On Wednesday the 18th of May the three third year classes carried out science experiments for their ecology course. They collected data on the different species of plants and insects that live/grow on our school grounds. They used a key to identify them.
The ecology experiment will count towards the students final grade for their final exam in June. Thanks to Ms Mulholland for the pictures and information.
Today is graduation day in Collinstown Park. We bid farewell to our graduating Leaving Cert and Leaving Cert Applied students. Themorning ceremony took place in the Sports Hall and was attended by all 6th year students and teachers. A breakfast was celebrated after in the gym.
Well done to the winners of the subject awards and school culture awards.
The graduation ceremony for TY students took place this morning in Collinstown Park. There were speeches from the Year Head Ms Davis, a representative of the tutors, Ms McHugh and from the Coordinator Ms Kirwan. Three students; Nafeesat Allison, Keri Brazil, Abbie Clarke , also made speeches. Every student received certificates for their achievements in the year. Following awards for the Spirit of Transition Year and for the Best Folders of Excellence, students and teachers enjoyed a lovely brunch.
Most TY students went on a long bus ride to Bay Sports near the Hudson Bay Hotel in Athlone Co Westmeath on Wednesday last week.
After arriving, everyone was quickly changed into the appropriate gear to protect them from the cold waters that day. We were then given instructions on the activities for the day and told us to stay safe because it was a windy day out.
The first activity was rowing rafts across the water, most people did fine despite the wind. Some people did get stuck and had to be pushed out. The activity did not last long as there were even more fun activities to do.
Next, everyone had to swim for a bit to get to the water park, the water was freezing cold, but the wetsuits protected us from the worst of it so nobody was dying of hypothermia!
Everyone was able to swim in the water despite the heavy wind and made it to the water park.
The few activities included climbing ropes and handles, sliding down slides into the water and jumping from a decent height into the water after climbing a wall. There were other places you could also swim to for even more fun activities.
After the main event was finished and everyone was changed back into dry clothing, we were treated to some McDonalds and Circle K. We used touch screen ordering machines to order food at McDonalds and the employees brought us our food.
Everyone had a fun day at Bay Sports despite the poor weather conditions.
On Tuesday the 10th of May, TY students took part in planting trees with Pocket Forest to make our school grounds look more appealing and to help the environment. Nile Charlston was the main organiser of this programme.
All the students that took part gathered up newspaper, cardboard and water cans. We first chose a location that would suit the planting best, after that was chosen, we had to set down the newspaper, and pour water on them to keep them down and moisturised.
After the newspaper was set, we had to cover it all in cardboard before pouring all the soil down over it. After all of this, we all took a short break in the art room. Ms O’Connell served tea, coffee and biscuits for everyone to enjoy. After our short break, we all went back outside to clean up all of the excess waste to make the area clean again.
Once everything was cleaned up, some of us spoke to the other organisers about how they love helping the environment and how fun it was to visit the other schools they have also helped out at in Dublin.
Overall, the students, teachers and the organisers had a great day and love how the area is looking at the moment.
We would like to thank the organisers for helping us become more eco-friendly and for making our school more inviting. Thank you to the teachers for letting us TY students help out.
Millie Byrne, Tracey Ijezie & Alex O’Reilly -TY Press