Gaisce Awards Allow Youth to Explore their True Potential!

Girl with map an-gaisce

Fittingly, “Gaisce” is the old Irish term for “great achievement”. There are three Gaisce award levels – bronze, silver and gold – and some youth dedicate themselves to eventually completing all three.

Personal development, community service, new experiences and adventures, health and fitness, experiential education, a sense of accomplishment, determination – these are just some of the benefits youth aged 15 to 25 encounter when they complete Gaisce, The President Award’s programme.

For each award, participants must complete activities in:

  • Community Involvement: From volunteering in a nursing home to mentoring younger students.

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How to Organise a Residential School Tour

Residential School Tours

For students, a residential school trip might be the highlight of their entire academic year! Being away from home with their schoolmates, while engaging in a fun line-up of activities, they might not even realise they’re in fact gaining new knowledge and skills that they wouldn’t otherwise learn in the classroom. (You don’t have to tell them that though!)

As teachers and school staff you may feel like taking students on an overnight tour is far from a holiday. But it doesn’t have to be as tiring as you might expect. You might even find you’re having the time of your life as well!

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Passage to the Otherworld

Tom Grave Seefin Wicklow

Seefin Passage Grave on Seefin Mountain

Bordering on Wicklow Mountains National Park, atop a 621-metre summit, lies a wonderful relic over 5,000 years old.

On top of Seefin Mountain, you’ll discover this passage tomb – what the national park describes at its “most dramatic archaeological site”. The tomb’s narrow entryway is demarked by three slabs fixed amidst a large, circular cairn (a mound of burial stones). The 11-metre passageway arrives at a rectangular chamber – those who enter can tap into their ancient imagination and ponder who may have been interred in the five chambers.

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We’re growing!

School group learning by doing

Learning by doing…
Kippure Estate’s Education Department is delighted to welcome a new member of staff, Yaqoub BouAynaya from Dublin, to the department as Administrative Officer. He joined the department in February and has been a great support answering phones and advising teachers on the best school tours for their pupils. He certainly has been kept busy as the school tour booking season has started in earnest. We have introduced so many new packages to cover all budgets that it takes time to go through them all. Last year we introduced ‘Map & Compass’ and ‘Bush Craft’ skills where students learn a new skill; … Continue reading

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Pirate Training, Field Studies and Team Building…

Adventure Show RDS Dublin

Clíona, Martin, Sinead (from left to right)
By Clíona Ní Bhréartúin, Environmental Education Officer at Kippure Estate

 

We’ve just been at the Adventure Show in the RDS Dublin this weekend (20-22 May 2011) and had a great stand where we met loads of people. We were on our feet from 9am to 9pm telling everyone about our great adventure and education packages. The school tour season is about to start and will keep us very busy until the end of June. We told them about our 3 hour and 5 hour All-Adventure Days which involves our High ropes, … Continue reading

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