Rosmini is delighted to be involved in the DCU UniTY programme. UniTY is a skills based programme specifically aimed at Transition Year students. It has been designed to increase student engagement in education and raise motivation and career aspirations and broaden students' world view. The curriculum is made up of Multimedia & Social Innovation, Smart Skills, Employability & Leadership and Student Empowerment. Other classes benefit through Maths quizzes, "Junior Discover" pathways to third level, DCU "Summer Scholars" programme, rugby and soccer blitzes. Further information from https://www.dcu.ie/access/secondary-schools.shtml
The Transition Years spent their Friday morning showing off their ICT and Engineering skills to the Minister of Education, Richard Bruton. This took place in the Lego Innovation Studio in DCU. He was greatly impressed with the skills and enthusiasm on show. Thanks to the Transition Years for doing so well and to Mr McNamara for leading the team.
The Minister used the occasion to launch the "School Excellence Fund – Digital." Minister Bruton said, “The School Excellence Fund is designed to ensure that innovation in schools is supported and rewarded". .
As part of their Saint Vincent de Paul Befriending Project, Transition Year students have formed an Intergenerational choir with the elderly resident of Nazareth House care home. The purpose of this project is to engage in social outreach and to experience, first hand, how the lives of others can be enriched by volunteering one's time, gift and talent. On Monday 20th November 2017, students rehearsed Christmas carols with the residents of Nazareth House under the direction of Music teacher, Ms Mullen, and Chaplain, Mr Gueret.
TY Students attended an Introduction to Robotics Workshops at the DCU LEGO Education Innovation Studio on Oct 2nd & 3rd. It is a programme given to school where students can learn about programming; utilising areas such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. The DCU staff were very impressed with the students enthusiasm and good level of knowledge on both days. Thanks must go to the students for their exemplary work.
The first meeting of the 1st Year Homework Buddies Club took place on Wednesday, 20th September 2017. A group of Transition Year mentors were trained to assist the 1st year students with their written homework and revision tasks. Each TY mentor was allocated a select number of students to work closely with during the session. Mentors made a checklist of tasks that their 1st year buddies had to complete. They offered instruction, guidance and support to the 1st year students, helping them to complete their homework.
Myozan Kodo, Reverend of Zen Buddhism Ireland, met with Transition Year students on Monday 22nd May 2017. They were invited to partake in a Zen Buddhist Guided Meditation. As part of this meditation, students completed a Body Scan to bring peace and harmony to their very being.
In his talk, Myozan stated that the Zen school of Buddhism emphasises doing meditation without a goal, with the belief that everyone is already inherently enlightened. Myozan said that the Soto Zen Buddhist expresses this belief through seated, silent meditation.