The Centre for Talented Youth, Ireland provides enrichment courses for students with high academic ability. The Centre also offers university style courses for students of all ages and abilities and operates from the DCU Campus in Dublin.
CTY Ireland aims to allow all talented students to reach their potential both academically and socially by providing relevant and interesting challenges based on ability and interest rather than age. This year three students from Ballyhaunis Community School, Cathal Hosty, Roisin Cassidy & Rachel Lyons, attended the campus. Rachel has written a short piece to give us a flavour of her experience.
CTYI & BCS
The CTYI (Centre for Talented Youth Ireland) is a programme for students aged six and seventeen of high academic ability. Each year, a summer programme is held in DCU for 12-17 year olds. Two three-week-long sessions take place. Students choose between a wide variety of courses such as: Medicine; Biotechnology; Game Theory; and Criminology. The material covered is of university-standard. Around 200 students attend. The majority are Irish but students travel from overseas. Most students are residential and stay on campus for the duration of the course. Students living nearby can opt to commute each day.
Weekdays in are highly-structured. Class takes place between 9.00am to 3.00pm, with a short break around 11.00am, and an hour for lunch. Between 3.00pm and 6.30pm students attend recreational activities, meet their RA (Residential Assistant) and have dinner. The activities are supervised by the RA’s with students choosing from a wide range of options, which could include team and individual sports, board games, discussion groups, drama, reading etc. In the evening, students return to their classrooms for a two hour study period. The day finishes with social time.
My experience of CTYI was very different to what I expected. There is much more to those 3 weeks than just the classes. CTYI is full of traditions. Each weekday is assigned a fancy-dress, for example ‘Pirate Wednesday’ and ‘Formal Friday’. It has its own slang, such as ‘Nevermore’ (a person who is too old to return). ‘Mafia’, ‘Knutsack’ and ‘Ninja’ are frequently played. Discos have a number of ever-present songs, most importantly ‘American Pie’. This song is played at the end of every disco and follows choreography passed down through the ages. In the final days of the session, students pass around notebooks for everyone to sign and leave personal messages in. After the final disco, all students gather for a Candlelit Ceremony, in which more songs are sung and some speeches given. The following morning, Nevermores attend ‘Passionfruit’, where they drink passionfruit juice and discuss their CTYI experiences.
No amount of words could truly do the CTYI summer programme justice. Although I have been eligible for a number of years this was my first time attending. I was previously reluctant to go simply because I thought it’d be too academically-centred. I couldn’t have been more wrong! I would highly recommend to anyone interested to look at details on https://www.dcu.ie/ctyi/index.shtml.
Rachel Lyons, 5th Year student BCS.
Leaving Cert and 5th year Art students enjoyed their annual visit to Claremorris Open Exhibition. With the help of tour guide Lisa Fahy the students gained insight and understanding of contemporary Irish art. Art appreciation is an integral part of senior cycle Art both to heighten the students awareness for the world around them and prepare them for Art History LC exams. For many students this was their first experience of a gallery, the trip was enjoyed by all. Please Click on the ‘Read more’ tab to view a selection of pictures from the trip.
Well done to our three BCS lads, Cathal Carney, Brian Morley and Gary Higgins who were chosen to represent Connaught Schools in the upcoming national Inter-provincial U-18 soccer competition. Also pictured is their school coach, Mr Noone.
Well done to our 1st Year boys Gaelic team who progressed to the Mayo Post Primary Schools Final after a 1st Year blitz which was held in the C.O.E. Bekan today. In total 32 lads lined out over the course of the day and all performed admirably. They will now meet Ballinrobe in the final which will be played in the near future. The team was coached by Mr McHugh and Mr Ryan.
Pictured are members of Ballyhaunis Chamber of Commerce presenting a cheque for €600 to Mr. McDonagh which was the proceeds of the annual festival quiz which were this year kindly donated to the school. We wish to thank all involved for their generosity.
L-R: Ms. Fiona Tarpey, Ms. Anne Cunnane, Mr. McDonagh, Ms. Mary Theresa Griffin & Ms. Theresa Grogan
Pictured is 5th Year student Cathal Hosty being presented by Mr McDonagh with his Junior Certificate results. Cathal achieved a remarkable 10 Higher level A’s and 1 Higher level B grade in his recent exams. These results place Cathal amongst the highest achievers in the country.