Getting down and dirty at Killary Adventure Centre
Celebrating International Literacy Day
The students and staff at St. Oliver’s Community College are really getting into the swing of things early in the new school year as they prepare for a busy year ahead.
The TY students had great adventures in the West of Ireland while, back in college, students celebrated International Literacy Day - in one class alone, fifteen different languages are spoken.
For the 100 eager TY students who made their way to Killary Adventure Centre for a two day induction trip in Leenane, Co. Galway on 26th August, getting into the swing of things meant kayaking, gorge walking, high ropes climbing, orienteering and the infamous Killary Turf Challenge as seen on Ireland’s Fittest Family. After dinner, there are also evening activities such as dodgeball, giant Jenga and teambuilding exercises.
This is an annual tradition in the TY calendar allowing students to get to know their new classmates through team building exercises and activities. It also challenges them to step out of their comfort zone and try new things.
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It’s a major highlight in the year and one students always remember fondly when looking back on TY.
Over the course of the two days, students By the end of a jam-packed trip, all the TY classes and whole year group had become closer. A great experience was had by all promising good things to come for the TY class of 2020.
More recently, St. Oliver’s students celebrated International Literacy Day on Monday 8th September taking as their theme Multilingualism.
Throughout the day, students and teachers celebrated diversity and inclusion through literacy.
In one class alone, fifteen different languages were spoken. Many students speak a different language at home. They even think and dream in other languages. St Oliver’s Community College encourages students to always have a “book in a bag” so they are never without a novel to read.