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Bridge21 for me

Bridge21 for me

We asked, through Facebook, if anyone wanted to write about their time with Bridge21. One former student, Niamh, wrote this…. During my transition year I got to take part in many programs and one of my favorites was Bridge21. At the beginning of my time at Bridge I expected something different than what I got. [...]

TY - Don't Waste An Opportunity

TY – Don’t Waste An Opportunity

Leah Kenny survived the Leaving Cert and has some advice for anyone about to start Transition Year .  Transition Year was without a doubt one of the best years that I had in school. I don’t know if that was to do with the new experiences I had, the people I spent it with or [...]

Primary School Mentoring

Primary School Mentoring

Helen and Lauren talk about mentoring on the Bridge21 Primary School Programme. Hi, my name is Helen and I’ll be typing in this rather elegant italicised font. My name is Lauren and anything in this confident bold font is written by me. This summer, we both mentored on the Bridge21 Primary School Programme. The schools we [...]


Computing, Coding and Creating

Computing, Coding and Creating

Following on from the success of the Computer Science Transition Year programme (CS-TY), Kevin and Dr. Jake organised a pilot programme this summer entitled CS-TY 2. (The programme was full of imagination and creativity, even if the name was not!) The way Kevin explained it, “some more computers and more fun things to do with [...]

Students' vision of education

Students’ vision of education

During our recent Learning Circles workshop, in which transition year students get the chance to think about how they learn best and try to put that into practice for their peers, we asked each team to imagine they were opening a new school. As part of this, they had to come up with a vision, [...]

Learning Circles - My week

Learning Circles – My week

Evelyn, a student from Colaiste Bríde in Clondalkin, took part in several activities at Bridge21 during her Transition Year.  Here, she describes her favourite one. “There was no need to meet at the front gates of trinity on Tuesday morning as everyone who was going to bridge this week already knew where Oriel house was. When I arrived there [...]


My year with Bridge21

My year with Bridge21

We asked (on our Facebook page) if any of the students who we’ve worked with this year would like to write a bit about their experience with Bridge21. Here is one response…. “I have had an unbelievable year in TY but one of the highlights would have to be Bridge21. I have to admit at [...]

Four Days of Computer Science

Four Days of Computer Science

In just four days at Bridge21, teams of Transition Year students from schools all over Ireland (who had never met each other before) developed enviable computer programming skills through collaboration, hard work and a lot of fun. Every year,  we run a series of Computer Science workshops in partnership with the School of Computer Science [...]

Bridge2College student feedback

Bridge2College student feedback

“I learn more when I actually get to decide what I want to work on. I absolutely loved Bridge21!” That was the conclusion of one student after taking part in the Bridge2College programme recently. B2C is now in full swing for 2012/13. We have a strong mentor team in place and we’re meeting 25 new students [...]


The Goldenbridge Girls

The Goldenbridge Girls

“I would like to work in groups in the classroom.” That was the verdict of one second level student following her first experience of the Bridge21 learning model. Last week, 25 1st year girls from Mercy Secondary School in Goldenbridge spent three days working with us in Oriel House. Some of the girls had worked as [...]

Meeting the Americans...

Meeting the Americans…

Bridge21 recently welcomed 8 students to Oriel House all the way from George Mason University in Washington. Our American guests spent 3 days working and learning in teams with Bridge21 students, as part of the programme for their Alternative Break to Ireland and Northern Ireland. It was a great opportunity for everyone to learn about one another’s lives and [...]

The Leaving Cert: Keep Calm and Carry On

The Leaving Cert: Keep Calm and Carry On

“You’re only competing with yourself so if you do your best, you should have no regrets.” This was the advice given by one Leaving Cert student to any future students. Recently, we invited some former Bridge21 students, who sat the Leaving Certificate this year, to spend a day with us to reflect on the whole experience, [...]


TY Mentors at Bridge21

TY Mentors at Bridge21

The Bridge21 primary school programme is currently taking place. This involves a series of one day workshops for primary school students. One interesting element of the programme is that some of the transition year students who have taken part in the Bridge2College programme earlier in the year get the chance to to come back and [...]

Our time at Bridge21

Our time at Bridge21

At Bridge 21, we were taught the same subjects as in school, but through more modern and enjoyable methods. From the well-thought out agendas for each day to the friendly staff, we as students found we learned a lot more and retained more information than in ordinary school. Especially through the use of teaching with [...]

Bridge21 - Not a card game!

Bridge21 – Not a card game!

We recently ran some in-school workshops for 1st year students. We thought they went very well but just to be sure, the school asked each of the students to write about their experience. This is what one student wrote….. “I was honestly disappointed when I heard about Bridge 21 but that was before I went [...]


Grannies and Google!

Grannies and Google!

On December 9th, 6 past pupils of Bridge 21, (Heather, Niamh, Robyn, Cian, Jess and Warren), were lucky enough to be chosen to participate in the “Grannies and Google” programme with the mature students of Cherry Orchard. When we reached Oriel House, Kevin and John introduced everyone and gave us our brief. The aim of [...]

What the students say.... 21/10/11

What the students say…. 21/10/11

Some student comments after a week in Bridge21… “I CAN socialise with people and I CAN talk in front them during a presentation.” “I can contribute something to a group and that they actually appreciate what i’ve done.” “I didn’t think I could talk in front of people.” “Every1 (sic) had good ideas so when [...]

Bluebell @ Bridge21

Bluebell @ Bridge21

A group of 3rd, 4th and 6th class students from St Killian’s in Bluebell recently took part in the Bridge21 primary school programme. Working in teams of five, the students planned, filmed and edited two short movies. They learned some useful skills and had a lot of fun. It was a great day out and hopefully not their last time [...]


Student daily post - Friday 11.03.11

Student daily post – Friday 11.03.11

Last day!!.,,..aaaw..we’ll miss Kevin. We finished our board game and made a power point instead because the moviemake went beserk . Thank God we finished our presentation in time. We taught team ‘Pen’. Unfortunately things went wrong. The music in our power point had a glitch. The board game went quite well, although we never [...]

Student daily post – Thursday 10.03.11

On Thursday each team received a topic that we were going to have to teach another team. We got History- The space race. We brainstormed ideas of what we could do to teach the other team in a fun and interesting way. We came up with the idea that we would make a movie and [...]

Student daily post – Wednesday 09.03.11

Our very first day! We first got into our groups, and then we had to pick a team name. We chose team “Willy Foo foo”, after the man who discovered marshmallows . Then we had to brainstorm about things that can be done with an orange. We had LOADS of ideas, such as ‘marry the [...]


Purple Pirates! A Brief Introduction

We are the Purple Pirates, We patrol the high seas of The Oriel House from dawn until…about 3- 3:30. We were invited back because our awesomness was so overpowering the building would collapse without our entrance. I, the writer of this article, am currently wearing a wasitcoat, thought you’d like to know. But let’s get [...]

Team Pen is full of wonderful people :)

On Wednesday we were told on what we were goin’ to do… We were put into groups of five. Mixed up with two schools Mercy Secondary School and Drimnagh Castle. We were ask to Brainstorm and we made a video on how children are taught and what we would like to change. We also made [...]