All Transition Years got into the festive spirit this week (in November!!) for a good cause. TYs baked their baked bean tin Christmas cakes. As they set of on work experience, in two weeks time they will return and decorate their cakes as part of an Christmas cake icing workshop with an icing expert! These cakes will all be sold as part of a Christmas Fair fundraiser organised as part of mini-company, with the intention of raising funds for the Make a Wish Foundation! Stay tuned.
On Wednesday 25th of October, Caroline Heffernan, a CF Ireland Patient Advocate, from Cystic Fibrosis Ireland came from Galway to St. Clare's Comprehensive to provide students with an informative talk on Cystic Fibrosis. A huge thank you to Caroline for the most informative talk. As a token of thanks, 4C and the Student Council joined forces and organised a tea and hot chocolate fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis in the school on Thursday the 26h at break time. The student raised a total of €173 towards this worthy cause.
Disability Equality Workshop
Last week the Transition Year students took part in a disability equality workshop which was ran by Katie Bourke along with Yvonne from Adaptable solutions. Both women have very different disabilities and both were there to shed light on life with disability and how to help someone who has one. There were many different aspects of the workshop which were enjoyable as they were informative.
At the beginning of the day we were put into groups and we were given a quiz. The quiz included statistics and gave us a new perspective on how people in Ireland live with a disability and that not all people who have a disability require a wheelchair. We also did a universal design challenge which got everybody involved in thinking of new ways to design a bus that would enable anybody who has a disability or not to use a public bus. To understand what it was like to have dyslexia we were given a couple of paragraphs which were spelt wrong and all jumbled up and our task was to unjumble the paragraphs and spell the words correctly. To help with our communication skills we took part in two games which involved blindfolds and the team having to guide each other. This was to teach us how to communicate to a blind person if the situation ever arouse. One of the best parts of the workshop was when we had a chance to use a wheelchair to take part in different races that were held. We soon found out that using a wheelchair is not as easy as it seems. We also discovered that it was hard to keep straight once moving. Afterwards we practised pushing someone else in a wheelchair. Being able to use the wheelchairs gave us a better insight into the lives of people with disabilities who need a wheelchair, though we can never fully understand what it is like.
The last thing we did at the workshop was sign language. We were taught the letters of the alphabet and then one by one we took part in a game of charades where we were given a word which we had to sign to the rest of the class and they had to guess. We all enjoyed this workshop thoroughly and helped us understand disability and equality. Thank you to Katie and Yvonne for facilitating the workshop, to Ms Cunningham for organising it and to the TY teachers for supervising us over the two days.
Transition years started their six week yoga module. Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. Yoga builds strength, increases flexibility, lengthens the muscles, increases coordination and balance, builds core stability, and can help students' posture rebound from a day hunched over a desk (or a smartphone!).
Transition year students travelled to IT Sligo to partake in a seminar on the Maths Behind Juggling. Students thoroughly enjoyed this event.
Transition Year students got the opportunity to see the RSA’s Road Safety Interactive Unit (Shuttle) which came to Manorhamilton on Friday the 6th of October. The aim of the day was to provide the class with the chance to interact with the various road safety simulators and to spread the message about the importance of road safety. During the trip we got the chance to practice driving and hazard perception skills on the simulators, experience simulated virtual situations in the virtual reality pods and learn about the real dangers of driving and texting. We also got the chance to practice the driver theory test and take a road safety quiz. Along with the Interactive Units we had a go in the roll over simulator. This simulator helped encourage all of us to use safety belts better. The simulator is a car body designed to roll around 360 degrees. It demonstrated how it would feel if you were in a car which turned over in a collision, and the lifesaving benefits of wearing a seatbelt. Thank you to the TY teachers for accompanying the students.
Just one Life – Road Safety
On Thursday, 5th of October the TY’s accompanied by Ms Conaty, Ms Nolan and Ms Gallagher travelled to the Sligo Park Hotel to experience the ‘Just One Life’ – Road Safety Programme hosted by the Sligo Rotary Club.
This was an action packed day with the objective of saving young drivers lives. It was done by demonstrating the common causes of accidents to 15-17 year old students in a practical manner which they could understand. In a hard hitting “no holds-barred” presentation students witnessed a series of shocking interactive videos and presentations. The Just One Life programme emphasised the stark realities and often-tragic results of inappropriate driving behaviours. They were presentations on the day from Garda, the fire Brigade, the ambulance service and Mr Fergal Hickey a consultant in Emergency medicine in the University Hospital Sligo. We also go to hear first hand from two accident victims and a victim’s family members.
As of Friday 29th September 2017, 117 people have been killed on Irish roads. This represents a decline of 22 deaths compared to the same date last year.
On the September 26th, the Transition Years students accompanied by Ms Cunningham, Ms McDonald and Ms Sweeney travelled to the Hawkswell Theatre in Sligo to attend a TY Comedy Show hosted by Gerard Carey. The hilarious stand-up comedy show is aimed at transition year students. By secretly observing his subjects in their natural habitat, such as leaning on lampposts, in chippers, outside chippers, in shopping centres and sitting on any kind of steps, Ger has uncovered the weird and frightening world of the teenager! The purpose of the show was to encourage students to laugh at themselves and not to take life too seriously. We had a lot of fun, laughing about relatable jokes concerning their school lives. All in all, the trip was deemed a huge success and the students all agreed that the show was hilarious and all around great day out.
TY’s Climb Cuilcagh Mountain
The Cuilcagh Mountain trail is now open to the summit of the mountain from the car park at Legnabrocky about 1 km from the road entrance to Marble Arch Caves. A new boardwalk protects the rare blanket bog from erosion caused by walkers in the Cuilcagh Mountain Special Area of Conservation.
The boardwalk was built recently with funding provided by the European Union through the INTERREG IVA Border Uplands Project managed by the Special European Union Programmes Body and the Irish Central Border Area Network. TY students accompanied by Ms Bonnar, Mr Ward and Ms Gillespie climbed the mountain in what were perfect conditions on Monday the 18th of September.
Transition years travel to the TY Expo
TY EXPO 2017 took place at Punchestown Racecourse Event Centre on 11th & 12th of September 2017 with our TY group travelling on the 12th. Now in its 3rd year, the event has fast become the most important event on any TY calendar.
TY students and teachers got the chance to meet up face- to- face with the people behind the many opportunities available, and help start the year on a positive and enthusiastic note! Hearing or reading about what TY has to offer can be very one- dimensional; the opportunities can be easily overlooked. The EXPO was an opportunity for Students, Teachers to discover everything that's on offer to them, Connect with the right people and Be Inspired for the year ahead. Thanks to Ms Conaty and Ms O’Gara for organising the trip and accompanying the students.
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