Monday, 21 July 2014


I know it has been quite a while since I have last updated this blog, and I have one simple explanation for you all - I have completed Transition Year and am on my summer holidays!
Since this blog was created as part of my TY program (ever wonder where the name Melissa's TY Blog came from?! :P ), and was used to document all the goings-on of my Transition Year,  it feels right for me to end the blog here.
However it felt unfitting for me to just never post again, so I thought I would post this in order to give a little explanation.

So, there it is, I'm saying goodbye to blogging, at least on this blog (who knows, I might start up another!). Thank you for reading my silly posts and sharing the year with me.

Take care,

Melissa :)

Friday, 2 May 2014

Junior Spider Awards

So this week we came back to school after 2 weeks off for the Easter holidays. I must admit, I wasn't particularly looking forward to coming back, although since we only have 4 weeks more to go, I'm not too badly off!
To make getting back into school even easier, I got to go to the Eircom Junior Spider Awards representing Radio TY!
The awards were held in Google HQ in Dublin, and there were stands from different companies like Microsoft, Eircom, Spin 1038 and Dublin Zoo (who brought lots of snakes and reptiles!). These stands were there to provide entertainment for several hours before the actual awards ceremony, and I really enjoyed spending the time looking around!
Radio TY (which I posted about a while ago here) was nominated for both Best Project and Best Concept in the Tera Category, and we were delighted to find out that we had won the Junior Spider for Best Concept!
It was a great day all round concluding with a bonus of winning one of the categories, so I was certainly delighted with the outcome of the day!

Friday, 25 April 2014

Swim A Mile With A Smile :D

This Wednesday we participated in the 'Ian Daly Swim A Mile With A Smile' sponsored swim. The swim is in order to raise money for Barretstown Centre for seriously ill children, and St. John's Cancer Ward in Crumlin Children's hospital.
We all raised sponsorship money, and on the day of the swim we were taken to the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin, every person aiming to swim a certain number of lengths. A mile is 64 lengths of a 25 metre pool, and I swam a total of 76 lengths!! I was certainly tired afterwards!
I was so delighted to be a part of raising money for such fantastic causes, that do so much good for children who are seriously sick. It was also nice to get the chance to be back in the swimming pool!

Friday, 28 March 2014

Debating Final :D

So as I said in a previous post (Debating Update!) I got through to the Final of the Leinster Schools Debating Competition which was held this Tuesday.
After an intense week of preparation I was really excited for the competition, and there was a lot of build up and anticipation throughout the week.
  After a controversial change of venue, now held in UCD, the motion for debate was 'This House Believes That Dictatorships Are A Legitimate Form of Government', and Juliette and I were opposing.
  After an extremely tight debate, the result was announced that CBC Monkstown was the winning team.
  I really enjoyed the experience and was extremely happy with how far I had got, considering it was my first year in Senior Debating! It was a great night on all accounts.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Djembe Djembe!

This Thursday TY class Tabei was lucky enough to have a percussion workshop with Dave from 'Jabba Jabba Jembe'.
  The workshop was on how to play djembe drums which originally come from West Africa.
  We started off the day with basic techniques and rhythms and tried out more and more complex rhythms and patterns as the day went on.
  Dave told us about how drummers explain rhythms by using sounds. 
For example, one of the patterns we did sounds like 'Bah, bah, bahbiddi biddi,' and so on!
  We learned about the origins of West African drumming, how it was used traditionally and how it is used today. We also watched a DVD on life in Africa and how it differs from life here in Ireland.
  As a violinist and someone who relates very much to music, I really loved the workshop, and I hope I get another chance to try out djembe drumming and other styles, again!

Friday, 14 March 2014

Debating Update!

Leinster Semi Finalists
So as some of you may be aware, I am an active and competitive debater, and have been competing in many competitions this year, such as the Hist and the Phil Mace Debates held in Trinity College, Dublin, and also the Leinster Schools Debating Competition and the Aoife Begley Memorial Competition, which are prepared debating competitions.
  Both prepared competitions involve several rounds over the course of the year with a week to prepare motions. As my partner and I continued progressing through rounds in both competitions, we found ourselves getting more and more pressured with rounds almost every week and sometimes overlapping. Sadly, because of this we decided to drop out of the Aoife Begley Competition.
  We continued on with the Leinsters, and after reaching the Semi Finals on Monday, we are through to the finals!! This is a really big achievement for us, as 200 teams entered the competition, and only 4 make the final!
  I'm extremely excited about this, so I will let you know how we get on!

Until next time, 

Melissa :)

Friday, 7 March 2014

Challenge Yourself!

For the past three weeks, instead of doing conventional sports for P.E. class, the Transition Year students at St. Wolstan's were lucky enough to be taken to Excel Gymnastics for three 2 hour sessions!
  Despite having tried most sports and activities as a child, I had never done gymnastics before, so I was really looking forward to trying it out!
  Each week, our class got to try out different types of gymnastics, like artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and parkour.
  We got to try vaulting, tumbling, cartwheeling, using the uneven bars and the beam. My favourite was probably vaulting, because although it was a little scary to start off, flipping and tumbling off the vault was really so much fun!
Here's a video of Jordyn Wieber, 2012 Olympic gymnast from the USA. Floor is one of the 5 apparatuses in Artistic Gymnastics.

I found myself gaining confidence each week, and I'm really glad that I threw myself into every activity, as it was such a unique opportunity!
  If I had more time, I would probably take up gymnastics, and I would recommend anyone to take up gymnastics or something new! Challenge yourself! :)

Here's a song recommended by YouTuber Troye Sivan that I just can't stop listening to!


Friday, 28 February 2014

Calamity Jane!

This week was the week of our school musical - Calamity Jane!
  So much work and effort had gone into the production, so we were all very excited and nervous coming up to the week of the show.
Lauren as Calamity Jane,
and Darragh as the Colonel
  I was choreographing and dancing in the three ballet dances in the musical, to the songs 'Higher Than A Hawk', 'Black Hills of Dakota' and 'Secret Love'.
  Over the course of several months, a few other senior students and I choreographed the 3 dances and taught 2 of them to the junior ballet dancers. After practicing at lunchtime every day for months, we were ready!!
  The 4 nights of the show went so well - everyone who came to see it thought it was a fantastic production, particularly considering it was only a school musical!
  All the cast, crew, dancers and orchestra performed so well, and it was a pleasure to be a part of the whole production!

  Here are some clips of the songs I danced to from the movie version of Calamity Jane:

Don't forget to check out the Calamity Jane blog here, and the St Wolstan's Calamity Jane Facebook page for pictures of the show and rehearsals!!!

Friday, 7 February 2014

SPECtacular !

This Tuesday was the School Finals of the Transition Year MiniCompany competition. This meant that all the mini companies set up stands in the library displaying their projects, and judges from Kildare Enterprise Board came to view and judge the companies.
  At the beginning of the year, in our Mini-Company groups we had been coming up with ideas for products or services and working hard on producing and selling them. 
  My group had the idea of making patterned and coloured stickers for the sides of your glasses. Two of the girls created the unique designs themselves, and we then produced the stickers.
  Over the past few weeks, we had also been working really hard preparing a report our work over the past months, making our poster and planning our display stand.
  On the day, we had to set up our display stand, along with the other mini-companies, and then present our project to the judges from the Enterprise Board.
  Everything went really well, and I am really proud of all the work we put in and how it turned out! Also, congratulations to Candy Blossom, the group that progressed to the County Final!

Until next time,

Melissa :)

Saturday, 1 February 2014


From the beginning of the year, the Transition Year Students were given the task of making a science project to be entered in the SciFest @ Schools Competition.
  In September, we were put into groups of 3, and were told to come up with an idea for a project, and to over the course of the next few months we had to work on our projects.
  My group's idea was to investigate what weight people thought was healthiest and best-looking. We planned our experiment, surveyed people to find out which weight out of the 4 pictures people thought was healthiest and best-looking, and compiled our results.
 Aside from actually carrying out the experiment, we had to make a project report book containing details of all the work we did, and make a poster with the details of our experiment and different pictures too.
 Admittedly, a lot of the work was done last minute, but nonetheless we put a lot into the project! I was actually so proud of how well our project turned out considering how little time we had to actually do the project.
  Friday was the day that we set up our stands in the school hall, and the SciFest judges came to the school. Some students from the other years also came around to look at the projects, after we had been judged.
  It was a great day, where we got to show all the hard work that we had done, and congratulations to the projects that got through as well! :)

  Until next time,

Melissa :)