Transition Year students and their teachers Ms Powell and Ms Croke travelled to Achill during the past week. Achill, being a Gaeltacht area, meant that they were able to participate through Irish in the activities.They enjoyed two days of surfing, kayaking, wall climbing, bog snorkelling and abseiling. Along with the natural amenities of Achill’s Blue Flag beaches the students were enthusiastic in their use of the cupla focail as part of the experience. A walk to the Deserted Village proved to be one of the highlights of the trip and the hospitality of the Bean an Ti was very much appreciated by them all.
To celebrate European Languages Day on September 26th the Transition Year class at the High School researched dishes from eight European countries. The students devised menus from the various countries and prepared main courses and desserts . They then dressed in the traditional costume of their respective countries and served the HIgh School staff. All in all it was an excellent culinary and cultural experience.
Visit to Ploughing Championships
The Agricultural Science class and the Transition Year class with their teachers Ms Fitzsimons and Ms Powell travelled to the Ploughing Championships in Athy. It was a great experience for the students. There was a wide range of animals and farm machinery on show, which were of interest to the students, as well as the various stands with everything from crafts to cookery and many dealing with renewable energy. The ploughing itself was observed by the students with the traditional as well as modern methods on show. All in all it was a great experience and well worth the visit.
First Year Retreats
The Sixth Year peer ministry team facilitated the First Year students on their retreats last week. Each First Year had a day- long programme of activities exploring the theme of dealing with change in our lives. Through the medium of drama, games and art work the students were given the opportunity to develop their skills in dealing with the change involved in the transition to second level school. Each day concluded with a prayer service. Great credit is due to the Sixth Year students who facilitated the retreats with skill and enthusiasm.
Well done to High School students Jaco Oosthuysen and Stephen Carey for their selection to play with the Munster Schools A team in their recent win over the Leinster Schools team in Musgrave Park.