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TY Admin Week 26


TY Admin - Monday 20th April

Morning Everyone,

How are you all getting on? It was great to have the break from school work there but we are back at it now. You will be getting classwork from your various teachers again and a piece of work to complete for your final 10 credits also. Please ensure you engage with the work and let your teachers know if you are having any issues.

From a coordinators point of view I have four items that are of particular importance for you to get wrapped up over the next couple of weeks.

  1. Work Experience Diary
  2. Leadership for life projects
  3. Gaisce
  4. John Paul ll Award

I am sending or resending a google classroom on each of the above four subjects now. The Diary is overdue. I need the Diary and the Leadership project in by this Thursday 4pm. Please connect with whoever is in your group and if someone is not pulling their weight then let me know and the rest of the group go ahead and finish it.

Gaisce will be due at the end of next week. Please ensure you get working on this. Further details will be in the classroom.

As for the John Paul Award I will ask Ms O' Connor to set a date for that soon also.

Please send me an email and let me know how you are all getting on.

Keep well,


Extra information below

Ms Deeney’s English & History Classes

English: Write a book review on a recent book they have read.

History: Make up a modern day version of 'We didn't start the fire'. Starting from 1990 to present day. You can perform it if you want!

Please forward this to Ms Deeney’s email.

Greta Award

Environmental Competition in association with Buncrana Tidy Town & Credit union.

Radio & Podcasting Course

Given current circumstances caused by the spread of Covid 19 and as a gesture of solidarity to our existing clients and to other schools who may be interested, we are now providing our TY Transmission radio and podcasting training as a free online resource throughout the lockdown period.

  • Our online course will be a trimmed down version of the existing TY Transmission radio and podcasting course which has been delivered to more than 10,000 TY students.
  • These courses can be accessed remotely by students and teachers alike
  • Modules will include presentation skills, radio commercial copywriting, music playlisting, radio jingle creation etc.
  • All of these components have outputs which students can submit for review or add to their end of year portfolio

Please let me know if this is something you might be interested in and I can forward details about how to access. You can find out more about our TY Transmission course here

Arts 4 Youth/Citizenship

Well done to all the students who have zooming their dance class and citizenship project work with Inishowen partnership & Donegal Youth service.

Safer Internet Day

Well done to Jenny Doherty & Ciara Barnett who both worked really hard on promoting internet safety in the school and have received a highly commended certificate from PDST webwise team. Unfortunately they are missing out on a trip to Facebook HQ to receive their award due to Covid 19. Great work girls. Thank you.

Writing competition

5th Annual Schools Travel Writers Competition




Dear Head of English,

As we all work and school from home in these difficult times, it is key that we still encourage our young writers to write and capture their imaginations in the written form. This is the 5th year of the Schools Travel Writers Competition and again, I am pleased to announce that Aer Lingus is the principal sponsor.

We would love to hear from your students and all they need to do is write a 500-word story, telling family and friends of their adventure real or fictional, in the form of a letter and if it inspires the vote of a panel of judges they could be in with a chance to win one of these great prizes; a Chromebook and an Amazon voucher worth 100!

The winning stories will also be published nationally, in Cara, the Aer Lingus inflight magazine and on our website.

This amazing competition has two categories: The Students / Leaving Cert category which covers years 4, 5 & 6 including transition year, and Students / Junior Cert Category which is open to any student in years 1, 2 & 3. The teacher of the winning student will also receive a voucher for €200.

The closing date for entries is 31st May and the winner will be announced before the end of July.

Entries are accepted by post to:

Aer Lingus Schools Travel Writers Competition c/o The CX Collection, 14 Main Street, Lismore, Co. Waterford P51 C5P9

So please encourage your budding writers to get their pens to the ready... It would be a marvellous achievement to have one of your students as this year's winner. If you could forward this email to any students or parents that might like to enter.


This classroom will be used to attach folders of your completed Gaisce work. Please include in the folders photos of any activities you were involved in that will count towards your hours and a copy of the record sheet. In the circumstances the weeks that we have been off school can be signed by a parent or guardian. If you haven't got a printer then just write the record sheet out and send a pic. Here is the link to the sheet on the gaisce website

Gaisce have set up a new section on their page gaisceabhaile. This is the link

Click on this and read up on what alternatives you can use to finish your gaisce eg cooking, online exercise class, they are offering lots of alternatives.

Remember YSI, GAA future leaders & the writing course can count as part of your 13 weeks of Community. If you have been helping out at home, helping grandparents or neighbours in any way, made Easter cards, Door wreaths, Bird houses, raised awareness of an issue or looked after your local area in some way then this can all count towards the award.

Your personal skill is your IT class which your teacher will sign off on.

Your physical is your one hour a week exercise. If you need to do a few hours this week and next week to catch up then please do.

Looking forward to seeing these photos folks!!

Remember that the TY facebook has links to GAA future leaders and YSI and Gaisce for ideas on what you can be doing to complete the award.

The info on the creative writing course is included in a previous classroom.

The deadline for completed Gaisce is Friday 1st of May.

Build a Bank Students

We are inviting up to 3 members of each team to dial in separately from their own home into a specially created conference system for the first ever live streamed AIB Build A Bank Challenge. Live presentations will be broadcast to attendees watching on a closed invite-only platform over five days in May, starting May 11th. Each team will be allocated a slot within a session lasting approximately 1.5 hours when they will give their 4-minute presentation to our panel of judges.

Full details will be circulated in an online event pack, however we feel this is a brilliant opportunity for your students to put into practice some of those business skills they’ve honed during this transition year – including adaptability, creativity, and communication – and to experience hands-on how technology can help us to overcome challenges and is changing the way the business world works.

Leadership for Life

Please ensure you get this project finished for this Thursday at 4pm. Your subject teacher needs to have it in so that your certs can be ordered.

Remember that all TY students must put together a report on a local, national or global issue of their groups choice for leadership for life Session 2.

You should all be in your groups at this stage and have decided on your topic. If you haven’t got a group sorted then please get two or three of you on board to work on this together.

One person in the group should begin a google slides presentation and share it with the others in their group. Follow your workbooks to see the report titles and the process to follow.

Decide who will be responsible for what parts and put a deadline on when you all want to have each part complete.

Remember you need to contact someone who you can interview about it or get information from a relevant agency or body. I realise this part may be difficult in the circumstances but do your best.

You also must make recommendations for how improvements could be made or what should be done going forward.

Can you forward the finished project to your teacher or if they haven't a classroom set up for it you can send it in here. Can my class please send theirs here.

Work Experience Diary

This is overdue. Can you all add your work experience diaries into the google classroom for Thursday 23rd April 4pm please. (extended date)


End of Year Portfolio

The format for presenting your portfolio at the end of the

year is to be confirmed but we are looking at digital portfolios, picture

submissions or September grading of the TY box all as options at


All students MUST submit their TY Portfolio at the end of the year. Previously we have done this as an interview with 2 teachers from another school where you present your achievements in a creative physical piece called your 'TY Box'.

It also gives you a chance to show off your creative side.

Some students have previously made the box from scratch out of wood/old boxes at home, others have decorated cardboard boxes of various sizes and

included mementos, project work, photos and all sorts of highlights from

the year.

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