Transition Years are doing a 3 week course in Kayaking this term. There have been a few dips into the water already but thankfully everyone is having fun! Here are a few pics of the fun we are having!
We were delighted to invite our friends from St. Patrick's Special School and the Community Workshop to Coláiste Bríde on Wednesday for a mini fashion show, a sing along and a little dance!! We really enjoyed ourselves and we hope our visitors did too! Thank you to all in the Community Workshop for allowing us do work experience with you throughout the year. :)
Best of luck to 'Cúpla Focal', 'Peg Effect', 'Dog Tyr'd' and 'Lighten Up' who are going to the Mini-Company Awards tonight in Whites Hotel Wexford!
Fingers crossed for you all.
Well done today to all Transition Year Students who took part in the Talent Show. Everyone had a great day! We spent the last few weeks planning and practicing our acts and today was D-Day! We put on two shows in the Library, one for 1st Years and one for 2nd Years. We hope they really enjoyed themselves! Here is a selection of photos to give you an idea of what went on today in Coláiste Bríde!!
Well done to ALL Transition Years this week! On Monday we represented Coláiste Bríde in the Helix at the Junk Kouture Fashion Show. Two of our dresses qualified to the National Finals in the 3 Arena. They are Bale Me Out and Queen Zalika!! Well done to all involved in designing and modelling these dresses. We will give them all our support in the final.
Coláiste Bríde was also well represented in the audience on Monday night. Families, friends, neighbours and relatives all voiced their support for us and we are so grateful for their support in Dublin! There was a great atmosphere on the night, mainly because of the loud and numerous Coláiste Bríde girls! It was great fun and we are so proud of all involved on the night!
The final preparations are underway here in Coláiste Bríde for the Junk Kouture Regional Finals in the Helix on Monday! We have 10 dresses through to this competition and our designers are hard at work putting the finishing touches to their dresses. We have a long day ahead of us on Monday but it will be an exciting and fun day for models, designers and supporters!!
The show starts at 7pm and hopefully we will have results by 10pm. We are looking forward to the day and hopeful that the results might include a dress or two from Coláiste Bríde! We will keep you posted next week! Best of luck again to; Shattered Dreams, Cutlery en Plastique, Made of Millions, Bale Me Out, La Vie en Rose, Flying Colours, Queen Zalika, Cute as a Button, Banríon Faoi Bhláth and Galanthus!
Transition Years have been doing a three week water safety course this month. They have been attending the Waterfront Leisure Centre and will receive a water safety certificate at the end of the module. Well done to all the students who took part in this module.
Well done to everyone again this week. We put on a Mini-Company Display in the Lunch Hall on Thursday. Our companies were judged for the Student Enterprise Awards and the Local Enterprise Office Mini-Company Competition. We displayed all our hard work and the judge came around and asked us questions about our product, our marketing plans, and our profit and sales. We would like to think she had a tough decision to make but in the end she chose 5 groups.
The top three awards went to 'Cúpla Focal', 'Peg Effect' and 'Wooden It Be Nice'.
Special Awards were given to 'Dog Tyr'd' for the Environmental Award and 'Lighten Up' received the Merit Award.
These groups now go forward in to the next stage which is the Interview Round where they will be quizzed by a panel of three judges. Good Luck to all!
On February the 8th TY's went on a Mini-Company trip to O’Connor’s Nursery in Gorey. They learned quite a bit about running a small business and how difficult it is to grow your business, especially during a recession. They were especially impressed with Helen and her team who presented them all with a beautifully potted plant at the end of their trip. We are waiting to see who among them is the budding horticulturalist!
Well done to Transition Year 2016! Another great achievement in the Junk Kouture Competition. 10 of the 27 dresses have succeeded in qualifying for the Regional Final.
The following 10 dresses have made it through to the Regional Finals in the Helix on March 7th 2016; Bale Me Out, Queen Zalika, La Vie en Rose, Cute as a Button, Galanthas, Banríon Faoi Bhláth, Flying Colours, Shattered Dreams, Cutlery en Plastique and Made of Millions.
Well done to all students involved. Over 1,100 entries applied and Coláiste Bríde has 10 entries in to the Regionals where 80 dresses will be competing.
Well done and hard luck to those teams who unfortunately were unsuccessful. I guess they couldn't let us all in to the Finals!!!
Today we stopped off at "Adventure Alley" in Gorey Business Park. Ms McConville has been doing her best to keep us active this year and this was a nice change from the "Waterfront" and the school gym! We had an hour and a half of exercise today on the giant trampolines! It was such fun. Hard work and tiring but great fun!!
Thanks to Lynn and the staff at "Adventure Alley" for being so nice to us. They gave us free drinks to keep us hydrated and were very polite and friendly! We are thinking of persuading Ms Whelan to bring us back again and maybe this time she will join us!!!
I think we will let the pictures show you how much fun we had!
p.s. more pics to follow soon!!!
Today we visited O'Connor's Nursery in Gorey. O'Connor's is a brilliant example of a small business growing and succeeding in Ireland these days. They are 45 years in business. They started as a small family enterprise and are now a main supplier of bedding plants, shrubs and flowering plants for big supermarket chains such as Lidl. They also supply many smaller and independent retailers and nurseries. They grow different flowers at different times of the year, for example; poinsettias for Christmas, primroses for spring and bedding plants for hanging baskets in the summer.
They had to work hard throughout the years. They renovated and invested heavily in 2008 which was in the height of the recession and while it was difficult, they have succeeded and done very well for themselves. They have a number of staff however a lot of the work is done by machinery and robots. Some plants are never touched by humans in the whole growing process.
We saw how they sewed seeds, watered them, packaged them and transported them. Most of this was done by machinery. It was very interesting to see how it was all done. Obviously they have invested a lot of money in machinery and climate control as the glasshouses we saw were huge, warm and well ventilated to ensure flowers got the best possible environment to grow.
Bernard and Helen gave us the grand tour. Helen taught us lots about running a business and really helped explain some of the things we have been studying in Mini-company this year. Bernard taught us a lot about growing the flowers and how the machinery works. However he wasn't giving away any tips for good gardening to Ms Duggan who was eager to learn a few things for her own garden!!
Afterwards, they spoiled us and gave us drinks and crisps and a free potted plant to take home with us. This was especially thoughtful and we are all delighted with our gift. Watch this space to see whose plant lives the longest!!!!
Thank you especially to Helen O'Connor for allowing us to learn so much today.
On Thursday 21st January 2016 the Transition Year students had their official photo shoot for Junk Kouture. For the first class the girls went down to the sports hall to clean up from the previous night’s show, while the models re-applied their makeup and wacky hair styles to look the part for the photo shoot. The reason behind the photo shoot was to have professional pictures taken of our dresses so we can upload them to the Junk Kouture website. The judges will then pick the dresses from the pictures submitted, which will then compete in the Regional Final.
Each team got to go into the room and get photos taken of their dress. The room had been decorated by Pat, Ms Duggan, Ms McEvoy and Ms Whelan with white sheets to give it an overall professional look. After the Junk Kouture pictures were taken, Ms Whelan took pictures of each model and their team designers to put in a slideshow at the end of the Fashion Show DVD. Then any team member who wanted a picture in their dress got their hair and makeup done and tried the dress on. Ms Whelan then took photos of each team member who wanted a picture in the dress.
After the clean up was complete, everyone (teachers included!!) took a well deserved break. Now, fingers crossed for news back on what dresses, if any, got through to the Junk Kouture Regional Finals!
By Rachel Sinnott 4A
Banríon Faoi Bhláth
Design Team: Chloe Wilson, Lauren Furlong, Caoimhe Cullen.
On Wednesday the 20th January we had a full dress rehearsal at 9:30am. We were slightly panicked as we would have to be finished makeup and hair by that time and also we had to finish the middle part of our dress, we weren’t sure if we would have it done in time for the school fashion show but thank God it was done!
Everybody was flying around in the small space we had for 80 of us with shoes, makeup, bags and blankets all over the place. As the student fashion show started and the first few dresses went on-stage, we were nervous as the standard was extremely high. We didn’t think we had a chance. Backstage we had a team pep talk and went over dance moves but most of all reminded ourselves to enjoy this experience as it’s a once in a life time opportunity. As Chloe (model) performed on stage, there was a weight lifted off our shoulders that everything went smooth and nothing went wrong. We all went backstage and couldn’t believe it was all over, it had flew by. The show continued and finally the students had to vote for their favourite but we wouldn’t find out who won student choice until the family fashion show later that evening.
It was nice to relax for a bit because before we knew it we would all be running around like headless chickens again. This time there were judges which added to the pressure. As the show began at 7:00pm the pressure was on again. We had extra stress as our middle piece wouldn’t attach to our top but thanks to our teacher all problems were fixed.
Everybody went on again and performed amazingly which had us nervous. The judges went off to deliberate and took a while but not as long as we had been told. All the designers sat around the catwalk while all models were lined up on stage like ‘The Rose of Tralee’. As Ms. Duggan announced number 11 (which was our number) for student choice it took us a few seconds to realise it was us. Caoimhe and I both ran up on stage to Chloe, we were over the moon that all our hard work payed off.
We each got a trophy with ‘student’s choice award’ on it. Our group took a walk down the catwalk and then back up to find out judges choice. It felt amazing that we had won. Our dress was filled with over 4000 pieces of paper all quilled which took hours just do a handful. We thought we would never make enough to fill the dress. We never expected to win, it was a total shock and amazing too but we all said we never want to see paper or hot glue again!
Overall the experience was a once in a life time thing and we really enjoyed it and honestly wouldn’t change anything about it except the hot glue burns! Now we hope we get through to the next stage – the Regionals.
Judges’ Choice - Design of the Year 2016: Galanthus
Design Team; Áine Fortune, Ciara Moulton and Zara Byrne
We made our dress from over 300 milk filters cut and glued together to form our dress. We were inspired by Alexandar McQueen. It took 4 and half months to complete. We got the milk filters from a dairy farm which we washed twice. For the top we cut out two different sized flowers, stuck them together then stuck a button. For the bottom, we cut diamond and flower shapes to get it a lazer/see though look. The closer we got to the fashion show the more nervous we got.
When we were finally finished the dress we had to come up with a routine. We also produced the music ourselves. This lasted 90 seconds. Zara (the model) got her hair and makeup done by a fellow student for both shows. All 27 models performed their best at both shows. We were lucky everything went to plan and no one made a mistake. At the night show, the result of the student and judges choice was made. All models gathered on stage behind the curtains in the “Rose of Tralee” style as they waited for the envelopes to be delivered. When the envelopes arrived the curtains opened and it was time to announce the winners. The winner of The Student Choice Award was “Banríon Faoi Bhláth” modelled by Chloe Wilson and designed by Chloe, Caoimhe Cullen and Lauren Furlong. The winner of The Judges’ Choice Award was “Galanthus” modelled by Zara Byrne and designed by Zara, Ciara Moulton and Áine Fortune. We couldn’t believe our ears!! It was so exciting yet hard to believe. There was so much competition and we were so surprised! We gathered around and cheered and hugged and then Ms. O’Sullivan gave us our prizes! We got photos taken and met our families. It was such a great night. Overall it was stressful but was a worthwhile experience!
The day after the fashion show we had a photo shoot. After an eventful night, we were all very tired but really enjoyed the experience of it all. We will wait anxiously for the result of the next round – Junk Kouture Regional Finals in the Helix. Fingers crossed we get through!!
We have been quiet for the last few weeks on our blog but this has not been the case in reality!!! We have been run off our feet throughout Christmas and January! We were frantic finishing off our dresses for the fashion show. It was a bit of a panic to complete our Junk Kouture dressses AND put a routine together for our performance at the fashion show.
As you may know, there are three team members in each group, one of these members must model the dress, and simply walking up and down the catwalk is just not enough for Ms Duggan, Ms Whelan and Ms McEvoy!!! We practiced late into the night leading up to the show. We had just about finished our designs by Monday night and some still working hard Tuesday night and Wednesday morning!!! However, by Tuesday we had to set up the hall. We were very fortunate this year that Mr. Sheridan gave us permission to use the hall a day early for a dress rehearsal.
We gathered first thing Tuesday morning in the sports hall and helped Pat get the carpets out, the catwalk down and the chairs in place. It took a good bit of effort and teamwork as us TYs are not used to heavy lifting!! Thankfully it all went to plan and after break we got our opportunity to do a quick rehearsal.
It was nerve wracking at first. The poor models had to get up and strut their stuff in front of all the rest of us TYs. It was even harder for Moya Neary as she was the first of us out after the exhibition from last year's winners Kelsey Reid and Courtney Lacey!! The two girls and their designers (Chloe, Danielle, and the two Éimears!!) were calm and collected and really made us up our game!! However Moya came out and proved we were well able for this show!
Eventually, Wednesday morning came and we were up at the crack of dawn getting hair, make-up and tans done! We were nervous but after the official dress rehearsal Wednesday morning, we were ready to get the show on the road!!!
It was so exciting - the lights, the music, the crowd. Ms McConville kept us on our toes backstage and gave a few pep talks too when neccessary!! She also kept an eye on the curtains which were a big deal according to Ms Duggan and Ms Whelan!!! Did you know that there is a right way and a wrong way to open a curtain?? And God forbid you turn your back on the audience!!!! But thankfuly, everything went to plan. Last year's TYs were the first down to the sports hall and took the FROW! They were a great audience and cheered us on brilliantly. They were amazing! We got a great reception from the crowd and they put us at our ease.
After the show, we took a few group photos and had a quick team talk! Ms Duggan, Ms McEvoy, Ms Whelan and Ms McConvile congratulated us, praised us and gave us the thumbs up! That meant it went well! Phew! We were delighted with ourselves. We did a quick tidy up before the next show, put out more chairs and then went for our dinners before round 2!
The evening show was just as great. We had a full house with a huge number of people coming in at the last minute! There were photos, tears and hugs after the show that night. Our families were delighted for us. They were probably more delighted the whole event was over!! We have been tough to live with these last few weeks! And hopefully our families will get their houses back to normal again - free from glue, hammers, nails, paint and all sorts of recyclable materials!
We slept great that night, however, round 3 started the next morning with the official photoshoot of our dresses. Another long day!! By 3.20, after all the photos, make-up and hair spray, we were finally finished! It was done!! A huge sign of relief! And then, when Ms Whelan gave us the news of a day off.. well you can imagine the cheers of excitement!
What a busy few weeks!
Check us out in the local papers over the next few weeks!
Some of our Transion Years enjoying their day at the BT Young Scientists Exhibition.
On Wednesday December 16th, the lovely Lorna Shanahan came to see class 4C. We had a master class in make-up! She treated two students to a make over! Sinead was the lucky one who got picked for an evening do! Lorna did her eyes in deep reds, blues and some glitter for a bit of evening glamour! She used a variety of products on Sinead while explaining her techniques and tips for good make-up application. She showed us how to highlight and contour and even demonstrated how to correctly apply the dreaded yet admired eyeliner!!
Lorna spent a bit of time demonstrating how easy it is to do "dramatic" make-up for our fashion show as Junk Kouture is fast approaching!
Lorna was very patient and answered all our questions regarding skin types, foundation and various products. I think Lorna could be very busy with bookings from Coláiste Bríde when our Debs rolls around!!!
On Friday December 11th, we headed off to Wexford town to check out the Christmas markets. We have been working hard on our mini-companies up until now and we deserved a treat! We were looking forward to checking out our competition!!
We left school at 10.30 after our weekly visit to St. Aidan's and St. Senan's Primary Schools. Our first stop was to check out the markets and do a bit of market research. We saw many products for sale, it was a busy time for shoppers and we noticed many marketing techniques that Ms. Whelan had been teaching us about! We saw what was good about the products, their packaging and the location of the market.
After the markets, we went ice skating. It was such a treat!! It was cold and slippery but we were prepared for it. Well, some of us were!! We will let the photos tell the story!!!
Hair Care with Ann!
Overall, the hair care demonstration went well and I really enjoyed it. I found what she was saying and demonstrating was easy to understand. I felt afterwards that I would be able to complete some of the hair plaits she demonstrated on my own hair. I learned a new kind of plait called the snake. It was a very beautiful hair style but at the same time very simple to do.
She also talked to us about what damages hair such as hair straightners and I learned a new thing which I found very interesting is that certain ways you brush your hair can be very damaging and can pull out and stretch the hair causing it to break. I learned the correct way to brush your hair is from the bottom up.
She told us some products that we might have at home which would be good for hair such as egg, coconut oil and bananas.
At the end we had a competition for whoever came up with the best hair product name, the winner of the prize was called “frizzy freeze”. The winner received some lovely hair products. I found the hair demonstration very useful because now I know how to take care of my hair properly.
By Zoe Murray
We travelled to Rome in October 2015 as part of both a religious and art history school trip. We stayed in “Hotel Noto” for three nights and spent four days touring Rome.
THE VATICAN STATE
On Wednesday the 21st of October we went to the Vatican for a Papal audience. We travelled by bus to get there. At 11 O’clcok Pope Francis gave a blessing to the audience. After this he said mass in Italian. Cardinals were there to speak in English, German, French, and Spanish. At the end we all said the ‘Our Father’ together in Italian.
Another place we visited was the Colosseum. We walked to the Colosseum from our Hotel. It was about a 20 minute walk. It was a chance for us to see all the buildings and how different life in Rome is. When we reached the Colosseum we all took pictures then split up for about an hour to explore the building.
As it was a very busy city, we had great adventures on public transport, especially at “rush hour”! We saw how the locals live and we saw the highlights of this amazingly beautiful and historical city. It was lovely to see the Roman Forum and imagine how it looked in its time. Shopping was a highlight too, as was the pizza!!