Portarlington TYs far from speechless

Col�iste Iosag�in Portarlington Transition Year Student of the Year R�is�n Fenlon.
Coláiste Iosagáin’s Transition Year students ended a busy year with traditional speeches by students, covering topics ranging from the marriage referendum and mental health to shopping and celebrities.

Coláiste Iosagáin’s Transition Year students ended a busy year with traditional speeches by students, covering topics ranging from the marriage referendum and mental health to shopping and celebrities.

They were prepared by English teachers Ms Holloway and Ms Sugrue and though nervous, took to the podium like professionals, entertaining the audience of parents, relatives and staff.

It was a night of celebration and awards, marking the many achievements in the busy year for TYs, led by co-ordinator Ms Nolan.

Student of the Year was awarded to Róisín Fenlon, with nominees Orla Mullaly and Laura Tinkler, while the Give your all Award went to Rachael Flanagan.

17 Gaisce Bronze achievers were awarded, and a host of other achievements recognised, including debating, dancing, careers skills, sport, amber flag, baby care, student endeavour, spirit of Coláiste Iosagáin, Cúnamh, portfolios and academic recognition.

The events of the year were recalled with a film about the trip to Barcelona and a slide show.

Proceeds of €2,483 from Strictly Come Dancing were presented to Light Up Port and Bernie Bracken on behalf of the committee, who thanked students, parents, staff and the community for their support.

€104 was presented to Róisín Fenlon for the Walk in My Shoes Campaign in St Patrick’s University Hospital in Dublin which aims to assist adolescents with Mental Health issues.

Retiring teachers Seamus Mac Gearailt and Nick Bergin were presented with gifts of appreciation.

The night concluded with words of appreciation from the principal Mr Bennett and refreshments served with the TY 2015 cake cut and duly demolished.