Friday 13 December 2013

We've been nominated!

Radio TY has been nominated for the Best Podcast in the EduBlog Awards!
We would appreciate any votes you can give, just click the icon on the side.
It's a huge achievement to be nominated, let alone shortlisted. so we're all very excited to see our blog among so many other great blogs.

Remember - Every vote counts!

We came in 2nd place! 1st place went to an Irish Primary School so we don't mind :)
Rebecca's and Eilis's blogs came 2nd in each of their categories as well, so we're very happy all round.
Thanks to everyone for all your votes.

Thursday 12 December 2013


Lauren from RTY interviewed Eimear from the Irish Development Education Association at the Developmental Education day in Citywest. She explained her role in IDEA and what they do. Have a listen to find out more about her job and why she was working on a graffiti wall...


Thursday 5 December 2013

Burma Action Ireland.

We went to Citywest on a Development Education trip where we were told how to set up our mini NGO's (Non-Governmental Organisations) and then met with some of the members of the NGO's that were there. Lauren and Claire from RTY interviewed one of the members of Burma Action Ireland who tells us of his difficult past in Burma and how he hopes circumstances there will improve. We learnt how we need to be more aware of what's going on in the world and not just in our own locality. Have a listen to the interview below:

Tuesday 3 December 2013

TY, teaching teachers!!!

Last week three TY's Ciara, Aoife and Melissa went on a trip with Mrs. L to NUI Maynooth to give a talk to student teachers about Development Education.
While they were there they did asked one volunteer to do a podcast.
Here it is.....

Saturday 23 November 2013

Global Citizens Student Conference

On Thursday TY's went to Citywest for a Global Citizens Student Conference that was organised by Schools Across Borders. The conference was an opportunity for the 6 schools in the SAB Global Citizens network to get together and share ideas on what it means to be a global citizen. We were also treated to a play performed by Quadrangle Productions that showed us how one person can make a difference. Rebecca, Jayne, Aoibheann, Eilís and Sophie from Radio TY were there and conducted some interviews with the NGO's who had set up workshops for us to listen to, offering advice on setting up our own mini NGO to take action.

Listen to our interviews here with Concern, Trocaire, Irish Aid, and Burma Action Ireland.

Listen to our interview here with Maggie from NYCI

The play performed by Quadrangle Productions.


Burma Action Ireland


National Youth Council of Ireland

Irish Aid

Tuesday 19 November 2013

Let's talk Trash!

Home Economics in TY focuses on Junk Kouture. This is a competition that allows us to work in a team to create a full outfit, made completely out of recycled materials. Students can make their costume out of a variety of materials such as bubblewrap, cardboard, paper, bottlecaps etc, but it must contain at least one electrical item. The whole process is very time consuming, but it really is a great experience.

All TY's must participate in making the outfit. One student from each group is chosen by her group to model the dress for the fashion show held in the school for the other TY students to see. After the school fashion show, some students are chosen to go onto the Junk Kouture national competition, to compete against other schools. The judges are looking for a creative dress, that shows that a lot of work has been put in.

To find out more about the Junk Kouture competition, visit their website

Listen to our interview with TY students about preparing for the competition below.

Saturday 16 November 2013

Open Morning in St Wolstan's

Our RTY team took the opportunity to interview some incoming first years and their parents at the school Open Morning on Saturday the 9th of October. The school community came together to prepare for the school so it looked it's best and so that the new first years would feel good about coming to St Wolstan's next September. To find out more about St. Wolstan's click here.
We are happy to report that everyone seemed very pleased with what they saw of the school. Have a listen.

Friday 15 November 2013

Mini Company Promo

Aisling and Niamh interviewed people about their Mini Companies. There are some really interesting ideas so take a listen. Make sure to check out our podcast on iTunes (St Wolstan's TY) for more. Thanks guys. 

Thursday 7 November 2013

Calamity Jane Interviews - Lauren and Róisín

Today Aoife and Melissa interviewed Lauren and Róisín who got the lead roles in the school musical, Calamity Jane. We even got to hear a snippet of some of the songs so be sure to have a listen! They are both really excited about the musical, which we will keep you updated on. Lauren gives a character profile of Calamity and Róisín will tell you about the character of Katie. Make sure to check out our podcast on iTunes (St Wolstan's TY) for more. Thanks guys. Check out the St. Wolstan's Calamity Jane Facebook page and Blog to keep updated on the musical.

Friday 25 October 2013

Halloween Dress Up Day

Today was Halloween Dress-Up Day at St Wolstan’s, a day where each year group dresses up in Halloween costumes based on different themes. It is always a great day, and students and teachers alike always put in great effort.

Melissa, Aoife, Aisling and Eilís from the RTY team went out to ask people about their costumes. Listen to the TYs below as they explain what they dressed up as.

To find out more about St. Wolstan's click here.

Listen to the 5th and 6th Years explain about their costumes too.

Caoimhe sings Each Coming Night

RTY members Laura and Anna caught up with Caoimhe, a fellow TY, who kindly allowed us to record her singing for our radio and blog. As you can tell she has an amazing voice and when she sings everyone can't help but stop and listen. Her arrangement of Each Coming Night by Iron and Wine changes it completely, what was once an indie song is now a bitter sweet lullaby that brings a tear to your eye.

However, if you prefer Indie here is the original, 

We hope to hear more from Caoimhe soon.

Thursday 24 October 2013

Is the world child friendly? Tabei will find out.

Today Lauren from the RTY team spoke to class Tabei about their Development Education project as part of the Schools Across Borders programme. The title they have chosen for their project is: 'Is the world child friendly?'. This is a hugely important matter and in order to cover each aspect of it, the class split into groups. Lauren went around and asked each group what they are working on. Have a listen!

Check out their blog in the next few weeks to find out their answer.

Tuesday 22 October 2013

1st Years visit the Dr!

As part of Maths Week, all 1st Years went to a workshop with Dr Maths in Intel, Leixlip. RTY spoke to a few 1st Years to find out what they did there. Thanks to the Maths teachers for organising the trip.

Friday 11 October 2013

Friendship Week Fun Walk

Today was the annual Fun Walk, a way to end our Friendship Week in St Wolstan's. Each year in the school is given a colour and they dress up, perform a dance and head off on a short walk around the village.

Have a look at some of our photos on the school website

Lauren from RTY interviewed a few 6th Years as they reflected on their previous 5 or 6 Fun Walks.

Thursday 10 October 2013

Calamity Jane auditions

RTY find out a bit about the recent auditions for the school show, Calamity Jane. Check out the St. Wolstan's Calamity Jane Facebook page and Blog to keep updated on the musical.

Again, this is an on the spot interview. We're still finding our feet with podcasting but TY's are keen!

Listen here as Lauren interviews Aoife:

Wednesday 9 October 2013

Road Safety Week

RTY interviewed Pat Mc Neeley of Bayside Services when he came to the school today to deliver the Drive 4 Life road safety workshop. The workshop was sponsored by Kildare Road Safety officer Declan Keogh, who also came into the school to visit TY.

We are only experimenting with podcasting at the moment so bear with us. We have some help to improve our podcasts coming soon though!

Listen to their short interview below.

Check out Kildare Road safety on Facebook