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TY News Bulletin 1

TY News Bulletin 1

Work Experience

  • Please ensure you hand in your work experience sheet today, you can leave it in the box outside my room at any stage.
  • Fill in your work experience diary which has been shared with you in your email. You have 8 weeks' records to keep. You need to make a copy of the document before you start filling it in. You can Get the sign in and out sheet filled every week. This needs to be handed in at the end also.
  • Your work experience should take up most of the school day.
  • Email Ms K McGonagle if you do not have work experience yet.
  • Fill in the google sheet with your work experience details also. It is in your TY student folder in the drive.
  • Please get an extra work experience form from me if you are going off for a week or more to do work experience.
  • Don’t forget you can apply to seagate to do their work experience programme when it comes in this year. A couple of students have done this in the past.
  • Remember anyone over 16 and working with young children must get garda vetted. You can get the forms from the office.
  • Scoil Iosagain work experience should be starting this week.
  • Your insurance letters are available today. Please give them to your employers on Wednesday.
  • Remember you are not insured to climb ladders, work at height, operate machinery, drive any vehicle or generally do any task that involves specialised training.


Reports are good so far just a couple of small items

  • Be on time for class
  • Please make sure you have the equipment needed for all classes
  • Do not leave class before bell goes
  • Engage fully in all classes


  • Has everyone registered for this?? I am asking your IT teachers to let you register during their class.
  • There is a part that looks for you to choose your centre which is Scoil Mhuire & a part that asks you for your PAL that is Ms K McGonagle. When it asks you about payment make sure you tick you are paying your PAL as the price is included in the 150 euro fee.
  • Then Ignore any emails re-payment. Nikki will process payment for everyone who has registered.
  • You should be starting your physical activity and community involvement this week
  • Has anyone volunteered for the homework club?
  • If you haven’t completed your registration yet can you have a think about what you will do for your community volunteering before your next IT class. If you are doing GAA future leaders or YSI you can use this
  • Your personal skill will be Computers and you can tick this also for your additional hours.


  • If you volunteer for any activities through TY can you please record it in the google sheet in your drive folder. This is to ensure that you get credit for all the work you do and others do not try to hide behind you and not volunteer for anything. Eg parkrun, breakfast club, reading buddies, green schools, homework club etc.
  • Who is getting involved in parkrun? The organisers will be in to give a talk next week.

Centre for talented youth Ireland

These are online courses in Medicine, Psychology, Legal Studies, and Writing for transition Year students. The courses are offered by DCU and are very impressive on the CV. Each course costs 200 euro. They also offer a talent search to discover gifted students. Closing date for applications is October. If you are interested and want to do this extra work in TY please get more info from
Can everyone please sign up as a student on the above website. You will be kept up to date with competitions, TY college weeks etc & Programmes on offer. Please let me know if you come across something that sounds interesting to you that I haven’t mentioned.


Transition Year MiniMed programme

The RCSI Transition Year MiniMed programme takes place annually in RCSI Dublin and RCSI Waterford and offers transition year students the opportunity to experience what it is like to train and work as a healthcare professional.

In February 2021, RCSI hosted an exciting virtual programme. The 2022 programme will again be virtual and will take place from Monday, 28 February to Friday, 4 March. The programme is open to all Transition Year students to take part.

All sections of the programme are carried out by leading professionals in their respective areas with a wide variety of topics – including general practice, heart surgery, pathology, paediatrics, forensic medicine, transplants, obstetrics and gynaecology, pharmacy and physiotherapy being covered during the programme.

Registration for the 2022 programme is now open. Please click

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here to register.

Please note the following:

  • A parent or guardian must register on behalf of a student.
  • The event will be virtual and will take place between 28 Feb – 4 March 2022. Medicine will take place from Monday to Wednesday, followed by Pharmacy on Thursday, and Physiotherapy on Friday.
  • As the event is virtual, there are no limits on attendance numbers and students will not be required to turn on their camera.

If you have any queries, please contact

Frequently asked questions

  1. What is this programme about? The Transition Year MiniMed programme is specifically designed to encourage post-primary students to consider careers in medicine.
  2. Will I get paid to take part? No. The programme is work experience, not a job, therefore there is no monetary reward.
  3. I'm not sure yet if I want to study medicine; is there any point in my doing this programme? Yes, as long as you like science/medicine! It's usually a good idea to try something first before deciding if it's really what you want to do. You might discover a passion for a particular field of medicine during the programme and it would be a shame to miss the chance to try it out. You might find that it's not what you want to do after all but at least you would know this based on experience rather than an idea of what you think it would be like.
  4. What do students say about the programme? Quotes from past participant include:
  • "I really enjoyed the course especially the sessions where we could discuss the subjects in detail and ask our questions."
  • "This was a great week and provided me with lots of priceless information."
  • "I would definitely recommend this placement to others because it's interesting and you see expensive machines that do some amazing things!"


Hope to get another trip sailing before the end of this week.

Parental Communication

Can you let me know if any of your parents/guardians are not getting the school texts or have not friended the facebook page. It is important as stated before that they download the App. Can everyone please fill in their parents email address in the google sheet shared.

Buncrana Youth Club.

Voluntary youth leaders needed to facilitate activities in sport, music, arts and crafts, drama or it may be a student that has a technology skill that they could pass onto someone else. It's basically to offer a range of activities to younger children. It will also be a good addition for them to put on their CV's and give them experience of leadership. These students could then also be given the opportunity to be involved in camps and other programs within the club.

John Paul II Award

  • See Ms O'Connor or your Religion teacher.delete the lines and write in the spaces without lines if you prefer
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