TY Noticeboard 2016/17

15 May 2017  Extra ECDL classes will run after school Wed 17th 1-2pm, lunchtime Thur 18th, after school Thur 18th from 4-5pm and Fri 19th at lunchtime.  Extra classes will also run Mon 22nd from 4-6pm.  These will be the last slots available to complete your ECDL exams.

15 May 2017  Synge Street DVDs - If you wish to order a DVD of the show, please give Ms Brosnan €10 in an envelope with your name and class before Fri 19th May.  The last orders for the DVD will be on Friday.

10 May 2017 All TY students will go to UCC for the TY open day next Tues May 16th. Buses depart school at 10:45 and return in time for school buses. Please bring your consent form and 5 euros for the bus to Miss Griffin to secure your place onthe bus.

10 May 2017 TY Summer Tests will be on Friday May 19th in the gym. The timetable is as follows. All students should also bring their TY Portfolios in on that date for inspection. Students from TY2, 4 & 6 may also be interviewed with their portfolios while TY1 , 3 & 5 do their GAA written exam . Meitheal students who are unable to do exams on this date will be accommodated on another date. 

English                              8.45 - 10.00

Irish                                  10.00 - 11.00

GAA TY 1 3 5                    11.15 - 12.30

Portfolio/Study TY 2 4 6 11.15 - 12.30

Lunch                                12.30 - 13.10

French/German               13.10 - 14.10

Maths                                14.10 - 15.40


10 May 2017 TY Graduation will take place on Tuesday May 23 from 19.00 to 20.30 approx. Parents are invited to come and celebrate the achievements of the year group. Tea and cake will be served afterwards.

10 May 2017 Students who volunteered to help with the GAA blitz on Thursday May 11 must be at Kinsale GAA pitch by 9.30. The blitz will run until 12.30. Many thanks for your help with this.

2 May ECDL  Extra ECDL classes will run at lunchtime on Tues 2nd and Thurs 4th in D02.  Extra class to do exams will also run on Wednesday afternoon from 1-2pm.  Students behind target are expected to attend.

2 May Work Experience Presentation Reminder to students that the work experience presentation is due this Friday 5th May. Click here for layout/content information.

24 April 2017  ECDL: Reminder to students that 7 exams need to be completed successfully in order to receive a qualification in ECDL.  At this stage students should be on the 6th or 7th Module.  If you are behind target, you need to attend the extra ECDL classes running at lunchtime each week.  Check for times on the door of the computer room each week.  An extra ECDL class will run on Thursday 27 at lunchtime if you wish to complete an examination.

24 Apr 2017   Work / Portfolio:  Reminder to students to prepare work experience presentations. These are due next week and will form part of your end of year assessment. 

5 Apr 2017  Work Experience Presentation - reminder to all students that you should be working on your Work Experience PowerPoint Presentation as part of your work / portfolio class.  This is due after Easter.  It will form part of your end of year assessment and may also be used for Graduation Night.

4 Apr 2017  UCC Digital Awareness Day - students who applied to attend the UCC Digtal Awarness Day - bus is leaving at 8.30am sharp from the main school carpark on Thursday 6th April.  Wear your full school uniform.  Bring consent form and €5 for bus if not already provided to Ms Brosnan.  Also bring lunch/money for lunch.  The bus will return to school for the last class.

29 Mar 2017 Students involved in Primary School rugby blitz on Thursday Mar 30 should make their own way to Kinsale Rugby Club where Eugene McCarthy from Munster rugby will be setting up from 9 o clock for a 10 o clock start. Students who cannot be dropped there by parents will be transported from the school by Miss Hay and Mr Farren from 9.30 onwards. Arrangments will be made to collect students after the bltiz to transport back to KCS. Please wear P.E.  gear and bring jackets in case of bad weather.

27 Mar 2017 Click here for the rehearsal schedule for the leadup to Sing Street.

15 Mar 2017 French Exchange Return Visit click here for plan.

15 Mar 2017 TY trip to CIT on Tuesday Mar 21 2017 please speak to Miss Griffin or Miss Hay for details. Bus leaves school at 8.45 and returns in time for school buses. We will be going to the cinema in Ballincollig beforehand to see a film. Please hand in consent form to Miss Griffin and include 5 euros for the cost of the bus. French exchange students to accompany their partners for a day of watersports and fun at the Dock beach.

8 March 2017  ECDL An extra ECDL class will run every Friday at lunchtime in D02 with Ms Brosnan.  Please use this time to complete CERT tests if you have been absent due to extra-curricular activities etc and are behind your target. 6 exams should be completed succesfully before Easter.


8 March 2017  Reminder to all TY students to hand up or email completed Work Experience Diaries to Ms Brosnan / Ms Hay.

7 March 2017 Date for your Diary TY Film Makers - Fri April 28th As you know the two short films made by Kinsale Community School students have been selected for screening at the First Cut! Youth Film Festival 2017, on Friday 28th April at The Mall Arts Centre, Youghal as part of the First Cut! Youth Film Festival 'Schools Day' event.

7 March 2017 Munster Rugby - Primary Schools Rugby Blitz 30th March in Kinsale RFC

Munster rugby are looking for volunteers for running the Primary School blitz Thursday Mar 30th between 9.30 and 13.00. On the day they will have registration at 10am,Games ko at 10.30am with an aim to be finished for 12.30pm, Tidy-up and back to KCS. Students who help out with this event will get a certificate and the chance to take part in a coaching session by a Munster trainer in April. If interested please give your name to Miss Hay or Miss Brosnan or email kcstransitionyear@gmail.com. 


Cork School of Music offers a special work experience week in April 2017 Mon 3  - Fri 7th for those transition year students who wish to gain a real insight to the professional demands and working routine of the orchestral musician. Suitable for young musicians in transition year 2016-17 who have achieved approximately grade five on an orchestral instrument. The ensemble will have:

  • Daily group rehearsals with a professional conductor
  • Sectional rehearsals with experienced orchestral professionals
  • Tutorial sessions on audition technique and professional etiquette
  • Training sessions in marketing using social media
  • Observation & participation opportunities with other CSM ensembles
  • Final lunchtime concert in aid of local charities


There is no charge for the participants on this project and please note that it is not a chaperoned residential course. Participants are required to attend at CIT Cork School of Music in Cork city centre from 9:00 to 16:00 from Monday 3 April to Friday 7 April. Accommodation, where necessary, can be recommended but will not be co-ordinated by CSM. If interested please talk to Ms Hay / Ms Brosnan or email kcstransitionyear@gmail.com

2 March 2017  Digital Awareness Day April 6th  - UCC are holding a series of talks that will cover the following topics:

  • Digital Footprint
  • Digital Behaviour
  • Digital Security
  • Digital Safety


Each presentation will run for 20 - 30 minutes. Students will be given a ‘tip card’ containing the important points pertaining to each presentation. There will also be packs of ‘tip cards’ for accompanying guidance counsellors, to take away for distribution. Upon returning to your respective school, we ask that students relay the information to their peers and in return, students will earn a ‘Digital Badge’. In order to qualify for a ‘Digital Badge’, photographic or video evidence must be forwarded back to the office.

‘Digital Badges’, are digital micro-credentials that recognise learning and accomplishment in a particular skill or area. They can be earned in a variety of learning environments, including higher education. ‘Digital Badges’ can be hosted online and therefore collected by the learner and shared on social networking platforms, ePortfolios, job sites and on their CVs. These badges contain metadata which describes the criteria that was met in order to be awarded the badge, the badge issuer and importantly the learner’s email address. This metadata makes the badge secure from plagiarism/duplication.

The seminar will run from 9.30am – 1.00pm, with a coffee break at circa 11.00am. Tea/coffee/pastries and a healthy option for the students, will be provided. 

There are 30 places available.  If you are interested in participating email Ms Hay / Ms Brosnan kcstransitionyear@gmail.com with a short paragraph on one of the above topics and why you are interested in attending.  Students will be selected based on their application.


24/02/2017 Main part rehearsals will be on Sunday Feb 26th  in B04/05 from 3 until 6. No new lines will be given unless you prove that you have made an effort to learn what you already have.

Dance rehearsals will be as follows 

 3 - 4 Girls Chorus 2 - Come on Eileen/Gold (Spandau Ballet)

 4 - 5 Girls Chorus 1 Video Killed/Club Trop (Wham)

 5 - 6 Boys Chorus Brick in Wall/Madness Medley

24/02/2017 TY volunteers required for the The Kinsale Pink Ribbon walk Sunday March 5th from 10.30 until 13:00. Its a great cause and would look fantastic on your C.V. Please email Miss Hay if you would like to help on the day.

06/02/2017  Work Experience  Reminder to students to fill out the 10 Day Work Experience Diary during your work experience.  This will form part of your assessment for next term.  Completed diaries can be emailed to kcstransitionyear@gmail.com .  Please also ensure your employer returns the Evaluation Form.  To download a copy of the work experience diary please click here.

01/02/2017 School Show Rehearsals Starting Sun Feb 5th. Come dressed to start immediately. If you are not on time to start you will not be part of the dance being taught this week. Rehearsals will be in the gym. Come in the main front door. Dress warmly as heating will not be on! Any questions email kcstransitionyear@gmail.com. 

15:00 - 16:30 Girl Chorus - all girls who did not audition for a main part. 

16:30 - 18:00 Boy Chorus - all boys


01/02/2017 TY Army Work Experience 

  1. Collins Barracks, Cork has designated the period of 27 MAR 17 to 31 MAR 17 as work experience week. A maximum of three (3) student applications per school will be considered. 

  2. Places are very limited relative to the number of schools in the area, so to aid in the selection process they ask each student who applies to type no more than half a standard A4 page on why they are interested in this scheme

Please foward the above (2) to kcstransitionyear@gmail.com before February 6th and upon receipt Miss Hay will email the application form to you for completion before Feb 13th. 


01/02/2017  The Faculty of Engineering & Science in CIT is hosting an Engineering Your Future TY campus week from the 15th to 19th May 2017 with places on this programme limited to 80 TY students i.e. 40 male and 40 female students   . Registration is through Engineers Ireland on http://steps.ie/students/engineering-your-future.aspx 'Engineering Your Future', supported by Engineers Ireland's STEPS programme, is a week-long, hands-on programme for Transition Year students which provides exposure to the various engineering disciplines, attending students will gain a meaningful, practical insight into engineering at third level and as a career - interacting with lecturers and graduates, taking part in workshops, and meeting engineers during industry visits. Please note the fee for this programme is 65.00 payable to Engineers Ireland which will need to be paid only after confirmation of a place has been issued (no payment required on initial registration). Norma J Welch| Faculty of Engineering & Science| CIT| Cork, Ireland   ??+353 (0)21 4335450                                                                                                                  http://www.cit.ie/facultiesandcolleges.engineering_science


27/01/2017 Eli Lilly Work Experience - Students and weeks

Week 1 Feb 6th

Week 2 Feb 13th

Niamh Cronin

Olivia Keohane

Enrica Farmer

Paula O'Brien

Jennifer McCarthy

Robert Delahunty

Arran O'Mahony

Conor Keogh

Aisling Power

Claire Bernard


Claire Cummins


Orla Kelly



27/01/2017 Any TYs interested in applying for the summer exams jobs in the school must hand in a CV and cover letter to Ms Daly before half term. The school will employ about 10 TYs to assist during the state exams. Duties include setting up rooms for the exams, helping super intendants, making tea and coffee, helping the exams aide and general running around. Interested pupils need to have a good school record, be reliable and available to work from the 6th to the 23rd of June. Pupils will be paid!


26/01/2017  Mini-Company - reminder that an in-school mini-company competition will take place during mini-company class next Monday 30th.  Reminder email with requirements has been emailed to all students.  Ensure you have copy of your business plan, posters, props and your product on the day.  There will be prizes for various categories e.g. best display, most innovative idea etc.  It is also hoped that two companies will be selected to represent the school at the West Cork Enterprise Competition in Rosscarbery in March.  

25/01/2017 Gaisce Camping trip is scheduled for Wed May 3rd and Thurs May 4th. Speak to Miss Woulfe for more information

23/01/2017 A TY School Show will take place sometime between April 5th - 8th. The title has not yet been decided but Mr Tony Cierans will be the director. The new building delay as well as the compromised facilities and the delayed show date (which clashes with Junior Cert and Leaving Cert practicals) means that we will be scaling down the production this year. We will be asking parents to help out with the set design, lighting, art work, choral help, choreography and costumes in particular. There will not be live music in the form of an orchestra or band but backing tracks will be used. Students who wish to take a speaking part or singing part or dancing part (i.e. on your own) must turn up for rehearsal this Thursday Jan 26th between 4 and 6pm. Please email kcstransitionyear@gmail.com to indicate that you wish to be auditioned. Bring your own music as accompanyment. If you would like to be part of the singing or dancing chorus then also email but you will not be required for audition this week. Please remember that you must make a personal commitment to the show and you must be prepared to give your own time for rehearsals. These will take place after school (Thursday, Friday afternoons) and on Sunday afternoons. Times and days may vary as rehearsals progress.

19/01/2017 There is a 5th year subject option meeting for parents of students going into 5th year in B04/B05 next Thursday Jan 26th at 19.00. The LCA option will also be discussed at this meeting.

19/01/2017 VEX Robotics Starstruck Final. The robot team will travel to CIT Jan 20th, leaving school at 8:00am. The bus will stop enroute in Belgooly and Riverstick. The bus will leave CIT at 3.30 and stop in Belgooly and Riverstick on the way home. We hope to be back in Kinsale by 4.30. Students must wear proper school PE gear or uniform. The bus is 5 euros per student. Bring a lunch or money to purchase lunch in the shop/cafe at CIT. Please remember to bring any equipment, conaent forms, posters you have been tasked to bring by Mr Corcoran. Best of luck to the robot team and Miss Ann Droid

19/01/2017  The second part of TY work experience will be from Feb 6th - Feb 17th. Students must arrange their own work experience with the help of their parents. Students may return to their previous work experience place if they wish. Students may spend 1 or 2 weeks in a work place, or any part of a week. Miss Hay and Miss Brosnan will need to send our insurance details, employer reports and letters to all employers before the start of the placement. Therefore the deadline for giving the details of the work place is next Fri Jan 27th. We require the following from every student Name of the Business, Full Postal Address,  Contact Person, Contact Telephone Number, Email address, Dates/times you will be there. The email address is very important as this is what we use to send the insurance information. 

11 Jan 2017 during assembly P4 on Fri Jan 13th Eli Lilly will speak to all TY students about the application process for work experience at their Dunderrow plant in February . The deadline they have set for application CVs is 13:00 Monday Jan 16th, please give your CV to Miss Hay or Miss Brosnan. The deadline is non negotiable. Interviews will take place in the school on Wednesday Jan 18th. Make sure you add all your new skills to your CV including recent work experience, First Aid training and ECDL etc.

11 Jan 2017 - Meitheal Team 2017/2018 Applications

Following the presentation to all TY students from Scala yesterday, please note that the deadline for Applications on the Meitheal Team is Wednesday 18th January.  Completed application forms can be given to Mr Pentony.  


Twenty students will be selected by Scala for the interview process.  Interviews will take place on Tuesday 28th February.  Ten successful candidates will then complete training from Tuesday 16th - Friday 19th May.  If you require an application form, please speak to Mr Pentony, Ms Hay or Ms Brosnan.



10 Jan 2017 The European Youth Parliament Ireland would like to extend an invitation to KCS to send a delegation of up to 6 Transition and 5th year students to attend our upcoming Munster Regional Conference which will take place from the 3rd to 5th of February 2017 in St Angela's College, Cork.

The Munster Regional Conference is the last of four annual regional conferences organised by the European Youth Parliament Ireland, the Irish branch of the largest not-for-profit youth organisation in Europe.

The registration form can be found here: 



All delegates are asked to submit a passport-style photograph of themselves to munster.session@eyp.ie while completing the registration form for security purposes. Consent forms must also be signed and returned to us. These are available for download on the registration form. A participation fee of €60 per delegate must be paid before the registration deadline of January 27th 2017. An additional fee of €10 will be charged on all late payments. All payment details can be found on the registration form.

Please read below for further information regarding details of the conference and our organisation.

What is EYP Ireland?

EYP Ireland has been in existence for over 15 years as a non-profit youth organisation which actively engages young people in discussion about Europe and the European Union. Since our foundation, we have organised many weekend-long conferences for secondary school students across Ireland. It is our mission to develop an interest in European issues in young people. We seek to empower young people to question the world around them and come up with innovative solutions to global problems, whilst emphasising cooperation and respect. It is with great pleasure that we invite you to join us and let the voices of our young people be heard.

What Occurs at Our Conferences?

The students will be led by a trained group chairpersons from all over Europe, who will guide them through discussion and critical evaluation of important European issues as they work together in teams to come up with new and innovative ways of tackling the problems of our times.

The weekend also consists of a very fun element. Not only will groups discuss topics with the goal of putting together a written resolution document to be debated in a General Assembly of the European Youth Parliament, but they will engage in group games which focus on the development of skills such as communication, critical thinking, lateral thinking, and also ensure that energy is kept high throughout the weekend. For more information on what occurs over the weekend, please consult the informational booklet attached.

Who looks after the student's welfare?

Each of our conferences are supervised and organised by a Head Organiser (myself) and a dedicated team of organisers who look after and supervise the students in attendance. The students themselves are guided through their topics by trained group facilitators (all members of EYP alumni body) who are experienced in working with young people. The conference is overseen by the National Committee of EYP Ireland who perform the executive functions of the organisation and ensure that the conference is executed safely and with proper adherence to our codes of conduct and child protection policy. .

EYP Ireland prides itself on an excellent track record of care and attention to detail in ensuring that delegates are looked after and that they enjoy their EYP experience. Many of the students who attend our conferences describe it fondly as "something they will never forget".

Notes for Parents & Teachers

Delegates must be either Transition Year or Fifth Year students.

Demand for this event has always been high, and places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. For this reason we recommend registering as early as possible. We are hoping to have registration for the event up and running by mid-November but I will be in touch again once registration has been opened.

NB - Contact with students will primarily be by email. Students must make sure to give their correct contact details in the registration process.

23 December  UCC TY Maths experience. KCS have an opportunity for 4 TY students to participate in one week of work experience within the School of Mathematical Sciences during the period 23rd to 27th of January 2017. During this time, you will have the opportunity to experience a variety of undergraduate lectures in mathematics and related area; you will be able to work on small research projects and you will receive teaching training. Please speak to Miss Hay or email the kcstransitionyear email if you are interested in this fantastic opportunity.

23 December  Eli Lilly will speak to all TY students on Jan 13th P4 regarding applying for a chance to do work experience with Lilly in February. Please take the time over Christmas to update your CV with the recent work experience and your first aid qualification as well as ECDL, Gaisce and other pertinent information. Lilly will set a deadline for applications usually quickly after the talk and interviews will happen possibly the following week.

19 December A reminder to all TY students that tomorrow P7,8,9 we will be filming the Flash Mob dance that you all learned today. You will be performing with all First year Students who must first learn the dance and then we will all dance together. Weather permitting we will be doing it on the new all weather pitch. Wear your PE gear. And no excuses, treat this as an audition for the school show so smile!

14 December 2016  The second film course being given by the Cork Film centre will take place in the school (G04) on Friday December 16th. Students who have submitted consent forms can attend. School uniform to be worn by students.

14 DEC 2016 

STEPS-A consent forms to be handed into Miss Hay as soon as possible. Click here if you have lost the form. And here for more information.

12 Dec 2016  TY Retreats

Tuesday 13th December - TY1 and TY5

Thursday 15th December - TY3 and TY4

Friday 16th December - TY2 and TY6

No uniform required. bring a packed lunch. tea and coffee is provided

5 Dec 2016 TY Architecture Module - This Wednesday Dec 7th P2 & 3 a firm of architects will be addressing all TY students on careers in engineering and architecture. Following on from this in the New Year there will be a 6 week architecture module for approx 20 students with an interest in a career in this area. Speak to Mr O Donovan or Miss Hay if you are interested.

5 Dec 2016 Calling all TY students to join Miss Hay to run in the Santa Dash Sun Dec 11th. All proceeds go to our new sports field and running track. Please come out and support the event in whatever way you can. Volunteers needed to hand out treats at the finish line. Supporters needed to cheer on the runners.

5 Dec 2016 French Exchange Return Visit Dates now confirmed as March 20 - 27th 2017.

5 Dec 2016 TY Retreat to Scala in Blackrock - Dates as follows.

Tues Dec 13th 4A1 & 4A5

Thurs Dec 15th 4A3 & 4A4

Fri Dec 16th 4A2 & 4A6

Buses leave school at 8:45 sharp and return in time for school buses. Uniform not required. Bring a packed lunch. Let Miss Hay know if you are unable to attend. The fee for the retreat and the bus is included in the TY fee. 


5 Dec 2016 2nd TY Film Course - Rescheduled from the strike day to now run on Fri Dec 16th. If you have already given your name to Miss Hay please speak to her if you cannot attend on this day. If you are interested in getting involved please speak to Miss Hay as there might be some free slots.


25 Nov  Santa Dash Family Run

The annual 5k Santa Dash Family Run will take place on Sunday 11th December at 11.30am.  Proceeds to KCS playing field and running track.  Volunteers needed to help out on the day and also a team of bakers to bake some wonderful treats for participants.  It's sure to be a fun filled event!!  Please speak to Ms Hay / Ms Brosnan if interested.  


25 November School Tour 2017

Please note the new anticipated date for the school tour is Thursday 11th May to Sunday 14th May.  Estimated price of the tour is €555 depending on flight price on date of purchase (hand luggage only).  Details of the school tour are available by clicking here.  Applications with €250 non-refundable deposit will be accepted immediately.  Flights will be booked as deposits arrive.  The flight price is likely to be higher for later applications.    

23 November Robot Scrimmage Fri Nov 25th Bishopstown GAA Hall

Students who are on the robot team will be travelling to Bishopstown GAA hall to participate in the first scrimmage with Ann Driod (our clawbot) on Fri Nov 25th. The bus will leave at 8:45 and will return in time for the school bus. Students must wear school P.E gear. Bring a lunch as there will not be lunch provided. There might be a shop closeby to the venue to purchase treats. Please also bring 3 euros to cover the cost of the bus, one of our sponsors Rhino Print covered the remainder of the cost. Please remember to bring the robot and all spare parts. Also bring an extension lead, 9v battery and safety glasses from the science lab. And the laptop as the software team will be taking part in a programming workshop during the day. The PR team must bring a camera to take photos and movies at the event.

23 November Kinsale Tri Club Santa Dash Photo Shoot

On Fri Nov 25th all TYs who bring in a Santa hat/costume or Xmas jumper will take part in a photo shot to launch the Kinsale Santa Dash, all proceeds of which will go towards the new KCS track & field.


23 Nov Work Experience Diaries & Employer Evaluation Forms

As part of work experience students are expected to complete a 5 day Diary which will form part of an end of year assessment.  This diary has been emailed to students and is also available by clicking here.  A copy of the Employer Evaluation Form is also available by clicking here.  This was sent to your employer who will fill it out and return it to the school on completion of your work experience.  We would encourage students to fill out the diary after each day of work experience.  Completed Diaries can be typed and emailed to kcstransitionyear@gmail.com or alternatively students can print the template Diary and fill it in by hand.  Diaries can be handed up to Ms Hay / Ms Brosnan by Friday 9th December.

21 Nov  TY ECDL

Attention TY ECDL students - you should have completed at least 3/4 ECDL exams by December.  The computer room will be open every Thursday at lunchtime in the run up to Christmas.  Please use this slot to catch up on exams if you are behind due to matches or other extra curricular activities.  Priority will be given to students who wish to sit a CERT exam.  Any questions, please talk to Ms Brosnan.

Nov 9th 2017 Study In China Easter Camp 7 April - 20 April 2017

The Study in China 2017 Easter Camp Program is a two-week program in Shanghai. It is jointly organized by UCC Confucius Institute, Irish Institute of Chinese Studies (UCC) and Shanghai University and sponsored by the Headquarters of Confucius Institute (Hanban). It provides an opportunity for non-Chinese students in Irish second level schools (mainly Transition Year students) to visit China and to learn its language and culture.

Application Requirements

The programme is open to TY students who have studied Chinese Language and Culture at Irish secondary schools in Ireland.

Applicants should meet the following requirements:

(1) Non-Chinese nationality

(2) Show a great interest in Chinese culture and language and have been/will be studying Chinese for more than 12 weeks in schools until the end of March 2017.

(3) As a Transition Year Student studying Chinese Culture & Language, and preferably has taken/will take part in the YCT Test and Chinese Bridge Competition at UCC in March 2017.

(4) Enthusiastic, sociable and well suited to the group activities of the programme.

(5) Participates with the permission of their students’ parents/guardians.

(6) Recommended by their school Principal, Transition Year coordinator and Chinese teacher.

There will be 100 participants from different schools, one particpant per school.

The cost of the programme in China will be covered by UCC Confucius Institute and Shanghai University including accommodation, food (RMB 300in cash), and fees forcamp courses. Participants will be responsible for the cost of their visa, international flights, travel/medical/accidentalinsurance and any other costs not related to the official programme of the EasterCamp.

If you are interested in the above opportunity please speak to Miss Hay before Nov 14th. Click here for further info.


Nov 9th 2016 w/c Nov 21st Exploring CIT Week. Click here for info.

10 transition year students from Kinsale Community School, are booked on to the Exploring Technology Programme in Cork Institute of Technology on the week starting w/c 21st November2016.

During the week students will be introduced to various courses that are on offer in CIT and related careers. In addition students will be shown around CIT to give them a taste of college life. The students will have a busy schedule; in each lecture there will be 20 students, 10 from your school and 10 from another school in Cork city or county.

Who should come on the programme? Students that are:

  • Genuinely considering CIT as a possible 3rd level destination
  • Have an interest in any of the following areas Engineering, Computing, Science, Catering and Tourism, Business, Nutrition, Marketing, Social Science and Architecture/Interior Architecture.

Students do not need to wear uniforms for the week. Students must arrange their own transport to the college. They can bring their own lunch or avail of the canteen service in the college.

Any TY student interested in being one of the 10 students representing KCS please give your name to Miss Hay or Miss Brosnan in assembly this Friday. Names will be pulled from a hat. Later in the year we hope to bring TY to the CIT open day so the entire year will get to experience a day exploring the different courses there.


Nov 9th 2016 CIT I Wish campus programme for TY Female Students only. Monday 16th of January to Friday the 20th of January 2017

 Transition Year Female Students Places:limited – 1st come 1st served. On sale 10am Monday 14th November to 9th December  2016.  Apply online and further information on www.iwish.ie

Nov 9th 2016 Science week Nov 14-20th  MSD Visit

On Monday Nov 14th P7,8,9 Seán O’Keeffe from MSD (Merck, Sharp & Dohme) in Brinny and a number of volunteers will visit KCS to give a general talk about MSD, what they do, different career paths, and how the volunteers chose their college course, and how they got interested in science in general. There will also be a few games surrounding the idea of both science and engineering. The whole presentation/talk will last from 1 hour to 1.5 hours.  As a part of the talk, up to 4 students and 1 teacher from KCS will be selected to go on site to get a tour of MSD, of the specific labs on site, get talks from higher up members of the site, and to also get involved in some games/activities. This site tour will occur on Friday the 18th of November. The hope is to have around 15-20 students from different schools altogether to arrive on the site day! The aim is to have an informative and fun visit for students, to see what happens in a pharmaceutical company, all to spark an interest in the students in Science! Any TY students interested in attending this talk please add your name to the list on the noticeboard or speak to Miss Hay or Mr Holly. Only students with an interest in a career in science or engineering should attend as places are limited to 60.


Oct 27 2016 TY Congrats on a very successful opening term.

I would like to congratulate everybody in the year group for their participation and energy in the opening TY term. We have achieved a huge amount over the past few weeks. A huge number of you applied and interviewed for mini companies, junk, bank, robot and year book etc. Congratulations for rising to that challenge. All of these projects are now up and running and I encourage you to use your midterm to progress these. Young scientist project acceptance for TYs this year is also encouraging, remember to keep on top of this project work as things can get quite busy in the next term as many deadlines coincide! Remember also to keep up with your Gaisce requirements. The first film making course was an interesting day and I look forward to seeing the finished film at the Youghal Film Festival next year. The next film festival has had to be rescheduled due to the strike this week.

Ballyhass was a huge success, your behaviour was exemplary and I enjoyed watching you all making the most of the good weather and throwing yourselves (literally) into activities. A group of you had your first school trip abroad to the French Riviera and were a credit to both your families and KCS . We look forward to the French return visit in March. The German exchange also was a big success, many thanks to your families for looking after our visitors so well. The Lions Club led ideation camp this week was our biggest ever and hopefully many of you gained some insight into how to ideate.  Remember the Einstein quote “I Would Spend 55 Minutes Defining the problem and then Five Minutes Solving It”. Again I hope the day helped you plan for the different projects you are undertaking in mini company, bank, robot and junk. And maybe some of you will enter the OGI competition.

And finally many thanks to those of you who helped with GAA coaching in primary schools, this would be extremely difficult without the assistance of TY volunteers.  Miss Hay


Nov 7 TY1, Nov 8 TY2 (strike?) , Nov 10 TY3, Nov 11 TY4, Nov 14 TY5, Nov 15 TY6.

PE gear should be worn for first aid courses. If you cannot attend on the date your class is scheduled please speak to Miss Hay to be reassigned to an alternative date. Do not swap without speaking to her as class numbers on each course need to be within a certain limit.

Oct 27 2016 School Fundraising Walk Oct 28th. TYs will be the year group who makes a real difference to this event. 40 students will be marshalling and helping with the walk organisation. TY will be the final group to leave the school tomorrow with your class teachers and year head. We will carry bin bags to cleanup the route and we will collect our classmates enroute who are fantastic  to volunteer to do the stewarding of the event. Please get behind and support this whole school activity. Your attendance is required and your enthusiasm and energy is essential to the success of this event. Singing is optional but does remind "certain people" that this year group really wants a show! A big energetic TY turnout would also send out a very positive message! Miss Hay.


Oct 27 2016 One Good Idea -  the post primary project on energy efficiency and climate change, brought to you by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and partnered with AIB. For further details go the website www.seai.ie/onegoodidea . By sharing your One Good Idea, you and your school could receive:

  • an in-school workshop with a One Good Idea mentor in January
  • win a weekend away for two for yourself
  • a day out in Croke Park in Dublin for the National Final in May 2017
  • prize money for the winning schools 
  • prizes for the winning teams 
  • prizes for teachers' of the winning teams 
  • winning teams' campaigns will be created into a public poster campaign


Oct 27 2016 VEX Robotics Scrimmage Dates have been released. Bishopstown Nov 25th and Buttevant Dec 2nd. The pressure is now on to get our robot up and running. Robot team please use midterm to work on the design, planning and game strategy.


Oct 27 2016 Make a Short Film – A Two-Day Film Making Workshop in Midleton Venue: ‘My Place’ Community Centre  Dates: Tuesday 1st & Wednesday 2nd November 2016 Cost: €20. 10.30am – 4.30pm To Apply: Email now to corkyoungfilmmakers@gmail.com with the Full Name, Age, Address and a Contact Number Now to book. Emails will be sent in reply to confirm. Places will be offered on a ‘first come’ basisand are strictly limited to 12.  

Oct 27 2016 Kinsale Tri Club Santa Dash Dec 11 2016. KCS TYs have been asked to get behind this year's Santa Dash and in return the proceeds of the run will be donated to the fundraising for our new Track & Field. John Nyhan has asked TYs to come up with a catchy Logo for the event and for the many artistic and creative students to design a poster to be used to promote the event. The catchphrases so far have been great....the best is "Do the 5k Dask to raise 10k cash". Time is of the essence so please use mid-term to work on this project. We need to get the poster to the printers by Nov 11th. John has also asked us to help with the event. We need to also get the word out in the community about the event, so after midterm we will start the advertising campaign. On the day of the Dash we will also assist by helping with entertainment and providing cakes and refreshments. Anybody who plays in a band or who would be interested in providing music/entertainment/facepainting for the event please speak to Miss Hay after midterm. Mini companies and school bank should avail of this public event as an opportunity to promote their product.