Transition Year Awards night at Our Lady’s is always a colourful, energetic and highly entertaining night and last Thursday the TY class of 2019 were not found wanting.  All their talents were on display with 15 stalls on show from the different subjects and modules in TY. Students from the Drama, Dance and Musical Theatre modules all performed on the night with most of the students in TY participating in some way, either by manning the different stalls, on stage acting, dancing or narrating.

TY Co-ordinator, Mr Bishop welcomed all the students and their families to this celebratory evening which was truly a TY event, from the entertainment right down to the delicious refreshments prepared by the students. Touching on the wide diversity of the experiences to which the students had access, Mr Bishop mentioned Build a Bank, Mini Company, M-Power Programme & Peer Educators Programme and our TY Blog. All of this coupled with talks on Drugs Awareness, Road Safety, Mental Health, First Aid, CPR and Internet Safety among others, makes TY a wonderful opportunity for the young people with something for everyone.

Introducing the guest speaker for the night, Mr Bishop warmly welcomed Ms Áine Kerr to the podium. Áine is a past pupil of Our Lady’s and has since gone on to be a teacher then turned journalist, editor, tech executive, an entrepreneur, co-founder and COO at Kinzen, a new Irish start-up developing solutions for people who want conscious control of their news experience as well as being a fanatical Monaghan GAA supporter!  Áine passed on some sound and valuable advice to our TY students and we are extremely grateful for her support and wise words on the night.

The evening concluded with Áine presenting the certificates to the students, with presentations also being made to the TY chosen charities, Castleblayney Cancer Society and the New Alzheimer’s Café in Castleblayney. This rounded off a very memorable evening.