The 2018-2019 transition year class began their year with a trip to the Delphi activity centre where they took part in a variety of team building activities, including raft building, a bog challenge and high ropes.
This was the start of what has been a very busy half term, while there is a full academic programme happening during the day, there is also a lot happening in the evening.
They visited the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore, Boston Scientific in Galway and University College Dublin.
In addition they have taken a Stockmarket module, a film making workshop, Chinese Martial Arts, Comhairle na Nog and have had speakers on careers, industry and social issues.
The AIB staff came in and interviewed for positions on the school bank, the following students were successful;
Bank Manager – Eoghan Matthews, Chief Operating Officer – Oscar Gilligan,
Finance Officer – Adam Kennedy, Marketing Officer – William Conroy,
Customer Service – Ryan Moran and Cillian Lawlor.
These students will represent the College later in the year in the AIB Build a Bank Challenge.
In the area of Science, all students prepared projects for submission to the BT Young Scientist Competition 2019 and just this week the following students received the good news that their project was accepted;
Dylan Keane, Eoghan Matthews and Ryan Moran.
The title of their project is, “Could Music Choice Influence Athletic Performance”.
Another project in this area taken on by the students is maintaining the lovely flower pots at the front doors of the College thanks to some instruction from Mr. Paul Davey of the Milltown Garden Centre.
A number of students have put their names forward for transition year programmes with the Royal College of Surgeons, the Law Library and the UCC Confucius Institute.
The student enterprise programme is already underway, with student’s busy working on calendars and Christmas cards. The have also had a visit from Garry Lowe of Whizzkids IT who is delivering a student enterprise workshop on behalf of the Offaly Local Enterprise Office with the hope of igniting their entrepreneurial talents for this year’s competition. They have a hard act to follow as last year’s TY student Manus Heenan won the National Student Enterprise Award.
In the evenings as well as sport and music they have a 10 week Fencing workshop on Mondays, Tuesday evenings its First Aid with the Order of Malta and Thursday evenings they are preparing their project for the Young Social Innovators competition.
The programme will continue after the Mid-term break with music, law and driving modules.
Many TY students are busy preparing for the up-coming musical, Les Miserables, involved both in stage work and rehearsals.
The first period of work experience will be at the end of November.
Plans are currently in place for an educational trip to Barcelona in May.