Scoil Mhuire Buncrana

TY News Bulletin 3/23


TY Admin Monday 25th Sept 2023

TY Enterprise Trip

  • All students who completed the google forms that Ms O’Donovan sent out, your name has been recorded. Those who did not complete the google form but are interested in going on Tuesday please can you give your name to your teacher now. This is only open to Enterprise students. - Please can the list of extra names be delivered to Ms McGuinness (see last bullet point also).
  • There are only 57 spaces so it is on a first come first served basis. The cost of the bus is €5. All your enterprise teachers have told you this on their google classroom stream on Friday.
  • Students reserve their place by paying €5 for the bus. Anyone who has not paid yet can pay their wellbeing teacher now and the money can be delivered with the list above or pay me at the end of the school day. Any issues with payment please get in contact with me.

Information regarding the trip:

  • Go to first class to register. Meet at the outdoor classroom for 8:55 am
  • Bus leaves at 9 am
  • 10am – 10.30 Welcome & Intro to Student Enterprise Programme
  • 10.30am – 12.30pm Idea Generation with ALPHA Innovation
  • 12.30 – 1pm Lunch provided
  • 1pm – 1.45pm Keynote Address by young entrepreneur Jordon Casey*
  • 1.45pm – 2pm Wrap Up 2pm Event Close
  • Approx 3-3:30 pm arrive back to Scoil Mhuire. No stopping down the road.

*Jordan Casey is a 23 year old entrepreneur, software engineer and global speaker who has been working in the global technology space for the past 14 years. Since he taught himself to write computer code at the age of 9, he has founded and co-founded a number of highly successful technology start-ups.

GAA Introduction to Gaelic Games

Thank you to those who have emailed and are interested in this programme. If you have emailed me or gave your name to Mr Campbell please complete the registration form which your wellbeing teacher will give out to you and collect when complete - Please give forms to Ms McGuinness. This programme starts on Thursday this week. More information will be emailed to those attending before then.

Gaisce Presidents Award

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 at some point this week.

Task today:

  1. Your teacher will give you a record sheet that you need to complete each week. (Some students already have one).
  2. Place your name on the sheet and your PALs name is Ms Eimhear McGuinness
  3. Record any activity in each section you have completed last week e.g homework club would fall under community involvement.
  4. The supervisors will sign each row after 13 weeks or when you have completed a task.
  5. Your wellbeing teacher will give you this every Monday and collect them again.
  6. It is important that you are completing a task in each section every week. See below for more opportunities in volunteering which will help you achieve your Gaisce award.

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.
  • Buncrana Youth Club (SEN) -The FAI Football for All programme caters for kids 6 to 16 yrs with disabilities. The programme has proven to be a huge success! We would love to offer students from your TY Programme the opportunity to come along and help us on the programme. Paul Smyth who is the FAI Development Officer for Football for All for the Northern Regions is willing to facilitate a Workshop on Coaching people with Disabilities. We currently have Keri & Jodie Loughrey coaching on the programme and they are brilliant. We would love to involve more students if any TYs would like to join. Takes place Wednesday 7-8pm 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. Thank you to those already helping with this!

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.

The online citizenship & democracy programme

The online citizenship & democracy programme is one that Leah Rose and Tia previously won and got an opportunity to go abroad! You can complete this during wellbeing or new gathering each week. It will run for 10 weeks during this academic term and will resume again after the Christmas holidays and will run for a further 10 weeks.

Today we will all register! - See below

  • There are 24 free educational trips to Strasbourg to be won, which will include one full day at the European Parliament, where students will take part in a youth parliament (Euroscola), with students from across EU member states.
  • They will be accompanied by 3 garda vetted teacher supervisors during their trip.
  • There is absolutely no charge to enter this weekly competition, as all prizes are funded by government, local government and EU sponsors.
  • To enter, just log on to and register.
  • Each week students will be given access to a different set of questions from the various government, local government and EU sponsors.
  • Links will be provided to the location on the sponsors websites, where they can research the correct answers, which they then submit to
  • Computer will randomly select weekly winners from all the correct entries, throughout the duration of the programme.


The weekly topics will include, democracy & participation, environment & waste management, health & wellbeing, financial literacy, careers, health & safety, consumer protection, tourism, etc.

Leadership Competition

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. This is the last reminder. All spaces are now filled in this course.

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.

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.


Can everyone please look after their allocated chromebook and make sure you put it back correctly and plug it in to charge. Students are not putting their chromebooks back into the correct slot which results in other students taking and using the wrong chromebook. No chromebook should be kept in a school bag all day or left sitting anywhere around the school. Once you have used your chromebook in class you then return it before moving onto the next class.

Parents email - VERY IMPORTANT

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

TY Work Experience Opportunities

Below are the links to various work experience programmes and placements with companies and universities.

DCU Correspondence Courses Brochure -

DCU Health & Science TY Work Placements

Steps Engineering work experience programme,to%20complete%20the%20full%20programme.

UNICEF Transition Year Programme

It might be worth checking out the offices of the EU in Dublin if you’re interested in politics as they often have youth programs running.

TY Ireland page

This website has one off work experiences for TY students which some may be interested in. There are also programmes that students can sign up for to do themselves.

You can register with the site and it will send students updates.

Dates for the Diary



25th Sept

History Trip to An Grianan Theatre

26th Sept

TY Enterprise Trip

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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