On Tuesday the 13th of September, the whole of Transition Year headed up to Punchestown County Kildare, for T.Y Expo 2016. We met in the outer car park at 7.15am, before travelling in our class tutor groups by bus. Before going on the trip, none of the year had a clear idea of what we were going to do when we arrived, as we had not been told much information about it. When we arrived we were excited for the day ahead.
We received wristbands and headed into the event centre where we met with hundreds of companies who had expressed interest in contributing to our transition year. We were then let loose and told to meet back at the buses at 1pm so we could return home in time for the buses. It was clear very quickly, that the companies who had ‘free stuff’ were the most popular, as by the end of the day, our arms were filled with free wristbands, and jumpers full of stickers!
Highlights of the day in the event centre included watching our fellow classmates take down self-defence instructors, using cameras that would be used in film making and our faces being put on the big screen. Our school also entered a competition to win a free trip on the Camino De Santiago next year. Laura Savage told us she “loved the expo because it gave me different ideas for my transition year, including the AIB Build A Bank” and Victoria Fleming said she “especially enjoyed the film making section as it showed us how to do different tricks with cameras used in movie making!”
Overall, the trip was very informative and great craic, and also a great way to forget about the next day which was results day.