The first ever Transition Year programme kicked off in August 2017 with a fantastic cohort of students. The Walking Trip to Glendalough took place in September which gave the group an opportunity to bond, build old and make new friendships - all the while walking over a 100,000 steps! There have been too many highlights to list them all here but in particular the Musical production of We Will Rock You was outstanding. Performing for 3 nights to packed and delighted audiences. The three weeks of Work Experience were also brilliant as students worked in diverse workplaces such as Ebay, An Garda Siochana, Baxter House Agency. Guidewire, Paypal, DSPCA, Bristol Myers-Squibb, PowerCity, local Primary Schools, Irish Cancer Society, Elverys and several Hospitals.
The TY Triple Thursdays provided opportunity for an array of workshops and guest speakers to enlighten, challenge and educate our TYs. Examples include, Discovery Gospel Choir, Workplace Relations, GOAL, Show Racism the Red Card, Recreate Business, Trocaire and the Irish School of Etiquette. A lot of learning took place outside the school campus such as trips to RTÉ for the filming of ‘Know the Score’ as well as with the school choir to lead Sunday Mass, Zeminar, Comedy Club, ITB, TY Expo, Reel Life Science, Fresh Film Festival Grand Final and BT Young Scientist. It wonderful to have finalists in latter three exhibitions mentioned above. Furthermore, we had 5 soloists at the Emmanuel concert this year - a national record, four of the 5 were TYs.
As well as being the first ever TY group in our school, this group were also the first ever group in the country to trial our innovative self-directed subject choice model. This allows students to book their English, Irish or Maths class for each day of the week. Students took ownership of their learning journey and have navigated this new model extremely well. Highlights included the Cube gameshow in Maths, Graphic Novels in Irish and Vlogs & book creation in English. Sport has played a central role in TY, for examples, students earning coaching badges for Spikeball and Rowing as well as coaching/teaching experience too. Several students have earned their Gaisce President’s award and the JPII award. The TY specific modules have also provided exciting and excellent learning moments throughout the year from criminal law to animal care, radio production to computer science. Students achieved food safety certificates, preparation for the Driver Theory Test and organised a stupendous Christmas Market under the tutelage of Mr McProfit and Ms. Collins.
TYs also led fundraising and awareness in the school with the Team Hope Shoebox Appeal, Spinal Injuries Ireland bag packing, Epilepsy Ireland. Show Racism the Red Card fashion show and more. Alpha was a particular highlight for TYs where they explored life’s big questions over 10 weeks and a retreat. The senior trip to Rome included singing in the Irish College, a private Mass at St. Peter’s, the Colosseum, Pompeii and a papal audience. A big thank to TY teachers who created wonderful modules for our students as well as countless extracurricular competitions, activities and experiences. A special thank you to the two TY tutors, Ms. Sheehan & Mr. Harvey. Thank you also to Róisín Mc, Noel, Gerry, Dr. Moran, Ms. Harrington & TY parents.
A big thank you also to our TY students who invested in the programme and have benefitted greatly as a result. Growth was the theme and mindset for the programme and it has been a privilege to witness each TY grow in a multitude of ways during this year. Remember, planted, not buried. All the news and videos from this year is available at www.lecheilety.com. We still have an exciting month ahead in TY which includes an overnight up North & TY graduation!
After the dramatic postponement of Emmanuel back in February because of Storm Emma's snow, the rescheduled Emmanuel day & concert took place on May 2nd at Our Lady of Victories Church & the Helix, DCU.
Le Chéile have participated since opening in 2014/15 making this our 4th year in a row. Building on our amazing 4 soloists and 60 choir members last year, we were blessed to have 5 soloists this year as well as our Edmund Rice College neighbours.
Loveth (TY), Daniels (5th), Destiny (TY), Veronika (TY) & Sharon (TY) were outstanding and represented their school and families with distinction - using their abundant gifts to praise God and lift all our hearts on the second day of summer!
Video clips from their performances can be seen below.
TYs & 5th Years joined forces to explore the eternal city of Rome - the 2 TY student created videos below will give you a flavour of the Italian capital - filmed & edited by Sanju.
TY Rowing Ireland Coaching Award
A group of TY students will be trained up as coaches with Rowing Ireland who will then go on to deliver coaching sessions to our 1st Year PE students. This is a great opportunity for our TYs to develop their leadership skills and self-confidence. We wish them the best of luck.
Spikeball Ireland TY Girls Leaders Award
Nine TY girls put themselves forward to become Spikeball Leaders. Spikeball is a modified version of Volleyball and is a fun game for primary school children. The girls are currently training with Volleyball Ireland Coach, Jessie Carmody, and will soon be working with 6th class children from our local feeder schools, St Lukes and TETNS. Best of luck to:
Destiny, Alannah, Lauren, Mary, Sharon, Erin, Katelyn, Cornelia and Naomi.
Special thanks to Brian Walshe for his photography & sponsorship.
Let's face it, the month of January is one of the hardest of months - but Blue Monday is behind us! I’m sure many of us are still attempting to push ourselves to the absolute limit by sticking to our New Years resolutions, from some strange diet and meal plans, juice cleanses or even promising yourself, that you'll finally do thatone thing that you forgot to do that one time…
Whatever the case may be, I'm sure you have been working exceptionally hard, and so have the students of Le Cheile Secondary School. Every single person who chose to do Transition Year, has been singing, dancing and rehearsing like crazy over the past couple of months, in order to bring you, a potential audience member, an unforgettable performance!
Everybody who knows Queen, adores Queen. Fact.
Although you've heard “We Will Rock You” about a million times, you simply can’t resist the urge to transform into a professional rockstar while belting out the chorus or showing off your dance moves to “Don't Stop Me Now”. There's so many people who can relate to the paragraph that you just read, which is why tickets to this show are selling out, fast.
If you've ever wanted a live-performance of your favourite Queen hits, then you're in luck. The musical, that goes by the name of “We Will Rock You” is in town. The students of Le Chéile Secondary School are going staging the show of the decade, a show that resembles a live rock concert. This the first EVER musical staged at the 4 year old Catholic secondary school set up by the Le Chéile Trust.
The show takes place approximately 300 years into the future, where the company “Global Soft” has taken over the world. The extravagant businesswoman, known as “Killer Queen” is the head of this company, and has ordered that only digitally produced music is allowed, and all live music has been outlawed. However, where there is a dictatorial leader, there will always be a rebel. In this case, it is a group of teens called the “Bohemians”, who attempt to rediscover the music of the past. This causes friction between the two parties involved, which can be seen played out on the stage in an intense, thrilling and ridiculously entertaining performance, which is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat, as you wait for a series of truly unpredictable events to unfold.
Le Chéile TY’s debut production of We Will Rock You is in town for 3 days, and 3 days only!
Wednesday 24th, Thursday 25th & Friday 26th January 2018. Doors are open from 19:00, the show itself begins at 19:30.
Tickets are only €10 per person - more information & tickets are available at www.lecheilety.com/musical or the TICKETS button below...
Remaining tickets, if any, will be sold at the door.
The show is at Le Chéile Secondary School, Hollystown Road, Tyrrelstown, Dublin 15.
Written by: Nina C.
A huge congratulations to Kelvin Tobun and Terry Jones from TY who represented the school so well at the BT Young Scientists Exhibition in the RDS last week.
They were excellent ambassadors for Le Chéile Secondary School and we are so proud of them both. They presented their scientific research on the effect of distractions on concentration - music, chewing gum and of course, fidget spinners!!!
They appeared on the RTÉ news a number of times and they were featured in the Irish Independent and the Evening Herald newspapers.
They presented their project to the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, their families, schoolmates and a very interested public!
Well done again to Terry and Kelvin...
AND Dr. Finnegan, their wonderful TY Science Teacher & Mentor!
TYs are in intensive rehearsal currently in preparation for the first every Le Cheile TY Musical. YOU are invited - tickets on sale in school (at office and from TYs). Show starts at 19:30 each night from Wed 24th - Fri 26th Jan 2018!!
Are you catching up with 'a day in the life of a Le Chéile TY student' ?
Check out their Vlog diary entries here (click link button below) to see what they have been getting up to ! Well done to all who made it up on our English TY Youtube channel.