Welcome To The September Issue Of Our PALS Programme Blog

Welcome To The September Issue Of Our PALS Programme Blog

As September comes to an end we hope you have all settled back into the new academic year and that all is going well for you.
September has kicked off with a big high for PALS Programme on many levels and we are delighted to update you with all our current news.

Transition Year Ireland TY Expo – September 2015 – The Hub, Kilkenny

Wow what an amazing 2 days we had in Kilkenny on the 15th and 16th of September at the first ever TY Expo hosted by the fantastic Transition Year Ireland.

We had a stand at the TY Expo for two days and it was brilliant to connect with TY Students, Teachers and TY Co Ordinators from all over the country. The students were amazing and I think they loved the idea of all things TY under the one roof.

It was a great opportunity for PALS Programme to network and connect with other organisations and businesses who provide workshops and programmes within the TY structure.

We had a fantastic time and you can see some photos on our facebook like page – PALS Programme.

A big thank you to Amanda, Edwin and all the team at Transition Year Ireland.
Looking forward to next year already.

Academic Year 2015-2016 PALS Programme Structure

Would you like PALS Programme in your school?

Contact us for more information and we will be happy to discuss all the options available to you including costs and diary availability.

Secondary School Programmes

PALS Programme for TY Students – 4 week Programme
PALS Programme for 5th and 6th Year LCA Students – 4 week Programme
PALS Programme for 1st Year Students – Workshop
PALS Programme for Student Mentors/ Leadership – Workshop
PALS Programme for Exam Students – Workshop
PALS Programme for Teachers – Workshop

Primary Schools

PALS Programme for 6th Class Students – Workshop
PALS Programme for 5th Class Students – Workshop
PALS Programme for Teachers – Workshop

Third Level Education

We are very excited about moving forward and expanding PALS Programme into third level education especially for first year students in college.

We are developing a programme at the moment and plan to launch it for 2015/2016 students.

If you are a lecturer or student in third level and you would like more information please contact us on palsprogramme@gmail.com

First Year Programme Delivered to 180 Students In Ratoath College

We are delighted we got to return to Ratoath College Co Meath again this year, to deliver the First Year PALS Programme Workshop during the second week of September.

We delivered the programme over three days, to an amazing group of 180 First Year Students.

This Programme, Making The Transition From Primary School Into Secondary School A Positive Experience, focuses on and includes practical tools and skills the students can use to help them settle into the new part of their school life.

The Team Exercises are always a big winner as this helps them connect with friends including new friends they have only just in First Year.
This group of students really embraced the SuperHero team exercise.
You can also see photos and comments as always on our facebook page.

Some of the feedback from the First Year Students :

– I really, really, really enjoyed it! Thanks Bee
– It was great fun and I loved the activities
– I really enjoyed PALS today because Bee was so nice and we did the Super Hero exercise.
– Top notch banter
– The best part was the acting
– I enjoyed class because of the ‘Bee’ jokes
– I love this class BEEcause of the bants
– I liked it because it gave me advice on how to be successful
– I enjoyed the company of Bee and what she spoke to us about
– It was fun and interesting and I was with my friends
– I loved PALS Programme because it was all very positive and fun
– I wish we could do PALS every week or even every month

Delighted to connect with Boyne Community School in Trim, Co Meath

In August we delivered the Mentoring and Leadership PALS Programme Workshop to 45 students in Boyne Community School, Trim, who will mentor the new incoming First Year Students.

This was a great morning connecting with the students before starting the new school year.
At the beginning of the month we started the 4 week PALS Programme with the incoming TY Students.

We are bringing in a new aspect around preparation for work experience looking at positive communication, interview skills and techniques and also CV preparation.

We will have an update on testimonials in next months blog.

PALS Career Coaching Programme For Teenagers and Young Adults

This programme helps teenagers and young adults on the beginning of their career journey whether they are looking for a part-time summer job or ready to embark on full-time employment.

The programme runs over three one hour sessions to help with all the preparation needed to get onto the career ladder.
The first session focuses on CV preparation.
A full tailored CV will make all the difference and will secure an interview for the student. The second session consists of interview preparation looking at areas of positive communication, confidence and an ability to promote the best of yourself.
The final session will focus on post interview analysis allowing feedback and a plan of action going forward. The success rate of job offers for students is gaining momentum and we are really happy with the results to date!

One to One PALS Programme for Teenagers and Young Adults Continues To Grow

We are so happy to see the awareness and understanding of our PALS one to one programme growing with parents and guardians. HQ is receiving several calls a week from parents enquiring about how PALS may help their teenagers or young adults.
PALS Programme has been designed to focus on many areas where challenges are faced.

The programme is adaptable to individuals and groups and will focus on bringing about positive changes in many areas. Sometimes a challenge which seems small and insignificant to an adult can actually be very overwhelming to a 12 or 13 year teenager.
Often the process of taking time out to look at positive experiences, strengths and attributes, can often help a teenager focus on all their good skills and in doing so they feel confident to grow and progress in other areas which they find more challenging.

Often the very act of taking time out to review our progress and development can be just the very activity which is needed to bring about positive changes in our lives. This one small change can have a very positive knock on effect and bring about big changes in several areas including school, social skills and general mental health and well being.

We have seen huge positive results almost immediately with our one to one clients. The sessions are tailored to the client and therefore can focus on the core areas of concern. Many students feel such a positive impact on their day to day lives that they want to continue maintaining this well into the future.

Sessions are delivered over 3, 6 or 9 sessions depending on the needs of the teenager or young adult. The process of the weekly or fortnightly sessions allows time for the student to introduce new habits and complete the weekly action plan.
All in all the overall result is very very positive!
Big congrats to all our one to one clients who have embraced the PALS Programme both positively and proactively.


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Have a super month.

Thank you