Scoil Mhuire Buncrana

TY News Bulletin 2/23


TY Admin Monday 18th Sept 2023

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. - Deadline for sending in the application to Ms McGuinness is Monday 2nd October for those already enquired.

QQI Artificial Intelligence

All students enrolled in the AI class taking place today and tomorrow. Please bring in proof of ID or birth certificate and ppsn. (Emailed to students Friday)

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.

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

News gathering teachers please present the google slides below:

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 1 week 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. See below for some opportunities:

  1. Buncrana Youth Club is looking for volunteers in the Disney Playmakers programme. The programme is specifically designed for girls aged 5 – 8 who have never played football before, meaning coaches play a key role in kick-starting a life-long love of football and physical activity. To support these children require volunteers, to help encourage the girls to take part. The club is looking for TY students to volunteer. This is a good opportunity to reach your community target for Gaisce and gain some insight into teaching/coaching. The cohort started on 13th September 23 and will run for 10 weeks on a Wednesday evening from 6-7 at the club grounds

  1. Buncrana Park Run -every Saturday 9.30am at the shorefront
  2. Homework Club-after school for first years

Any volunteers please include their name on this spreadsheet link attached

TY Roto for Homework club

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

If you are interested in any of the above please let Ms McGuinness know.

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. - Send an email if you are interested.

TY STEM Course for Girls

Please see google classroom. A recent link has been added which contains a parental consent form which must be completed this evening.

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



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

9th Oct

STEM Passport Programme - Letterkenny

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