Rachel's Transition Year Blog



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.


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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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 CardboardΒ to experience virtual reality with sharks, space and other scenes.


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.


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.

Woodwork Assignment

Ty’s have been working on their Woodwork project, a colourful wooden box, designed by the student using a specific theme they had to choose, since the start of the school year. Each student from the Transition Year woodwork class had to design a mini prototype of the wooden cube using a 3-D cube template. They drew on the template, using designs that matched their theme, and constructed the sheet into a 3-D cube by folding the edges and securing them using tape. The students took pictures of the mini cubes using a simple stand. 

The following week, the students filled in a Development sheet for the Cube Project, explaining the story of their chosen theme, the design layout of the mini cube, explained how they are planning to make their Cube Project and included a few pictures of their finished mini cube prototypes.

Within the following months, the class hopes to have their Wooden Cube Project completed in time for its deadline.

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