Watching the Irish Team in Abbotstown
Transition Years students are taking part in the FAI Kick Start 1 Course this year in Fingal Community College. The aim of the course is to train students to assist coaches in the introduction of fun soccer games to children of 6-9 years. As part of the training 22 TY students and their teacher Mr. Moore went to the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown on the 4th of October. They watched a Republic of Ireland training session in the build up to a crucial 2018 World Cup Qualifier match against Georgia.
They watched the entire session and saw some excellent football during that time. Afterwards the students got autographs and selfies with players such as Shane Long, Darren Randolph, Richard Keogh and of course the Euro 2016 hero Robbie Brady. It was an amazing morning and an opportunity that not many people get the chance to do, so we felt very lucky. Special thanks to Mr. Moore, Mick Pender and all in the FAI that helped organise this.
Ready for the Challenge – Carlingford 2016
Class Kells and Tara in Carlingford 2016
On the 12th and 13th of September the TY students enjoyed a fun-filled two day break to Carlingford Adventure Centre in Co. Louth. The aim of the break was to help us to get to know each other, to learn to work together and to take our minds off getting our Junior Cert results.
When we arrived we immediately set out Zip-Lining, we got harnessed up and had to walk up a MASSIVE hill to get to the Zip Wires. We all really enjoyed the Zip-Lining and lots of us faced our fear of heights. It took a lot of courage to complete some of the obstacles. Ms. Lynch was very impressive as she flew across the quarry at speed.
For lunch the chefs cooked us beans, chips, eggs and sausages. After lunch we continued to our next activity – Laser Combat. We put on camouflage suites and we got GUNS! Again we had to go up the MASSIVE hill to do this activity. It was great fun running around the forest shooting at each other. Mind you one team were doing so well that the instructors took it upon themselves to bend the rules a little.
When we got back to the Centre they had made us Chicken Curry, It was delicious! We settled into our bedrooms and the centre’s warden had to come to a student’s rescue as her room was invaded by a giant spider.
Our night activity was a Night Line. We had to go up the MASSIVE hill again! We had to put on blind folds and hold on to the person in front of us to make sure you didn’t get lost. We learned very quickly the importance of listening and communicating. We also got to know more about our new classmates.
Following breakfast the next day, we found out that our water activity had been cancelled due to strong winds. We were all very disappointed! Instead we went to Sky Park to do activities such as Archery, Maze in the dark, More Zip Lining, Trampolining and Rock Climbing in a Quarry. Ms. Lynch loved the MASSIVE hill so much she decided to climb it once again that morning.
We descended back to the Adventure Centre and waited for our bus to arrive. In this spare time we all went to the shops to get goodies for the journey home. On the way home a lot of people fell asleep as they were worn out by all the activities. The trip was enjoyed by all as we made friends, bonded with each other and had great craic with the teachers who came along with us. We are very grateful to Ms. Lynch for organising the trip. Special thanks to Ms. Héarún, Ms. Lynch and Mr. Nolan for accompanying us on the two day break. We all really enjoyed the trip away and now looking forward to what else TY has to bring.
Written By Patrick & Leah Q.
Ready steady, here we go …
On the 1st and 2nd of September the TY students enjoyed a fun-filled two day break to Carlingford Adventure Centre in Co.Louth. The aim of the break was to help us to get to know each other and to learn to work together.
When we arrived we were immediately split into two groups for activities. My group went Canadian canoeing and jumped on a trampoline that was in the middle of the river. Afterwards the more fearless students jumped off the pier.
After lunch we continued to our next activity: zip lining. All harnessed up, we bravely set out to tackle a complex array of zip lines, rock climbing towers, suspension bridges, Tarzan swings, rope bridges and tightropes. It took a lot of courage to complete some of the obstacles.
We returned to the centre and had dinner. Our night activity was a Murder Mystery around Carlingford Village. We were split into groups of five and had to look for clues to help solve a murder. We learned very quickly the importance of listening and communicating. We also got to know more about our new classmates.
Following breakfast the next day, we found out our last activity was laser combat. We got dressed into one piece camouflage suits and hiked up the mountain to the laser combat area in the forest. We were split up into two groups – reds and blues. We were guided to different ends of the area. In the end it was a draw so we played a game of capture the Teddy. This helped us learn the importance of working together as a team to protect our Teddy and try and capture the other team’s Teddy.
We descended back to the Adventure Centre and waited for our bus to go home to Swords. The trip was enjoyed by all as we made friends, bonded with each other and with the teachers who came along with us. We are very grateful to Ms. Downes for organising the trip. Special thank to Ms. Héarún, Mr. Barrett, Ms. Whelan and Ms.Walsh for accompanying us on the two day break. We look forward to our next adventure as we experience many different things in TY.
Written by Rachel
Darkness into Light 2015
Well done to the twenty eight students and seven teachers who braved the early morning start to complete the Darkness into Light run in the Phoenix Park on Saturday the 9th of May. Over €1000 was raised for Pieta House.
A Truly Irish Experience
On Wednesday the 24th of September, the Transition Year students and Agricultural Science classes went to the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co Laois. When we arrived, we were gob smacked by the sheer size of the exhibition. There were a huge variety of stalls with new and upcoming businesses along with the more well-known and established companies. This year we were given a challenge – a salvager’s hunt. We were given a list of things that we had to get a picture of as a group. We had to get a picture with a bullock, someone from RTÉ, a farmer, somebody eating an Angus burger and a picture of a combine harvester. We were lucky to find any of these in a packed field of more than 125,000! During our hunt we visited the many tents full of livestock, fashion shows, cookery demonstrations and of course we had to sample all the food that was on offer. We went home exhausted but delighted to have experienced such a truly unique Irish event.
Splash, Bang and Lots of Fun
On the 1st and 2nd of September the TY students enjoyed an exhilarating two day break in Carlingford Adventure Centre Co. Louth. The aim of the trip was to get to know each other and to learn to work together as a newly formed group.
On arrival, we were welcomed by an energetic instructor. He explained the itinerary and rules of the centre. We explored the dorms (some of us got a house to stay in with all the mod cons) and the facilities until lunch was served in the dining hall. Then it was off to the pier for the afternoon activities. We got into wetsuits and were divided into groups for Canadian canoeing. There were three canoes tied together and we had to work together to win the race to a cave. Thankfully we all returned safely and the brave ones went pier jumping. The afternoon activities ended as three students took on the biggest ice bucket challenge yet. The instructor poured a large ice cold bucket of river water from an upper window down on the nervous heads of Carragh, Monika and Daria.
On Monday evening, the instructors led us up the mountain and into a nearby forest to take part in the night-line. We were blind folded and brought into the forest. All we had to guide us was a rope and the shoulder of the person in front of us. Initially, we kept tripping over obstacles. Then we realised the importance of communication and warning the person behind of any potential hazard. However we were a little confused about strategically placed twigs – maybe Mr. Moore knows something about that! There were a few mishaps along the way but we managed to get the hang of it by the end. It was a quick game of Ninja as darkness fell on the mountain before heading to the Chinese for bite to eat. The fresh air had us starving!
The following day was packed with even more activities. We walked up the mountain again to do some rock climbing and abseiling. It took some of us a lot of courage to attempt such activities. The teams were right behind everyone giving advice and encouragement along the way. To our amazement Paula managed to do the complex route blindfolded! Then it was the final descend back to the adventure centre to catch the bus back to Swords. Overall it was a very exciting, worthwhile trip and the start of many new friendships for the year. Many thanks to Ms. McDaid and Ms. Downes for organising the trip and to Mr. Moore, Mr. Fitzmaurice, Ms. Kinahan, Ms. Héarún for accompanying us for the two days. We are looking forward to the next adventure.
By Hannah, Nico and Carl
Night-line in the Forest
On Monday the 2nd of September, the TY class experienced a thrilling two day adventure break in Carlingford, Co Louth. This was the first opportunity for the group to really get to know each other and try out new things.
After a brief journey up the M1, we arrived at our destination and we were welcomed by an energetic instructor. He outlined all the activities we were going to try. Some of the activities included Canadian canoeing, zorbin’ and archery.
In spite of the overcast, cold weather, the class really enjoyed themselves. Some of the highlights included Canadian canoeing and the night-line in the forest. Canadian canoeing is three canoe boats tied together. The aim of the exercise was to work together and reach a destination safely. We soon learned the importance of team work and good co-ordination as we battled to avoid going around in circles. On Monday evening, we were led into a nearby forest to participate in a night-line. We were all blindfolded and only had a rope to guide each other safely out of the forest. After a few knocks and mishaps we successfully reached the adventure centre yet again.
The following day was packed with even more adventures. We were split into two groups to try zorbin’ which is rolling around in a giant orb made from transparent plastic. Fun was had by all but some took it very seriously and ended up with major aches and pains the next day. One of our final challenges was to find our way out of a three dimensional maze. Again, it made us aware of the importance of good communication and giving clear instructions.
We were exhausted on the journey back to Swords but great fun was had by all. Special thanks to Ms. Chaney and Mr. Moore for accompanying us on such an exhilarating and enjoyable break. We look forward to many more outings and adventures this year.
Written by Daniel and Ciarán