On Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th of May, all Ty students had a two day law course which was given by a barrister from Galway called James Fahy. James Fahy has been a barrister for the last 30 years.
On Monday, all students were brought up to the Mercy Hall, where we were introduced to James. For the day, we learnt about a variety of different topics to do with the law and how the Irish Legal System works. He went through different situations and how they would be dealt with in court such as car crashes, assault and criminal offences. It was very interesting to hear different things that I didn’t know before and was surprised by. James also went through different cases he has dealt with in his career, some of them we heard before on the news. I found this part very interesting.
On Tuesday, we were in the Mercy Hall until 11:00. We spent the morning, we learnt about the Criminal Law such as robbery and murder. James went through different cases that James has been a part of some major cases in Ireland. Some of them were very disturbing. After our 11:00 break, we had to walk to the Court House for 11:30. John had arranged for us to do a mock court trial where different people would act out different parts and we would have a pretend murder trial. This was very different and interesting as I had never went to a court case before.
I enjoyed this course as I was very interested in it , I would recommend this course to other students who are interested in Law.
On Thursday 27th of January, we had a trial tun for the nationwide PE Expo competition. This competition is across the country on projects, PE or sports related. Everyone in our year had to form a group and work on a project. Only 10 projects were then allowed go from our school to Dublin to compete with other schools. On Thursday, it was judged what 10 groups would get to compete.
Karen, Hannah, Grace and I did a project together. It was on different sports cultures and how they come together. We had been working on this project since before Christmas and we had done lots of research on sports in different countries. We displayed our information through sheets and a poster, and put them on the walls.
Mr Keogh, Ms McKinley and two other judges from other schools were judging the projects. They asked us questions about our projects and asked how we tested it.
We were sadly one of the groups who did not make it through to Dublin. We were all very disappointed.
On Thursday the 23rd of March, all the TY girls attended a makeup course given by Karla Gallagher. The talk was held in the Mercy Hall. TY1 and TY2 attended the course in the morning and TY3 and TY4 attended the course for the last four classes. We were all really looking forward to this course.
Karla started the talk off by speaking about different skin types and which products work better for your skin type. She then showed us some of her favorite skin care and makeup products. After, she demonstrated an everyday look on a TY4 girl. She gave us tips on how to apply the products properly. I found the demonstration very informative and I found the course overall enjoyable.
On Thursday 20th of January, a man named Michael gave a talk to each class group on car safety. He started off the course by talking about the important guidelines for safe driving such as wearing a seat belt and warning us about the risk of drink driving. He also told us some heartbreaking stories on the people who’s lives have been affected by car accidents. It was scary to think about how easy it was for these accidents to occur and how easy it was to avoid them or easy to avoid sustaining serious injuries that could be prevented by just wearing a seat belt.
The man giving the talk was very funny and made us laugh but also made us think about the serious consequences of not paying attention to the rules of the road. It was a talk that was really eye opening and it made us realize how important it is to be careful on the road.
I thought this talk was very informative and I would recommend it to future TY students.
On Friday the 10th of March, a first aid course was held in the Mercy Hall. When we came into the hall, we were split into different groups. There was two paramedics giving a talk in each group. In my first group, we discussed how to handle situations like if someone passes out due to too much alcohol. We were then taught how to put someone into the recovery position, which is very important as it can prevent someone from choking in their sleep if they get sick.
In my second group, we were told how to remain calm in situations such as someone having a seizure. We learned that age depends on how people should be treated and handled during these time. In the case of a baby being too hot, we learned it should be cooled down as it could help stop the seizure. They would still need to be admitted to hospital even when the seizure stops. In the case of someone older, you should support their head and ring the ambulance.
In my third group, we learned how to apply a dressing and a cast to someone properly. We learned that even if the blood is seeping through, just get more plaster as it will eventually stop.
In my fourth group, we learned what you should do if a baby is choking. We were told that you should press the center of the babies chest because it will get the trapped food out. If you tried to do adult choking first aid on the baby, it would braking the babies ribs which would case serious damage to the baby permanently.
After break, we were all brought into a big group and we were taught how to do CPR and how to properly use an AED.
I enjoyed the first aid course and I would recommend it to other year groups.
On Thursday, the 13th of October, 50 TY’s from our school were invited to a day of workshops in the Abbey Hotel in Donegal Town. This was organized by Connect Mental Health and Foroige Youth Project. it was part of Connect Mental Health week. This event involved interactive and fun workshops about different things to do with your mental health such as eating well, being active and the importance of balance and relaxation. I had volunteered to help out with Connect Mental Health Week, I was invited to go to the event.
On Thursday morning, we went on a bus to Donegal Town and were brought into the Abbey Hotel. There was a board with the lists of the different groups for the workshops. I was in the purple group and was given a purple wristband. We first went into the ballroom and were greeted by other students from other schools across Donegal who we were mixed with. There was a stall with fruit, snacks and water that we could take for free. We sat down to listen to a talk by Breifne Earley, who cycled across the world in 2014/2015. He told us how he had suffered badly with depression and suicidal thoughts, he also told us about how he decided to turn his life around. He also showed us a video with different clips of all 27 countries he travelled across. It was inspirational.
We had 5 workshops,each workshop was about 40 minutes long. Our first workshop was yoga. The woman done simple exercises with us. It was very relaxing and calming and a nice way to start the morning. She told us the importance of relaxation and de-stressing by doing something you enjoy such as reading or having a bath. Yoga is a very good way to calm down and relax and take some time for yourself. The second workshop we did was a cooking demonstration by Donegal chef,Zack Gallagher. He showed us how to do a simple chicken stir-fry and gave us basic tips when cooking meals. He told us the importance of eating healthy food for our mental health, let alone our physical health. It was very interesting and also tasted really good. Our next workshop was a dance workshop and was my favorite workshop of the day. A woman called Theresa done dancing with us and told us how important it was to be yourself and not be afraid to be different. It was super fun and I really enjoyed it. We then went and got lunch and returned to the Abbey Hotel for our final 2 workshops.
After lunch, our next 2 workshops were more serious. Our first talk was with a woman who works for Jigsaw, a youth mental health organization. She talked to us about the importance of speaking out if we had a problem and showed us some videos about sharing problems. She also talked to us about the Donegal Youth Council and what they do. Our final talk was about minding our mental health and basically summarized the whole day.
I thoroughly enjoyed this day and it made me realize the different things that can affect our mental health and the importance of minding it!
On Thursday 13th of October, Our TY year took part in a workshop for the Ballyshannon Carvival. The Ballyshannon Carnival is an annual parade held in Ballyshannon as part of the Donegal Bay and Bluestacks Festival. It has various acts which attract a huge crowd. This was the 16th annual parade and it was to be held on Saturday 15th of October. Every year, TY students from our school get involved in the preparation of the parade.
On Thursday morning, we went up to the Mercy Hall and were divided into groups by Maura Logue who was in charge of the carnival. The theme for this years carnival was “Army Dreamers”. It was to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising. Maura talked to us about the theme and the plan for the carnival on Saturday. We were introduced to the choreographer who done warm up dancing. We then played some games and competitions in our groups, singing and dancing.
After Break, we did some hat making which was by far my favourite activity of the day. We were put into pairs and had to work on a hat to make them more elaborate and colourful to be worn in the carnival. I was making a hat with Una, we stuck feathers and colourful ribbons to the hat.
In the afternoon, we learned and practised the dance we were to do in the parade. It was great fun but hard work to learn all the dance. It was a great day and I learnt some great experience about working in groups and being creative.