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Gaisce. The President’s Award.

Every year, Transition Year students who participate in the Gaisce, Presidents award must complete community, physical and personal tasks, for an hour a week for 13 weeks we must also complete a 25-30k hike as an adventure. The hike this year took place on part of the Wicklow way in the Wicklow Mountains.

We left on the 1st of March at half past one from school and started our journey to Wicklow. We drove for about an hour and twenty minutes before reaching a pit stop at Paulstown. We had a fifteen minute break and set off for the rest of our journey to Wicklow. We travelled through very bumpy roads before reaching our destination – Knockree Youth Hostel in Enniskerry, County Wicklow.

Once we arrived at the youth hostel. We all got our key cards and went to our rooms to unpack and settle in. At half past six we had dinner which consisted of lasagne and chips. Afterwards everyone got read for the night hike.

After dinner we met up in a room and were told about the safety precautions for the night hike by the excellent adventure instructors. During the day it had been raining so the paths would have been muddy and slippery. After the briefing we finally set off on our night hike.

It was very dark outside apart from the torches that some people had. The first ten minutes were fine until we got to a really steep and muddy grass hill. It was very hard to go down and not slip but eventually we all made it down safe and sound! After a while we started to warm up a bit and we had a couple of stops for stretching and water breaks.

The night hike in total took about two and a half hours. Once we got back to the hostel there was a rush for the showers and we relaxed for about an hour or so before going to bed.

We woke up the next morning at 8am bright eyed and busy tailed, ready to take on the day ahead in high spirits. A hearty and nutritious breakfast was provided for us. Much needed fuel for the day ahead! We put on our hiking boots once again and gathered in the lounge to listen to our very kind and knowledgeable instructors, Danny, Michael and Rika as they prepared us for the day of hiking we had ahead.

We set out at 9am and did not return until 4! Although that is 6 hours it did not feel too long as we had plenty of stops and were taken aback by the beautiful scenery. As pleasant and as fun as the hike was, some parts of it were very challenging as the paths became very steep as we ascended. Our teachers and instructors kept the morale up for the duration of the hike although we nearly ran into a bit of mutiny as our instructors took us on an extra loop!

We made it back to the hostel very tired but also very proud and happy with our achievement. We had showers, relaxed and had some snacks. We had a lovely dinner at 6:30 pm. After dinner we relaxed some more until 8pm when we all gathered together and enjoyed a nice evening of games and watching a movie. We all went to bed at 11:30 pm very, very tired but yet feeling a sense of achievement.

The third day was definitely my favourite and I think everyone would agree. We woke at 8 am and had breakfast. Ms Troy, Ms Pickering and Ms Cashin checked everyone’s room to make sure it was tidy and we had all of our belongings. After breakfast everyone packed their suitcases and we set off for a morning of fun activities which included low ropes, archery and grass sledding. Everyone was divided into three groups and each did an activity for forty minutes and then each group rotated.

My group started with grass sledding, each person sits in a red sled and your friend pushes you down a hill. It was raining that day so it was extra slippery and you went even faster. The low ropes consisted of two wires which you and another person would need to work together to get across the wires. These activities were so much fun. Our instructors were very nice to us.

When the activities were finished we changed out of our wet clothes and waited for our bus to come. When the bus arrived we set off home and stopped at Supermacs on the way home which was a really nice way to end the trip.

Gaisce was an amazing experience. It gives you an opportunity to have fun. The hike really helps you reflect. It gives you space from the real world and it helps you get in touch with nature. I would recommend Gaisce to every Transition year group.

Careers Evening 2017

Recently here in Ard Scoil na nDéise we hosted a Careers Evening for students from 3rd to 6th year and their parents, as well as the Leaving Certificate boys from the CBS. The event was organised by our Parents Council, in conjunction with Mrs Gleeson, Career Guidance teacher, and Ms. Brosnan, Deputy Principal.

The format of the evening allowed students, and their parents, to speak individually with people from a range of over 30 careers and professions as well as colleges.

We are extremely grateful to the many local business people and professionals who gave so generously of their time to speak with our students. In addition to local expertise, we were also joined by representatives of An Garda Síochána, The Irish Army and the Irish Naval Service, various disciplines of nursing, teaching, childcare, psychology and social work to name but a few. All were kept extremely busy on the night as the students discussed subject choice, job descriptions and career prospects with the representatives.

The Colleges section of the event was extremely popular with students and in particular with parents. The range of Third Level and Post Leaving Certificate colleges represented on the night afforded students the opportunity to explore a very wide range of courses and career paths.

Our thanks to the representatives of University College Cork, The University of Limerick, Maynooth University, Cork Institute of Technology, Waterford Institute of Technology, Limerick Institute of Technology, Waterford College of Further Education and Coláiste Cathal Naofa, for their participation.

Feedback from students was extremely positive and many students reported that the conversations which they had with representatives on the night had opened their eyes to the vast range of options that are available beyond Leaving Certificate.

Chatting over refreshments after the event, the invited participants commented on the mature and well thought out questions which they had been asked and complimented the students on their levels of interest and engagement.

A huge thank you to all who made the evening possible and to the large number of students and parents who availed of the opportunity.

Pictured above Caroline Aherne and Roisin McComb of Eurofins. 

Marie Quinn The Moorings Bar & Restaurant

Mr Tom Holmes Ballymount Accounting and Mr Michael Petit Jitterbeans