Launch of Student Digital Learning Hub

The transition year Digital Champions team has developed a website  called the Student Digital Learning Hub. The purpose of the website and the accompanying Android app is to provide information for all students in our school about digital technologies and resources which will help them with learning. 

This project is also designed to support the introduction of an ePortfolio solution in the school. The ePortfolio solution will be introduced in Transition Year and the team for this project is made up of transition year students. The Digital Learning Hub site uses the same platform (Google Sites) as the ePortfolio solution. The site will give information and advice from a student perspective on how to build an ePortfolio. The team is currently doing a pilot of eportfolio using Google Sites and their advice will be helpful to other students in the future.

The team has built the site and Android app and are now promoting them. They will also, enable others to collaborate in adding content. The rationale is to give students a voice in promoting digital technologies in learning at our school and to collaborate in building a community of practice among students in effective use of technology in learning.

Well done to the team for doing an excellent job!

Created as part of the Digital Champions Project 2018 by: Wiktor Kwapinski, Michael Liu, Diarmuid Sutton, Adam Jarvis, Diro Lawal and Andrew McMahon


TY Compass Project

Shannon-Foynes Port Company COMPASS Project 2017

In September 2016, four transition year students from Deirdre 4 and the class of Fionn 4 began work on the Shannon Foynes Port Company’s COMPASS competition for 2016/2017, which took place in schools all over Ireland. The students were briefed about the project by Evelyn Adams and Hugh Conlon of Shannon Foynes Port Company, and thus began the start of the competition.

The students were told about this year’s title for the project, which was “Great Ships Need Deep Water”. The point of the project was to choose an undeveloped port zoned for development along the Shannon estuary and to create a unique idea for the development of this port. Each of the teams was equipped with an information pack, containing all the information about each port and the Shannon Foynes Port Company itself. After that, the teams each chose one port which they wanted to develop and started to brainstorm ideas.

The hard work soon began for all teams involved, developing their ideas and documenting all the work. On the 17th of October, the team at Shannon Foynes very kindly invited all of the transition year teams out to Foynes in order to receive a tour of the port itself. The teams also gave a brief description of the direction that their projects were going in. Afterwards, Hugh and Evelyn very generously brought the teams to the Shannon Foynes maritime boat museum for some lunch.

In November, the first stage of the competition came to a close, which meant that the teams from all over Ireland had to submit their projects for assessment, which was worth 40% of the final scores. After this, the finalists would be announced.

In December, just before Christmas time, the school received word that the team of students from Deirdre 4 had made it to the final with their project: “EcoPort Ireland: A Futuristic View”. The team consisted of four girls, Emma McDonnell, Andrea Crockett, Anna Madigan and Mary Haugh. The girls had advanced to the final, making the cut as the final six out of fifty-one schools in Ireland.

When school began in the New Year, the hard work well and truly began. The girls decided to create a website for their project, (www.useyourspace/deepwater) where their project can still be viewed. There, the girls began further production and development of their idea for EcoPort Ireland. On January 10th, the girls attended a presentation skills workshop held by Áine Barry in the Clayton hotel, in preparation for the competition final held in February. The girls learned many very valuable skills not only just for the presentation, but for any presentation they will make for the rest of their lives. At the presentation skills workshop, the girls decided to recruit two more members onto the team, which proved to be a very valuable asset.

At the beginning of February, the final submission of the project was to be made for a further 40% grade to be assessed. Thereafter, the girls had to finalise and polish their presentation for the final, which was to be held on February 10th.

When the day came, the girls headed out to the Shannon Foynes Maritime Boat Museum, where the class of Fionn 4 were in attendance to cheer the girls on. The girls presented their project to the six judges, which was the final 20% to be allocated for the project’s final grade. All of the teams’ project were of an impeccable standard and the judges had to make a very hard decision. The overall winners were Salesian’s College Copsewood, Pallaskenry.

The girls put in a huge amount of work into the project and learned many new skills along the way. They are hugely grateful of the opportunity and would recommend the project to any TY’s in the future.


By Andrea Crockett, Deirdre 4.

TY Work Experience in GCAS

Transition Year students, Sophie Higgins, Conor Shortt, Lauren O’Brien and Charles Kujur visited GECAS aviation academy for one week for their work experience. They were introduced by Jane to the aerodynamics and functions of a plane. There was a speaker from Lufthansa informing them about careers in aviation from a engineering point of view. The explained in detail about their personal experience in working in aviation.


Each student got flying time in the simulators throughout the week, They flew to Co.Kerry which was a great experience. A First Officer from Ryanair accompanied each student as they flew a Boeing 767-800 flight simulator.


The students visited the GECAS headquarters, where they were awarded with certificates

for the completion of the course and received GECAS merchandise.


This was an amazing and interesting experience for the Transition Years who participated in this course. If the opportunity arose for students to go again, we would highly recommend that the part-take in this course.

Plúirín Sneachta agus na seacht habhaic le Fionn 4

An tseachtain seo caite chuireamar an dráma “Plúirín Sneachta agus na seacht habhaic” ar siúl do dhaltaí ón gcéad bhliain, chun spraoi a bheith againn trí mheán na Gaeilge.  Rinneamar obair na gcapall roimh ré. Rinneamar na cultacha bréige muid féin sa rang ealaíne chomh maith.  Bhí an dráma an-ghreannmhar and bhaineamar an-taitneamh go deo as an lá.  Fiú an tUasal ó Coileán, bhí sé ag gáire gan stad gan staonadh!

TY Wellness Workshop

Transition Year Wellness Workshop:

On Friday, 23rd of September, All TY classes took part in a 2 hour workshop involving mindfulness, meditation and well-being. Our instructor, Deirdre, led us first through a yoga warm up where we got to relax and practice our breathing and stretching. We then took part in a session of Pilates, which allowed us to stretch and develop our core muscles. Following the Pilates, we then took part in a 10 minute meditation session. Our instructor used a sound bowl which grounded our senses and helped us relax us further into the meditation session.

After our Pilates, yoga and meditation session, we then headed to the multi-media room in order to complete the mindfulness workshop. Deirdre showed us a presentation which included some very interesting and useful information about well-being and looking after ourselves. The presentation included a very powerful message about how hurtful words can be and we learned about the “if you spot it, you got it” initiative. Deirdre also showed us multiple relaxation techniques to use when we become stressed and anxious. Finally, she demonstrated how to relax your breathing in times of stress. Deirdre was a very passionate, relaxed and confident individual and was a pleasure to learn new techniques from.

Overall, we all thoroughly enjoyed the experience and gained vital techniques that will be sure to aid us in the future.

Andrea Crockett and Ciara O’Brien, Deirdre 4.

TY Wellness 2016