Transition Year 2011-2012
A paintball outing has been organised for 22nd May to bring a fun end to a successful year!
A trip to Kinnity Castle is organised for Tuesday 15th May to explore the heritage and tourism potential of the castle.
The TY's are participating in the Boccia league in basketball on Wednesday's.
On Tuesday 8th May 2012, 30 students from Banagher College-Coláiste na Sionna passed their Driver Theory Test in the test centre in Tullamore. This is the end result of the year long RSA Road Safety course that the whole TY group have been studying with teacher Teresa Cushen. Offaly County Council Road Safety Officer Mary Flynn Kenny has mentored the students in this very valuable experience. More students are taking the test on May 26th. Well done to those who passed and best of luck to those still to go.
On Friday 2nd March, Transition Year students officially launched the Bank of Ireland school bank in Banagher College, Coláiste Na Sionna. The event was attended by Bank of Ireland South East Midlands Regional Office Manager Jozette Harnett, Banagher Branch Manager Diarmuid Fitzpatrick and Co-ordinator Maureen McCormack.
Five transition year students were chosen to set up, run and manage the bank, with the support of Bank of Ireland. The school bank team consists of five positions – Ciara Lucas as Bank Manager, Caoimhe Mahon and Alan Moylan as Customer Service Officials, Paul Kinsella as Sales and Marketing Manager and Eric Maloney as Operations and Audit Specialist. By the end of the year the team will have gained experience in money management, key business skills, marketing techniques, customer service skills, leadership, and teamwork skills.
Students assembled for the launch enjoyed an afternoon of games and fun activities.
The bank is operating every Wednesday from 12.50pm and students are encouraged to avail of the services on offer.
Sr. Annette Farrell and LSU Sister visited teh school on 22nd February and gave a detailed account of her work on the Tanzanian Missions.
The ty class attended a lecture by Philip Bourke of LIT in Birr Library on Wed 29th Feb. This was a very interesting lecture. There is a demand for qualified people in Ireland in Game Design at the moment. Perhaps this talk will encourage some students to take up this career path!
Ms. Cushen and the ty students were busy preparing for Road Safety Awareness Week. The class held workshops and activities for every student in the school including a Table Quizz for second years and a Drama Workshop for first years. The RSA kindly sponsored high visibility arm bands, pens and stickers for the events.
All 58 TY's sat another ECDL exam on Wed 9th May. Only 1 exam left!
Both Transition Year groups wil sat their ECDL Exams on Wed 8th Dec 2012.
As part of Transition Year Students prepare for and sit the ECDL Exams. The modules are:
- Basic Concepts of Information Technology
- Using a computer and managing files
- Word Processing
- Information and Communciation
TY Home Economics Students visited Cloughjordan House Cookery School on December 2nd 2011. Cloughjordan House is leading the way in educating secondary school students in quality food production, practical cookery and food awareness in relation to the green agenda.
Located alongside the Cloughjordan Community Farm and the Cloughjordan Eco village, they offer a unique learning experience in a cutting edge environment.
Students toured the Cloughjordan Community Supported Agriculture Farm. Using the produce they harvested themselves from the farm, students had a “hands on“ cookery class. Students then had lunch in Cloughjordan house. A day wonderful day full of activity was had by all!
TY's participating on a First Aid course on Thurs 9th Dec from 9am - 1.05pm.
TY Home Economics Group going on a visit to Mossefield Farm on Fri 10th Feb.
Self Defence classes commenced on the 15th November 2011 for Transition Year students.
The course entitled 'An Introduction to Self Defence' was given by instructor Patrick Beaumont over a 7 week period. The students involved were awarded certificates from Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu Ireland.