School Tours to:
- Bulgaria for skiing
- And more besides!
The School Tour to Berlin & Hamburg 2014
Ski Bulgaria - Ard Scoil Hits the Slopes in 2012
by Jessica O’Brien TY
During the February Mid-term Break, we went on the trip of a life time. On Saturday the 11th of February we met outside the school to embark on this exciting journey. It was really early but everyone had a massive smile on their face. The excitement was immense.
Once we arrived at the airport we were all really nervous about the luggage weight check, but luckily we were all within restrictions. When finally inside the plane we all relaxed and cheered as the flight began.
On arrival at Plovdiv we were greeted with an amazing sight – there was snow everywhere and it was FREEZING!! From that moment we knew we were in for a treat. The bus journey from the airport was long and as we were all tired and hungry it didn’t make for an enjoyable ride. So when we saw the signs for our resort we were both excited and relieved. Upon arrival at the hotel we ran as fast to our rooms as possible, wanting to shed our luggage and settle in. That evening we were all so hungry we ordered lots of pizzas from the bar downstairs, eating them faster than they could be made!!
Then it was definitely time for bed and a well needed sleep.
At 7am the next morning we threw on our thermals and crawled to breakfast. After a reviving meal, 19 girls bounced back to their rooms to don their ski gear. On the slopes we were divided into groups and met our instructors, who were really great and easy to get on with.
Every evening we were provided with new entertainments, such as ringos, bowling and karaoke! On the last night we went for dinner and had a surprise for Laura as it was her 16 birthday. We all really enjoyed this and then walked back to the hotel for our graduating ceremony, where we got our certificates for passing all our levels.
Before we left for home we went for one last ski as a group and this was the best part of the holiday for me. Everyone skiing down the slope together was amazing and we were so proud.
I loved my holiday and we are grateful to Mrs O’Donovan, Mrs Foley and Mr O’Keeffe for taking us and making the holiday so enjoyable.
Photos of the Bulgarian Ski Trip 2010
We'll Always Have Paris - Ard Scoil Visits The City of Light in 2012
On Saturday, October 27th, fifty two students and six teachers set out at 8.30 from the Ard Scoil for the school tour to Paris. In no time at all we were queuing up at the Aer Lingus desks in Cork airport and a very efficient crew saw us all processed very quickly so that we had plenty of time for a co9ffe or breakfast!
On arrival at Charles de Gaulle airport we were met by our coach driver Sillima who would be with us for the duration of our visit. We set off for the city centre, seeing tantalising glimpses of the Eiffel Tower and the Sacre Coeur on Montmartre. As we drove through the city, we drove through the seeming mayhem of traffic at the Arc de Triomphe wondering how there aren’t accidents all the time! We passed along some of the great boulevards and the majestic Opera House before reaching our destination....Pizza Hut!!!
After a delicious variety of pizza, we headed off to meet our guide, Joe Walsh, at the Place de la Concorde. As we drove through the city, Joe informed and entertained us with his vast knowledge and amusing anecdotes. One student, not usually known for her silence, remarked, “I’m speechless`!” amazed by la belle Paris!
We ended our trip at Trocadero from where we had excellent views of the Eiffel Tower and in spite of the cold we held out to see the Tower sparkle on the hour...all agreed it was worth the wait. We climbed back aboard our coach to go to our hotel in Roissy. Once rooms were allocated, every one had time to settle in and set up essentials such as hair straightness! Finally, it was time for bed in preparation for the busy day ahead.
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Photos from our Italian Explorations