Sixth Year Geography Trip
The Sixth Year Geography classes took their annual trip to Clare in the company of their teachers Ms Tuohy, Ms Callanan and Ms Hedigan. On the two-day excursion they not only observed the unique landscape of the Banner County but collected data for their field study report which forms a fifth of their final Leaving Cert Grade. They took in the megalithic Poulnabrone dolmen, the Aillwee caves, the Cliffs of Moher and the new coastal defences in Lahinch. Transportation and deposition at Bishop’s Quarter beach near Ballyvaughan was investigated using various geographical tools such as trundle wheels, ranging poles, metre sticks and clinometres, recording in the minutest detail the ever altering western seaboard. It was a thoroughly enjoyable educational and memorable outing in a beautiful part of the country.
It was a busy week for the four Transition Year classes. They had a workshop on Tuesday facilitated by Develop Me – a team of business professionals who specialise in experiential training programmes for Secondary School students. The Search for the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine took the students on a fun quest, the ultimate aim of which was to tap into the skills required for project management and the completion of personal tasks to the best of their ability.
On Friday, 6 September there was a chance for the TY’s to bond as a year group on land and water at the University of Limerick Adventure Centre in Killaloe. The scaled dizzying heights on the high ropes and took to the waves wind surfing and sailing. It is always one of the highlights at the start of the TY with students getting more acquainted with each other and with their tutors. Through the various activities they not only had fun but learned resilience, team work, endurance and sampled new sports.
Auditions were held last week for this year’s school musical Sister Act. With a large chorus of Third, TY and some Fifth Years it promises to be a lively, funky and riotously enjoyable show.
History Treasure Hunt
A historical treasure hunt around the town of Thurles was organised for the TY’s on Thursday, 5 September. They used map skills to locate historic features and learned a bit more about how their locality was shaped by the events of the past.