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May 2017

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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