Language-focused European Tours
At St. Brendan’s College a number of annual and bi-annual tours form part of the jigsaw of extra-curricular activities for our students. Our language departments organise trips for 1st, 2nd and 5th years on a bi-annual basis, alternating between a French and German tour. These trips allow our students the opportunity to experience the language, culture and sense of the nation and the people, the history and the architecture behind the language they are studying in class and for examinations. They are a rich enhancement of the school experience
Transition Year Tours
While many local or regional trips occur as an integral element of the Transition Year Programme- to Colleges, Universities, Outdoor Education Centres, Industry sites etc Transition year also offers the opportunity to attend an optional tour to a European Capital. The details and costs involved will be discussed with parent groups at the beginning of the year. In recent years the Ty class members have toured Warsaw in Poland, Barcelona in Spain and Manchester in the UK. As part of the programme a number of students have had the opportunity to experience two weeks in Shanghai as part of their Mandarin Chinese language course.
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The trip took place earlier this year from the 1st to the 14th of April 2013. The transition year students were part of a group of about 80 people from counties Kerry, Cork, Galway, Waterford and Dublin. The Confucius institute was the institution providing these students with this wonderful opportunity. There were eleven students in total from St. Brendan’s college: Naoise Gloser, Eoghan Ó’Brien, Lee O’Callaghan, Anthony Breen, Donal Lyne, Liam Kearney, Kevin Moynihan, Shane Moynihan, Luke Sullivan, Jack Lenihan and Ciarán Cronin, with the teachers tasked to safeguard the students being PJ Lucey and Andrew Fitzgerald. They had to go to class in the lecture hall on campus every morning, Monday to Friday, except on the weekends when they went away on trips. The students rose early on the Monday morning to catch a flight to Dublin where a long journey awaited them. They flew to London where they hopped on a nine hour long flight to Púdong international airport. After this it was onto another bus to transport them to Shanghai where they would be staying for two weeks. The group stayed in the university campus situated right in the centre of Shanghai city. There are two campuses part of the Shanghai university, one outside of the city with a wealth of facilities to be enjoyed. Although we only had the opportunity to visit this campus once, the facilities included; four swimming pools, one of which was Olympic- sized, as well as sixteen basketball and tennis courts. The rooms were simple but comfortable standing high up on the sixth floor, sleeping two with a TV along with a desk and a bed. The main source of sustenance was a restaurant just down the road called 51, and breakfast mainly consisting of left over pizza hut and goods purchased in a nearby bakery along with the occasional Burger King. The food in the canteen on campus wasn’t appealing. There was a big retail park nearby as well, containing a five star restaurant, with every kind of food imaginable.There were many trips scattered throughout the students stay in China. Each being as interesting and memorable as the other. The best of these journeys occurred midway through the trip to the ancient Chinese city in the Jiangsu Provence. A few days after arrival they were given the opportunity to attend an acrobatic show in the city. The classes took place in the morning and were two hours long. During the classes they were taught calligraphy, Chinese history, geography, culture and language. They had a magnificent view of the city from the Pearl TV Tower which stood at 1,535 foot tall which was open to the public.
We then went on to do a training session at the Manchester City youth academy grounds, and finished up in time for the highlight of the trip: the FA Cup game between City and Barnsley. The game finished an easy victory for the home side, a 5-0 thrashing that saw Tevez scoring a hat-trick. The win put them through to the Semi Final. The third day of the trip saw us visiting a few museums around Manchester, among them being the Imperial War Museum and the National Football Museum. At the Football Museum we got a chance to take photos with an official replica of the Premier League Trophy. On the 11th, we got the ferry back from Holyhead to Dublin Port. We arrived back to Killarney late that night. Overall it was an eventful trip and a very enjoyable experience. The three days were excellently planned. Indeed, the trip was such a success that a similar one has been organized for this year’s TY students.