Munster & Dungarvan First Year Football Blitz, Second Year Ballyhass Outing
11th May 2015
Munster First Year Football Blitz
Some of our First Years at the Munster First Year Football Blitz
On Wednesday 6th May, the first year football team travelled to Mallow Sports Complex to compete in the Munster 1st Year Blitz. Teams from all over Munster had travelled and a day of competitive football lay ahead for all.
We had two teams competing on the day. Ms. Rochford’s team was up against some very stiff opposition but they learned a lot from playing the stronger teams. Ms. Lonergan’s team had better fortunes and won one match and lost one match.
All the girls that travelled had a great day and enjoyed practising their football skills.
Kate McGrath, 4th Year
First Year Football Blitz Dungarvan
First Years at the Waterford First Year Blitz in Dungarvan
Thursday the 7th of May. We made our way to the local G.A.A pitch to attend a local schools 1st year football blitz. We left with high spirits and a sense of eagerness as we walked to the games.
The weather was lovely. The sun was there but the heat wasn’t unbearable to play in so the girls enjoyed their day even more. The teams included; two Árd Scoil teams, The Friary, The Mercy Waterford, St. Declan’s and Blackwater.
They played tremendously throughout the day and had great fun while improving their football skills. It was a great day overall with a finisher of tea and sandwiches for everyone. We were very proud of our girls and they will continue to represent our school on the football pitch in years to come.
Sinead O’Donnell, 4th Year
Second Year Ballyhass Outing
On a very early, wet and rainy Friday morning, May 8th, second years headed off on their adventure packed school tour accompanied by Mr. O'Shea, Mrs. Pickering and Ms. Lane. The eager students set off for Ballyhass Lakes in Mallow where they would be taking part in various activities- some being water based whilst others involved heights. Despite inclement conditions the girls hit the lake with enthusiasm to begin one of the five activities, kayaking. This particular activity was a favourite of many even though there were some challenging tasks thrown at the students which resulted in girls falling off their kayak and into the cold lake.
Another activity which went down well was zip-wiring. The zip wire, being 20 metres long, stretched the whole way across the lake and was most enjoyable. Even those afraid of heights could not resist. Up next was Gladiator and this needed a lot of teamwork in order to be completed successfully. Being a difficult activity and the equipment being slippery, the girls were a tad apprehensive but gave it a go and they were very content when they completed it. The fourth activity on the agenda was archery. Before we began this activity we were given a comprehensive set of health and safety guidelines. This of course was necessary to avoid any casualties and luckily there were none.
Archery was then followed by the fifth and final activity, abseiling. This activity required a lot of trust between the participant and the instructor as it involved leaning back and climbing down a very high rock face which in the damp conditions this activity was scary for many. In conclusion Ballyhass Lakes is an activity centre well recommended by all of the second years at Árd Scoil na nDéise. The day out offered us the opportunity to spend time with fellow classmates outside the school environment.
Jeanne Harrington, 2nd Year