LCVP Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme

Report
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Form III Parents’ Evening
Welcome
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Transition Year Core Team
Neville Atkinson - Year Head, PAL & Outdoor Pursuits
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Shane Hanna - Tutor, PAL & Overseas Students
Anita Mahon - Tutor & PAL
John McCrohan - Programme Co-ordinator (TY & LCVP),
[email protected]
Emily Nolan - Tutor, PAL & Guidance Counsellor
Mary Quinn - Deputy Headmistress
Anna Redfern - SEN Liaison
Mike Storey - Tutor & PAL
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Pastoral Care
Pastoral Care is led by the Year Head who:
• Liaises with Form Tutors to address pastoral issues of concern.
• Reports to and liaises with the pastoral team regarding the year
group.
• Has a watching brief over students’ academic progress and
takes appropriate action if students are displaying academic
problems.
• Communicates with parents, in particular those experiencing
difficulties, in relation to progress in TY.
• Has a significant role in implementing the Code of Behaviour
and supporting the PBIS initiative.
• Schedules Year group assemblies.
• Monitors punctuality and absenteeism.
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Transition Year Programme
Special Features
Specific Modules
Subject Sampling
Core Subjects
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Core Subjects
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English
Maths
Irish
French
• WSC
• PE
• Social & Health
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Subject Sampling
• See Challenges Facing Young People on the DES presentation
• Subject Sampling in TY guides students towards making informed
decisions on what subject they should do for the Leaving Cert.
– Villiers School offers 20 Leaving Cert. choice subjects
• During subject sampling TY students attend classes for 8 of the choice
subjects, they get to try out the subject, see is it for them, see if they
are suited to it; consider if it is suitable per their career/college
aspirations
• In the Spring of TY, students vote, ranking their top 6; this voting is
computerised and from this comes the 5th year
• Students who do TY prove to be more mature, more educationally
adventurous and better prepared for the challenges that lie ahead.
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Subject Sampling
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Applied Maths
Physics
Chemistry
Biology
Ag. Science
• Accounting
• Business
• Economics
• History
• Geography
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Chinese
German
Spanish
Japanese
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Art
Construction
Design & Communication Graphics
Home Economics
Music
RE
Technology
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Subject Sampling - Blocks
Block I
Block II
Block III
Block IV
Accounting
Ag. Science
Art
Applied Maths
D & CG
Business
Chemistry
Biology
Geography
Japanese
Construction
History
Music
Physics
Economics
Technology
Spanish
RE
German
Home Ec.
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Subject Sampling
Example taken from the academic year ‘13 / ‘14
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Specific Modules
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Art and Craft
Chinese
Craft/Metalwork
Driving Theory Test
Enterprise
Environment
European Studies
Food Safety
Film Studies & Visual
Literacy
• First Aid
• ICT – ECDL
• ICT – Wizzkids
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Journalism / Red Sokz
Music Workshop
Motor Mechanics
Origami
Photography
Social Awareness – YSI
Website content development
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Special Features
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Career Aptitude Test
Debating
Excursions / Field Trips
Fashion Show
First Aid - Irish Red Cross
Gáisce - President’s Award
Mock Interviews
Musical Showcase
Outdoors Pursuits
• One Substantial Project
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Enterprise
Social Awareness-YSI
Environment
European Studies
PowerPoint presentations
Visiting Speakers
Youth Leadership
Work Experience
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Awards & Competitions
www.gaisce.ie
www.youngsocialinnovators.ie/
www.greenschoolsireland.org
http://www.ecounesco.ie/programmes/young-environmentalist-award.html
Enterprise
www.limceb.ie/enterpriseEducation.php
www.european-studies.org
www.forumoneurope.ie/
www.btyoungscientist.ie/
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Gáisce - President’s Award
is an award programme designed to encourage:
 initiative,
 self-discipline,
 leadership and
 caring skills
in young people between 15 and 25.
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Gáisce - President’s Award
 National Challenge Award from the President of
Ireland to young people aged 15 to 25
 Awards are presented to young people who agree
and complete a challenge in four activities:
 Community
 Skill
 Physical
 Additional Activity
1 hour per week for 13 weeks
1 hour per week for 13 weeks
1 hour per week for 13 weeks
1 hour per week for 13 weeks
 Adventure
25km hike; 2 days;
camp out overnight
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Careers
• TY students do an Aptitude Tests (DAT)
and an Interest Test (CII) in school at the
end of Term I.
• In the Spring, TY students are scheduled to
meet individually with the school Guidance
Counsellor where results of the above tests
will be discussed; parents are welcome to
attend this meeting.
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Career Websites
• www.cao.ie – Central Applications Office
• www.careerdirections.ie – careers database
• www.fas.ie – National Training and Employment
Authority
• www.qualifax.ie – National Courses Database
• www.careersportal.ie – Careers Portal
• www.ucas.com – UK version of the CAO
• Links from the above into universities, colleges
etc..
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Work Experience
• Two weeks before the February mid-term tbc.
• Covered by the a school insurance policy
– A photocopy of the insurance letter will be available in
November and given to students when they have secured
their work experience
• Development of job seeking skills
– students learn how to job-hunt and actively look for their
own work experience; start thinking/looking asap
• Extra weeks are an option but preferably at mid-term
breaks, Easter and Christmas holidays
• Even a negative experience can be a very good learning
experience
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TY Dates – 2014-15
Some provisional dates of to look forward to:
• Induction: first two weeks of term (presentation of our TYP, selection of
subjects/options, team building in Lough Derg Yacht Club, Hike)
• Lough Derg Way: Villiers to Dromineer circa. 70kms on foot in three to
four stages, spread out through the year, aiming to encourage students to
work on becoming physically fitter during their TY; buy the boots now,
start breaking them in 
• Sailing, Pony Trekking / Laser Shooting - October
• The Burren (Caving, rock climbing & Burren walk) - October
• Fashion Show – October 23rd
• Orienteering – December
• Drama – performance end of January tbc.
• Work Experience – tbc.
• Outdoor Pursuits Week in Achill April 27th
• Young Social Innovators Showcase in the RDS – May
• Europe Day - May
• Musical Showcase - May
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