Transition Year Announcements

 

Reminder to all  School year 2016-2017

Transition year announcements will appear here

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 5th of May

TY Presentation Evening- There will be a rehearsal, in the assembly hall, nest Tuesday 9th of May for the Presentation Evening. Students need to sit in their tutor groups to facilitate a smooth and swift rehearsal.

Portfolios- Students should be at completion stage of their Portfolios. The deadline to have the Portfolios completed and handed in is 4pm on Friday the 12th of May. Students will place their Portfolios in a box in C6 with their attached Tutor name and write their signature on a sign-in sheet. No Portfolio will be accepted after 4pm. Failure to hand in a Portfolio will result in a significant loss of marks.

Variety Show –Best of luck to all involved in  the Variety Show. Well done to the TY Music Class for their on-going preparations and best of luck on the night.

Butler’s Chocolate Trip- 

TY’S will be attending Butler’s chocolate factory on the 15th of May. Students are required to wear full uniform. The bus will pick students up at 11:15 and students will be back in time for class for p9.
Students will get a tour of the chocolate factory, the chocolate Museum and students will also get the opportunity to make their own chocolate design.

Have a good week everyone.

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 28th of April

Portfolio- The Portfolio interviews are being held in D1 on Wednesday 17th from 8.45 until 12.55. Students will be required to be in full uniform and to attend school at the student’s tutor class allocated time slot. Poor uniform appearance and lateness will result in the student losing marks. The student’s teachers, Year head and tutors will be interviewing each student. Student will take their Portfolio into their interview and answer questions related to their experience in Transition Year. The arrangements for Wednesday are as follows:

4F 8.45 – 9.30

4G 9.30 – 10.45

4K 10.45 – 11.25

4N 11.35 -12.20

4S 12.20 – 12.55

These are approximate times. The students from tutor group must ensure that arrive to the D corridor five minutes before their allocated time. Once the students have finished their interview they are free to go home and will be taking their Portfolios with them. Students will need to bring their Portfolio to the school on Tuesday the 23rd of May at 3pm to set up their display for the Transition Year Presentation Evening.

So start getting those Portfolios completed.

Have a good week everyone.

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 24th of March

Module Change:

The final module change is this coming Wednesday, the 29th of March.The layout is as follows:

4K Visual Awareness

4N Animation

4G First Aid and 3rd World Development

4F Heritage

4S Careers and Life Skills

4S will also be completing Shared Reading with St. Helen’s Junior School. Student will leave the school at 11.15 and make their way directly to St.Helen’s where their Religion teacher will take the roll. Any student who fails to appear their names will be given to their Year Head.

Portfolio: Students should now be gathering all their bits and pieces from the year and should now begin to write up all the required reports, book, talks, community care, musical, play etc.., that they are intending to include within their Portfolio. The Portfolio should be a representation of their year, their journey through the year and their own personal reflection on their evaluation of their involvement in Transition Year.

Musical: Any student who wishes to apply for “Front of House” for the musical needs to go to C6 at 11.25 tomorrow to sign up for their participation. In addition, best of luck to all involved in the musical in your last week of rehearsals.

Mini Company regional Finals: Best of luck to Ryan McWilliams and his team, Jason Kennedy, Carolyn Hulbert, and Robert Richmond in the Regional Finals of the Mini Company Competition this coming Thursday, teh 30th of March. Wishing you all the best of luck with your product.

Have a great week everyone.

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 10th of March

Work Experience Forms- Reminder to all students that the deadline to have all forms, diary and evaluation back to you tutors is today, the 10th of March. Students who do not have their forms returned, are now advised to get is sorted as quick as possible as you are now losing 10% of your allocated marks for Work Experience per week.

Musical – Best of luck to all the students in their rehearsals for the musical. The stage arriving today will add to the huge excitement about the up coming production.

Have a good week everyone.

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 3rd of March

Work Experience Forms: Transition Year students are reminded to have their evaluation forms and diary back to their tutor by the deadline next Friday the 3rd. Any delay after that may result in the student losing marks from their Work Experience section of Transition Year.

FAI Kick Start 1 Coaching Course: The second part of the coaching course with the FAI will take place next Friday 10th from 10.05 till 12.55. The assigned classroom will be issued closer to the date.

House of Lords Tour with Bank of Ireland: The second group of students, attending the House of Lords toir, will be going next Friday the 10th of March. The list of students involved is on the Transition Year notice board . Students will be leaving the school at 12.30 and making their own way to Trinity College where members of Bank of Ireland will be there from 1.30 on to take the roll call. The tour begins at 2pm and should finish at 3.30pm approximately. Students MUST be in full school uniform.

Have a good week everyone.

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 17th of February 

New Modules- The 4th rotation of modules has begun:

4K animation

4N careers/ life skills and shared reading

4G visual awareness

4S heritage

4N first aid and third world development

Mount Everest Talk – There will be a talk, on Monday the 27th of February, for all Transition Years from Derek Mahon. Derek is one of only twenty Irish people to have successfully climbed Mount Everest. Derek will be giving a presentation outlining his journey. The talk will take place in the assembly hall. Students are asked to go to their period 7 class for roll call and wait to be called to the hall for the talk.

The school are very grateful to the Parent’s Association for providing the fee to book Derek to do his talk.

Safety On-Line Talk – Bank Of Ireland are very kindly providing a speaker to outline to students the dangers of online activity and how to navigate their use of online sites.The talk will take place on Tuesday the 28th of February at 11.40 to 12.40. Students are asked to go to their period 5 roll call and then make their way to the hall.

Work Experience – A quick reminder to students, on their return to school after the mid-term, to bring with them their Work Experience Diary and their Employers Evaluation form. the return of both forms is required to attain full marks for the module.

Have a great break everyone.

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 27th of January

Layout for “Activity Week” commencing Monday 13th of February

As part of our Transition Year Program we will be holding an “Activity Week” for the students, during the week of the Monday 13th of February. Students will only be required to attend school for the allocated timeframe for each activity. Roll call will take place each day, in the assembly hall, before each activity. Students will be required to arrange themselves in their tutor class groups.

Students must attend each activity in their full school uniform.

The layout of “Activity Week” is as follows:

  • Monday 13th February

Roll call at 10.15 am – Assembly Hall

Activities: from 10.30 to 12.30

  1. make-up demonstration with a qualified make-up artist

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  1. conditioning training and fitness demonstration and class with a qualified personal trainer. Students completing the fitness training will need to wear their tracksuit for this activity.

Rooms will be assigned to the students on the day.

  • Tuesday 14th February-

Roll call at 9.45 am – Assembly Hall

Activity : Glasnevin Cemetery Tour

Bus will leave the school at 10 o’clock sharp. The tour will take place from 11 o’clock till 12.30. Students will return to the school on the bus.

Wednesday 15th February : normal timetabled day

  • Thursday 16th February-

Roll call at 9.15 am in the assembly hall

Activity : Table quiz – students will need to assign themselves into groups of 5, with prizes for the winning team.

Friday 17th of February – Transition Years will NOT be in school.

We are looking forward to the Transition Year “Activity Week” and we hope that each student will enjoy the activities during thi

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 20th of January

Mini Company- The representative from Fingal enterprise Board will be in the school next Friday the 27th at 11.25, to meet with all potential mini company entries. Each company must have a product that has been made and been sold, in some format. The main aim of the meeting is to organise the Business plan, that will be required for display and for judges perusal, in the upcoming regional finals in March.

Mentor Training – The Transition Year Mentors will need to attend school next Monday, the 23rd, at 8.40, in D1, to refresh their training and to up-skill any students who may have missed the initial training session. The objective of the training is to develop the language skills of the students to enable them to begin their project working with the current First Year students.

Song School- The transition Year Music class will be taking part in a “Create Song School” workshop next Monday and Tuesday, the 23rd and 24th of January. The workshop will take place in E5 and D1. Students must attend their period 1 roll call on both days, before they go to the workshop.

FAI Coaching Course- There are still a lot of places available for the Kick Start 1 Coaching course taking place in March. Any student who still wishes to take a place on the course, will need to write a letter of application to Ms Molamphy, the deadline date is next Tuesday the 24th at 4pm.

Community Care – Students need to ensure that they return their Community Care evaluation forms and their diaries to the tutors to be reviewed.. If there are any issues please let your tutor know or you may inform Ms Molamphy.

Have a good week everyone.

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 13th of January

Compute TY DCU: All students attending the DCU Transition Year Computing must be in the TERENCE LARKIN LECTURE THEATRE , room beside the Helix, on Monday 16th at 9.15am sharp. Students MUST wear their full school uniform and the school rules regarding the school uniform and the general appearance of the student apply when attending the DCU placement. 

Students can bring a lunch themselves each day, if they choose, and eat in the university canteen, or they can purchase their lunch in the Spar that is on the campus grounds. No student will be allowed off site during the week of the placement for any reason.

The students will be finished each day at 3.30pm. Students will need to make their own way to DCU each day.

Gaelinn Placement: Students attending the Irish course at Gaelinn need to be there at 9.15am sharp on Monday 16th January. The address for Gaelinn is 35 Dame Street, Students will need to have money each day to purchase their lunch. Students will finish each day at 3pm. Students will need to make their own way to Gaelinn each day.

Musical: The recall audition list is now up in the C-Compound. Students who will be needed to re-audition need to check the time of their audition. Auditions will take place in C2. All students who signed up and who auditioned, need to attend the first dance rehearsal in the assembly hall, at 4.30pm sharp on Monday the 16th. Attendance will be recorded on each day of rehearsal.

FAI Coaching course: Any student, who maybe interested in completing a two day coaching course with the FAI, there are 40 places available for students who wish to do the course. The course will begin on the 3rd of March. Any student who wishes to apply must be over 16 by that date to be covered by insurance from the FAI. Please do not apply if you are not over 16 by that date. Students need to apply to Ms Molamphy, in writing, on Monday the 16th at 8pm. Students can hand their application into C6 from 8am. Emails will not be accepted for this application. So if you are keen get up early and get your application to me on Monday!!

Have a good week everyone.

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 25th of November

Module Change- Modules change next Wednesday the 30th of November. The layout is as follows:

4K- Careers and life skills

4N- First Aid and Third world development

4G- Heritage

4S- Animation

4F- Visual Awareness

4K will be doing Shared Reading in St.Helen’s Primary School, the junior school. Students will be leaving the school at 11.15 and making their way directly to the school. 4K’s Religion teacher will take the roll at the school at 11.30 to ensure that everyone is present. Students have no permission to make any detours and must head quickly to the school to ensure that they are present for the start of the reading module with St.Helen’s.

Santa’s Ballymun Trip- The annual visit by the Transition Year Music class to the Pre-school Travelling children in St.Margrets in Ballymun, takes place on Thursday the first of December. Students will be bringing presents and sweets for the students and music will be provided by the class themselves. Santa will be making a special appearance and will be bringing Mrs Claus with hi this year.

Transition Year Play- The Transition year production of “Pride and Prejudice” will take place next Wednesday the 30th of November and Thursday the 1st of December. Tickets are currently on sale. Prices are 5 euro for students, 7 euro for adults, and 12 euro for a family ticket. All are welcome and please come to support the students with their amazing production.

Transition Year Christmas Trip- All transition Years will be going on a trip next Friday the 2nd. Details are laid out below in the letter that is being issued to the students next week for their parents.

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As part of the Transition Year programme we have organised two fun activities, on Friday the 2nd of December, to finish off the term for all students partaking in the year. These activities are being fully funded by the Transition Year fee.

Students will attend school that day, starting at 9.15 for assembly and roll call.

Activity 1 : Bowling at the Leisureplex in the Complex at Coolock.

The students may then have their lunch at the “Burger King” or may bring a packed lunch with them which they can eat in “Burger King”.

Activity 2: – Students will be attending the cinema for a showing of the newly released movie “Fantastic Beasts and where to find them”. The film is 2 hours and 15 minutes in duration.

Buses will then take the students to and from the school to the Complex in Coolock, returning to the school for 3.45 approximately.

-The students will be accompanied by their Tutors and Year head for the whole event.

Full uniform will be worn as per a normal school day. Any breech of this students will remain in the school and will not go on the trip.

I hope students will look forward to both events which should send them off on their Community Care placements and their Christmas holidays in good cheer.

Regards,

 

O Molamphy

TY Co-ordinator

 

Have a great week everyone.

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 18th of November

Transition Year Play- Tickets are now on sale for the Transition Year Play. Performance dates are Wednesday the 30th of November and Thursday the 1st of December. Prices of tickets are as follows,

Students 5 euro

Adults 7 euro

Family ticket – 2 adults 2 children- 12 euro

Tickets will be sold during tutor time on Monday the 21st and during each breaktime and lunchtime in the assembly hall.

Transition Year Mentoring Group – Training for group one of the Transition Year Mentoring group will take place next Tuesday the 22nd. The list of the students involved is on the Transition Year notice board in the G compound. Students MUST go to their period 1 class for roll call and then make their way to D1 for their workshop. Students will need pen and paper for the day.

Transition Year Assessments- assessments will take place next Thursday 24th and Friday 25th, in Maths, Irish, English, and Foreign Language. Students need to pay attention to their exam timetable and the location and times of their exams.

Transition Year School Bank – Congratulations to the Transition Year students involved in the school bank. The bank had a very successful opening day with high activity at the launch. The bank will be open again next Thursday 24rd November and Thursday 1st December at 11.25 in the C compound. Students require 5 euro to open an account with our partners in the venture, Bank of Ireland.

Have a good week everyone.

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 11th of November

Compute TY- As part of the Transition Year program the school sends 40 students to DCU on a week long placement in computing. This week long placement will take place between the 9th and the 27th of January. The allocation of places are Learning Java Script- 15 places, Programming 13 places, web design- 12 places. The means of applying are as follows- an application must be sen, by email, to Ms Molamphy at omolamphy@portmarnockcommunityschool.ie, commencing from 8am Monday 14th of November. Students must indicate their preference of which course they wish to attend. You may only apply for one course. The list of successful applicants will be placed on the Transition Year notice board on Wednesday the 16th.

Spatial Awareness Talk- There will be a talk on Thursday the 17th, at 11.40 to 12.10, on an upcoming course on Spatial Awareness. Students will first go to their period 5 roll call and then make their way to the assembly hall for the talk.

School Bank- The Transition Year School Bank will be launching on Thursday the 17th at 11.35 in the C compound. Any student wishing to open a bank account with Bank of Ireland will require 5 euro to open the account. Best of luck to the Transition Year students involved in the Bank.

Transition Year Play- The new dates for the play are as follows, tech and dress run Monday 28th of November. Performance dates Wednesday the 30th of November and Thursday the 1st of December. Best to luck to everyone in their final weeks of rehearsal.

Shared Reading- Students who are completing the Shared Reading module, you will now leave the school from your Life Skills module, at 11.15 and go immediately to St.Helen’s Primary School. Your Religion teacher will take your roll there at 11.30.

LIon’s Club Bag Pack- There are still a lot of places that need to be filled for the Lions Club Christmas Bag Pack. Please show your support for your local community by signing your name up to a time slot. The list is available in C6 with Ms Molamphy.

Work Experience- The Work Experience deadline is fast approaching- Friday the 2nd of December. Please ensure that you have placement(s) from January 30th through to February 10th. From the deadline date, if no placement has been successfully obtained, marks will be lost from the students Work Experience mark allocation.

Leadership Program- The list of successful students, who applied for the leadership mentoring program, is now available on the Transition Year notice board. Group 1 will be completing their training in November 22nd and group 2 will be completing their training on November 29th. A meeting will be held with both groups next week. details of the meeting will be announced over the intercom.

Have a good week everyone.

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 28th of October

School Bank – The School Bank will be launching on Tuesday the 8th of November. Students from Fourth Year and other year groups will be able to open a bank account with Bank Of Ireland. Only 5 euro will be required to open the account. Further details will be available after mid-term.

Transition Year Play – Rehearsals will be taking place on Tuesday the 1st of November. Rehearsals will take place in C2, commencing at 1pm till 4pm. each student in the cast and backstage are required to be present for the above times.

Business workshop – There will be a Stockbroker workshop for both Business classes in Transition Year. Workshop 1 will be on Thursday the 10th, starting at 11.35 till 3.55 and Friday the 11th from 10.20 till 3.20. Students will completing the workshops in H5.

Compute TY- DCU will holding a weeks placement for 40 students. Places will be available in JAVA Script, Programming, and Web Design. The assignment of places will be explained in the assembly after midterm.

Lion’s ClubBag Pack – There are still a number of slots that volunteers are needed to fill their names into. Ms Molamphy will be looking for names on the first assembly after midterm.

Have a safe and relaxing midtrem.

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 21st of October

Hospice Talk – There will be a talk this coming Tuesday, 25th of October, at 11.40 for all Transition Year students. The talk is about the great work of Saint Francis Hospice and the care that they provide for terminal illness patients and their families. The talk will take place in the assembly hall. Students will need to go to their period 5 roll call and wait to be called to the assembly hall for the talk.

Lions Club Bag Pack – Ms Molamphy is still looking for more volunteers to fill in slots for the annual Christmas bag pack on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of December, for the local areas Lions Club. Transition Years from Portmarnock Community School each year have raised vast amounts of money which is used directly within the local area for families in need. Ms Molamphy will be looking for the remaining slots to be filled after assembly on Tuesday.

Stockbroker Workshop – The initial Stockbroker Workshop, that was due to be held next Thursday 27th of October, has been re-scheduled due to the ASTI strike day. The new date is Friday the 11th of November. Please note the change on the Transition Year Calendar on the School Website.

Work Experience – The deadline date to have a Work Experience placement secured, is approaching fast. The date, once again, is the 2nd of December. Students must ensure that they have two weeks experience sorted for the dates of the placement – January 30th to February 10th.

Have a good week everyone.

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 14th of October

Community Care- The deadline for securing a Community Care placement has now passed. Students have now begun to lose marks from their Community Care section of their Transition Year Certification. The total being lost is 10 marks per week, out of a possible total of 100 marks. In addition, students who continue to have no placement, they will be held for a supervised “facilitation event”  of one hour every Wednesday, until a placement has been achieved.

Wednesday Module Change- Details are as follows:

4K – First aid and 3rd world development

4N – Heritage

4G – Animation

4S – Visual Awareness

4F – Careers and life skills

4F will also be going to St. Helen’s primary school, the junior part, to complete their Shared Reading module. Students must go to the door at the office and wait for the Religion  teacher to take their roll. Students must then proceed directly to St. Helen’s where the roll will be taken once again by their teacher.

School Bank- The students who were successful in obtaining a position for the running of the school bank, will be attending a workshop in the Malahide branch of the Bank Of Ireland on Thursday the 20th of October. Students must be at the bank at 9.30 sharp and will be returning to the school for period 5 classes.

Fund Raising for the RNLI – Transition Year students will be selling the RNLI annual Christmas cards to raise much needed funds for the running of the RNLI program. Cards will be on sale from Monday the 17th of October in the assembly hall at 11.25 and at all upcoming evening events in the school. Cards are sold as packs for 5 euro or larger packs for 6 euro. So please help to support your local RNLI branch.

STEM talk – There will be a talk for all Transition Year students on Thursday the 20th of October in the assembly hall at 10 o’clock. The talk will be focused on careers in Science, Maths and Engineering with a focus on Women in STEM careers.

Bag pack for the Portmarnock Lions Club – The Portmarnock Lions Club are looking for Transition years to volunteer two hours of their time on either the 22nd, 23rd or the 24th of December, to participate in a Bag Pack in Dunnes Stores. This is an annual event and a hugely successful fund raising venture between the Lions Club and the Transition Years. Students are asked to sign up their names next Tuesday the 18th afetr their assembly.

Have a good week everyone.

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 7th of October

PSLC Film – All Transition Year students will be going to the PSLC on Tuesday the 11th to see the film “The Great Gatsby”.. As part of the English Departments program of work for Transition Year, each student is currently reading the novel of “The Great Gatsby”. Students will be allowed to have their lunch in the canteen, in the school assembly hall, at 12.40. Therefore each student will need to have either a lunch with them or money to buy lunch at the canteen itself. Each student must then make their way to the PSLC, to be seated in the room for 1.20 sharp.

School Bank- Well done to all the Transition Years who applied for a position in the Bank. The successful candidates are as follows:

Digi-advisor – Lauren Fitzmaurice

Bank Manager – Christain McAuley

Sales and Marketing – Emma Chalkley

Operations and Audit Specialist – Mark Liston

Congratulations to everyone who attained a position. there will be a trip to the Malahide Branch of the Bank Of Ireland to meet with the bank members in the above departments. Details of the school trip will be announced next week.

Work Experience- The deadline for Work Experience placements is the 2nd of December. Students must ensure that they have acquired a placement for the placement on January 30th to February 10th.

Have a good week everyone.

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 30th of September

Scuba Diving Talk- There will be a Scuba Diving talk for all Transition Year students on Friday the 7th of September. The talk will outline an online and practical course to enable students to achieve a certification in Scuba Diving. This course is not covered by the Transition Year fee and has an approximate cost of 300 euro per student. Any student who wishes to participate in the course may register after the talk on Friday.

Movie making workshop- The Movie Making workshop will take place this coming Thursday and Friday, the 6th and 7th of September, in C2. Students taking part must register for their period 1 and period 7 roll call.

Community Care- The deadline for acquiring a placement for Community Care is this coming Friday, the 7th of September. From this date, if a student has no placement, marks will be lost form their overall Transition Year certificate.

School Bank- The interviews for the School Bank will take place this coming Thursday, the 6th of September. Any student who applied will be interviewed by a committee from the Bank Of Ireland. Students will be called out during period 3 to participate in the interviews.

RNLI- The RNLI will be meeting with any Transition Year student who volunteered to 

School Mentors – A leadership program will be run during this coming academic year. Forty students will be trained in the program. The program is being designed to enable students to undertake Restorative Practice in their own classes and within the school environs itself. Further details for students, who wishes to be in this leadership program and train to complete the course with Ms Molamphy, will be given the details during assembly on Tuesday.

Have a good week everyone.

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 23rd of September

Anti-bullying Talk – The ISPCC will be running a workshop with all Transition Year students this coming Monday, the 26th of September. The workshop will be an Anti- Bullying workshop, identifying support strategies for students in circumstances where bullying may be occurring. The layout of the groups are as follows:

Group 1- 9 to 10.20 – all of 4N and 4F , from Jack Adams up to and including Laoise McGovern Sharpe.

Group 2 – 10.20 to 11.25 – the remainder of 4F, from Niamh McLernon to Aaron Yeates Harris, all of 4K, and 4S, from Hailey Bonner up to and including Abbie Hayden.

Group 3 – 11.50 to 12.50 – the remainder of 4S, from Dylan Healy to Sarah Yeates Harris, and all of 4G.

Please note your time slot. Students will need to attend their period 1 and period 7 roll call and then make their way to C2 for the workshop.

School Bank – The deadline to have your applications in for the Bank Of Ireland School Bank is 8.40am on Tuesday the 27th of September. Students who intend on applying need to have their application fully completed and in addition have a completed Curriculum Vitae to hand in with their application.

Trinity College school of Botany- Any student who may wish to attend Trinity College School of Botany for a placement, applications are available form Ms Molamphy in C6 from Monday the 26th.

GAA coaching – Students who are attending the GAA coaching need to ensure that they sign both in and out of the school when they are attending their coaching time slot. Also students must leave at an appropriate time for their slot. Any student who persists on leaving too early will be removed form the Coaching program.

Have a good week everyone.

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 16th of September

Transition Year Play – Well done to every student who took part in the auditions for this year’s Transition Year play. Congratulations to the students who were cast for parts in the play itself. Rehearsals will take place each Monday, in the room in the Gym, and Tuesday’s, in C2, from 9.30 till 12.30. Any student who is involved will need to keep up with any work being issued from their academic subjects.

Backstage, sound, lighting, and production assistants, will all be organised over the next two weeks. Please pay attention to any announcements regarding these.

Mini – Company – The Fingal Enterprise Education Leader will be coming to the school next Tuesday, the 20th at 12.30, to meet with any student or group who intend to enter the Mini- Company competition. Please come with a rough business plan and a product that you have in mind to sell.

Garda Road Safety Talk – There will be a road safety talk from the Garda in the Traffic Corp, next Thursday the 22nd at 1.55pm, called “It couldn’t happen to me!”. Students will be shown a presentation on general road safety for both pedestrians and road users.

School Bank – The Transition Years will be working with Bank Of Ireland this year on setting up and running a school bank. A representative from Bank Of Ireland will be making a very brief presentation to the Transition Years during next Tuesday’s assembly. There are four positions available for students to apply for and it will be these students who will launch and run the bank throughout the year. In addition the Bank will be giving a talk to all Transition Years on “Online Safety” and also will be doing a workshop with the Business Studies classes within the Malahide Branch of the Bank Of Ireland.

Community Care- Students need to ensure that they have their placements sorted for their Community Care. The deadline is the 7th of October. If any student goes beyond this date the tutors will be docking marks from their Community Care grade, a grade which goes towards their final Transition Year Certificate.

Work Experience – A quick reminder to any student who is intending to go to Lesotho, that your Work Experience dates run from January 30th up to and including February 8th. Students are allocated the 9th to get organised for their travels to Lesotho.

First Aid – Quick reminder that when students are wearing a tracksuit bottoms for the First Aid Module, they must change back into their main uniform once they finish with First Aid.

Movie Making Workshop- There will be a Movie Making Workshop taking place on the 29th and 30th of September. There are 24 places for students. Anyone who may be interested must apply by EMAIL to Ms Molamphy. The first 24 students who apply by email FROM 8AM MONDAY 19TH  will be allocated the places.

Have a good week everyone.

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 9th of September

Transition Year Play – The list of students doing call backs for the Transition Year play, is currently up in the C Compound. Students are advised to note the time of their second audition. The call backs will take place in C2 on Tuesday the 13th, starting at 10.30 am. Best of luck to all involved.

Mental Health Talk- All Transition Year students will be attending a talk on “Mental Health” on Friday the 16th at 11.40 am in the assembly hall. The talk will inform students of key aspects regarding their Mental Health. The speaker is part of Saint Patrick’s Hospital team.

Ladies Rugby – Suttonians Rugby Club are looking for any Transition Year female students, who may be interested in taking up Rugby, to attend their training sessions on Sunday’s from 11.30 to 12.30. This skill could be used as part of their Bronze award for Gaisce.

Mini- Company – Reminder to any students, who wish to enter the Enterprise Competition, that you must be now looking to finding a product to sell and producing a prototype of the product. The Fingal Enterprise Representative will be meeting with any prospective companies at the end of September.

Junior Certificate Results Day – Next Wednesday the 14th, the Junior Certificate results will be issued to our current group of Transition Years. To ease the stress on the students, and to make it a more fun day for the students, they will be taking part in workshops up to the time during which the results will be issued.

All students will take part in a Samba drums workshop and a Juggling workshop. The student will be in two groups. The layout is as follows:

  • Roll call and normal class period 1
  • At 9.25 4K, 4F and 4G ( up to and including Ana Gonzalez Roman on the 4G register), will go to the Gym for their Samba Drums workshop. 4S, 4N and the remaining half of 4G (from Adam Hackett through to Ellen Wallnutt), will make their way to the Assembly Hall for their Juggling workshop.
  • Each workshop will take 40 minutes, approximately. So at 10.05 both groups will swap over.

Best of luck to all the students with their results.

Have a good week everyone.

 

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 2nd of September

Matrix- “Thinking Outside The Box” – each Transition Year Tutor group will be participating in a workshop on “Thinking Outside The box” during the upcoming week. Students will need to attend their period 1 and period 7 roll call on their assigned day and then make their way to C2 for the workshop. The layout of dates for each Tutor group is as follows:

Monday 5th- 4K, Tuesday 6th- 4S, Thursday 8th- 4F, Friday 9th – 4G, Monday 12th- 4N.

Wednesday Modules – The Transition Year Wednesday Modules commence this coming Wednesday 7th of September. The layout is as follows:

4K – Heritage with Mr Dempsey and Mr Curran, period 1 to 4

4N – Visual Awareness with Mr Higgins, period 1 to 4

4G – Careers with Mr Farrell, period 1&2, and Life skills with Ms Richardson period 3&4

4S – First Aid with the Civil Defence, period 1&2 in the upstairs room in the gym, and 3rd World Development with Mr Fitzgerald, period 3&4

4F – Animation with Ms Tynan, periods 1 to 4

4G will be attending “Shared Reading” in St. Helen’s Primary School. When the FIRST bell rings for breaktime on Wednesday 4G need to go immediately to the office where their Religion teacher will take the role. Students will then go directly to St.Helen’s. Their Religion teacher will once again take the role at St.Helens to ensure that every student is in attendance at the school. Students are not allowed to go to Dunnes or to go home during this period. Any student who does not make the second role call will be deemed to be “mitching” and will be suspended.

Transition Year Play – The list for auditions for the play will remain outside C6 until 4 o’clock on Monday the 5th. Students will audition in groups of 5. Students are advised to sign up to a time that will be suitable for them to attend. Auditions will take place next Wednesday 7th, starting at 11.30am. Students will need to inform their teacher that they will be attending the audition.

In addition, any student who signed up to apply for the role of Production assistant, a detailed letter of application will need to be completed by the applicants and handed to Ms Molamphy in C6 by 4 o’clock on Monday the 5th of September. Students need to ensure that it is a typed application, (written applications will not be considered), and students must include the reasons they wish to apply and any skills that they may bring to the role.

Additional Work Experience placements – Many students have been querying if they are able to complete extra Work Experience outside of the school’s assigned dates. If any additional work Experience is arranged the student will be marked absent from school and their work experience will not be covered by the school insurance. Students will need to obtain their own insurance cover for the period they are out. Students are also required to bring in a note from the parents/guardians containing the relevant information and this note has to be signed by the students tutor, the Year Head Ms Gaffney and the TY Co-ordinator Ms Molamphy.

Trinity Physics Placement – A weeks placement, in the Physics Department in Trinity College Dublin, is available for Transition Year students. Any student who is interested can go to Ms Molamphy in C6 next week to get the application form.

Have a good week everyone : )

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 13th of May

Young Social Innovators- Congratulations to everyone involved in the Online Mapping project, on their great win in the “Young Social Innovators” competition. Well done to Mr Fitzfgerald and Ms Cronin for their tireless work and enthusiasm on the project. Again a resounding well done to all involved.

Zoo Trip – All Transition Years will be going to the Zoo on Monday the 16th to compete in a Treasure Hunt in the Zoo. Students will be leaving to go to the Zoo at 11.15 from the Basketball Courts and will be leaving from the Zoo at 3pm to return to the school. Students will need to have their books in for periods 3& 4 on Monday. Also students need to watch the weather forecast on Sunday and bring an umbrella if required. Students will be wearing their full uniform on Monday. Students will be staying in the Zoo for lunch. There are canteen facilities available at the Zoo but students can bring their own lunch if they choose to.

Presentation evening Rehearsal – On Monday morning the Transition Year assembly will be held in the Gym. Students are required to go to their tutor class at 8.40 for roll call and to make their to the gym at 9 o’clock, no sooner.

Portfolio Interviews – The Portfolio interviews are being held in D1 on Wednesday 18th from 8.40 until 12.40. Students will be required to be in full uniform and to attend school at the student’s tutor class allocated time slot. Poor uniform appearance and lateness will result in the student losing marks. The student’s teachers, Year head and tutors will be interviewing each student. Student will take their Portfolio into their interview and answer questions related to their experience in Transition Year. The arrangements for Wednesday are as follows: 4F 8.40 – 9.20

4G 9.20 – 10.00

4K 10.00 – 10.40

4N 10.40 -11.20

4S 11.30 – 12.40

Have a good week everyone and enjoy your last week in Transition Year.

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 6th of May

Portfolio and Portfolio Interviews- Reminder to all Transition Year students that the deadline for handing in your Portfolio’s is next Friday the 13th of May at 3 o’clock. Portfolios need to be handed into C6 by that time. Students will need to sign a “sign in” sheet to record the fact that they have handed in their Portfolio. Any student who does not meet the deadline will lose out on 300 marks, marks that go towards their end of year certification.

Variety Show- The Transition Year Music class are hosting a Variety Show next Tuesday evening, commencing at 7.30pm sharp. Various acts will be taking part, including a much anticipated Teachers Act!!! Tickets are 5 euro for a child/student, 8 euro for an adult and 20 euro for a family- two adults, two children.

Pinergy Visit – The energy company Pinergy will be hosting a energy workshop for all Transition Years on Tuesday the 10th of May. Each tutor group will visit the Pinergy stand, where the company will go through the APP that is available to monitor energy usage in homes. Students will also have a twenty minute talk on energy conservation in the home. The details of the day will be given to each tutor group at Monday mornings assembly.

Table Quiz – All Transition Years will be taking part in a Table Quiz on Monday the 9th of May. The table Quiz will be taking place in the assembly hall and will commence at 2.15pm. Please wait in your classes until called to the hall. Each group will need to have 10 students in their group and there are prizes for the winning team. 

Monday Activities – Due to activities taking place on Monday the 9th and Monday the 16th of May, Home Economics students are advised not to bring in any ingredients on those days.

Assembly – Assembly on Monday will be taking place in the gym. Please go to your Tutor class for roll call first, at period 1 and wait for your teacher to take the roll. Please wait then for your tutor to go with you to the gym.

Have a good week everyone.

Transition Year Announcements Thursday the 28th of April

Maths Talk – There will be a Maths talk for all Transition Year students on next Tuesday the 3rd of May, periods 7 and 8. All Transition Year will be attending the talk. The talk will take place in the assembly hall. Students should wait in class until called out for the talk.

Song School – Students, who were involved in the song school workshop in February, will be able to collect their certificates for the workshop, next Tuesday the at 11.15 in C6.

Portfolio – Transition Years have two more weeks to get their Portfolio completed. Again the Portfolio is a reflection of your year. The Portfolio will also be on display on the Presentation evening. So each student should make sure that the Portfolio is fully complete and well presented.

Have a good week everyone.

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 22nd of April

Portfolio – Transition Year students need to continue with the preparation of their Portfolio presentation. The deadline for the Portfolio is Friday the 13th of May at 3 o’clock. Students will need to sign a sheet to confirm that they have handed in their Portfolio. Interviews on the Students Portfolio and the an evaluation of the students year in Transition Year, will take place on the following Wednesday the 18th of May. Students will be interviewed by teaching and management staff. The format of the layout of the interview and time allocations for each tutor group will be given at a later date.

Musical – Well done to all involved with this years musical “Grease”. The show has been a resounding success and all the hard work and late evenings has produced a fantastic show. Well done to everyone and enjoy your last performance tonight.

Breast Cancer Awareness Talk – A talk will be given to all Transition Year girls this coming Tuesday the 26th in D1 at 11.25. the talk will be presented by a health nurse and will provide information for all females on the importance of Breast Cancer awareness.

1916 Gala Night – Next Thursday the 28th of April the school will be celebrating the 1916 one hundred year anniversary with a gala night of music and song. More details of this gala evening will be on the school website.

Have a good week everyone. 

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 15th of April

Matrix- Each Transition Year Tutor group will be completing a half day workshop next week on their Portfolio presentation and interview and a review of the Transition Year itself. The layout for for the week is as follows-

Monday 18th: 09.25 – 12.05 4K        12.05 – 4 o’clock 4F

Tuesday 19th: 08.40 – 12.05 4S       12.05 – 4 o’clock 4G

Thursday 21st: 08.40 – 12.05 4N

Each student MUST go to their period 1 and period 7 class for roll call. The room where the workshop will be held will announced on Monday.

Musical – Best of luck to all involved in the school’s production of “Grease”. Rehearsals have been looking fantastic. So “break a leg” everyone and all the best. Tickets are still on sale; students 5 euro, adults 10 euro and a family ticket is 15 euro.

RNLI – Portmarnock Community School has a strong link to the local RNLI branch in Howth as part of the Transition Year Heritage Module. Each year the Transition Year students assist the RNLi on their annual collection day. The collection days this year are the 28th and 29th of April. The school is looking for 60 student volunteers to participate in the collection day. There will be a group of 15 students for each morning and each afternoon and students will always be in pairs, with representatives from the RNLI working with them. Our school location is Grafton Street. If any student is interested could they please sign up on Monday at 11.15 in C6

-Have a great week everyone and again beat of luck to everyone in “Grease”.

Transition Year Announcements Monday the 11th of April

Portfolio – All Transition Year students need to continue their preparation for their Portfolio presentation and their interview. Again students need to include any relevant information that reflects the students Transition Year experience. The Portfolio and the interview carry 300 marks towards the students final year certificate. Therefore this is a very important document of work and great care should be taken when completing it.

Scuba Diving – The students involved in the Scuba Diving are now into the water section of their course. Students will leave the school at 11.15 and go to the PSLC. Students will need to be changed, in their gear and poolside for 12 o’clock. Students will be finished at 1 o’clock and will need to be back to the school and class at 1.40pm. Students are not allowed to remain in the PSLC for lunch. They MUST return to the school immediately after they are finished.

Musical – Best of luck to all involved with your ongoing preparations and rehearsals for the school musical “Grease”. The musical will be opening on April 19th, with performances starting at 7.30pm sharp. Tickets are 5 euro for students. 10 euro for adults and 15 euro for a family ticket.

Have a good week everyone.

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 11th of March

-Fingal Enterprise Competition- Congratulations to Tom Finnucane for winning an Innovation Prize for his “Crisp Clamp” at Tuesday’s competition in The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown. Well done to the other groups involved. A great day was had by everyone.

-Glendalough Trip- The final adventure trip, as part of the Gaisce Bronze Award, is taking place on next Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th of March. Students are asked to pay attention to the weather and bring appropriate clothing accordingly. Have plenty of food, snacks and beverages with you to last for the full two days. Enjoy the trip.

-“Safe On Line” talk- Bank Of Ireland are providing a speaker to talk to all Transition Years about how to be safe on-line. The talk will take place next Monday 14th, in the assembly hall, at 2pm. Students will be called out from class at the time of the talk.

-Pitch and Putt- Portmarnock Pitch and Putt club are looking for any student, male or female, who maybe interested in golf. The club are asking for students to go to the club on Tuesday/ Wednesday afternoons, during their holidays, to get free lessons. You will need to have a putter and a wedge to bring along with you. Try to borrow one from someone. If anyone is interested could they please let Ms Molamphy know by 4 o’clock on Monday the 14th.

-Portfolio- Several students have been asking what do they need to have in their Portfolio. You must have the reports on the five novels that you read during the year. Include reports on any workshop, course, trip etc. that you went on, with photographs to accompany the reports. Include any work you completed during your Wednesday modules. If you were involved in the play, musical, went to Lesotho etc., include programmes, photographs, tickets stubs of those events. The Portfolio should be a reflection of your year and your participation in your Transition Year Programme. The more you have in the more it will give you to talk about during your Portfolio interview. Start getting the Portfolio organised over the Easter. Don’t leave it till the last minute!!

-Have a good week everyone.

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 4th of March

-DIT – Any student who may be interested in the Computing course in DIT, during May 30th to June 2nd, students need to apply for a place first to the college. If a place is allocated the student will then require a letter of permission from the school and a letter of insurance.

-Mini-company- Good luck to all the students involve in the Fingal Enterprise Competition taking place in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown on Tuesday 8th March. The bus will be leaving from the school at 7.45 sharp. This is due to the fact that the teams must register in the hotel at 8.15. The bus will be returning the students back to the school. The bus will be leaving the hotel at 3pm. Students will need to be in full uniform and will need to bring a lunch and refreshments with them.

-GAA coaching- Any Transition Year student involved in the GAA Coaching with Paddy Gorey, they will be working in St.Helen’s Primary School next Thursday 10th of March for the full day.

-Have a good week everyone.

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 26th of February

-AIB “Build A Bank- Well done to the students involved in the AIB Build A Bank competition. The students qualified for the national finals. So well done to all who were involved.

-Community Care forms- All Transition Year students need to ensure that they have their fully completed Community Care Diaries and their Evaluation Forms to their Tutors. The completed diary and forms all carry marks towards the final year grade. Therefore it is essential that students ensure that they meet the deadline set by their Tutor.

-Stock trading Workshop- The Transition Year Business classes will be taking part in a workshop next Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th of March. The workshop will take place from 11.15 until 4pm. Students involved will be required to attend their period 7 for roll call. The workshop will take place in H5.

The workshop will look at financial global stock markets, buying and selling shares, investing shares, and a stock market game using the American Stock Market.

-Computing Academy- Dublin Institute of Technology are running a Computing Academy from the 30th of May to the 2nd of June. The Academy will be hosted in kevin Street Campus DIT. The Academy is free to attend, with 40 places made available, 20 boys and 20 girls. If you wish to apply you will need to go to Ms Molamphy in C6 for further details.

-Transition Year Portfolio- Each Transition Year students need to begin to gather reports, bus tickets, a play programme, etc…. that they wish to put in to their Portfolio. Remember that there must be five reports on the novels that were read during the year. This is a good time to now start getting your Portfolio organised and not leaving it till the final day!!!!

-Have a good week everyone.

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 22nd of January

-Compute TY at DCU- Reminder to all students attending the Compute TY in DCU next week, that you must register at 9.15 sharp on Monday morning in the Larkin Lecture Theatre in DCU.

Students will have one hour for lunch. You may bring a lunch or you can purchase your lunch at the college canteen.

Students completing the “APP Development” course MUST have the MIT A12 Companion APP already installed on their device before they attend. Iphones and Ipads are not compatible with the course and cannot be used. Remember to bring your headphones and your chargers.

Attendance will from Monday 25th to Friday29th, from 9.15 to 3.30 each day.

-Scuba Diving- Students who signed up for the Scuba Diving course, the online part of the course will be starting next Tuesday the 26th in H5 from 11.15 until 12.40. This course will run on Tuesday the 26th, 22nd, and 29th of January and Tuesday the 7th and the 14th of February. Students MUST register online before they commence on Tuesday.

-Lion’s Club Photograph- The local Lion’s Club will be looking to take a photograph for the local newspapers, of the group involved in the “Bag Pack” which took place on Christmas week. The students raised over 5,500 euro for the local Lion’s Club. The photograph will be taken on Thursday at 10.30 approximately. Students will be called out of class when the photographer arrives.

-Community Care- There are still a number of students who have not attained a placement for Community Care. Can you please ensure that you have your places organised and paperwork complete for this coming Monday, the 26th of January. Failure to have a placement or to complete the placement may result in that student losing a lot of marks towards their end of year Transition Year grade.

-Have a good week everyone.

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 15th of January

-Compute TY at DCU – The students that were successful in attaining a place on the Compute TY course in DCU, will be attending the course on Monday the 26th of January through to Friday the 29th of January. Students will need to make their own way to the course each day. The day will start at 9.30 sharp, running till 3.30, with an hour for lunch. Students may bring their own lunch or they can purchase their lunch at at the canteen in the college. The school uniform must  be worn each day.

Students completing the APP Development course will need to have an android device for the week; no iphones or ipads can be used as they are not compatible. Students also need to have the MIT Appinventor2 (AI2) companion app installed onto their device before the attend the course. Headphones and chargers will be essential to have with you.

Students on Monday the 26th need to make their way to the Larkin Lecture Theatre for registration.

-Music Workshop- Song School- The successful 23 students will be attending the “Song School” workshop next Thursday and Friday, the 21st and 22nd of January. Students will need to attend their period 1 and period 7 roll call. the rooms that the course is on will be issued to the students next week.

-Musical- Ms Bury is looking for any guitar players, or any student who wishes to play the guitar, to come to orchestra rehearsals for the school musical, “Grease”. Any student who may be interested please pay attention to the musical notice board in the C compound for details.

-Community Care- Each student needs to ensure that they have all their documentation to their tutors regarding their placements for Community Care. Also ensure that you get your forms for Work Experience to your tutors also for marking.

-Have a good week everyone.

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 8th of January

-Welcome back to all our Transition Year students. We are now into the second half of our Transition Year and as per usual there is a lot going on.

Work Experience- Reminder to all Transition Year students, that you need to have your Work Experience Diaries and your Employer’s Evaluation back to your Tutors as soon as possible. These forms carry marks for your end of year mark. So it is very important that you get these in quickly.

-Community Care- We are now well past the deadline for attaining a placement for your Community Care. Students need to ensure that they have all their forms back to their Tutors. Any student, who has no placement, will be staying in on Wednesday the 20th of January to look for a placement.

-TYPE Physics Course- Another weeks placement is available in Trinity College in March. Any student who wishes to apply, forms will be available from Ms Molamphy.

-The Law Library- Congratulations to Rian McCarthy, who was successful in attaining a placement in the Law Library.

-Bank Of Ireland Accounts- Well done to all the students who opened a bank account with Bank Of Ireland before Christmas. The bank have supplied the school with three “One For All” vouchers. These vouchers will be raffled off next week. The students involved in the raffle will be called out of class next week for the draw. In addition, these students will be going to Bank Of Ireland in Malahide, in groups of ten, for a tour of the bank. During the tour students will meet with all the different groups in the bank, from cashiers to people in charge of the vault. Students will also meet with the Branch Manager. This trip will hopefully give the students a brief glimpse into how a bank is run from day to day. Ms Molamphy will be meeting with the students going to the branch to inform them of the arrangements etc.

-Howth Castle Cookery School Trip- Well done to the 20 Home Economics students who were selected for a cookery trip to the kitchens of Howth Castle. Students will be going on Thursday the 14th. Students will be called out of class at 12 o’clock on Thursday to have a light snack. A bus, leaving from the school at 12.20 at the basketball courts, will take the students to and from the Castle. The course will run from 1 till 3 o’clock. Any student who is unable to attend on that day, could they inform Ms Molamphy as soon as possible.

-Swimming- Linked to the Transition Year in the school is a Swimming Module. This module is for girls only. On Friday afternoons some of our female students teach young boys and girls to swim in Donaghmede Swimming Pool. We are short of volunteers this year. Ms Molamphy and Ms Murphy are looking for around 6 more girls who would like to be involved. If you would like to do this training could you please give your name to Ms Molamphy on Monday please.

-Music Workshop-There will be a Music Workshop taking place on the 21st and 22nd of January. The majority of the places have been taken by the TY Music Class. However there are some places available to any student who may be interested in doing the workshop. Ms Molamphy will be putting in an  announcement for breaktime on Monday with the exact numbers that will be available. Any student who wishes their name to go down on the list of attendees should go to Ms Molamphy at 11.15 on Monday. First come first served!!

Have a good week everyone.

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 4th of December

-Work Experience- Best of luck to all the Transition Year students going out on Work Experience over the next two weeks. Enjoy the experience and work hard. Remember to complete your diary during your two weeks. Also ensure that you get your employer to complete the Employer’s Evaluation Form prior to you leaving the employment. These forms are essential to have back to your tutor after the Christmas holidays as they are part of your marks for your Transition Year final certification.

-Glendalough- The next group going on their overnight adventure part of their Gaisce to Glendalough, will be going on January 7th and 8th. Further details re this trip will be in the Transition Year announcements after Christmas.

-Compute Ty- The dates for the Compute TY in DCU are January 26th to the 30th. Ms Molamphy will be meeting with the group of students attending the weeks placement in DCU after Christmas. She will go through what is needed to complete the course.

Best of luck to all the Transition Years on your Work Experience placements. And may I wish you all, I know it’s a bit early!!!, a very happy and enjoyable Christmas.

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 27th of November

-Module Changes- Modules will be changing next Wednesday, the 2nd of December. Changes are as follows:

4K Careers and Third World Development

4N First Aid and Life Skills

4G Heritage

4S Animation

4F Visual Awareness

4K will have Shared Reading in St Helen’s Junior School periods 5&6 on Wednesdays. Students will go to the office immediately at 11.15 and get their roll taken by their Religion teacher. Students will then go immediately to St Helens, where their roll will be taken once again by their Religion teacher.

-Scuba Diving – any student that has decided to complete the Scuba Diving course, a meeting will be held in C6 on Monday the 30th at 11.15. The students details will be taken: name, address, email address and contact phone number. A deposit of 150 euro will be required by the end of the week with the remainder of the 265 euro cost being due over the duration of the course.

-Community Care Deadline- Students should have now acquired their Community Care placements. Forms are due to your your tutors on Monday the 30th. Any student that is going on the Lesotho trip only needs to have a placement for the Monday, Tuesday and the Wednesday. On the Thursday, students are allowed to get their gear ready and packing completed for their trip to Lesotho.

-Team Building Trip- All of Transition Year will be attending bowling and a cinema trip on Monday the 30th. The Transition Year tutors and year head will be participating in the day with the students. Students are required to come to school for 9.25, period 2, on Monday for an assembly and roll call. Students will then proceed to the Coolock Leisureplex. Students may eat in the Burger King at the Leisureplex, if they wish, or bring a packed lunch to eat on the Burger King premises. Buses will be taking the students to and from the Leisureplex. This trip is being fully funded by the Transition Year fee.

-Have a good week everyone.

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 20th of November

-Bord Gais Theatre trip- On Thursday the 26th of November all of Transition Year will be attending the play “The Lord Of The Flies” in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. Buses will be leaving from the school at 1.30 and will return the students back to the school. The performance will be over at 4.30pm and students should be back to the school for approximately 5.15/5.30pm, traffic dependant. Students will need to bring a lunch with them on Thursday, to have in the school canteen, as there are no lunch facilities in the theatre. Students will be accompanied by their English teachers to the play.

The play has got great reviews so it should be a thoroughly enjoyable trip for everyone.

-Community Care- The deadline for Community Care placements is next Friday, the 27th of November. Students need to ensure that they have their forms to their Tutors. Any student that has no form will need to attend a two hour “facilitation event” to enable students to spend time in seeking a placement. Any student that has their forms can they ensure that they get them to their tutors as soon as possible.

-Scuba Diving- Any student that is interested in completing the scuba diving course, could they please give their names to Ms Molamphy on Monday the 23rd of November. The course involves a five week on line element- students, along with their scuba diving instructor, will be assigned a class in the school for a double period to complete this section of the course. The students will then complete their water based training in the pool in the PSLC, which will be pre-arranged time for the students in the pool. After the course is completed each student will be qualified to complete scuba diving. The cost of the course is 265 euro, with a deposit of 150 euro to be paid immediately.

-Christmas Bag Pack for the Lions Club- The Portmarnock branch of the Lions Club is looking for Transition Year students to volunteer two hours of their time to “bag pack” in Dunnes in Portmarnock. The dates the “bag pack” is taking place is the 22nd, 23rd, and the 24th of December, from 10am till 8pm each day. So please sign up to help for this very worthy cause.

-Bank Of Ireland Accounts- Could any student, who took an application form to enter the Transition Year Bank Of Ireland Draw, can they ensure that the form is fully completed, co-signed by your parents and returned to Ms Molamphy on Monday the 23rd of November.

-Howth Castle Cookery Course- Any student who is interested in putting their name forward for the cookery course in Howth Castle Kitchen, the deadline for receipt of their email to their Home Economics teacher is Wednesday the 25th of November at 12.40. So get those emails sent!!!!!

-Have a good week everyone.

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 13th of November

-Scuba Diving Talk – There will be a talk from the “Feelgood” scuba team for all Transition Years next week, on Tuesday the 17th of November at 12 o’ clock. The scuba team will be explaining the scuba diving course that will be available for students to complete during their Transition Year. There is a cost to competing this course, which was 300 euro last year. This cost will NOT be covered by the TY fee and must be paid for by any student that wishes to complete the course.

-Christmas Assessments- Transition Year assessments will take place next Thursday and Friday, the 19th and 20th of November. Students will be completing assessments in Maths, English, Irish and their chosen foreign language.

-Bag Pack – The Portmarnock division of the Lions Club will be carrying out their annual “Christmas bag pack” to raise much needed funds for people in the local area. Last years collection was an over whelming success, mostly due to the huge numbers of volunteers from the Transition Years. We are looking to continue with this success and are looking for around 50 volunteers to help with the bag pack. Ms Molamphy will be giving more details re the dates the bag pack will be taking place, at Monday’s assembly.

-TY Play- Well done to everyone involved with this years play. It was a huge success attracting large audiences every night. A major “thank you” to the Director, Fiona Keane, for all her hard work since September with all the cast, sound, lights, set design and production of the play. Well done everyone.

-Have a good week everyone.

Transition Year Announcements. Friday the 6th of November

AIB Build A Bank – The applications, which were due to Ms Molamphy or Ms Carmody by 4pm Friday the 6th, will be shortlisted for interview on Monday the 9th. The interviews will be held on Friday the 13th, with the successful applicants being informed on Monday the 16th.

-FAI Kick Start Coaching Course – The students who are involved in the second workshop day need to ensure that they have decided on and practiced their drills for their workshop on Tuesday the 10th. These drills will be assessed as part of their final certification. Students involved will be called out for their lunch at 12.30 and the course will start at 1pm sharp. Students will require a PE gear and trainers.

-Mini Company- Serena Byrans, from Enterprise Ireland, will be coming to the school  to talk to all of the students that intend on entering for the Mini Company Competition. Students need to ensure that the have a marketable product and that they can sell the product. Students will be informed of the time and class room where the talk will be on.

-Compute TY – Any student who is on the list to complete the APP design area in DCU in January need to have an android system as that is what the course will be run from. No Iphones or IPads are compatiable.

-Transition Year Play-Best of luck to all the cast and crew for the performances for next weeks show of “Fools”, on Wednesday 11th, Thursday 12th and Friday 13th. Doors will open at 7pm on the performance dates, with the show starting at 7.30pm. Single tickets are 5 euro and family tickets are 12 euro.

Break a leg everyone!!

– Community Care-  Students need to have their placement for Community Care by the 27th of November. Tutors have the forms that you require. Any additional forms will be outside Ms Molamphy’s office in the B compound.

-Have a good week everyone.

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 23rd of October.

FAI Coaching – The “kick start 1” coaching course will take place for the first group of Transition Year students on Tuesday the 3rd of November. The list of students involved is on the TY notice board. Students will take part in this course over two afternoons, the 3rd and 10th of November, from 1pm till 4pm. Students will be allowed to have their lunch, in school, at 12.30. So students involved will require to have a lunch with them or can get their lunch at the school canteen. Further details regarding the assigned room for the course will be given to students in their assembly on Monday the 2nd of November.

– TY trip to Malahide Castle- A number of Transition Year students from History, Chemistry and Art classes, have been selected to participate in a full days workshop in Malahide Castle on Tuesday the 2nd of November. The workshop is held in conjunction with the National Gallery. It will deal with the science of restoration of artifacts and textiles, with demonstrations on both these areas. A fully guided tour of the castle will also take place. Students involved will need a lunch with them on the day or will require money to buy food from the canteen facilities. The list of students involved will be called out in the assembly on Monday the 3rd of November.

-Glendalough Trip- The first group taking part in the overnight adventure part of their Gaisce, will be on the 5th and 6th of November. Students will be required to bring a sufficient supply of food and beverages for the trip. Students are encouraged to watch the weather for both of the days and to wear appropriate clothing for the trip.

-TY Play– Tickets for the Transition Year play are now on sale. The play is the Broadway Comedy “FOOLS” by Neil Simon. Performance dates are the 11th, 12th and 13th of November. Tickets are 5 euro for a single and 12 euro for a family of four. It would great to see a big crowd to support the students and to see a great play.

English Department Theatre Trip– The English Department have organised a ttrip to the Bord Gais Theatre to see “Lord Of The Flies” on November 26th. The entire cost of the trip is funded by the TY fee. To make the performance more meaningful and to enhance the students’ enjoyment of it, TY students will be reading “Lord Of The Flies” by William Golding during the month of November. The cost of this novel is 10 euro. We would appreciate if students could bring the money to their English teacher promptly after midterm.

-Have a great midterm and stay safe.

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 9th of October

Heritage Module– 4K will be completing the climb of Djouce as part of their Heritage module next Wednesday the 14th of October. Students will need to pay attention to the weather forecast and wear the appropriate clothing for the day itself. Students need to also bring food and snacks and sufficient amounts of water for the day.

DCU Computing– The list of the students, that were successful in attaining a place on the DCU Computing course, is now available on the Transition Year noticeboard in the G compound. Further details on the week placement itself will be issued closer to the time.

Work Experience– There still a number of students with forms outstanding for their work experience placements. These students need to have their forms in on Monday the 12th, to their tutors. If the forms are not in the students will once again attend a “facilitation event” on Wednesday the 14th from 1 o’clock until 3 o’clock, to enable the students to find information regarding a placement.

Community Care– The deadline for organising the Community Care placements is Friday, November 27th. Students should begin looking now for places to attend for the two weeks, starting from February 1st to February 12th 2016.

Scuba Diving– There will be a talk from “Feelgood Scuba” next Thursday the 15th at 2pm. The talk will layout the Scuba Diving course that is available to Transition Years. This course is approximately 300 Euro. This course is not covered by the Transition Year fee. So please be aware if your child decides to complete the course that there is a cost.

-Have a good week everyone.

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 2nd of October

Garda Road Safety Talk-  A member of the Traffic Corps of the Garda will be giving a presentation to the Transition Years on Monday the 5th of October at 9.30. Students will be informed of the safety aspects that need to be employed when in charge of a vehicle on the road.

-Work Experience- Friday the 2nd of October was the deadline for Transition Years to have their Work Experience placements. Students that do not have a placement will have to attend a “facilitation event” on Wednesday the 7th in D1 from 1pm till 3pm, Students will search the online for possible placements during this time. This “facilitation event” will be continued every Wednesday from there on till each student has found their placement.

-Mini-Company- Any groups/students that are intending to enter the Mini-Company competition, there will be a meeting in C6 on Monday 5th of October, where each group will need to identify their company name and the product that they intend on producing and selling. The students involved in Mini-Company, that have already signed on for the project, will be attending the Riosk Centre on Friday the 9th for talks by locals business people. This will give the students ideas to work from for their companies. Students will need to go to their period 1 class for roll call and then make their way to the basketball courts to get the bus. Students will be leaving the school at 9 o’clock from the basketball courts. The talk will finish at 12 o’clock with the students being returned to the school for their afternoon classes.

-Trinity College Botany Programme- Trinity College are running a week long botany course for Transition Year students,during the week of the 18th of April.. This course is designed to introduce the students to all aspects of plant science. Any student who maybe interested in pursuing studies in this area and who would like to apply for this course, applications are available from Ms Molamphy on Monday the 5th of October.

-DCU Computing- DCU run a week long computing course for Transition Year students, in the areas of Web Design, APP Development, and introduction to Java programming. There are 20 places available, seven places in both web design and app development and 6 places in Java programming. DCU are very clear that they would only like students who are very keen to do further study in these areas to apply. The course will be run in January 2015. Any student that wishes to apply can they email Ms Molamphy and indicate their preference of which course they wish to apply for. Again first in first served.

Have a good week everyone.

Transition Year Announcements Thursday the 24th of September

Movie Making Workshop – The Movie Making workshop will take place next week on the 28th and the 29th of September. The list of students who will be attending the workshop is on the Transition Year notice board at the G compound. Students attending the workshop need to go to their period 1 and period 7 class for roll call. The room, that will be used for the workshop, will be announced closer to the workshop date.

FAI coaching course- The FAI will be running the “Kick start 1” coaching course in conjunction with the school. This is a certificated course that will award the first coaching badge to the participants involved. The cost of the course will be covered by the Transition Year fee. Anyone who maybe interested in taking part, there are 40 places available- 20 boys and 20 girls. There will be two course run, one in November and one in April, with 20 students taking part in each course. If any student is interested in this course, could they email Ms Molamphy at – omolamphy@portmarnockcommunityschool.ie  by 4 o’clock Friday. Again as usual first in first served. This is an opportunity for any student, who has already not yet got involved in any Transition Year activity, to sign up and start their year.

Soccer League- The FAI are running a late night soccer league in Portmarnock and are looking for anyone interested in soccer to become involved. The league will take place at Paddy’s Hill, Portmarnock, on the astro-turf. Starting date is Friday the 6th of November, continuing then on the 13th, 20th, and 27th of November, with the winners representing the area in finals at Ringsend on the 11th of December. So get out there and get involved.

Debating-  Ms Bradley is looking for volunteers to take part in the school’s debating team. Any Transition Year, who feels they are interested in public speaking or who may want to become involved in public speaking, should speak to Ms Bradley next week.

Shared Reading – 4G will be attending Shared Reading in St Helen’s Junior school this coming Wednesday the 30th of September. Students need to go to the office in the A compound where their Religion teacher will take their roll. Each student then needs to make their way to St Helen’s, where their roll will be taken again by their teacher. Any student who does not make their way immediately to St Helen’s, their names will be taken and given to Mr Clarke.

Work Experience- Reminder to all Transition Years that the deadline to have their work experience placement is next Friday the 2nd of October. Any student who does not have a placement by then will attend a facilitation event in D1 on Wednesday the 7th of October, and every successive Wednesday thereafter, till a placement is found, to enable them to find a position for their work experience.

English Department events- All of Transition Year will be attending a showing of “The Great Gatsby” on Tuesday the 20th of October. In addition all of Transition Year will be attending the Bord Gais Theatre for a matinee performance of “Lord Of The Flies” on the 26th of November. Both events will be fully covered by the Transition Year fee. Each student will be reading both novels, before they attend the performances, as part of their English Programme for Transition Year.

Have a good week everyone.

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 18th of September

Transition Year Fee – Reminder to all that the Transition Year Fee of 250 euro, if paying the fee in full, is due by the end of September. Thank you if you have paid in full already and to everyone that has signed up for the “Easy Payments” instalment plan.

Law Day – Transition Year Law Day will take place next Tuesday the 22nd. Each tutor group will have an assigned Barrister with them who will go through legal cases and the legislation associated with legal cases. Following lunch each tutor group will prepare for a trial that will be held at the end of the day. Each student needs to attend their period 1 and period 7 roll call. After period 1 roll call, at 9 o’clock, each tutor group is to make their way to the G compound to their assigned classroom for the day.

Movie Making Workshop – The Movie Making Workshop will take place on September 28th and 29th. A room will be assigned at a later date. The list of lucky applicants is on the TY notice board outside the G compound.

Matrix Workshops- Thinking Outside The Box- Well done to all the Transition Years for their excellent behaviour during their Matrix workshops. Malcom has gave the results for the winners of the “Brain Blagger Challenge”. And the winners are — Craig Robinson, Faith Imperial, Caitlin Cassidy, Ryan Bolton, and Aaron Donnelly of 4N. Prizes will be given to the winning group at assembly on Monday. Malcom wanted to give a special thanks to 4G who he felt really worked the hardest out of the groups.

GAA coaching– Each student needs to ensure that they sign out from the office when they are going AND returning from their slot for GAA coaching. Students need to also ensure that they leave at an appropriate time to get to Naomh Mearnog.

Have a good week everyone.

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 12th of September

Wednesday Modules– The Transition Year Wednesday modules commence next Wednesday the 16th of September. The layout is as follows:

4K Heritage  – Mr Dempsey and Mr Curran

4N Visual Awareness –  Mr Higgins

4G Careers  – period 1&2 with Mr Farrell / period 3&4 3rd World Development with Mr Fitzgerald

4S First Aid – period 1&2 with The Order Of Malta  / Life Skills – period 3&4 with Ms Richardson

4F Animation – Ms Tynan

Transition Year Play – congratulations to the twenty students who got called back for a second audition for this years play. The Director Fiona Keane will have decided on her cast by Monday 14th. Students will be informed next Monday.

Thanks to all who auditioned. Again you may not have been chosen for a cast member, but keep an eye and an ear out for announcements for sound, lighting, backstage and set design.

GAA coaching- Paddy Gorey will be taking the students that will be involved in this years GAA coaching programme for a workshop next Tuesday the 15th of September. Students involved will need to attend period 1 for roll call then sign out of the office. Students need to return then to school after lunch.

Matrix Training – The final tutor group completing their “Thinking Outside The Box” workshop are 4N. The workshop will take place on Monday the 14th.

Movie Making Workshop– Transition Year students are invited to sign up for a “Movie Making” workshop that will take place on the 28th and the 29th of September. Any student that is interested can apply by emailing Ms Molamphy by 4 o’clock on Tuesday the 15th of September. There are 24 places available so first come first served!!!

Junior Certificate Results – congratulations to all the fourth years on their outstanding results in their Junior Certificate. A great day was had by all in the Samba Drums And the Juggling workshop.

– Have a great week everyone.

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 4th of September

– Welcome back to all of our Transition Years. Keep an eye on your weekly announcements on the school website so that you can avail of all the opportunities that will be coming your way throughout the year. 

Matrix – “Thinking Outside The Box”.

Each tutor group will be taking part in a whole day activity to enable the students to think beyond the academic aspect of school life and more towards the personal achievement approach to Transition Year. The layout of the tutor groups are:

4K Monday 7th of September

4S Tuesday 8th of September

4F Thursday 10th of September

4G Friday11th of September

 4N Monday 14th of September

Students should go to their period 1 and period 7 class for roll call and make their way immediately to H5 for the course.

-Transition Year play:

Auditions will take place in the assembly hall at 4pm next Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th. Any student that is interested in being part of the CAST only should attend on these dates to audition for a part. Student selection for set design, makeup, lighting and sound will be dealt with at a future date.

-Mini Company:

All groups that are interested in forming a mini company and entering the competition, you need to research a product and investigate the possibility of that product’s market value. This work should be completed over the next month. Ms Molamphy will be meeting all groups involved at the start of October to see what products that each mini company intends on marketing. So get thinking!!!!

Trinity Physics application:

Any student that is interested in applying for a week long course in the Physics Department in Trinity, applications are now available from Ms Molamphy.

Junior Certificate Results:

The Junior Certificate results will be released to students next Wednesday 9th of September. Prior to the release of the results all Transition Year students will be participating in some team building exercises in the gym and in the Assembly Hall. Best of luck to all with their results on the day.

TY participation:

Reminder to all Transition Year students that a large variety of opportunities have already been offered to you. Get involved and make a good start  to your Transition Year.

Have a good week everyone.

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Transition Year Announcements Friday the 15th of May

Transition Year Presentation Evening:

The Transition Year Presentation Evening will take place on Monday the 18th of May. The parents and guardians of the Transition Year students are cordially invited to the evening, which will commence at 7.30pm in the school gym.

There will be a formal presentation of the students in the gym, in addition to the student awards. Afterwards all parents/guardians are invited to go to the school assembly hall for refreshments. During this time there will be a display of the students portfolios and samples of their work from their Transition Year.

We are looking forward to seeing you all on Monday evening.

 

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 8th of May

Activity Days – following are the arrangements for roll calls and bus collection for the activity days on Monday the 11th and Tuesday the 12th of May.

Monday 11th of May

Surfdock“- students attending “Surfdock” need to be in the C Compound on Monday morning for 8.15 sharp for roll call. Bus will be leaving 8.30 sharp. Students will need to bring a swim suit, old trainers, a towel, a change of clothes and a packed lunch. once “Surfdock” is over, students will be travelling by bus directly to “Jumpzone”.

Students attending the Table Quiz, will attend roll call at the normal time period 1 with their Tutors. Students will be in FULL school uniform for the table quiz. Students will need to bring a change of clothes to change into at lunchtime, for “Jumpzone”. Students will be finished the table quiz at 12 o’clock for lunch. The bus will be leaving for “Jumpzone”, from the basketball courts, at 1.15 sharp.

Tuesday 12th of May

Students need to be in the assembly hall at 8.15 sharp for roll call. Please line up in your tutor groups for roll call. Students need to be in full uniform for this activity day. The bus for the Zoo will be leaving at 8.30 sharp. Students can bring a packed lunch with them or may choose to buy lunch at the Zoo restaurant. The bus will be leaving the Zoo at 12.30 to return to the school. Roll call will be taken again once back in the school before the students attend the PSLC for the film showing.

Portfolio set up – Students will need to be in the school, in full uniform, on Monday the 18th of May at 2pm to set up their allocated place in the hall for their portfolio presentation in the assembly hall. Students will need to bring in their portfolio, pieces of work to display etc… to make their area as individual to them and as an expression of their year in Transition Year.

Variety show– congratulations to the 4th year music class on a very successful Variety Show. Well done to all involved and to all the acts that took part in what was a fabulous evening.

-Have a good week everyone.

 

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 1st of May

– Portfolio Interviews – The remaining portfolio interviews will take place next Tuesday the 5th of May. The arrangements are as follows:

4G and 4S – 8.45 to 10 o’clock, in D1. Please attend roll call at period one.

4N periods 11.15 to 12.40 in D1.

All portfolios will be handed back to students on Thursday the 7th. Students will be presenting their portfolios on the night of their graduation on Monday the 18th of May. Each student will have an assigned table to display their portfolio. You will need to have a book stand to present your portfolio. Also any work, models, knitting etc… that you have completed during the year please include this in your display. The display should be a display of your year and your participation in the year. Make it as vivid and as individual as you would like. Students will be filled in on the details of when their assigned times are for setting up their table at next weeks assembly.

– TY Play – All Transition Year students will be attending a play in the Portmarnock GAA hall on Tuesday the 5th at 2 0’clock. Students will make their way to the hall to be present for a roll call at 2pm. The play is being presented by an past pupil of Portmarnock Community School, Aonghus McAnally.

– Google Speaker-  A speaker from Google will be giving a talk to all Transition Years on Thursday the 7th at 10.40.

– Activity Days – can any student that has not handed in their permission slip and their deed of waiver, can the make sure that they get both forms to Ms Molamphy in C6 at 8.40 sharp on Tuesday the 5th of May.

– Enjoy the long weekend everyone.

 

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 24th of April

– Portfolio Interviews – There has been a slight change to the arrangement of the Portfolio Interviews on this coming Monday, the 27th of April. Both 4K AND 4F will interviewed from 8.45 till 10 o’clock.

4k will be interviewed first. Immediately after roll call period 1, make your way to D1 and line up according to your roll.

4F, immediately after roll call period 1, make your way to C6.

The student portfolio’s will be available to you going into your interview.

Arrangements for next weeks interviews will be on next weeks announcements.

– RNLI collection – Thank you to all the students that volunteered to raise money for the RNLI. The list of students and their allocated times will be on the Transition Year notice board. Further details on the collection day will be on next weeks announcements and Ms Molamphy will be meeting the students prior to the collection dates to go through the running of the day with the students.

– Focus Ireland – In conjunction Focus Ireland, Transition Year students are running a donation drive with the “Beloved” shop, of Focus Ireland, in Malahide. Students are looking for donations of unwanted clothes, shoes, household goods etc.. that they can use for their “day” sale in the shop. The students themselves will be running the donation drive and will be taking over the running of the shop on Friday the 8th of May. All donations would greatly appreciated. You can contact Ms Molamphy at portmarnockty@gmail.com to find more information as to where to drop off the donations.

-Have a good week everyone.

 

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 17th of April

Portfolio : Reminder to all Transition Years that your Portfolio is due to Ms Molamphy, in C6, on Friday the 24th of April, before 4pm. Students, upon handing in their Portfolio, will need to sign their name to their tutor list sheet to confirm that they have handed in the Portfolio. Students who fail to hand in the Portfolio by 4pm on that Friday will not be awarded the 300 marks for the presentation of the Portfolio.

Portfolio contents : Remember that your Portfolio is a reflection of your participation in your Transition Year Programme. Include evidence of any workshops you attended, were you in the play or musical, what talks were you present for, what external visits did you make, work from modules, did you achieve any certification etc.. Remember the Portfolio reflects you and you ownership of your year so include everything you did, attended or participated in. Be creative if you wish and make sure that your Portfolio stands out.

Portfolio Interviews : The Portfolio interviews will take place on Monday the 27th of April and Thursday the 7th of May. Tutor layout is as follows:

Monday 27th of April

4K 8.45 to 10 o’clock / 4F 2.50 to 4 o’clock

Thursday 7th of May

4S 10 o’clock to 11.15 / 4G 11.25 to 12.40 / 4N 2.50 to 4 o’clock.

RNLI– The RNLI are looking for 20 students to volunteer to fundraise for them on April 30th, (from 10.30 till 2pm), and May 1st, (from 2pm till 5pm), in Grafton Street. Each of the days there will be 10 students involved, 5 pairs. Could any student who wishes to volunteer could they give their name to Ms Molamphy after assembly on Tuesday. If more than 10 students want to volunteer please feel free to do so.

Poetry and literary workshop : Colm Keegan will be giving a poetry and literary workshop next week, on Tuesday 21st of April to all of transition Year . Each tutor group will have an individual workshop with Colm in D1 with the day culminating in a full assembly talk at the end of the day. The arrangement of tutor groups for the day will be announced on next Monday the 20th of April.

– Have a good week everyone and get working on those Portfolios.

 

Transition Year Announcements Thursday the 26th of March.

Wednesday Modules: New modules are starting on the first Wednesday after Easter, the 15th of April. Layout is as follows:

4K  visual awareness

4N  animation

4G  first aid/ life skills

4S  model making and shared reading

4F  heritage

Students involved in shared reading in St Helens should go to the main school door, by the office, where their Religion teacher will call their roll. Students must then proceed quickly to St Helens, where the roll will be once again taken at the primary school by their Religion teacher again. Students are not permitted to go to any shop on their way to the primary school.

-Portfolio preparation: each tutor group will be given a half day tutorial session on how to arrange and present the Transition Year Portfolio. It will also provide each student with a round up of their year in Transition Year. Arrangements are as follows:

Monday the 13th of April – 4K 9-12.40 /  4F 2- 4 o’clock.

Tuesday the 14th of April – 4G 9-12.40  / 4S  2- 4 o’clock.

Friday the 17th of April -4N  9-12.40.

Portfolio interviews will be taking place on the following week so this course will give all students the opportunity to have their Portfolio fully up to date.

-Focus Ireland – At assembly Ms Molamphy identified that Focus Ireland were looking for volunteers to organise and participate in a donation drive for their cause. Several students came forward. The set up and the running of this donation drive will be taking place after Easter. This notice is just serving as a reminder to those students that volunteer, of when it will be taking place.

-Quiz in Malahide Community School: We are looking for a team of 4 students to represent and participate in a table quiz in Malahide Community School on Wednesday the 29th of April. There will be four categories:

section 1- general knowledge

section 2 – man V machine

section 3 – patent description, ( patent applications on everyday objects)

section 4 – question on the technology sector and IT

Ms Molamphy will remind you of this quiz after Easter. But if you are keen to participate get studying on each section over the holidays.

Have a wonderful and relaxing Easter break. Well done to all who were involved in the musical. You were amazing!! Safe travels to all who are going on the ski trip. Enjoy.

 

Transition Year Announcements Friday 13th of March

Mini-Company– Well done to Lauren Tarpey who represented the school at the Fingal Enterprise Regional Finals on Thursday 12th. Lauren did very well with judges and local business owners showing great interest in her company “Memento”. Thanks to Sarah Brennan and Cara Mulligan who assisted Lauren on the day.

-Musical– Tickets are now on sale for this years schools production of “Phantom Of The Opera”. Make sure that if you, or any member of your family or friends, want to purchase a ticket that they do so before they sell out. We are all looking forward to what will be a great week of performances of the show.

-DIT Women In Computing Workshop – DIT are running a entire female day in their Computing Science area on April 28th. It is a day to encourage female students to take on a largely male dominated area. If any student is interested could they please got to Ms Molamphy for more information. There will also be a weeks placement for successful applicants, both male and female, again in DIT from the 25th of May to the 28th of May. Again if any student is interested could they go to Ms Molamphy for information.

– Have a good week everyone.

Transition Year Announcements Friday 6th of March

Mini-Company – Best of luck to Lauren Tarpey in the Fingal Enterprise Regional final this upcoming Thursday, 12th of March. Lauren will be helped by Cara Mulligan and Sarah Brennan. Wishing you all the best of luck in the final.

-Scuba Diving – reminder to all involved that the “pool” section of your course will begin this week. Remember to have your full theory programme completed before you assigned day in the pool.

Tuesday’s group are – Peter O’Brien, Eric Dunne, Anbu Sundar, Patrick Eccles.

Thursday’s group are – Diarmuid O’Hanrahan, Jordan Hoey, Raquel Panos, Ciaran Palmer.

Students need to sign out at 11.15 at the office, can you try to all sign out as a group together, and make their way to the PSLC to be ready to be in the pool for 12 o’clock. Students MUST be back in school for roll call at 1.40 pm.

-Community Care– At this stage all students should have had their evaluation forms and diaries to their tutors. If there are any forms outstanding, can students ensure that they get them to their tutors ASAP.

-Musical – Well done to all Transition Year students that are currently involved in the on-going preparations for the musical. From set design, to backstage and of course to all cast and chorus. You are all doing Trojan work and it will all pay off in the end for what no doubt will be an amazing performance week for you all. Rest lots this weekend and come in next week for another good week of preparation next week.

– Have a good week everybody.

 

Transition Year Announcements Friday 27th of February

– Scuba Diving: Students involved in the scuba diving will, from the 12th Of March, be taking part in the practical side of the course in the swimming pool in the PSLC. Arrangements are as follows:

Tuesday 10th March (and the following 4 Tuesdays) 11.15 – 1.40

Peter O’Brien, Eric Dunne, Anbu Sundar, Patrick Eccles, and Matthew O’Driscoll

Thursday 12th March (and the following 4 Thursdays) 11.15 – 1.40

Diarmuid O’Hanrahan, Jordan Hoey, Raquel Panos, Ciaran Palmer, and Sean Moloney

 Students must ensure that they have fully completed their theory exam before there first practical lesson in the pool. At breaktime you will be required to sign out at the office and go directly to the PSLC. Attendance for afternoon classes is required.

AIB Build A Bank:

The regional final for the AIB Build A Bank will be taking place in Leopardstown Racecourse on Friday 6th of March. The students involved are Diarmuid O’Hanrahan, Oisin Reilly, Jordan Hoey, Lide Izuran. Best of luck to all involved with their competition.

Portfolio:

Reminder to all Transition Years to keep adding onto their Portfolio work. Any task, activity, sports team, play, musical etc.. that you have or will be taking part in, make sure that you include some account of your participation of that event/activity, within your Portfolio.

Musical:

Any Transition Year that is involved with the musical, you are only allowed to leave class if you have permission from either Mrs Moran, Mrs Maher, Mr Hand or Ms Molamphy. If you are going to be absent from class you must go to the teacher from whose class you are coming out of and get their permission to be out of class.

Also a reminder to all cast and chorus that you need to have your “Masquerade” costumes and masks in for Monday 2nd of March.

Have a good week everyone.

Transition Year Announcements Thursday 12th of February

– Modules will be changing on the Wednesday, 25th of February. Layout is as follows:

4K Animation

4N Model Making and Shared Reading in St Helens

4G Visual Awareness

4S Heritage

4F First Aid and Life Skills

4N will be attending Shared Reading in St Helens Primary School periods 5 and 6. At 11.15 4N need to meet with their religion teacher at the office for roll call. All students must then make their way DIRECTLY to St Helens. Roll call will be taken again at 11.25 by your religion teacher at St Helens at 11.25.

Girl Guides : The Portmarnock branch of the girl guides are looking for a female Transition Year student to help out with the Ladybirds on Mondays at the PSLC from 4 until 5 o’ clock. If anyone is interested could they let Ms Molamphy know as soon as possible please.

Portfolio –   Please ensure that your keeping your portfolio fully up to date. Remember the portfolio will play a significant part in terms of your final result and will also be displayed on the night of the TY Presentation Evening. Students need to be including an account of all speakers/visitors that they have had speaking to them. All activities that a student has participated in must be included also in the portfolio. Be creative!!!!

– Enjoy your mid term everyone and we look forward to seeing you all back in school on Monday the 23rd of February.

 

Transition Year Announcements Friday 30th of January

Modules : There is a new module change on Wednesday 25th of January –

4K  Animation

4N Model Making and Shared Reading

4G Visual Awareness

4S Heritage

4F First Aid and  Life Skills

Community Care : Enjoy your Community Care placements. Ensure that you co-operate fully with your employer and that your diaries are kept completely up to date over the two weeks.

Good luck to all who are travelling to South Africa. Enjoy the wealth of experiences that you will have on your trip. Safe travels to all involved.

Trinity Physics: Anyone who is interested in applying for a placement in a Physics course at the end of February in Trinity College, could they please go to Ms Molamphy before the end of school on Friday the 30th of January for an application form.

Girl Guides : The local Girl Guides are looking for a female transition year student to help out with a session of the Girl Guides. If anyone is interested could they please go to Ms Molamphy.

Have a great time on your Community Care and n your travel to South Africa. And to all have  a great midterm.

 

Transition Year Announcements Friday 16th of January

Community Care – Students are reminded that MUST have a placement for the full two weeks of their community care. Tutors will taking lists of placements, that students have organised for themselves, on Monday 19th of January. Any student that still has no placement, their names will be given to Ms Molamphy. Each of these students will be required to attend a “facilitation” time in D1, on Wednesday 21st of January from 1pm till 3pm, to allow students to find names of placements that they can go to in order to obtain a placement.

Any student who is travelling to South Africa, this is part of your placement for Community Care. You will be required however to have a three day placement completed before you travel.

All forms, including the insurance forms, that are required for Community Care are available now from your Tutors. Mr McGovern’s tutor group, forms will be available from Mr McGovern from this Monday the 19th.

Create School – The “Create School” workshop, taking place on the 29th and 30th of January, is now full. The list of students involved will be on the TY board, outside the G compound, from Monday 19th. The 15 euro required to participate in the workshop, will need to be to Ms Molamphy by Friday 23rd of January. Any student failing to have their money in at that time their place will go to students who are on a waiting list.

– Have a good week everyone.

 

Transition Year Announcements Friday 9th of January

Community Care – Transition Year Community Care placement will take place from Monday 2nd until Friday the 13th of February. Each student is advised to begin to finalise their placements as soon as possible. Tutors will have the associated forms for Community Care from Monday 12th of January. Students travelling to South Africa are required to have a placement for a period of three days.

Any student that involved with the school musical will be required to be back and present in the school at 4 o clock during their placement. So if your are involved with the musical please inform the appropriate person from your placement as soon as you secure it. If they require a letter from the school regarding this please ask Mrs Moran or Ms Molamphy for a letter.

Scuba Diving – The final two sessions for the theory section of the scuba diving course will take place in the computer room in D1 on Thursday 15th of January, periods 1 & 2, and Tuesday 20th, periods 5 & 6. Students will be required to attend roll call in the appropriate class before going to their scuba course.

Transition Year Talk – on Monday 12th Aonghus McAnally, a former student of Portmarnock Community School, will be giving a talk to all Transition Years in the assembly hall at 9.15. Students are required to go to their period 1 class for roll call and wait to be called to the assembly hall. Assembly will be held before the talk.

– Create School Movie Making– on January 29th and 30th a two day workshop will be held in the school for Transition Years for any student that has a genuine interest in movie, documentary, or video making. This workshop always has received great reviews from all who have attended it. There are 24 places, first come first served. Students who participate in the course will receive a certificate of their attendance and a DVD of the film that they produce. the total cost of the workshop is 35 euro. Students will be required to pay 15 euro, with the remaining 20 euro coming from the TY fee. Any one interested can they go to Ms Molamphy to get their names on the list for the workshop.

– Have a good week everyone.

 

Transition Year Announcements Friday 28th of December

– TY modules change for Wednesday the 3rd of December:

4K model making and shared reading

4N first aid and life skills

4G heritage module

4S animation

4F visual awareness

4N will need to go to C6 on Wednesday 3rd as unfortunately the Civil Defence are unable to attend the first day of their module.

TY music class trip – The transition year music class will be visiting St Margret’s Preschool in Ballymun on Monday the 3rd of December. Santa Claus will be arriving with gifts for the children, while carols will be sung by the music class. A small bit of festive cheer to warm the hearts of all the children in the school.

– Congratulations to Louise Fagan, of 4K, who succeeded in getting a placement in the Dentist Hospital on Friday the 5th of December. Best of luck Louise and hope you enjoy the day.

Samba Drums : quick reminder to all Transition Year students that Samba drumming will be taking place on Monday 1st of December. The arrangement is as follows:

11.15 to 12.40 – 4K/4S and 4G from N. Andrews to O Guinan

14.00 to 15.30 – 4N/4F and 4G from C Harford to K Scully.

The students from 4K, whom are on the music class trip in the morning, will be joining the afternoon session.

– Best of luck to everyone in their exams on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th of December.

– Have a good week everyone.

 

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 21st of November

Best of luck to all involved and to Clara Burke the director. Break a leg everyone!

AIB “Build A Bank – the students involved in the AIB programme, will have their launch party on Tuesday the 25th of November at 11.15 in the C compound. All are welcome.

TY music class – Ms O’Driscoll’s music class will be travelling to St.Margret’s Pre School in Ballymun, on Monday the 1st of December, to spread a little Christmas spirit and joy to the 24 boys and girls from the travelling community there. Santa will be in attendance, giving out gifts and treats to the group while the music class will be singing a selection of Christmas carols for the group.

Poetry Ireland – Poetry Ireland are organising creative writing workshops for students involved in the South African Project. These workshops will facilitate students to explore their thoughts their thoughts and emotions before and during their South African experience and help them articulate their reflections on the process. The first series of workshops will take place on Monday 24th of November @ 09.40. The second workshop will take place on Monday 1st of December @ 09.45 to 11.15am.

Transition Year Christmas Activities- A Transition Year trip to the cinema and bowling, will take place next Friday the 28th of November. Students will be leaving the school after roll call at 08.40. Buses will transfer students to and from the Leisureplex in Coolock, returning to the school at approximately 3pm.

Samba Drumming for all TY students will take place on Monday the 1st of December.

Students will be required to be in full uniform for both activities. Female students will require tracksuit bottoms for the Samba Drumming.

These events are fully funded by the Transition Year fee. Unfortunately, students that have not yet paid the fee will be required to attend school as normal on both days.

– Have a good week everyone

 

Transition Year Announcements Friday the 14th of November

– Thanks to all the students that assisted in the design and putting up of the poster for the Transition Year play. Special thanks to Lauren Tarpey for the design of the poster.

Transition Year Play: The dates for the staging of the TY play “Much Ado About Nothing”, are the 26th, 27th, and 28th of November. Tickets will be on sale next week. Cost of tickets are as follows-

student 5 euro

adult 10 euro

family ( 2 adults, 2 children) 15 euro

Please support the play and all the students who are involved in all aspects of staging the show.

AIB “Build-A-Bank – the launch party for the AIB Build-A-Bank will take place Tuesday the 25th at 11.15 in the C compound. All students are invited to attend the launch and hopefully open a new account. The name of our TY school bank is “FBI” – Future Banking Initiative. Best of luck to all Ty students involved in the bank.

Work Experience: Reminder to any student that does not have their placement, that they will have to attend a two hour supervised “facilitation” class to allow each student to research a placement for their work experience. The class will take place on Wednesday the 19th of November. Students who will have to attend the class will be informed in their next Monday tutor class.

TY exams : Transition Year exams will take place on Thursday the 4th and Friday the 5th of December. Exams will be in Irish, English, Maths and foreign language.

– Have a good week everyone.

 

Transition Year Announcements Friday 7th of November 2014

AIB Build-A-Bank : Congratulations to all students that applied for positions in the Build-A-Bank programme. The following students were successful in their application. Branch Manager – Diarmuid O’Hanrahan

Assistant Manager – Mark Shearman

Sales and Marketing – Jordan Hoey

Customer Service – Lide Izuran and Oisin Reilly

Financial Controller – Stephania Sidiropoulou.

Ms Molamphy will be meeting the successful candidates next week to arrange the set up of the student bank.

– Ms Norris, Ms Morrisey and Ms Bradley’s English classes will be attending a viewing of “The Great Gatsby” in the PSLC next Friday, the 14th of November. This is a fundraising event for the school’s trip to South Africa. Students are required to be at the PSLC at 1.20 sharp for roll call. The cost for each student is 3 euro.

Work Experience– at this stage ALL Transition Year students should have attained a placement for both weeks of their work experience. Ms Molamphy will be checking in with all tutor groups on Monday the 10th to take a list of any student that has no placement or only one weeks placement. Students with no placements will be kept in school for those two weeks and will be given daily tasks by Ms Molamphy in order to ensure that every student completes the two week experience.

Play :Thank you to all the students that volunteered to assist with the design of the poster and tickets, ticket sales and front of house for the Transition Year play “Much Ado About Nothing”. Tickets will be going on sale the week of November 10th, with student tickets at 5 euro, adult tickets at 7 euro and a family ticket, two adults and two children, 12 euro.

Musical : The Parent’s Association will be carrying out a “bag pack” in Dunnes Stores in Portmarnock on the 12th, 13th and 14th of December, to raise funds for the musical “The Phantom Of The Opera” which is being staged in the school this year. We are looking for any Transition Year student, that is part of the musical – cast, orchestra, front of house, set design etc..- to sign up for a set time for the “bag pack”. An announcement will be made next Monday the 10th regarding times to sign up.

– The are still some Transition Year fees that are currently outstanding. It would be greatly appreciated if parents, who still have not paid the fee, could pay  as soon as is possible.

– Have a good week everyone.

 

Transition year announcements Friday the 24th of October

AIB “Build A Bank : interviews for all applicants for the “Build A Bank” programme will be held on Tuesday the 4th of November at from 2.15. Students need to remain in class until called out over the intercom.

Saint Patrick’s Hospital – representatives from St Patrick’s Hospital will be attending the school on Tuesday 4th of November periods three and four. The hospital are visiting the school to thank us for our hard work and donation to the hospital as part of their “Walk In my Shoes” campaign. Some very special guests will be attending also. Who could it be?????

– The new group of swimming coaches are Rachel O’Dea, Aoife Mooney, and Cara Mulligan. The three girls will be coaching from the 7th of November to the 28th of November. Remember to sign out at 2.30 from the office each week.

– Reminder to ALL students who are taking part in GAA coaching, each student has been given a particular time that they will be signing out from the office. The office have informed Ms Molamphy that some students are signing out 20 to 30 minutes before their assigned time. This practise is now being monitored very closely and the office have been advised to tell any student who is doing this that they must return to their class until their assigned time. Ms Molamphy will also be informed of the students name. Any student who persists in doing this will be pulled from the GAA programme completely.

Transition year play: Reminder to all cast members that will be rehearsing for the full school day after midterm, that they must sign in for their period 7 class after lunch. This is very important that this is done so that the teachers can fill in the roll for the attendance for the office staff.

Dental placement: The Dublin University Dental Hospital and Trinity School of Dental Care are offering one place to a student from the school to attend a full day of orientation, lectures and presentations on Friday the 5th of December. Any student that is interested in applying for this placement, their names will be taken after assembly on Tuesday the 4th of November.

– I would wish all the TY students an enjoyable and safe midterm. Enjoy the break.

Transition Year announcements : Friday the 17th of October 2014

– Module changes will take place next Wednesday the 22nd of October. The following will be the new layout of modules:

4K – First aid ( in the balcony in the gym periods 1&2), Life skills periods 3&4

4N – The Heritage module

4G – Animation

4S – Visual awareness

4F – Model making and Shared reading (in St Helen’s Primary school). Ms Molamphy will be coming to your Tutor class, period 1 on Monday to explain the rules and regulations around the Shared Reading in St Helen’s School.

– Reminder that next Friday the 24th of October, is the deadline date to have a Work Experience placement(s). You still have time to find a place so get working on it ASAP.

– AIB “Build-A-Bank” – any student who wishes to apply and who wants/has an application, must have a completed application to Ms Molamphy by period 10 on Monday the 20th of October.

– A new online course in DCU has become available for Transition Year students. This course gives students insights into Creative Writing, Medicine, Psychology and many other courses. You will be recommended to take one over a one year period. There is a cost to this course of 200 euro. Any student that requests an application form can go to Ms Molamphy. Closing date for applications is Friday, November 21st.

– The Bar Council Of Ireland, based in the Four Courts in Dublin, is launching a Transition Year programme to commence in February 2015. A student from each school has been requested to nominate ONE student, registration is by an online application. From the total number of entries nationally, 100 students will be selected. The selected students will spend a full week in the courts, receiving talks from Judges, visiting courts etc. Only students, who see a themselves as looking to uptake a career path in law are requested to apply for the nomination, with only one student per school being selected. Any Transition Year student who wishes to apply MUST have their application to Ms Molamphy, by email, by 4pm Tuesday the 21st of October.

– St Patricks Hospital will be visiting the school on November 4th in thanks for all our hard work and donations to the “Walk In My Shoes” fund raising programme in aid of mental health in Ireland and in support of St Patricks Hospital itself. Surprise guests (??????) will be present as part of the visit. They will be speaking to the 4th years in the assembly hall period three and four on that day. Who could it be??????

– Remember when attending any activity in Transition Year, you alwaysmust ensure that you go to the teacher whose class you will be missing to ask for permission to be absent from the class and to attend your roll call.

– Have a good week everyone.

Transition Year announcements Friday the 10th of October 2014

– Best of Luck to Carla Davis, Orla Burke, Ella Burke and Sarah Hylton who will be attending the “European Youth Parliament” in Terenure College this weekend. Enjoy all the events girls and best of luck.

– Reminder to any Transition Year student that attended the Boston Scientific Online Mapping, that there will be  a second workshop next Thursday 16th in H5 from 9am till 11.15. Please attend period 1 for roll call before you go to the workshop.

– Another reminder for anyone interested in the Iveagh Scholars Programme, to get writing that essay or making that video to enter the competition. Only one nomination will be entered from the school. So be creative.

– Next Tuesday 14th, at assembly, AIB will be introducing their Transition Year banking programme, called “Build-A-Bank”. This is a very successful programme that has been run by AIB in conjunction with schools. It allows students to experience how to set up a financial programme and run it within the realms of a school. The talk will take place during period 1 after assembly has concluded.

– Work Experience – please finalise and secure your work experience placements. Ensure that you have all of your employers details back to your tutors. The closing date for having your placements is Friday October 24th.

– Another opportunity is available for any student interested in a career in the technology industry. “The Web Summit” will be held in the RDS on November 4th-6th.There will 24 placements, from students nationally between the ages of 16 to 18, 50% of which will be female. The Web Summit is a conference where the likes of Google, Facebook, Dropbox, Yelp, Amazon, Start up companies and investors all get a chance to meet and discuss ideas. Classes on coding will be given to the lucky 24 students chosen to attend along with meeting all the guest speakers attending the conference itself. Registering needs to be done through the website WEBSUMMIT.NET. Registration is free but it is a competition and  you must register by SUNDAY 12th of October.

– Have a good week everyone

Transition Year announcements Friday the 3rd of October 2014

– DCU Compute, which is a course being run on the DCU campus over a three week period in January 2015, are offering 21 places to the Transition Year students from the school. There will be three areas of study being offered – Java, app management, and web design. Each course will be assigned seven students and each course will run for a week in DCU itself.

The places will be offered to the first 21 students who apply to Ms Molamphy’s email , first come first served!! The course has a cost of 40 euro but this will be covered by the Transition Year fee.

Get emailing!!!

-The Work Experience weeks are fast approaching so it is important to begin securing your places. Ensure that you have the employers letter back to your Tutors containing all your employers details.

– On Monday each of Tutors will be looking for fifteen volunteers from each tutor group for the “chair committee”. As was stated to you in assembly, this is a very important committee as each student will assist with the day to day running of the school in terms of organising the chairs for assemblies, meeting and greeting visitors that are coming to do talks etc for Transition Year.

Please volunteer your names on Monday to your Tutors.

– Another reminder re the competition for the Department Of Foreign Affairs And Trade. Any student interested can complete either a 500 word essay or create a two and a half minute video on “Irelands Values”.

This is a very exciting competition  to be offered to Transition Years. Only one student can be nominated from the school. So it is very important that if you as a student are keen to take part in this competition that you put in a great effort in the hope of being awarded the nomination.

– Reminder that the Transition Year fee is now overdue. We would be extremely grateful if any outstanding fees could be paid to the school as soon as possible.

– Have a good week everybody.

 

Transition Year Announcements : Friday 26th of September 2014

– Well done to all who turned up for the Transition Year play preparations. It was great to see a large turnout.

This years play is Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing”. As the days progress please pay attention to all the arrangements from the director Clara Burke.

Dates for the play this year are the week of Monday the 24th of November.

– On this coming Monday, the 29th of September, Garda D. Barron will be giving a talk to all Transition Years on Road Safety. The talk will take place in the assembly hall from 9am to approximately 11am.

All students must attend their period 1 class for roll call and wait in class till you are called to attend the talk.

– Throughout the year many talks take place within the school. In addition many occasions occur within a school year. Each event requires a lot of co-ordination from several departments within the school.

Ms Norris and Ms Molamphy will be looking for a fifteen volunteers from each tutor group to assist visitors when the come to the school, help with car parking when there is an event taking place within the school, like the play, Adult Ed enrolment etc.

The group will be divided into five groups of fifteen, with each tutor group having three representatives. Each group will only have to complete this work over the length of one module, a five week duration.

This is an important aspect of school life and to have students taking part in this is very important to the running of our school.

Ms Molamphy is hoping to have a great uptake from each tutor group for this next week.

– The Department Of foreign Affairs And Trade are going to be taking thirty students from all around the country for a weeks placement in Iveagh House as part of the “Iveagh Scholars” programme. This is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested to enter the competition in an effort to obtain a place.

How do you enter? There are two ways that you can enter:

1) write a 500 word essay on a theme called “Ireland’s Values”

2) record a two and a half minute video on the same theme.

The prize for the “most thought provoking, considered, creative responses” will be nominated by the school to be considered for the weeks placement working with the Department Of Foreign Affairs And Trade.

The deadline for schools to nominate one entry is November 30th.

Ms Molamphy will be giving more information on this during assembly this week.

– Have a good week everyone.

 

 

 

Thursday 21st of August.

We are looking forward to seeing all TY students next week.

 

Transition year announcements

August 29th 2014

 -Transition Year’s induction continues this coming Wednesday, the 3rd September. All Transition Years will be required to be in the hall for 8.40 for roll call.

-Speaking to you this Wednesday will be:

9 – 10     Serena Bryans– she will be informing students about the process of setting up Mini- Companies.

10 – 11   The Arch Club – representatives from the Arch Club will speak to students about the day to day activities of the Arch Club and will be encouraging any TY student(s) who is interested to visit and participate within the Arch Club itself.

11.15 – 11.25    Break

11.30 – 12.05  RNLI– the RNLI will present to the students the work that they do within their organisation.

– Reminder to all Transition Years that each student is required to be   present in Irish, English, maths, and the foreign language classes. If you have any reason to be absent from these classes you MUST have permission, in addition a written note in your journal, from either your Year Head Ms Norris or your TY Co- Ordinator, Ms Molamphy.

– The Irish Girl Guides Association are looking for female volunteers to work with younger Girl Guides and Brownies in the area. Volunteers required are as follows:

Wednesdays : in the Leisure Centre  – 1 person from 3.30-5 and 2

people from 5- 6.30.

Thursday :  in St HelensPrimary School – 2 people from 6- 7 and 1

Person from 7 – 8.30.

This would be a great opportunity to be involved with a project outside of school and would be a great addition to anyone’s Portfolio at the end of the year.

-Have an enjoyable week ahead and remember “Get Involved”.

 

Transition Year Announcements Friday September 5th 2014

“Thinking Outside The Box” will begin on Monday with each tutor group being assigned a particular day, details are listed below­
– Monday 8th 4K
– Tuesday 9th 4N
– Thursday 11th 4G
– Friday 12th 4S
– Monday 15th 4F
Students are asked to go to the room above the gym. Roll call will be taken up at the gym.

Junior Certificate Results­ On Wednesday 10th the Junior Certificate results are expected in the school. Fourth year students are asked to go to the assembly hall for roll call for period one. Once roll call is completed students will be going to the gym for some team building exercises, followed by results being handed out to each student.
GAA coaching­– GAA coaching training day with Paddy Gorey is taking place in Naomh Mearnog on Tuesday the 9th. The students involved are reminded to go to their period one class for registration and to then proceed to Naomh Mearnog. The list of students involved is on the Transition Year board on the corridor in the G compound.
Trinity physics­- Applications for the Trinity Physics course are still
available if anyone is interested. Applications are available from Ms
Molamphy.
Mini-­Company– groups who are interested in entering a mini­-company for the Fingal competition must begin to first research and market their idea(s) to see are their ideas viable. In addition the workbook, which is a very important component of the mini­-company process, must be completed by the end of October. Workbooks are available from Ms Molamphy.
The Transition Year Play– Clara Burke, who will be directing the play, will be speaking to the Transition Years on Monday. Students will be called out of class to the assembly hall to meet and listen to the format, from Clara, regarding the title of the play and the plan for rehearsals.

Have a good week everyone and the very best of luck on Wednesday with your Junior Certificate results

TRANSITION YEAR ANNOUNCEMENTS – FRIDAY 12TH OF SEPTEMBER

– reminder to ALL fourth years that you MUST have your permission slips to your Tutors immediately. This slip will allow each student to participate in activities outside of school grounds. If your Tutor does not this slip it may prevent you from participating in certain activities.

– Another reminder for students who have not already paid their Transition Year Fee that this fee is due to be paid before the end of September.

– Modules begin next Wednesday the 17th of September. Module layout is as follows: 

4K  Heritage Module   Mr Dempsey and Mr Curran

4N  Visual Art      Mr Higgins

4G   Model Making   Mr Behan

4S   First Aid   Civil Defence   and  Life Skills     Ms Richardson

4F   Animation    Ms Tynan

4K will be taking part in their “Thinking Outside The Box”  on Monday the 15th. Could all of 4K go to the C Compound for roll call period 1.

– Application forms are still available from Ms Molamphy for the Trinity College Physics course. Another course on Biochemistry and Immunology is also available. Again any student requiring a form can they go to Ms Molamphy.

– Ms o’Brien’s History class will be going on a History trip on Wednesday to National Museum at the Collins Barracks. Students will get a tour of the Barracks and will partake of seminars. This trip is in conjunction with The Gallipoli Project which is been run within the school in conjunction with The National Museum.

– Have a good week everyone.

 

Transition year announcements Friday the 19th of September

– On Monday 22nd a talk will be given by “Feelgood Scuba”. This talk will layout an E-learning course that allows student to spend five weeks completing a Scuba course online, with a further five weeks in the pool at the PSLC.

Students will be called out of class in period nine for the talk.

– On Tuesday 23rd of September all Transition Year students will be attending “Law Day”. This is a day long event which is run by the Law Society Of Ireland. Each tutor group will have an assigned Barrister that will go through a range of legal scenarios. After lunch each Barrister and their assigned tutor group will run a “mock” trial with the students being the legal participants in the trial.

On Tuesday morning, period 1, all students must attend their period 1 class for roll call. Students will be asked to stay in class until they are called to the Assembly Hall to begin the “Law Day”.

– There are still forms available for the Biochemistry/Immunology course in Trinity College. Forms are available from Ms Molamphy.

– Well done to any student that has looked to complete the Bronze Award in Gaisce this year. The Glendalough trip, that is part of the award, and that must be completed by any student who is doing Gaisce this year, will be on Thursday and Friday the 6th and 7th of November.

Any queries you may have ask your Gaisce leader, Mr Dempsey.

– Thanks to Ms O’Brien And Mr Curran for organising what was a very successful History trip to Collin’s Barracks for all the Transition Year History students. An enjoyable and educational time was had by all.

– It was great to see so many people interested in the Fourth Year play. Keep attending all rehearsals as arranged by your Director, Clara Burke.

– Have a great week everybody.

 

 

 

 

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School year 2013/2014

  • The TY Reflection Sheet for the Mentoring interviews is here.
  • The reflection phrases sheet is here
  • The Calendar for the TY Wednesday Modules is here.
  • The Work-experience (given in September) letter is here.
  • The employer details form (given in September) for the school is here.
  • Scans of the Insurance forms for Work-experience and Community-care are here and here ( .jpeg scans that you can print or save and email to your employer).
  • The work-experience-diary is here (everyone got a hard copy!)
  • The employer student evaluation-form is here (everyone got a hard copy!)

TY Notices Monday 8th April

Gaisce – Please see Mr. Dempsey immediately once you have finished your tasks.

R.N.L.I. – wrap up well!

Please look at and make a comment on the video produced by five of out TY students (here).

Well done and thank you to everyone involved in the Musical – thanks to Shauna O’ Brien for her photo-diary on the last night.

A date for the TY folders will be given next week – a paper copy of the reflective phrases you might use was given at this assembly. A copy is also available online (above).

Sailing now has 15 students. If you would like to go see Mr. O’ Mahony by Wednesday 10th at the latest.

D.I.T. Computing Academy Details of this course are here. The online application form is here. Please use your OWN (not the schools) email address.You will be asked about a contact teacher. Use this information. Mr. D. O’ Mahony, 01 8038056, domahoATportmarnockcommunityschoolDOTie Dothe obvious with the DOT and the AT.

Engineers Ireland, TY Programme at D.I.T. Bolton and Kevin Street 13-17 May – Details on the home page of the Website (Closing date April 10th).

Ms. O’ Reilly’s Tutor Class – don’t forget internet enabled devices for the INTEL Ideation Camp at the Helix – laptops, phones, iPads etc.

NUIGalway – details of Open Day on TY Noticeboard. You must reserve your place online.

Monday 11th March

Hacking – some comments!

Best of luck to the two moni-companies in competitions this week.

Well done to the students who participated in AIB Build a Bank and the Gathering Ireland Short Film Competition.

Seachtain na Gaeilge.

Musical – tickets on sale! Tuesday to Friday, 19th – 22nd of March.

It is OK to do some quality work-experience over the Easter Holidays.

Djouce – be prepared! Weather here.

Reflection Sheets.

TY Notices Monday 4th March

Focus on the musical this week – Stage on Friday.

Progress on Walk in my Shoes – small committee soon

Hope to do some work on Journals this week

Good luck to Build a Bank competitors this week

 

TY Notices Monday 25th February

Good luck to the students attending The North Dublin Drugs Awareness Task Force workshops on Wednesday.

Good luck to the students who are on placement with the Army Band and St. Patrick’s University Hospital next week

The mini-Companies and Build a Bank should be prepared for their various competitions over the next three weeks

Glendalough – Be prepared – heed all advice given. Weather forecast here.

Thank you to the five students who prepared a video for the Bank of Ireland Gathering Competition – Great work!

Committee for Walk in my Shoes later this week.

Musical cast list – pleas check and amend any mistakes

TY Diaries

TY Notices Monday 18th February

Welcome back from Community Care / Lesotho.

Places available on Your Life Your Choice conference. Wednesday 27th February – see Mr. O’ Mahony ASAP. Trancport and lunch included. Workshops on Drug Awareness, Social-networking, Peer-pressure etc.

Any student who would like to attend a class, with a Chess Grand-master from Russia, see Mr. O’ Mahony ASAP.

Community  Work Diaries etc..

The term ahead – 5 Weeks / Seven weeks

4G – no RNLI on Wednesday, going to Collins Barracks. Make sure to bring your project. 10AM arrival. LUAS red Line. Full-uniform

Compute TY – some money outstanding.

Thursday 10.00 AM talk on Teenage Mental Health from a team at St. Patrick’s University Hospital. This will also launch one of our two fundraising initiatives “Walk in our shoes.”

TY Diaries and Workshop

Musical

The Gathering video

 

TY Notices Monday 14th January

  • Mini-company students see Mr. O’ Mahony
  • Essay competition for Space-camp USA – click here. The American Embassy in Dublin launched the Space Camp Competition at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition at the RDS on January 10, 2013. The competition is for two scholarships to attend Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama for students (age 15-18) during the summer of 2013. Please read the rules and regulations carefully and fill out the entry form below
  • Mentoring will take place for students who were absent (without explanation) before Christmas on the afternoon of Tuesday 15th January. They must have a letter from parent/guardian clearly explaining their absence. A copy of the reflection sheet can be downloaded above.
  • The slides etc about 5th Year Options are on the home-page of the website.
  • Parent Teacher Meeting, Thursday 17th at 4.15PM. School finishes at 3.25PM
  • 4G go to Djouce on Wednesday. Please take all the advice given by Mr. Dempsey and Mr. Curran seriously. The weather forecast is here.
  • A hard copy of all documentation for Community Service will be made available this week.
  • Compute TY – €10 in an envelope with name / class on it, to Mr. O’ Mahony
  • There is no direct bus to DCU at the moment. You have two options on public-transport
  1. Bus/DART to town and bus from O’ Connell Streer to DCU, Glasnevin Avenue entrance.
  2. Bus to Swords from Portmarnock and Bus to Collins Avenue, 5 minutes walk
  • Please return all relevant work-experience forms to your Tutor
  • Please give details of your Community-placement to your Tutor
  • Copies of all documentation are above for download
  • Gaisce – please keep all your details up to date on the online system

TY Notices Wednesday 9th January

  • Please return all relevant work-experience forms to your Tutor
  • Please give details of your Community-placement to your Tutor
  • Copies of all documentation are above for download
  • Gaisce – please keep all your details up to date on the online system
  • Friday 11th Period Two – talk in Assembly Hall
  • A letter is to be brought home to your parents/guardians re the presentation on Thursday 10th January at 7.30PM
  • Compute TY at DCU – Monday 21st January – make sure you know how you are getting there. Unfortunately the dedicated bus-service does not run in January.
  • Wednesday modules are up and running
  • Parent Teacher Meeting Thursday 17th at 4.15PM
  • Build a Bank – Thursday 10th Period 4, A Compound
  • Musicals – listen carefully for rehearsal times etc
  • Mentoring will take place for students who were absent (without explanation) before Christmas on the afternoon of Tuesday 15th January. They must have a letter from parent/guardian clearly explaining their absence.
TY Notices Tuesday 4th December
  • Thank you for your co-operation during your Examinations
  • Well done to the 27 students who attended the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Innovations Exhibition last Thursday.
  • The 29 students who received a place on the ComputeTY Programme in Dublin City University  are advised that their week in DCU is from Monday 21st January.
TY Notices Wednesday 21 November
  • Good luck to everyone in the play, Twelfth-night. Please support it for only €5!
  • Gaisce applicants remember to keep both a hard copy and an online version of your participation in the programme.
  • All students were given a copy of work-experience forms etc this week. If you lost or mislaid these they may be downloaded above.
  • There will be a special assembly on Friday 23rd at 10.00 regarding the remainder of the term.
  • Exams on Monday and Tuesday 3rd and 4th December
  • Mentoring Day Wednesday 5th December
  • Work Experience Starts Thursday 6th December
  • RCSI Innovations Exhibition – details for the 20 students involves on Friday 23rd.
  • Congratulations to Ciaran Ingle who applied for, and received a place in the University College Dublin, School of Physics, TY programme. There was one place for every six applicants, so very well done!
  • The students involved in Build a Bank have received their training and are now up and running. Thanks to Mrs. M. Browne for her support.
  • Serena Bryans of Fingal Enterprise was very impressed with the quality of the two mini-companies she mentored this week. Keep up the Good work!
  • Song-school was a great success – thanks to the Music-students and others who participated!
TY Notices Monday 12 November
  • The Build a Bank interviews are this morning, directly after Assembly.
  • The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland has invited TY students to an Innovations Exhibition. Details here. If you are interested in studying any aspect of medical science you should attend this event. Mr. O’ Mahony will collect names this morning.
  • First -aid in the PE Hall on Wednesday
  • Log on Learn – as the previous day
  • Shared reading – as the previous day.
  • 4S please make sure you know exactly which museum you are going to!
  • Mini-companies Market-research and prototype to be completed by mid-November – check with me today since I want to arrange mentoring date.
  • Work experience – dates….
  • Compute TY, DCU…info to follow.

TY Notices Monday 5th November

  • First -aid in the PE Hall on Wednesday
  • Log on Learn – as the previous day
  • Shared reading – as the previous day.
  • St. Rosalies – the students who were to have gone before mid-term, go this week.
  • The students for Djouce on Wednesday, wrap up well. Forecast here!
  • Mini-companies Market-research and prototype to be completed by mid-November
  • Possibilities of community-care experience in St. Michaels House – letter on TY notice-board
  • Thank you for the Build-a-Bank Applications
  • Work experience should be arranged by everyone now.

TY Notices Friday 26th October

  • Mini-companies Market-research and prototype to be completed by mid-November
  • Possibilities of community-care experience in St. Michaels House – letter on TY notice-board
  • Thank you for the Build-a-Bank Applications
  • Have work-experience arranged by end of mid-term if not done so already
  • St. Patrick’s University Hospital Applicants – Thanks!
TY Notices Monday 22nd October
  • Modules Change -over this week.
  • A few forms outstanding.
  • 4K Log on and Learn for Senior Citizens next five Wednesdays. 11.15 – 12.40.
  • Group with Ms. Clynes Periods 1&2 on Wednesday go directly to PE Hall for First Aid. We have purchased a CPR face-mask for each TY student.
  • Issues around GAA Coaching
  • Build-a-Bank with AIB on Monday at Assembly
  • Very positive reports about the group at Glendalough.
  • Enjoy your MTBeak…

TY Notices Monday 15th October

  • The Centre for Talented Youth, Ireland at Dublin City University is offering a number of correspondence courses for students in Transition Year. Details here.
  • Wednesday Modules as usual – the students down for St. Rosalies’s last week will go this week.
  • The Group going to Glendalough on Wednesday and Thursday are advised to reread their instructions carefully and bring the correct gear and food. Check the weather-forecast here!
  • Thanks to the students for the Dublin Fire Brigade training applications.
  • I have applied to St. Patrick’s University College Hospital for places for specialised work experience. I will let you know if spaces become available.
  • Could the following students see Mr. Dempsey after assembly please
  • Liam Dinan
    Killian O’Driscoll
    Lee Brennan
  • Mr. Dempsey writes regarding Gaisce:
Would you mind informing the students of the following:
1. When they give the application form to me with the €10, they fill out the form on the gaisce website.
2. They then return  to me and I will enable the process to begin.
3. I will give them another form to fill out after each activity.
4. As well as this, when they finish an activity they must write it up on the gaisce website.
5. BY this friday they must bring in a note addressed to me stating that their parents are aware of them doing the Gaisce. The Gaisce office needs this information. Without it they will not be signed off.

 

 

TY Notices Monday 8th October
  • The Garda Traffic Corps will give a presentation on Monday Morning. This is one of the most important presentations we organise. Please use your reflection sheets.
  • Wednesday Modules as usual. I will confirm St. Rosalie’s. The group going to the RNLI listen to your directions carefully and dress for the wind and rain!
  • I have received no letters of application for the Dublin Fire Brigade placements. Two typed pages by Wednesday please outlining your suitability for the placement.
  • 12th Night Blog is now on the school website. Continue your involvement please.
  • GAA Coaching – all students must sign out at appropriate times.
  • The UCD School of Physics TY Experience application procedure is totally online here.
TY Notices Monday 1st October.
  • Mr. O’ Mahony will be collating all forms /fees this week. If there are any outstanding please give them to me, not your Tutor in future.
  • Wednesday Modules as usual. There may be a change in the First-Aid room. I will confirm St. Rosalie’s. The group going to the museum, listen to your directions carefully.
  • Well done to the cast in the play who now know their parts.
  • Thank you to those who applied for a TY physics placement in TCD.
  • Thanks you for your participation in Law Day. The Barristers commented on your enthusiasm.
  • Dublin Fire Brigade – a letter of application outlining your suitability for the placement. No more than two pages – to Mr. O’ Mahony by Monday next.
  • Mr. Dempsey about Gaisce: The closing date is next Friday 5th October. I handed out over 80 applications and have just received a handful back. There is no point making an application on-line as I have to enable it. I can only enable it if you come and see me. Application forms with €10 to me by Friday 5th October.

TY Notices Monday 24th SeptemberPlease ensure you have a supply Recording / Reflection  sheets and that you are keeping records of as activities as you progress in TYAll Forms/ Fees  etc should be with your Tutors nowMr. O’ Mahony has received one physics in TCD application. The closing date for receipt in the school is Friday next, September 28th.

Good luck to 4k on Djouce next Wednesday. Make sure to take Mr. Dempsey and Mr. Curran’s advice regarding clothing and footwear.

No takers yet for Rotary Leadership Development Competition – details on TY noticeboard

Many of you are involved in the Play – keep up your commitment

Insurance Forms regarding work and community experience are with your Tutors

Dublin Fire Brigade Training Centre: Two places guaranteed for PCS TY students Note: The placement is during the 1st Week of Easter Holidays. Application procedure will be announced at assembly next week.

Law Day on Thursday – do not arrange anything else – Go to class as normal on Thursday morning for roll. You will be called over the Intercom. Bring paper and a pen and a Recording / Reflection  sheet.

Transition Year Announcements Week beginning Monday17th September
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  1. Well done on results
  2. Forms / payments etc to Tutors – will try and get around Tutor classes on Monday
  3. Updates on TY noticeboard and on website – plan on letter to your parents
  4. Youth Leadership Development Competition Fingal – Application forms from Mr. O’ Mahony
  5. Central Remedial Clinic, Clontarf, Monday Night Youth Club – volunteers needed – details and contact phone numbers on TY notice board
  6. Wednesday Modules – also online under TY notices
  7. Shared Reading / St. Rosalies for Ms. O’ Reilly’s Tutor group
  8. Law Day on Thursday 27th September – do not make any other arrangements
  9. TY Physics Experience Programme Trinity College Application Forms from Mr. O’ Mahony
  10. All notices online / Calendar online
  11. Surf-trip €205 – details on TY noticeboard
  12. Eco-Unceso Up to date details here
  13. Work Experience organised??
The Matrix
Monday 10      4K
Tuesday  11    4S
Thursday 13   4G
Friday 14         4N
Monday 17      4F
Junior Cert results on Wednesday 12th. Good Luck.
See Mr. Dempsey before you register online for Gaisce.
Permission forms etc. to Tutors ASAP
Well done to all involved in play. Great progress so far!