The TY Sports Leadership class have began an after school activity for anyone not doing a physical activity on a Wednesday afternoon. Yesterday the 15/2/17 we brought a group of about 35 first years to the Castle Park where they were co-operating with the leaders and the other students. The weather stayed calm for the full duration with no rain or cold winds, we were blessed in a way. Due to the Senior Hurling match being on most of the leaders and students were gone so we had only 8 leaders and Mrs. Ryan, with the 35 1st years. There was no trouble with them at all and everyone really enjoyed the day. All and all it was a good day for all the participants. Mrs. Ryan was a great help for this project, we couldn’t of done it without her.
On Friday the 17th of February,73 student from TY will be going to Germany including myself.We will land in Frankfurt and we will spend the first night in Nuremberg.On the second day we will go to Munich where we will spend the rest of the trip. In the hotel there are rooms of 4,5 and 6 students. I'm in a room of 4 with Adam O’ Sullivan, David Foley and Oisin Tynan.For me the highlights of the trip will be our visit to the Alps and the Allianz Arena.Im really excited and can’t wait to go.
Friday Events for Transition Years
As majority of Transition Year students will be setting off to snowy bavaria this friday.The rest of the students will be going on a set of local activities.
9.00am - 10.00am Meet at Kilkenny Bowl for bowling
11.00am - 13.00pm Cinema: Split starring James Mcavoy
13.00pm - 13.45pm Lunch break
13.45pm - 15.00pm Meet at The Watershed for sporting activities
Free to leave for home
This day out will provide fun activities and a nice relaxing day for the remainder of ty students
All students in TY have to make the very important decision of what subjects they want to do for their leaving certificate, students will be given forms by Mrs.Ryan over the next couple of days to fill out the chosen subjects.The forms have to be filled out and handed to Mrs.Ryan by Thursday 16th of February. Students have also received reports for their aptitude test this week which will be used to help them decide. The aptitude test is broken up into 9 sections
Last Tuesday, most of TY got to go to UCD to get a feel of what college life is like. At the start of the tour we watched a little video of the UCD courses and what they involved. They have different sectors for different courses. They have a sector for Arts and Humanities, Business, Engineering and Architecture, Health and Agricultural Science, Science and Social Science and Law. We didn’t get to go into all the buildings as it was just a normal college day for them, so there were lectures and tests going on as we walked through the halls. Our tour guide was doing his work in Law, he said that he only has classes for 10 hours a week and finishes on a Wednesday. That means he has lots of spare time to get some study done or go for a night out with some friends. The tour guide also told us that there about 500 different societies inside UCD, such as the Cinema club, Quidditch team, Drama club and many many more. He told us that it costs a small fee of about €2 or €3 for them so they can host events such as free pizza nights or a movie night. The trip was very interesting as we got to see what it was like to be a college person and how we would live for 3-6 years. They told us its 133 Hectares in size, with a 98% success rate of getting a job after it. On campus, they have cafes, shops, bookstores and anything that would be in a normal town. The UCD population is bigger then the whole town of Kilkenny, just let that sink in. It has 32 thousand students and Kilkenny only has a population of 24 thousand. Just shows how big the college is. We ended up getting some lunch in Subway with all of the students who traveled up, we ended off the day with our lunch and headed for home.
The Sky Sports programme is a programme that encourages teennagers to be get active and do some exercise. It involves a renowned sports person such as Noel McGrath or Katie Taylor who come into schools to discuss the 6 steps to success in sports. It is the luck of the draw who you get and we were delighted to have Noel McGrath help us with this programme.On Friday the 3rd of February TY 2 students got involved in the Sky Sports living for sports programme. We were visited by Noel McGrath for the second time. He came for the last 3 classes on the Friday afternoon. We talked about all we had learned from the programme and we even finished a project based on 3 movements and we had to present it to the class. Some students showed very good movement during the exercise while others showed great skill in editing their videos. For the final two classes of the school day we went to the gym and did lots of enjoyable exercises and games, this called for speed reaction and stamina which everyone was very good at. Then before we finished our day we got in a picture with Noel Mcgrath. It was a great way to finish our Friday afternoon and overall I think I can speak for everyone when I say we all enjoyed it greatly.
On Friday the 27th of January two TY students were selected to go and visit UCC for preparation for their medical courses. They entered the front door of the college and had to register at the front desk. They got their timetables and were told to go into a room for the introduction. They took their seats and were greeted by on the the doctors. He gave them all the information they needed about the course and also a brief talk about the Leaving Certificate and the HPath. They were split into groups and brought to the F.L.A.M.E. Lab which was an anatomy lab. This was the place where they saw various organs in jars of Formaldehyde. They were given various talks from different doctors including dentists, neurologist, plastic surgeon and a gastroenterologist. They talked about their specialisation and body parts they worked on. The students were allowed to walk around and ask the doctors some questions. After this they were brought in groups to different activities. The first activity CBS Students took part in was blood pressure where they learned how to take blood pressure. After this, they went to the choking section which is where they learned the Heimlich maneuver and perform CPR on a body. After this they went to the urine sample section, which is where they learn how to take urine samples. In the CPR section they learned how to use a defibrillator. In the paramedic section they boys learned how to apply bandages. They headed to the Anaphylaxis area where they learned about allergic reactions and epi pens. They then headed on the bus over to Cork University Hospital where they were seated in a lecture hall and got numerous talks from people. The first talk was from a pathologist who explained to them what crime scene investigation is and what it is like working in a morgue. They got a talk from a gynecologist. She explained what it's like to work with babies, they were then told they would watch a live c-section. A handful of people left and one girl fainted. Surgery was excellent, so they came back to hear a talk about ethical dilemmas when being a doctor. The final talk of the day was from a paramedic who was by far the best speaker. He told them he delivers at least 2 babies every month on the side of the road and showed them a video of him performing live surgery in the back of an ambulance. He explained the different call outs he attends with the most fatal being: trauma, heart attack, strokes and cancer. He asked who wants to save lives and nearly everyone put up their hand. That was the end of an excellent learning opportunity.
All TY students will soon have to make their final decisions on choosing their senior cycle subjects. For about six weeks, students are getting two careers classes per week instead of one, with Ms. Ryan who is the school’s guidance counselor. The aim of having two classes is to give students the best possible chance to pick the subject they like, and those to get into colleges and courses they are interested in. Subject choice is a long process which already involved an aptitude test, an informational talk for the parents and will also include a visit to UCC for students interested in studying medicine and a trip to UCD which is available to all TY students. During career classes students improve their understanding of the requirements of colleges, the courses different colleges offer and grades required for entry. Students will pick their subject with a 1-6 method, where they will put a 1 on the subject they want the most and a 6 on the subject they want to do the least. Ms. Ryan will then make out bands where students will circle which subject in each band they want to do. All students will end up with doing 4 choice subject and 3 mandatory subjects.
On Friday the 17th of February over 70 Ty students will depart for the annual German to Nuremberg and Bavaria. While some TY students are living it up in Germany the students will finish up for the midterm by going bowling on the Friday. On the German trip TY students will get to travel to some iconic places such as the concentration camp in Dakua, The Alps and the location where Hitler held his rallies in nuremberg. This promises to be an enjoyable trip for all and make sure to check back to the TY blog afterwards for all the details.
For work experience I went to Bennettsbridge National school and Moth To A Flame also in Bennettsbridge. They were both very different experiences. In the primary school the environment was very active and exciting. There was many enjoyable jobs they got me to do such as decorating the school for Christmas and taking over the senior infants class to do work with them as well as bringing the classes out for P.E. Also there was the administrative side of teaching like lamenating and photo copying which I didn't enjoy as much as being in the classroom. However the good out weighed the bad I really got an insight into the job of primary teaching.
Then there was my second week of work experience, In Moth To A Flame. I found this work experience wasn't as chaotic as the school with my focus now on customers instead of students. It was very enjoyable as I learned how they make the candles. I found everyday brought a new task that made the days go quickly. I would like to thank my co. workers who came in to help when she wasn't required to work all staff members have a great relationship and treated me like one of their own. I learned lots of things such as I would like a job working with people.