Oct 18 2016 Look Into Law TY Program

The Bar of Ireland's "Look into Law" Transition Year Programme is an exciting initiative aimed at increasing students' awareness of the work of The Bar of Ireland and to encourage students to consider a career as a barrister. This annual "Access all areas" programme, held every February, aims to encourage schools and students from a wide cross-section of society to apply to take part.

The programme is aimed in particular at those who would otherwise have no access to the Bar. To help achieve this, 20% of places are reserved for DEIS schools.100 places are available with 20% given to DEIS schools and the remaining places allocated by a random lottery draw performed by The Bar of Ireland on Wednesday 23rd November. Students can come from Transition Year up to 6th year and the application process will open Monday 24th October and close at 5pm on Monday 21st November 2016.

Because of the high levels of interest in this programme and the limit of 100 places, schools are asked to nominate one student per year to participate in the programme. Applications can only be made through the school and not individually. See for further information.

Please give your name to Miss Hay by Oct 26th if you are interested.  If there is a lot of interest we will ask students to complete an 800 Word Reflective Piece on Life as a Barrister. English teachers will chose the best piece. 

TIP: A reflective piece contains the student’s thoughts on life as a barrister including details on:

1.    Qualifying as a barrister

2.    Role & responsibilities of a barrister

3.    What attracts the student to the career of barrister

4.    What aptitudes and strengths the student has that would help them in their career as a barrister

5.    What the student learned from their investigation about life as a barrister

Oct 17  All students must complete a 1A4 page typed report on Ballyhass.  This is part of the October Assessment.  Deadline is Wednesday 26th October.  Diaries can be submitted to Ms Hay or Ms Brosnan. 


Oct 12  TY Mini-Company students will be going to the Celtic Ross Hotel to attend the Student Enterprise Conference on Monday 17th October.  Bus will depart from the school at 8.30am.  Please bring €2 for bus.  Students must be in full school uniform.  Food will be available on the day but please bring a snacks for break.  Bus will return to school by approx 3.30pm.


Sept 21 2016 TY Mini Co/Robot/Bank/Junk/F1/Year Book interviews are taking place this week. Please make sure you speak to the relevant teachers to make sure you get interviewed particularly if you are absent on the day of interview for whatever reason. We cannot guarantee a subsequent interview as some are being done by external agencies.  
Any students who did not apply for any of the above options or the Business option must submit an application form for Business accompanied by a CV by Mon Sept 26th. Failure to do so will be viewed as non particpation in this important part of TY and your future in the TY program will need to be reviewed. 

Sept 21 2016 2nd TY Film Course - Due to high demand there will be a second film course on Thurs Oct 27th. Consent forms need to be handed back to secure place. Numbers are limited to 15 spaces.

Sept 21 2016 TY DATS will take place all day on Thursday Oct 20th 2016. Please make sure you are in school on this date as these tests cannot be rescheduled. 

Sept 21 2016 TY Chinese classes start tomorrow Thursday Sept 22nd Please see TY notice board for list of names for each class. Due to the demand for Chinese classes this year we have had to split the group into 4 classes. 2 of the classes will run P8 & P9 from now until Christmas and the other 2 classes will run from Christmas until May. Any student who would like to be considered for the Easter trip (usually a max of 1 student per school) to china must speak to me as soon a possible to ensure you are placed in the appropriate class for the year. Please also click here for information about the forthcoming Chinese celebration of culture and arts. And on September 24 in Kingsley Hotel from 15:00—17:00, there will be an info desk for 2017 Easter Camp programme in Shanghai for TY students, all are welcome.

SEPT 21 2016 Please be advised tomorrow is the last possible day to submit army work experience forms complete with passport photo.

Sept 21 Davis College Model United Nations Cork City Hall 24th-27th January 2017 Following on from our success at last years DCMUN Davis College has invited KCS to the 4th Davis College International Model
United Nations conference (DCMUN 2017), to be held in the Cork City Hall on 24th-27th January 2017 in Cork City. DCMUN is open to all secondary school students and is a particularly academic and highly valued activity for TY students across Ireland and senior students overseas. What is it? MUN is a debate-based activity and one of the most popular extra-curricular academic undertakings
worldwide. It is a simulation of the United Nations General Assembly, in which students (mainly in the senior cycle and primarily TYs) represent delegations (countries or NGOs – non-governmental organisations). Due to the high level of interest in DCMUN from schools in Ireland and abroad, the 2017 conference will continue to include a Special Conference (this time on Youth & Environment). Please click 
here for further information. MUN ExplainedProvisional Progamme.


Sept 19th 2016 For information on Gaisce please click here to see the presentation from Friday's assembly. 


Sept 15 2016 Please be advised the dates of the French Exchange trip are Monday Oct 10 - Monday Oct 17th, a day earlier than the previously advised dates.

Sept 15 2016 Have you an interest in the European Union or would you like to get the chance to learn more? This December, Sean Kelly will be offering 10 Transition Year students the chance to visit him in the European Parliament in Brussels and learn about the role of an MEP, and indeed the work of the EU institutions. To be in with a chance of being selected for the trip, all you have to do is write a short, one page (500 words) piece entitled:
“Why the EU is important to me”
Sean will be looking for students who can both express an interest in the EU, the workings of the institutions, and those who show a real desire to learn more about Ireland’s place in the EU.
Entries can be submitted via email to or by post to Seán KELLY MEP, European Parliament: ASP 08F353, Rue Wiertz 60, B-1047 Brussels, Belgium.

Sept 15 2016 Ballyhass Trip Oct 3 - 7th 2016. A short compulsory evening meeting for parents/guardians and students will be held in the school on Tuesday, 27th September at 7.00 p.m. If your child is taking part in the French Exchange or German Exchange then a compulsory meeting will be held before this meeting at 6.30 pm. Students will get a letter at assembly Fri Sept 16th which seeks medical/dietary information and contact numbers for the trip. Please complete and return to Miss Hay as soon as possible. 

Sept 15  A reminder to students that the deadline for applications for options (Mini-Company, Robot, F1, School Bank, Yearbook, Junk Kouture and Business) is tomorrow Friday 16th September at 3.40pm.  Please submit application forms with CV's attached in the boxes provided in B04/B05 or give to Ms Hay or Ms Brosnan by the deadline. 


Sept 11 2016 Collins Barracks TY Army Work Experience 10 Oct 2016 to 14 Oct 2016. Please speak to Miss Hay for application form. A maximum of 5 applications must be submitted to Collins Barracks  before Sept 23rd. Applications must be accompanied by a passport photo. Please submit to Miss Hay by Sept 19th. Successful applicants will be informed by Sep 28th. 


Sept 8 2016 TY Students interested in taking part in Chinese classes this year should add their names to the list on the TY noticeboard on the B corridor. Classes may be scheduled over lunchtimes depending on availability of teacher coming from UCC. Places limited.


Sept 8 2016 TY Students with an interest in film making, editing and photography please add your name to the list on the TY noticeboard. Only add your name if you are willing to also take part in a film as part of a film making workshop by Cork Film Centre. Dates and details to follow, places limited so only genuinely interested apply. 


Sept 8  TY options (Mini-Company, Robot, YearBook, School Bank, Junk Kouture, Formula 1 and Business).  Students can download application forms and see the following websites for more information.  A CV must accompany the application form.  The deadline for Applications is Friday 16th Sept at 3.40pm.  Please staple your application form to your CV and give applications to Ms Hay or Ms Brosnan.  


School Bank: 


Formula 1:

Junk Kouture:

VEX Robotics:


Application Forms:

Mini-Company Application Form click here.

Formula 1 Application Form click here.

Junk Kouture Application Form click here.

VEX Robotics Application Form click here.

Business Application Form click here.

Yearbook Application Form click here.

School Bank Application Form click here.



Sept 7  Application forms for Mini-Company, Robot Team, Year Book, School Bank, Junk Kouture, Formula 1 and Business will be handed out in class next week.  Students will need to complete an Application Form and a CV to apply for an option.  Your enterprise / work teacher will go through filling out of the application form & CV in class.  A template CV is available by clicking here.  

Sept 6 ECDL

All TY students should be registered and set up for ECDL next week. ECDL is a very important aspect of TY and students will receive a globally recognised qualification from the Irish Computer Society on successful completion of all 7 Modules. This is a valuable qualification providing students with the basic skills and knowledge in computers. Students are encouraged to supplement their learning by completing at least 1-2 hours per week of learning at home.  Please keep an eye on your childs progress in ECDL.  A record of exam results will be logged in the school journal.  Please click here for more information on ECDL in TY.  If you have any queries please contact the ECDL Co-ordinator Ms Maria Brosnan.


Sept 1 2016 TY 2016/17 kicks off Fri Sept 2nd. Please assemble in the Gym at 8:45.  TY students finish at 13:00. Please make travel arrangements for students as buses will not be until normal school finish time.



Sept 1 TY Dates for your diaries

Sept 5th Drive for Life TY 6 & 4

Sept 6th Drive for Life TY 1 & 3

Sept 8th Drive for Life TY 2 & 5

Ballyhass Oct 3 - 7th

French Exchange Oct 10 - 17th

Work Experience Nov 28 - Dec 2, Feb 6 - 17th

First Aid Nov 7th - 15th (one day per class)


Sept 1 2016 All TY students will get a new journal which has sections in it which should help them keep records of activities throughout the year. It would help us if parents could keep an eye on the journal to make sure students are utilitising it. Its a busy year so we hope they will use it to improve their organisational skills. If you have any recommendations to make for the journal then please do so as we see our side of it and I am sure there are things which could be added from your point of view for future year groups.


Sept 1 2016 TY VEX Robotics - This year we are hoping to enter the Vex Robotics Competition. For those of you interested here is a link to the game for the 2016-2017 competition year called “StarStruck”; an exciting, fast-paced game in which robots try to score in a variety of ways, see link to game


Sept 1 2016 Trinity College TY Physics Experience - Students with an interest in a career in physics and who wish to apply for a place on the Trinity TY Physics Experience which will run Nov 7 - 11th please speak to Miss Hay or Mr Corcoran for application forms. You will have to cover your own travel and accomodation expenses for this activity. See for further information. Closing date Oct 1st. 2 application forms available, names will be pulled from a hat if more than 2 interested.