The transition from primary to secondary school can be difficult for new First Year students. With this in mind we have put in place a special induction programme for them, which takes place over two mornings from 8.50 until 12.30 on the first two days of the new school year. The focus is on friendship formation, becoming part of a new school community and the general orientation challenges of coping with the new timetable, new subjects, new teachers and the layout of a new school. The programme is co-ordinated by an Assistant Principal and is supported in his/her work by the three First Year class teachers, by members of the Student Council and by the Meitheal team. The First Years continue to be the focus of attention as they settle in over the following weeks and parents are sent an interim progress report at mid-term.