The Transition Year students got in touch with nature last week, spending a night under the stars on their Gaisce camping trip. The group travelled to the Shannon River Adventure centre in Rooskey, Co Roscommon to take part in a host of activities including kayaking and team building exercises. Despite the stormy weather the group had a great time. Thanks to Mr Kavanagh and Ms Campbell for organising the trip. This was a great way for the new TY students to get to know their classmates and put their survival skills to the test - Bear Grylls watch out!
Gaisce’s mission is to contribute to the development of all young people through the achievement of personal challenges - The President’s Award is the most prestigious Award in Ireland for young people aged 15 to 25. Gaisce is an old Irish word which means ‘a great achievement’. The Award programme challenges young people to get involved in their community, set personal goals for themselves in terms of physical recreation and personal skill and undertake an adventure journey as a member of a team. The TY students aim to complete the Bronze level Gaisce award this year.
A new Young Social Innovators Committee has been established in the school. Last year’s committee are preparing to hand over the reigns to a newly formed group of fourth year and TY students. The new group will continue to work on the running of the library, we have some exciting plans in motion at the moment and will keep you updated in the coming weeks! We wish to take this opportunity to thank last year’s committee for all of their hard work and dedication to the group - the newly refurbished library is a testament to your hard work! The new committee travelled to the Hodson Bay Hotel in Athlone on Wednesday, September 18, accompanied by Ms Kennedy and Ms Smyth to take part in a YSI workshop-equipping them with the skills and knowledge to get their project off the ground this year. Even though the committee positions have been filled places are still open to volunteers of all ages. Contact Ms Kennedy or Ms Killian for details.
Leaving Cert students travelled to the RDS in Dublin on Thursday last to visit the Higher Options exhibition - this was an opportunity for students to see what third level institutions at home and abroad have to offer. We have heard great reports from all students, noting that they felt more prepared in making CAO choices this year. Thanks to Mr McPhilips, Ms Wrynn, Ms Killian and Mrs Timlin for accompanying the group.
A step back to the past
Second and third year history students travelled to Clonmacnoise and Corlea bog on a history trip last Tuesday. The group had a chance to explore the monastery in Co Offaly, a burial site for the high kings of Tara. A great day was had by all and students felt the trip really brought their course to life. Thanks to Mr Mc Cann, Ms Cox, Mr O Leary, Ms Brindley and Ms Smith for accompanying the group.