Transition Year Updates
Scoil Ruáin Transition Year students have been very busy for the last term. On their return after the Midterm break, they began their 6-week instruction with Phoenix Strength and Conditioning during modules time. We have had a long relationship with the staff from this outstanding gym in Clonmel and the structure of each week is designed to develop muscle strength while having fun. Many thanks to Danny and the staff for all their hard work, in challenging times, for keeping our students healthy and fit.
TY also began a new rotation of subjects this term moving between DCG, Home Economics, Ag Science, Art Craft and Design, Engineering and Construction. They also moved between IACT, DIY and Media studies so they have been remarkably busy indeed building new skills in many areas.
As it was the festive season, we began our planning for Christmas early in the new term. Last year we had linked with some of our older friends in the community with the window boxes so this year we decided to reconnect with them again for Christmas. One of our class groups, Picasso, wrapped and filled a care box for a friend in the community with lovely goodies to brighten their day. We thank the local post office for helping us out in this venture.
As we did last year at Christmas we also linked up with a local facility, this year we connected with our older friends in Padre Pio Nursing Home in Holycross. Again, our students in Míro and Dali created care boxes for the residents that were gratefully collected by Deirdre. We were delighted to be connected in both these ventures with our older friends and we wish them all a very Merry Christmas.
We had a lot of Artwork around the village of Killenaule and in St Mary’s N.S. Our students, with the assistance of our fantastic Art teacher Mr. Cian Corcoran and our brilliant Woodwork teacher Mr. Paul White designed and painted the windows in Quinn’s, the Credit Union and the Post Office and Rory Swift and his band of elves made the most gorgeous train for the lobby of the primary school. All TY students were involved in making Christmas outdoor decorations for the Primary school too. (Thank you to the Coop for the pallets).
Finally, we said a sad farewell to Rieke, one of our German International students who has returned to her family and school. We wish Rieke, and indeed all our international students, a peaceful and safe Christmas wherever they may be, and we look forward to seeing them all back in the new term.