From April 21st to 24th, 53 fifth year students along with Ms. Cleary, Ms. Curry, Ms. Halligan, Ms. Shanahan and Ms. Sheehan, visited Verona, Venice, Sirmione and Lake Garda.
Some of the attractions were the Roman arena in Verona, Juliet's house, the Vecchia Murano glass factory in Venice including a demonstration from a master glass blower, El Bacan- a working farm where students made pizza and sampled lots of produce grown on the farm and a boat trip around Lake Garda.
The group explored Verona, Venice and the picturesque town of Sirmione. We also got to sample home made pasta, pizza and ice cream.
Eighteen TY students went on a trip to Nice, France, on 29th April – 3rd May, accompanied by Ms. McEntegart, Ms. Fleming and Mr. Brogan. The girls stayed in the centre of Nice and explored the nearby towns, including Cannes, Grasse, St. Paul de Vence and Monaco. Included in the tour was a visit to a perfumery, where the girls learned about the perfume-making industry, and a walking tour of the Vieille Ville in Nice. They attended language classes at the France Langue language institute and put this into practice during their visit. One student estimated the walking over the five days at a whopping 50km, approximately 10km per day, but of course, there were no complaints! All students are to be complimented on their exemplary behaviour and enthusiasm.
Sixth years enjoying a Spanish Breakfast on their last official Friday of Spanish class. The girls brought in food such as churros con chocolate, magdalenas (fairy buns), galletas de almendras (biscuits) y zumos de fruta (juices). Ms. O'Gorman made Tortilla Española (spanish omelette) which was devoured. We had tapas of jamón Serrano, queso manchego or fresh crunchy bread. We also had brioche with nutella. The girls chatted away in Spanish throughout!
During April, all TY's took on one of their hardest challenges yet- The Gaisce hike. It was a 28km hike in Glendalough, with an overnight stay in a hostel. The first day consisted of summiting Peak 2000, and then completeing The Sphinx, essentially doing a semi-circle around Glendalough, and walked roughly 19km.
On returning to the hostel we then had to prepare and cook our own dinners, which some might say was as hard as the hike! It wasn't complete mayhem, though. The hostel provided us with a large kitchen and it was used in rotations based on class, and we all had previously been divided into groups of four or five people to plan what we would cook.
The next day was just as hard as the first, and we completed 9-10km, walking all around the lake.
All would agree that it was an incredible bonding experience, and one never to be forgotten. Many thanks to the teachers that organised, helped and came with us on the days. Lastly thanks to our walking guides.
First year students participated in a cookery demonstration by chef Vorneen Hennessy highlighting the necessity of preventing food waste. Following this the students put their newly acquired knowledge into practice and took part in a food waste prevention cookery competition. All students showed an array of skills as is evident from the amazing dishes produced. After much deliberation Roisin McNamee and Ellen Clarke won first place with their chorizo crostini and chicken Caesar salad, Sarah Bird and Sally Keilty followed closely in second with chicken carbonara. The winners are invited to show case their dishes at the Naas Wild Food Festival next September.