Many exciting and challenging activities were on offer for GCC students last week for the annual Active Schools Week. Zumba, Kung Fu, Spinning, Cookery Demonstrations, Tag Rugby, Bootcamp and a Sports Day with 5k walk / run meant the entire student body and staff had the chance to participate. Tuesday saw students from Coláiste Pobail Osraí and Gaelcholáiste Phort Láirge spending the day with us and taking part in many activities organised and supervised by Transition Years. The week culminated with a game of Rounders between sixth year students and staff who were all in flying form after the graduation ceremony the previous night. Well done to all who were involved and especially the organisers Iníon Ní Iréis, Maistir O Briain and all the people who gave the various classes and talks.

Pictured are the 5K first 3 girls over the line – third years Enya Holt, Keara Nic Aogáin (1st) , Leah Ní Mhaolmhuaidh

And first 3 boys over the line – Aaron O Donnchú, Dylan O Nualláin (1st), Con O Scolaí

5th year helpers – Ruaidhrí O Mórdha, Seán O Maoláin & Graham Harland

 

Energy management consultants 2 Eva based in Carlow Gateway Business Centre, Athy Road, Carlow recently sponsored a set of jerseys for GCC girls soccer team. Pictured here are Mark Shirley and Eoin Mc Gann of 2 eva along with students Shannen Nic Coitir and Clíodhna Ní Shé.

 

Comhghairdeas le Maithiú Callináin Ó Cianáin wnner of the Senior Pole vault at the Leinster Schools Athletics Championships with a vault of 4m.20.  Art Ó Muirí was the winner of the Intermediate event with a vault of 3m.20. Lúc de Rís also medalled with a fine 3rd place at 3m.

 

Chloe Ní Éideáin was 5th in the Senior girls 200m and 4th in the 400m hurdles and with Carragh Ní Mheachair finishing 4th in the Inter girls 800m having fallen just before the finishing line. No doubt she would have medalled otherwise. Comhghairdeas libh gó leir

 

During a recent Bootcamp class with former GCC student Seosamh O Dunaigh, , students discovered a poor hedgehog tangled up in the goal net. The rescue team stayed after hours to help free the poor hedgehog by strategically cutting the netting away from the suffering animal’s spines and his little legs and eventually, releasing him into the shrubbery. It was a long and tedious task, but it was all worth it when the little hedgehog scuttled away as he was set free. I think it’s safe to say that the students all went home that evening with a good story to tell!

 

It was a wet, wild, and windy Wednesday when GCC took a trip to Tramore beach to partake in surfing with a bilingual surf school. The lesson was carried out as Gaeilge by several seasoned surfers. Typical Irish Spring weather made conditions perfect for the activity, and every student who took part each had a chance to catch some waves on the water. Needless to say, students were sad to wave goodbye.

 

On Friday the 11th of May, the transition year students spent the day volunteering for the Irish Heart Foundation. Between bag packing in Dunnes Stores and collecting money at Supervalu, the Post Office, Aldi, Tullow Street and Bank Of Ireland the students managed to raise a substantial sum of money. Pictured below are Megan, Evan, Emma, Ben and Paul.

 

It was 3am Wednesday morning and the coach was filled with excitement as our transition year students departed Carlow. It was 7am when the group of 57 excited students boarded the plane as they set off on a trip they would never forget. Our group arrived in Milan at 12pm where the students roamed the streets of Milan in the wet weather as they were fascinated by the wealth of the Capital and the numerous designer shops that were to be seen. The next day took them to the beautiful city of Verona the home of Romeo and Juliet the famous Shakespherean star crossed lovers. The group went on a boat ride around the town of Sirimeone In Lake Garda as they looked up at the ancient castles and cathedrals. They explored the gladiator auditorium which was located in the heart of the city. The group were fascinated by the colourful streets and especially the fabulous Gelato!

The third day led the group to a beautiful Gondola ride through the city of Venice where the group was amazed by the stunning cathedrals and statues that were to be seen. The group enjoyed a guided tour around these historic sites and were fascinated by the layout of these beautiful cathedrals.

The final day led the group to Gardaland, a theme park situated in Lake Garda region. The group enjoyed a fun filled last day as they enjoyed the thrilling rides with their friends and got to see the city from a higher perspective.

The students enjoyed a fun filled tour, full of ice-cream, pizza and fun! Many thanks to Iníon Ní Bhriain, Máistir Ó Cuimín, Máistir Ó Laochra, Iníon Nic Craith, Iníon Ní Fhearíl and a special word of thanks to Caroline who managed to mind 40 bags and hats whilst students enjoyed the theme park!

 

Iníon Ní Fhearaíl took all of the second year students to visit Kilmainham Jail in Dublin last week to see where the 1916 rebels spent their last days before being executed there.  Afterwards they stopped off at the beautiful waterfall at Powerscourt, Co. Wicklow.

 

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