11 students from ABMC completed their Gaisce expedition for a bronze certificate in Petersburg adventure centre Clonbur on May 1st and 2nd 2014. As part of the expedition the group had to complete a 30 kilometre journey over land and water, traversing the local forests, lakes and mountains in doing so. The group also made camp that night and prepared their own meals as part of their challenge. There was great fun and adventure had and over the two days and many fond memories of the trip. It is hoped that next year many will go and complete their silver certificate.
Peter Connell was welcomed as a guest speaker to the TY and Gaisce students on Wednesday the 19th of March. The Killererin native spoke to the group about his enormous achievement in becoming the 33rd Irish man and the first man from Connacht to reach the summit of Mount Everest. He spoke of the preparation, dedication and lifestyle changes that were required to complete his dream. He also told the group about the benefits of goal setting, and the importance of “thinking big”. It was a hugely motivational and inspirational talk and will be hugely beneficial to the Gaisce group as they prepare to complete their expedition after the Easter Break.
Participation in the Gaisce Award Scheme continues to be a popular option for students. Through their participation, they are awarded either Bronze or Silver medals from the President of Ireland. The requirements for the Gold Medal Award does not allow us to make it available in secondary school.
To fulfil the requirements of the award students participate in four areas of activity:
Community: students engage with some form of community service that lasts for one
Skill: students develop a skill and become proficient during the course of a year.
Leisure The various leisure activities chosen by the students is engaged with for one year.
Outdoor Pursuits Over two days, students participate in an outdoor challenge.
Students engage with the programme for six months to qualify for the Bronze Medal and the Silver Medal requirement is one year.