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Presidents Award Ireland
is Ireland's national Challenge Award- it is the country's most
respected and prestigious individual award programme. Transition Year
students are encouraged to participate in this event as it is a great
oppurtunity to learn and develop new skills as well as a challenge to
grow as an individual.
Reminder: A fee of €10 is
required and the forms detailing the activities you will be taking part
in is required to be handed into Ms. Mc Caul by Friday the 19th of
Power of One & Junior Spiders
This year a few TY students will be participating
in Power of One's, One Good Idea Project. The One Good Idea Project is
an oppurtunity for students to discuss and debate climate change and
energy effiency issues; and using their various talents (art,
bussiness, C.S.P.E, music etc...) to bring the message of Power of One
and Change campaigns to their communities in innovative and captivating
ways. It is a chance for students to research and express their
concerns about the environment and the world around. To learn more
This year as part of their projects, five of the TY Power of One groups
created their very own websites, some using the school website as the
host. To view these websites and learn about the various groups and
their projects, simply click the links below:
Tree To One
All of these sites are still in progress,
so please stick with us as we continue our website developments.
Team Tree To One also participated in the Junior Spiders Competition
sponsored by eircom. Junior Spiders is a website
development competition which encourages students to design and develop
their computer and IT skills.
After being shortlisted and announced finalists, they attended an
exhibition and awards on the 17th of December. At the awards ceremony
it was announced they won their category: best website based on a
school project. To learn more about the Junior Spiders Competition
Their website which won in the Junior Spiders is:
Tree To One's Website
- Recently three Power of One groups recieved word that they
had gotten through to the finals of the One Good Idea competition.
Congratulations to WasteWatchers, Just Go Green and Team Tree to
One. Unfortunately Team L.E.D and Little Feet did not get through
however their work along with al of our work will be displayed at the
end of the year in an exhibition.
- The finals of the competition will take place
Friday the 13th of May. Good luck guys!
BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition
This is the 47th year that the competition is taking place, and the
event will be held in the RDS from the 12th -15th of January.
The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition is like a
'science fair'- it is a competition in which students come up with an
idea which they must research, organise, experiment and collect data to
put into a project. However, these ideas must fall under one of the
following competition catergories:
-Biology and Ecological Sciences
-Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences
-Social & Behavioural Sciences
Unfortunately Deirdre Harford, the only TY student to enter, did not
get through to the finals of the BT Young Scientist. Perhaps next year,
as fifth years, more people will enter and they'll get through.
For more information on the BT Young Scientist & Technology
Exhibition click on this link.
All Ireland Linguistic Oylmpiad (AILO)
A linguistics olympiad is a contest in which secondary
school students solve linguistic puzzles. In solving the problems,
students learn about the diversity and consistency of language, while
exercising logic skills. No prior knowledge of linguistics or second
languages is necessary, but the competitions have proven very
successful in attracting top students to study in the field of
linguistics. For more information visit the AILO website: www.cgnl.ie
To enter, talk to Ms. Scally.
Ireland will be competing in the 52nd International Maths Olympiad
which will take place in Amsterdam. If you want to participate in the
olympiad you must go to the training days at NUI Maynooth or UCD. If
you are among the top students at the training days you are entered for
the Irish Maths Oylmpiad and if you are one of the top six students in
the country you can be entered in the International Maths Olympiad in
Amsterdam in the Netherlands. For more information on both the training
and the Olympiads themselves, see the below links.
NUI Maynooth Training
Starts on Sat 4th Dec
<- Cancelled because of bad weather. It will start on Sat 11th Dec
UCD Training Dates
Irish Maths Oylmpiad - Sample
problems and suggested solutions and more information
International Maths Oylmpiad
National Career Skills
The competition is based on your experience on a
work placement. When you do a work placement, you get a chance to see
and meet the people who's work and efforts contribute to the success of
a company or organisation. This competition asks you to investigate
closely one person who you get to work alongside during your placement.
It asks you to describe the job-role, find out what education is
required to enter it, to notice some of the skills required to do the
job well, and most importantly, describe what skills you have developed
during that time.
The details for this competition can be found on www.careersportal.ie
on this link.
Show Racism The Red Card: Creative
This competition is open to all students - not
only the TYs. Basically, to enter this competition you must produce a
written, a visual (art) or audio-visual entry based on the Show Racism
the Red Card DVD (which can be viewed on youtube). For more
info, click here.
If there are any new competitions please inform Caroline Brennan or
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Here's a handy section- the Modules section
is a helpful little sneak peek at what each module is about, so you
have an idea on what your new modules have in store for you.
pretty self explanatory module! As the title suggests, in this
module students learn how to defend themselves and avoid danger. The
class is quite active, so students are encouraged to input into the
class- be it by helping demonstrate (which can be a rather painful
experience) or vocally expressing their
opinions. However it is also very important that you listen to your
instructor and take notes. There is a test at the end of the module
based on the techniques you've learned, this test makes up your grade,
so be prepared.
Health and Beauty
objective of this module is to encourage students to take care of their
health and bodies; as growing teenage girls this is very essential
knowledge. Your grade for the module is assesed by both a powerpoint
presentation (on a topic of your choosing, permitted it has to fall
either the catergory of health or beauty) which is 80% of your grade,
and your written class/talk reports which make up 20% of your grade.
The objective of this module is to build on our
knowledge for Junior Cert CSPE about drugs and substance abuse. You
learn new terms and learn about drugs in much more detail than you did
in CSPE. The module is assessed by a powerpoint presentation on a drug
or an aspect of drugs of your choice.
Digital Image Editing
The name of this module is very self-explanatory! This module is very
energetic and lots of fun. All who participate in this
module will have a wonderful experience and learn some great dance
moves along the way! The objectivve of this module is to teach a
paticular style of dance (for example, salsa). The module is assesed in
tow-folds. Firstly, at the end of the module there is a hand-written
project about dance that needs to be handed into the module teacher.
Secondly, students team-up a create a dance using the steps they've
learnt over the module and present the dance to the class.
In this module you learn how to
as well as learn new things about the italian culture. This module is
great fun and extremely interesting- especially when learning how to
properly pronounce the words. The module is assessed through a written
project based around Italy.
In this module you learn how
to create the special effects (or fx as it's usually called) that would
often appear on TV. Looks that you can learn to create include the Fop
look, the Egyptian look, the Sick look, the Cut Glass Wound and the
Bullet Wound. This module is often a lot of fun as you get to do
something you would not normally get the opportunity to do. It is
assessed in the following way:
- A Research Project worth 25%
- A Portfolio of looks you do in class worth 25%
- A look you do at home worth 25%
- A test done in class worth the remaining 25%
In this module you can learn about different
types of law, the courts system in Ireland and so on. It is assessed
through a written project.
In this module you get to learn valuble life
skills such as how to work in a team, how to understand body language,
the influence of colour in our lives, DIY and many other things. It is
assessed through a project on a life skill of your choice which is to
presented to the class in the least boring way possible!
Bio-tech is all about the use of technology in biology i.e medicine,
the module's main focus is in DNA and how in recent times scientist
have been able to unravel the mystery behind DNA. The assessment for
this module is purely based on classwork- so there is no project-
however full participation is expected in class.
In this module you learn some sign language and
more about the deaf and blind. It helps you become more understanding
about people who cannot see or hear and allows you to converse with the
deaf. As part of the module you go on a walk with a blindfold on to
learn how difficult it is for the blind. It is assessed through a test
at the end of the module in which you write down the meaning of words
signed by the teacher. The test is worth 100%.
Horticulture... basically a fancy
term for gardening. This is a very
mellow yet active class- a lovely module to get. The horticulture class
is involved in the upkeep of the school garden- which unfortunately had
to be replanted due the construction work taking place in the school.
The module is assesed through a project based on your classwork, which
accounts for 100% of your grade.
JPIC- which stands for Justice, Peace
and Integrity of Creation- is a lovely project to have. Much like
substance abuse- this module expands on CSPE but deals more with Human
Rights and Stewardship. This module is assesed throuugh a project in
which you base around one of the Eight Millenium Goals (which you will
learn about in class), this accounts for al your grade.
If any student has a
description of the above modules please give them to Caroline or Eniola
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The Life of a TY Model: An
interview with Miss Model Aine Boshell
Q. What do you enjoy most
about being a model?
A. I'm a hat model so I like the fact that our routine is different to
the rest of the show.
Q. What are the pros/cons of your role in the fashion show?
The pros are that we get to show off the art students hard work
and it's just really great fun! The cons would be that it's really hard
to get the timing right and the hats sometimes... fall off while we're performing!
Q. Would you reccommend this job
(Fashion Show Model) to the future 4th years?
Q. What advice
would you give the 3rd years about their next year?
Just really get into whatever it is your doing- put your 100% in to it-
because if you put effort into it you get so much more out of it.
Q. What was the most
exciting/funniest/weirdest thing that has happened while you were on
A. The craic is amazing behind stage, so there's loads of funny stuff
happening backstage everyday ;)
Q. What would you rate this
module?.... and be honest!
9/10, I'd say the -1 mark is because there's a lot of sitting around
and waiting but you get used to it and it adds to the excitment when
actually do get to go up on stage.
Feeling Large and In Charge!: An interview with
Stephanie, a member of the Fashion show production team
Q. What do you enjoy
most about being on the production team?
love everything to do with my module! The fashion show team this year
was excellent- that helped because it gave everyone something important
to do. I couldn't really pick a favourite bit because I loved
Q. What are the
pros/cons of your module choice?
the pros are:
-You get to see all
the hard work put into the show at the end when it all comes together-
from the booket to the actual show.
-All the peope
involved! It's a module where everyone gets to know everyone- I think
it's great we have a fourth year with mixed module groups... it gives
us a chance to meet new lovely people!
-And of course...it's
real fun to do!
-.... there's not an
awful lot of time to do all the work. This can make the job a bit
stressful but, it's still enjoyable.
Q. Would you
reccommend this job (Fashion Show Production Team Member) to the future
would definitely reccomend this to the future 4th years. In general, in
the Fashion Show there are lots of jobs, from the likes of producing,
organizing sound and lights, being a stage manager, exploring
your imagination by becoming a memeber of the creative team or even
being a part of the hair and make-up team! See what I mean... that's a
lot of jobs!
Q. What skills have
you gained since starting the module?
a producer, I feel a lot more confident. I have been talking more
comfortably to teachers, other staff and of course students. Since
starting the module I've learned how to deal with money, file
(documents), get sponsorship from different businesses, make ads and
other media, edit videos and take professional photos.
Q. What advice would
you give the 3rd years about their next year?
to be prepared to put in an awwwful lot of hard work! And also to have
patience and be thoughtful - there's a long road ahead of you!
Q. What was the most
exciting/funniest/weirdest thing that has happened while you were on
been so many! But, it was so exciting seeing the stage properly set up
for the first time. It really felt like the show was coming together.
Q. What would you
rate this module?.... and be honest!
9 ¾ out of 10. Just to make
it that little bit awkward!
Review of this year's TY Musical
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This year's musical is "The King and
I". The King and I is set in Siam (modern day Thailand). The main
characters include Anna, the King, Anna's son Louis, Tuptim, Lun Tha,
Lady Thiang and the Prince Chulalongkorn. There are a lot of songs and
elaborate scenes so it should be very good.
Since the fashion show is now over
rehersals can really get underway for the musical. The chorus are
working on their songs, the students playing the main roles are
learning their lines, the production team are making the programme, the
costume team are making dresses, set design are brainstorming ideas and
the props team are finding all the props to make everything look well.
Drama Queens: An interview with the leads of
this year's TY musical, Caoimhe Reynolds & Kelly Mehan Brown
caught up with the two leads of this year's Musical and, making time in
their busy schedules, the two drama queens spared us some time, so that
they could be interviewed. Here's what happened:
Q. Hey guys, soo...
what's your favourite parts of being the leads of this year's TY
A. Kelly: I
enjoy feeling like I'm part of the bigger picture. I like the fact that
I feel important and involved during the rehersals.
A. Caoimhe: Yeah...
My favourite part about being in the Musical, at all, is the fact that
can do two of the things I love... Singing and Dancing! It helps me
burn energy because I'm so energetic and easily excited- LOL!
Q. What are the pros/cons of this big
responsibilty you two have on your shoulders?
The pros are that I get to do what I love but... the cons would
definitely be the whole big responsibilty bit. Oh! And, of course, the
amount of lovely lines I have to learn!
The pros: The enjoyment and fufilment of taking part, and the overall
atmosphere. The cons: There's an awful lot of sitting around while
others are working on parts that you're not involved in.
Q. I see... So with all this in mind, would you
reccommend the TY Musical to the future 4th years?
DEFINITELY!!! It's great fun and I'm enjoying it immensely (8D)
Yeah, I would because it's really worth the while and great fun ^_^
Q. That's really positive feedback! So, are you
happy with your mnodule choice overall? And if so, what would you grade
A. Caoimhe: I
am really really
happy with my module choice and I wouldn't change it for the
world. I feel this role really suits me and I have no problems working
hard when it gets down to it... plus I'm having a total ball hanging
with my friends while working hard! A 10/10 experience for definite,
because it's just totally awesome!
A. Kelly: Yup!
Being a lead in the Musical was all I wanted to do when I learned about
TY, ha ha! I give the module 9/10 :)
of this year's TY Musical
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