Last Wednesday our class took part in FAI Disability Training led by two men, named Chris and Oisin. Chris is an amputee who unfortunately lost his leg in an accident a few years ago. Chris featured on popular Irish TV show, Operation Transformation. He also plays football internationally with fellow amputees. Chris and Oisin gave us an insight on the opportunities available for people with disabilities sports wise. I was stunned as I never heard tell of the different teams involved with the FAI regarding disability football. Oisin coaches these teams and is very passionate on spreading the word about the teams as most people, even with disabilities have never heard tell of them. Chris chatted to us about living with one leg, and how his life has actually improved since it was removed. It was an excellent day, also fair play to the two men involved, it’s a long trek from Dublin up to our part of the world..
In English we’re creating story books for children. These stories are written up and illustrated by ourselves. We form groups to create the books, which then get sent out to primary school children in our local area 😊📝
My group consists of me, Caoimhe O’Donnell, Caoimhe Doherty, Rachel Kelly and Gemma Brogan. I’m so grateful to have such a hardworking team, who can all draw ! I’m in the charge of the actual story and the writing up of it.. more because I can’t draw 😬✏️
Our story is about an elephant named Eva who doesn’t like school because she doesn’t have any friends, until one day she’s invited to join in a game of Hide n Seek and meets two new friends. Eva quickly changes her mind about school because now she has two new bestfriends.
I’ve really enjoyed this task and can’t wait to see the finished product 😊💛
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.
Quick wee update on The Transition Years..
Today we are helping out with a bucket collection on the town street for BUMBLEance! BUMBLEance, the national children’s ambulance service, provides stress-reducing journeys for children in state-of-the-art, safe and fun vehicles.
BUMBLEance has it all.. Social media streaming to wish the child best wishes. WiFi, Games console and DVD for a favourite movie/game, reading and colouring books.
The child friendly decorated interior of BUMBLEance has many unique features. Two parents/carers can travel with child & paramedic. An on-board locker for personal effects is provided along with a fridge for medication/food etc.
We are delighted to be involved in helping out as its a great cause 🐝💛
Let’s face it, Transition Year is the best. Between projects, work experience and well the most important part the trips (joking!) 🌎
On Friday, as you can probably make out from the above picture, TY continued hitting the road with yet another trip, this time to the lovely corner of the world also known as Greencastle. There is no castle but I guess you could say it’s green. Anyway… we didn’t go to Greencastle to baffle about the lack of castles, we went to experience the hill walk of Inishowen Head.
The walk wasn’t actually life threatening.. it didn’t kill anyone and we all made it through with smiles as we knew when we dug into our Friday night takeaways we wouldn’t feel an ounce of guilt because let’s face it… we walked for 2 hours today.
Yesterday was a big day for 28 very lucky Crana College students and 2 teachers, because we visited Áras an Uachtaráin to meet no other than the main man himself, president Mr Michael D Higgins.
To put everyone’s minds and comments at ease while reading the rest of this blog post, yes he is very small. Not a leprechaun but small.
Anyway now that’s out of the way.. I shall go ahead about the rest of our day. We arrived at Phoenix Park earlier than expected, but we can’t complain I’m sure The President likes punctuality.
We were greeted by one of the members of The Irish Defence Forces, he was very kind and apologised to us because our tour had to be cut short due to a visitor being at the house and she had to be attended to.
And as nice as us Donegalians are, we didn’t mind because we got to have a nosey about the important rooms anyway. The house even owns a table that was given to them by The Clinton’s over in the States.
After we had a nosey, the ceremony began where the Ambassadors of Turkey, Peru and Morocco presented The President with their Credentials. They each presented them, had a short private talk with The President afterwards, then when that was all done they went outside where us students made ourselves useful and did a Guard Of Honour as they left.
The Defence Force were present, and so were The Army Band that played the anthem of each country as they departed the Áras an Uachtaráin. When The Ambassadors left, we were greeted one by one by The President, he spoke to us then stood for a photo.
A table filled of tea, coffee, and snacks were presented to us back inside. We got a few pictures, and when I say a few I really mean 456465964 photos. Not that I am exaggerating or anything.
Transition Year was always something I seen myself doing down the line, and I’m so glad I did. We are now on our 3rd month of TY and the experience I’ve gained is outstanding. We’ve visited so many places too, Kildare, Dublin for the Ireland match, Giant’s Causeway, Surfing in Culdaff we really haven’t stopped so far 👌🏻👌🏻
I’ve taken loads of photos to keep track on my TY year , these pictures have been my highlights 🌊
Science Project on The Flora in Swan Park.
Cube Project in Woodwork.
Six Word Story success.
My painting featured in the Art Exhibition in Letterkenny.
My craft featured in Art Exhibition in Letterkenny.
Presenting the cheque from the Coffee Morning for Foyle Hospice.
Surfing in Culdaff.
Aviva for Ireland v Georgia
Junior Cert Results
TY Expo in Kildare