Big hike for transition years

Transition Year students at Mountrath Community School endured a difficult and tiring two days of hiking and other outdoor activities while away in the Wicklow Mountains for their Gaisce Award.

Transition Year students at Mountrath Community School endured a difficult and tiring two days of hiking and other outdoor activities while away in the Wicklow Mountains for their Gaisce Award.

During Wednesday November 6 and Thursday 7, the TY students enjoyed two busy and fun-filled days at Knockrea Youth Hostel in Wicklow.

The Gaisce Award is The President’s Award, and for the bronze medal, students must complete an adventure journey, as well as an hour a week for 13 weeks of community involvement, practising a personal skill, and taking part in physical recreation respectively.

These two days in Wicklow covered the adventure journey aspect of the award.

‘Gaisce’ is Irish for ‘achievement’, and that’s exactly what the students accomplished during the hike up mountain Jouse from Wednesday morning into the afternoon, followed by a night hike later that evening.

During both ventures, students were accompanied by supervisors and hiking enthusiasts John, Bill and Colm. Altogether that Wednesday, they had all hiked 26km.

Transition Years then spent Wednesday night in the hostel and enjoyed an easier day Thursday, taking part in activities like archery, paintball and rolling down a steep hill in a ‘grass sleigh’.

Now that the hardest part of earning the Gaisce Award is over, students can concentrate on their community involvement, personal skill and physical recreation.

Nevertheless, the tired Transition Years did have fun over the two days. It was a very successful trip.