Transition Year

TYC Tourism Module - Greencastle & Moville

TYC Tourism 2019

TYC Tourism Module photo album

Report by TYC

On Wednesday, 2nd October we all got on the bus to depart from the school at 10am. We headed to Moville then on to Greencastle.

The Foyle Hotel:
We arrived at the Foyle Hotel and met the owner and head chef, Brian McDermott. He gave us a talk about his experience in the food industry, the importance of food, food development and nutrition in the diet. He also mentioned how wellbeing and mindfulness is very important in everyday life. Brian is currently writing his third cook book. His last book 'Donegal Table' won the prize in China for the best cook book in the world in 2019. We then got back on the bus and made our way to the Moville Boutique Hostel.

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Ger Carey Answers the Big Questions for TYs

Ger Carey CCSWhat's the best wrong answer ever given by a student? Why do teenage Goths exist? In class, why is a pigeon on the windowsill so fascinating? Why do lads have to get to the back of the bus? What's it like to be in a double class with a teacher that wears tweed? These and many more questions were answered by Ger Carey as he used comedy to explore the weird and wonderful life of a teenager. Ger certainly got into the mind of the TY student - two hours of jam packed fun. Then a little detour on the way home and a quick visit to the Grianan of Aileach where Dessie McCallion gave the students a brief history of the fort. The views from the top were specatular. Great day all round and well done to everyone.

Extern Third Space - The Brandywell Trip

Third Space CCS Brandywell

Third Space - TY Brandywell Visit photo album

Brandywell Stadium was the setting for the latest event organised by Extern's Third Space team. A group of thirty TYs from CCS togged out for a training session followed by a match against counterparts from Lisneal College. Derry City FC coach Donal O'Brien delivered an intense hour of training, after which City's 3G pitch saw a hugely entertaining contest that ended up with a Lisneal victory (and about 50 pupils on the pitch). The day out in the Maiden City was the latest in a series of engaging workshops delivered by Third Space, so far including healthy lifestyle initiatives, active team-building, storytelling and digital media. We're looking forward to finding out what else they have in store for TY2020...

TY Trip to Lansdowne Road

TY Trip Aviva

Lansdowne Road had the pleasure of welcoming over forty of our Transition Year pupils on Thursday, 5th September for the Ireland Switzerland game. It could be said that not all of them were fully committed to the cause of Irish soccer, especially given the pre-match predictions...nil-nil, obviously! As it turned out, the match was quite a tense affair and the pupils seemed to be glued to it for the last 15 minutes. And when Ooooh Daaavid MaaacGoooldrick scored the equaliser, the place pretty much melted. The FAI have the right idea packing the stands with pupils; they tend to sing a lot, though not necessarily football songs. But it all adds to the occasion. And it looks like there'll be another pack of TYs at the Denmark game - the biggest game of the year...School was never like this!

TY Team Bonding Day

TY Mud Run 2019

TY Team Bonding photo album

The TY students are involved in a Cross Border Initiative this year and Group 1 enjoyed a team bonding day in the Wild Atlantic Adventure Centre in Clonmany. Team games and a dip in the mud was the itinerary for the day. Despite the cold the TYs did not hesitate getting stuck in the mud, quite literally. Well done to "Team McFeely" and to all the leaders. Can't wait to hear our two singers on Presentation Night!

TY Presentation Night

TY Presentation Night 2019

TY Presentation Night 2019 photo album

It was a proud night for the TYs on Tuesday, 21st May as they were presented with their certificates at the end of year presentations. A trip down memory lane caused a few tears and a chorus of "Can we repeat TY?" The TYs showcased their work over the year, decorating the Aras with Junk Kouture dresses, wooden ornaments, and artistic artifacts fashioned over the last nine months. They finished with their own rendition of Riptide and The Fields of Athenry on ukuleles, which they admitted they'd been practicing quite a lot less than the performance suggested. The wee guitars went down a blast! Thanks to all pupils and staff involved in Transition Year for a wonderful year.