First Year School Tour

First Year School Tour – Activity Day in Kilkee, Co. Clare

This year, first year students got the opportunity to participate in an activity day in Kilkee, Co. Clare as part of their end of year school tour. The trip was organised by the Year Head of First Year; Mr. Mike Daly. On Friday 18th May, over 80 students from all four 1st Year groups; Eithne, Nessan, Senan and Fidelma set off on the bus. The teachers accompanying students on the trip included Mr. Daly, Ms. Plant, Ms. Browne, Ms. Naughton and Ms. Creed. There was a feeling of excitement and nerves as students travelled on the bus to Tarbert where the bus waited to board the ferry which crosses the Shannon Estuary to Co. Clare. For some students this was their first time on a ferry and during the twenty minute crossing, students got to take in the stunning views from the top deck, whilst others took advantage of the tuck shop on lower deck, stocking up for the long day of activities ahead of them!

As we arrived at Kilkee beach, we were greeted by the Nevsail Watersport Instructors who were going to be taking students for the day’s activities. The activities consisted of both land and water based activities including; Abseiling, Orienteering, Archery, Team games/challenges, Kayaking, Canoeing, Raft-Building and Windsurfing. Students were given all of the appropriate gear for each of the activities including wetsuits, harnesses, and helmets. Students were excited to try new activities and sports which they would not previously have tried or participated in. Overall, students involvement in team challenges and team games helped form new friendships, strengthen bonds within the group and created a real positive and fun atmosphere within the First Year class groups.

By lunchtime students were wet, sandy, tired and hungry so students were allowed time to change and grab a bite to eat. As a treat on the way home students got to stop in Kilrush to get some lunch or to do a bit of souvenir shopping. With sticks of rocks and bags of goodies students once again boarded the ferry for the journey home. Whilst on the way home, teachers were treated to a sing song by students, with a chorus of ‘Amhrán na bhFiann’ which seemed an appropriate song to mark the end of a fun filled day.