The students, who will be enrolling in First Year in Hazelwood College, Dromcollogher and Salesians Secondary College, Pallaskenry, participated in the one-day programme that introduced them to their respective new school and classmates.
Delivered by the youth work team at LYS, the Moving On Up Primary to Secondary Transition Programme also focused on the personal and social changes students face as they start second level, from excitement to first day nerves!
‘While the start of secondary school can be an exciting time, for some students it can be quite a daunting experience, as they find the move from a small rural school with twenty students to a college with over 500 students quite daunting,’ said Eithne Stembridge, LYS.
‘Our Moving On Up programme includes workshops that give students the space to explore any feelings of anxiety or excitement that they may feel ahead of starting secondary school,’ said Eithne, programme coordinator.
The workshops also cover subjects such as communications, wellbeing, exploring school rules, changing friendships and peer pressure, while a fitness module with Limerick Sports Partnership is also part of the programme.
Eithne thanked the students and staff at the respective schools for taking part in the Moving On Up programme saying ‘we had a very enjoyable two days and the feedback from students and staff has been very positive.’
‘On behalf of LYS, we’d like to wish the students the very best of luck in First Year and remind them that LYS will have plenty of extra-curricular activities such as youth clubs that will be of interest to many!’ added Eithne.
The Moving On Up Primary to Secondary Transition Programme is made possible through the support of basis.point.
LYS is a member of Youth Work Ireland and the Irish Association of Community Training Organisations.
Now in its 50th year, LYS remains committed to connecting with young people and supporting them to reach their full potential.