Monday, 24 February 2014

"You know, people in my college would KILL to get that placement!"

So I haven't really been keeping my blog active. Sorry about that. I sort of forgot over the Christmas holidays....and the midterm. Doesn't matter, it's in the past.

So since I last blogged, I completed my second work experience in my old Primary School. I absolutely loved it and enjoyed waking up every Wednesday knowing I would be spending my day there. I worked mainly with senior infants and first class. The class was very well behaved and I was able to help them with their work etc. But I ended up doing a lot more jobs for the principal than I had expected, and after the first day, I rarely spent classtime with the children.

Over the midterm, I went for a meeting in a montessori for a placement there. I chose a montessori because I really loved working with children in the primary school, and my sister advised me to work with children again, but in a different age group. This is going to broaden my interest in working with children, and maybe I could end up with a career in Speech & Language therapy, Early Childhood Development, Child Psychology, maybe even setting up my own playschool - who knows? The playschool does HighScope which is more advanced than just playschool and is a totally different way of teaching kids. My sister said it's really hard to find places with HighScope that will take you for a work placement. She told me that "people in my college would KILL to get that placement!" I would have been mad not to take an opportunity like this! I can't wait to start.

So that's what's happened and that's what will happen soon,
I'll try and keep my blog more active. :)


Girls' Education

So as part of our religious education, I created this video to show some facts about girls' education, and how unfair it is.
Enjoy :)

Monday, 18 November 2013

Talk Science To Me

Us TY's went to Tallaght IT on Monday (11th November) for a fun Science talk.
We got a double-decker bus there and I sat at the back and we all got a sing-song going downstairs, much to the disappointment of the teachers who quickly developed headaches because of us.

The lecturer (with wonderful accent) showed us some really cool experiments like how the spring of air can be seen, and there was one where a column of fire was spun and it looked really pretty, it was like a big spiral thing. (I'm fantastic at describing things, I know)

Anyway, we had another talk in a lab before the main lecture, and it was about biology and stuff, but I found it kind of difficult to hear the speaker. The lab was really cool though. There were big tanks and pipes and machines everywhere. Half of the lab was for chemistry and then the other half was for biology, which I thought was quite interesting.

On the way home, we stopped in Liffey Valley for lunch and everybody rushed up to the food court for choice of restaurants.

I enjoyed the day, but I think that the lecturer's experiments were the best part.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Zumba? Zumba!

Zumba. That's what the TY's are up to. Zumba dancing. I have Zumba on Friday for PE, and I actually really like it.
Now, anybody who knows me knows that I like to dance. I mightn't be any good, but I'll still do it. So Zumba is like a really cool "class" for me to just dance in. Our instructor shows us the steps and we just copy - like a mirror.
At first I thought I would hate it, but I seriously love it and can't wait for Friday so I can do it again!
...Although, I hope our instructor plays some Cheryl Cole or Little Mix next time, cause they're my jam!

Friday, 18 October 2013

Friendly Communications from Spaceship Funwalk!

On Friday, 11th October, all of the students in St Wolstans participated in the annual Funwalk to mark the end of Friendship Week.
During Friendship Week, students are encouraged to make an extra effort to reach out to other students and to be kind to one another.
The Funwalk is an annual event that is looked forward to by almost all students, but mainly for the dances!
Our class, Tereshkova dressed up as Minions from Despicable Me, and our Tutor, Ms. McM, dressed up as Gru. We organised a dance to a mixed track of the Despicable Me Theme Song and Wannabe by the Spice Girls. I mixed the songs and burned it on to a disk for the prefects. We all danced as enthusiastically as we could with big grins on our faces.
We didn't win, but we all had a good time.

Sarah and I decided to take a nice stroll during the walking part of the day, and we were passed out by many other year groups, but we had a nice chat in the mean time.

When we got back, there were drinks for everyone. I had accidentally smudged loads of my face paint and the yellow tint made me look ill. I was grateful to receive some baby wipes from Ms F to help make me look normal for the journey home on the bus!

Minion Madness!
The funwalk was great, and I look forward to it next year!

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

A Meteorite is Heading Straight for The Basketball Hoop!

And I threw that meteorite! ...or basketball, should I say.
I've joined a sport! I've joined basketball! An applause has just been heard globally. That's right, Little Miss "I don't do sports" has taken a shine to basketball. I like it a lot and my friends are doing it too. I like the mixture of the different year groups and I enjoy playing it.
I'm honestly surprised that I'm enjoying a sport. Maybe this is a new activity for me. Maybe you'll see me in the paper some day. (Although I highly doubt it - with regard to playing sports anyway!)

I'll be going to training next week, that's for sure.
Bye for now!

Monday, 14 October 2013

I am a mna, NOT a fír! ...I think.

TY's visited the Pádraig Pearse Museum in Rathfarnham a few weeks ago.
We travelled there by bus and the rain poured down as we strolled up the beautiful autumnal avenue. We were split into groups and we were taken on separate tours. My group went on the tour of the house first. My favourite room was his study because it had a bust of William Shakespeare and a mask of Robert Emmet in it. It also had a telephone, and at the time, Pádraig Pearse's phone number was 8! I thought that was really interesting.
After break, we went on a nature walk. I didn't find that particularly interesting, but I enjoyed smelling the lavender!
Then we had lunch and that was my favourite part. The café that was there sold crepes and they were delicious. They put loads of maple syrup on it and heated it up and I would have got another one if I had the money. I also bought an ice pop and talked to other TYs.

I then found myself in some difficulty. The bathrooms were labelled in Irish, and I didn't know if I was a Fír or a Mná. I shouted up to some of the girls who were up on a hill, and they aided me in my dire situation.
All was well after that.

After lunch it was time to go home, and we were back on the bus after another short walk down the avenue.

That's all for now.