Autism & Me ๐ŸŒˆโœจ

Last night, Monday the 13th of March, RTร‰ aire a documentary entitled “Autism and Me”, the documentary was created by producer Christine Thornton.ย 

She was inspired to create this documentary after hearing Adam Harris, an Irish 22 year old, speaking on the radio. Adam was 18 years old at the time, and he was discussing his experiences with the “invisible” condition.ย 

Christine was then prompted to not only meet Adam but also to go in search of more people, who might, if Christine was lucky enough, describe their personal experience with Autism. Perhaps then, with their help, they could convey what Autism is, and disregard the myths and misconceptions about the condition.

The following are a list of those involved in the documentary:

Adam Harris (22)

Adam has Asperger’s Syndrome, in the documentary he discusses his experience with Autism and reflects on childhood videos from his playschool years, where he is seen to be irritated and mad. Adam has set up AsIAm, an organisation that supports people with Autism and educates people on the condition.

Fiacre Ryan (16)

Fiacre is non-verbal. Until 2013, Fiacre was unable to express his thoughts and feelings to his family. 4 years ago, his parents discovered an experimental method of communication called RPM. This then enabled Fiacre to reveal to his family his thoughts and feelings. Fiacre is very clever and has a bright future ahead of him, as everyday his family and friends are shocked by his revelations.ย 

Twins Dylan and Lee Bourne (11)ย 

Both having Autism but are on different levels. Their parents are looking towards the future and how adulthood will treat them.ย 

Niamh Biddulph (19)

Strives each day to become an independent adult and dreams of going to college and having a family. Most of all, she wants to be accepted for who she is and not for the condition she has.ย 

Hughie Malone (11)ย 

Wonders why there is so much fuss regarding the condition. Why is society obsessed with words like “disorder” and “normal” ?

A group photo of the ones who participated in the RTร‰ documentary.ย 

1 in 65 school children are diagnosed with Autism. The documentary opened my eyes in so many ways and I’m so grateful to now further my knowledge on the invisible condition, autism.


Architecture Project ๐Ÿ”ง

After our Christmas holidays, in Woodwork we began work on our Architecture Project. We are currently working on “My Architecture Design Journal” our journals were inspired by A Space for Learning, the Irish Architecture’s Foundation architects-in-schools programme. The journal is a space for you to explore architecture through your own creative project. It’s designed for 14-16 year olds, and will help us to learn about how buildings are designed by their experiencing the design process first hand. The project takes you through stages of the design process so that you can create your own journal of architecture designs, ideas and research. It will introduce new skills and give you the chance to apply any skills we may already have. In this journal, there are many opportutnies for drawing, photography, writing, blogging, mapmaking, and model making. Lastly, the project gives young people a voice in the design process. It’s a chance to have a say about your school building and to preset an alternatie to the existing design. The Irish Architecture Foundation is dedicated to raising public awareness of the value of architecture through events and resources that empower the public. We as a class are making great progress in our books so far, and it has really opened my eyes in particular to the world of Architecture and Design. 

Seachtain na Gaeilge ๐Ÿ€ย 

An fhรฉile Ghaeilge is mรณ in ร‰irinn agus ar fud an domhain!

Seachtain na Gaeilge is the largest celebration in Ireland of our native language and culture, it aims to promote the language and get young people involved by celebrating in many different ways.. 

Each year our school is part of these celebrations, we host different events in the school such as Green Day, Quizzes, Gaelic tournaments, Bingo, and Dancing.. this gets the students involved and at the same time have fun ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š 

For more infortmation on Seachtain Na Gaeilge, which runs from the 1st of March till the 17th of March, visit โœ…โ™ป๏ธ

Work Experience ๐ŸšŒ๐Ÿ’™

Work Experience is a very important aspect of Transition Year, we do it every Tuesday of every school week and it’s one of the best experiences I’ve had so far ! 

We do 3 different placements throughout the school year, for my first I went to my primary school in Cockhill , and I did love it.. I even discovered I want to be a primary school teacher when I’m older. 

For my 2nd work placement, I went to a playschool in Cockhill and I’ve decided to stay on there for my 3rd placement, the women I work with are lovely and everyday is a delight to be there. 

I’m really glad I decided to stay on because I’ve developed such a connection with the children there, it would’ve broke my heart to leave so soon.. 

TY Recruitment ๐ŸŒŸ

It’s that time of year again.. yes recruiting for Transition Year 2017/2018 ! Caoimhe Doherty and I had the pleasure of being chose as the recruits for this year. This is a massive responsibility as Caoimhe and I have the job of telling 3rd year students what Transition is like, what the programme offers, and what people can gain from it. 

We put together a Flipagram consisting of all the things we’ve done the past 6 months, and to look back was amazing. We used Ed Sheeran’s new single Castle On The Hill from his album Divide ! 

I’m really privileged to have got the honour of being a recruit this year as public speaking is something I wanted to develop in Transition Year, and now with 3 months to go of it, I think I have achieved just that. 

Did someone say All Ireland Champs?

So, as everyone may have heard at this rate, Transition Year along with other members of the school achieved an All Ireland win last weekend in The Briery Gap Drama Festival.. 


With the help of Ms Keogh who choreographed together a piece about Irish pirate queen, Grace O’Malley, we as a group were thrilled with the results ! 

Massive thanks to Ms Keogh & Mr Cooley who acccompanied us on our trip , it was an unforgettable experience ๐ŸŒŸ