The fully-funded trip is the prize won by Nichola McNeill a Year 12 student for designing a leaflet on volunteering as part of a project to enhance student understanding of the role of the EU.
On Monday 28thNovember we accompanied Mrs Kane, Mrs Cosgrove and our fellow students from Larne High and Roddensvale School
on what was to be an eventful journey around Belfast. Over the past three years we have been studying cultural and heritage awareness. On this occasion we visited various key destinations in the city including Stormont, the Ship Yard, The Odyssey Arena, The Titanic Quarter and much more. We travelled in a large double decker bus and had the privilege of having a personal tour guide to enlighten us on the historical and political features of each area.
We went on to explore the most affected parts of Belfast during the troubles including the Europa which was bombed 28 times, Sandy Row, Shankhill Road and the Falls Road. We also saw the famous murals. The most memorable part of our trip was signing the Peace wall. To end the day we were treated to a trip to the Continental Market at Belfast City hall. We tasted food from different countries. It was a great experience and a trip we will never forget.
By Rachael O Boyle, Laura O Boyle & Aoife Walsh
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
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