|Coláiste Bríde Secondary School||
On Thursday December 15th we had our annual Carol Service and Christmas Quiz. This was, in my opinion, the best day of the school year. In the morning some of us went around to all the classes and collected money for the quiz tickets and gave out the tickets. After we gathered all the tables and chairs from the classrooms and went down to the sports hall to put them at the back of the hall to set up after the carol service. The school choir sang some Christmas songs and everyone enjoyed themselves. Once the service was over we went into work mode and organised the hall for the quiz.
There was a great atmosphere in the hall when the quiz started, everyone was dressed up in Christmas jumpers or the sixth years all dressed up in different costumes. The Irish dancers opened the quiz for us, 4C followed them with their group dance (Hannah Montana, Shou tout to my Ex, Thriller and Run the World). The teachers all preformed the Haka, which was hilarious. The first round of the quiz was general knowledge. There was another student act before our student group dance. 4B, or the Bríde Bellas, who preformed the final performance of the movie Pitch Perfect. Thankfully we didn't mess up and we all remembered the moves. There were a few more quiz rounds, student acts which included 4A's group dance to High School Musical and more teacher acts. When the quiz finally came to an end we all brought the chairs back to the classrooms and put the tables in lines for Christmas exam centres. There was a lot of hard work put into the quiz, the group dances and setting up but everyone enjoyed themselves so BRING ON NEXT YEAR'S QUIZ!!!
-Ciara Kelly 4B
On Thursday the 17th of November, TYs went on a trip to Go Quest in Dublin. There were four different sections which all had rooms with challenges for us to complete. Some rooms were worth 1 point, some 2 points and some 3 points.
There were 19 teams of three, four or five and whichever team had the most points at the end of the ninety minutes won. There were physical, mental and skillful challenges. Some of these were human size X’s and O’s, balancing challenges, climbing through webbed ropes and working out riddles and clues.
After Go Quest, we went to Blanchardstown for an hour to get lunch and if we had time, to shop. Most of us went to McDonalds and still had time for shopping afterwards. We then met back at the bus to make our way home. We all had a lot of fun and it was a great day that was enjoyed by everyone.
Aoife Foy 4C
T.Y Money Collection For Charity
In transition year we spend a lot of time helping people out and supporting local charities. On Friday 23rd September we collected for Down Syndrome Ireland. I collected money that afternoon, and my friend and I were outside of Dunnes Stores. Many people donated money to the charity and it was a great success. Down Syndrome Ireland is a voluntary organisation supporting people with Down Syndrome and their families. The charity supports 3,500 members. Down Syndrome has twenty six local branches nationwide.
The other charity we collected for was the Irish Society of Autism, which was on Friday 14th October. Again I was collecting that afternoon outside of Dunnes Stores. We also collected a lot of money for the Irish Society of Autism. When people donated a certain amount of money they could get a rose badge or a rose shopping bag.
The Irish Society of Autism was founded in 1963. They are the longest established specialist service for people with autism in Ireland. The society's goal was to create awareness about autism and convincing the authorities that early diagnosis and specialised education would greatly improve the quality of life for people with Autism.
After helping both charities I felt really happy with myself. I knew that the money that my year and I had collected would help out with both charities greatly. After the experience of these two days I have become more aware of other people collecting money for charities and the work that is involved within the charity. Therefore, I have always donated money when I see people out doing work for their charity.
On Wednesday October 26th transition year students went to Whites Hotel in Wexford to watch dress rehearsals of the opera ‘The Bear’. We went to school for the first two classes before we got onto a bus to Wexford Town and went to the opera. It lasted 50 minutes. It was a very enjoyable experience and was many students’ first time attending an opera. We only got the opportunity to see one scene of the play as it was just a dress rehearsal. In this particular scene a woman is mourning the death of her husband, who died the previous year, when her husband’s debtor arrives demanding the money he is owed. They argue for a period of time before they realise their feelings and fall in love with each other, but they won’t admit it to themselves. After a period of time, the argument gets so heated that they threaten to duel with their pistols. However, when the time comes, they discover they cannot shoot one another, as they’ve fallen in love. After the opera we were allowed to stay in Wexford town for lunch before heading back home.
On the 3rd of October we had a self-defense lesson in the activities room. The first thing we did was meet John and Danielle who were teaching the class. We then learned the importance of not giving a stranger your personal information. We learned how to defend ourselves from an attacker using deodorant and keys. After that we learned some basic martial arts moves such as using pressure points to hurt them, what to do if you are getting choked, what to do in a knife attack situation and how to prevent getting injured by an attacker. Next we learned how to avoid sexual assault. This also involved some martial arts moves. The self-defense class was very enjoyable and I learned a lot of useful things from it.
A Trip to the National Ploughing Championships.
On Wednesday 21st September this year’s TYs with a class of 5th year Ag. Science students headed off to Screggan, Tullamore. The two and a half hour trek up would normally have been enough to tire us out but not so on that Wednesday! The hype on the bus for those two and a half hours was incredible.
On our arrival in Screggan, wellies were whipped out of bags and even one or two flat caps appeared helping us all get into the “Farming spirit”. With the donning of rain jackets, we all filed off the buses and squelching, we made our way to Gate 1, marked by a giant purple balloon in the sky. Where we were all handed tickets and, with instructions on where and when to meet up, we all set off in our different directions.
Most stalls were discovered by the Coláiste Bríde bunch that day and no free goodies were declined!! Many stalls handed out free pens or wristbands but some, like the giant Aldi tent, offered free samples of some of their leading brands.
On our travels around the Ploughing championships massive site, many of us came across the Jack and Jill Foundation’s tent. A charity close to many of our hearts, since speaking with Jonathan Irwin in our school. Some dropped in with and even tried their hand at a golfing competition set up inside the stall! The prize being a washing machine!
After sampling much of the food on offer and covering most of the 600 acre site. We all trudged back towards the great purple balloon in the sky that marked our exit. Soaked and exhausted we climbed onto the bus and made the journey home.
By Lily Mahon 4A
Every Monday morning for the rest of the year, our class (4A) will walk (or crawl, depending on the tiredness!) to either of the local primary schools in Enniscorthy, St. Senan's or St. Aidan's. I myself go to St. Senan's.
As we arrived in the school on the first Monday morning, I was completely overwhelmed by the size of the school, it is massive! For me, I pictured a small national school, much like the one I attended, with a small amount of students. But I was far from right! St. Senan's is a massive school with around 700 pupils in attendance, far different than the 170 in my primary school!
After a short while of waiting, Mr. Kavanagh came and took our names and brought us to our assigned classes for the year. I was taken to a group of third class students and their teacher, Ms. O, Sullivan. As I walked into the classroom, I was completely terrified at the thought of a brand new task, of having to help with a group of loud, rowdy 10 year old kids. But, my worries were soon proven pointless as I walked into a room of really well-behaved children who sat with arms folded and lips closed! I don't ever remember me being that well behaved in class!
After Ms. O' Sullivan introduced herself and her class to us, she explained that on a Monday morning her class do maths and we were to help them with that. Over the next hour, I saw what felt like hundreds of sums, fractions, even probability! I really enjoyed helping the kids and it felt really satisfying to know you actually helped someone.
Although I was wary about going at the start of the morning, I thoroughly enjoyed myself helping the children figure out the maths and I am really looking forward to coming back every week!
Chloe Kavanagh, 4A
Our TY group recently went on a day trip to Gravity Adventure Centre in Court Town for a day of bonding!
It was a day full of climbing, shaking legs and ropes, and great fun. It was a great way to help us bond and get to know each other better. We found out who has no fear of heights and the ones who maybe do (the shaking ropes gave that away). We climbed walls, went aerial trekking, flew down a 210m long zip line landing in a forest and tested our nerves with a small leap of faith. The heart rates were high for some but there was great encouragement given by everyone. We all greatly enjoyed the day and are excited for the year to come.
We even got our first group photo! It was a great way to start the year.
Ashley Bolger, 4C.
Wednesdays in Transition Year
We started off our first week of Transition Year slowly and tiredly, mostly we went to and from class, settling in and getting to know our teachers.
Activities, however, began with a bang on Wednesday morning!
After some sassy modelling in the morning time we had the pleasure of meeting the commendable Jonathan Irwin, founder of Jack and Jill Children's Foundation. The Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation provides direct funding, to families of children with brain damage up to the age of 4 who suffer severe intellectual and physical developmental delay, enabling them to purchase home respite care. He revealed to us why he decided to set up Jack and Jill Children's Foundation. He recited the harrowing story of how his son, Jack, had become brain damaged at 2 days old. He went on to explain to us that at that time there were no services in Ireland to nurse sick children at home and how him and his wife were advised to abandon Jack as it would be such a strain on their lives, however they decided to bring him home and nurse him at home. People from all over their town offered to nurse Jack, there was a full community to nurse him around the clock and this is what inspired Jonathan to set up the Jack and Jill Children's Foundation. Many of us got tearful as it was such a tragic story. We all were inspired by Jonathan also, the fact that he had received so many blows in his life, with Jack acquiring brain damage and sadly passing 22 months later, he managed to turn it into a positive thing and now helps over 200 babies with brain damage throughout Ireland with nursing and financial needs. Transition Years are now collecting Lego pieces to raise money for the Jack and Jill Foundation, if anyone would like to help out and donate, there will be a box in Ms. Duggan's prefab.
Later that afternoon we gathered in the Activities Room for a fun filled afternoon of bingo. Yet this was not any ordinary bingo, we played bingo in all the languages of various TY students. We firstly did an English round, which was called by Cathriona and Chloe, who knew all the bingo lingo, and then an Irish round, which was called by Amy and Elizabeth. We then moved onto German and French, Lystus and Mackenzie called the German round while Shantel and Colleen called the French round. Then we had a Polish round, called by Patricia and Natalia and a Russian round which was called by Laura. We all got incredibly competitive especially because there was prizes up for grabs! This activity was great because we were exposed to other languages and showed us the diversity of our year.
Kathlyn McVeigh 4C
On the 25th of August, the Transition Years returned to school for a half day, where we were given our introduction to the new school year by Ms Duggan and Ms Whelan. Everyone was feeling apprehensive, including me. Some worried about whether they’d fit in, others about Minicompany and Junk Kouture, and some just worried if they’d really enjoy TY. Soon those worries melted away, and we began to realise that worrying really was a wasted emotion, as Miss Whelan says. We grew excited as we were told about all the trips we’d get to go on, and the new things we would experience, whether we want to or not, we’re going to be trying new things, even if it means stepping outside our comfort zones.
Over the course of just four days, we’ve crawled around the floor of the Activities Room, laughed as we learned who the fastest alphabet singer is, and watched an intense staring competition. We’ve learn to stop caring so much about how we look to other people, as we ridiculously tried to arrange ourselves in the order of the numbers Miss McConville called out. Some have even fallen asleep in between the excitement of these activities, taking time to relax and meditate with Miss Osborne. (Maybe relaxing too much and snoring a little!)
We’ve began to brainstorm ideas for Junk Kouture and Minicompanies, trying our hardest to come up with unique ideas. Hopefully we can bring something new to the competitions this year between us all.
One thing I never thought I’d take part in was a game called ‘speed-mating’, where we went from person to person, discovering everyone’s strengths and weaknesses (and maybe some gossip) in the hopes of finding our ideal team mates for the tough competitions we have ahead of us.
In just a few days of Transition Year, people have settled in well and made new friends. We’ve all learned to laugh at ourselves and accept that we’ll have to do the unimaginable this year. Personally, I think this year will be amazing, but extremely challenging. I can’t wait to see how we all get on with the new things ahead!
Sarah Whitty, 4C.
The Transition Year Graduation Ceremony was held in the Sports Hall at 7pm on Wednesday May 25th. The ceremony began with a slideshow of pictures detailing the many, many events, activites and fun in which the Tys were involved in this past year.
This was followed by a welcoming message from students in 9 different languages. A number of students gave a summary of the year, month by month, highlighting the busy but fun life of a Coláiste Bríde Transition Year Student. Stories of first days, team building opportunities, mini-companies, fashion shows, kayaking, plays, trips, bus journeys and deadlines reminded us of just how busy these girls have been this past year!
Mr. Sheridan presented the girls with their awards and certificates of achievement for all activities throughout the year. A draw was held for the special prize of an ipad and Nicole Kavanagh from 4A was the lucky girl whose name was called out. I'm sure Nicole will enjoy that over the summer months!
Beautiful music, singing, dance and crafts were proudly on display and thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. They really are a talented group and girls and have set the bar fairly high for next years Tys!!!
After a beautiful ceremony, the Transition Years went outside to the playing field to release their hopes and dreams into the air. They went soaring high into the sky and off on their merry way!
More pics to follow soon !!
Best of luck in the future girls! ;-)
Well, it's finally arrived! The END of TY 2016! This is our last day. Graduation Day. How time flies when you're having fun! Today we prepared for our last activity of TY 2016 - Graduation! Tonight we will celebrate the end of an amazing year and show off our wonderful talents - It will be a night of singing, music,dance, storytelling, remembering and Bodhráns! Best of luck to everyone over the summer and next year when we settle back in to the world of exams and the Leaving Cert ;-)
Here are a few pics of our preparation for our Graduation Night!
Signing Off for 2016!!
So here are a few pics from our London trip 2016! As you can see from our smiling faces, we had a great time!
We got a guided tour of London city, we went to Buckingham Palace and nearly got in to the Prince's Trust Annual Garden Party! We went for a spin on the London Eye, went to the Imperial War Museum, The Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and to see the West End Show - The Lion King. We had a wonderful time! We are well and truly wiped out now!. Hope you enjoy our pictures!
This Wednesday we focused on Friendship! We had an afternoon of friendship building, making new friendships and challenging each other while having fun along the way!
Playing board games is an easy and excellent way to spend unhurried, enjoyable time together. While some of us were quite competitive, we also mastered new skills such as number and shape recognition, grouping, counting, letter recognition, reading, eye-hand co-ordination, manual dexterity and visual perception!
We were all divided randomly into groups of 4 from classes a, b, and c. We played at least 4 games each throughout the afternoon. The aim was to develop our social skills in a fun and friendly environment and maybe build on the friendships we have made throughout this past year.
Thank you to Michael Vignoles from Galway for coming to Enniscorthy to help us make our Bodhráns over the last two days. We really enjoyed it. It was very exciting and a great challenge! We were like Santa's Little Helpers for the last two days, hammering, sanding and decorating our Bodhráns. We even learned how to play the Bodhran! Ms. Lyng and Mr. Connelly might not be too impressed with us but Michael said we had great potential!! We plan on practicing a bit now before our Graduation!!
It may seem like an usual combination, but that's what we've been up to these last few days! While some of our classmates went to the Gaeltacht, we stayed at home and baked Gravity cakes!! Yum!! On Wednesday afternoon the Reptile Zoo came to visit us with some of their 'Friends'!!! Ms. Whelan was nowhere to be seen while the creepy crawlies were around! However Ms. O'Herlihy was in her element!
Thank you so much to Ms. Kervick and to Ms. Doran who were so patient and helped us make the Gravity cakes. They tasted even better than they looked!
A big thanks to Ms. McConville for arranging the Reptile Zoo to visit us!
Thank you to Pauline Somers for visiting us today and teaching us how to make these pretty little glass ornaments. It was a tricky job trying to put them together. There were a few narrow escapes from burns but we have plenty of practice with hot glue guns so we were just fine! There were no major medical emergencies!! Even Lauren O'Leary lives to tell her tale!!
Pauline works from the Craft Courtyard in Wells House and gives private and group classes if anyone is interested in trying it out! We highly recommend it!