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TY News Bulletin 3


TY Admin Oct 17th 2022

Gaisce Hike

Tip O’Neill Trail - Tuesday 18th October

Students will attend first class to get the roll and then make their way to the outdoor classroom at 9.15am

Everyone should be wearing a school PE uniform, comfortable shoes (walking shoes or trainers), no converse! and a raincoat.

We are walking 6km on backroads from Drumfries to Aughaweel (Lynch's House)

The first part of the hike is steep but it levels off then and is downhill at the end.

Make sure you have a small rucksack with drinks and a snack.

We are allowing 2.5hrs to do the hike, buses will be back for us at 12.30pm.

You will be allowed to go for your lunch then and it will be back to class for the afternoon. Bring your school bag to school in the morning.

There is a lot of rain forecast for next week though Tuesday looks good so far.

Please bring a change of clothes if you are concerned about getting wet.

There will be a prize for the best photo on the day and the funniest photo.

Get snapping!!

We are all at different fitness levels so don’t be worrying about that.

This is part of our Gaisce Adventure Journey so we all have to give it a shot.

A small number to students will do an alternative Gaisce hike Gaisce Hike 2

Bit of Background - Tip O’Neill

Thomas Phillip "Tip" O'Neill, Jr. born December 9, 1912 was an American politician and Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. O'Neill was an outspoken liberal Democrat and influential member of the House of Representatives

In 1977, he denounced violence in Northern Ireland and used his influential position as Speaker to play a pivotal role in bringing about peace in Ireland. During the final stages of the discussions he told British officials he could deliver financial support to underpin the Agreement

His Irish roots and his Catholic religion were the cornerstones of his dedication and service to his fellow man.

Tip O’Neill’s maternal grandmother Eunice (Unity) Fullerton was born outside Buncrana, Co Donegal His childhood home in Irish North Cambridge were embued with Irish culture and tradition. Surrounded by Irish immigrants and first generation Irish Americans,

The Tip O ‘Neill Irish Diaspora Award is presented on an annual basis to a chosen member of the broad Irish abroad in recognition of achievements in their chosen field and their interest in, and support for Ireland and its people.

Safer Internet Ambassador

Reminder to put yourself forward for the Safer Internet Ambassador if you are interested. Anyone enter the Leadership competition with Letterkenny Rotary?

Look over last week's news in case you forgot about something.

Transition Year Credit System


Yearly Christmas per subject 10 credits

Summer per subject 10 credits

Rotating Four Modules 10 x 4 = 40 credits


Gaisce Complete 10 credits

John Paul Engagement 10 credits

Extra Curricular Participation 45 credits

End of Year Portfolio 50 credits

Form teacher Grade 10 credits

Work experience 50 credits


Distinction 300-450 credits

Merit 200-300 credits

Pass 0-200 Credits

End Of Year Awards

  • TY student of the Year
  • Spirit of TY Award
  • Health & Wellbeing Award
  • Global Passport Award
  • Charities Cup
  • IT Student of the Year
  • Special Recognition award


Engineering Ireland Steps programme

I would like to let you know about the STEPS Engineering Your Future Transition Year Work Experience programmes coming up. There are two programmes which may be of interest to your contacts, all details below, please contact me if you have any questions.

Virtual Work Experience (Oct 24-28th 2022)

This online programme is open for applications until 19th October. Only Transition Year students are eligible. Students can apply at the link below:

The programme is free and is entirely online.

The programme will run from Monday 24th to Friday 28th October, you can work at your own pace through the online modules.

Recorded webinars and videos from Irish engineers are included in the programme.

STEPS Engineering Your Future (STEPS EYF) in person/hybrid programmes STEPS EYF is an engineering experience programme that gives Transition Year students a hands-on, fun and practical insight into engineering at third level and as a career. During the programme, which is run over three to five days, students attend interactive talks and presentations; get hands-on experience with group-based activities; visit local industry and meet engineers at various stages in their careers. STEPS EYF is coordinated by the Engineers Ireland STEPS programme and is hosted by third-level institutes and industry around Ireland. In 2022 we ran 22 programmes in locations all around the country and online and over 520 students participated.

If you would like receive an email when the STEPS Engineering Your Future programme opens for applications in 2022 please add your email at the link here: . Applications for the programme will open in November 2022.

At least two programmes will focus on Engineering Apprenticeships

Upcoming events


18th - Gaisce Hike

20th - helping 1st years during Maths week

24th-28th - Assessments

27th/28th October - Tug of war

31st October - Midterm


17th Nov -Possible DCU visit & Ireland Game in Dublin

29th Nov -Be well mental health & resilience programme

1st Dec -Be well mental health & resilience programme

9th Dec -Christmas Trade Fair (TY businesses)

? - Irish Red Cross First Aid Day

? - Christmas trip to Derry


I am looking for a group of students to start a school newspaper. It could be published every half term. Please let me know if you might be interested.

Tug of war training

Tug of War training will take place next Thursday and Friday the 27th & 28th Oct during PE. Each class will receive the training with a view to having an inter school competition in Clonmany at the end of November

Competitions (EU competition)

Everyone can enter quiz today. This is an easy weekly quiz with fantastic prizes. Leah Rose Davis won a trip to Brussels last year.

My EU50 Competition

The inaugural Oireachtas Essay Competition / Aiste an Oireachtais wants to get young people thinking and talking about the democratic process. We are inviting students across the Island of Ireland to submit essays on the theme 'Parliamentary Politics Matters' (nó 'Tábhacht na Polaitíochta Parlaiminte'). Competing students should register on our website by 15 November 2022. The final deadline for uploading essays is 8 December 2022.

Our website or has all the details.


Please remember to fill in the google sheet with any volunteering etc you are doing in school or outside of school. This sheet is shared with you in the coordinator google classroom. Ms McGuinness will be checking in with you all on this on Thursday.

TY Diary

Can everyone use their diary properly? Keep records of your work experience, what you are doing in class, any deadlines you have, competitions & entry requirements, days off,etc. There is a section at the end of each week which you should use to review your week. This is your personal diary. Don’t ignore it just because you don’t have homework to write in every night. If you still don’t have a diary. Please pick one up from Room 207 asap.

Please spend the rest of this class dating the weeks of your diary up to christmas and fill in the review of last week. This diary should be out at the start of each Monday news class and notes taken down as the teacher goes through the week ahead. If time remains, enter the competition.

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