We had a great start to the school year, 4M and 4T went to Coláiste Uisce while 4G and 4B went to Achill Adventure Centre. We were very much looking forward to this trip as it would be the first time we all went away for an overnight trip with the school and a chance for us to bond with our new classes. We went to Coláiste Uisce which is an Irish college located in the Gaeltacht not far from Bellmullet. It is unique as it provides watersports and water-based activities for its students.
We arrived to school early on Monday morning the 27th of September with heavy bags and excited looks on our faces. We were ushered into the assembly hall where we all chatted excitedly and some of us tried to wake up properly. Then we all piled onto the bus and set off for a four hour long journey to Mayo. We arrived at Coláiste Uisce at around 3 O’clock, had lunch and got stuck into activities.
Over the three days we did pier jumping, windsurfing, bodyboarding and raft building on the water and our land activities consisted of archery, rock climbing, orienteering, go- kart building, céilís and group challenges. A lot of these were new activities we had never done and they were a great experience. There wasn't a second we weren't busy!
The Centre was very organised and the staff were extremely helpful and nice. The food we were served was very enjoyable and seconds were always available which was very much appreciated. We always devoured the hot meals after being in the cold Irish water. During our trip to Uisce we bonded with people in our new classes that we wouldn't have bonded with had we been in an ordinary classroom setting. We bonded through team building activities, sitting together for meals and being roommates with new people. All in all, we really enjoyed our time in Uisce!
We would like to thank Ms. Maverley (Year Head), Ms. O’Reilly, and Ms. Beatty and who took time out to go to Uisce and have fun with us. We would also like to thank Ms. Crinion who made the whole experience possible.
Claire Connolly 4M