Young BT scientist and Air Pollution students of TY St Patrick’s College, Cavan, enjoyed taking part in both competitions. From left: Teacher Ms Sheils; Ahmed Cheema and Sean Beirne, BT scientists and David Flynn, Suhbakallah Ahmadzai, Johnny Hancy and Senan Kellegher (Air Pollution). Photos: Lorraine Teevan

TY students display a ‘can do’ attitude in St Patrick’s College

The Transition Year (TY) students in St Patrick’s College, Cavan, have made the most of their year despite Covid restrictions and prolonged periods of remote learning.

TY co-ordinator Orla Murphy is hailing the year a great success for the 50-plus pupils.

“From maths and peer education to the green schools and book club and everything in between, it has been a busy year. We wanted to highlight and celebrate the resilience of this group to achieve so much in a difficult year,” she told the Celt.

While trips were curtailed and work experience cancelled, the group opted to focus on the positives and what they could do instead.

“It’s amazing what you can do online these days and the skills these young men have developed. We decided to take a positive outlook on what we could do rather than see the glass half empty,” said Ms Murphy.

Online courses ranged from IT skills to drama and a book club via the library, among others. The group also got involved in a letter writing project to residents in nursing homes or those who were isolated during the lockdowns. It was a huge success.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to the TY teaching team. The teaching staff worked hard to ensure these awards were realised, I just co-ordinate. They were led by the management team of the principal and two vice principals who facilitate everything that happens,” added Ms Murphy.

Despite the challenges, the year was so successful that a similar number have signed up for TY in 2021/22 in spite of Covid restrictions. Ms Murphy is hopeful field trips and work experience will resume, though some elements of the online courses will remain, such has been their success.

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