Scoil Mhuire Buncrana

TY News Bulletin 2


TY Admin - October 10th 2022

Ms K McGonagle back at it here folks.

I would like to thank Ms McGuinness and your class teachers for all their work so far. Ms McGuinness will continue to have a role in TY and will be following up with you all to make sure you are taking part fully in the programme and getting involved in the activities and competitions.

Today’s news is really about making sure we are all on the same page

Parental Communication

Can you please let me know if any of your parents/guardians are not getting the school texts or have not friended the social media. It is important as stated from the office that they download the App.

I believe we have all parents' email addresses now. I will be sending this bulletin to your parents so please check that they receive it.

Fees etc

The 150 euro fee is now overdue for TY for the year. Please try and make payments for trips etc using the online school system


Please join the TY 20202/23 google classroom, if you haven’t already done so. The code is



Can all TY students please follow the TY twitter account ScoilMhuireBTY, TY facebook page, and instagram scoilmhuireb_programmes

Class Behaviour

Reports are very good so far just a couple of small items

  • Be on time for class
  • Please make sure you have the equipment needed for all classes
  • All chromebooks should be returned to the trolley in their correct place and charger plugged in.
  • Please don’t take anyone else's chromebook.
  • Do not leave class before bell goes
  • Engage fully in all classes
  • Meet deadlines for assessment and presentations

Work Experience - Ms T McElhinney

  • Please ensure you have uploaded your work experience sheets to the work experience google classroom.
  • Fill in your work experience diary which has been shared with you also. You have 8 weeks' records to keep. You can print this and fill it in but preferably fill it in online. Get the sign in and out sheet filled every week. This needs to be handed in at the end also.
  • Your work experience should take up most of the school day.
  • Email Ms T McEilhinney if you do not have work experience yet.
  • Fill in the google sheet with your work experience details also. It is in the google classroom.
  • Please get an extra work experience form from Ms McElhinney if you are going off for a week or more to do work experience as an extra.
  • Usually seagate in Derry has a work experience programme in a few different disciplines. A couple of students have done this in the past. No word about it yet but when it comes in I will let you know.
  • Remember anyone over 16 and working with young children must get garda vetted. You can get the forms from the office.
  • Failte Ireland have information on work experience in the hospitality industry specific to TY. They are also giving local employers the opportunity to advertise work experience on their website. Link-

  • Your employer insurance letters are available. You should have all got one. See Ms McElhinney if not. Please give them to your employers by this Wednesday.
  • Remember you are not insured to climb ladders, work at height, operate machinery, drive any vehicle or generally do any task that involves specialised training.


  • Has everyone registered for this?? I have asked your IT teachers to let you register during their class.
  • There is a part that looks for you to choose your centre which is Scoil Mhuire & a part that asks you for your PAL that is Ms K McGonagle. When it asks you about payment make sure you tick you are paying your PAL as the price is included in the 150 euro fee.
  • Then Ignore any emails re-payment. Nikki will process payment for everyone once we are all registered.
  • You should be starting your physical activity and community involvement this week at the latest.
  • I know a number of you have volunteered for the homework club. That is great.
  • If you haven’t completed your Gaisce registration yet can you have a think about what you will do for your community volunteering before your next IT class. If you are doing GAA future leaders or YSI you can use this. Also Scifest can be used.
  • Your personal skill will be Computers and you can tick this also for your additional hours.


  • If you volunteer for any activities through TY can you please record this in the TY volunteering log in the Coordinators google classroom. Ms McGuinness will be keeping track of what you are all involved in. This is to ensure that you get credit for all the work you do and others do not try to hide behind you and not volunteer for anything. Eg parkrun, breakfast club, reading buddies, green schools, homework club, local sports clubs, St vincent de paul, Buncrana children's charity, Buncrana youth club, green school, cli-mates,tidy towns.

  • Buncrana Tidy town is inviting TY students to help out on a Saturday morning at 10am with clean up. You will be designated a particular area and be given the required equipment. Ms Dowds will coordinate this so please see her to sign up.

  • Well done to everyone who has been volunteering to date.

  • Please remember that your TY year is your opportunity to help someone else out. It's your chance to help make a difference. Of course you should also remember it counts towards your end of year credits as well. You have lots of free time, maybe you can take on some extra chores at home, light the fire, lift the leaves, or make dinner. Every little helps.
  • TY Volunteering Log 2022/23

  • All volunteering counts towards your John Paul and Gaisce Awards. Remember you need to do one hour of Physical activity per week also for Gaisce, and for those of you wishing to complete the John Paul award you need to do an hour volunteering for your parish.

  • Is anyone going to Park Run on Saturday mornings? You can register by going to You can use park run for both physical and community for Gaisce if you run some weeks and help out others

Extra Activities

Keep in mind TY is about getting out of your comfort zone and taking every opportunity that presents itself, so start as you mean to go on and jump right in.

A great website for all things TY is

You have to register with the page and then you have access to all kinds of competitions, college information, taster days and one off work experiences. Please register asap.

National Gallery of Ireland

This has already been shared. Has anybody applied for it? Students have taken part before and enjoyed it. Let me know if you are applying. Deadline is this Friday 14th Oct.

Leadership Programme

The school can nominate people for this competition. Please let us know if you wish to enter. It is open to anyone in TY, 5th or 6th year who can demonstrate their leadership qualities. More info below.

Our annual Rotary Youth Leadership competition has returned and will once again culminate with 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.

Letterkenny Rotary Club is one of 10 Rotary Clubs participating in our region of the annual Youth Leadership Development competition. The student selected as our Club winner will go forward to represent their school and the Letterkenny Rotary Club at the regional finals to be held in November 2022, (date and venue to be confirmed). A total of three winners will be selected from this region and all three will travel to Strasbourg and will need current passports.

We are now inviting you to nominate students from your school to participate in our 2022 Rotary Youth Leadership Development Competition. The emphasis of the competition is on selecting students with leadership potential - capable of displaying qualities needed for leadership. A nomination form is enclosed with this letter and further copies are available if required.

The closing date for entries is Tuesday 18th Oct at 5 pm. Interviews will be held in the Station House Hotel, Lower Main Street, Letterkenny Tuesday 25th October, times slots will be confirmed on receipt of application forms. We will invite all participating students, together with an accompanying parent, guardian or teacher to attend the Rotary lunch in the hotel at 1:00 pm on that day (Tues 25th, where the Club winner will be announced and prizes and certificates presented.

Please note that all entrants to the competition must be over 16 years of age on 20th January 2023 and less than 18 years of age on 31st March 2023 and that every nomination form must be countersigned by a school teacher in order to be valid.

SID 2023 Ambassador Programme

As a part of our Safer Internet Day campaign, Webwise is reaching out to post-primary students and encouraging and supporting them to address internet safety issues such as cyberbullying, online wellbeing, false information online, privacy, data protection and your rights online by leading awareness-raising campaigns in their clubs, schools, and communities.

Webwise will provide a blended training programme comprising both online training sessions with a full in-person training day for the youth ambassadors to empower them to lead safer internet campaigns in their schools. The programme will take place over December and January in the lead up to Safer Internet Day, 7th February 2023. There will be 2 online training sessions and a full in-person training day with a focus on the topic of cyberbullying:

Have a read and visit the link above folks.

Let me know if anyone would like to apply for this. We always have a couple of students who get involved every year.

Engineers Ireland

For anyone interested in Engineering Engineers Ireland offers lots of information and work experience options particularly during Engineers week. Check out the link below for more information.

University College Galway

All universities offer taster days for TY. Some of which are online and some in person. Here is the link to Galway’s prerecorded taster day from last year.

University College Dublin

UCD has lots of programmes for Transition Years, in person and online. They cover various courses and careers eg Medicine, Engineering. Information is added on a regular basis. Please take a look

University College Cork

UCC offers an in person work experience programme in food and nutrition. This would suit a TY student who had family in Coe=rk or somewhere to stay. Applications close in November. Take a look.

Centre for Talented Youth Ireland

These are online courses in Medicine, Psychology, Legal Studies, and Writing for transition Year students. The courses are offered by DCU and are very impressive on the CV. Each course costs approx 200 euro. They also offer a talent search to discover gifted students. Closing date for applications is usually October. If you are interested and want to do this extra work in TY please get more info from

That's a good start. Lots to absorb.

Keep an eye on our social media platforms also. I will share information on competitions etc directly to pages.

Have a good week. Be productive!!

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