Congratulations to all the TY students who celebrated the end of a very successful, enjoyable and productive year. Here is my opening speech...I hope you all enjoyed the evening.
'First of all I’m delighted to welcome you all here tonight. It is great to see so many proud parents and teachers here to celebrate the achievements of our Transition Year students and what a year it’s been! Tonight you will get a flavour of the range of experiences this group have had this year. Between trips, guest speakers, workshops, fundraising, work experience and winning competitions it has certainly been a busy year.
This has been a year of firsts. You are the first group of students to participate in this new TY programme, a programme that was designed based on feedback from students, parents and teachers last year in the hopes of providing a programme for you that was interesting, engaging, fun and with many opportunities to learn both inside and outside the classroom.
A new model of work experience was introduced, rotating timetables, a portfolio, credit system and end of year interview and this group of students rose to each new experience with enthusiasm and positivity. I cannot tell you how proud I was to hear the feedback from the teachers and members of the BOM who conducted interviews with you last week. They were so impressed with the confidence and range of experiences you have all had throughout the year. So many of you lived the TY philosophy of ‘you get out of it what you put in’ and I am delighted to stand here tonight to acknowledge the personal growth of each and every one of you.
Other firsts included success at Junk Kouture, entering a farm safety competition, BT Young Scientist success with the talented Arno Von Kietzell, Conor Moyles, Oran Fitzpatrick, Alex Brosnan, Andrew Baggot entered a Formula 1 competition, 26 students got involved in Gaisce, we achieved a world record, modelled in a fashion show for St. Vincent de Paul, work experience ranged from the Air Corps to hospitals, retail to make up artistry and everything in between. We even had TY teams and leaders this year who were invaluable to me and the entire school community. Fergal Murray, Ellen Magee, Sean Byrne, Dearbhla Molloy, Treasa Murphy, and Kevin Mc Enroe were fortunate enough to participate in the Peer Youth Education programme. At the Meath Enterprise Awards ‘Lunchmoney Clothing’ the brainchild of Cathal Mc Intyre, Eoin Harkin and Patrick Maher won the Social Media Award while Shaunna Byrne’s ‘Supermanny’ won 3rd Prize in the Senior Student Enterprise Category.
Megan Perry is now a published poet and Aisling Flynn and Arno had great success in the Francis Ledwidge Poetry Competition. Our Spanish students Jorge, Guillermo and Fernan won the communication award at this years Scifest competition. You completed a computer programming course, first aid course, became forensic scientists, produced TV shows in Kairos, filmed a music video, and entered a film competition.
This year I wanted to make sure you knew that your experience in TY was my main concern. I wanted each and every one of you to have a positive experience. While I didn’t have DMC’s with all of you I certainly hope that whatever our conversations were, whether they were to gently or sometimes not too gently, remind you about good conduct, or to provide a shoulder to cry on or even to plan a soccer tournament, I hope you all felt supported, encouraged and challenged.
I was reflecting on the year and I realised that the hardest part of my job is passing you all on to 5th year. I feel I’ve only started to get to know you all and what a pleasure it has been, and now I have to get to know an entirely new group of TY’s. I then realised that I’m actually very fortunate… I get to watch you move forward knowing that the experiences you had in TY was the starting point in your journey of growth and development and I can tell you now, I’ll be riding on the coat tails of your success into the future. I will be proud to say your journey started with me in TY and I know that the relationships I have formed with you all will continue to grow with an ease and understanding that only comes from this shared experience.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Foley, Ms. Bennett and Ms. Byrne who were patient, supportive and accommodating on so many levels in the planning and organisation of all the activities this year. Your tutors, Ms. Bradley, Ms. Brophy, Ms. Curran, Ms. Cahill, Ms. Tuttlebee and Mr. Cumiskey have been the cornerstone of our year offering you a welcome every morning, a listening ear, an encouraging nod and helping me in so many ways throughout the year. Thank you! I thank your teachers for providing unique learning opportunities, and Imelda, Sheila and Deirdre who were always on hand to help me with the variety of administrative task associated with TY. There are many more people to be thanked but I have Ruth Crehan on hand later to finish the task.
So sit back and enjoy the evening where we can relive some of your favourite moments, celebrate success and acknowledge the growth and development of these wonderful students sitting in front of me.'
Kevin McEnroe receiving his award for Transition Year Student of the Year from S. Foley, Principal.
Robert Preston receiving his 'Spirit of TY Award' from J.A.Collins.
Saoirse Fitzpatrick, Cormac Hallinan, Lara Reynolds and Niamh Curtin receiving their awards for their outstanding work as TY leaders.
Rebecca Foley receiving her Class Prize.
Jake McEnroe receiving an award for excellent attendance.
Rachel Hiujsdens and Patrick Conway receiving Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year from C. Byrne, Deputy Principal.
Student speakers and singers: Dearbhla Molloy, Ellen McGee and Aisling Flynn.
Student of the Year: Kevin McEnroe
Arts and Cultural Award Winners: Olivia Flanagan and Tom Watte
Year Book Committee
Gaeltacht Scholarship Award: Treasa Murphy presented by R. Ni Dhushlaine
AIB Build a Bank team 'Diversatas' making a presentation to M.Regan to thank her for her support and hard work.
Student Council members receiving recognition of their contribution to the school from B.Bennett, Deputy Principal.
C.Bropy with 'Spirit of TY Award' recipients Robert Preston and Aisling Flynn
A.Curran with 'Spirit of TY Award' recipients Sadhbh Gaughan, Charlie O'Donnell and Jennifer Hannon
J. Bradley with 'Spirit of TY Award' recipients Oran Fitzpatrick and Jack Hetherington
C. Byrne with 'Spirit of TY Award' recipients Shane Carolan and Ellen McGee
Megan Brady, Sean Byrne and Alex Brosnan receiving their 'Spirit of TY Award'.
J. Cumiskey with 'Spirit of TY Award' recipients Zoe Leung and Megan Kelly.
Class Prize award winners Ryan Carroll and Caoimhe Walsh.
A.Curran presenting graduation certificates.
Presentation to J.A Collins, TY Coordinator.