Recently the fourth year physics class went on two trips, one trip to Blackrock castle observatory and the other to a Tyndall lecture in UCC about space travel. The Tyndall lecture was an in depth talk about the implications of space travel such as gravity and just how difficult and expensive it is to launch a rocket into space. It was very interesting and a fantastic opportunity.
In Blackrock castle we were given access to all the programs used by astronomers when observing space. We left the school early in the morning and the first thing we started with was a program called stellarium. This program allows us to view space from earth. It shows where planets and galaxies are relative to us in real time. Once we found something that was suitable such as a planet we could take a picture of the object. After lunch we returned and used another program named salsaJ which allowed us to edit the images colour settings in order to view the images we took of celestial bodies.
On the 24th February, transition year students attended a talk about the importance of road safety. The event was set up in association with AXA and Red FM. Students listened to a group of members of the emergency services and their stories about road accidents. There were also victims of road accidents and their experiences afterwards, the shocking images and stories had a big impact on the students and in the future they will hopefully have more respect for the rules of the road.
On the 19th February transition year students in art classes went to UCC to take part in a course teaching them about photography and creating a photogram. Students spent the day in the red room and had a chance to make their own photograms. Students also went to Fitzgerald’s Park and took photos for an upcoming project and after the wok was done they went to Mahon point for lunch. Overall the trip was a learning experience for the art students.
On Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th we took part in a drumming workshop.
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Our Geography Class climbed the Galtee Mountains on the 1st of October 2015.
You can see a full report and photographs here.
Recently the 4th years learned how to use the website myty.ie. This website helps us to record our TY activities for the year.
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Before and After Easter, TY students participated in the Drive for Life programme. They were educated on how to buy a car, insurance policies and equipped with the knowledge on how to begin the process of getting a license. Pictures and personal experiences to follow
Last week, many TY students visited New York on the Transition Year School Tour. It is clear that it was thoroughly enjoyed. Photos and news to follow!
Sincere congratulations to Rory O’Sullivan and Ciarán Daly for winning the All Ireland (4th April) in debating on the motion “This house believes the surveillance state is the price we pay for a free society”. This is Rochestown’s second year winning the competition and Rory’s second title. Also representing the college were Ronan Daly and Jack Dignam.
Rory and Ciarán went on to face Scotland (11th April) in the International Mace Semi final in UCC. Rochestown were very strong but unfortunately did not take the day.
TY students are travelling to Kolkata this Thursday the 26th of March. They have been preparing for many months and this is the culmination of great work.