Berlin and Hamburg School Tour, Christmas Shoebox Appeal, Science Week Workshops
17th November 2014
The School Tour to Berlin & Hamburg
Berlin and Hamburg School Tour
The 25th of October arrived and the lengthy countdown had finally drawn to a close. We had waited a long time for this day; the only thing we weren’t looking forward to was the time of day. 1:00a.m was the arranged time for the bus to depart, with the flight to Berlin leaving from Dublin at 7:10a.m. It was going to be a long night. With the German’s being one hour ahead of us and the hour going back we had no time difference as we emerged from our 10:25a.m landing.
The International Ard Scoil Bowling Team
My first night in Berlin is one I will never forget. We made our way by underground to the ice-skating rink, which had to be the most eventful journey of my life to date. Never have I been under so much pressure to get on and off of a train in my life. I soon learned why as a woman getting onto a train going in the opposite direction managed to jump on just as the doors were about to close. In the heat of the moment she forgot about her handbag. The handle remained in her hand while the bulk of the bag was hanging outside. One gentleman barely prised open the door to allow her handbag inside. A younger lady, who had previously thought she missed the train, saw her opportunity and lodged herself between the two doors. It was dramatic to say the least! I’d love to say we were all top class ice-skaters by the end of the night but we were far from it. We had enough problems getting onto the ice, never mind skating on it!
There was only one morning that I didn’t mind getting up early, that was the day we were all off to Thorpe Park. It took one hour to get there which seemed like the longest hour of my life. As the German school midterm was the week before ours, the park was practically empty in comparison to the week beforehand. We went on as many rides as possible such as The Pirate Boat, Scream, Colossus, Krake and many others. As we were the only group not to receive the message about our early departure due to the bad weather we held up everyone else while we went on even more rides. I’m sure they didn’t mind too much. We still managed to leave a bit early to accommodate any shopping we had missed out on.
Off the beaten track
Everyone who went on this tour enjoyed it thoroughly. Even though I don’t do German I would recommend that if you ever have the opportunity to visit Berlin and Hamburg, do! They must be two of the most beautiful cities in the world and I’m glad I got my chance to go there with the school. These cities are steeped in history and the language barrier was not and never will be a problem. Germany is a must for anyone interested in travelling. I will definitely be heading back again.
Christmas Shoebox Appeal
Students display their Christmas Shoeboxes
There has been a wonderful response to the annual Christmas Shoebox Appeal in the Árd Scoil. Groups of students worked together decorating a shoebox with festive paper and filling them with small gifts such as pencils, hair grips and small toys. These shoeboxes will be sent to deserving children in poor areas of Africa by the Team Hope foundation. Well done to all of ‘Santa’s Little Helpers’ for the great effort they have put into making Christmas a little easier for those in need.
Science Week Workshops
Science Week 2014 took place last week. The aim of Science Week is to promote the relevance of science, technology, engineering and maths in our everyday lives. The science teachers in Árd Scoil na nDéise decided to host workshops for primary schools in the hope of sparking an interest in science amongst young members of the community. Students from local primary schools joined us in our science laboratories to carry out science experiments and to learn about science in everyday life. We at Árd Scoil na nDéise would like to give a big thank you to Eurofins who provided us with sponsorship for our science workshops.