A group of transition year students from Kilkenny City Vocational School travelled to Delphi County Mayo on the 9th May for their end of year trip. The group set off weighed down with luggage, ready for the three day adventure. Delphi is along The Wild Atlantic Way and provided a variety of activities for the students to participate in. The group had a fantastic experience with three days of fun and adventure. Each activity allowed the students to develop their team work and communication skills as they had to work together to achieve a common goal. The activities varied from land to water and with this brought different challenges for each event.

The students started off their trip with a thrilling kayaking activity. They were faced with team challenges and they really had to ‘row’ together to succeed. Races got very competitive but all students had good fun splashing each other and their teachers. In the evening time the student went on an adventure walk where they had to use clues to solve problems along the way. This mental task was challenging but they put their heads together and worked out the hints. After a busy first day the students went to bed ready for a day full of new adventures to come the following morning.

Day two started with the students getting the opportunity to conquer their fears participating in the high ropes challenge and leap of faith. This individual challenge tested their balance and head for heights. The students were very supportive of each other and encouraged their class mates as they took on the challenge. After lunch the students suited up again and got ready for the water. They completed a challenge of making their own raft and getting it to float on the lake. The group were timed as they cast off to collect different markers and get back to the harbour as quick as they could. This was a very competitive race with students rowing their hardest to get back in the quickest time possible. To top off the day the students had a camp fire in the evening where they toasted food over the flames and sang songs to the tune of their guitar.

The final day was a highlight for many of the students as they put on their harness and took to the zip-line. After crossing the wobbly Burma Bridge the group were ready to speed down the zip-line and experience the buzz of this adrenaline pumping activity. This was an exhilarating adventure through the air with panoramic views of the Delphi valley. Overall this was an exciting, challenging and fun filled experience for the Transition Year group.

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