Senior Department

    Head of Department - Deirdre Pim 

Our Senior School encompasses students between the ages of 14 – 19 years of age, who have entered into what we call “Transition”. 

The aim of Transition is to identify opportunities and experiences during their school years that will help our students and prepare them for life as an adult.  Transition can assist our students in securing employment, pursuing post-secondary education and experiencing a meaningful c

Our Senior School encompasses students between the ages of 14 – 19 years of age, who have entered into what we call “Transition”. 

The aim of our department is to identify opportunities and experiences during their school years that will help our students prepare  for life as an adult.  We use opportunities to develop skills that will assist our students in securing employment, pursuing post-secondary education and experiencing a meaningful community life. 

The seniors within Knockevin experience a wide range of new and exciting challenges and opportunities during their Transition years.

 

WORK PLACEMENTS

The senior students have a range of job opportunities that they can avail of in their final years.  Work placements have included; Gordon’s Chemist, Down Leisure Centre, IFA, Strangford Court Care Home, Denvir’s, Brookvale Dog Kennels, Patricia’s Petals, McDonalds and Crossgar Car Wash. The senior students gain a great deal of confidence and experience from our valued employers.

 

COLLEGE

Knockevin has a strong link with the South Eastern Regional College.  The students attend every Wednesday to avail of the various courses on offer.  Currently our students are covering courses in catering, art and ICT.  Not only does this link assist in the delivery of our accredited modules, it provides a wealth of new experiences for our students and it enables them to integrate and socialise with students their own age.

 

RESIDENTIALS

Pupils in our senior school have the opportunity to take part in school residentials. In recent years this has included trips to the SHARE Centre, London and Dublin. Pupils taking part have loved having the chance to take part in new experiences alongside their friends!

 

 INTER-SCHOOL FORMAL

Every year, Knockevin, Torbank and Clifton School link to arrange an inter school formal evening for our students aged 16 -19 years.

Prior to the evening, the schools and students link during school hours for social meetings.  These events encourage new friendships and ensure that when we all actually come together for the Formal that everyone is comfortable and has a fun enjoyable evening.

 

SCHOOL LINKS

Our senior school programme is supported by links with local schools that allow us to extend the variety of activities we offer and provide opportunities for social skills development. These links include –

  • A music and drama link with the Assumption Grammar School
  • A science and technology link with St Patrick’s Grammar
  • A student council link with Down High School
  • Participation in the Ballynahinch Shared Education Choir