Kilkenny College is fully committed to the Transition Year Programme.
It is an initiative that allows students the time and space to develop and mature without the pressure of exams. Students develop socially, personally, physically and academically through involvement in a broad range of activities.
On September 3 and 4, Transition Year students from Kilkenny College went on a surfing trip to Tramore. This was in conjunction with Oceanics Surf School. Half the transition year attended on the first day, while the other half went on the second day.
The group was split into two, allowing the first group to learn how to surf while the other half participated in a guided environmental walk of Tramore sand dune and salt marsh systems. Students learned all about animals, plants and rock local to the area.
Students surfing learned how to get up onto the board, how to keep the board balanced, and how to keep themselves on the board. Not an easy task!
The surf on the day wasn’t great, but students enjoyed the experience, and they learned a new skill, while having fun.
While half the Transition Year Students were surfing the other half attended workshops conducted by visiting guest speakers, in the College.
Students listened to speakers talk about ‘Drug Addiction’ and how people have come back from it. Students also listened to speakers talk about ‘Motivation’, and watched a very interesting video to demonstrate how some people can do amazing things if they choose.
Finally, students had an hour long talk on ‘Career Guidance’ focusing on topics such as work experience, how to apply for a job and prepare a CV.
Overall the trip was very interactive and fun and the workshops were very useful and educational.