On Tuesday and Wednesday 21st and 22st of October Transition Years from all base classes embarked on an exciting journey to Russborough House for a day full of outdoor activities.
Classes 4.4 and 4.6 joined together for their trip on Tuesday while 4.5 and 4.7 united for their trip on Wednesday. Both classes left school at 9 am on separate buses to ensure social distancing of the students on the transport. The trip took an hour and the students eventually arrived at the picturesque woodland of Russborough house where their activities for the day would take place.
First, the students were divided into groups and began their activities by engaging in accurate archery shooting. Many students hit the bullseye and thoroughly enjoyed this activity!
Afterwards, the next activity involved the students taking off into the woodlands and creating useful huts from forest materials with the help of the adventure centre staff. Various groups in the classes competed against each other to create the best hut in a limited amount of time! The students were then rewarded with roasted marshmallows which they toasted on the fires they had made.
More interesting activities followed such as following a rope through a wood blindfolded and guiding blindfolded teammates towards a pen. Following on from that, everyone was given a harness that would be used for many different climbing obstacles. Students subsequently engaged in wall climbing and Zippit-like obstacle courses. In the end everyone had a go on the thrilling zipline and the whole year group agreed that it was the most entertaining activity.
Overall, the Transition years had a fantastic time!
A huge well done to everyone involved especially the teachers who supervised the trip and the excellent staff at the adventure centre.
(R. Shparuta, Reporter)
(F. Fickett and K. Stanicki, Photographer)
TY Bonding workshops too place on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th of September. Students took part in various activities designed to promote teamwork such as archery and other puzzle challenges. Each year the TY Bonding workshop is a big hit as it allows students the opportunity to meet some of the new students in the year and also to develop or rekindle friendships with students who were in different class groups over the three years at Junior Cycle.
Thanks to Dane and his team at GoBeyond Adventure for running the activities for the students and to Ms. Brosnan for organising the day!
On Wednesday the 8th of October a large number of TY students gathered outside the school where photos were taken of the excited participants of the 2020 online VHI Women’s Mini Marathon. Even though it was a women's mini marathon there were plenty of male students dressed up as ladies taking part to provide support and add to the festivity of the day.
When the walk began everybody was full of life and eager to go. As the walk progressed students split up into groups of friends walking at different paces. By the time the 2 km mark was reached there were purple t-shirts spread out along the Greystones coastline. This changed at the halfway mark of 5km when students turned and waited for the rest to catch up. After two hours of walking some people had blisters and had run out of water but were happy as it was all for an excellent cause. By the time the school was in sight everybody was thankful that they were nearly done. Once the participants reached the school the classes had for the day ended and with a goodbye and thanks everybody went on their way, dragging their weary feet to their homes for a well-deserved rest.
Overall everybody really enjoyed this walk as it not only supported a great cause but gave TY students the opportunity to further bond after a number of workshops in recent weeks.
(K. Flynn, TY Reporter)
(E. Place, TY Photographer)
A bonding workshop took place last Friday for all the students in Transition Year. A lot of the students did not know what to expect when they arrived at school to be greeted by an array of bonding games prepared by Dane and his crew from Giddy Gally Adventure. Students were quickly divided into twelve groups of roughly seven students. The leaders then explained the games to the students and who began reeling in the points. Students were quite competitive as the leaders had informed them that they had prizes for the team with the most points at the end of the day.
The games included a lot of trust in your team mates as one false move could affect the entire result of the game. The day was split up into three sections, similar to the school day. The first part of the day students stayed in one area and then rotated between the basketball court and tarmac area during the day. Some of the activities students participated in included archery, wheelbarrow races and immersive puzzle games. As the day was nearing an end, it was time for the winners to be announced. The team that won had collected more points than the other teams and they received high praise for their efforts before receiving a box of chocolates and jelly sweets to share.
Many thanks to the leaders at Giddy Gally for giving such a fun and enjoyable day to the TY students. In addition a huge thank you to T.Y Coordinator, Ms. Brosnan for organising the day. Finally well done to all the Transition Year students for their excellent effort and participation throughout.
Plenty more photos available in the slideshow below!
The TY students who studied spanish for their Junior Cert completed a project as part of their peer teaching module. The Ty students were required to develop some sort of spanish game or activity that would be played with the current first year students who are studying spanish. This would help improve and make learning spanish more enjoyable for them.
On the 23rd of September the TY students presented their projects to the first years in two separate locations within the school.
Before the first years came into the classroom and into the library the TY students were in their project groups in order to set up their stations. There were seven different stations based in the school library with a different activity at each table. Some projects games included matching the word to the picture in spanish and number matching.
When the first year class came into the library Mr.Fernandez and his TY students greeted the first years and brought them inside and showed them what was going on. The TY’s went to their stations with their project games and activities and let the first year students come around to them group by group. When they were done at one station they would move on to the next station until they finished.
Overall the peer teaching went very well and it seemed that the first year students enjoyed learning from the TY’s and that they were having fun and learning new information.
Thank you for all of the TY students who helped out today as part of their peer teaching module.
Tháinig an chéad bhliain ar fad le chéile tráthnóna Dé hAoine seo caite,13 Meán Fómhair don Lá Spraoi a d'eagair Roinn na Gaeilge chun deis a thabhairt do na daltaí aithne níos fearr a chur ar a chéile. Bhí sé ina spraoi le ceol agus craic sa halla. Chaith siad an tráthnóna ag damhsa ag céilí agus ansin ag Tráth na gCeist níos déanaí. Bhain siad an-sult agus spraoi as an lá!
On Wednesday 12th of September all of Transition Year travelled to Causey Farm in Co. Meath.
Whilst on site students first took part in bread making. There were a few cracked eggs and a few very salty loaves but most students managed to produce something edible.
During the next activity students were split into groups to learn some Irish dancing. Some of the students took to the dancing like a duck to water but others, despite their best efforts, would still be there trying to learn the dance if the bus didn’t have to leave.
Students then had the opportunity to explore the farm before the highlight of the day for many students which was jumping in the bog! The photographs speak for themselves!
A huge thank you to Ms. Brosnan for her organisation of the day!