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TY Introductory Parents Letter

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TY Introductory Parents Letter

9th September 2021,

Dear Parent/Guardian

Transition Year has gotten off to a great start with students signing up for Gaisce, completing online health & safety at work courses, sailing and a trip to Inish adventures planned for Monday. We hope to also get a trip to Rathmullan on the ferry before it stops for the winter. I sincerely hope that this will be the start of a very enjoyable and fun-filled year for your son/daughter.

Work Experience

  • Hopefully all students have started their Work Experience. I have issued copies of the school work experience letter and timesheet to students, an insurance letter is on the way also . Work Experience takes place every Wednesday, beginning 8th/15th September. Please ensure that the name and address of the work experience has been given to me on the appropriate form. Students are required to keep a diary of their experience and learning on a weekly basis. It is important that they let the employer and the school know if they are unable to attend work for any reason and also contact the school.
  • If a student wishes to do a once off week work experience in a field they have a particular interest in then they can arrange that with us.

Forthcoming Activities

  • Our first trip of the year will take place next Monday 13th of September to Inish adventures. The cost of this trip will be 31 euro per student (25 for activity and 6 for food). The school is subsidising the cost of the buses. This fee should be paid to the school office before Monday morning. Students should wear their PE uniform and will be back in school for the buses.
  • Generally we try to be back for buses and therefore we do not allow students to get dropped off along the route back to school.
  • Students should bring swimwear, a towel and a snack. A wetsuit and life jacket will be provided.

Students should also bring a spare mask and hand sanitizer. There is a tuck shop at the centre.

  • Please let us know if your child has any medical condition we should be aware of or if your child is unable to attend the trip. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns.

  • When your child signs up for TY there is an applied permission that they can go on trips. If you do not wish your child to attend any of the activities notified please send an email or contact the school office.

  • We are doing our utmost to ensure the students are getting the best experience possible from TY while being mindful of all current covid guidelines. This is why we are organising our trips to be outside activities for now.

  • We have always had a bonding trip overnight at the start of the year to Tullagh Equestrian centre. Unfortunately they are not open at present. This trip incorporated our Gaisce Adventure journey. We are hoping to replace the trip with three days of activities but no overnight stay at the minute. We will stay local for these activities.

  • We always document our trips and activities using photography throughout the year. Please let the school know if you do not wish your son/daughter to be included in the photographs or on our social media platforms

  • Students will also be completing an online Get Safe Work Safe course as part of their IT Module. This is a certified programme and will be completed by the end of September.

  • There will be various talks and programmes throughout the year, the first of which will take place for girls on Monday 20th September. This will be a sexual health course delivered by the ILash Clinic in Letterkenny. Please get in touch with the school if you would prefer your daughter not to take part in this talk.
  • There are lots of outside courses and competitions for students to get involved in. These will be included in the weekly news bulletin which I will post on the school app for parents. I also try to share any important activities on the TY facebook page and instagram.
  • Sailing has got off to a great start this year. Those students who haven’t had the chance to go yet will get a trip when the weather suits. Our next Sailing trip is planned for Tuesday 14th of September.

Transition Year Fee

  • Reminder that any balances on the TY fee may be paid online or by cash/cheque in the office as soon as possible. The full fee is 150.


  • To keep parents and students informed we have set up a Transition Year Facebook page entitled Scoil Mhuire Buncrana TY. This will be a closed group so please make sure that you and your son/daughter ‘friend request’ this page so that you can be accepted. You can follow us on instagram at scoilmhuireb_programmes. We also have a specific TY twitter page ScoilMhuireBTY.
  • As requested in previous correspondence it is vital parents download the school app to your phone/ipad in order to keep up to date with TY activities. Weekly news bulletin for TY will be posted here.
  • I have asked all students to give me an email address for a parent or guardian so that I can set up a group email. Please encourage them to complete this information in the google sheet created.
  • If you require any further information, please contact me.

Ms Katrina McGonagle

TY Coordinator, 086 794 0517

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