Madrid Trip

On the 27th October, we set off on our coach trip to Dublin airport to begin our adventure in Madrid. Even though I did feel sad I was saying goodbye to my mum and dad, I knew that I would soon be reunited with them after enjoying a few days of sun and Spanish culture with my friends!

Arriving at Madrid airport, we were welcomed with heavy rain combined with thunder and lightning but later that evening, we got settled into our hotel and set off in the pleasant night to FresCo restaurant.

The next morning, we visited the Bernabeu Stadium, home of the Real Madrid Football team. We got to see the players’ changing rooms, the impressive pitch itself and all of the trophies on display. Then we headed by coach, in the Madrid sunshine, to the breathtakingly beautiful city of Toledo. Our Spanish tour guide gave us a good insight into the history of the city and we had the chance to take photos of the impressive views and the beautiful architecture. That evening, we all took part in a quiz hosted by our teachers which was really good craic. Luckily, I was part of the winning team, lead by Señor Grogan!

The third day was mostly spent in the idyllic city of Segovia where we saw the famous Roman Aqueduct which is still standing after 2000 years! Afterwards, we had free time to shop and spend together. We enjoyed the local people, the tapas and, of course, the weather.  Having the opportunity to avail of free time in Segovia was really pleasant and it was nice to know that our teachers could trust us. On arriving back to Madrid, we spent time in the Parque Retiro before heading back to the hotel to get ready for dinner.

The day before we left, we all went to the Warner Brothers Theme Park. One word: ¡Fenomenal! The rides were unbelievable and the atmosphere was wonderful. It was unanimously considered to be the best part of the trip.

Our time spent in Madrid was a memorable experience that my friends and I will never forget. We improved our Spanish and the insight into Spanish culture really brought the language alive for us. I am very grateful to all of the teachers who organised the trip and for all of the other pupils who contributed to the experience. I’m also grateful to my parents who kindly paid for me to go. Given the chance to go again, I would go in the wink of an eye!

Ashling Mulvenna, 11C

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Finally the 27th October had arrived and I was so excited to be getting ready to set off on our journey to Madrid. It had been planned for months and I could not believe that the day had come!

It was a dark and cold morning and all I could think about was the adventure that lay ahead. A few hours later, we had arrived in Dublin airport. Approaching the airport laughing and joking, already I was having a brilliant time!

Later that evening, we arrived in Madrid airport to be welcomed by a thunder shower – ¡Qué horror! However, by the time we were setting off for dinner, the rain had stopped and the weather was beautiful for the rest of our stay.

After a good night’s sleep, I was ready for the day ahead. We visited the Bernabeu Stadium which was spectacular. The stadium is enormous and it was strange to think I had stood in the changing room where the famous Cristiano Ronaldo himself had been! The next day, we went to a small city called Segovia. It was a beautiful place and the views were incredible. On the last day of the trip, we visited the Warner Brothers Theme Park and although I have a fear of heights, I really enjoyed the day!

Overall, it was a really worthwhile and memorable experience which I would recommend to any student!

Niamh McKendry, 11C

8T Arclinis Letter to Mr Brady

26th October 2011

Dear Mr Brady

We would really like to thank you for letting us go to Ardclinis on Tuesday 25th October. We had a great day!

As a small class, we were able to meet other people in Year 8 and we made new friends. The team building games helped us to work together and they were very worthwhile.

We played games like Crate Building. This meant that we had to stack crates as high as possible and one person stood on top. When the crates fell a member of the team held the climber up on a rope before lowing them to the ground. We really had to trust each other.

Indeed, our trip to Ardclinis was really enjoyable and made for a brilliant day out. We all agree that Laser tag was great fun and this is probably what we enjoyed the most. You should have seen Miss McFaul and Mrs Blaney in the Laser gear; it was hilarious!

We’ve attached some photos for you to see.

Thanks again.

Kind Regards

8T

School Council Elections

The Year Group Assemblies in St Killian’s were buzzing with election excitement in October, as students from Years 8 – 14 went to the polls to elect their representatives for the School Council 2011. The council is made up of two elected representatives from each year group. Each prospective candidate is asked to speak in front of their whole year group and give an outline of their manifesto pledges, a valuable experience in itself. Once elected, the councillors have to make sure that they put forward both their views and the views of pupils in their year group as they are the representatives of the other students in the school. A School Council is a great opportunity for the whole school community as it fosters, nurtures and promotes student involvement.

Mr McIlwaine, who is co-ordinating the School Council, explained: “A School Council should make the school a better place for the students, as they consider issues which can lead to school improvement. They are given a voice and the forum to try and make their suggestions become reality. I hope that the School Council will enable pupils to contribute, influence and initiate strategic ideas relating to the day to day running of school.”