Transition Year

“About Transition Year: A Year to Thrive”

The aim of the Transition Year Programme is

“to provide the personal, social, vocational and educational development
of students and prepare them for their role as autonomous
and participative members of society.”

 

The Transition Year programme in Desmond College formally began this year on 27th August 2010. It is an optional course within the school. Our programme is based on the DES aims for the Transition Year Programme and the calendar focuses on four main areas:

Within Desmond College the core subjects of English, Irish, Maths and French are continued with heavy emphasis on building on pupils knowledge from the Junior Cycle and giving a strong grounding for the Senior Cycle.

Pupils are given the opportunity to sample the subjects on offer in the school for Leaving Certificate:

2010-2011 Transition Year Cooking Pancakes
Transition Year Students involved in Young Social Innovators 2012

Within Year specific modules. The modules this year are:

Subjects specific for Transition Year pupils are
also provided. These include:

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2010-2011 Transition Year First Aid

Our once off calendar year provides the following for our pupils:

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The year is devoted to facilitating the pupils to learn new skills, have new experiences, travel, teach, improve their academic skills and develop personally and socially.

The Desmond College Transition Year class are proud to be associated with the Brothers of Charity, Newcastlewest. Each student will experience work experience at the centre, as well as organising events and fundraising for charity. This has proved to be personally rewarding and enriching experience for all involved.

The Desmond Credit Union is also affiliated with our school and a selected group of T.Y. are chosen to become co-ordinators. This process teaches each member of the group job application procedures, interview processes and marketing and administration of a banking system.

The group also have the opportunity to participate in a parenting course, where the realities of life as a parent is witnessed first-hand when the class members have the opportunity to take a “virtual baby” home for the night.

The T.Y programme has been crammed full of activities and events such as lifesaving, Judo, Teaching Physical Education in the Gaelscoil, Young Scientist, mini-companies, driving theory tests and mentoring junior students. The list of activities is endless.

The TY group have had many trips. The 2010/2011 class visited Knock, Killaloe Outdoor and adventurous centre, Clarion Hotel (‘spagetti show’), Thomand Park, Mary Immaculate College music recital, Young Scientist Exhibition, Hunt Museum, Killfinane Outdoor centre and not to mention a trip to London.

The Transition Year has been found to have been an enlightening and exciting opportunity for all involved. Students have made well informed decisions for their Senior cycle due to tasting subjects and research on careers. Each individual has grown in maturity and have developed personal and social skills that will stand to them for many years ahead.

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AIMS

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OBJECTIVES

The Transition Year co-ordinator is Ms. Kerrie Collins.

Read about some of the students’ experiences!

 


Meet the National Safety Challenge Finalists

April 9, 2019


This week, James Taylor speaks to second two of our four Second Level National Finalists in the ESB Networks National Safety Challenge.

The ESB Networks National Safety Challenge is proudly supported by Safe Family Farms, a joint initiative between ESB Networks and The Irish Farmers Journal, to raise awareness and make farms a safer place for all.

Meet the Desmond College ESBNetworks National Safety Challenge Finalists

Students: Kayla McMahon and Fiona Kelly
Year: Transition Year
Teacher: Mr. Donal Enright
Idea: Eye in the Cab

Kayla McMahon and Fiona Kelly from Desmond College have developed “Eye in the Cab”, a device that you attach in the cab of a tractor. It detects the angle that the tractor is at and alerts the farmer if they are operating at a dangerous angle.

Our idea

“So what it does is it detects what angle that the tractor is at, but while doing that then it also has a GPS device inside in it so that it allows you to locate where exactly where the tractor is so when it reaches a certain point it will send a text message to the In Case of Emergency (ICE) contact of the person in the tractor.

Using a gyro sensor, GPS modules, and an Auto Dialler, we built a device that recognises the angle of the tractor. Gyro sensors, also known as angular rate sensors, are devices that sense angular velocity.

With the aid of an internal siren, it can alert the driver once a tractor has reached 35-degree tilt and can alter the driver’s ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact via an STMicroelectronics SPBTLE-RF Bluetooth Chip 4.1 auto-dialler, once the vehicle has reached or exceeded 45 degrees.

The “Eye in the Cab” device can be fixed to the inside of the cab via magnets. It is also equipped with an emergency button on the front panel that the driver can press in an emergency.

Because it is portable, the driver can take the unit with them and attached to their belt and if they are involved in an accident involving animals, machinery or overcome by slurry fumes.”

Inspiration

“Agriculture is a huge part of the lives of the people in Ireland. The fatality rate in agriculture is far higher than any other economic sector.

A large proportion of all fatal workplace accidents occur in agriculture, even though only a small number of people are employed in farming. According to research carried out by the Health & Safety Authority (HSA), machinery related accidents make up for 50% of farm fatalities.

Factors that influence the probability of vehicles tipping over are the size, weight, angle of incline, terrain, front and back loaders as well as tyre size and pressure, the multiplicity of factor made it difficult for the driver, our device will serve as an early mechanism and help reduce accidents.

However, research informs us that when a tractor reaches an angle of 36.780 it has a 75% chance of rolling over and at 450, it has a 100% chance.”

What it would mean to win

“To win the ESB Networks National Safety challenge it would mean a lot to us to know that like even in our young age we could potentially save lives with an idea and project we came up with ourselves and would mean a lot to us.

It would be a massive achievement for us and our school.”

Desmond College Literacy Week 2019, April 8th -12th

April 5, 2019

Desmond College Literacy Week 2019 April 8th -12th

Desmond College Literacy Week 2019 April 8th -12th

Transition Year Fundraiser for Pieta House

April 4, 2019

2019, March: Shauna O'Sullivan, Shannon Copse and Chloe Ahern organised a bake sale to raise much needed funds for Pieta House
Shauna O’Sullivan, Shannon Copse and Chloe Ahern organised a bake sale to raise much needed funds for Pieta House

Student Enterprise 2019

April 3, 2019

50 different mini-companies from 16 different schools across Limerick City & County descended on the South Court Hotel on March 26th for the annual Limerick Enterprise Office – Student Enterprise Awards.

Desmond College was represented by 1st Years, Tara Danaher & Josh Dore who won 2nd place in the Junior Section with “The Empty Chair Company”.

Aine Murphy, Lauren Ambrose, and Lucy Flaherty (all second years) won 1st Place in the Intermediate Section with their company “Hy Geeenie”.

TY students, Oisin O’Sullivan, and Conor Fox, achieved a Highly Commended in the Senior Section with “Sigigraph” and Melissa Flaherty and Ciara Brouder won 1st place in the senior section with “Safety Harness Attachment”.

Megan Roma and Victoria Brouder also took park with their company “6Teen Skincare”.

1st Place winners go on to represent Limerick in the All Ireland Student Enterprise Finals in Croke Park in May.

Desmond College's Aine Murphy, Lauren Ambrose and Lucy Flaherty all second year students won 1st Place in the Intermediate Section with their company Hy Geeenie at Student Enterprise 2019
Aine Murphy, Lauren Ambrose and Lucy Flaherty all second year students won 1st Place in the Intermediate Section with their company Hy Geeenie at Student Enterprise 2019

Desmond College's Oisin O' Sullivan and Conor Fox achieved a Highly Commended in the Senior Section with ‘Sigigraph’ at Student Enterprise 2019
Oisin O’Sullivan and Conor Fox achieved a Highly Commended in the Senior Section with ‘Sigigraph’ at Student Enterprise 2019

Desmond College's Megan Roma and Victoria Brouder, Transition Year students at Student Enterprise 2019
Megan Roma and Victoria Brouder, Transition Year students at Student Enterprise 2019

Desmond College's Melissa Flaherty and Ciara Brouder won 1st place in the senior section with "Safety Harness Attachment" at Student Enterprise 2019
Melissa Flaherty and Ciara Brouder won 1st place in the senior section with “Safety Harness Attachment” at Student Enterprise 2019

Business – TY Academy

April 2, 2019

The Bank of Ireland TY academy helps students to develop their critical thinking, communication, problem-solving skills and to provide practical guidance using the lean canvas methodology to start up their own business.

Desmond College had five transition Years selected to take part in the Limerick/Clare/Tipperary Regional Round of the TY Academy: Oisin O’Sullivan, Dylan O’Shea, Melissa Flaherty, Fiona Kelly, and Victoria Brouder.

As part of the academy, students work on a business problem with students from other schools. Over the course of three days, they explore the areas of enterprise and innovation, and learn how to pitch their proposals in a “Dragon’s Den” environment.

The Lean Canvas methodology used by many start-up companies provides students with the tools necessary to generate their business plan and launch their idea. Students can also learn how to build a website or develop an app.

The All-Ireland finals will take place on the 9th of May in Dublin and Limerick/Clare/Tipperary will be represented by a team of 4 comprising of two students from Desmond College, Fiona Kelly, and Dylan O’Shea.

An honourable mention was reserved for “Man of the Match” or the hardest working student of the week, Oisin O’Sullivan, also from Desmond College.

Congratulation to the five students for representing our school with pride and distinction, many thanks to all the mentors who assisted the students during the week with a special mention to Bank of Ireland for sponsoring and organising it.

2019, March: Oisin O'Sullivan, Dylan O'Shea, Melissa Flaherty, Fiona Kelly and Victoria Brouder at the Bank of Ireland TY Academy
Oisin O’Sullivan, Dylan O’Shea, Melissa Flaherty, Fiona Kelly and Victoria Brouder at the Bank of Ireland TY Academy

2019, March: Oisin O'Sullivan ‘Man of the Match’ at the Bank of Ireland TY Academy
Oisin O’Sullivan ‘Man of the Match’ at the Bank of Ireland TY Academy

2019, March: Fiona Kelly and Dylan O'Shea through to the All Ireland Final of the Bank of Ireland TY Academy taking place on 9th May.
Fiona Kelly and Dylan O’Shea through to the All Ireland Final of the Bank of Ireland TY Academy taking place on 9th May.

Transition Year Adventure Trip to Killarney

March 27, 2019

On Wednesday 13th March, the Transition Year students along with Ms. O’Mahony and Ms. Corkery travelled to Killarney for an overnight trip to take part in adventure activities including mountain hiking and biking and kayaking. Unfortunately, due to bad weather conditions, the students didn’t kayak.

The group stayed in Killarney International Youth Hostel and went to the cinema and enjoys walks around Killarney and got an insight into the history associated with the National Park.

Thank you to Ms. Collins for organising a fantastic trip.

Some of Desmond College Transition Year getting ready to Mountain bike in Killarney
Some of Desmond College Transition Year getting ready to Mountain bike in Killarney

Some of Desmond College Transition Year getting ready to Hike in Killarney
Some of Desmond College Transition Year getting ready to Hike in Killarney

Some of Desmond College Transition Year enjoying the scenery in Killarney during their adventure trip
Some of Desmond College Transition Year enjoying the scenery in Killarney during their adventure trip

Business Studies Awards Ceremony

March 14, 2019

Congratulations to Ciara Brouder, Transition Year student in Desmond College who was presented with a Certificate of Achievement at the Business Studies Awards Ceremony hosted by UL’s Kemmy Business School and the Business Studies Teachers Association of Ireland (BSTAI). The award recognises those who have achieved an A Grade in Higher Level Business Studies at Junior Certificate level in 2018

2019 March: Ciara Brouder receiving her Certificate of Achievement at the Business Studies Awards Ceremony hosted by UL's Kemmy Business School and the Business Studies Teachers Association of Ireland (BSTAI)
Ciara Brouder receiving her Certificate of Achievement at the Business Studies Awards Ceremony hosted by UL’s Kemmy Business School and the Business Studies Teachers Association of Ireland (BSTAI)

Desmond College Transition Year Students Collect
Much Needed Funds For The Irish Heart Foundation

March 7, 2019

Billy Cunningham and Daniel O'Sullivan fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation
Billy Cunningham and Daniel O’Sullivan fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation

Marcelina Krzywdainska and Joanne Lai fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation
Marcelina Krzywdainska and Joanne Lai fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation

Victoria Brouder and Cormac Browne fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation
Victoria Brouder and Cormac Browne fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation

Dan Mocanu and Cian Mason fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation
Dan Mocanu and Cian Mason fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation

Cian Nolan and Nathan Wright fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation
Cian Nolan and Nathan Wright fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation

Conor Fox and Megan Romo fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation
Conor Fox and Megan Romo fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation

Anna Da Silva and Alanis Leen fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation
Anna Da Silva and Alanis Leen fundraising for the Irish Heart Foundation

Paired Maths Initiative

February 8, 2019

Our Transition Year students spent a class helping our First Years on various measuring activities as part of their Paired Maths Initiative.

Transition Year students helping First Year students as part of their Paired Maths Initiative

Transition Year students helping First Year students as part of their Paired Maths Initiative

Transition Year students helping First Year students as part of their Paired Maths Initiative

Anois Leadership Programme

February 7, 2019

A number of Transition Year students took part in the Anois Leadership Programme organised by the Diocese of Limerick. The students had a fantastic week and benefited hugely from it. Their leaders described them as “a really talented group that kept us singing and dancing all week”.

Melissa Flaherty, Cormac Browne, Nathan Wright, Cian Mason, Fiona Kelly, Mary Sexton, Melisa Lestrani and Kayla McMahon
Melissa Flaherty, Cormac Browne, Nathan Wright, Cian Mason, Fiona Kelly, Mary Sexton, Melisa Lestrani and Kayla McMahon

Desmond College Finalists in
the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2019

January 11, 2019

Fiona Kelly & Kayla McMahon – Transition Year Students

Students involved: Fiona Kelly & Kayla McMahon
Year: Transition Year
Title of Project: Eye in the Cab
Category: Intermediate Technology Group
Teachers involved: Mr Donal Enright

Details:
Agriculture is a huge part of the life of the people of Ireland. The fatality rate in agriculture is far higher than any other economic sector. A large proportion of all fatal workplace accidents occur in agriculture, even though only a small number of people are employed in farming. Accidents involving tractors were the single biggest contributor -30% of accidents involved in the farming /agricultural sector between 2008 & 2017. Of those, there was 43 deaths or 67% of the accidents where farmers were crushed by their vehicle after it toppled over.

Using an electronic “gyro”, we have built a device that recognises the angle of the tractor, and with the aid of an internal siren, it will alert the driver once a tractor has reached a 350 tilt. The device will also alert the drivers’ ICE (in case of emergency) contact on their mobile phone via a SIM800L, once the vehicle has reached or exceeded 400 from normal. The “Eye in the Cab” device can be affixed to the inside of the cab via velcro.


Shane Baguio, Joanne Lai and Marcelina Krzywdzinska  – Transition Year Students

Students involved
& Year:
Joanne Lai – Transition Year
Marcelina Krzywdzinska – Transition Year
Shane Baugio – 5th Year
Title of Project: The Rise & Fall of The Fall Army Worm (Spodoptera Frugiperda)
Category: Senior Biological Group
Teachers involved: Mr Donal Enright

Details:
Anyone with a knowledge of agriculture in Africa has heard of the fall armyworm (FAW), a pervasive agricultural pest native to South and Central America that has ruthlessly worked its way across nearly the whole of the continent, after arriving in West Africa in early 2016 and making its way south of the Sahara and into Malawi by December of that same year.

FAW has spread quickly due to its short reproductive cycle and ability to travel long distances quickly in the adult (moth) stage.

We have designed two devices that Malawian farmers can place at the base of their crops, the first is designed around “no technology” made from 500ml plastic bottles, which is inverted and has specially cut out sections. Placing raw sugar cane in the base will attract adult moths to lay their larvae inside the bottle. We have painted panels of the device in order to increase the internal temperature of the device in an effort to further attract the moths.

We have cut serrated edges into the external features of the bottle which will ensure the FAW will injure itself if it attempts to crawl out, farmers will be able to collect the larvae and feed them to their chickens or place them in a bucket of water before reusing the device.


Ciara Brouder – Transition Year Student

Students involved: Ciara Brouder
Year: Transition Year
Title of Project: Safety Harness Attachment to Prevent Suspension Trauma
Category: Intermediate Technology Individual
Award: Special Award: The Portwest Workplace Safety Award
Teachers involved: Mr Donal Enright

Details:
I have created a universal safety harness attachment to combat suspension trauma phenomena.

The safety attachment can be deployed in the case of an arrested fall and used to relieve pressure from the worker’s legs and chest, decreasing the risk of fainting and cardiac arrest, both of which can severely impair the worker’s rescue. The safety attachment is a simple but effective ergonomically placed device that can be activated using one hand movement.

It is constructed of lightweight aluminium and used a strap designed for use in mountaineering along with a carabiner can be attached/detached from the fixation point on the front of any standard safety harness.


Orla Mullane and Lucy Flaherty – Second Year Students

Students involved: Orla Mullane & Lucy Flaherty
Year: 2nd Year
Title of Project: Synthesis and Analysis of Biodegradable Polymers-Enhanced with Organic Waste
Category: Junior Mathematical Physical Chemical Group
Award: Display Award
Teachers involved: Mr Donal Enright

Details:
Currently, it is estimated that the worldwide production of petroleum based plastic is around 100 million tons annually, and that seven million barrels of petroleum are required per day to produce that plastic. It is estimated that 80% of sea turtles and roughly 70% of seabirds are ingesting plastic, which clogs their digestive systems.

As a result, some one million birds and 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles die each year due to plastic-related incidents.

We made an alternative plastic using organic materials. Our plan was to test the new type of plastic for strength and its ability to dissolve in water, we have made several items out of our plastic e.g. drinking straw and six-pack rings.

Initially, we made plastic with complete organic materials, such as corn-starch, vinegar, water and glycerin. After testing this we added agar in an effort to make the plastic stronger. We have now added keratin derived from the feather of chickens, which is high in protein that will increase the tensile strength.


Victoria Brouder and Conor Fox Transition Year Students

Students involved: Victoria Brouder and Conor Fox
Year: Transition Year
Title of Project: A scientific investigation into the wild growth of and abundance of Agaricus campestris (wild field mushrooms) in West Limerick
Category: Intermediate Biological and Ecological Group
Teachers involved: Ms Aoife Culhane

Details:
Conor Fox and Victoria Brouder’s project is a scientific investigation into the wild growth of and abundance of Agaricus campestris (wild field mushrooms) in West Limerick. They are in the intermediate biological & Ecological section.

As part of their BTYSE project, they are investigating why there was an abundance of mushrooms in West Limerick in the Autumn/Summer 2018. While weather played a pivotal role, they wished to investigate further.

They tested the soil to see if anything else was a contributing factor in the growth of these mushrooms. They tested the soil for PH levels, nutrient ions, organic matter content, fertilizer application, field usage and distance from waterways. They gathered 8 soil samples from West Limerick farmers, who also kindly filled-out a survey including questions such as
‘did you notice an increase in the growth of mushrooms?’,
‘did you fertilize the land where the sample was taken from?’,
‘where the soil sample was taken, was it in a shaded area?’.

They then got the help of Norma McKenna from Southern Scientific Farranfore who aided them in their testing.

In conclusion, when they analyzed the results they found that every test except one sample had a low reading of phosphorus and all the other samples were high, this could be a factor why the mushrooms grew. All of their tests had a high reading of Copper which could have also been a factor.

In their survey, 87.5% farmers fertilized their land and 12.5% didn’t. Weather also played a vital role in the wild growth of the mushrooms as having a snowfall in March followed by a very hot summer is not usual for us. The conditions necessary for germination are water oxygen and warmth. The snowfall causing the ground to become very wet and the heat off the sun both provided the conditions that were necessary for germination.

So to conclude their research, they found that the weather, the low phosphorus, fertilizer application and the high sulfur all played vital roles in the wild growth and abundance of Agaricus campestris in west Limerick in the summer/autumn of 2018.
A big thank you also to Mr Shiels for helping with the display.


Matthew O Connor Transition Year Student

Students involved: Matthew O’Connor
Year: Transition Year
Title of Project: Sharing- but not caring
Category: Intermediate Social and Behavioral
Award: Display Award
Teachers involved: Ms Aoife Culhane

Details:
I myself post way too much information on my Instagram and Snapchat. And I’m certain I can’t be the only person out of the millions of people that use social media that over share personal details about themselves.

This spurred me on to find out if people’s attitudes towards social media and how we use it. I did some research on different parts of my project and found out more information on social media and our sharing habits. I also created a survey and analysed my findings I found that the majority of the population surveyed are on social media, the most popular media platform is snapchat.

67.5% of the population surveyed are not friends with everyone on their social media accounts in real life.
65.4% of the population said they share their birthday online and a lot of people share their location online.
I also spoke to some of my fellow students and teachers who agreed that we are sharing too much online, it was interesting to see the difference between peoples online and offline sharing attitudes with many students being far more willing to share thoughts and information online rather than face to face with their peers or family.


Emma O'Shea and Rebecca Enright – Second Year Students

Students involved: Rebecca Enright and Emma O’Shea
Year: 2nd Year
Title of Project: A Statistical Analysis of St. Swithin’s Day
Category: Junior Mathematical and Physical
Teachers involved: Ms Aoife Culhane

Details:
We based our BT Young Scientist project on St Swithin’s Day. St Swithin’s Day is held every year on the 15th of July. It is said that whatever the weather is like on St Swithin’s Day it will be the same for the 40 consecutive days and nights after.

We analysed the amount of precipitation across 5 weather stations in the North, South, East, West and Midlands of Ireland. We tabulised, analysed and graphed our results.

We found that 69% of St Swithins Days had rain. The average amount of rain on St Swithin’s Day was 3.2 mm. Only in 58% of cases did the weather match between St Swithin’s Day and the subsequent 40 Days. The year with the highest recorded consistency of weather between St Swithin’s Day and the subsequent 40 days was 2012 at 73%. Only 24% of the subsequent 40 days weather was inconsistent to St Swithin’s Day.

In conclusion for the data we analysed, there has been no occurrence reaching 40 days. We would like to thank Mr Culhane who helped us with our display.



Jan 2019 : Desmond College Students photographed near the RDS in Dublin as they were about to enter the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2019

Transition Year learn CPR

December 10, 2018

The Transition Year students as part of their science module and wellbeing learned how to carry out CPR with the help of Ms.Culhane.

Dec 2018: Ms Culhane demonstrating to the Transition Year students how to carry our CPR
Ms Culhane demonstrating to the Transition Year students how to carry our CPR

Dec 2018: Transition Year students practicing the technique of CPR
Transition Year students practicing the technique of CPR

Dec 2018: Transition Year students practicing the technique of CPR
Transition Year students practicing the technique of CPR

TY Tae Kwon Do class

October 26, 2018


Oct 2018: Desmond College Transition Year students participate in a Tae Kwon Do class


Oct 2018: Desmond College Transition Year students participate in a Tae Kwon Do class


Oct 2018: Desmond College Transition Year students participate in a Tae Kwon Do class


Oct 2018: Desmond College Transition Year students participate in a Tae Kwon Do class


Oct 2018: Desmond College Transition Year students participate in a Tae Kwon Do class

Brothers of Charity Advocacy Conference

October 5, 2018

Our TY students were at the Brothers of Charity Advocacy Conference. They danced with the Brothers of Charity in front of an audience of over 300 people.

October 2018: TY Students dance with the Brothers of Charity in front of 300 people!

They even got a standing ovation!!!
So proud.

Oct 2018: TY Students enjoying a treat after the dance
Enjoying a treat after their dance!

LIMERICK LEADER:
“Junior Cert: West Limerick teens receive
hard-earned grades after first state exam”

September 18, 2018

JUNIOR Cert results day is a “milestone” that deserves to be marked, says principal of Newcastle West’s Desmond College, Vourneen Gavin Barry.

The principal was speaking after 68 beaming students opened up their envelopes in the west Limerick school this Wednesday morning (12th September) shortly after 10am.

12th Sept 2018: Desmond College and Gaelcholaiste students celebrate their Junior Certificate Results

“It’s been a wonderful morning,” said Ms Gavin Barry. “They came in with their parents, so the families got to meet the teachers and celebrate the occasion together.” The principal said that although it is “a low-stakes exam”, for the pupils, it’s the most important thing in their lives when they’re doing it.

“We had a bit of a celebration at the school because it’s important to mark it. It is a milestone in their lives and their education.”

“The students went home with their families after getting the results and we have them back in school tomorrow. We had nanas and granddads and parents in, and they all go home together afterwards. That encourages responsible behaviour in their celebrations as well – it should be a family occasion,” said Ms Gavin Barry.

And the school had plenty to celebrate.

“We had lovely results. Lots of As, and we had a couple of students with all As. We noticed that the English results were particularly strong, with lots of distinctions and merit. We have a very happy English department. Maths was also very positive. We are very happy,” said the Newcastle West principal.

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