On the 12th of March, Miss Whelan, the TY Coordinator took home the ‘Teacher of the Year’ award in the Principal/Deputy Principal and Year head category.
We were not surprised at all that she won, as she works tirelessly to ensure every TY student in Coláiste Bríde has the best experience possible.She has organised a busy schedule for us over the last year. We may not have been studying books or writing essays, but we were very busy with presentations, Mini-company, Junk Kouture, charity collections, dramas, kayaking, MMA and craft fairs! We have been so busy, we are exhausted after the year. But we wouldn't change it.
Personally, I believe this award to be long overdue, as all of her past students can testify.
All of TY are incredibly grateful for her work over the past year and everyone can agree that no one is more deserving of this award than Miss Whelan.
Abi Bolger 4D
On the 10th April, 93 TY students travelled to Lake Garda, Italy, along with 8 teachers. We left the Enniscorthy prom at around 2:30am to travel to Dublin airport. We arrived to the Milan Linate airport at around 10:30. We were all exhausted but we were all looking forward to the following activities in the next couple of days.
We stopped to get lunch at Elnos Shopping Centre nearby. We spent around one hour there. My friends and I got a massive slice of mozzarella pizza. We also had some time to look around in the shops and buy some goodies. After that we travelled to Malcesine, where we got to go on cable cars. We saw the gorgeous site of Lake Garda and took lots of pictures. We went up to the snowy mountains beside the lake to watch the beautiful scenery. Later that day we went to our hotel, the Garda Family House. It was around 7 o’clock and we were all very exhausted. An hour later we had our dinner and then we got ready for the next day.
On the second day we went to Verona. While we waited for the tour guides to come, we had some time to buy some souvenirs and snacks. Class 4A and 4B went with one tour guide and 4C and 4D went with another tour guide. We had a 2 hour guided walking tour, where we got to see Verona’s most important sights such as Juliet’s Balcony, the Roman Arena and the Amphitheatre. After the guided tour we had an hour of free time to get lunch and to go for a bit of shopping. Then we went on boat from Lazise to Garda on Lake Garda. It was great to be on Lake Garda even though it was raining. The teachers surprised us with gelato in a cone. After that we went back to our hotel and got our dinner.
On the third day we went to Venice. We travelled to the city centre on a water taxi. We had an hour to eat and to look around before the tour guides came. It was a 2 hour guided tour and we got to see the Bridge of Sighs, St, Mark’s Square and Doge’s Palace. After the guided tour we had time to eat and to look around. Some of our peers went on the gondolas. We then had a 3 hour journey back to our hotel.
After dinner in our hotel, we got an opportunity to meet one of the English speaking nuns who run the hotel, the school, the convent and boarding school. She told us some of the history of the school and her time as a Mercy student growing up. Afterwards, we put on a little exhibition of dancing and singing for the nuns and staff of the hotel which I think they really enjoyed.
On the last day, we went to Gardaland, an amusement park. We spent around five hours at Gardaland, where both the students and the teachers enjoyed the different types of roller coasters and rides. We also had one last time to get some gelato before we headed to Elnos Shopping Centre to get some dinner before our flight. We then headed to Malpensa airport in Milan and we made our way back to Ireland.
I would like to say a huge thank you to all the teachers Ms. McConville, Ms. Whelan, Ms. Duggan, Ms. Quinn, Ms. McGuinness, Ms. Murphy, Ms. McDonald and Ms. Sinnott who accompanied us and took great care for us, especially Ms. McConville who mainly organised our foreign trip.
By: Laura Olah 4D
On Tuesday April 10th we flew to Milan and visited the Lake Garda region, Verona and Venice. Below are some pictures of the sights we visited on our 4 day trip.
Well done to all our Transition Years who represented Coláiste Bríde last night at the annual Mini-company Awards held in the National Opera House. Our school won 3 awards! We are delighted with their hard work and entrepreneurial efforts this year!
Special congratulations to our winners Julia Dziadek, Estella Crean, Sarah Downes, Kate Maher, Alisha Grant, Aoibhe Lewis, Courtney Cleary and our teachers Ms Whelan and Ms McGinnity.
Today we visited Wexford Omniplex for a presentation organised by the Wexford Rotary Club. Guest speakers from the Fire Brigade, the Gardaí and Wexford Hospital gave interesting speeches on the dangers of driving, speeding, and cycling. We saw video clips of road traffic accidents, fires and dangerous driving. We left there realising the importance of wearing our seat belt at all times in the car and bus.
Thank you to all who gave their time to speak to us today.
From the 12th to the 16th of March all TYs took a break from school to go on a week of work experience. There is a great choice of places to do work experience in Enniscorthy, ranging from a wide variety of restaurants to solicitors to hair salons. I chose to do mine in a local nail salon called Beautique as I am really interested in all aspects of beauty, especially nails. Beautique doesn't open on Mondays so lucky for me, I enjoyed a lie in on Monday morning!
I came in on Tuesday to find one of my friends Shannon was also doing work experience there, we were introduced to the 2 nail technicians that were working that day, Samantha and Saoirse.
We were very busy throughout the week with organising different types of nail polish, tidying and also shadowing Samantha and Saoirse when they were doing a set of gel nails.
We learned how to book in appointments on the computer system and we also got back to messages on the Facebook page.
We even acted as DJs for the week by controlling the music that was played in the salon!
Overall it was a great week and I really got an insight into the day to day working life of a nail technician.
By Ciara McNally 4C
7 amazing creations from our school were chosen to compete in the Junk Kouture Eastern Regional Final on the 6th of March. Unfortunately, due to the snow it wasn't safe for us to travel up, so we got to compete in the Northern Final on Thursday instead. The 7 teams who were competing headed off Thursday morning and got to the Helix to have a dress rehearsal and await the show. The rest of us got to spend the day in Dublin City for a 'small' bit of shopping! We reached the Helix in true Coláiste Bríde style with our green and yellow face paint and enough noise to bring down the roof.
We sat through 78 dresses from the Northern region until our girls hit the stage. Out came the 7 Coláiste Bríde outfits and they were spectacular! Us girls in the audience screamed our heads off, waving our posters up high, while the girls on stage performed. Our hearts were bursting with pride when 3 dresses from our school were called out to compete in the Junk Kouture Final in the 3Arena on the 19th of April. We are looking forward to supporting our 3 dresses again in the 3Arena!
By Niamh O' Gorman.
As a treat for all our hard work on our Junk Kouture dresses and our fashion show which raised much needed funds for our school and charity, we got pizza delivered today while we watched the premiere of our fashion show DVD!!
We are really impressed with how well our show looked on the 'big screen'!!
Today we got a short lesson on dining etiquette from the Restaurant Manager in the Riverside hotel, Aileen Nolan. We learned about setting the table, which side to serve from, where to place your cutlery when finished and other things such as tipping and the working life of hotel staff. It was very interesting and enjoyable, especially because we got a cuppa and a mini scone afterwards!!!
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