Transition Year

TYD / Seniors Visit Malin Head Coast Guard Station

Coast Guard Station Visit

On Wednesday, 19th October, a group of TYD, 5th year and 6th year students went to Malin Head to visit the Coast Guard Station. When we arrived, we met Mike, Brendan and Dara who are all Coast Guards stationed in Malin Head. We happened to be very lucky; the day before there was a yacht which lost engine power during its approach to Donegal Bay. They were able to tell us all about what they had to do in that situation. The South-Westerly winds blew the yacht into rocks, causing it to run aground. It was great to have a recent and interesting story. We also got to listen to the phone-call that took place the night before, informing them of the incident. Many of the men in the station were involved in this incident and had something to do.

The men were very kind and helpful and were willing to answer any questions that we had to offer. Mike showed us a video on the National Marine College of Ireland to give us a quick view of the training required for this job. NMCI also had an open night taking place the day after the trip, which Mike was attending.
They showed us some of their fancy and high-tech equipment, including the radio sets which one of our group members, Adam Mullins, used to call a station in Galway! We also learned that if you are communicating via radios, it usually works better at night as the sun is not ionising the particles……

They also showed us how their job has changed over the years. This trip was very interesting and enjoyable. We learned so much about the Irish Coast Guard and what they do. 

By Adam Mullins, Evan Mc Laughlin, Jaime Ureῆa, Tara Doherty and Danielle Houghton. TYD!!!

In other news, Sally McKenna has been accepted into the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2017. We wish Sally all the best with her project Media Manipulation.

TY Pupils Produce the Goods at Enterprise Day

ETB CCS Winners

Photo courtesy of Donegal Daily

On Wednesday 19th October, ten TY Enterprise students were the overall winners in Donegal ETB's Enterprise Day earning themselves the title of Entrepreneurs of the Year 2016! This was a fantastic achievement as over 200 students from across Donegal participated in the event. 

This competition is designed to encourage students to explore their innovative and enterprise skills and involves working as a team to develop a product and pitch their idea to a judging panel made up of local business people. The students are also given the opportunity of working alongside a business mentor.

Presented with a set of materials ranging from paper plates and pegs to balloons and straws, the students created an electronic scanner that would help students highlight the most important elements of their notes and transfer the information to their phones, iPads and laptops.

Having impressed the judges with their initial pitch, the students secured a top three place and were then invited to pitch their idea once again, this time to a packed room of over 250 people!

Congratulations and well done to the winning students - Ben Nelson, Rachel Devlin, Ellen Simmons, Aidan Doherty, Kate Hunter, Rory McElroy, Amy Doherty, Emma Johnson, Brigid Doherty and Lauren Devlin. You did everyone proud!

TY Trip to Lansdowne Road (Ireland v Georgia)

TY Ireland v Georgia

TY Trip to Lansdowne Road photo album

On Thursday, 6th October, forty-five TY students set off from CCS for Ireland v Georgia. A quick pit-stop in the Blanchardstown Centre allowed the students to refuel before heading out to the Aviva Stadium for the World Cup qualifier. While the game was a poor spectacle, the students had a great time getting fully involved in the chants and cheers. Donegal native Seamus Coleman not only scored but managed to assist himself for the goal!!! The students were great ambassadors for the school and while it was late home on Friday morning (2am), the majority made it to school the following day. Well done all.

World Mental Health Day (10th October) - TYB Raise Awareness

TYB Mental Health

To mark World Mental Health Day (Monday, 10th October), Transition Year Class B pupils have decorated the First Corridor with an array of posters highlighting the issues surrounding mental health. The overall objective is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilise efforts in support of mental health. Well done to TYB who carried out the promotion under the guidance of Mrs Emma Doherty as part of their Social Studies - Wellbeing module.

Transition Year Public Access to Law

Public Access to Law 2016

Public Access to Law photo album

Always hugely popular with the students is the Pal or Public Access to Law Day. This workshop involves a barrister coming to the school and giving an overview of the Irish legal system in the morning and presiding over a mock trial in the afternoon. This year, we had two groups over two days - 7th and 8th April 2016. Mr Henry Lynch BL remarked on the performances of Luke Devlin in his role as a witness and Christopher Gill and Maria Farren in their roles as barristers. The pupils who took part sat an exam the following week. First prize went to Gemma McCormick (94%), and in joint-second were Aishling McKinney and Darragh McWilliams (92%). As always, the feedback has been excellent and the workshop was a very positive experience for the TYs.