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.
Yesterday, around 50 TY students went to University of Limerick for a Cycle against Suicide congress. We had an early start to the day, leaving at 7:30 am. At the UL sports center we were visited by many different inspirational speecher. One man, Bob Carli told us his struggle in life after the passing of his wife. His wife and him were talking about setting up a hospital in an African country. Bob dedicated the next few weeks after her death setting up the hospital. When he was done he named the hospital after his wife. Many helplines were also there such as Childline, Teenline and about four other organisations helping out people of all ages. One of C.B.S' former students, Craig Byrne, was on the young leaders team. A group of twelve students came together to help out with the Cycle against Suicide programme. After listening to all the speakers, going to all the stalls, we headed for home. The day was a great experience and I would definetely recommend going there if you get the chance.
A U.L graduate came into the school on Monday the 16th of January to give TY students a talk about why students should seriously consider going to U.L for college. He started off by saying that U.L is the best school for sports as they own 20 acres of grass accompanied with the best training facilities. He then went on to say that there are 44 graduate courses divided up into 4 separate facilities. He said that you could get a B.A in Science and Engineering and also Health and Technology just to name a few. He also talked about co-operative education where students go on a 6-8 month work experience module where students can work at home or abroad.The college is situated 10 minutes from the city centre by bus. Students are also given the opportunity to go on a erasmus programme to Italy, Australia, Holland, Sweden, France and finally South Africa.
On Tuesday the 10th of January, TY students attended the careers summit to get a better understanding of career and subject choices. As students entered the home of the GAA this was the first time many students had been to Croke Park not just for a match. There was stalls right across the halls and the conference room where students could go to stalls that interested them and speak to representatives about a job in that field. In the conference room pupils listened carefully to guests such as the U.S ambassador and an Aer Lingus pilot. Overall this was a worthwhile experience as students gained crucial knowledge about Leaving cert subject choices and a future career.
From Monday 12th December to Friday 16th December and Monday 19th of December to Friday the 23rd of December TY students went on their annual work experience to various work places. There was a range of jobs undertaken by students from working in supermarkets to bookshops and even candle making, any job thinkable was completed by someone in TY. Feedback from work experience was generally excellent by both students and employers. Every student was given an evaluation sheet so C.B.S students knew to be on their best behaviour not that it was ever in question. Overall this was an enjoyable experience for students and many can't wait to do it all again in May.
On Tuesday 10 of January. TY students made the long trip from Kilkenny to Croke Park not for a sporting event but for the student life summit. Alarm clocks were being smashed as students and teachers made the very early trip in the dark to the cinema complex for the 7:30am start.At the bus stop you would have been forgiven for thinking zombies had invaded Kilkenny as the bed was usually the natural habitat for 15 to 16 year old boys at this hour of the morning.There was a sense of excitement but also fear of the unknown as no one not even the teachers attended the summit before. Students found the summit very enjoyable as they got the opportunity to hear guest speakers such as the ambassador for America and representatives from the Defence Forces talk about how to get your favoured career even if it means giving up your life for 3 or 4 years for study. Students also got the opportunity to go to stands and ask questions about different career options. Overall this trip went down well with students as it answered some key questions students had and also gave them a break from the normal everyday school routine of sleeping from 9:45am-3:40pm with power walks every 40 minutes.