Tuesday, 29 November 2016

AIB Build a Bank 💰

Congratulations to the TYS who were successful in the recent AIB Build a Bank interviews.
The positions have been filled as follows:
Bank Manager - Ellen Simmons TYB
Financial Controller - Brigid Doherty TYE
Events Planner - Eimear Smith TYC
Chief Operating Officer -Aisling McCarron TYE
Marketing - Rachel Devlin TYA
Artist - Katie Durey TYA

The school bank made its debut today at lunchtime and we wish them every success with this venture. Well done to all candidates who presented for interview. This was a great learning experience, regardless of the outcome. We are very grateful to the AIB for affording us this opportunity.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Garda Vetting for 2nd Work Experience in Primary School,Hospital or Creche?

Any TY pupil considering doing their second work experience in either a primary school, a hospital or a creche should call to R.132 for an application form and consent form.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

No Luck on Law Front! ⚖

We just received the news that CCS was unsuccessful in both the Bar Council of Ireland AND Law Society lotteries. We can't win them all!

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Adam Mullins Goes to Trinity and Beyond!

I recently participated in TYPE  or the Transition Year Physics Experience in TCD. This is a week where a select number of TY students from all over Ireland get a chance to experience what it is like to study Physics in Trinity.  As part of TYPE I took part in several experiments such as clouding levitation and the collision of two hydrogen particles. These were both very new and interesting experiences. I also took part in a day trip to Dunsink Observatory where I got to learn about Astrophysics and watch solar flares using a telescope.  This was definitely a worthwhile week and I would recommend that anyone thinking of doing Physics for the Leaving Cert. should apply for this programme. 

Lifeline Balloon Release

TYS will be involved in a balloon release on Mon 28th Nov at 12.40 on the Gaelic pitch. The purpose of this symbolic gesture by Lifeline is to highlight the plight of victims of domestic abuse in Ireland. Please go to class for roll call and your teachers will accompany you to the pitch afterwards.

Internship possibility with Dept Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Competition for TYS -  Iveagh Scholars - is now open for applications. Iveagh Scholars is a competition in which TYS from the Republic and Year 12 pupils from Northern Ireland are invited to consider and share their views on Ireland's role in the world. The prize for the 30 most considered, creative and though-provoking responses will be a unique opportunity to experience at first-hand the work of the Departmemt of Foreign Affairs and Trade at their headquarters in Iveagh House, Dublin.

Last year's successful entrants participated in a wide range of activities, including running a mock press conference, handling a fictitious consular crisis, taking part in UN negotiation simulation and visiting a foreign embassy in Dublin. Please click on the link below to see a short film clip that will give a flavour of the activities. Our own Oisin Bowyer features.


Pupils have a choice of themes:
Theme 1 -  Write a persuasive pitch for Ireland's  campaign for election to the UN Security Council in  2020.
Theme 2 - Students are asked to think about Our People and Ireland's relationship with its diaspora - the millions of people around the world who are Irish by birth, descent or affiliation.

Further details can be found on the TY Noticeboard on the mall. Alternatively, if pupils provide me with a parental email address, I can forward the information.

CCS is allowed to submit one name to go forward for a national lottery, so there are no guarantees! Pupils would have to have somewhere to stay in Dublin but there is some funding available towards accommodation.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

1st Year Activities - Volunteers Needed!

Looking for a Community Involvement opportunity for Gaisce? Ms Kelly, the Year Head for 1st Year pupils needs TYS to supervise 1st Year activities at lunchtime in Ms Farren's classroom  on the 3rd corridor, a couple of lunchtimes per week. (You wouldn't have to do every lunchtime, just one!) There is a kettle in the room, so you can make a cup of tea and eat your lunch. Please contact Ms Kelly in the Guidance Suite if you are interested.

Regional Sports Hall Athletics Volunteers

Thanks to the pupils below who signed up to help at this event on Wed 7th December. Please note that this will be during the week of your first work experience so if you cannot make it after all, please let me know a.s.a.p. Some employers may agree to release you on this day. Please contact them to make sure.

Eimear Smith, Kate Hunter. Caiti Farren, Katie Durey,  Danielle Houghton, Rory McElroy, Brigid Doherty, Ellen Keyes, Ciara Parke & Daniel McCormick.

If i don't hear from you, I will assume that you are able to help out. Travel details will be issued later.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Let's Make a Difference!

Tomorrow, Tue 22nd Nov, TYS gather as a cohort for the first time since the TY Induction morning in the Aras.  Our first SHARE was supposed to be our bonding session but alas that had to be postponed. Let's support this worthy cause and have a bit of craic at the same time! Tomorrow, TYS can sit at whatever table they want, with whatever friends they choose.  Your contribution will make a difference to chronically ill children and their families as they endure a terrible time of worry and uncertainty.  We would like to thank Class 3G and Ms Crawford for giving us the honour of being their guests. 3G are working off the premise that you are all well-reared young people and know how to behave in a restaurant! Enough said!

Friday, 18 November 2016

Walk In My Shoes - Transition Year Project

Each year, St. Patrick’s Walk In My Shoes Transition Year Programme invites 100 students from all over Ireland to take part in a week long placement, hosted by the Adolescent Mental Health team at St. Patrick’s University Hospital. The aim of the course is to educate young people about mental health and career opportunities within the mental health sector directly from clinicians at the campus of St Patrick’s University Hospital. All participants will return to their schools as ambassadors for mental wellbeing and share their new understanding of positive mental health by preparing and giving a presentation to their classmates.The project was set up in 2012 to breakdown the stigma of accessing mental health services amongst young people, and has grown over the years to become a comprehensive and worthwhile education course. To date we have welcomed almost 500 students on to the programme from all over the country.  All TY students are eligible to take part in the programme however due to high demand, places are limited and we can only accept one student per school.    Interested parties should give their name to Ms.McGeehin to be entered in a school draw. 
About the Programme
The programme has something to offer all students regardless of subject or career interests; however it is a particularly valuable programme for students interested in a career in the health sector, including medicine, nursing, psychology, pharmacy, occupational therapy and social work. 
Highlights of the course include; 
§  Observation and participation in a mock multidisciplinary meeting alongside clinicians from our MDT teams; §  Cardiac Response Training, after which the student will be awarded a recognised certificate of completion;    
§  Workshops and talks held by Willow Grove Adolescent Unit clinicians in a wide range of areas such as Psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; 
§  Mindfulness; 
§  Social Media Training; 
§  A mental health services management workshop presented by CEO Paul Gilligan 
Interest in the programme has increased year on year, and feedback has shown that the experience is a positive and lasting one for students.  Past students have made positive connections with follow students and staff which have continued long after programme completion.  A recent survey of students found that almost all respondents (96%) believed that their experience had been of benefit to them in preparing for a future job or role in the workplace.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

My Work Experience in Trinity College by Caiti Farren

I was one of the lucky 25 people from around the country to be offered the opportunity to do their work experience in Trinity in the Biochemistry and Immunology Department. On the first day, none of us had a clue about what we would be doing but throughout the week we learned a lot about immunology and how cells react to protect themselves from disease. We were assigned labs to work in and at the end of the week we even got to see where all the animals were kept, but we had to wear a lot of protective clothing. It was really interesting to work in a lab because the people we were working with were finding cures for MS and Whooping Cough. I also learned a lot about what it's like to be a Ph.D. Student in science. It was a great experience that really helped me to decide what kind of career path I want to take in the future.
- Caití Farren TYA

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

It’s Time for The Tea with 3G!!!

How to Throw The Perfect Summer Afternoon Tea Party

On Tuesday next (the 22nd of November during period 5 and 6) 3G under the guidance of Ms Crawford will be hosting a Tea Party for all TY Classes. This event will be held in the Aras and all TY’s are invited to attend. 3G are organising this event as part of their 3rd year action project. Students are asked to pay a €2 entry fee; all money raised will go to The Make a Wish Foundation. As I’m sure you’re aware, this is a very worthy cause. We hope this will be a very successful and enjoyable event while also raising as much money as possible for such a deserving charity.
Students from 3G will go around the classes collecting the €2 before the end of this week. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Thanking you in advance for your support,
Ms Crawford and 3G

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Maths for Fun Initiative

Would the following TYS please go to Ms Farren's room on the 3rd Corridor during Period 4 on Friday 18th Nov?  
TYA Ben Nelson & Laura McGeoghegan
TYB Jason Lynch
TYC Caoimhe Ruddy
TYD Ellen Keyes
TYE Aisling McCarron 

TY Volunteers needed for Primary Schools Sports Hall Athletics Event

Donegal Sports Partnership are seeking 12/15 TYS from CCS to assist at the Regional Sports Hall Athletics events for primary schools on Wed 7th December. Volunteers should make themselves known by putting their name on the TY Notice Board in the Mall.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Bank of Ireland - Hiring Now!!!!

Any TY interested in applying for a position in the Bank of Ireland School Bank should go to Ms McGoldrick in R.122 for an application form a.s.a.p.  The interviews will be held early next week. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn.  I'm banking on you not to miss it!

Thursday, 10 November 2016

IMPORTANT NOTICE - TY mini-companies

All mini-company business must be according to TY rules.

1. Your Enterprise teacher (past or present) must email in advance the teacher whose class you will be missing.
2. The student must go to their subject teacher and request permission to miss that particular class.