Gaisce Challenge

St. Brendan’s boys step up to the Gaisce challenge!

Thursday and Friday this week sees the Transition Year class of 2011 take on the elements in a two day hike across thirty miles of the MacGillycuddy Reeks.  Setting out from Lough Acoose the TY’s, accompanied by teachers Garry McGrath and Mary Devane, will traverse the Bridagh valley before over-nighting in the An Oige hostel in the Black Valley.  On Friday morning the students will make their weary way to Lord Brandon’s cottage and along the Black Valley to the Old Kenmare Road. Their thirty mile trek will end at Torc waterfall. Teacher Garry McGrath believes this type of excursion is an excellent holistic learning opportunity for the boys. “Carrying your own bed and providing your own food, as well as planning the logistics of the route is a fantastic experience for our Transition Year students “ he said.

Gaisce programme coordinator in the College Ms. Susan Follin believes that the programme, which operates at Bronze, Silver and Gold level, is an excellent vehicle to channel the personal development, community improvement and adventure elements of Transition Year. TY student Sean McGrath was looking forward to the physical challenge ahead. “ This is twice the distance of any thing I have done before, we are all looking forward to the overnight in the hostel!” he said.

Transition Year has got off to a great start in St . Brendan’s  this year with the students involved in First Aid, Young Entrepreneur, growing organic  turkeys, building raised beds and planting an organic garden, attending the ploughing championships as well as having the opportunity to experience all the subjects available for their Leaving Certificate.

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