Sixth class students from across West Limerick returned to the classroom this Easter, as they took part in Limerick Youth Service’s ‘Moving On Up’ Primary to Secondary Transition Programme.
The programme was delivered at Hazelwood College, Dromcollogher and Scoil Mhuire agus Íde, Newcastlewest with the locations allowing students an opportunity to meet their peers with whom they will be enrolling with in September.
‘Moving On Up is an innovative programme that focuses on the personal and social challenges primary school students face in progressing to second level.
The programme covers communications, changing friendships, peer pressure, bullying and the fears and expectations that some students may have, while there is also a fitness module delivered by the Limerick Sports Partnership.
‘While the start of secondary school can be an exciting time, for some young people it can be quite a daunting experience,’ said programme coordinator Eithne Stembridge, LYS.
‘Some students can find the move from a small rural school with twenty students to a college with over 500 students quite daunting and it may take them time to settle in,’ said Eithne.
‘We had two very productive days and I would like to thank the over students who gave up their holiday time to take part in the programme,’ said Eithne wished them all the very best of luck in September.
Limerick Youth Service wishes the very best of luck to all First Years in this new phase of their lives and wishes to remind them that Limerick’s leading youth organisation has an array of extra-curricular activities that may be of interest- for more see www.limerickyouthservice.com.
A member of Youth Work Ireland, Limerick Youth Service remains committed to supporting and encouraging young people to be active participants in shaping their futures.