Scoil Mhuire Buncrana

TY News Bulletin 11


TY Admin- 9th January 2023

Happy New Year to everyone

Time to reflect on how the first term went and what you can do to get the most out of the next term. If you haven’t been giving your full commitment then make the change from today.

Roll call of activities to date

  • Peer Mentoring
  • Pantomime
  • Trade fair
  • Stagepass
  • Rotary Club leadership competition
  • Mind your Melon Photography competition
  • TED Talk Workshops
  • Gaisce
  • John Paul II
  • Extra work experience
  • Newspaper team
  • Newspaper articles
  • Christmas Jumper Appeal
  • Competitions
  • Homework Club
  • Debating
  • Online courses
  • Tidy Town
  • Cli-mates
  • Social Media Ambassadors
  • Green Schools

How many of these have you got involved in? A more extensive list has been sent to your parents pre the PTM please make use of this and rethink your efforts if you haven’t been taking part.

Ms McGuinness will be following up on those she spoke to next week.

Make sure the students that are allocated to checking the chromebooks do this as timetabled and sign the sheets attached to the trolleys.

Reminder to give your names to Ms McGuinness if you would like to go around the 3rd years and promote TY.

Ms Mc Elhinney and Ms Carlin are organising a group to promote Autism awareness in the school. Let them know if you might be interested. Keep an eye on your emails as they will send more details.

They are also trying to organise TY to work with the additional needs students on various projects. Do you have any ideas?

Activities for January/February

16th Jan -Choose Tech trip to Magee

- 4B & 4C full uniform 3.50 euro

- Leaving 10.15am Foyer

17th Jan - Taster Days LYIT / ATU

  • Names given to Ms McCafferty
  • Full uniform
  • ?? Cost
  • 9am -12pm Time

18th Jan - Soar Workshop ( No Work Experience)

  • Inishowen Gateway Hotel
  • No uniform
  • Cost covered By school
  • 9.45am-1.15pm go directly to Gateway, arrive to be collected from there
  • Can go to work experience in the afternoon if you wish
  • Please make sure your work experience knows if you will be in or not.

Stage pass Thursday 19th Jan, 10.00am-12.00pm

SID Ambassador training Tuesday 17th Jan Google Offices Dubin.

TY Spanish are attending a spanish movie in Buncrana Cinema middle 3 classes this Thursday.

Other Activities coming up

  • First Aid Course
  • YSI trip
  • Pop goes Primary
  • Foyle Arena & Cinema
  • Back in the day
  • Sign Language Course

Work Experience

Everyone should have sorted their new work experience now. Please fill in the shared google sheet with your details for this new term in the Work Experience google classroom

If you are missing any of the documentation you need you can pick it up from Ms McElhinney, work experience coordinator or print it from the google classroom.

Please make sure you have returned your work experience employers report from last term and returned your work experience diary in the google classroom.

Remember Garda vetting for over 16 working with children.


Reminding everyone that they are taking part in The Gaisce award. You should be doing 1 hr of physical activity a week, 1 hr learning a new skill and 1 hr helping out in your community. There is a google sheet shared for you to fill in the details of your gaisce activities.

TY Gaisce Activities 2022/23

Please get the Bronze Record Sheet signed regularly to back up the work you are doing.


Please make a big effort to enter at least one competition a month either as an individual or part of a group. Remember the is a simple competition you can enter online weekly also. All competitions are posted on social media and referred to in this class on a Monday. Two new competitions posted this week are linked below.

January Egg-Baby Project

We are going to run a January Egg baby project. You will be asked to bring an Egg Baby to school this Thursday, Friday & Monday. You will mind it during school and at home and sit it on your desk in each class. The Egg should have a name as it is your baby! Treat it like part of the family, take lots of pictures of its adventures and send them to the TY coordinator classroom. I will make regular posts on social media of how your charges are getting on. You can make a little cradle or bed for your baby to be carried in. This is just for the craic!!!, Hopefully not! The management and caretakers are a bit dubious about this so please don’t let me down. They think there will be messing going on. I have said that I fully trust you to do this properly so here’s hoping. Obviously the egg cannot be cooked and should be drained. This makes it more fragile. Here’s some inspiration.


Please take the time now to check out the competitions, get your chromebook and enter the competition, fill in the gaisce details, fill in your work experience, date your TY diary for the next term and get organised for Soar.

Looking forward to seeing all your baby eggs!

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