TY@Ballyhass

Hazelwood College Transition Year students participated on an induction programme at the Ballyhass Lakes Activity Centre. Students participated in a series of physical challenges in order to build bonds and to prepare them for the unique challenges and learning environment offered by Transition Year. The programme is designed to instil individual confidence and independence, while strengthening the group’s identity and awareness. The development of both the individual and group confidence are key in the TYP, where students are encouraged to become self-directed and autonomous learners, able to work collectively and individually on practical and academic challenges, without the pressure of state exams.

Picture 1: The TY class of 2017/18 are pictured with Ballyhass Instructors Cillian O Riordan and Jason Sheahan who are also past pupils of the Hazelwood. 

Picture 2: TY students L-R Nicole Murphy, Fiona Wright and Aisling Shanahan enjoying their TY team Building trip in Ballyhass Lakes

Hazelwood Duo Charmed in China

by Ronan Cahill and Máiríde Bennis

Recently, Hazelwood College Transition Year students Ronan Cahill and Máiríde Bennis travelled to Shanghai University via Amsterdam. The trip was in conjunction with UCC Confucius Institute. When we arrived there we got on a 2 hour bus journey to the university, which brought our total travelling time to 24 hours since we left Cork. On the first day we went to a tea culture show which was interesting but was a very long process. The first meal we ate was in the Sheraton Hotel, it was a lunch buffet. Ronan tried wasabi and loved it! Wasabi is a traditional Chinese sauce which is very spicy. The next day we went to an ancient water village in Zhujiajiao. The village was over 400 years old and smelt very bad due to the polluted river. Throughout the 2 weeks we studied Chinese calligraphy and Mandarin Chinese. The classes were 2 or 3 hours long apiece. Calligraphy was very technical and it was hard to get the brush strokes right. In Chinese we learnt basic words and phrases so we could order food and talk about our family. We also went to a Chinese acrobatic show which was surreal.

We also had some Taiji classes in which we learnt basic self-defence, and the Chinese martial art of taiji.
We also went on an overnight trip to Suzhou and Hangzhou where we visited an ancient Chinese temple, which was over 1000 years old. In Hangzhou we went on a river cruise and saw a water light show. We visited a silk factory and saw the process of making silk from the worms to the shop.

The Oriental Pearl tower was amazing. We went up to the second highest floor because the top floor was closed. The glass floor was mesmerising. We also had to do a social evening performance, Máiride did Irish dancing and Ronan sang in a group.

There was a lot of Western food available in the supermarkets. We were told not to eat street food because we didn’t know the reputation of the business or how clean their food was. We tried dumplings, wontons and noodles. It was very spicy but no unbearable. We also had some unusual things like chicken legs and beef jerky. The food at the buffets that we went to was really nice they served things like crab curry and seafood pie.
Overall it was an unbelievable experience and we both agree that we would go back in a heartbeat.

Junk Kouture

By Ciara O’Callaghan

This year two groups of Transition Year students had the opportunity of exploring Art in a different way and showcasing our creativity by designing and making two dresses made out of recycled materials. Junk Kouture is a national contest which encourages young designers in second level education to create striking couture designs and impressive works of wearable art from everyday junk that would normally find its way into the bin. Both of our teams were really happy when we had finished our dresses and when one of our dresses, Illoominate, was lucky enough to get through to the regional finals in UL, it just made all those months of hard work pay off. Getting the experience to make a kouture dress entirely from scratch was such an amazing opportunity. The Junk Kouture competition allowed us greater freedom to express our creativity than what we would normally be able to in the class room.

Being at regionals was a mind blowing experience, when we first walked into the room with all the other competitors it was like an explosion of creativity, seeing their costume ideas and wondering how they could have pulled off something so amazing. As a student who didn’t study Art for my Junior Certificate, I have now a completely different view of Art. Sitting in the audience on the night and seeing our dress up on stage modelled by one of our team members was a heart pounding moment none of us will forget. We would like to thank Mr. O’Grady, Ms. Horgan, Ms O’Neill, Ms. O’Flaherty, Ms. Ryan and Aisling Enright for all the help and support they gave us with our dresses and routines. A very special thank you to Ms. Curtin; without her help, guidance and knowledge we definitely wouldn’t have been able to create the dresses we did or gotten as far in the competition and for that we are all thoroughly grateful. Junk Kouture for us was one of the highlights of TY and is something we would highly recommend you try.

Hazelwood College entrants in the Bank of Ireland Junkkouture Competition. Pictured are (left to right) Ms Maria Curtin, Hazelwood College Art teacher, Molly Kirwan, Edel O’Flynn, dressed in ‘Illoominate’, and Ciara O’Callaghan. this group have reached the regional final.

Hazelwood College third year student, Megan Grufferty, with her group’s entry for Junkkouture ‘Purple Reign’.

Awards Day 2017

Pictures of Hazelwood College’s Annual Awards Day 2017.

Picture 1: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballer presents awards to Hazelwood College’s First Year Basketball team, recognising their achievements through the year, along with that of their coaches Ms Claudia Davis, back row second from right and Ms Sinead Clarson, back row, far right.

Picture 2: Hazelwood College’s Senior Ladies Basketball team, who won their recent South West Regional Shield in impressive manner are pictured here receiving their awards at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation. Pictured are back row (left to right) Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star, Ciara McCarthy, Katie McCarthy, Rachel O’Reagan and Ms Patricia Bridgeman (Coach). Front row (left to right): Julia O’Shea, Katie O’Shea, Evelyne Mancasola and Ms Grainne Phelan (Coach).

Picture 3: Hazelwood College’s Munster Senior Camogie Colleges’ Competition victors are pictured receiving their awards at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation with their coaches. Pictured are Back Row (left to right):Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star, Ms Martina Matthews, Ms Julie Corkery, Aoife Murray, Laura Stack, Niamh O’Brien, Abby McDermott, Aoife McMahon, Íde Collins, Sinead O’Donnell, Sarah Sheehan, Bríd Flanagan and Mr Danny Corkery. Front row: Shauna Kennelly, Meadbh McCarthy, Sarah McDermott, Katie O’Carroll, Orlaith Hennessy, Chloe O’Brien, Emma Enright, Holly Hennessy, Anna Walmsley, Shauna Cunningham and Valerie Shanahan

Picture 4: Bríd Flanagan with her award for Senior Camogie Player of the Year Award, which she received at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 5: Hazelwood College Orienteering Squad are pictured receiving their awards at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation. Pictured are back row (left to right): Mr Kevin Grant (Coach), JJ Daly, Brian O’Callaghan, Donagh McCarthy, Brendan Harding and Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star. Front row: Megan Lenihan, Emma O’Flynn, Emily Lynch, May Junquera and Molly McCarthy.

Picture 6: Hazelwood College athletes who won medals at the recent Annual Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board Sports Day are pictured here receiving their medals from Colm O’Neill. Pictured are front row (left to right) Mr Kevin Grant (Coach), Máiríde Bennis, Gerard O’Donnell, Adam Sheahan, Sean Madigan, Nigel O’Callaghan, Kevin O’Leary, Ethan Knipe, Andy Quaid and Cork Footballer Colm O’Neill. Front row: Megan Lenihan, Sophie Sheehan, Alison Healy, Sarah Sheehan, Brian Ahern, Corey Knipe, Meadbh McCarthy, Chloe O’Brien, Eimear Lenihan, Bríd Flanagan and Andrea Suarez.

Picture 7: Hazelwood College athletes who won medals at the North Munster Schools Events are pictured receiving their medals at the Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation. Pictured are back row (left to right): Mr KEvin Grant, Colm Galvin, Ethan Knipe, Kevin O’Leary and Colm O’Neill Cork County Footballer. Front row: Máíríde Bennis, Áine Bennis, Eimear Lenihan, Noelle Lenihan and Meagan Lenihan.

Picture 8: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Caoimhe McCarthy with her First Year Footballer of the Year Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 9: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Aoibhinn O’Keeffe with her First Year Camogie Player of the Year Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 10: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Niamh Fahy with her First Year Basketball Player of the Year Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 11: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Anthony Linehan with his First Year Handballer of the Year award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 12: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star presenting Jack Shanahan (left) and Anthony Linehan (right) with their awards at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation for their Munster Colleges 60×40 and 30×20 success.

Picture 13: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star presenting Ryan Reidy with his First Year Soccer Player of the Year Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 14: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Sean Broderick with his Table Tennis Player of the Year Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 15: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Brian O’Callaghan with his Junior Male Athlete Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 16: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Megan Lenihan with her Junior Female Athlete Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 17: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Noelle Lenihan with her Senior Female Athlete Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 18: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Kevin O’Leary with his Senior Male Athlete Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 19: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Ronan O’Connor with his U15 Footballer of the Year Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 20: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Conor Shanahan with his U15 Hurler of the Year Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 21: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Niamh Galvin with the Junior Swimmer of the Year Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 22: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Colm Galvin with the Senior Swimmer of the Year Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 23: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Ciara McCarthy with the Cadet Basketball Player of the Year Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 24: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Sarah Sheehan with the Junior Ladies Footballer of the Year Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 25: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Anna Walsley with the Junior Camogie Player of the Year Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 26: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Michael O’Callaghan with the U16 1/2 of the Year Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 27: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Katie O’Shea with the Senior Basketball Player of the Year Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 28: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Sean Madigan with the Senior Soccer Player of the Year Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 29: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Niamh O’Brien with the Senior Ladies Football of the Year Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 30: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Katie McCarthy with the Senior Handball Player of the Year Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 31: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Colin O’Brien with the U18 1/2 Football Player of the Year Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 32: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Brian Murphy with the U18 1/2 Hurler of the Year Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 33: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star (left) and Mr Kevin Grant, Athletic Coach at Hazelwood College (right) pictured presenting Noelle Lenihan (centre) with a Special Recognition Award for her heroic Bronze Medal at last years Paralympics at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 34: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Chloe O’Brien with the Hazelwood College Sportsperson of the Year Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 35: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Evelyne Mancassola with the Junior French Subject Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 36: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Aoife O’Callaghan with the JuniorTechnical Graphics Subject Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 37: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Sophia Harrold with the Junior Irish Subject Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 38: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Ronan Buckley with the Junior Maths Subject Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 39: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Ellen Reidy with the Junior Business Studies Subject Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 40: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting John Hennessy with the Junior Geography Subject Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 41: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Chloe Farrell with the Junior History Subject Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 42: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Niamh Mullins with the Junior Music Subject Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 43: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Aisling Brennan with the Junior Art Subject Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 44: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Jamie O’Connor with the Junior CSPE Subject Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 45: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Brian Stack with the Junior Materials Technology Metal Subject Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 46: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Darragh Ryan with the Junior Materials Technology Metal Subject Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 47: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Emma Healy with the Junior English Subject Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 48: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Ciara Heenan with the Junior German Subject Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 49: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Roisin Normoyle with the Junior Home Economics Subject Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 52: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Laura Stack with the Senior Maths Subject Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 53: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Jack Hennessy with the Senior Physics Subject Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 54: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Padraig Roche with the Senior Business Studies Subject Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 55: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Thomas Twohill with the Senior Music and Chemistry Subject Awards at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 56: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Eoin Considine with the Senior Geography Subject Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 57: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Keith Coughlan with the Senior Biology Subject Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 58: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Grainne Ahern with the Senior Agricultural Science Subject Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 59: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting William Quaid with the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme Subject Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 60: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Emma O’Connell with the Senior Accounting Subject Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 61: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Norma O’Sullivan with the Senior English Subject Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 62: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Katie McCarthy with the Senior Constructions Studies Subject Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 63: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Niamh O’Brien with the Senior Histroy Subject Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 64: Colm O’Neill, Cork Senior County Footballing star pictured presenting Nigel O’Callaghan with the Senior Engineering Subject Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 65: Colm O’Neill presents Timmy Brosnan with the Leaving Certificate Applied I Student of the Year Award at the recent Hazelwood College Annual Awards Presentation.

Picture 66: Hazelwood College Principal, Mr Brendan Burke, presents Thomas Twohill with the Hazelwood College Principal’s Award 2017 at the Annual Hazelwood College Awards Presentation.

Transition Year Graduation

Hazelwood College Transition Year Student of the Year winner CIara O’Callaghan is congratulated by Principal Brendan Burke at the recent Transition Year Programme graduation.

Picture b: Ethos Award winners (from left to right) Edel O’Flynn, Eliza Reidy and Máiríde Bennis with the awards presented to them at their Transition Tear Graduation.

Picture c: Transition Tear students (from left) Katie Ryan, Ciara O’Callaghan, Ciara O’Flynn, Edel O’Flynn and Molly Kirwan, involved in Junk Kouture receive their awards at the recent Hazelwood College Transition Year Graduation,

Picture d: Katie Ryan presented her TY Leadership Award at the recent Transition Year Graduation at Hazelwood College by Year Head Ms Cliodhna Ryan.

Picture e: Muiris O’Keeffe is pictured receiving his Special Achievement Award from Mr Danny Sheahan.

Picture f: Transition Year students (from left) Ava Mullane, Katie Ryan, Ciara O’Flynn, Edel O’Flynn, Eliza Reidy and Mary Kate Fehin receive their Certificates of Achievement and awards from their teacher Ms Ciara Broderick,

TY @ Cappanalea

The Transition Year class recently began to wrap up their school year with a trip to Cappanalea Outdoor Education Centre. While there they camped out overnight and took part in a number of activities. The students spent most their time on the water, learning how to build rafts, kayaking, windsurfing, and stand up paddling, and in case this wasn’t enough some orienteering to stretch the legs. Despite the the best efforts of the ghost stories around the campfire everyone made it home safe and well!!!

For the full set of photos visit here on the school Facebook page.

TY Cappanalea gallery on Facebook

Limerick students get a feel for the cold pinch of homelessness

A NIGHT spent outside in a sleeping bag on concreted ground has given new insights into homelessness to a group of students at Hazelwood College, Dromcollogher.

“It just opened our eyes to what they (the homeless) have to go through every night,” said Ava Mullane, one of the group of 19 Transition Year students who undertook the ordeal.

And while they all survived, they agreed that another night outside was not something they would have liked to do.

The sleep-out was conducted on the school grounds, beginning at 8.30pm and running right through to 8am the following morning, when, as Mary Kate Fehin explained, they had to go straight into class.

“It was cold,” another participant, Ciara O’Flynn recalled. “We were all huddled together.”

But despite being in a group, and with three teachers also nearby, the students felt a great sense of vulnerability, being outside without shelter on a winter’s night.

Ava, Mary Kate and Ciara, along with Eliza Reidy, Katie Ryan and Edel O’Flynn were the group who initiated the sleep out. The six are the founder members of this year’s school bank, the Bumble Bee Bank and are taking part in the AIB Build a Bank challenge.

“We have to have a speciality and we decided ours was to help the community, to give back,” Ava explained.

“Homelessness is such a topical issue and such a big one, we decided to do something about that.”

They made contact with Focus Ireland who gave them all the facts about present-day homelessness and they got whole-hearted backing for the sleep from their TY classmates.

Support too came from local food outlets.

“We wanted to raise money for Focus Ireland and each TY student had a sponsorship card. Then we went the following morning with buckets to the school gate and asked students to donate,” Mary Kate explained.

“We were surprised at their generosity,” Ava added. All the students donated.

The total raised has yet to be finalised, said teacher Ciara Broderick who took part in the sleep out.

But for a group of students, home and homelessness have taken on a deeper meaning.

by Norma Prendiville, Limerick Leader 18th March 2017