On September 6th to 7th 2018 Transition Year students of Collinstown Park Community College went on a camping and activities trip in Tanagh, Co. Monaghan. Some students camped outside in tents and some stayed in the big house. All together about eighty students went on the trip. On the first day the group arrived before lunch time.
After the students got put into their rooms they ate the lunch which they were asked to bring. Following the lunch break they were split into groups to do activities, the students were allowed pick their own groups so everyone had all of their friends in their groups. Exciting activities such as canoeing were planned for the day. They left the grounds at at 1:30pm to go to the river where the canoeing took place. Some of the students who were asked said the canoeing was “a great experience” and it was even followed by a jump off the dock into the river. Everybody took part and had fun.
When the students got back to the grounds they did a slip ‘n’ slide activity. The slip ‘n’ slide is a sheet of tarp on a slope that measures about 100m long. Paul (one of the staff members) covered the tarp in water and soap, the students had wet-suits on, even some of the teachers took part!
The night time activity was a walk around the forest and there were some fascinating facts about the history of an old building there. Finally, to end the night the students and teachers all headed down to the dining room and took part in karaoke.
Before they returned home the next day all the students went into the forest and completed little activities in groups. These included activities called Minefield and The Leaning Tower of Tanagh. When all the activities were completed the students were allowed to jump into the bog! It was a fun day for teachers and students.
On returning home everybody said it was a great overall experience and that they would love to do it again and even go for longer.
Mckayla Costigan and Kyle Grant.