Transition Year First Term News Round-up

Transition Year First Term News Round-up

News items covered in the round-up include:
European Youth Parliament  (EYP)
Work Experience
SOAR Workshop
'Make a Wish' 10km Bray to Greystones Sponsored Walk
Rugby Blitz
GAA Blitz
Careers Evening
TY Musical
Blackrock Radio

EYP (European Youth Parliament)
On 13 - 15 October Loreto College Foxrock hosted all of the delegates from a wide range of schools for the EYP Dublin.  We played ice-breakers and spent the evening taking part in bonding activities. On Saturday we dived straight into our topics.  We came up with problems and solutions.  This was a very tiring day but we all felt very accomplished when we finished.  On Sunday, our final day, we had a general assembly.  This was our chance to tell all the other committee and the board why our resolution should be passed.  We gave our opening speech and then the floor was open to debates. There were moments throughout the day where things became heated.  However, overall it was thrilling and everyone learnt valuable new skills, like public speaking and debating, that will stand to us for years to come.  The weekend was a huge success and a great taster into the world of politics. Amy Davis, Inez Gadula, Lydia Flanagan, Ellen Blackwood, Keely Flynn, Aifric O’Donnell, Aisling O’Kelly and Rachel Sampson were fantastic ambassadors for the school.   We would like to express thanks to Eimear Murphy (past pupil) for helping to organise the event in our school.
By Aifric O’Donnell  4 L

Work experience:
During the week of 23 - 27 October, all the TY students spent the week in a wide range of placements including marketing companies, schools, hospitals, law firms, architect offices and some students got an insight into the hospitality industry.  Some people were lucky enough to be in charge of their own projects and some got real hands-on experience working with animals and in a range of laboratories.  I think our year really enjoyed their work experience placements and are now much more aware what is involved in their area of interest.
By Aisling O’Kelly 4L

SOAR Workshop 
SOAR presented a workshop on Wednesday 8th November to all TY students.  I think it was a good opportunity for people to share things and it brought everyone much closer.  First they showed us these music videos and asked us how we felt about them.  We worked in small groups discussing issues that are relevant to our daily lives and reflected on the impact these issues are having on us.  We ended the workshop with everyone in a circle reflecting on the day and acknowledging others in the year group for being a good friend, helping them through a tough time or just putting a smile on their face.
By Rachel Sampson 4L  

Make A Wish 10km Bray to Greystones Sponsored Walk 
On Friday 10th November, all TY students walked from Bray to Greystones along the coastline with stunning views of Bray and the Irish Sea.  It was only 10km so it didn’t take too long. We arrived at Greystones and we got the DART home.  It felt good to do this walk because it was fun and we raised €1,000 and counting for this year’s TY charity-  Make A Wish Foundation. 
By Rachel Sampson 4L

Rugby Blitz:
Under the guidance of Ms Fitzsimons, a group of TY students organised a Tag Rugby Blitz with CBC Monkstown on Monday 10th November.  Multiple games were played with 4 girls and 4 boys on each team.  They showed a range of rugby skills, which they learnt from recent training days with Rugby coaches who visited the school.  A great afternoon was had by all.  Many thanks to Ms Fitzsimons for all her help.  (See photos below)

GAA Blitz:
A GAA blitz was hosted and organised by a group of TY students on Friday 17th November.  This was a huge success with Loreto Foxrock winning overall on the day.  It ran smoothly and many thanks to all the Loreto schools and their teachers who travelled to us and for taking part.

Careers Evening:
A huge thanks to Ms O’Malley for organising a careers evening with a host of past pupils from a range of colleges and courses. This was held in Loreto Foxrock on Tuesday 21st November.  Both parents and TY students got the opportunity to ask questions and find out exactly what certain courses are like and where they can lead to in employment terms.

TY Musical:
We are thrilled to announce this years TY Musical with CBC Monkstown is ‘Disco Inferno’.  We have been attending auditions for both acting and dance.  Watch this space for more details.

Blackrock Radio:
Congratulations to the TY students who did us proud being interviewed on Blackrock radio this week.  The students were involved in heated discussions regarding gender and equality.

TY Foxrock & CBC Monkstown Tag Rugby Photos
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