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TY Reflection

The final few weeks of Transition Year are coming to an end as summer nears closer. The past few months I have spent doing TY, I have had many  opportunities in many various topics from once in a lifetime trips such as being apart of the Dance Drama who won first place, being apart of the Laurentic Project and meeting a range of people with different stories to other adventures such as being aboard the Samuel L Beckett Navy ship and getting to meet “Googlers” in the Google Headquarters in Dublin. Although my most memorable trip was the Ireland Vs Georgia match in the Aviva stadium as it was my first ever football match and there was a very exciting atmosphere surrounding it.

There was also many projects that were discussed within the classroom, such as  designing and creating a children’s book which was published to local primary schools, Junk Kouture which involved designing fashion and creating clothes from recycled materials and science projects such as researching what a flower is composed of and how it grows as well as even getting the chance to grow your own chicks from eggs!

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Some of the opportunities that you can have by choosing to do Transition Year in Crana College are as follows:

  • Trips – Google Headquarters, Kilmainham Jail and Glasnevin Cementary, Samuel Beckett Navy ship, Ice Skating, Surfing and Hill walking, Giants Causeway, Letterkenny Institute of Technology open day.
  • Classwork – creating a children’s book, researching details about our future career, Junk Kouture, Disability Awareness, The Laurentic, Cube Project, Science projects, Creating a product, Architecture Project
  • Other activities include-  Sliabh Sneacht Community Centre, Dance Drama, School Digital Champion, Special guests such as Christy Toyle and visiting President Higgins, Fundraisers.

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I think I made the correct choice in choosing to do the TY module as I got a better understanding of what I want to study in terms of my career as beforehand I had nothing specific in mind, and it may have been too late if I had decided half way through fifth year as I would have had my subjects already chosen.

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Transition Year has also given me the chance of learning new things not only on trips but at work experience as I learn new skills working in new environments and getting a better understanding of what different jobs are and which suit my ability to work.

I would recommend most students who don’t quite know for sure what job they want to study after school, or who want to get a better understanding of the country that around them and create joyful memories in the process!

 

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Disability Awareness

 

As only a few days remained in the month of March, another opportunity to meet another inspiring and captivating individual rose as a Disability Public Awareness Officer, Richard Alcorn, arrived at Crana College to explain clearly to the students, what having a disability really means and how to properly treat those who have a disability, with respect.

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As Richard Alcorn has experienced what it is like to live with a disability, he explained clearly what not to do and what you can do when wanting to help another individual. Richard also informed us on some experiences on how he was treated that had happened to him in the past, which were quite shocking.

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Although there is some people who bring a lot of negativity to this subject, there are others such as Richard who bring a joyful atmosphere to it. The Donegal manager Rory Gallagher and the captain Michael Murphy also have a great influence in supporting equal rights for people with disabilities, as shown in the video below.

By describing the job of a PA and the work of DCIL, students learn that people with disabilities can be independent, control their own lives and take their own decisions, given the correct help and support. This was a very important lesson as hopefully we will be more careful and think more as we put each other in the shoes of others.

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For more information on DCIL – http://www.donegalcil.com/

Eva the Elephant

As the second week of March drew closer, the Transition Year students began a new project in their English module. The specified task that the students were informed to complete was to create a children’s book, which held a strong core message for the reader, mainly ages five or older, whether it be how to react and manage if being bullied or to simply influence the child to eat their vegetables at dinner.

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At first, the students were divided up into separate groups, each with either one or more illustrator, this being essential as children pay more attention to images within most books rather than the writing.

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We spent the first week constructing a summary of what the main story was about, and who the key characters were. These being an shy elephant, called Eva, who begins school for the first time and eventually becomes friends with a turtle and a panda.

Creating these books is a great opportunity for any student as it is a pleasant memory to look back on, be proud of and hopefully make a child smile whilst they enjoy the book.

 

A copy of the books will be given to the creators (students) and a batch of each will be delivered out to local primary schools in the area to amuse the younger students.

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Malala Yousafzai – Woman I Admire

Within the past few days, I have been preparing a slideshow for my Drama class based on a specific woman that inspires me, who has had a huge impact on other lives and helped change something in this world for the better.

For this project I chose Malala Yousafzai who is currently 19 years old.

Malala Yousafzai was born in northwestern Pakistan, where her father was a school owner and was active in educational issues.

After having blogged for the BBC since 2009 about her experiences during the Taliban’s growing influence in the region, in 2012 the Taliban attempted to assassinate Malala Yousafzai on the bus home from school.

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She survived, but underwent several operations in the UK, where she currently lives. In addition to her schooling, she continues her work for the right of girls to education.

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Muhammad Ali

For my Physical Exercise project I had to make a presentation based on a famous sports team, a popular sport or a famous athlete. I chose to develop my presentation on the famous boxer Muhammad Ali.

Throughout the making of this project I have learned many new things about this historical man.

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A summary of Muhammad Ali’s History is detailed below:

  • Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. was born in Louisville, Kentucky in January 17,1942 and passed on June 3, 2016 at 74.
  • In 1964, he changed his name to Muhammad Ali as a result of changing to the Islamic religion.
  • At 6 feet 3 inches, he was an imposing figure in the ring, known for his swift footwork, and powerful jab.

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Some of Ali’s achievements are also mentioned within the slide –

Ali fought in 61 fights over a professional career lasting 21 years and won 56 of those fights including 37 knockouts.

1 Light-heavyweight Olympic gold medal (1960)

3 times crowned World Heavyweight Champion (1964, 1974, & 1978)

Involved in several historic boxing matches: the Fight of the Century, Super Fight II and The Rumble in the Jungle“.

I also included the presentation slides together below.

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Google HQ

On Friday the 24th of March, the School Digital Champions of Crana College traveled down to Dublin to visit the “Googlers” who worked in the Google building. After finding our way into the building, we were taken into an office where we used a Google VR Cardboard to experience virtual reality with sharks, space and other scenes.

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You simply place your phone in the front cover after selecting a Virtual Reality video or image and look through the lenses for the scene to appear.

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If you’d like to try Google Cardboard you can buy one online and use some of the following videos to travel the world!

We took a tour of the building along with other students and discovered what it was like to work at Google as well as getting the chance to talk to some of the people who worked there. Before we left we got a lunch and a

Sliabh Sneacht Community Centre

Since my last completion of my art module in my portfolio, I have made and completed a junk kouture dress which consisted of recycled cupcake cases, music note sheets and recycled clothing.

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After we had completed the Junk Kouture project, we began to work on another project for the Laurentic. In order to begin this task, we arranged to travel to the Sliabh Sneacht community center. We met with a woman who was helping us create our work for the Laurentic who was called Bernie.

The week before we were meant to travel to the Community Centre, each student thought of an idea on how to remember the Laurentic but in an artistic way. My idea was to put names of all the people who died aboard the ship, along with their date of birth, inside a poppy, for remembrance.

On the day we arrived, we were split around the classroom each assigned a specific task.

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Mine was to sew strands of wool together to make an oceanic effect. By the end of the day, i had a few sewn which would then be placed onto a larger sized picture to create a beautiful view of the SS Laurentic.

My Ideal Job

As St. Patrick’s day weekend comes closer, our Transition Year class have been assigned tasks to create certain presentations, based on their subject. For this week, we had to produce a slide based on our future career for our Enterprise module.

My chosen career was photography. Some of the slides that I created for the slide are shown below:


We were given certain headings to develop our points and specific questions to research in order to find out more information about our chosen career. One question asked within the slide was ‘What subjects are needed in order to study your chosen career?’




This Friday the 10th of March is the due date for the presentations, which we will later present to the class and be graded on as part of our subject assignments portfolio.

By completing these presentations, it gave us a better understanding of what subjects we need to get to study our chosen career, where we may work and other inside information that can be very useful.

Seachtain na Geailge

In our Irish class, the Transition Years have been preparing for Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish Week) for the week of Monday the 13th.


The students wrote down and discussed what fun events to undertake with certain year groups from Crana College which inluded the following:

  • Making ‘Seachtain Na Gaelige’ posters to promote the activities
  • Ensuring we have the necessary equipment for the games
  • Bingo
  • Irish dancing
  • ‘Seanfhocal’ Poster competition
  • Irish charades
  • Gaelic


As the week of St. Patrick’s day nears, having a week dedicated to the Irish language and Irish traditions adds excitement for this coming Friday.

By simply offering the students in Crana college a chance to play popular games in the Irish language, it will help boost their Irish vocabulary and possibly help with their Irish studies as well as having fun whilst doing so.

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As well as managing a variety of Irish themed games, there will also be a ‘Green Day’ or ‘Lá Glas’ held on the Thursday, before St. Patrick’s Day. The best dressed student will receive a special prize for their outfit, awarded for the effort they put into their wardrobe!

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