The Transition Year students of 2017 had their adventure trip in Killary Adventure Centre, Mayo. The students, accompanied by their teachers, visited the centre from September 7th to 8th. First was a trek down by the beautiful fjord. Here the activities ranged from gorge walking, kayaking, high ropes, archery, “the giant swing” orienteering and the ultimate turf challenge. After lunch it was literally ‘head first’ into the bog holes. Everyone was slightly hesitant to take the plunge but worries were soon forgotten and everyone was covered head to toe in mud. The turf challenge entailed crawling through tunnels and swimming in vast amounts of mud. Next it was to ‘The Dome’ for evening activities. Lights went out at about 11:30pm much to everyone’s delight as all were absolutely exhausted after the long day. Water sports were on the agenda for day two and after a quick tutorial on how to kayak, everyone was eager to get into the water. For the next adventure everyone was very nervous. The instructor led the girls along the edge of a cliff until they reached a wooden platform. There was only one thing needed here and that was courage. The sheer adrenalin of landing in the water was amazing. Later on the girls went gorge walking which required less bravery than the cliff jumping and a lot of the girls enjoyed it more! The following activity was known as the high ropes. This activity was a dream for dare devils but a nightmare for those who preferred solid ground. People were balancing unsteadily on a ten metre high platform and jumping for their lives to reach safety. There was also a vertical obstacle course which was a competitive race to the top. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed this activity. The final activity was the Killary challenge which was a course that had many team building puzzles and games along the way. It certainly fulfilled its role as the whole team bonded and worked well together to complete each aspect. The two day adventure filled trip gave students the opportunity to get to know one another and bond in an environment outside the normal school setting. Team-building, fun and excitement was at the top of the agenda for all pupils taking part in the trip. The Transition years would like to thank most sincerely Ms. Devaney, Ms. Farragher and Ms. Keane who accompanied them on this trip.
Pictured above are the Transition year students from our school during their recent bonding trip to Killary Adventure Centre, Co. Mayo