The culmination of all the work, all the effort and all the creativity came together last Wednesday, May 5, in the Croke Park Conference Centre when the two groups of Transition Years presented their Young Social Innovators programmes.
It has been a long process since last September getting these projects together and a lot of hard work went into the projects. “Introducing Me” – a programme on developing self-esteem, made it through the Speakout last March in Cork in the “Making Our World Healthier – Mental Health” section. The challenge of this project was to think of ways of improving self-esteem particularly in young people. They examined habits of Teachers, and engaged themselves in micro-teaching and role play to make their points, and they produced signs for all around the schools of positive messages designed to make people feel good about themselves. This and much, much more, including making their own film, writing their own rap etc. All was presented last week in Croke Park.
The second project qualified from the Cork Speakout in the “Making Our World a Better Place for Young People” section. The project was entitled “Guys and Dolls” and the students took a look at relationships between young people, and as the name of their project suggests, particularly between the guys and the dolls! They too were very innovative in their approach to the subject: carrying out surveys and issuing questionnaires, making a film and “composing” songs for their Speakout.
This was the first year that the T.Y. groups were involved in the Y.S.I. projects and whilst they did not win, it was a great learning experience for them all. Well done to all the students and Ms Slattery and Ms Flanagan, the two teachers who drove the projects, for all the work.
Athletics – South East Munster
Twenty eight athletes travelled to Waterford last week to take part in the South East Munster Individual Athletics Championships and they continued the winning ways of the team season, with girls qualifying for thirteen events at Munster level on Saturday, May 23 in Cork C.I.T.
In the Senior Section, Silvianne Strapp, Nicola Sutton, Lorraine Healy and Ann Marie Hayes won bronze in the Relay, Ann Marie Hayes won gold in the 800 metres, Lorraine Healy and Silvianne Strapp won gold and silver respectively in the Triple Jump. In the 400m Nicola Sutton won the silver medal and Niamh Fitzgibbon took the bronze medal.
In the Intermediate Section, Elaine Fitzgibbon won the bronze medal in the 1500m in a time of 5m.35s. Sarah Healy took the silver medal in the Discus throwing 30.48 metres only 10 cms behind the All Ireland champion in this event.
In the Junior Section, Siobhan Hennessy took the gold in the 1500m walk, a personal best for her.
The Minors did extremely well with Eileen Rafter taking the gold in the 800m in a time of 2m25s and she was followed home in second place by Ciara Cummins in 2m.26s – it does not get much closed than that! Ciara also took silver in the Long Jump and Orla Healy just missed out on a medal, coming fourth. Rachel Hodgins came second in the three kilo Shot Putt, and took the silver medal.
This Science Festival is becoming a regular feature now on the calendar of the Science Department and it is hosted by Tipperary Institute. Projects being entered are as follows:
Robin Tobin, Sinead Crone, Amy Jordan – “To demonstrate the effects of liquid on tooth erosion”
Molly Ryan, Siobhan O’Toole, Eileen Bourke –“Mr Baker, so fresh it’s fungi”
Meghan Perdue, Aoife Barry, Nicole McNamara – “The effect of magnetised water on Rapeseed growth”
Niamh McCormack, Niamh Kennedy:- “An investigation into the decomposition rates of different paper samples”
Lauren Moore, Anna Joyce, Carina O’ Brien:- “Healthy Eating v Fad Diets”
Rachelle Hogan, Amy Revell, Niamh Butler: “Investigating how much electricity teenage girls use”
Eimear Teehan, Susi Williams, Elizabeth Aleshinloye:- “Can drain water be used to water plants?”
Jenni Kennedy, Sylvia O’Donnell: “Investigating the use of various composts on the growth of Violas”
Laura Booth, Emily Healy:- “Making a Solar panel from recycled materials”
Leah Carroll, Roisin Putti:- “Now you C me, now you don’t”
The Green School committee has been working very hard on WOW Day which will take place this week. WOW – Walk on Wednesday – is part of their efforts to earn a fourth green flag for the school under the Transport Banner. The school is awash with footprints as all are being encouraged to walk and to lessen their carbon footprint!