We have a large transition year group at KCVS this year; which has had a positive effect on student teambuilding and bonding.
Transition year students have had an excellent start to their year. The students had an initial two day teambuilding induction to the programme before beginning their classes. Students worked together on various activities and had the opportunity to learn more about their new subjects and discuss key assignments and the credit system with their teachers.
The students took a teambuilding trip to Causey’s Farm in Navan where they learned to bake bread, play the bodhran and chase home the sheep for the farmer. The students then topped off the day having fun jumping in and out of mucky bog pools! A great day was had by all the students involved.
Last week the students had a fantastic day on the Waterford Greenway where they cycled from Kilmacthomas to Dungarvan 24 kilometres in total. They were educated on the history of the Greenway by their guide and given a tour of the old Kilmacthomas workhouse. All the students had a fantastic day and said it was a great trip to get to know each other.
During the month of October the transition year students will be getting involved in a Maths Trail in Castlecomer Discovery Park. This coincides with National Maths Week. During this week the students will be organising various activities for students incorporating numeracy.
Students will be visiting the Done Deal Headquarters in Wexford this October. The students will have a tour of the company and will be given a talk on the subject of enterprise and entrepreneurship. This will be hugely beneficial for the students as they are currently preparing their own team enterprises in class.
Students are currently preparing for their work experience module which will take place on Monday 13th November to Friday 17th November 2016. Most students have already secured their placements which is commendable. Students have been working on their cover letters and C.Vs with regard to this during their work and future class with Ms. McCormack and Mr. Aylward.
The transition year students will begin their first aid certification in October with Mr Collins. Both the students and the TY team are looking forward to this as it is felt that this certificate can only be of enormous benefit to each of them in their lives going forward.
The Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership will begin a Youth Leadership course with the transition years next Wednesday. This will give each student the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills, their teambuilding skills and their communication skills. They will each receive a certificate in Youth Leadership which will give them the opportunity to work with primary school aged children through activity camps at school holiday periods.