Transition Times

TY Horticulture

Although it is cold and the weather is unpredictable our TY Horticulture class have started on another project on the school grounds. The area beneath Mr McCauley’s office is dark, dull and most uninspiring.

We have commenced work on the space. Students have begun to take off the top layer of soil, if you could call it soil. We plan to plant a selection of architectural plants and bulbs that will survive in the shade and to cover the bed in gravel.


The Woodland Garden

Over the past weeks our TY students have been working on the Woodland Garden. It is beginning to take shape.


TY students create the set and support the school play – All in Favour Said No

TY students have been very busy over the past few weeks. With the assistance of Mr Nunn and Mr Dave Grant, our caretaker, they have built both the stage and set for the play.

Others have assisted with sound production, props and back stage support. Finally, Tom O’Brien (TYH)  plays the role of Mr Partridge with great skill.


TY Hike

On Thursday 20th September, the students of TY Joyce and Heaney were brought on a hike by Mr O’Keefe and Mr Hayden. We walked from Marley Park, past Stackstown Golf Club and up to Three Rock, before heading back down in a full circle back to the park.

Many thanks to the teachers who came with us, and Ben Murphy (TYJ) who took some great photographs on the day.

Carlingford 2012

On Wednesday 5th September 2012, The Students of Transition year boarded two coaches and set off for Carlingford adventure centre in county Louth.

The approximately 95 students were accompanied on the trip by Ms Conroy, Mr Dalton,  Mr Nunn and Mr O’Murchu, the co-ordinator of the TY programme.

After the long journey by coach, we finally arrived at the adventure centre, where we gathered our belongings, before having a crash course in the rules of the centre by its manager. We were then assigned into our rooms, and given some time to
settle in before we set off on our evening activity, which consisted of a short walk to the centre’s fields, to try some of their various logic puzzles, such as giant labyrinths.

When we arrived back at the centre, we were allowed to visit the local shop in small groups before winding down for lights out at 11.30.

When we were woken the following morning, we went to the centre’s large kitchen/dining room area for breakfast. At 9.30 we headed out for our morning activity, half of us went up to the nearby forest for rock climbing and abseiling, while the other half went to the local pier for canoeing and pier jumping.

Afterwards we returned the centre for lunch before we kitted ourselves up to the nines in camouflage for laser combat, while the other group did rock climbing and abseiling. We then had dinner at the centre before heading out for nightline, where we were put in teams, blindfolded and led through a maze in the forest purely through sense of touch and communication among the group. We then settled into the centre for another night.

On our final day at the adventure centre, our morning activities consisted of returning to the field for a high ropes course and Zorbing, which was being strapped into a large inflatable ball and rolled down a slope.

After lunch one group went to the seafront for canoeing and pier jumping, while the others went to high ropes and Zorbing. We then got back onto the buses and headed home.

The students of Transition year would like to thank the staff of Carlingford Adventure Centre, as well as all the teachers who gave up their time to accompany us, and Mr O’Murchu for organising the trip.

Oisín O’Neill, TYJ