1961-2011     Fifty years ‘with wisdom and courage’

TY Updates

Updates from the Transition Year Media Studies classes on some current TY activities: 

The Wizard Of Oz

The Wizard of Oz was originally a novel by L. Frank Baum and Noel Langley first written in 1900. In 1939 it was turned into a film directed by Victor Fleming. The music to the musical was produced and written by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg.

The story is about a girl called Dorothy who is hit by a tornado, and transported with her dog Toto, to the fantasy utopia in Oz.She is proclaimed a national hero by the Munchkins, the people of Munchkinland in Oz.This was the result of her house landing and killing the Wicked Witch of the East, who holds power over the Munchkins.

Dorothy wishes to return home; however, to do so she must visit the Wizard of Oz.Dorothy receives magical Ruby Slippers that were worn by the dead Witch of the East.  These will protect her on her journey to Emerald City.

Dorothy is sent along the yellow brickroad which will take her to the wizard. Along the way Dorothy has to go through many obstacles.  She meets a talking scarecrow (actor),a tin man (actor) and a cowardly lion (actor), who are unhappywith certain aspects of their lives.  They go on a journey in search of Emerald Citywhere they will meet the Wizard of Oz.  They believe that he will give them each what they desire.

Wicked has become a successful Broadway show that was written in 1995 by Gregory Maguire. It is known to be a parallel to the Wizard of Oz and tells the story from the Witches’ perspective.

The story takes place before and continues after Dorothy’s arrival in Oz. The story continues of Elphaba (The Wicked Witch of the West) and Glinda (The Wicked Witch of the East). They became friendsafter meeting at Shiz University.  The paths they choose will lead them to become The Wicked Witch of the West and The Wicked Witch of the East.

Regina Mundi College has combined The Wizard of Oz and Wicked to show the full story of what happened in the famous musicals and novels.

We would like to thank all the teachers and pupils who have contributed to the production of this play. We hope you enjoy the show!

BT Young Scientist News!

On Friday 11th of January, fourth year students went to the RDS in Dublin to support their fellow classmates who made it into the prestigious competition. The group were shown several displays from the exhibit organizers, including a performance from a rather hyper robot, and spent the day roaming the RDS, viewing the exhibits on display.

The four day exhibit was packed with students from all over the country, free-bees and the odd celebrity. One presenter in particular took a shining to a certain Sophie Collins!

We are now delighted to announce that fifth year Cut Aina Hannisa has taken home two titles from the event. Aina has won “Best Over All Speaker” and “Best Overall” in her category. She was presented with a glass trophy, two ribbons and €1,000 to spend on her education. As well as that, the group consisting of Sophie Collins, Aoife Kennelly and Orla Lynch came highly commended in their category winning them a ribbon. 

The projects will be on display all through the week in the school.

By Lydia Crowley