Transition Year News
We welcome back all our TY students and wish them well for the year ahead
Monday 21st September Nenagh River Walk
Monday 28th September 35 Stars Team Building.
The students all all engaged in the first nine week group of subject modules as well as commencing ICDL and the Future Leaders course.
Monday, 7th September – Team Building activities with Activity Teachers.
Monday, 7th September – E-portfolio Training with Miss Hogan in A4 Computer Room
4C – 9.00am
4A – 2.40pm
4B – 3.20pm
FAO: Parents of Transition Year Students 2020/2021
27th August 2020
I hope you are keeping well and I look forward to communicating with you throughout the year. We look forward to welcoming your daughter back to school and into the Transition Year Programme on Thursday, 3rd September 2020.
On that day she will be met by both myself and our Transition Year Tutors and we will begin with an induction morning. The induction morning will give the students an overview of the programme for the year and they will be briefed specifically on work experience, community placement, Garda vetting, the Gaisce Awards, Youth Social Innovators and Future Leaders Programmes. We will also update the students on the courses/activities that they will expect to experience during the year. Your daughter will receive forms that should be completed by you to ensure that we have up to date information on our systems.
The benefits of the Transition Year Programme have been well documented and The Department of Education are no less committed this year to Transition Year students receiving a quality programme. They have provided us with comprehensive guidelines in how to deliver such a programme and these have been used for the basis of our programme planning. Here at St. Mary’s Secondary School we intend to proceed with the Transition Year Programme with the same spirit and determination as we did pre-Covid-19. However, these are unchartered waters that we find ourselves in and we ask for your understanding and support as we attempt to navigate them.
Accordingly, the Transition Year Programme has been restructured to take account of the new guidelines. As previously communicated to you, we have reduced the Transition Year fee required at the beginning of the year by deferring monies due for Law Education, Food Safety, First Aid and the outdoor pursuits. We expect to provide these certified courses later in the school term and will require monies for these as and when they occur.
The more immediate courses we will begin this year with are a ‘Covid-19 and the workplace training course’ and ‘a health and safety in the workplace course’ in order to prepare the students for their work experience placements. The work placement this year will be take place from Monday, 14th December to Friday, 18th December 2020 and Monday, 15th March to Friday, 26th March 2021. These dates are subject to change as per HSE guidelines at the time. It is advisable that students now begin to consider their placement options for these two block releases. As in other years, we are committed to our Transition Years gaining as much experience in their areas of interest as possible, however, all work placements outside the two block release dates must be sanctioned.
It may not be possible to begin the year with our parent induction in person, however, I would hope to provide you with an alternative so that I can answer any questions that you may have. I will be in contact at a later date and at that time I will update you further with details regarding the timetable, structure of the first term, new courses, etc.
We are looking forward to getting started.
Transition Year Co-ordinator
Monday, 2nd March 2020
4A – Pilates in St. Joseph’s – Activity Time
4B – Food Safety – 10.20am to 1.15pm
4C – Judo in the GP Room – Activity Time
Tuesday, 3rd March 2020 – 4A visiting the Criminal Courts and Dáil in Dublin – all day
Thursday, 5th March 2020 – TY students Book Launch (My Healthy Ways) – The Abbey Court Hotel, 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Monday, 9th March 2020
4A – S.P.A.C.E. – All day
4B – Judo in the GP Room – Activity Time
4C – Pilates in St. Josephs – Activity Time
Wednesday, 11th March 2020 – 4B visiting the Criminal Courts and Dáil in Dublin – all day
Monday, 16th March 2020 – NO SCHOOL
Thursday, 19th March 2020
4A – Prison Trip
4C – Criminal Courts and Dáil
Monday, 23rd March 2020
4B – Pilates in St. Joseph’s
Monday, 30th March to Friday, 3rd April 2020
Work Experience all week.
TY STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN LIFE SKILLS COURSES
It was back to school with a bang last week for Transition Year Students. On Monday 4A began with a HACCP Food Safety Course conducted by Ms. Mary Corkery. The material was both interesting and useful with many employers requesting that staff have completed this course. Students found the presentation extremely informative and are busy studying so that they can pass the exam and earn their certificates.
First Aid was next up and members of the Order of Malta delivered a basic first aid and training course over two days. The students learned about the symptoms of various illnesses, how to help a patient and ring for help. They reported feeling confident that they learned skills which would help them to cope with an emergency at home, in school or work or on the sports field.
BT YOUNG SCIENTIST AND TECHNOLOGY EXHIBITION
Third Year students were lucky enough to travel to the BTYSTE with their teachers on Thu. They had an educational and fun- filled day seeing the work of teenagers from all over the country.
We wish our TY students well as they complete two weeks work experience before the Christmas break.
TY Enjoy the Gaiety Panto
This year’s pantomime at the Gaiety is Aladdin. Children all over the country know the story of Aladdin and the magic lamp but the TY students were most impressed by the flying carpet. It was a mesmerising and magical display of engineering and creativity that the students will never forget. Natalie Creamer from 4A will remember the day fondly too as she was invited on stage to share in the fun.
RSA Awareness Day
On Tue 19th Nov students from St. Mary’s joined Transition Years from the CBS and Newport in the Abbey Court Hotel for a day’s education on the important topic of road safety.
Speakers representing the Gardai, fire brigade and paramedics explained how they deal with accidents and what a typical day can mean for them. Statistics were shared concerning young people’s involvement in road accidents. Simple methods which could make driving safer were also outlined. A representative from Toyota explained about the “Face It Down” app which allows young drivers to collect rewards for not picking up mobile phones during journeys.
The most moving and thought provoking contribution came from a mother whose son died as a result of a collision involving a drunken driver.
Students also had the opportunity to experience a virtual reality car crash. As a result of the day we were left with a real sense of the possible consequences of getting behind the wheel.
On Thursday last TY students were fortunate to have a day- long retreat in school, facilitated by Gerry Keegan. The importance of self-love and awareness was the main focus. Gerry’s style of presentation added greatly to the event. He sang, told personal stories and conveyed the message in a positive and fun way.
Gerry is a very good singer and songwriter and he spoke in a way to which teenagers easily related. Also the students felt that their interaction with each other added to the educational aspect of the retreat.
WATER SAFETY COURSE:
On Mon Nov 4th TY students began a Water Safety Course in Nenagh Swimming Pool, writes Ailbhe O’Neill and Lucy Hogan. They first did the front crawl for a length of the pool and were then divided into groups which reflected their ability.
The instructor showed them different styles and had them treading the water to build endurance and fitness. The girls practiced breathing properly while swimming, a skill that will be useful always. The students are looking forward to the next session.
We wish our TY students well in their Musical production this week. The show will be held on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th at 7 30 pm.
All are welcome.
Dates for your diary 13/10/19
- Registration for Mini med programmes in Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (Monday 24th February to Wednesday 26th February 2020) or (Monday 9th March to Wednesday 11th March 2020)( names to Miss Gibbs)
- Mini med in Waterford Dates to be confirmed Please give your name to Miss Gibbs if interested.
- Application form for UNICEF Ireland Transition programmes that can be used in school are available online now. Applications for transition years looking for work experience are also welcomed. Contact Vivienne@unicef.ie for available dates
- E-mail Christine.email@example.com if interested in undertaking any of the three computing programmes in DCU in January.
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in a week long workshop in the school of Computer Science and Statistics in Trinity.
- If interested in a week of experience normally in March)in the Chemistry department of Trinity College application forms will be available online on the Trinity Transition year webpage at 9 a.m on October 10th.
- Application form is available online for a week of work experience (20th to 24th April) in the Department of Botany in Trinity College. Application deadline is Friday 31st January 2020 Application form is now online.
- Applications will open in September for the week of exploring materials in Trinitys Crann Institute Nanoscience Department. For the week work expereience (11th Novemebr to 15th Novemeber 2019) the form which is available online must be submitted by 30th September
- The application form week long programme (date to be announced) in the Nursing and Midwifery Dept in Trinity will be made available online in October 2019(This date will be announced two weeks in advance). Places will be on a first come first served basis. Other documentation will also be needed. Look online and have it ready.
- September : information will be sent to schools about the forthcoming November TYPE programme in the Physics department of Trinity. Names to be given to Miss Whelan by Wednesday 18th September (students have applied)
- Applications can be made between 1st and 31st December (for a week in February or March) to email@example.com for a week in the Pharmacy Department of Trinity. Check online for the necessary documentation.
- Zoology in Trinity The Ty week is usually run in March and email ZoologyTYWeek@tcd.ie for updated info.
- Applications for a week in the Science Department of UCD registration usually opens in February for one day workshops in March. Registration is essential and places are limited.
- The Faculty of Science and Engineering in U.L offers a week from 3rd -7th December. The application form is available to download online and the closing date is 1st October.
- UCD school of Physics will host a one day workshop from 2nd to 5th of December. Applications will open at 9.a.m on Friday 4th of October and will close at midnight on Sunday 20th October. Junior cert results needed.
- Application form is now online for a weeks work experience 6th to 9th 2020 at the Cork School of Music email firstname.lastname@example.org programme website is http://csm.cit.ie/tyop
- Applications are available online now for High Tech Elec in Corks CEIA.IE There are two weeks10th -14th February or 2nd -6th March 2020 Closing date for application forms is 6th December
- The 2019/2020 Graduate.ie weekly online competition begins on 17th September to be entered into a draw for a trip to the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Week 1 winner has been announced. You must register to be in with a chance
- Abbey Theatre do a week work experience normally in April. Information and application for the 2020 programme will be available online in October 2019.
- Monday 14th October application process opens for The Bar of Irelands ‘Look into Law’ Transition year programme in February( 3rd to 7th Feb 2020). Closing date is 11th November. One student only can be nominated from the school so if you are interested give your name to Miss Whelan before that date.
- Other Ty Work Placements to be applied through careers portal are:Abbey TheatreAquarium in BrayDefence forces in KildareSocial care with Don Bosco in DublinChemical and Physical sciences in DCUUNESCO in DublinTour Guide with Glasnevin CemeteryLilly BipPharma Lilly Co. CorkMKF Institute in DublinNational Institute for Bioprocessing and Research DublinCivil Engineering Taster Day NUIGEngineering (STEPS) DublinThe Hunt MuseumHair Stylist Peter MarkRadio na life Dublin City centreSt Vincents University Hospital DublinTeen Turn Tech work placement DublinScience UCDScience University Limerick
- Science Waterford IT
- Nursing and Midwifery University Limerick
- Biological, Earth and Environmental sciences UCC
- Science includes me, ty mentoring TCD
- South Dublin County Council
- Pig Nut Productions Sligo
- The National Reptile Zoo Kilkenny
- Tallaght University Hospital (2 day) Closing date 30th SEPT
- County council (South Dublin County Council)
- NCBI Dublin City centre
- National Gallery of Ireland
- IBM in Dublin
- Irish Film Institute
- Community Action with Friends of the Elderly in Dublin
- Computing in Dundalk
- DSPCA in Dublin
- Politics and international Affairs in Dept of Foreign Affairs(Dublin City Centre)
- Concern in Dublin
- Aviation in Atlantic AirVenture Aviation centre Shannon
- Budding Biologist in APC Microbiome Institute in Cork
- As other dates for other programmes are released Miss Gibbs or Miss Whelan will let you know.
STUDENTS’ EYES OPEN TO AUTISM AS NICHOLAS SHARED HIS STORY
On Monday 23rd September, the Transition Year students watched the documentary created and directed by Nicholas Ryan-Purcell about his experiences in life. It is called “This is Nicholas-Living With Autism”.
The film deals with the happy times and the struggles Nicholas has experienced in his life to date. He recalls how he found his passion for filming and the important people in his life who helped him along the way. Nicholas is lucky to have a kind and caring family and he was raised in a very supportive community in Emly.
There were memorable interviews throughout the film and especially impressive were those with Nicholas’ parents. The family moved to Cloughjordan and Nicholas did TY and 5th and 6th year in Nenagh CBS before going on to study in Ballyfermot, graduating with a Higher National Diploma in Television Operations and Production. His first feature-length film “ Against The Odds, Racing With Gordon Lord Byron” won two prizes at a documentary festival in the U.S. “ This is Nicholas- Living with Autism” also included interviews with Joanne of The Blue Door, Nicholas’ sister and a former student of St. Mary’s.
Nicholas attended the screening and was given a huge round of applause at the end as the girls were really impressed by his film and they learned a lot from his story. He then addresses the students before answering questions. The students were especially glad to hear that he is planning a follow-up of this most enlightening and successful documentary.
We wish our Transition Year students well as they prepare for their school musical in October.
Enterprise Workshop-Mini Companies are an important and, usually, fun aspect of Transition Year. Students set up companies and go on to produce goods and/or services which they sell. There are Student Enterprise Awards and competing for these is one of the highlights of the year. Last week Sue Anne O’Donnell presented a workshop in which she explained about mini companies and gave examples of products which and services which had been successful. Then the students gather in their own mini companies groups for personal advice from Ms. O’Donnell. We look forward to the results of the planning.
We welcome back all our Transition year students and wish them well in the year ahead, already they have settled into their new classes and are taking part in a wide range of activities this month including Coaching, Ceili, visit to the Dromineer Literary Festival, Law Education, Enterprise Projects and much more.
TRANSITION YEAR LAW MODULE
TY students reacted enthusiastically to a two day course on the Irish legal system which was presented by barrister James Fahey. Mr. Fahey is an engaging and entertaining speaker and as well as learning there was lots of fun .The second day culminated in a Mock Trial so the students were able to put some of the new information to good use. They all look forward to a visit to the Criminal Courts in Dublin later in the year.
SIX O’CLOCK MASS GROUP’S TRIP TO ROME
On 7th. July a group of young people who have been involved in the 6pm mass in St.Mary of Rosary set off for the Eternal City. They were accompanied by Fr. Michael Geraghty, Ms. Theresa Maher and Ms.Marcella Dillon.The group was accommodated in the Irish College and upon arrival was greeted by the priest in charge and three adorable turtles. These pets ,Faith, Hope and Charity stole the hearts of everyone.
The next three days were filled with trips to as many of the sites of Rome as could be accommodated. The highlight was the day in the Vatican which began(very early) with a Mass in the Irish Chapel of St. Columbanus, celebrated by Fr. Michael. It was a privilege to be together in such a wonderful place.
Later, from the Dome of St. Peter’s there was a glorious view that was worth all the steps climbed to reach it. Over the next couple of the days there was an opportunity to visit the Trevi Fountain, to climb the Sacred Steps in the traditional way- on the knees- and see beautiful churches and famous ruins.
The trip to Rome was also a chance to grow the bond which has developed within the group over the last couple of years. People had an opportunity to pray, to talk, to laugh and to make memories together.
The 6 o’clock mass continues in St. Mary of the Rosary on Sunday evenings and all are welcome.
On Tuesday 28/5/19, the Transition year class graduated with a Ceremony held in school. The students were congratulated on there many achievements during the year and wished well in their future studies in 5th year.
4A preparing to graduate.
Kilfinane Outdoor Centre-TY students participated in a variety of outdoor pursuits in Kilfinane, Co. Limerick last week. They experienced a range of activities including kayaking, mountain biking, hill walking, archery, rocking climbing and orienteering in most pleasant surroundings .
The staff in the centre were helpful and encouraging and the comfortable accommodation all added to a challenging but enjoyable trip which was one of the highlights of the year, reports Phoebe Kelly.
Visit to Nenagh Castle- First Year students were out of the classroom last week too- they were learning about history in one of Nenagh’s best know landmarks-the castle. Kevin Whelan guided them around the building and told them of its history and about life in the town when the castle was occupied. The students learned lots and enjoyed the magnificent view from the top.
Monday, 8th – 12th April 2019: All Transition Years on Work Experience
TY Students To Take Part In Midwest Empowerment and Equality Conference
The Midwest Empowerment and Equality conference is designed to empower, educate and encourage men and women to take better care of themselves. Our Transition Year students will attend the event and last week a school final was held to choose one speaker who, along with other TY and Fifth years from Midwest schools, will make a presentation on issues related to empowerment and equality.
The school finalists were Anna O’Keeffe, Katie Grace and Anna Powell. Two former St. Mary’s teachers, Ms. Carmel O’Keeffe and Ms. Virginia O’Dowd very kindly took on the difficult task of choosing the speaker who will go forward to the conference. Three very different and powerful speeches were delivered and after deliberation the judges announced Anna Powell as the winner.
Dr. Mary Ryan organiser and presenter of the event is a past pupil of St. Mary’s .
DAIL AND CRIMINAL COURT TRIP
On the same day the students of 4A also visited Dublin. First stop was Kildare St. and a tour of Dail Eireann. It was interesting to hear of the history of the buildings and to sit in the gallery and look at the chamber where many important debates take place.
Later the group headed to the Criminal Courts and were welcomed by a barrister who explained various aspects of the legal system. Before leaving there was an opportunity to sit in on some of the cases which we read or hear about in the media.
A large number of TY students went to Poland on Friday and returned on Monday.
It was another busy week for TY students and a highlight was poetry workshops by slam poet Stephen Murray. The founder of Inspireland he provides poetry workshops to schools all over the country. He certainly achieved his aim in St. Mary’s as so many students reported feeling much more positive about poetry following his visit.
Transition Year Students have been very busy since Christmas and have been involved in many activities such as Yoga, Fencing, SPACE, Step Aerobics, Charity Fundraising and a wide range of sporting activities. Well done to all on their participation.
First Aid Skills
Do you know how contact the emergency services, apply a bandage properly, take a pulse, move a person into the recovery position, deal with strains, sprains, fractures and dislocations? The Transition Year students learned many of these skills in the last few weeks, writes Ciara McCabe. We had the privilege of being taught Basic First Aid Skills by members of The Order of Malta Ambulance Corps. Local members John, Shane and David conducted the courses and we acquired many valuable skills which may someday help save someone’s life.
We really benefited from the experience and I now feel confident about being able to help someone who needs medical attention. It also opened my eyes to the work of paramedics. Who knows in future I may become a paramedic as I found every minute of the course interesting and useful. On behalf of TY students I would like to express deep gratitude to the Order of Malta for this opportunity.
St. Mary’s Student , Anna Powell represents Young People of Ireland at Centenary of First Dail
Anna Powell , a TY student , was one of two members who were chosen by Comhairle na n Og to represent the young people of Ireland at the centenary meeting of the Dail, which was held in the Mansion House on Monday 21st. January. Comhairle na nOg is an initiative set up by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to allow young people to have a voice in local affairs and to be able to link with the National Executive to voice their opinions on national issues. Anna is the Tipperary representative on the National Executive .
THE SNOW QUEEN IN THE GAIETY
On Thu.6th Transition Year students took a trip to our nation’s capital to see the Gaiety Theatre’s Panto; The Snow Queen.
It was an early start for all: 6-45 to be exact, to avoid being stuck in traffic but this gave us an hour before the show to busy ourselves in the many shops in Grafton Street and the Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre.
Christmas cheer was in the air and excitement bubbled in each of us as we neared show time.
The Snow Queen was very enjoyable and created an excellent atmosphere for the audience of school students, staff and families. There was excellent interaction with the crowd and the characters received great acclaim from young and older.
TY NEWS: DISABILITY AWARENESS in SPORT TRAINING WORKSHOP
On Tuesday our TY students took part in a Disability Awareness in Sport Training Workshop, writes Shauna Grace. During the two hour session, led by James Murrihy , we learned about different types and levels of disability. We discussed how people with disabilities who want to play sport feel and how the problems they face may be solved.
After spending some time thinking about the issues we put our work into action. James presented us with common scenarios. In each case we had to consider the person with the disability, the sports’ organisation and any conflict between the two. We were asked to suggest a solution to the conflict.
Everyone enjoyed the workshop and it opened our minds to how everyone can be included in sports.
Well done to our TY students who have had a busy term and are now coming to the end of their first Module. The group have been involved in a range of sporting and Cultural activities over the past two months. Well done to all.
The Transition Year of St Mary’s Nenagh Secondary School are delighted to be doing a production of “Grease “the musical as their annual TY musical. After weeks of hard work with costumes, set design and hours of rehearsals,we are pleased to announce that all our hard work has paid off as this year we had a record amount of people in our audience and got standing ovations at the end of our shows.
Doing the musical is always a highlight for transition year students and it is no different this year as this experience has been extremely challenging but amazingly fun and worthwhile. I would like to give a big thanks to Mr Calinan, our music teacher and Mrs Shelly,our head of costumes and everyone who helped us to make this musical real and memorable.
We welcome back the class of 2018/19 and hope they have a wonderful year. There are many activities planned for the month of September including a Ceili which all the group participated in, work experience at the ploughing over three days, a law workshop and auditions for the school musical which will be held in October.
Well done to all our TY students who are preparing for their graduation, we wish them every good luck in their future studies.
GLORIOUS GIFT FOR NENAGH SPECIAL SUMMER CAMP
A Transition Year Mini-Company set up and run by Elle Mulqueen and Aoife Carroll has made a lot of people happy in the last few months. “ Glorious Gifts” produced and sold Christmas Eve boxes for children. Containing such items as a carrot ( for Santa’s reindeer),two cookies ( for the big man himself), hot chocolate, a colouring book and crayons the boxes were a huge success. The girls worked hard and their product was a sell-out. Many children and parents went to bed happy on Christmas Eve having spent the evening enjoying the contents.
Elle and Aoife wanted to spread the joy so they decided to donate their profits to a local group. Last week a group representing Nenagh Special Summer Camp were in St. Mary’s to accept a cheque for 800 euro.
We wish all Parents, Staff, Students and the wider Community a happy and peaceful Christmas.
On the 29th of November the 2017 St Marys Secondary School transition year class put on their musical production in the school.
Preparation for the musical began a little over 3 weeks ago, with a two day retreat in the middle of it. With the time constraint came a bit of pressure, but the things we accomplished in just 13 school days was quite amazing. Our year really came together to put on the best show possible.
Each student had a job of their own, each as important as the next. The delegating of these jobs really helped in the completion of as much work as possible as quickly as possible. Every dance was choreographed by the very talented girls in our year. A lot of work was put into getting everyone their chance to shine on stage, and for each girl an opportunity to show off their different talents.
Our music teacher, Mr Callinan was the musical director, along with three TY students who also directed. He has been musical director for many TY musicals in the last few years and lent his experience to perfect the scenes. With some of the amazing leads it really excelled the musical to new heights.
Even though it has been quite stressful to put on this performance, it was very enjoyable at the same time. There is an amazing sense of accomplishment that comes with being part of a show like this, and I’m sure it will be one of the highlights of the year.
We wish our TY students the best of luck on their staging of the annual school musical. The show will be performed this week for the students of St Mary’s and the staff. There will also be a show for parents and friends this Thursday and a show will be held for the primary school students in January.
23/10/17 – Leadership course
Over the past few weeks the students in 4B have had the opportunity to participate in and complete a leadership course organised by the school. This involved taking part in activities and learning leadership skills and traits which would help us in the future in the areas of organisation and communication.
In conjunction with this, on Wednesday last, the Gaelscoil pupils from fourth class came to St. Mary’s to allow 4B to complete the course. The TY girls were divided into pairs and given 15 minute time slots to teach and supervise the children while they learned and played a game. The games, including basketball, soccer, and rounders, were chosen by the TYs. It was an amazing opportunity and such an exciting day. All the TY students who completed the course will receive a certificate in leadership.
The course has helped us to understand how to be a successful leader. It gave us the opportunity to bond, not only with our class but also with the children who enabled us to put what we learned into practice.
11/9/17 – TY Law Days
The Transition Year students from St. Mary’s Secondary School Nenagh took part in a two-day event, entitled, ‘Law Education for Schools’. Barrister James Fahy gave a presentation to us about the Irish Legal System and he informed us about the court cases he has to undertake as a barrister. He explained to us how the courts work, from The District Court right up to the Supreme Court and we learned the differences between Civil and Criminal Law.
On the second day, having studied Criminal Law we held a mock murder trial in school. All of the students participated and it gave everyone a clear idea as to what happens in court.
For me, it was a great experience as my knowledge on law was very poor, previous to the talk. I liked the way James Fahy could explain complicated things through simple stories and his humour made him easy to listen to and understand. I would recommend all T.Y. students to take part in something like this, as it will benefit you for life!