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TY Toastmasters Awards

10-December-20
TY Toastmasters Awards

Last Tuesday, the 1st of December, myself along with my fellow Transition Year Boarders participated in our Toastmasters International, Youth Leadership Program (YLP), awards night.

We have been holding Toastmasters meetings, amongst ourselves, every Tuesday evening with the help of Patricia Loughnane, Coordinator of the Club Youth Leadership Programme, since September. Patricia has helped us along the way, introducing us to the world of Toastmasters, as well helping us build confidence within ourselves, through speaking and communication.

All ten of us started the program, slightly anxious of the prospect of having to get up and give a speech to the remainder of the year. Although we had given numerous presentations, this was a different ball game in terms of formality. The intricate and formal agenda and lay out of Toastmasters meetings, was also extremely daunting. However, Patricia guided each one of us along the road of self confidence and effective communication.

In school, unfortunately due to Covid-19 quite a few activities have been postponed for obvious reasons. However coming back to the Boarding School each evening, with an activity to look forward to, has been spirit lifting. Three evenings of the week, out of four, we are busy with an activity and after a few weeks, it really was refreshing to see progress in all three of these. On Monday, we participate in Basketball, Tuesday in Toastmasters, and Yoga on Wednesday. We have a qualified coach for each activity, there to guide and train us. These activities keep us busy in the evenings, and really allow us as a year group to learn to work effectively together, whilst having fun.

The awards night, last Tuesday really was an evening to remember. Sadly it wasn’t like other years, where parents, the Principal (Mrs. Collins) and Vice-Principal (Ms, O’Callaghan), as well as some Boarding School staff and Sr. Fidelis, come and watch the TY students run the meeting as well as give speeches. However, the evening was thoroughly enjoyable, with everyone delivering excellent speeches, and doing their best. The evening was rounded up with tea and cakes, as well as Certificates for each of us, to show that we have completed the course.

Big thank you to Patricia for her guidance, time and effort, and to Aisling the Manager, for organising all of these activities to keep us busy!

Overall, I think each one of us has benefited enormously from the activities each evening, especially Toastmasters. We have each improved enormously in terms of confidence, writing skills, organisation and effective communication throughout the weeks of Toastmasters, and it was truly highlighted last Tuesday!!

Written by Cleo Mina-Ronayne (TY Boarder).

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