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TY Week 9


TY Admin - 12th November

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Work Experience

Please provide any outstanding work experience forms to your wellbeing teacher. Remember that you are not permitted to miss work experience unless you are sick or have been given special permission from the school. Missing work experience for any other reason is equivalent to scheming as you are on school business. Please inform your employer and the school immediately in the morning if you are ill or unable to attend. Please ensure you are completing your work experience diary.

Christmas assessments

Can you make sure you complete the GET SAFE WORK SAFE by the end of this week for your report.

Other work due

Prayer Survey for Religion

Review and Evaluation of Adventure Journey

Your Leadership for life workbooks up to date.

Tug of War Championships

We have been involved with Clonmany and Cockhill tug of war teams last year. It would be great to get some teams together that could enter the schools championships.

Church gate collection

Thank you to everyone who helped out at the weekend with the church gate collection.

Coffee Morning for Foyle Hospice

500 raised from this event. Well done everyone. We must arrange for someone from the hospice to come and get presented with the money.


Please join the TY 2019/2020 google classroom using the code hggxlu.

There are 15 students who still haven’t joined.

Getting credit

Make sure you fill in the Blue record book for any activity you have been involved in outside of your normal timetable or out of school.


If you are doing an exciting activity in class please come and get the TY phone and take some photos for our facebook page.

Trade Fair

As part of your Business course many of you will be putting a stall in the school trade fair. Please be organised for this and don’t leave everything to the last minute. Those students not doing business are still welcome to take a stall.

Out of class

Please have a TY permission slip or lanyard if you are out of class for any reason and only with original permission of the organising teacher. All students must have permission from a teacher to be out of class and Fran must also be informed

Citizenship Project

How is this going? I wasn’t aware there was so few people at it last Thursday. This is something I have organised with an outside facilitator so as I said if you are going to miss it then you need to get my permission and Fran needs to know where you are.

Buncrana Nursing unit project

Can I ask have the students who were at the nursing unit before midterm done some research on old buildings in Buncrana for tomorrow as you will be going up to visit again tomorrow. I will confirm by email later today.

Pop goes Primary

Looking for a committee to take on the organisation of this event. Other people will be able to get involved on the night. The areas we need for the committee are sponsorship, public relations, event management, judges, sound, and advertising. Possibly have this end of January. Please apply via email.

Change of subjects

The modulating subjects will change next Friday 15th of November to your new 10 week subject. Teachers should off carried out some form of assessment in advance of this in order to fill in your reports. Please do not miss class this week if you have an assessment to complete. There has been no activities organised for this week to allow for assessment.

Open Night

I am looking for a small number of students to organise how we will promote TY at our open night in a few weeks. This will involve putting a display together and talking to parents about the opportunities available through TY. Send me an email if you are interested.

Retail Ireland Skillnet

We would be delighted to offer the transition year students the opportunity to complete the course. All I would require is each students' full name and email address and thereafter they will get an email to confirm their enrolment. On completion, they will be awarded an industry certificate by Retail Ireland.

Further Information

  • The course is delivered 100% online and can be accessed on mobile, tablet or desktop
  • It takes approximately 7-8 hours to complete all online modules
  • There is no final exam, however, there are sets of questions at the end of each module to test their knowledge.
  • They can stop and start to suit their schedule and the system will pick up exactly where they exited the course
  • The course is designed around level 5 learning outcomes so it is ideal for transition year students.
  • Industry Cert will be issued to all learners who successfully complete the course

We would be delighted to welcome your students onto the course, if you require further information or would like to move forward with it, please send on a list of full names and email addresses.

This course was free last year but unfortunately they don’t have the same funding this year and costs 29 euro. I have managed to organise a discount and they will allow us to register for 7euro. It is to be completed in your own time and is a highly recognised qualification. It would be particularly useful to anyone who is doing business or plans to apply to do business at college.

First Aid

The Irish Red Cross will be coming in to organise a one day first aid course before the end of November. Is there anyone who is not interested in completing this course? Everyone who has completed the VHF and powerboat course has to do it.



Students are invited to write a speech (around 850-1000 words or no more than 10 minutes spoken) on one of the topics below.

Choice of topics:

  • ‘Climate change will only be solved through the inclusion and empowerment of women.’
  • ‘As a result of gender inequality, women and girls are more likely to be exposed to disaster-induced risks than men.’
  • ‘Climate change, poverty and gender equality are all interlinked and cannot be solved in isolation.’

The prize for the top two winners, and their teachers, is a visit to Stockholm, where the winners will meet with representatives from organisations and institutions working on environmental issues as well as a visit to ActionAid to learn about their work on Gender Based Violence in a Swedish context.

Please see our website for full Ts&Cs, a downloadable poster, as well as a video of last year’s winners, to share amongst students.

Deadline to entre is Monday 20th January 2020.

Columban Schools Journalism Competition

We are looking for students (aged 15-18 inclusive) to write an article or make a video report that informs, challenges and raises important issues on the topic: Tackling our ‘Throwaway Culture’.

The objective of the competition is to encourage students to use their journalistic, writing and mobile skills to look at a topical issue which is relevant to Irish society today and resonates with Catholic Social Teaching.

The winning print article will be published by the Irish News, a national newspaper.

We have secured some high-profile judges from the world of journalism for the competition. They are:

- William Scholes – Religion Editor of the Irish News.

- Patsy McGarry - Religious Affairs correspondent with The Irish Times.

- Liz Dodd – Home News Editor of The Tablet.

- Sean McDonagh SSC – eco theologian and campaigner on climate justice.

The closing date for entries is 14 February 2020.

The winning articles and videos will be announced in Columban media.

More information:

School App

Can I remind everyone and ask you to remind your parents that all of the news from every Monday morning is available on the school app each week by Monday evening.

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