Category Archives: Transition Year

TY Graduation

Congratulations to the TY class of 2023, who celebrated their achievements in a busy but fruitful year at their graduation and awards ceremony last night with friends, family and staff. A host of certificates awards and prizes were dished out on the night. Thanks to Mary Conefrey of Leitrim County Library and historian, Fiona Slevin who attended on the night to present awards to our prizewinners in the Young Historian competition.

to Riain McManus, who won the overall prize of Young Historian for County Leitrim.

Other prizewinners on the night:
Young Historian Category Winners:
Lucy Murphy
Enda Reynolds
Teodora Usatii
Kealan Gannon
Student Enterprise Special merit award:
Dearbhla Gunn
Katie Guckian
Lily Mahon
Lucy Murphy
Best TY Interview: Roise Redican
Highest TY credits Total: Riain McManus
Best TY Eportfolio: Kealan Gannon
Student of the uear(student vote): Calem Quinn
Student of the year (Teacher vote): Ericia Dolan
Well done everyone!

TY Gaisce Overnight Adventure

TYs recently completed their overnight adventure for their bronze Gaisce – The President’s Award All 24 students completed the programme over the course of the year, which involves community work, physical activity and learning a new skill. The overnight adventure was the final part completed to achieve their award. A fantastic couple of days, they returned home to Ballinamore tired but proud having achieved the requirements for the award. Well done all.

BCS TY/ERGS Visit US Ambassador’s Residence for Better Together Project

Over the course of this academic year, our TYs have worked closely with a group of students from Enniskillen Royal Grammar School as part of the cross-border Better Together Project. Our students had 4 workshops at ERGS and 4 workshops at Ballinamore CS. The two groups of students got to know each really well over the year, while exploring issues around cultural and religious diversity and history, as well as the many issues affecting the every day lives of young people today. To conclude the programme, the group travelled to Dublin this week, where they had a tour of the National War Memorial Gardens, followed by a reception at The US Ambassador’s Residence in the Phoenix Park. Ambassador Claire Cronin was a superb host, showing the students around her home and fielding questions from our students. BCS and ERGS students were also given the opportunity to present their project to the Ambassador. Sincere thanks to Ballinamore Area Community Council who facilitated this
IFI-funded project, to Michael Mullin, who coordinated the project and to Ann Donnelly who facilitated the workshops. Our students have gained so much from their involvement.

Special Olympics Fundraising

Well done to Ty students Alex Chrostek and Teodora Usatti, and 3rd year students, Sorcha Moran and Nicole Kellett, who recently volunteered to raise funds for Special Olympics Ireland. Thanks to Donohoe’s Supervalu, who facilitated our fundraising in their premises.

Olympic Handball

TYs started their Olympic Handball programme this week, where they learnedĀ  the rules and basic skills and got a chance to put them to the test, together with our visiting students form Italy. Thanks to Leitrim Sports Partnership for facilitating the programme.



Pizza and Pasta

First years made their own pizza dough this week in class with lots of delicious toppings.
Our TYs enjoyed the pizza bases kindly supplied by Pizza da Piero (they had entered a pizza competition and came runner’s up in the comp so we received a box of Pizza da Piero bases). 3rd and 5th yrs got to make pizzas using the bases in their classes also.
Our Italian students gave a demonstration to the class today on how to make a traditional carbonara and everyone enjoyed some ice lollies in the sunshine for dessert afterwards. šŸ˜Ž

TY Future Leaders – Trip to Croke Park

Our TY group took to the road to Croker on Monday, 27th March in conjunction with their GAA Future Leaders Programme. They viewed the sites of Dublin from the Skyline tour, experienced the dressing room atmosphere and moved through the warm-up area to pitch side and up to the steps of the Hogan stand – a dream which we hope will become a reality for them someday as future leaders. This was topped off by practicing skills and learning facts in the GAA Museum. Thanks to Ms Stenson for accompanying the group. #gaafutureleaders #schooltrip GAA Future Leaders