Sunday, 7 February 2016

The Maze runner

The Maze Runner book review 

The book that I read was the maze runner by James Dashner. It is a thrilling sci-fi teen fiction novel based in a distopian future.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.
Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. 
Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind. 

The Glade surrounded by a seemingly impossible maze is a very menacing place. The more you learn about the hideous things that have gone on, the less you won’t to know. But, the plot and background were unlike anything I’ve ever read. I think both Sci-Fi and fantasy book fans would be enthralled. But, the escalating violence was a bit shocking along with the constant yet creative use of expletives. And just when I thought the author would ease up on his characters, he threw a bit more brutality at me. I was left to wonder what other horrible obstacles the characters would face in the sequels. I feel however that this only made the book more exciting and harder to put down.
The Gladers, those who reside in the Glade, do not have much to lighten the heavy weight of their circumstances. But, each Glader has a purpose that is important to their existence. They may not like each other or their tasks, but they do them for the good of all. We also see unlikely friendships and true heroism.

Overall I  found the book extremely entertaining, i couldn't put it down. I would most definitely recommend it to people of all ages but particularly to teenagers and young adults.

~clary xoxo

Thursday, 14 January 2016

A spoonful of theatre magic!

                                      Mary Poppins 

On the 16th of December we went to see Mary Poppins in the Board Gàis theatre. We were all looking forward to this trip since the beginning of the year. When we got to the theatre you could feel our excitement in the air.

When we arrived at the theatre we had an hour of free time to walk around and explore. The thatre is in a great part of town and we had fun taking pictures and looking at the beautiful canal.

We all lined up outside and got our tickets. I had heard amazing things about this show and couldn't wait to see it for myself. When we began watching the show we were not disappointed, the sets were truly breathtaking and the acting blew us way. The performance did not disappoint our high expectations, it truly was a spoonful of theatre magic.
The set design was amazing! including the folding and unfolding of the house into different rooms, it was like magic. The show gallops along at a great pace, doing more than justice to all the crowd pleasing numbers like Supercalifragilistic… and Chim Chim Cher-ee. Dance routines are top notch, as are costumes. Children will love this show, as it takes their point of view so seriously.

We all really enjoyed ourselves, even those who didn't particularly have a great interest in theatre. In my opinion it was one of the highlights of the year so far! 

love, clary <3 

Thursday, 19 November 2015



One of the most exciting things that happened was our unforgettable trip to carlingford!

I should probably explain to you what Carlingford is and why we go.
Every year our school brings TY students to an adventure center situated in the town of carlingford, in county Louth. 
The trip is referred to as a bonding weekend, it's meant to bring us closer and help form new friendships with the other girls in our year through the different activities and challenges that the adventure centre has to offer. 

Even before TY had begun everyone was anticipating this Carlignford trip with high hopes. Legend has it that it's one of the best parts of TY and we were all very eager to find this out for ourselves.

So naturally when the time came for us to embark on our journey to carlingford we were very excited. On the 17th of September we arrived in school carrying suitcases and eager smiles. We all filed into the bus and off we went. 2 hours later a bus full of singing teenage girls hocked up with excitement arrived in carlingford. 

 When we arrived we were amazed by  the natural beauty of a true medieval Irish coastal town that certainly lived up to our expectations. The stories of the cute little town were true. 

As soon as we got to the adventure center it was straight to activities.
We quickly dropped our bags in a way too small storage room and were promptly split into two groups. 
My group did water activities first.

We skipped down to the changing rooms and were given wet suits to put on.
Let's just say, if there was a part about this trip that I didn't like it would be figuring out how to put on a wet suit without injuring myself.... It was an unpleasant experience indeed. 

Once the ever so flattering wet suits and life jackets were on,  the rest was a breeze.
The water sports itself were extremely exciting. We canoed up to a platform out in the sea and were allowed to jump off of it into the water. However before we were told we could jump, one of the instructors sneakily pushed a girl into the water. we all helped her back up and she was fine but her shoe was never to be seen again. 
May it rest in peace. 

we then made our way back to the center and were welcomed with a warm lunch and a rest before the days next activities.The food there far exceeded our low expectations and was just what we  needed to keep going through this action packed trip.

throughout the trip we did so many unforgettable activities and challenges that really brang our year group closer. one of the most memorable things we did was the night walk where we walked up to the top of a mountain and did a night walk. we were blindfolded and had to make our way through a forest using a rope and holding on to each other. It was unforgettably terrifying but also extremely fun. 

Between this and much much more we had a lot of fun and amazing experiences at carlingford. It truly was an unforgettable trip and it brought us all a lot closer to one another.

~ Clary Xx

Thursday, 22 October 2015


Hi! my name is Clarissa (commonly referred to as Clary). I am a 16 year old TY student from Ireland and this my TY blog. 

Transition year has been amazing so far, full of unforgettable experiences and great memories. 
 I made this blog in order to share some of these experiences with you! In this blog i will post about all the different things that we do in TY. I will share with you all the fun and unforgettable things that I have done so far and also the exciting things that have yet come!

So far we have gone on so many trips and have done so many exciting things that i will go into in more detail in separate blog posts to come.

I may also post things relating to my interests such as art, literature and theatre, expect to see this and more in my future blog posts.
I really hope you enjoy reading my blog and keep watch for future posts.

~clary xx