Transition Year

TYA Catering Module Wrap-up Taste-test

TYA Cookery Module

TYA recently had their final taste-test session as part of their Catering Module. Over the course of the module, they had a brief introduction to catering with a focus towards safe and hygienic food preparation for prospective employment in the food industry. Students selected, prepared, cooked, served and evaluated a range of dishes and demonstrated a wide array of practical cookery and personal management skills.

TYs in the Deep End at Greencastle Fisheries College

TY Life Raft

Greencastle Fisheries College Visit photo album

Nine Transition Year students recently travelled to Greencastle Fisheries College where they learned survival at sea techniques. The students completed the certified course which taught them how to cope in an emergency situation at sea, how to correctly use the available safety equipment and also how to deploy and use a life raft. In William Street baths in Derry the students learned what it’s like to be in a life raft and how to right an overturned life raft. The course proved to be a big hit with all involved and provided the students with essential knowledge which could not only save their lives but the lives of those around them should they ever find themselves in an emergency situation on land or at sea.

Christmas Card Competition Winners

Christmas Card Winners 2017

Congratulations and Well Done to the five winners of our Christmas Card Competition:

Valerie Grant 1G
Jennifer Doherty 1G
Aoibhín Nolan 1C
Grainne Crawley 2E
Katie Wilson 2G

Students were invited to design a Christmas Card, with the winning entries printed professionally and sold at the TY Christmas Craft Fayre. We had some fantastic entries but eventually managed to narrow it down to our five winners! Thank you to everyone who entered!

"Sold Out" Success for Christmas Craft Fayre

Christmas Craft Fayre 2017Christmas Craft Fayre 2017 photo album

Bobbles, Christmas jumpers, hot chocolate and wooden snowmen and 120 energetic and enthused TY's...what else could it be but the now traditional TY Christmas Craft Fayre. Friday 1st December saw a large throng of eager Christmas shoppers descend on The Aras where they were greeted by a gargantuan glittering display of all things Yuletide. It didn't take long for the various locally produced (CCS) products to disappear off the stands and into bags to make their way to decorate the homes of Inishowen. By the end of the school day stocks were clearly running low as was evident by the empty tables and perhaps more importantly by the look of sheer (Christmas) joy on the tired TY faces. Many people commented on not only the quality of the items but also on the quality of the sales teams and the almost electric atmosphere throughout the day.

Thanks to everyone who supported the TY Craft Fayre in any way and especially to our ever helpful caretakers. The day was a resounding success once again thanks to the efforts, perseverance and imagination of the TY students who were ably assisted by their Enterprise teachers...Elaine Mc Goldrick, Emma Doherty, Lynn Mc Gowan, Niall Havlin and Mary Harkin. Dragon's Den and The Apprentice wouldn't get a look in! Well done everyone!

Christmas Craft Fayre 2017 photo album

TY Trip to Go-Quest Dublin

Go Quest Dublin

TY Go Quest Dublin photo album

On Thursday, 12th October all TYs had an early start to Dublin - every student on the bus by 7.45am – IMPRESSED!...Off to the Go Quest Challenge Zone they went. No major incidents on the way down (ok, apart from the downing of two bottles of some sugary drink…and you know what follows. Bus had to stop, student had to get off. Bus delayed for 15 mins.). On arrival at the Challenge Zone the students were put into teams and the teachers, aka “THE PROFESSIONALS”, formed their own team. The 28 challenge rooms were a mix of light physical, skill and mental challenges with three levels of difficulty. Room one and the teachers had brain-freeze and unfortunately never got time to recover. Well done to the 'Donegal Donkey Sanctuary' who claimed the top points. The students displayed impeccable behaviour and enthusiasm on the day.

TY Simon Community Awareness

Simon Community Talk

TY Simon Community Awareness photo album

Can you imagine how you could end up homeless; the course your life might take to find yourself without a roof over your head? But what if you lost your wife, your husband, your child? What if your business had to close down or you lost your job? What if your rent supplement was cut and you couldn’t stay in your home? What if you suffered from a mental illness or an addiction?

At Simon, these are the stories we hear every day. Homelessness is not as far away as people may think, especially in these tough and uncertain times. It really can happen to anyone. It is never a choice.

North West Simon Community is a not for profit organisation working to prevent and address homelessness in counties Leitrim, Sligo and Donegal.

Collette Ferguson from the North West Simon Community delivered a presentation to the Students on the work of the Simon Community. As a follow-up, the students had a “Sleep-In“ on Friday 13th in the Aras. Mr. Havlin was on night duty and claims he never closed an eye!!!!! So, who was snoring???? The rules: only bring a sleeping bag. Ms. Fiona Mc Laughlin felt she could adjust the rules slightly, bringing along a duvet, pillow and hot water bottle. Mr. Mc Donagh was in hiding after 3am. No sightings reported after that time. Strange! It was a fantastic night and only one word to describe the students - AMAZING.