Clonaslee College recently celebrated another busy Transition Year, with activities from a Barcelona trip, to karate championships.
The annual Transition Year awards night on May 26 May was attended by proud parents and families, students and teachers.
Transition Year student, Ryan Kilroe was Master of Ceremonies, introducing TY students who recounted each aspect of the course.
The highlights were the trip to Barcelona at Easter, and visits to the Young Scientist Exhibition, the Zoo, the Dail, the National Library, Newgrange and more.
The students explained their efforts in promoting positive mental health, organising a 5k race, producing the school’s Year Book, a video “Commit to be Fit”, learning Spanish and fundraising for charities.
The theme for History classes was of course the 1916 Easter Rising.
For Business Studies, students opened a pop up shop and fundraised for the homeless.
In PE, they played blind soccer, wheelchair basketball and followed the Sky Sports’ Challenge Programme.
It was a night of many well deserved awards.
Students received their bronze Gaisce medals.
They won first place in the Laois Heritage Competition and second in the Cooperation is Cool competition.
They won another first place in the Regional Karate School’s Competition, with an individual karate prize for Grace Callaghan.
The Transition Year students provided entertainment throughout the evening including music and body percussion with the assistance of Mr Eddie O’Neill and Ms Adela Meally, Music Generation Laois.
They performed a karate display with the assistance of Karate Master, Mr Patrick Beaumont.
They performed an energetic Haka, and as part of the History presentation, Mary Conway sang Banna Strand.
TY students made presentations to their hard working Coordinator Ms Maura Brid Gallagher, Ms Pamela Cummins, Mr Patrick Beaumont, Mr Aidan Fennelly and to Mrs Noreen Sweeney, school principal.
Mrs Sweeney praised the many successes in the year.
“Transition Year builds confidence, teamwork skills and computer skills. It is unique because it is driven by the students themselves,” the principal said.
She praised the students for their displays, performances and presentations.
She ended by thanking the students for a fantastic evening of entertainment and also thanked teachers, parents and all those involved, for their hard work.