We were delighted to welcome Kathy Collins, Safety Engineer, Intel on Monday. Kathy spoke to us about the importance of Health and Safety procedures in the workplace. Kathy explained her own career path and answered many questions. Sincere thanks to Kathy for taking time out of her busy schedule to speak with us.
UCD Science would like to invite transition year students to register for one of our seven workshops taking place during the February Mid-Term Break (Monday 12 February - Friday 15 February).
› Date & Time: 12th - 15th February 2018
The workshops available are as follows:
Further information about individual workshops are available on the relevant booking pages in the links listed above.
For information on all UCD Science Degree Courses please visit: www.ucd.ie/myucd/science
UCD College of Science
O'Brien Centre for Science
Students, teachers and the choreography team are working hard to create a spectacular experience for all attending our show Chicago, the musical on 13th, 14th and 15th March. Patron packages are available. Reserved seating, two tickets, two programmes, two strips of raffle tickets, name on the programme Roll of Honour and our sincere thanks! all for only €50!! Contact Ms Groome/ School Office.
In November I opted to participate in the Centre for Talented Youth, DCU Transition Year correspondence course, initially I was interested in studying psychology but ultimately decided on law. Every month, the pupils are emailed a new assignment which usually involves a 1500 word writing project, the material of which students are to deduce from included links.
The courses are designed to foster independent learning in students, teaching them to think for themselves and form opinions based on information provided. It aims to prepare people for third level where they are required to self-direct far more than in secondary school.
Our first assignment was based on the legal and ethical dilemma of ‘The Speluncean Explorers’, a fictional case written in the 1940’s which addresses ongoing philosophical issues of the legal system and the purpose of law.
A correspondence course is convenient because you are given a due date and can then work remotely at your leisure, it continues until the end of TY in May. I would strongly recommend it for anyone entering transition year, especially if they have particular interest in one of the four course subjects offered; medicine, psychology, law or writing.
By Aoife Lee Park Sullivan
We had the pleasure of meeting Hazel Gaynor on Friday the 19th of January when she spoke to us about the process of writing a novel. Hazel congratulated all the TY students who recently took part in the inaugural Hazel Gaynor TY Writing Competition. The overall winner was Kaytlyn Walsh and the runner ups were Aoife Lee Park Sullivan and Eoghan McGrath, all producing amazing work.
Ms Gaynor started off by explaining the steps that she takes when writing a novel. She told us about all the different people that are involved in creating the finished piece. Most of us were quite surprised by how long it takes for an author to actually get to the finished piece when Hazel told us that it takes her approximately two years to get her novels finished. It takes her around six months to get the first draft written but a further eighteen months to go through the process of publishing it.
Once Hazel Gaynor had explained about the processes, she announced the winners of the writing competition. Every English class in TY took part in the competition and so not everyone’s work could be read by Ms Gaynor. Fourteen of the participants were short listed and so their work was read by her. She said the work was “very moving” and “outstanding”. Ms Gaynor was very impressed by the standard of work done by those on the shortlist and so she found it very tough to pick a winner. In the end, Hazel announced that she had picked Kaytlyn Walsh to be the overall winner of the competition with her work called “My Little Spinning Top”.
We asked Hazel questions about her books and also the processes of writing. One of the questions was asked by Tia Burke, she asked if Hazel had ever started a piece of work but it didn’t feel right and thrown it away. She replied to this by saying that she never throws ideas away as they can always be used. She said that ideas come to her and she would either start expanding on them straight away or she saves them for a later date.
I think the visit from Hazel Gaynor was very beneficial for us as TY students who enjoy writing. She gave tips and tricks for writing and also told us the different processes that our work would have to go through if we ever published something. It was a very informative visit and I think everyone who attended, enjoyed it.
by Jayden Adams
It is absolutely crazy to think that half of our TY experience is over already. It just proves time flies. We have all had an amazing first half of TY. This could not have been possible without our amazing year heads Ms Groome and Ms Mills.
In our first half of being in TY we went on a bunch of fun and educational trips such as Go Quest, the National Archaeological Museum, Art Gallery and Zeminar which are all amazing places and were amazing opportunities to broaden our horizons to new experiences and help us see what we might want to do in the future when we leave school.
Not only did we leave school but we also had a lot of speakers come in and talk to us about their jobs and life experiences that gave us different outlooks on life and how we should proceed in the future with our careers and college choices.
In short the first half of our TY year here in Cross and Passion College has been amazing fun and an exceptional learning experience for everyone involved and helped everyone as a year group grow closer and become better friends.
By Cian Fitzpatrick and Finn Bolton Dowling
Ms Grier Gray and the Community Care class welcomed members of our community into school to learn how to use their digital devices more effectively. It was a wonderful start to the course which will run for another four sessions.