Prior to the school’s closure, our TYs fundraised a fantastic €857 for the Irish Wheelchair Association and were looking forward to competing in the All Ireland Wheelchair Basketball Finals this term. We hope that this money will be a great help to the association during these challenging times.
Day 1: On Wednesday, our TY students set off for Lyon bright and early with Mr Keeney and Miss Stenson. After a long day travelling, the students received a great welcome from the staff and students at Les Iris and met their host families for the first time.
Day 2: A very busy day at school with Language games in English and Italian, Art Class, work on travel journals and a badminton tournament in PE. A lot of talent and sporting spirit shown!
Days 3, 4 and 5: On Friday we started the day with Spanish class then went to meet the primary school students. Afterwards, we visited the chocolaterie and learned how they make chocolate in France and bought a few snacks.
For the weekend we all did different activities with our correspondents’ families but we met up on Sunday to play lazer tag.
Days 6 and 7
On Monday we visited La Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière and then the Roman theatre, where we ate lunch and then we rode the Ferris wheel.
Today we visited the primary school, displayed our immense singing talents to the primary school children with a rousing performance of Ireland’s Call. afterwards, we visited the Musée de Confluences.
Days 8 and 9
Everyone is now home safe and sound and reflecting on what was a fantastic experience in Lyon. We experienced so much about the language and culture of Lyon. It has been an unforgettable trip. On Wednesday, we had a guided tour of the Gratte Ciel district, with it’s Art Deco architecture. On Thursday, we set off for home following a lovely send-off from our hosts. Thanks to the staff and students at Les Iris school in Villeurbanne, Lyon. A huge thanks also to Mr Keeney for organising the exchange and to Ms Stenson and Mr Keeney for accompanying the students on the trip.
TY Students took part in the IWA TY Wheelchair Basketball Regional Competition in IT Sligo Monday. A great experience for all, with one team making the final, which will be held in April.
TY students attended an excellent genealogy workshop at Glasnevin Cemetery last week with Mr Mullen, followed a tour of Dáil Éireann. It was a little quieter than usual, with the election in full swing, but the tour was fascinating nonetheless!
TY students had a fantastic workshop on découpage delivered by Tarragh from The Craft Cabin in Ballyconnell last week, where they learned how to up-cycle anything using simple printed papers. A highly enjoyable workshop and thanks to Miss Cooney for organising.
Well done to TY student Molly Prior whose project “A statistical analysis on the effect of Rural Decline on People’s Well-being was highly commended at the recent BT Young Scientist Exhibition at the RDS in Dublin. Molly hard work over the previous few months together with her highly effective communication style impressed the judges greatly. Well done Molly.
Green-fingered TY students planted red onions, peas, bread beans and beetroot in the poly-tunnel as they began their individual mini-gardens.
TY Students received AED and CPR training on Wednesday. Thanks to qualified trainers Ms Stenson and Mr Mullen for teaching these life-saving skills to our TYs
Ms Colum brought the TY class to Ballinamore Community Garden. Kay Maguire and Eamon Smith showed the students the polytunnels. Students got to look at plants such as nasturtiums, strawberry plants, borage, kale among many other plants. Companion planting is carried out at the garden and students saw many examples of companion planting.
As part of their TY Mini-company projects, Ty students held a Christmas market in the canteen over lunch-break. the event was a great success, with lots of innovation and enterprise on display and hopefully, a little profit!