On May 16th nine Third Year students travelled to Youth Work Ireland Centre in Tuam to attend a workshop with Comhairle Na nÓg. It centred on the environment and the problems caused by today’s society.
We learned that not only are we a part of the problem, but a part of the solution as well.
Firstly we had a talk from Mark Molloy about waste management. It benefited us because we learned how to sensibly manage resources. He taught us about alternatives to plastic and how to use less packaging. He shared pictures of turtles and other marine animals, wrapped in plastic, which has been discarded by humans. These were effective in expressing the problem in an eye-opening way. The frightening statistics made us question our actions and ourselves, on whether we are helping the environment to the best of our ability.
We next got involved in a more hands on workshop. We got to interact with the students from different schools. We got to plant plants, which we learned helped with pollination. He encouraged us to refurbish abandoned places and small areas of land by planting plants. We got to make an outfit with scraps of old fabric. This was great fun, because we got to make a dress that we thought would not look nice at all, but we were wrong. It taught us that we can make use of unwanted materials.
We are glad we got the opportunity to attend such a worthwhile workshop. It was a very enjoyable experience. We would be happy to attend another in the future. Rebecca Gormley 3rd Year.
Yesterday our Transition Year class 4A conducted their Geographical Fieldstudy. It was made all the more enjoyable by the glorious temperature of 19 degrees on Silverstrand. Just fresh off the plane from the tour in Italy all the class were motivated to measure beach fabric, analyse beach slope and find wind and wave speed to name a few tasks. Well done to all of 4A and Ms. Canny & Ms. Maher for assisting.
Some of our TY traveled to Galway to carry out a beach study during the week. Well done to all involved.
Well done to our First Years who raised 130 euro for Trocaire over the Lenten Period. This money will now go to support young people the same age in the developing world, while also raising awareness of injustice and global poverty in Ireland.
Safe travels to our 5th-year student, Jane Ryder, who is traveling to Lourdes during the Easter with HCTP (Hosannah House and Children’s Pilgrimage Trust). She will be working with young children who have disabilities or are disadvantaged. Well done Jane.
A lovely day of celebration was organized by Transition Year students for our First Year students and their Grandparents. Fr Fergal Cunnane celebrated a lovely Mass and all the First Years were very proud to participate in the Liturgy. They displayed photographs and a collage remembering all their grandparents . Ms Annette Walsh and her choir added to the occasion with their lovely hymns and songs. There was great entertainment with music , song and dance following refreshments. All enjoyed a lovely day and it is hoped there will be many more occasions to celebrate the school and parish links.
Ms. Scarry and Ms. Clesham along with our Transition Year students welcomed 57 French students and their teachers from Normandy to Dunmore Community School today. They were given a tour of our school and shown our facilities. They learned alot about the opportunities our TY students get with us here in DCS. Ms. Walsh and the Music Dept entertained our visitors with music, song and dance.
On Tuesday 19th March, our Transition Year students welcomed 35 French students and 3 teachers from the Loire Valley. They organised a wonderful concert to entertain our French guests which highlighted the wonderful talents and culture in our school. They also gave them a tour of our school and swapped stories about life in Ireland and life in France.
Transition Years organised a very enjoyable Trath na gCeist on Thursday 14th March for First and Second years