Scoil Mhuire Buncrana

TY Bulletin 1


TY Admin Monday 11th Sept 2023

All monies and permission slips in by 9am tomorrow please.

PE uniform required to go on the trip tomorrow.


Let's start by welcoming everyone to the TY class of 2023/24. Hope everyone has settled in ok. There seems to be a bit of maneuvering around form groups. Just to explain groupings were made with friends in mind, but not putting large friend groups together, so as to promote the ethos of TY i.e. making new friends, opening horizons, getting out of our comfort zone and not letting any large friend group take over the make-up and agenda of a class.

As you are aware there are a lot of classes where students are out of form group and mixing with regard their subject choice. Also by the nature of TY we mix and work together as a full group often. So please hang tight and give things a chance.

Creeslough Trip - Gaisce Adventure Journey

So we are off tomorrow for our first teambuilding overnight trip. We are planning to leave at 9.30am. Please get the roll taken in period 1 and then make your way to the Assembly Hall. Final reminder as regards behaviour on the trip. Absolutely no alcohol, drugs or vaping permitted. Anyone who doesn’t follow instructions will be sent home with a parent. Please follow the teachers guidelines and we will all have a great time. Return to Buncrana will be sometime around 2.30pm but is subject to change depending on how long it takes us to complete the hike. Keep in touch with your parents on this.

A few reminders

Have you informed Ms McGonagle if you are unable to go on the overnight

Have you brought in your permission slip

Have you paid the office online or in person for the trip

Have you given your name for sharing accommodation

Have you any food allergies/medical conditions we should be aware of (please email)

What to bring

Bag to bring to the beach for surf (Swimwear, flip flops, snacks, towel, suncream,)

Snacks for night-time

Money for dinner

Trainers and Raincoat for hike

Stem Passport

  1. Can all TY girls please complete the spreadsheet which was discussed with Ms McGuinness on Tuesday.

Leadership Competition

  1. Any student interested in the following competition please come see me in SM100 (bottom lab) - The Rotary Youth Leadership competition is an opportunity for a number of successful Irish students to travel to the European Parliament in Strasbourg and participate in the Euroscola Day with other students from across Europe. Additionally, Letterkenny Rotary Club will present the winning student with a perpetual trophy, to be engraved with the school and student’s name and displayed in the winning school for twelve months.

QQI Artificial Intelligence

The DETB will be on Monday 11.10 - 12.30, introducing the Monday and Tuesday group to the programme. All students enrolled in the Monday class, the students who have robotics on their timetable Tuesday at 8.50am and any other TY student interested in joining the course will be set up with the ETB then. Please bring in proof of ID or birth certificate and ppsn if possible for tomorrow. (Emailed to students Sunday)

Work Experience

Reminder to get all relevant paperwork from Ms McElhinney for your work experience. The insurance cover letter just came in at the end of last week so you may still need to pick this up.

You should all have started your work experience by Wednesday 27th September. Please contact Ms K McGonagle or Ms McElhinney if you have any queries.

Houses of the Oireachtas Work Experience

Please forward your name to Ms McGonagle if you have an interest in this. It would suit a student who is interested in world affairs, politics, history and the government. Link to details below.

Work Experience 2023

Garda Vetting

If a student is working with children or vulnerable adults as part of their work experience they will need to be garda vetting. Students can only be garda vetted when they are 16 years of age. There is no requirement or method of garda vetting someone who is under 16. Nikki takes care of garda vetting in the school.

Gaisce Presidents Award

Be organised for this award folks. We are starting it by going on the Adventure journey. Everyone in TY completes this award.

  • You must have 1 hr of a new skill for 26 weeks ( your IT class)
  • You must have 1hr of physical activity
  • You must have 1hr of community involvement (eg Scifest, YSI, Future Leader, homework club, park run, tidy towns etc )

We will be registering for this online in 2 weeks so please have decided your various options. You will have a record sheet to complete and will need to get the activities signed off on by an adult supervisor.

John Paul II Award

After the talk from the DIocese on John Paul hopefully a large number of you will get involved.It is a very worthwhile award to take part in, and can be as spiritual or religion based as you wish. Any community involvement to complete for Gaisce can be used for JOhn Paul too.

Community Involvement

In general, everyone regardless of what subjects they have chosen should be getting involved in some community projects. This is an important part of TY and counts towards your final result.

Some options to start with are

Buncrana Park Run -every Saturday 9.30am at the shorefront

Homework Club-after school for first years

Tidy Towns - every Saturday 10.00am -11.00am Tourist office meet up

GAA Introduction to Gaelic Games

Donegal GAA are going to provide 20 of our students with the opportunity to get 5 weeks training to be coaches for games. This is a great opportunity for those involved or interested in GAA. The certified course will run during PE on Thursday mornings from 8.50-10.10am starting on Thursday 28th September. These students may then be needed to help out with GAA in the Primary schools.

FAI Soccer Coaching

Shane Barr will attend the school to provide certified coaching training in soccer for our TY students on Monday 18th September. This is the training that the local soccer clubs do from time to time in Maginn. It qualifies you to be a coach of underage groups. This type of certification is good for the CV particularly if you look for a part time job that involves young people or apply for a course that trains you to work with young people. There will be a cost involved in this unfortunately. It could be around 35 euro. Possibly your local soccer club might help you with this if you are then able to help them with coaching.

TY Chromebooks

Can everyone please look after their allocated chromebook and make sure you put it back correctly and plug it in to charge. They are all numbered and assigned to each student as follows TY 2023 List.xlsx - Google Sheets.pdf

Parents email

It is very important that students give us an email address for their parent or guardian so that we can communicate effectively with them as requested. Please take the time to fill in their email now. Parents Email Address 2023/24

Google Classrooms

Can everyone join all of the teachers google classrooms and the TY coordinator classroom please. Reminder if you want to access documents shared with you from staff you need to be logged into your school email account.

Dates for the Diary




Registration for DETB Artificial Intelligence

12-13th Sept

Creeslough overnight Adventure Journey

18th Sept

FAI Soccer Coaching Training (10.00am -3.30pm)

21st Sept

Road Safety Morning hosted by Scoil Mhuire TY

25th Sept

History Trip to An Grianan Theatre

28th Sept

Introduction to GAA course ( 5 weeks )

29th Sept/2nd Oct


5th Oct

Soar Workshop 9.30-2pm Inishowen Gateway Hotel

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