Axa Safety Roadshow
On the 15th of November my transition year class were invited to go to the axa safety road show which was held in the INEC in Killarney. This was a showcase of Irish road safety and car crashes.
We arrived at the INEC around nine thirty in the morning. We arrived into the main function room and took our allocated seats. There was a buzz in the room but little did they know it wouldn’t last long as the topics that would be discussed would not be easy to swallow.
A man introduced the showcase as a hard hitting few hours with stories about real lives and real people and how dangerous driving can impact someone’s life fatally. Next a young boy around our age, 17 introduced himself as a fun kid who had a major crush on a girl and just wanted to impress her with his new car. He had been pestering her for months to go out with him and only now his new car had enticed her. They went clubbing in town and had a really good time, although as he was driving down the rural Irish roads he lost control of his car fatally injuring his date and critically injuring himself.
During the course of the show we were shown devastating videos of fatal car crashes they really tugged at our heart strings and many of us were brought to tears including myself. Only the soulless didn’t cry.
After the fatal car crash of that boy and his girlfriend police ambulance and hospital attendants who tended to them at the time gave their accounts of the disturbing scene. Their accounts were a sad insight into the reality of Ireland’s road fatalities. These people were not actors and by their raw emotion it was easy to tell. The last person who’s voice we heard was the mother of a car crash victim you could hear the plead in her sorrowful voice, begging us to be safe on the roads and not shatter our parents’ lives as her son did hers.
The next stage of this torturous insight into Irish road safety was outside in the terrible coldness of a southern Irish November morning. We were shown a demonstration on how the paramedics aided by the fire department free a car crash victim from their car. After that we made our way home. The bus had quite a silent and depressing atmosphere as the reality of road safety hit us as hard as a boxer’s fist.
All I can say is WOW! On behalf of the TY 2016 Class, we can truthfully say that Cappanalea was a success. We got so many opportunities to do many things, which we may never have gotten the chance to do. These include; Canoeing, Orienteering, Camp Craft, Hiking, Navigation, Camping, Rock Climbing and Abseiling, Making new friends, Night games such as man hunt and we all bonded and got very close which we are all thankful for. We were split into 2 groups and so we got to make new friends and get to know people from our class a bit better. Cappanalea was all about working in teams and so strengthening out companionship with each other.
“Wish I could go back” – Carlynn O’Sullivan
“One of the best weeks of my life” – Katie O’Connell
“It was the experience of a lifetime to stay in the same room as Eoin Downing” – Tadhg O’Siochru
“It was really good, I’ve never done anything like it” – Arnas Grigaravicius
YOUTH CONNECT FILM COMPETITION
by Chiara Rayner
In early November we got the bus from school at half 5 in the morning and travelled up to Dublin. Two teams from our class that made films got shortlisted so we were all really excited to see if either of them got a prize. We arrived at Dublin city center around 11 o clock and had a few hours to do some shopping around Grafton street. We organised to meet at the savoy for 1pm. We all got a free box of popcorn and a drink for watching all of the shortlisted movies. After all of the different categories had been played it was time to announce the winners of each category. It seemed like neither of our teams were going to get a prize but then on the last one , the people’s choice award Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine was called out and Eoin, James , Reinier and Tom’s team who had won with over 700 votes!!! They won a night stay at any Jury’s hotel of their choice and were very pleased. It was a great day out and we all had loads of fun, it was just a bonus that our group won an award as well!
European Youth Parliament
By Lucy Wallace
Date: 3rd – 5th of February 2017
I attended the Munster Regional session of EYP Ireland in Cork with 5 other of my classmates.
The main purpose of the debating session was to discuss topics under the theme of ‘Innovative Europe: Changing minds, Creating Ideas’ and to allow for students debating skills to grow and become more involved in Europe’s future.
On Friday the 3rd we departed Kenmare with our two teachers Mr O’ Brien and Ms Sanford and arrived in Cork at 5:00pm at our accommodation, Sheila’s hostel. The first day was quite daunting as we were given topics and split into different groups with other delegates from different schools. Overall there was 200 delegates at Eyp and everyone was a new person to get to know.
After we were split into our different groups we walked down to St Angela’s secondary school where our debating and activities would take place for the next three days. When we reached St Angela’s school we got a whole assembly talk about what to expect for the next three days. Everyone was very eager to begin with the weekend ahead.
As the first day was all about getting to know everybody, the whole assembly surrounded each other in a big circle and we played ice breaker activities. The activities were very helpful and a huge success as it helped me to become familiar and friends with a lot of people from other schools. We were introduced to the media team who were in charge of the photography and videography throughout the weekend and we also met each team leader and the debating judicators, manager and Eyp president.
After all the games were over we were separated into our different groups again and taken into classrooms where we played activities to get to know each other. My team name was ITRE II and consisted of 15 people.
At the end of our first day we had a full assembly meeting in the hall and received information on what was happening Saturday, the next day. We returned back to our hostel and had dinner together.
On Saturday the 4th we left our hostel in the morning at 8:00 and walked down in our groups to St Angelas School for a long day of organising our debate. We were advised to dress in semi-formal attire. When we arrived at St angelas we were welcomed by a talk from the mayor of Cork and other members of Corks city council. The guest speakers informed us on their jobs and advised us to work in similar professions. They told us how important it was for us to be taking part in the Eyp session and what is means to Ireland and also Europe. We were inspired to help Ireland and Europe in the future and were fully motivated for a day’s work of planning and preparing.
We began the day by breaking apart our topic “How can the European Union stimulate an entrepreneurial mind-set amongst today’s youth , provide better incentives for young people willing to start their own businesses and thus further develop youth entrepreneurship across Europe?”. We researched words, enterprise competitions, other European countries and so on. Our plan was to come up with 6 resolutions on how we could stimulate today’s youth into getting an entrepreneurial mind set and hopefully encouraging them to take part in an entrepreneurial profession when they are older.
We all worked as a team smartly and quickly to get as much quality information together. Once we were happy with our six resolutions and problems we had to re check over and over and re correct our resolutions until we were happy with them as a team.
After 12 hours of consulting and preparing as a team we were finally finished and felt ready and confident to present our debates the next day to the whole assembly. Our group work finished at 8:00pm and we got ready for the themed outer space disco for 9pm. The disco was a lot fun where everyone bonded with each other and let their stress go after the long day. We returned back to the hostel at 11pm and went straight to bed.
On Sunday the 5th we woke up early at 6:45am to get ready for our long day of our debating session. When we arrived at St Angelas we immediately got seated at our groups debating table in the huge assembly hall full of all the other delegates. We were all addressed to dress in formal smart attire for the day. The debating began by an opening speech from the president David Corish where he gave us the guidelines on what was happening throughout the day of debating.
The first team of delegates began their opening debating speech and it continued with other teams doing an attack speech that tore down the resolutions of the team. The floor was then open to the open debate where everyone questioned and commented on the debating group’s resolutions and the delegates responded as best they could. The teams debating session was concluded with the group finishing with their closing speech. Each group of delegates debated in this format which lasted for approximately 9 hours. At the end we found out the result of each teams debate where luckily ITREII’s motion was passed by the house!
Once the debating session was over the weekend was brought to an end with our last assembly meeting for the closing ceremony of the session. We finished off by viewing the media teams project full of funny pictures and videos. We also thanked the team who set up the session and gifts were given to Jane Creech (the head of the session) and David Corish (The President of the Munster session).
We were collected by our two teachers at St Angelas, Ms Healy and Mr O Brien. They brought us to dinner at Coqbull and drove us back to Kenmare for 11:30pm.
Overall the weekend was a huge success and very enjoyable. It was probably one of my most interesting and fun experiences of this year. We not only learned the format of a debate and how to put together and produce one, but we made so many new friends from all over Munster. We really benefited from this experience and gained a lot more knowledge on the debating world.
THE TY TRIP
by Chiara Rayner
On the 3rd of April we went down to school at 7 in the morning and set off on our fancy coach to Dublin. We had a really interesting tour around the cemetry from our tour guide. Next we made our way into Dublin to catch a ride on ‘ The Viking splash tour’ where we all got to wear Viking helmets and get a humorous tour around Dublin shouting at the pedestrians and singing rather loudly. Then our bus converted into a boat and we drove into the river!! It was a really good experience and we learnt a lot about Dublin city.
When our tour was over we made our way to the youth hostel we would be staying in, ‘The Generator’. We settled in and unpacked our bags before heading downstairs for some dinner. After dinner we all got nicely dressed up for the theatre where we went to watch ‘Blood brothers’ the musical.
The next morning we Took the bus up to Belfast city. Our first stop was the Titanic experience. In the centre we looked around the Titanic interactive exhibitions where we learnt about Belfast’s history and the Titanic ship. After the titanic experience we went for some lunch and then went into the W5 interactive discovery centre. Here we looked around the many exhibitions and tried out lots of interactive scientific games and tasks. There was loads of things that were quite fascinating and mind boggling.
Next we had some time to go shopping in the Victoria Square shopping centre. Before heading back to Dublin we got a tour around Belfast where we realised how prominent the history of the troubles between Catholics and Protestants was and we stopped at the Belfast peace wall and got a real feel of it and the struggles that people went through.
We then took the bus journey home and had some dinner.
The next morning we got the bus to Trinity College where we went in to see the book of Kells. It was really cool to see it as I had always wanted too. Next we went to the national museum where we saw loads of really interesting and strange things from bog bodies to Ancient Egyptian bowls. After this, we headed to the Dail Eireann where we met up with our local td Michael Healy Rae. We had a tour around the building where we were told about the history of the Dail and shown around to the different meeting rooms. We then had a quick stop in Dublin for some lunch and a shop.
Later on we got back on our coach and headed doe Dundrum shopping centre. We had four hours here to get dinner and explore the huge shopping centre, we had lots of fun. We then drove back to the Generator for the night.
The next morning we had to head home. Before getting back to Kerry we stopped off in Cork at Watergrasshill for our final activity of the trip. First we went go-karting around a big track. It was really fun and we all got to try and race each other around the circuit,there were a few crashes but overall it was great and one of my favourite activities of the trip!! I didn’t know what was coming when we dressed up for our next activity of paintballing. We all got 300 paintballs and a gun and we dressed in camouflaged clothing and body protectors. It was so much fun but it was also really hard to do because we were all being shot with paintballs and it really, REALLY hurt!!!! When our fun was over it was time to get back into the coach for our final leg of the journey home.
It was such an amazing trip and we had so many unforgettable experiences, and memories that we will share forever!