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TY Graduation 2020 (5)

It was lovely to see so many of you at the TY Virtual Graduation on Friday morning. We never imagined last September as we embarked on this TY journey together that it would all end this way.

We started the year with a trip to Squirrels Scrambles which gave you the opportunity to bond, build old and make new friendships while flying through the Ziplines!

Throughout this year you have got to experience an array of workshops, public speaking, basketball table course, Shoutout, an illustration workshop with Alan Nolan, an internet safety talk, a self defence workshop, a skills at work programme, an arts workshop and talks on what to expect when you go to college.

You have gone on trips to Irish Aid, Henritta Street, Hugh Lane Gallery, Airfield, Dublin Zoo and NCI.

You have enhanced your mathematical skills in areas such as statistics and algebra, you have developed your creative and reflective writing, you have researched entrepreneurs and in some cases set up your own mini company. You have conducted some fantastic research into historical events and completed some wonderful geography projects. You have developed new computer skills through coding, carried out experiments in science and got more involved in Green Schools. You have used your creative skills in Junk Kouture, Art, Music, Arts and Woodwork. You have improved your knowledge of Italian culture and language and some of you found a passion for baking and cooking! Some have found a love of the Great Outdoors and all that Dublin and the East Coast has to offer, walks in Glendalough, sailing, rockclimbing, orienteering and coasterring are some of the experiences you have had during the outdoor pursuits module.

You have completed a CV and interview preparation course with Marks and Spencers followed by mock interviews, setting yourselves up for life after school.

You have helped to plan and organise events such as Stand Up Week, Friendship Week, College Awareness Week and In November we Remember. Each of these are important parts of the school year and you have ensured student involvement.

You have supported school events such as Open Days, Careers Evenings, Christmas Tree Lighting and library events to name but a few. You embraced the Localise Programme and managed to raise over 500 euro for the Peter McVerry Trust through the Santa Spinathon.

In reading through your reflections it is clear how beneficial the Work Experience Programme was to you. For the majority of you it has opened your eyes to new careers and shown you the opportunities that are on your doorsteps. Throughout these placements you have represented yourself, your family and your school with pride.

PWC, Irish Rail, Dublin City FM, AIG, State Street, IBEC, Dept of Education, Solas, the Mater, Docusign, IBEC, HRM, Linesight, Colt Technologies, GSOC, Unicredit, An Garda Siochana, Garda HQ, Dept of Justice, Dept of Health, Matheson, A&L Goodbody, the Rotunda and the Hugh Lane Gallery are some of the work places who have welcomed you in and worked with you throughout this year.

We would to thank them for all the planning, prepration and work that went into the placements. They really looked after you, helped you to grow and ensured that you had the best possible experience.

They have shown you that you can apply what you learn in the classroom to the outside world and also allowed you to investigate what you need to do for the next two years to get to where you want to be.

We would like thank your teachers,SNA's, tutors; Mr. McCourt and Ms, Conway, for the fantastic work they have done with you this year as well as Mr. Browne, Ms. McKenzie, Ms. Doyle and Mr, Usher for their support with the prorgamme. Looking through your portfolios it is clear that you have had a wide range of learning experiences and from your reflections it is evident that you have built very positive relationships with your classmates and staff.

We would like to thank the following partners who have worked with us throughout the year; Localise, Business in the Community, Marks and Spencers, TU Dublin, NCI, Trinity Access Programme , Airfield Estate, Hugh Lane Gallery, Henritta Street, Emmet Hegarty, Alan Devine, Personal Safety Ireland, Shoutout, The Rotunda, Junk Kouture, Dublin Zoo, Irish Aid for working and supporting us with the Programme.

We would like to give a special mention to John Ruigrok - NEIC Work Placement Coordinator for working with us on the work placements. No problem was ever too big or small and he went above and beyond to ensure each and every student had a placement. It is clear he really cares about his role in impacting the lives of students in providing them with the best opportunities to grow and learn. Thank you John, it's been great working with you.

Congratulations to Nadia Gourley who was awarded the TY Student of the Year.

We would like to wish each and every one of you the very best of luck as you go into 5th year. Thank you to everyone who helped out with the TY Graduation!

Below is a video with the highlights of the year!