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Welcome to our TY Diary 2017/2018! On this page we will keep you up to date with all our adventures during the year!

April

National Scratch Competition Winners

Congratulations to 3 of our TY students who took home not only 1 but 2 prizes from the Scratch Competition last Wednesday 25th of April in UL. Niamh and Dani won the Best Animation prize out of 502 entrants, for their short animation called 'Behind the Bully'. Dewi took home the best in her category prize for her mini game called 'Clean up the Streets'. Well done to our students and all 31 finalists on the day. 

National Scratch Finals 2018

Check out their projects below: (You will need to have flash enabled)

Behind the Bully:

Clean up the Street:

March

YSI Speakout

On the 21st of March the TYs travelled to the Lyrath Estate Hotel for the Young Social Innovator Speakout. Both TY classes have been working hard in their YSI class raising awareness for their topics; Girls in sport and LGBTQ+ equality in the school. They had a great day learning about other schools social issues.

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Visit to Cloughjordan

On the 12th of March all the Transition Years travelled to Cloughjordan House in County Tipperary. Both classes started the visit with a warm welcome of hot chocolate and delicious baked treats. One group worked in the garden whilst the other group worked in the kitchen. The 4A class worked in the garden first and the 4B class worked in the kitchen. In the kitchen they learned how to make vegetable soup and homemade bread from scratch we also learned how to make their own butter. They really enjoyed making the bread.

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Whilst they were working hard in the kitchen the other group were learning how to sew seeds and learned about the work that is done around Cloughjordan. They had a great time feeding the pigs, collecting the eggs from the chickens and sewing seeds for different vegetables. For lunch they enjoyed eating the soup and bread that the 4B class made earlier which was really appetizing. After lunch they handed over our aprons to the 4A class to prepare for dinner.

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The 4B class were out in the garden. In the kitchen they made tacos and chocolate brownies. They, learned different skills such as how to cut vegetables and how to bake brownies. The 4B class were working hard in the garden, they sewed seeds in the greenhouse and fed the pigs. Then they all enjoyed the tacos that were made in the kitchen for the dinner and the brownies for dessert. They had a great day in Cloughjordan, they enjoyed learning how the food comes from the farm to the fork.


TY Drama

On the 6th and 7th of March the TYs put on the annual TY play directed by Ms Donovan and Ms Tobin. The two plays ‘Are We Late’ and ‘Dead Lucky’ were written by Michael Dennehy. ‘Are We Late’ was a light hearted comedy about a drunk man and his wifes struggle to make the Late Late Show. ‘Dead Lucky’ was a darker comedy about and string of affairs and plot twists. The plays were a big success and enjoyed by everyone.

 

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february

The Transition Year class attending the M.O.G Car Safety Demonstration given by Mike Gleason.

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Science of the Circus

The TYs travelled to UL with the 5th Year Physic class to the Science of the circus workshop. Circus performer, James Soper demonstrated how science is used in circus performances. They had a great time and learned a lot.

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Work Experience

The TYs spent a week from the 5th the 9th of February on work experience. We chose a career that we had an interest in. We spent the week observing and learning about the job. We all enjoyed the week and learned a lot.


january

African Drumming Workshop

The TYs had an African Drumming workshop in the school. They learned how to play a few rhythms on the drums and they had a good time.

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Scoil Pól Make- Up Masterclass

A group of TY girls organized a make- up masterclass in aid of Focus Ireland and the TY fund. Two make up artists, Leah O’Sullivan and Jodie Hanley gave a demonstration each and gave the audience their tips and tricks. There was some amazing spot prizes sponsored by local pharmacies. The night was a great success, over €600 was raised and the girls would like to thank everyone for their support.

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december

The Staff Christmas Dinner 

On the 13th of December the 4A class hosted the annual staff Christmas dinner in the library. They were preparing for it in their cookery and life skill classes. The learned how to set and serve a table correctly. All the students were involved in making the dinner and some were chosen to serve the tables. It was a success, all the teachers enjoyed their meal. 

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The Christmas Market 

On the 15th of December 2017 some TYs travelled into the Milk Market in Limerick to sell their Mini Company products. There was a wide variety of stalls there. All the TY mini companies there had a successful day selling.

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First Aid Module 

The TYs completed their First Aid Module. They were thought the basic first aid skills such as how to treat wounds, CPR, how to use a defibrillator and how to make a sling. These were valuable skills that the TYs may have to use in life. They enjoyed this module and learned a lot.

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Sign Language Module

All TYs took part in the sign language module. They began it at the end of November and last 3 weeks. They learned how to spell their name and the alphabet, they also learned how to talk about themselves. All the TYs enjoyed doing their sign language module.

 

november

Comedy Show

On the 13th of November 2017 the TYs went to a comedy show in the Friars Gate, Kilmallock. The comedy was a one man comedy given by Ger Carey the comedian. The show was very entertaining and everyone found it very funny.


The Lifesavers Project

On the 14th of November 2017 the TYs attended a road safety demonstration and talk in the South Court Hotel, Limerick. A live demonstration was given, actors acted in a fatal car crash. The demonstration showed what happens at a car accident scene and how the guards, the fire brigade and the ambulance do their at a car accident scene. After the demonstration they were given a talk by the guards, an ambulance worker, a fireman and a car crash survivor. Upsetting videos and pictures were shown but the TYs learned the importance of road safety.

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The Cork Pops Concert

On the 10th of November 2017 all TYs travelled to the UL Concert Hall in Limerick to watch the Cork Pops perform. The Cork Pops are a full orchestra, they were joined by the Voice of Ireland winner Keith Hanley. The performance was excellent and it was enjoyed by everyone.

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october

Self Defense Module

All Transition Year students took part in their self defense module with Martin from the School of Fitness Ireland. The module lasted 6 weeks, each week the TYs had an hour of learning self defense. At the end of the 6 weeks they all had an exam. The results of the exams were very good.

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The Claire Byrne Show

The TYs travelled to Dublin to be part of the audience for Claire Byrne Live. They left after school and arrived at the RTÉ studio in Donnybrook. Interesting topics were discussed on the show. They met Clare Byrne after the show for pictures. They arrived in Kilfinane late at night but they had a great evening in Dublin.

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september

The Transition Year Cake Sale

On Sunday the 24th the Transition Years held a Cake Sale in the school extension. We all made goods to bring in for selling. The cake sale was in aid for our TY fund. We all had jobs such as making posters, selling and dealing with the money. The cake sale was a great success and we are grateful for everyone's support.

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The Ploughing Championship

On the 20th of September Transition Year students travelled to Tullamore in Co. Offaly for the annual Ploughing Championships. A bus left Kilfinane at 6am carrying a load of tired but excited heads. It was a very wet day and we were all soaked but we had a great day going from stall to stall, meeting celebrities and collecting all the free things that we could. We all had a great day in Tullamore. We returned to Kilfinane tired and wet but we all had a great day in Tullamore together.

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Team Bonding at Ballyhass Lakes

Ballyhass Lakes On the 11th of September all Transition Years and LCAs went to Ballyhass Lakes near Mallow in Co.Cork. They took part in many activities such as the zip line across the lake, the gladiator challenge and the inflatable waterpark. This trip was our class bonding day, by the end of the day we all felt that we were closer as a class as many activities were team based and we all had to work together. We all had a great day in Ballyhass with our class, teachers and instructors.

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Woodwork

This page is dedicated to showcasing some of the wonderful pieces made by our very talented students over the past few years. It also contains some of the latest projects completed in class.

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2017 / 2018

Febraury 2018

A few action shots from our current Second Years as they are making Towel Holders, Foot Stool & Clocks.

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Here is a quick video of one of our students turning a towel holder.

 

2nd Years 2017/2018

Our 2nd years are hard at work this year, here are some of the clocks that they have been working on:

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Some of our second years are just finishing their Toy Planes.

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This year TYs were asked to photograph their own home or a house close to where they lived with their Ipad. The pupils were then able to create accurate drawings of the house using both Google Maps/Street View and Technical Graphics skills. Currently they are creating each wall individually from modelling card and timber sticks to support it. The aim is to have their own individual model created before Christmas and mounted on a base piece that will represent the site and surrounding landscaping where relevant.

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1st Years 2017/2018

Here are some pictures of our first year class busy at work on their first "Trenching" project.

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2016 / 2017

Leaving Cert Wood Projects 2017

 

 

 

Junior Cert Wood Projects 2017

 

 

TY Wood Projects 2017

03/05/2017

Here is an example of some of Toy Trains completed by our 2nd years recently ...

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25/01/2017

Here is one of our 3rd yrs who is turning a bowl for his Junior Cert projectwork.

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13/01/2017

Here are some pictures of the hard work of 6th years' are doing at the moment working on their projects...

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11/01/2017

Here is one of our 3rd yrs woodturning a biro from Walnut. And the finish piece on the right.

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13/12/2016

On Tuesday December 13th the 5th and 6th Construction Studies classes visited LIT where they witnessed demonstrations on a wide range of Construction based activities. We saw the use of a CNC router, cube testing of concrete, soil sampling, site surveying, roofing methods, use of ICT in interior design, etc.

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11/11/2016

Example of clocks made since September!

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20/10/2016

Here is a quick video demonstrating Wood Turning.

 

27/05/2016

We are delighted with the fantastic craftsmanship from both our Leaving and Junior Cert students. Please have a look at the beautiful pieces below:

 

Leaving Certs Wood Projects 2016

 

 

Junior Cert Wood Projects 2016


11/03/2016

Since Christmas our 2nd Yrs have been designing their own hand crafted lamps. Students were asked to bring in an old piece of firewood which we transformed on the lathe into a fully functional lamp. Each student was required to input their own unique design for both the lamp and the base piece. Some used wood-burning, others used veneers in the form of parquetry to decorate their project.

 

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08/10/2015

Miguel Marzo from Spain spent 6 weeks with us in Scoil Pol, he had never done Woodwork before and eventhough he had very little English he completed this decorative piece of Parquetry. It was finished to a very high standard and he picked up new Woodwork skills very quickly to complete it within the short time he spent with us.

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Junior Certificate 2015 Wood Projects

Junior Cert Wood Projects 2015


Leaving Certificate 2015 Wood Projects

Leaving Cert Wood Project 2015


News: Second Year Wooden Stools

21/05/2015

As another year comes to a close for these students there are more fabulous pieces created in the Woodwork room in Scoil Pol. The latest project was a hand-crafted stool where the 2nd years got to choose the designs on the legs and whether they wanted the top in timber or upholestry.
We are very grateful to the Hayes family of Ballylanders who supplied us with the foam for the seats of our stools. 

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2014 Wood Projects

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Leaving Certs Trip to LIT

On Tuesday Dec 9th Leaving Certificates visited LIT campus in Moylish where they were shown demonstrations on Building Construction, Joinery Techniques, Concrete Testing, Site Surveying, 3D CAD, etc.

 

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Second Year Toy Trains

13/12/2014

For the past 6 weeks 2nd years have been working on a Toy Train made from softwood but stained to look like more expensive hardwoods. They engaged in activities where they used the lathe to turn the wheels, cylinder and chimney, the mortiser to make the windows & used a biscuit and dowel joint to assemble it together.

 

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5th & 6th yr Students visit Construction Site
September 26th
Fifth & Sixth Year students went to Croagh, Co. Limerick last Friday Sept 26th to visit an active building site. Students were paired up and given twelve activities related to various building components and strategies to investigate at the site.
Students were required to measure and record the various building materials being used in modern day construction. Students were also given the opportunity to complete interior designs for various rooms within the building, e.g. Where to position a TV, couch and coffee table in the living room. The builder explained to the whole class group how to mark out and cut a common rafter that would be used as part of the roof for this structure.

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2013 Wood Projects

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2012 Wood Projects

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2011 Wood Projects

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May

Transition Year Graduation 2016

 

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Presentation to the Irish Cancer Society

After the fantastic charity fundraising event in April, the TYs presented a cheque to the Irish Cancer Society for €1,800.

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April

YSI Project - 'Happy Feet' Charity Run/Walk or Cycle

Our YSI project was presented to various schools in Munster in the Limetree Theatre in Limerick City last month, overall our presentation went very well and we recently were informed that we have got been accepted to attend the show in Dublin with approxiametly 70 other schools from around the country. As part of our YSI project we are promoting positive mental health and self harm, the class decided to organise a fun run, we organised this with our religion teacher, however it was great to see all the staff help with the event. The money raised from our event will go to the Irish Cancer society and our Transition Year fund. We organised a 5 kilometre fun run, a 35 kilometre cycle and a 60 kilmetre cycle. This event will run on the 16th of April and will commence with the 60k cycle at 10am, the 35k cycle at 10.30am, and finally the 5k run/walk at 12 o clock. There will be light refreshments and a fun day icluding a live DJ, Bouncing castle, BBQ, Facepainting, and more! Be sure to invite all your family and friends, a great day will be had here at Scoil Pol!. if you have any queries about the event please do not hesistate the contact the school on 06391197. For the full report click here..

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This was a hugely successful event, that require alot of organisation work from all the students involved, with help from their teachers. Well done to all the students involved!

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Also on day the TY launched their website 'BIND' Body and Mind Combined on the day. This website is packed full of information about maintaining a healthy mind and body. Each student created 2 webpages one for healthy mind and the other for healthy body. The coded and researched each topic themselves. You can access it at bind.scoilpol.ie

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March

Scoil Polar Bears Bank Competition

Scoil Pól attended the Regional Competition for 'Build a Bank' and did really well and came 7th overall.

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TY host play "The Golding Years"

The TY's presented a play called The Golding Years by local playwright Michael Dennehy in the Community Centre Ardpatrick on Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th of March 2016.

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Be at your best Investing in your Mind and Body

On the 8th of March 2016 30 transition year and fifth year students traveled to UL to attend a Mental Health talk delivered by Bressie. Click here to read the full report.

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february

 Visit to Cloughjordan Cookery School

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Trocaire Fast

Our six members of the Scoil Pólar Bears Bank decided to do a 24 hour fast for the charity Trócaire. Each member refrains from eating food or drinking anything except for water for one full day. We as a bank can support each other and keep each other strong through a challenge like this as we all know it is worth it to raise money and awareness for such a worthwhile charity and also to stand in solitude with those unfortunate people who have to endure this suffering every day. The money is raised by each member getting sponsorship for doing the fast. All of us believe that it is such a meaningful cause and hope that our effort makes a difference and if we have made a difference to even just one persons life that is a big difference.

 

Scoil Pólar Bears Bank

 

Scoil Pól TY took part in the 'Build a Bank' programme. They named their bank Scóil Polar Bears. As part of the bank they also created a website and an online calculator to help their customers become more informed about the workings of a bank. Scoil Pólar Bears bank members felt it was very important to get involved in the local community and help the people around them. Their motto was 'bank on us' to show that they are reliable and by doing community work we feel that we are trusted by our community.

 

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 Self-Defence and Driving

 

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Colm Cooper Visit's the school and Scoil Pólar Bear's Bank

 

Members of Scoil Pólar Bear Bank were delighted that Colm Cooper, All Star football, was able to visit Scoil Pól Kilfinane where the bank is set up. Colm gave a very interesting talk to many of our customers about fitness, sport and nutrition. We then had a photo session with him. It was a very successful day eventhough many bank members were unable to attend due to work experience. Fortunately Áine Crowley, TY student, was able to attend and introduced Colm Cooper. After the talk the customers had a "question and answer" session with Colm. The customers enjoyed the talk and found it very beneficial. Scóil Polar Bears Bank was set up through the AIB Build a Bank Challenge and has been very proud of its success so far. Click here for more photos on the day .

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National Scratch Competition

The TY students also took part and submitted projects to the National Scratch Competition run by the ICS. Projects were submitted at the end of February.

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 january

TY experience Wheelchair Basketball

 

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For more photos, check out the Gallery below

 

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december

 

Music Concert at the Cork Opera House

 

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november

 

Saying Goodbye to our classmate from Spain!

 

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october

 

TYs go on their European Tour to Madrid

 

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TY hold a Cake Sale!

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september

 

TY's head to the National Ploughing Championships in Laois

 

National Ploughing Championships 2015