hike. It was a great day, with laughs, challenges and a final time to have fun with all the friends that were made throughout the year.









On Thursday 21st April, Ms Tuttlebee's Science Project class  headed off to DIT Kevin St to present their six projects at Scifest.  The projects included such varied titles as "Can horses see in colour?", "Does music motivate us?", "What's out there? A study of wildlife in rural Meath", "Does the presence of nanoparticles affect suncream?", "The effects of gaming on teenagers" and "Inside the CPU".

After projects had been set up, judges visited the different groups over the next two hours to determine the quality of the projects and the students' ability to communicate their findings to the them.

There followed a break in which students got to hear talks from people in various science careers and also to investigate other research areas with a more hands-on approach.

Finally, came the prizegiving and we were delighted that Jorge, Guillermo and Fernan won the Newstalk prize for best communication skills for their project "Inside the CPU".

Well done to all the students who participated! 








Whizz Kids Computer Programming Course

All TY students are currently participating in a Computer Programming course which includes App design, HTML, Scratch. Thanks to WhizzKids Discover IT for their fantastic programme.





Krakow Trip 2016

50 TY students and 5 teachers travelled to Poland over the Easter holidays to visit the beautiful city of Krakow. After a walking tour of the city we visited the spectacular Salt Mines. The group spent a harrowing but incredibly worthwhile day in Auschwitz followed by a traditional evening at a local restaurant where our students got to dance and sing along to traditional Polish music. On our last day we visited the Schindler Factory and the Galicia museum where we were fortunate enough to meet an incredibly brave woman whose family hid a Jewish girl for 20 months during the occupation. A truly memorable trip for all and thanks to all the teahcers who accompanied the students.


Disability Awareness Workshop

A massive thank you to the Irish Wheelchair Association who facilitated a disability awareness workshop and wheelchair basketball session with TY's today.


Outstanding achievement in Business Studies

Congratulations to Niamh Curtin, Treasa Murphy, Rachel Huijsdens and their teacher Ms. Clarke who attended a ceremony in recognition of their Junior Certificate achievement in Business Studies at Maynooth University last night.




Junk Kouture 2016

Best of luck to all our TY's as they become the first students in DCC to enter Junk Kouture. Thanks to Ms. Brophy for all her hard work supporting the teams.








Shout Out Workshop


Our TY studetns were very fortunate to receive a workshop on homophobic and transphobic issues from Shout Out in January.




BT Young Scientist 2015-2016

Congratulations to Arno Von Kietzell (Transition Year) on his commendation at this years BT Young Scientist competition. This is the first year DCC has entered the prestigious competition and we are incredibly proud of Arno's achievement. He spoke to a number of classes in school during the week and it has certainly inspired and motivated our students to participate next year.




Forensic Science Workshop

Thanks a million to the Science department for organising a forensic science workshop for all TY's last week.




Kavanagh in Kairos






Christmas Show Box Appeal

Congratulations to Class Yeats who collected 131 Christmas Shoeboxes and €250 for Team Hope.




Media Skills Training Day

Well done to class Mahon on all their hard work producing 'The Good News Show' today.





Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

Congratulations to Jack Hetherington who was selected as the winner of the school stage of the Rotart Youth Leadership Awards. Jack now moves on to the Regional stage of the competition and we wish him every success.



St. Vincent de Paul 

Thanks to Attracta McNiece from the society of St. Vincent de Paul for speaking to our TY's today about the work of the society, and to encourage them to become actively involved in the Christmas Hamper and Clothes appeal.




Pop Politics

This week our TY's participated in a Pop Politics workshop. Thanks to Ms. Loughrey for organising this interesting and engaging workshop.




Poetry Slam

Well done to all our TY's who have been participating in a Poetry Slam workshop with Stephen Murray from Inspireland. Their wonderul work can be accessed by clicking here






Smart Futures

A Smart Futures event, organised by SFI and Engineers Ireland was attended by the Yeats TY chemistry class.

In the Smart Futures programme, volunteers from industry come into schools to chat to students about their careers. We had two scientists and an engineer come to our Transition Year chemistry class. They talked about the path they took to get into their jobs, including what subjects they did for Leaving Cert and what college courses they took. They also talked about what they found interesting about their jobs and what benefit their jobs had to mankind. The students listened very well and asked lots of questions after the talk. Afterwards the volunteers spent time walking around the classroom talking to students and distributing some goodies (stickers, notebooks, pens, pencils...) They even brought some of their products in to the room and passed them around for students to handle.

The whole event was filmed by New Decade and a short video will be posted online soon!





Youth Leadership Development Competition

A massive thank you to Fiona Daly Perez from Navan Rotary Club for speaking to our students about the Youth Leadership Development Competition today. Application forms can be downloaded here and here. Both need to be returned signed by Parent/Guardian.



Filming in DCC

Last week some of our TY's got to experience the world of film making. They did a fantastic job! Click on the picture below to see their movies.



UISCE Trip 2015

Last week the majority of our TY's enjoyed a week of Sport Tri Gaeilge in Colaiste Uisce. From archery to body boarding, it was a fantastic week all round. You can also check Colaiste Uisce's Facebook page for even more highlights from the week.







Autism Awareness Workshop

On Thursday morning some of our Transition Year students were fortunate enough to participate in an informative and engaging autism awareness workshop with Adam Harris from As I Am.



Information 2015-2016







Transition Year 2015-2016

The UCD School of Veterinary Medicine offers a one week programme for Transition Year Students who are thinking of studying veterinary medicine. This TY Programme is run in February each year.

The aim of the programme is to give students a taste of what it is like to be a vet student in UCD.

As part of this programme, TY students get to sit in on lectures, attend some laboratories and observe staff and students in the Vet Hospital.

Click here to access the website.

Application Procedure

Due to the high number of applications we receive each year, a formal application procedure has been introduced.

You are required to submit the following:

Please return these forms to the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to

Attn: Paddy Glennon
Veterinary Medicine School Office
UCD School of Veterinary Medicine
UCD, Belfield
Dublin 4

Please note that your application will only be considered if you have completed and returned all three forms by the closing date.

We will notify you by email to confirm that we have received your application. You will be contacted in December to let you know the outcome of your application.

Applications for 2016 are now being accepted

The deadline for submitting applications in 2nd November 2015. Successful applicants will be contacted in mid-December 2015

If you have any questions relating to the Transition Year Programme, please contact the School Office by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


End of Year Celebration

On Wednesday night 27th May our TY's celebrated the end of a very successful year. The following awards were presented on the night:

Student nominated class prizes:

Sean Curtin, Etain O'Neill, Gaurang Date, Sadhbh O'Muiri and Oisin Fitzpatrick.

Spirit of TY awards:

TY5: Helen Beattie, Dylan Dunne, Amy Byrne, David O’Reilly, James Keane

TY4: Laura Quinn, Sadb Molloy, Nathan Masterson

TY3: Niamh Hughes, Thomas Dalton, Bradley Kearns

TY2: Carmen Garcia Serrano, Thomas Muldoon, Gemma Monaghon

TY1: Emma Harte, Anthony Collins


Arts and Cultural Award: Bradley Kearns and Niamh Hughes



Male Sports Star of the Year: Adam Kealy

Female Sports Star of the Year: Laura Quinn



Student of the Year: Gemma Monaghon




Thanks to Karl Brillo, Tommy Muldoon, Adam Kealy and Orlaith Moyles for the TY Grad Video.






End of Year Hike

Today the TY's took to the hills and completed a lovely hike in Glendalough. Thanks to Ms. Ni Dhushlaine for leading the group and all the other teachers who kept everyone moving and motivated with high spirits and Haribo!







Geography Trip: Field Study







Autism Awareness Talk

Today Adam Harris from gave an informative talk to our TY's. He shared his own experiences of living with autism, and his honesty was incredibly thought provoking. He has created awareness and hopefully understanding and sensitivity amongst the students in terms of their future interactions with people with autism.



'Dingo Dollars' Welcomes Colm Cooper

Today our 'Dingo Dollars' team had the privilege of hosting Colm Cooper in the school. Colm spoke to our TY's about healthy lifestyles, nutrition and sport. After a truly motivational talk, he graciously answered questions from the students, and now we all know how he got his infamous nickname 'The Gooch'. He presented the school with a cheque for €3000 as prize money for our TY 'Dingo Dollars' bank placing 2nd in the AIB National Build a Bank Challenge.

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LMETB Francis Ledwidge Poetry Competition

Congratulations to Oisin Tuite Van de Velde on his success in the senior category of the LMETB Francis Ledwidge Poetry Competition. Oisin scooped 1st place with his poem 'As People We Float on the Ocean Surface.' Click here to read the winning entry.


Osin pictured right.

Pictured left: James Reynolds, Emma Harte and Oisin Tuite Van de Velde.


First Aid Course

All TY's participated in basic first aid and CPR training this week. It was a great opportunity to learn a valuable life skill.


Welcome back from Italy!

Our TY students and teachers have just arrived back from a fantastic 5 day holiday in Italy. With beautiful weather and amazing scenery, it was a holiday to remember, even with the 5 hour delay at the airport!




San Siro Stadium






Fun at the airport!



Hamlet: NT Live

Calling all Leaving Cert Higher Level English students in TY. The National Theatre Live are screening a live version of 'Hamlet', with Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role, on Thursday 15th October in Dundrum cinema. This is the single text for Leaving Certificate 2017 and would be extremely beneficial for you to attend. You can book tickets here for Dundrum and here for Swords.


DIT Computing Academy

The school of computing in  the Dublin Institute of Technology is holding a four day Computing Academy event from 25th May 2015 until 28th May 2015. It will take place on the DIT Kevin Street campus and the DIT Aungier Street campus.It is free to attend and lunch will be provided. Application for places is competitive and closes at 5pm on Friday 17th April. Click here to access the website for further details.



WassaWassa African Drumming and Dance Workshop

Last week all TY's participated in an African drumming, dance and cultural awareness workshop. Each group learned how to play the African drums and were taught a traditional African dance. At the end of the day the students performed for an audience, the Friday group were foruntate enough to perform to a large enthusiastic crowd of students from the school. A great learning and fun experience was had by all. Click here for even more pictures.



Mental Health Week

DCC welcomed Paul Fagan to school last week as part of our Positive Mental Health week. He gave a wonderfully inspiring talk to the TY students about his own experiences that left many in the room truly moved.



Inspireland Poetry Slam

Last week all TY's took part in a poetry writing workshop that explored a range of issues affecting thier lives and channeled their thoughts and feelings into creating some truly wonderful pieces of writing.

Click here to see all the wonderful work.



Chris Cooke visits DCC

Former Olympic swimmer Chris Cook visited the Community College today to speak to our TY's about the importance of having targets and believing in yourself to achieve your goals. His talk was inspirational and we look forward to working with Chris as part of the Sky Living for Sport programme.



Home and Away Star Visits DCC

Andrew Morley a.k.a Spencer from ‘Home and Away’ paid a very special visit to the College on Friday to talk to TY students about his charity work for Future Projects, a campaign to end human trafficking.

His speech was inspiring and encouraging to all students to be self-confident, independent and above all to be kind to each other. He was a down to earth, honest and friendly guy who is a fantastic role model for our students. A massive thanks to Tara Scanlon (TY) for organising this hugely successful event.




Anthony Collins Wins All Ireland History Competition

"You can go proudly. You are history. You are legend."(La Pasionaria).

Anthony Collins(TY) has taken first place in an all-Ireland history essay competition organised by the Friends of the International Brigades in Ireland (FIBI). His essay entitled ‘The Irish Involvement in the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War’ was judged by an international panel. Harry Owens, secretary of the FIBI, arrived in the school on Tuesday morning and declared Anthony to be the winner.

His prize includes an all-expenses paid trip to Madrid with one of his parents. During the weekend away, he will read his essay, with translation, to a gathering organised by the Madrid-based Association of Friends of the International Brigades. Anthony will also meet up with delegations from Germany, Britain, USA, France, Italy and other countries.

He will also get the opportunity to visit some of the places associated the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). DCC History Department is extremely proud of Anthony’s achievement and wish well for his journey abroad.

TY4 in Kairos


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