- Published: Friday, 06 December 2019 14:28
On the 19th and 20th November, 24 TY students accompanied by three teachers travelled to Belgium for a very bust two-day trip. On the first day we travelled to the historic city of Ypres and spent some time there exploring the city before visiting Tyne Cot Cemetery. That evening Luke Flanagan MEP, who had sponsored the trip, took our group for dinner in the Hard Rock Café in Brussels and presented one of the students (whose birthday it was that day) with a birthday cake.
The next morning we travelled to the European Parliament where the group had a presentation on the workings of the parliament. We had our lunch in the parliament before moving on to Concept Chocolate for a workshop. As part of this every student was given the opportunity to make and decorate their own chocolate.
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On Wednesday, 2nd October we all got on the bus to depart from the school at 10am. We headed to Moville then on to Greencastle.
The Foyle Hotel:
We arrived at the Foyle Hotel and met the owner and head chef, Brian McDermott. He gave us a talk about his experience in the food industry, the importance of food, food development and nutrition in the diet. He also mentioned how wellbeing and mindfulness is very important in everyday life. Brian is currently writing his third cook book. His last book 'Donegal Table' won the prize in China for the best cook book in the world in 2019. We then got back on the bus and made our way to the Moville Boutique Hostel.
What's the best wrong answer ever given by a student? Why do teenage Goths exist? In class, why is a pigeon on the windowsill so fascinating? Why do lads have to get to the back of the bus? What's it like to be in a double class with a teacher that wears tweed? These and many more questions were answered by Ger Carey as he used comedy to explore the weird and wonderful life of a teenager. Ger certainly got into the mind of the TY student - two hours of jam packed fun. Then a little detour on the way home and a quick visit to the Grianan of Aileach where Dessie McCallion gave the students a brief history of the fort. The views from the top were specatular. Great day all round and well done to everyone.
Brandywell Stadium was the setting for the latest event organised by Extern's Third Space team. A group of thirty TYs from CCS togged out for a training session followed by a match against counterparts from Lisneal College. Derry City FC coach Donal O'Brien delivered an intense hour of training, after which City's 3G pitch saw a hugely entertaining contest that ended up with a Lisneal victory (and about 50 pupils on the pitch). The day out in the Maiden City was the latest in a series of engaging workshops delivered by Third Space, so far including healthy lifestyle initiatives, active team-building, storytelling and digital media. We're looking forward to finding out what else they have in store for TY2020...
Lansdowne Road had the pleasure of welcoming over forty of our Transition Year pupils on Thursday, 5th September for the Ireland Switzerland game. It could be said that not all of them were fully committed to the cause of Irish soccer, especially given the pre-match predictions...nil-nil, obviously! As it turned out, the match was quite a tense affair and the pupils seemed to be glued to it for the last 15 minutes. And when Ooooh Daaavid MaaacGoooldrick scored the equaliser, the place pretty much melted. The FAI have the right idea packing the stands with pupils; they tend to sing a lot, though not necessarily football songs. But it all adds to the occasion. And it looks like there'll be another pack of TYs at the Denmark game - the biggest game of the year...School was never like this!