On Monday the 8th and Tuesday the 9th of May a law course was held for all TY students. The first day of the law course was held up in the mercy hall. It was hosted by a man named James Fahy who had been a barrister for 30 years. He talked to us firstly about different law situations. He then spoke about how different cases would be dealt in court such as robberies, car crashes, and murders.
Later on in the day he started showing us different videos of cases. Some were quite sad as he showed us a video of a young boy who was involved in a car crash. He also talked about underage drinking and how it takes a big toll on people.
The next day we went down to the court in the Garda barracks. In there we were each given a script and we held a fake court case. The court case was a lot of fun and it was really interesting to be involved in a case. I did enjoy the court case and learned a lot from it.
On the 20th of October we had an internet safety talk with Bank of Ireland. They started off the talk by asking questions about social media and then showed us graphs which showed the average amount of time people spend online. The top apps included snap chat Facebook and Instagram which was expected. They then started talking to us about how we display far too much personal information online about ourselves. They then showed us this commercial add done by Starbucks which showed by even just saying your name can render people to find out so much about you in the space of 3o seconds. They also talked about internet scans and how to avoid them. They said that Facebook is very popular for these scans and we should do our best to be alert and avoid them.
On Tuesday the 27th of September ,my Transition Year went to a comedy show called Psycho Spaghetti in the Hawkswell Theatre, Sligo. It was a one-man comedy show done by a comedian called Ger Carey. The show aims to get teenage students to laugh at themselves and what they do. In this show, Ger Carey took a hilarious take on student life, both playing the teacher and the student. I found this show hilarious and I was laughing for most of it, if not all of it! Everything he done was so realistic and relateable. He was a very talented comedian and he had the whole audience laughing, even the teachers!
I would highly recommend this show to other Ty students!
On Monday, the 10th of October, our TY year had a talk on fire safety. The talk was short but it was very important. Two firemen came in to talk to us about fire safety. They told us how fires are commonly caused and taught us how to help prevent a fire. They talked about dangerous situations they had experienced and been put in due to somebody else being careless. They spoke to us about how to act in the event of a fire, they told us to always try remain calm and safe and to always be aware of where your escape routes are in your home. They told us about the financial cost that the aftermath of a serious fire can cause. At the end of the talk, many students and teachers had questions to ask, I didn’t have any questions because the talk had answered them all.
On Tuesday, the 11th of October, our Ty group attended the RSA Road safety Road show in the Aura Leisure center in Letterkenny. The message of the show was to raise awareness for young drivers starting out on the road and to open their eyes to the harsh way of reality.
The show was based around a young man named sean who had just got his driving license and was planning to take his girlfriend out on a night out. An actor who played sean came out to talk about the night ahead of him. He was happy and excited without a worry in the world. But then we saw footage of sean and his girlfriend in the car. they ended up crashing and ended up in a horrific accident. The video that they showed us was very hard to watch and it upset a lot of people. After that a guard, a fireman, and a paramedic came out to give different details about the night of sean’s accident. It was very unsettling to listen to and it really opened your eyes to the dangers of the road.
After that a mother came out to talk to us about her daughter Kelly who had died in a car crash when her friend was driving her home after a disco. Kelly’s mother was very hard to listen to and her speech resolved many people to tears. After that a guy who had experienced being in a car crash came out to talk to us. He was paralyzed in a wheelchair and had his right arm amputated. His speech was the most upsetting one of them all. It made many people cry and it was a really big life lesson. I really enjoyed going to the show as I learned a lot from it.
On Monday the 10th of October a gender equality workshop was held in the mercy hall for ty3. The workshop was run by a woman called Danielle. We discussed different views and opinions on gender and shared different ideas. We played a few games which helped express our different views and opinions. It was a good experience and we learned a lot from it.