The Transition Year Young Social Innovator groups carried out a special chocolate themed Random Act of Kindness for all 1st Years today during last period.
The aim: To promote positive mental health.
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Ty students are taking part in a karate/self defense course. Every Friday each class have a lesson with two karate instructors from Sligo. Each class spend 40 minutes learning new skills on how to defend themselves in different situations. We are really enjoying enjoying it.
The AIB Build a Bank Challenge is an enjoyable and exciting way for Transition students to run their own School Bank, win great prizes, and be introduced to the world of banking and business.
So what will the Students learn from this experience?The Build a Bank programme links directly to the Business Studies Curriculum and is an excellent, practical preparation for learning about running a business.
Participating students will be involved in all aspects of banking such as sourcing new customers for their bank, encouraging regular savings, providing ongoing customer service and keeping accurate financial records – in fact everything it takes to run a bank!
Students interested in being part of the School Bank Team will be interviewed for one of six positions and will receive feedback on their performances. The experience and learnings here will improve students’ CV writing skills and interview techniques.
From these activities, students will learn…..
The students who will run the bank this year in the school are:
Aisling OConnell - Bank Manger
Donnacha Devaney - Assistant Manger
Saoirse Maguire - Sales + Marketing
Aoife McTernan - Customer service
Patrick McTernan - Financial Controller
Kate Johnston- Digital Officer
Last week, each of the TY groups had their first sign language lesson with an ISL (Irish Sign Language) speaker and teacher who has been coming to the school for the last few years. Initially, everyone found it difficult to communicate solely using their hands and facial expressions but as the class went on, progress was made. We learned how to sign our names and how to say where we are from, utilising a sheet the teacher gave us that demonstrated each of the letters in ISL.
She explained to us that ISL is completely different from English in terms of grammar but as we started from the basics, we did not have to worry about grasping that side of it yet. Each country has their own version of sign language, such as American Sign Language and French Sign Language.
Although it is apparent that it will not be something we will understand straight away, the class is pushing hard to learn as much as they can as it ties in with the project we are working on for Young Social Innovators. With the second lesson starting tomorrow, wish us luck in communicating with our hands!
Along with working on their project on social awareness of the elderly and young people, a few girls from 4A have decided to take part in The Innocent Big Knit this year. They are planning to organise a day in the week to meet up for lunch and knit together - bringing tea and biscuits to help them along!
Once the knit is over, the smoothies are sold with the colourful hats on them and 30c of each goes to the charity Age Action; a charity that ties in closely with our aims for the cookbook by raising awareness about problems elderly people encounter every day.
Last year Ireland knitted over 390,000 hats and the ladies of 4A are hoping to contribute to knitting even more this year!
This week, the 4A class have started their project for the Young Social Innovators - along with Ms Conaty - aiming to bridge the gap between elderly and young people while fundraising for the school running track.
At the moment, we are in the early stages of the project - assigning tasks, preparing budgets and setting up social media accounts to raise awareness - and we would like to ask for the locality's support in making this a success.
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