Transition Year Update – Nenagh College

January 7, 2015

The TY group in Nenagh College has had a very busy schedule this November. In addition to the students’ ongoing engagement with the Active Retired Group, Horseriding for the Disabled and the Homework Club, they have participated in a number of interesting and educational activities.  Eight students volunteered to help with the Primary Schools’ Track and Field Event at Nenagh Athletics Centre on the 6th of November.  Two students were involved in fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Society and several others assisted with the final check of shoeboxes for the Hope Foundation Appeal.

Fourteen students completed a Leadership course at the Foróige Centre, from the 10th to the 13th of November.  This is a wonderful asset to anybody who wishes to develop or enhance their leadership skills and gain in confidence.  The school is very grateful to Olivia and Bríd in Foróige for affording this opportunity to the class.  A second group looks forward to following the course early in 2015.

All students enjoyed an introduction to Yoga, facilitated by Siobhán O’Leary, whose expertise is legendary and whose enthusiasm transferred itself to the whole class, even though they were dubious at the thought of it!

Monday November 17th was Shakespeare Day for the TY Group.  Actors from the Gaiety School of Acting facilitated a drama workshop in the Scout’s Hall followed by a full performance of Romeo and Juliet.  This was a really touching and relevant show as the actors were mainly very young and the focus was definitely on teenage romance and angst.  Hopefully, this activity will be helpful to the students when studying a Shakespeare play for their Leaving Certificate.  The students enjoyed the fun-filled workshop which also helped with team-building, bonding and trust issues.

On Tuesday 18th of November the Pastoral Centre was the venue for a “Breathe” workshop where students again explored through drama issues and concerns commonly experienced by their age group.  They learned how to take time out to “breathe”, the importance of sharing their own story, and listening to others.  Alan and Lucy, who ran the workshop, were very dynamic and motivating and students recognised Alan as the actor who plays the role of Eoin in Fair City.

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