What is the best thing to do when your students start drooping under the pressure of their Covid masks and looming summer exams and the knowledge that summer holidays will probably be in Bundoran instead of Barcelona? Get them up and out! You have seen already how Herbert Park has become our adjunct classroom; well, now Mr. Lonergan (and select colleagues) is leading First Years a bit further afield: to the Wicklow Mountains overlooking the charming seaside town of Bray, to be exact. Those headland winds whip away Covid germs as easily as they do lethargy and ennui! Below you see maps of potential routes, as well as all the details of the trip. We will report back when they return, triumphant!
On Tuesday (11th May) 1st years will go to Bray for a trip that will include elements of Geography, History and Physical Education.
Due to current Covid 19 guidelines you will have to arrange transport for your son or daughter to Bray and back.
We will meet at Bray DART station at 9.15am SHARP on the Tuesday morning. The 4 teachers mentioned below will be at the station from 9.00am for any early arrivals.
The main event of the day will be a walk along Bray Head to examine coastal features of erosion as well as enjoying a challenging hike. We will be walking the Bray leg and turning back at the Windgates steps ( LINK TO OUR WALKING ROUTE). After this walk we hope to return to Bray seafront to examine features of coastal deposition.
We will also have time for recreation on the beach as well as breaks for snacks and lunch both along the walk and again on the beach later. There will be an opportunity to purchase food from the local shops on the day as well. Students can enjoy a supervised swim if they wish. We will have a qualified lifeguard with us.
The day will conclude between 2pm -2.45pm approximately (it is difficult to know precisely) at Bray DART station.
Some key things to remember:- Any medical supplies e.g. EPI pens/inhalers (THESE WILL NOT BE BROUGHT FROM THE SCHOOL SUPPLY)- Water- Sunscreen- Rain gear- Packed lunch- Suitable footwear e.g. trainers or hiking boots/shoes (Those wearing unsuitable footwear will need to be sent home)- Swim Gear- Towel-Money (if desired) ALL ITEMS SHOULD FIT IN ONE BAG THAT CAN BE CARRIED EASILY ON THE WALK.STUDENTS MUST WEAR THE FULL ST CONLETHS TRACKSUIT.