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TY News Bulletin 5


TY Admin - 7th November 2022


Reminding every TY student that you should be doing an hour volunteering per week. It will count towards your Gaisce Award, John Paul Award and as a great addition to your CV.

Illies FC are looking for help with their Monday night under age football from 6-8pm. Reminder also the Buncrana Tidy Towns are looking for volunteers on a Saturday morning at 10am. I know some of you are already doing this but they can always use more help. Please see Ms Dowds if you are interested.

A peer mentoring programme is starting with 1st years, It will be based on the training you completed at the start of the year. Please give your name to Ms McBride if you are interested.

All volunteering and extra activities you are involved in should be added to the volunteering log at the link below. There should be no student who has nothing entered at this stage. There have been lots of opportunities to get involved in competitions, online work experiences, helping out with activities around the school and volunteering in the community.

TY Volunteering/competitions/extra activities Log 2022/23


Well done to Tia Cooper on winning the trip to Brussels with the competition. Remember this competition is a weekly one and there are 20+ chances to win. No reason why someone else from Scoil Mhuire couldn’t win.

Law Society

The Law Society invites Transition Year (TY) students from across the country to enter this year’s Gráinne O’Neill Memorial Legal Essay Competition.

The competition calls for TY students to submit a 1,500-word digital essay on this year’s chosen topic by 1 December 2022.

This year’s essay title is: “The law and social media: striking a balance between freedom of expression and responsible usage.”

Competition rules

  • All essays must be submitted in by Thursday 1 December 2022.
  • Essays must be a maximum of 1,500 and must be submitted digitally.
  • Essays may be submitted in either English or Irish.
  • A national event final will take place at the Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place in March 2023.
  • For more information on how Transition Year students and schools can enter, please see: Essay Competition or email

Europe Direct Soapbox competition

EUROPE DIRECT Letterkenny are delighted to announce that the annual Soapbox competition will take place this November. This will be a virtual event.

Soapbox is a public speaking competition where contestants have three minutes to speak and convince a panel of judges to vote in favour or against a specific topic .

This year the Soapbox competition will be held online and the topic is: “Is Europe listening to its young people?”. This is a wonderful opportunity for your students to practice their public speaking and debating skills. The competition encourages entries in both English and Irish.

There is a great prize for the winners of both categories. In addition each contestant will receive a goody bag from Europe Direct Letterkenny for participating. If you have any queries, please contact Central Library on 074 91 24950 or email for an entry form.


A number of students have expressed an interest in doing this online TY programme. Please email me if you are interested. Places will be limited. Students should have an interest in medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, pharmacy etc

Thank you for registering, this is confirmation that TY Coordinator/ teacher has completed the consent form & agree for their students to take part in the Online RCSI TY MiniMed/ MiniPharm/ MiniPhysio Programme 2023.

The online programmes will take place on the below dates.

Programme 1: RCSI Transition Year MiniMed – 27th of February- 1st of March 2023

Programme 2: RCSI Transition Year MiniPharm- 2nd of March 2023

Programme 3: RCSI Transition Year MiniPhysio- 3rd of March 2023

Online participation must take place in a school setting with a teacher present monitoring



Webwise Ireland

Don't miss out! The deadline for applications for students to join the SID Ambassador Training Programme is just around the corner! Link Below.

Let Ms K McGonagle know if you have applied


Online Work Experience

Well done to Marta Paszlinska on getting accepted to The Douglas Hyde Gallery online work experience.

Shoe Box Appeal

Final call to help your classmates out and bring in items for this years shoe box appeal. See below.

Trade Fair

Please make sure you get your stall for the trade fair this week. All TY students are allowed to have a stand and those students taking the enterprise classes must take part as it is part of their course and the first stage of the NIFTE and Student Enterprise competition.

Junior Certificates Textbooks

Can everyone take a look at home and see if they have any book rental texts at home from last year.

Dates for your Diary

Monday 7th November 9.30-11.30am - Stagepass music tutorial 1 in the Study room.

Tuesday 8th November 9.00 - 10.30am - Rotary Club Leadership Interviews Conference Room

Thursday 10th November 11.15 -12.15 - Healthy Lifestyle Webinar Marie Keating Foundation (students will remain with their 11.15 teachers until the talk is over, please be on time and give the speaker your full attention)

Friday 11th November 9.00-11.00am - Tug of War Boys Club, same arrangement as the last day. Once the teams are picked there will be an issue with work experience as it clashes with the interschool competition. We will be requesting students travel to Clonmany that day instead. Please email Ms McGonagle if you feel you are not in a position to miss work experience on November 30th for the blitz. It’s not a problem either way.

Thursday 17th November - DCU, Trinity, Grafton street & Ireland V Norway match (places will be limited to 96 students as that is the capacity for the buses. More details to follow re price and times tomorrow)

Please write these dates and any important information into your TY journal now and work on your google site if time permits.

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