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Transition Year News by Emma Fitzsimons

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Transition Year News by Emma Fitzsimons

Recently, Transition year students travelled to the University of Limerick to take part in a science workshop. Excitement could be seen on everyone’s face as the buses pulled into the university grounds. The big buildings and floods of students attending the college took our breaths away, as we got our first glimpse of what college life would be like.
As we made our way from the bus to the lecture hall we closely took in our surroundings. We were amazed at the outstanding facilities the University of Limerick have to offer. It felt almost impossible to be able to make our way around the big University. Finally, as we approached the Science Department we saw the other schools taking part in the event. We were greeted on arrival by the department’s lecturers and from there brought up to one of the large lecture hall.
We took our seats shortly after and eagerly anticipated what our day at the college would bring. The head lecturer of the science department at the university of limerick welcomed us warmly and gave a brief inside to what we would be learning. Silence filled the room, not even a single sound could be heard as everyone awaited what was yet to come.
The workshop was presented interactively. Students from all schools were allow to take part in the many experiments taking place, which was thoroughly enjoyable. We learned about world famous scientists and their contribution to science in the modern world and life as we know today. Many of the information we were told was new to us and intrigued us very much. Two of the presenters dressed up as famous scientists and acted out their life and their story. We all found this was an interesting way of learning which was beneficial and not something you would see every day.
Our day came to an end and it was soon time to pack our bags to leave. We all discussed what we thought of the workshop and nothing but positivity was expressed between us all. We were sad to leave the university and say goodbye to our day at college but we know it is only the start of our journey and soon some of us will be saying hello to the University again.

Athletics news
St Mary’s minor girls Cross Country team had an outstanding performance to storm their way to victory in the Munster Schools Championships. Ailbhe O’Neill, Niamh Cunneen and Ellen Cunneen battled their way around a tough mucky 2,000m course in Cork. The girls finished 28 points ahead of their nearest competitors and are now preparing for the All Ireland finals in Belfast in March. Congratulations to the girls!

School Activities
The highlight of term no doubt was the much anticipated visit from Tipperary hurler Seamus Callinan, team manager Michael Ryan and Bank of Ireland representative Aisling Meagher along with the Liam McCarthy cup!. Our guests were entertained by the In Tune For Life Orchestra while First Year students Aoibhín Kenneally and Susan Keyes danced beautifully. Then our students put it up to the guests with some difficult questions ahead of the new season. Here’s hoping to see the Liam McCarthy cup stay in Tipp!
5th Year Business Studies and Economics students visited Google headquarters during the week. This was a terrific experience for the girls and they were blown away by the facilities at Google.
Meanwhile, Transition Year students took on the adventure section of their Presidential Gaisce Awards and spend two days trekking in the Burren. The views were spectacular despite coming home tired and sore, the girls had a blast!
On Thursday, Transition Year students travelled to Thurles for the RSA Road Safety show.

St Mary’s camogie girls welcoming Seamus Callinan and Michael Ryan along with the Liam McCarthy cup

5th Year Students at Google headquarters