John Lonergan visiting LC’s on 29thFebruary 2012 invited by Miss McCarthy’s LCVP class.
Transition Year Programme:
The Transition Year Programme is a unique one year programme that promotes the personal, social, vocational and educational development of students and prepares them for their role as autonomous, participative and responsible members of society. TY provides a bridge to enable students to make the transition from the more dependent type of learning associated with Junior Cycle to the more independent learning environment associated with Senior Cycle. It encourages the development of a wide range of transferable critical thinking and creative problem solving skills.
Transition Year Information Night Feb. 2012. (click on link).
On the 10th of October we had two guest visitors from Clare their names were Rob and Shane and they gave us a day of learning and practising driver education. First of all, we all went down to the computer room where they gave us mock theory tests, they were so hard!! We all sat them twice to see if we could improve our score … turns out my result dropped the second time! After we had done that, we then had to go on Done Deal to search for a car, then go onto an insurance website and fill it out a form to register your car. All this had to be under a certain amount of money and you had to have enough money left to buy a Happy Meal ha!! We then had to type all that up with a picture of your car and print it out and give it to Shane. When we had done all the work we then sat back and Rob showed us really funny videos he had on his computer to do with car ads. They were hilarious!!
After lunch we went down to the back of the school to where they split us up into 3 groups for all the 3 stations. The first station we went to was the driving one; a man from Toyota had brought his car down and was giving us each a 10 minute lesson! Dararca and I went in together and we didn’t have a clue how to drive, it was fun but we didn’t really have time to learn anything! The second station, I went to was the tyre changing station, Shane was helping and demonstrating how to do it for us. I found it very helpful because I now know how to change a tyre “righty tighty lefty loosey”, a lot of random pictures were taken at this station and turned out Shane knew Sean’s dad in Clare. Then finally my last station was the beer goggles! These were priceless! Rob kicked out a football and me and Sean both had to run for it, first to get a goal won! Safe to say that was Sean! ... I fell over the goalpost! Very funny video of that on the school camera as well! We then had a chance of trying to hit the ball with a hurley, Impossible as you were seeing two of everything!! It would definitely make you think twice about drink driving. At the end of it all we got a certificate to say we completed the day. It was a great day and a lot of fun was had throughout the day!
Many Young Men of Twenty
Many young men of twenty is a musical play that deals with emigration and the lack of jobs at home that forced people to leave their native Ireland for England.
We started practicing at the end of October for this play. We started off by just reading through it but as time went on we each gradually got our parts. After long evenings staying back and all the practice during the day we were finally able to present Many Young Men of Twenty to Cahersiveen.
On the 7th of December we had a dress rehearsal, there were a few forgotten lines but we got through it.
On the 8th of December was opening night to the public. This night was a great success, nobody forgot their lines and the makeup was very professional looking.
On the 9th of December Christy Reardon came down to the school to take pictures before the play and to video us doing the play so he could make a DVD so we can look back at it when we get older. According to Mr O Neill this was the best night so far.
The 10th of December was the last night of the play so everyone wanted to give a good performance to finish it off, and that’s exactly what we did. As a mark of our appreciation, we gave Mr O’Neill and Ms O’Sullivan (the art teacher) a voucher and a box of chocolates thanking them for all their hard work.
We all had a good laugh and really enjoyed it and we strongly would recommend it to all future TY’s to get involved in the play.