School tours | Coláiste Mhuire
I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand -It's an old Chinese proverb which contains a certain amount of truth. Sometimes what happens in the classroom can be understood better when seen in practice and so a school trip may be of benefit to students. Quantifying or listing the number of educational trips we make each year as a school is not easy. Perhaps the best way to put it is, if it is of significant educational value to our students, we will make the trip happen. The vast majority of learning will always take place in the classroom however various subjects require a visit to an appropriate site at some stage within the course. Such excursions can also make learning more tangible and enjoyable.
September 2016 marked the return of the
French Language Trip for junior students
in Coláiste Mhuire. Thirty-nine second
and third year students and four teachers
headed off to Paris for an action-packed
5 days of site-seeing, language-learning
and fun! All students stayed with French
host families for the duration of the trip
which afforded them the opportunity to
practice their ‘Français’.
Throughout the five days, students visited many of the main attractions in Paris such as the Louvre museum, Stade de France, Sacre Cœur Basilica, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower and the Champs Elysées to name just a few. They enjoyed a leisurely boat trip on the Seine and sampled the atmosphere in the historic Latin Quarter and the famous artistic district of Montmartre. The weather was beautiful during our stay and the trip culminated in a visit to Disneyland. (Dr. Murray is still recovering from the shock of Space Mountain!)
The boys seized every opportunity to practice their French throughout the trip; whether it was asking their host families for ‘le code du WIFI’ or bargaining with the street-sellers for souvenirs; they certainly gained some new words and experiences.
It was agreed that a fantastic trip was had by all, both teachers and students alike. The trip is a huge undertaking in addition to TY trips and the ski trip. It is hoped that the visit to France is something we can enjoy every 3-4 years.
The Ski Trip is an annual occurance within Coláiste Mhuire. Teachers Ms. Cooke, Mr. Quinn, Ms. Acton, Mr. Lawler and Mr. Rafferty are regular supervisors of this unique trip. For those who have skied before, it is an opportunity to hone in on their previous learned skills while the novice skiers get the chance to learn the basics skills as best as possible. The outlay of the ski trip makes for a very exciting and enjoyable trip for all. The specific details of next year's trip will be added to this page, and the website homepage, as they are confirmed.
Those of you who signed up for the Ski trip in February of 2019 should take note of the following presentation.
News on Ski trip 2020 will appear on this page after Christmas.