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Welcome to my blog! In my school (and many other schools in Ireland), fourth year - the year after our Junior Cert - is optional. It's a non-exam-based year but there's still plenty to do like projects in various subjects, work experience, competitions and trying out loads of new things! This year, a new idea was brought into TY; for each student to write a blog on their year...so this is my blog about my experience of TY. I started writing it in Spetember/October and it'll go up to the end of May when we get our Summer holidays and TY is over... If you're thinking of doing TY or if you just want to know more make sure you send me questions and I'll try my best to answer! Enjoy reading it!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Accord Talk, Dress Up Day and Mid-Term :)

Yesterday, Laura from Accord came in to talk to us about the RSE programme. It was a very interesting talk and very useful.
Today we are having a dress up day. The TY theme is scary movies. Everyone dresses up and brings in 2euro. There will be a parade at lunch where the best in all the classes go in front of the judges (the teachers!!) and the best dressed wins a prize.
Tomorrow is the start of our mid-term...time to relax after a busy eight weeks of work(!) :)
When we come back, we've only a week of school until it's time for work experience. I'm going to Naas hospital for four days and Tirmohan national school for one day...I can't wait!!! :)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

TY Updates..

Today we went to Moate theatre in Naas for our second of three mini company workshops. We met with Orla, who is guiding us with our projects. She listened to our marketing strategies and asked us about how far along we are. We were able to show her a computer image of our design and a mock prototype cut to shape and size. For the next workshop we have to have to have a proper working prototype and a finance plan made out. Hopefully it won't be long before our product is on the market!!
Tomorrow, we're having a visit from Accord who will be talking to our classes about relationships and on Friday, we're having a Holloween dress up day..TY have the "scary movie" theme...and then  we have a week off for mid term!!!
Time has flown by..we've fit so much into this term already and I can't wait for the next half!! :)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Colour Me Beautiful

Last Friday, Lys and Louise from Colour Me Beautiful came in to talk to us about what colours and shades suited us - they put us each into one of six categories...clear, soft, warm, deep, light and cool. I was a clear, like Dannii Minogue, which meant that contrasting colours suit me best. They also spoke about our body shape and whether we were petite (below 5"3'), normal (5"3'-5"7') or tall (5"7'+). I was "normal". They said that if you are petite, you should accessorise accordingly with small accessories. If you are tall, big accessories are best etc etc. They told us what body shape we were - pear, hourglass, straight or curvy. It was really worthwhile and I learned a lot from it. :)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Water!!!

water..omg what would we do without it?? its a well-known fact that without water, you'll die in three days..water keeps us alive, but it can also be the death of us..only 2.5% of water is fresh, the rest is saltwater, and in 60% of European cities with over 100,000 people living there, the water is being used up far quicker than it can be replenished. Every single person needs between 20 and fifty litres of water a day to ensure their basic needs are being met..but all around the world people are being denied that..one in six people worldwide dont have access to fresh water. Please please please help to conserve water and next time you flush the toilet, have a shower or turn on the tap, think of all those people who cannot do this!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Our Mini Company

Our mini company is called Knot A Problem - to see our blog click here !! :)

Monday, October 11, 2010

English Dramas

In English class at the moment, we're working on dramas to perform at the Briery Gap TY drama competition. Our class has been split into two groups and each group has written a drama to perform. Our drama is on the death of a teenage girl in a car crash and the effect it has on her family and friends. We are looking forward to acting out our dramas in January!! :)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Carlingford!! :)

We went to Carlingford at the start of our second week in TY. We left at 7am on Monday morning and had an action-packed two days. On day one, we went on the high ropes in the morning..we climbed 40ft poles and other...high stuff :) Then we had lunch (which was very yummy!!) and went for water sports. Our group did kayaking and then we went pier jumping..it was really fun (but I was petrified!). After dinner we were taken out on an adventure which we'll never forget. We left at 7pm and went on a hike through the mountains. It was rainy and windy but it was a lot of fun and it really helped us to bond with each other. When we arrived back at 10pm we got Chinese :) and then went to bed..
The next day we did orienteering in the morning. We then headed off to do the challenge course, where we had to work together to earn "gems". They included a big truck container that we had to crawl through to find our way out...in the dark!! After that it was time to leave; with our bags packed we hopped on the bus and were back home by 7pm on Tuesday evening.
It was a great two days - we bonded with everyone, made loads of new friends and had a ball!! Thanks to Ms. O' C & Ms. R for bringing us!!
:)

Projects...

So far this year we've been busy doing loads of projects. We started with our Geography project-our Trip Around the World. I'm heading to Italy and Russia. Other projects include our dress-design Home Ec project, our projects on french artists, our history project on the Cold War and our Young Scientist project, which we will work on for the year. Here's some pictures from my Geography project on Italy and from my Home Ec project on Irish fashion designer, Louise Kennedy:

The Colosseum, Rome
 
The Pantheon; There's a hole in the roof ^^^^^

Autumn/Winter Collecion Louise Kennedy
URL's for images:
Colosseum: http://www.google.ie/imgres?imgurl=http://www.planetware.com/i/photo/colosseum-rome-rcol4.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.planetware.com/picture/rome-colosseum-i-rcol4.htm&usg=__NpHSam7WKT67zClIIOF9h3izhIw=&h=334&w=500&sz=258&hl=en&start=0&zoom=1&tbnid=LQ6ydfauOkJSlM:&tbnh=130&tbnw=190&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dcolosseum%2Brome%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26biw%3D1004%26bih%3D581%26tbs%3Disch:1&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=126&vpy=115&dur=47&hovh=183&hovw=275&tx=125&ty=94&ei=aQGrTIi6OcTKjAes08G6Bw&oei=aQGrTIi6OcTKjAes08G6Bw&esq=1&page=1&ndsp=12&ved=1t:429,r:0,s:0


Monday, October 4, 2010

Mini Company Visit

Today we had a visit from Orla, our mini-company mentor. She listened to all our mini-company ideas and gave us tips on how to exapnd them..it was really helpful to listen to her views - she was a great help!! Our next mini-comp date is 20th of October when we will go to Moate theatre in Naas with other Kildare schools for the second part of our work-shop. I'll write again soon :)