On Sunday the 30th of April we travelled to Barcelona with the year group. We might at the school on Saturday night at 11.30pm and after we gathered into our groups we got on the bus which left at 12.00am. Everyone was exhausted for the bus journey and majority of people fell asleep until we reached Dublin airport. We arrived at the airport at around 3.45 . We were given free time until we had to meet at the gate for our flight. we spent our time relaxing in a café as we were too tired to look around the airport. After that we met at the gate and got ready to board the plane. The plane journey lasted two and a half hours and I fell asleep for most of the journey. We landed in Barcelona at 8.30am .
After we left the airport we got on our buses which we were given a sightseeing tour of Barcelona. A lady named Jess was our tour guide for the day and she told us the history of the city. We stopped at different locations to take pictures . After we were done sightseeing the bus drove us to the aquarium. Grace and I were hungry so we searched for food the entire time. After the aquarium we went back to the hotel for our evening meal and after that we went to bed.
On our second day we woke up at 7.00 to get changed and ready for breakfast which was at 7.45. After breakfast we got a bus to Barcelona city to visit camp nou football stadium. As our hotel was in Salou it took over an hour and a half to reach the city. Camp nou was really good but since we split up we found it very difficult to try and exit the stadium. After we left camp nou we got lunch and then travelled to the cable carts. As I have a phobia of heights I was very nervous for cable carts but it turned out okay. After that we went back to the hotel for dinner and then went out into the town for bowling. After bowling we got freetime in town. Fiona and I wanted to get speakers so we bargained well for them. After that we walked back to the hotel and went to bed.
On Tuesday we went to portadventura for the day. I was very nervous for portadventura as I am not a fan of rollacoasters like Hannah. However Hannah and I decided to give one a try and it was not a good experience so we went on safer rides for the day instead. Even though we spent majority of our day eating we still enjoyed it a lot. After that we went back to hotel and then went to bed.
On Wednesday which was our final day we went into the city in which we had freetime to go shopping around the port. After that we took a short boat ride and then we got back on the bus and headed for the airport. We arrived home in Donegal at 3.30am . It was one of the best experiences of ty.
On Thursday the 13th of October 50 students from our transition year went to the Abbey Hotel in Donegal town. In there we had a day full of different workshops which were designed to help with the well being of our mental health. We were mixed with a variety of different schools from all over the south of Donegal. This was organized by the group connect mental health which hold events like this every year during mental health week. This I was a volunteer for mental health week I was allowed to go.
On Thursday morning we got a bus from the new hall which brought us to the Abbey hotel. When we went inside there was a board with a list of which group each person was put into for the day. I got in a group with all my friends and we were mixed with a school from Killybegs. We were each given a colored band which identified the different groups that we would be in. Our first workshop was yoga. This was very relaxing and was easy to begin the day with. Our second workshop was watching a cook teach us how to make stir-fry. He talked to us a lot about mental health and how it had a huge impact in his life when his mum died. Our third workshop was a dance workout with a girl called Teresa. After that we were allowed to go downtown for lunch . We met people we knew from the town there and had lunch with them. After that we had to go back up to the abbey hotel for more activities. We watched a movie about mental health and then listened to a few presentation speeches about it. After that the day was complete and we went outside to wait for the bus home. On walking out we received goodie bags which had various items in them including chocolate bars pens and other things. I really enjoyed the day and I learned so much from it.
On Tuesday the 27th of September ,my Transition Year went to a comedy show called Psycho Spaghetti in the Hawkswell Theatre, Sligo. It was a one-man comedy show done by a comedian called Ger Carey. The show aims to get teenage students to laugh at themselves and what they do. In this show, Ger Carey took a hilarious take on student life, both playing the teacher and the student. I found this show hilarious and I was laughing for most of it, if not all of it! Everything he done was so realistic and relateable. He was a very talented comedian and he had the whole audience laughing, even the teachers!
I would highly recommend this show to other Ty students!
For our transition year bonding trip we went to Delphi Resort which is located on the borderline between Galway and Mayo. This was such an important part of our year as it helped us bond together as a group. It also gave us the chance to interact with new people and try out new experiences outside our comfort zones .It also made a huge impact personally by developing skills such as confidence and independence.
We all met at the new hall at 08.30. Our bags were checked and loaded and we set off for Delphi at 9.00.At 1.00 we arrived in Delphi. We were given our room keys and were assigned our groups in which we would participate in all activities with. At 1.30 we ate lunch and then retreated back to our rooms to get ready for our afternoon activity. The activity my group was assigned was rock climbing and archery . I was a bit nervous about rock climbing as I was scared of heights but much to my surprise I enjoyed it a lot. Archery was very interesting as it was something that I had never done before but I found it to be very enjoyable as well. Later on we went back to our rooms and then retreated down to the canteen at 5.30 for dinner. For our evening activity we went for a nature walk which gave us a chance to relax after a long day. At 9.30 we went back to the canteen for supper which was cookies. After that we were allowed to do whatever we wanted until lights out after 11.
On the morning of day two we woke up at 7.30 to get ready for breakfast. After breakfast we got ready into our gear for our morning activity. The activity that i had was canoeing. For canoeing we were given wetsuits and we then go a bus down to the lake. I had only canoed once before in my life and i remember not being very good at it so for that reason i got in a double canoe with Lauren as i thought it might be easier. The lake in which we canoed in was at the crossing of the borderline between mayo and Galway. We ended up going out to Galway and played different games in the water when we were out there. When we returned from canoeing we got lunch and then got ready once again for our afternoon activity which was surfing. We had to change back into our wetsuits which were still cold and wet from canoeing. We took a bus to the beach but when we got there the water was too rough to surf. We ended up just putting our boards away and swimming instead. After surfing we headed back to the adventure center to shower and get ready for dinner. After dinner we got to relax until our evening activity. For our evening activity we were divided into groups and told to make parachutes for an egg and the group that egg didn’t crack would be the winners .Nobody won as all the eggs cracked . After this we headed back to our rooms and then went down for supper. After supper we headed back to our rooms. As we were getting our result the next day and were going out I had to do my tan in the bathroom with Dearbhla which caused such a mess but we cleaned up after. After that we went to bed.
We woke up at 7.30 and got ready for breakfast. After breakfast we got ready for our last activity in Delphi which was high ropes. I was absolutely petrified when I saw that we were doing that as I have a big fear of heights. It was definitely the most intense activity in Delphi. After the high ropes we packed up all our bags and left our rooms and then went down into the canteen for lunch. The atmosphere at lunch was very quiet as everyone was sad that we were leaving Delphi and also nervous about getting results. After lunch we loaded all our bags on the bus and then set off for home.
I am so glad I went to Delphi as I think it will be something that I will never forget. It was such a good experience and it made such an impact on my year in transition year.