Gorey CS TY Newsletter

Come have a look at the Gorey CS Transition Year Newsletter and read what the year is all about.

Galway Petersburg OEC Trip 2016 – Gorge Walking — January 25, 2017

Galway Petersburg OEC Trip 2016 – Gorge Walking

Exhilarating is one way of describing just how great it was. It was the first activity I did when we arrived in Galway. Although we were tired from the early start and long bus journey, we all woke up as we put on the cold, damp wetsuits. Lovely.

The group was split into two and we set off on a bus into the hills to the area where the activity takes place. Even the bus journey was fun. We were driving along the road when suddenly we took a route, presumably a short cut, through fields spotted with rocks then back onto a lane to where we parked the bus.

We hopped out of the bus and the cold wind hit us. My first thought was “What are we getting ourselves in to…” but the thought soon disappeared as the two instructors told us to get into the water and walk up along the stream. They also added “And don’t be screaming about the cold, you’ll get over it lads”.

Yes the water was cold, but I’ve experienced worse. We walked up along the stream, laughing and joking as we watched each other slip, slide and fall on algae-covered rocks.

We came to our first jump. Some people were a bit apprehensive about it but the rest of us just jumped right in. The rush of adrenaline when you jump is indescribable! The instructors were really funny and spent their time cracking jokes and getting to know our names. As we jumped and were mid-air they would sometimes even shout “No! Not there…” as a joke so that we might get a fright, thinking we had jumped into the wrong area of water. Maybe some people didn’t find it funny…but I did!

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As we went along to the different jumps, they got increasingly higher. This challenged some people who were scared of heights. We all encouraged each other but nobody was forced if they didn’t want to.

We then headed back the way we came, only then realising that the water had us no longer being able to feel our toes and hands. Everyone complaining of the same strange, cold sensation in our heads, almost like a brain-freeze, from submerging ourselves under the cold water when we jumped in.

The bus journey back was not quite as cheerful as the cold really set in. But we still joked around and sang along to the radio. It was by far the best activity and a fantastic way to start our Galway experience.


Galway Petersburg OEC Trip 2016 – Forest Night Walk —

Galway Petersburg OEC Trip 2016 – Forest Night Walk

On the second night in Galway we went on a night time walk in the forest. Some people went on the first bus load and they raced off the bus and went and hid in the woods to scare the remaining people.

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The bus went back and collected the second load of people and they were in for a massive surprise. When the second load of people arrived at the woods they were told by one of their teachers that their peers were already hiding in the woods and are waiting to scare them. The fear ran through many people as they weren’t excited to be scared.

Many giggles and laughs were had that night as many people frightened one other. The laughs continued all the way back in the bus as we were all laughing at how scared some people got. -Marlene Engelbrecht


Galway Petersburg OEC Trip 2016 – Land Day —

Galway Petersburg OEC Trip 2016 – Land Day

On our second peak day, we were supposed to do land activities. It was the only day where we didn’t have to wear wetsuits. We started off hiking through the woods, and after a short time, we stopped to do the first of our team games. We had to lift the whole group over a high hanging piece of wood. After that, we walked on and did more team games, like lift the whole group through a spider web made of ropes or solve two tasks in competition to the other group. That was really great fun.

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After about one and a half hours of walking, we came to a really deep hole, the place where we would do the abseiling. Everyone was really excited, and if got more and more while we got our safety belts on. The hole was about 50-60 ft deep. When the first person went down, everyone was so excited, until we heard the person screaming that he was still alive and on the ground. After all, we all did it and it was great fun.

When all of the games where finished, we headed back to the education center and after all, everyone had a great time.

-Marlene EngelBrecht


Galway Petersburg OEC Trip 2016 – Water Day —

Galway Petersburg OEC Trip 2016 – Water Day

Our water day started with us canoeing out to an island where we brought everything we needed for our raft building later. After that we canoed for around half an hour to get to another island where we took a break from the canoeing across the lake and had a quick bite to eat. From there we canoed back to the first island where we left the raft building equipment and ate our lunch while we waited for the other group to canoe back.


Once they had arrived and eaten we walled up a very big hill to get to an obstacle course. Here we were separated into two groups again and were walked through the course and told what we have to do. The obstacle course was a lot of fun but required a lot of teamwork and helping people get past the obstacles. Our teams were very competitive and tried very hard to finish the course faster than the other group. Once both teams had completed the obstacle course we headed back down to start the raftunnamed-1 building.








This in my opinion was the best part of the day. We were given some barrels, rope and sticks and showed one simple knot and were told to build a raft. Although we tried to build our raft well it fell apart within the first 5 minutes we were in the water. We then floated around in the water for a while until we jumped on the other group’s rafts and were dragged back to shore by the instructor in his boat. I really enjoyed the water day and thought it was one of the best days in Galway.


Galway Petersburg OEC Trip 2016 – Caving —

Galway Petersburg OEC Trip 2016 – Caving

After a long journey to Clonbur Co. Galway after settling in we were quickly off out to do our first activity.

We were then split into two groups, one group of us went caving while the other group went gorge walking. We then went down to the shed down the yard and put on the equipment we needed. We put on our wetsuits, helmets and wellies. When everybody was ready to go we set off in the mini bus down to the cave which was about a 10 minute drive away.  Once the bus stopped we got out and climbed over a fence and walked through a field to get to the cave. There was a stream and a small opening to the cave.

We climbed down into the stream and we all slowly started crouching through the cave. The cave was lit up with beautiful limestone that we were asked not to touch as it is very important to preserve it. It was hard not to grip onto the limestone when we were passing through as the rocks we were walking on were slippery at times.

Half way through the cave our instructor asked us if we’d like to make things a bit more challenging by turning the lights on our helmets off. After we turned our lights off we were then in complete darkness down in the cave and the only guide was the person in front of us where we rested our right hand on their shoulder, we depended on the person in front to guide us through the cave. The turning off of the lights was great because we all had to work together and it was a really good team building exercise.

All the way through the cave there were different leaders at different times which led everyone, everyone relied on the leader to tell them when there were drops in the cave and where you could stumble. At the end everyone was happy to get out of the cave and go back to the centre for a shower everybody really enjoyed the activity and it started the trip off to a great start.

-Rebecca Parry


Dance Module – Spanish Perspective —

Dance Module – Spanish Perspective

En este modulo aprendemos como bailar diferentes tipos de baile. Esto es el modulo mas diferente que tengo de todos, nunca habia echo algo asi, es muy diferente a lo que se hace en España. El primer baile que nos enseñaron fue un baile como de epoca  Antigua en el que tenemos que ir con un chico y tenemos que hacerlo con mucha delicadeza. El Segundo baile que aprendimos fue Charleston y en mi opinion es el mejor de todos.

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Tambien hicimos paso doble lo que me sorpendio porque eso es un baile tipico de España y no me esperaba que lo fuesemos a hacer. Estos ultimos dias hemos estado hacioendo disco que tambien es uno de mis preferidos. Este modulo para mi es uno de los mas recomendables y de los mas originals de todos. 


-Rocio Gomez


T.Y.F.Y.I Module —

T.Y.F.Y.I Module

The T.Y.F.Y.I module is a news gathering module in transition year that is all about journalism and the joys of making a news paper. It’s taught by Mr Quinlan the T.Y co-ordinator and I personally don’t think anyone else could be better for this task than him as he makes the hours of writing and research enjoyable. Though it may sound like hard work it is a fun task that is easy to get done in a rhythmic pace. In the module you learn many valuable skills such as organisation and writing skills while creating your own articles for the TYFYI news letter.


It began slowly with us just getting to know the basics of journalism and writing the articles they weren’t all that great at the beginning and correcting them (with the help of our superb director Mr Quinlan). We  gathered news from all the various activities we have under took as the introduction week, modules, workshops, Galway, and  topics out of the circumference of school and even Ireland such as the American elections. We spoke to many kind people and friends to get info while creating and researching our articles and so we got sufficient amounts of great opinions from a broad range of people about our topics.


We got to write the articles in the way we wanted to and we’re allowed to write whatever we wanted about the topics we got to write about (obviously no profanity). I would recommend this module to anyone interested in English, journalism and writing in general as it is a fun and great way to express your thoughts, feelings and opinions on various subjects and matters.


-Michael Oles


Scratch Programming Module —

Scratch Programming Module

Scratch Programming is a module in Gorey Community School taught by Ms Ruxton. In this module, students are taught the basics of scratch programming and are given a general idea of how programming works.

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The module is definitely aimed for people who have never had any prior experience to scratch, providing tutorials to students who may not know how to work the programme. This certainly makes the module very beginner friendly and easy to follow. However I believe that people that have had experience with scratch will definitely enjoy what the module has to offer.


Over the course of the 8 weeks, students will learn how to make various games like penalty shoot out games and quizzes. At the end of the module, students are given the task of designing their own game. The aspect of being able to design your very own game is a very intriguing concept and all in all is very enjoyable to create your own characters, levels and stories in which you can live out your fantasies.

In conclusion, I would highly recommend this module to anyone who has an interest in scratch programming, especially beginners as it gives students the basic idea of how to programme with easy to understand instructions and a kind teacher who is willing to help any student who may need it. I strongly encourage students to give this module a try as you will learn skills that will last for years to come.

-David O Grady


Young Social Innovators —

Young Social Innovators

I chose Y.S.I as my year module for periods 4,5 and 6 on Mondays, as I’m really interested in helping the community and I’ve seen past projects and it seems like something I’d be really into. The teacher involved is Ms Hamilton, and she has really got us excited and interested in making a project, and hopefully getting through to the finals. Our class has so far split into 3 groups, and we’ve each chosen a topic we’d like to focus on. The three topics are Homelessness, Gender Equality and Human Trafficking. I am in the homelessness group and we are called Pimp My Pavement. So far, we’ve discussed what we’d like to do with our project, for example we plan to do a sleep out in the Quad and are currently doing a movement called ‘Knit a Square to show you care!’ Where we are asking people to knit squares so we can make scarves and blankets for the homeless to make the cold winter more bearable. It’s all systems go!


I’m really looking forward to participating in the regional’s next year and progressing through our project. Hopefully we will succeed! You can like us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat @PimpMyPavement!

-Megan Lanigan

Puppetry Module —

Puppetry Module

My teacher was Ms. Stevens , she’s very nice and help full. For the first few weeks we were looking for ideas for our puppets.

There was loads of different ideas for example: The Fresh Prince Of Bell Air , Harambe , Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and even characters  from Sesame Street and Game Of Thrones.

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We also had to pick and bring in materials such as , baby cloths , sheets, mud rock , scissors and much more


My opinion on puppetry is its great, the teacher is brilliant , it’s a new experience and it’s a new skill.

-Jake Dunne