Transition year students in the Presentation Secondary School, Sexton Street were in high spirits last week when it was announced that nine TY students would represent the school at the BT Young Scientist Competition in January.
â€œAll the girls worked extremely hard on their projects and we are delighted to see them go through to the final. We entered 11 groups and to have five go through is a great achievement,â€ said Presentation School science teacher Triona Murray.
Presentation School principal Marion Cummins says that this achievement is an added bonus for the school as it is the first time the school have been represented at the Young Scientist Competition in over two decades.
â€œThis will be the first time in 21 years that we will be represented at the Young Scientist competition and we are absolutely thrilled. We used to enter the competition quite regularly years ago and we had many success stories from the competition however we didnâ€™t enter for many years again until now. This year weâ€™re delighted to have five projects and nine students travelling to the competition in January and we wish them every success. We would also like to congratulate their science teacher Triona Murray who was a fantastic help to all students involved,â€ said principal Cummins.
â€œI think that initiatives like the Young Scientist Competition are a fantastic way to get students interested and involved in science. We reinstated Transition Year last year after a break for a number of years and in the short space of time that we have been running it again the TY students have won awards in several competitions including the Young Enterprise Award and the Junk Kouture Recycled Fashion competition so I think that it shows just how valuable Transition Year can be,â€ explained Principal Cummins.
TY student Sarah Little from Watergate says that she first got the idea for her project â€œFirst Impressionsâ€ following a talk on make up and beauty with her TY class.
â€œUrsula Stokes came to the school to talk to us about the importance of first impressions so I thought it would be an interesting project,â€ explained Sarah.
Students Daria Biel, Rosanna Marciniak and Paulina Bielarska decided to use their own real life experiences in their project â€œThe difficulties that International Students have in the Irish School Systemâ€ as a basis for their proposal.
â€œI thought that this would be a good project to do because Iâ€™m not from Ireland myself so I know what it is like to have to adjust to a different culture,â€ explained Daria.
Other projects include a study on the positive aspects of living in Southill, an investigation to test for micro-organisms present in handbags, an experiment on the effects of vitamin C on paper white seedlings and a project to try to understand why so many students donâ€™t wish to take part in PE classes in school.