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Transition Years in the Irish Examiner

23rd January 2017

Recently, a national newspaper, The Irish Examiner took an interest in an initiative run in the school with our Transition Year students. In conjunction with a scheme funded by the HSE our Transition Year students spent time in a virtual parenting role using specially designed dolls as babies. As stated in the article: 

"The dolls are part of an educational curriculum, run in conjunction with the TRUST senior cycle Relationships & Sexuality Education Curriculum. The concept behind which is to educate teens about the impact of pregnancy and parenthood."

The article was written by journalist, Gwen Loughman who appeared apprehensive about the merits of the exercise. In the article, Transition Year Co-Ordinator, Ms Hayes spoke about the advantages and benefits which have been seen over the past three years that the programme has been run in the college:

"In turn, the programme gives the students a perspective of what their own parents do for them. Also the programme is not about preparing the students for parenthood per se but more about taking responsibility for oneself and one’s choices."

Along with Ms Hayes, our students spoke with confidence as part of the article and contributed to the conversation. Well done to Ms Hayes and the Transition Year students who worked on the article.

The full article can be read here: http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/features/can-teenagers-learn-to-be-a-parent-in-just-a-weekend-438893.html

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