The Transition Year Programme offers pupils a broad educational experience with a view to the attainment of increased maturity, before proceeding to further study and/or vocational preparation. It provides a bridge to help pupils make the transition from a highly-structured environment to one where they will take greater responsibility for their own learning and decision making. Pupils participate in learning strategies which are active and experiential and which help them to develop a range of transferable critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. The Transition Year Programme also provides an opportunity for students to reflect on and develop an awareness of the value of education and training in terms of careers and life-long learning.
On Wednesday, 6th of October 2021, the TY group headed to the Burrow in Kilmore Quay to complete the 500m Coastwatch Autumn Survey, on biodiversity and litter. This activity was arranged as part of their transition year environmental science programme with local Coastwatch members. The group also took part in a litter pick of the area whilst keeping an eye out for waste items that could be reused in an upcoming fashion upcycling competition. We identified and surveyed some sail by the wind jelly fish and mermaids purses from dogfish and skate. Brown seaweeds were collected too, to be composted for an upcoming community school garden project. The autumn survey is a citizen science project and will continue for a number of weeks. It was a very healthy and worthwhile activity for both students and environment. It is important to be able to enjoy, monitor and to help protect our wonderful coastal areas.