Gorey CS TY Newsletter

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

Create School — November 10, 2015

Create School

Create school was a two day workshop where we put together a short 5 minute film and trailer. After putting ourselves into 4 small groups, we spent the first 3 periods making our trailer. We could only stay in one room, so we had to use our imaginations to create an interesting trailer. Some of the trailers included “Creagh Cretins” and “A night in Arklow.” We used iPads to film and iMovie to put the trailer together. It was many people’s first time using iMovie but it was a simple, easy to learn app. In the next 3 periods, our team tried to come up with ideas for our short film. Once we had our idea, we started writing the script and assigning people characters to play in the film. After lunch, we finalised our script and headed out around the school to film. Everyone had the opportunity to film with the iPad, use the boom mic and act in the film. Cormack and Eoin helped us make our film realistic and taught us a lot of filming tips such as where to put the camera and how to project our voices. The next day, we came in and finished filming the remaining scenes in our film. A lot of people didn’t realise how much time and effort goes into making a film, so we were running short on time throughout the day to get the film done. Luckily, all the groups were able to finish before lunch. Eoin then helped us edit our film on iMovie and put the finishing touches on it. At the end of the day, we all enjoyed watching each other’s films and laughing at the bad acting and poorly written plot.

-Eoin Boers

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Wassa Wassa —

Wassa Wassa

Wassa Wassa, was the best workshop that, in my opinion, we took part in over the 3 weeks of modules. During it we first met our instructors, Godfred and Niall. Niall was over the African drums section of the workshop and Godfred was over the African dance section. We were split into two groups, one learning drums and the other dance, after we learned one we switched groups. After we had learned to dance and use the drums we were tasked with performing a show in front of a class of judging first years, which included playing the drums and dancing.

-Daniel Scully

‘It was banter’ – Sean Newens

Song School — November 1, 2015

Song School

Song school started off with us all being introduced to the two member’s of song school Kevin and David or other people depending on your Galway group. We all gathered around in a circle and were asked our favorite music, embarrassing stories, talents etc. We were then split into four groups and told to come up with a theme for each of our songs. The first day was all about writing and coming up with lyrics. The second day was all about actually recording the song and supplying the music. After the songs were finished we all sat in a circle and recorded an interview/podcast about our song and our group. We then listened to all the songs and ended the day on a high note. Overall song school was a very enjoyable experience.

-Daniel Scully

Descenso de Rio — October 27, 2015

Descenso de Rio

Al  llegar a Galway nos dividieron en diferentes grupos y nos asignaron nuestras habitaciones correspondientes, luego nos dividieron en 2 grupos para las actividades correspondientes a unos les tocaron las cuevas y a otros nos toco hacer descenso por el rio, yo estaba en el grupo 2 que nos toco hacer descenso de rio: nos dieron unos neoprenos, unos abrigos y  un casco  para poder hacer la actividad. Nos montamos en un bus y nos llevaron  a una montana donde estaba el rio. Luego nos hicieron saltar desde una roca al agua que estaba congelada, al tirarnos nos dijeron que empezásemos a subir  hacia arriba y nos iban parando en rocas que había para saltar.

Sin duda fue la actividad más divertida del viaje y pintaba muy divertido el viaje.

Senderismo — October 26, 2015

Senderismo

Unas de las actividades que hicimos en Galway fue el senderismo, cada persona hacia esta actividad con el grupo que le asignaban para ese dia.

Cuando llegabas al campo por donde se iba a realizar esta actividad, te dividían en otros dos grupos dirigidos por un monitor cada uno.

Empezamos a andar y a los diez minutos aproximadamente nos paramos en una especie de isla en la que hicimos un juego en el que competían dos grupos y se trataba de buscar pistas y el que encontrara todas las pistas primero ganaba.

Seguimos andando y al cabo de un rato paramos en un rio y nos pusimos por parejas para crear un barco con material que teníamos que coger del suelo para después hacer una carreara contra los barcos de las demás parejas.

Después de andar un rato mas hicimos algunas actividades mas como crear puzzles con piezas que nos dieron los monitores, rapel, etc.

Al final de todo teníamos que encontrar la salida del bosque con unos mapas, andamos aproximadamente 15 kilometros.

Fue un dia muy divertido, en el que trabajamos en equipo y conocimos mas a la gente que nos rodeaba.

Caving — October 25, 2015

Caving

Tired from the long bus journey up to Galway, we were split into two groups. One group went caving while the other group went gorge walking. We walked out of the warm kitchen down to the shed to put on damp wetsuits, water filled wellies and uncomfortable helmets with torches. We then boarded the minibus and headed down country lanes until we stopped by a field. Everyone was very confused when we were told this was the site of the caves. After climbing over a fence and wandering through a field, we found a small opening with a stream leading into it. The stream led to us into the cave. Our wellies filled with water as we slowly walked through the caves while crouching. We were then asked if we wanted to take the adventurous  route or the easy route. The adventurous route included a crawl through a very small space with twists and turns. The easy route involved a low crouch or crawl under a huge slab of rock. Both of the routes ended in an opening with a beautiful collection of calcite building up limestone features such as stalagmites and stalactites. Some of the walls were a beautiful colour of white from the calcite (or flowstone) which we were asked to kindly not touch so it can be preserved for future generations. The cave was eroded from the river in some places which led to some people stumbling their way through the tunnels. We went down some small waterfalls and around a few winding bends until we reached the end of our journey. We were then asked to walk back through a section of the cave without our torches on. We had to put our right hand on the person in front of us and our left hand along the wall. It made the walk a lot more difficult but it was many people’s highlight of caving and it was a great team building activity. Everyone was happy to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel when we reached the end.