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June 22, 2020

Primary to Secondary: Making the Move

Students from Caherline National School

‘Many have not had the opportunity to say farewell to their teachers and friends and have missed out on the excitement of graduating from primary school’

A number of sixth class students have been taking part in a Primary to Secondary Transition Programme with Limerick Youth Service (LYS).

Titled ‘Moving on Up,’ the programme aims to make the move from primary to second level more comfortable for students.

‘The graduation from national school to second level is traditionally a significant milestone in a young person’s life, however, this year it has proved particularly challenging,’ said Sarah Moore, LYS

‘Many have not had the opportunity to say farewell to their teachers and friends and have missed out on the excitement of graduating from primary school,’ said Sarah.

Online classroom with Limerick Youth Service

The current situation with Covid-19 has made the year’s Transition Programme particularly relevant with many schools availing of the opportunity to take part.

‘Our Transition Programme covers topics such as communications, changing friendships, peer pressure, bullying and the fears and expectations that some students may have of moving to second level,’ explained Sarah,

The programme focuses on the social and personal changes that some students may experience when progressing from primary to second level with a particular focus on the recent changes brought by Covid-19.

‘It has been very enjoyable so far as the young people have really engaged with the programme, while it has also given them an opportunity to meet (virtually) fellow students with whom they will be starting with in September,’ said Sarah.

Traditionally delivered in classrooms, this year’s Transition Programme has been delivered online due to the current Covid-19 health crisis with a number of schools in such as Caherline and St. Patrick’s National Schools taking part.

Schools who are interested in taking part in the Transition Programme are asked to email lys@limerickyouthservice.org or call 061-412444.

A member of Youth Work Ireland, LYS remains committed to connecting with young people and supporting them to reach their full potential.

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