The Transition Year Group had an exciting start to the third term as they gathered in the early hours of Monday 17th April, to travel to Dublin airport for their flight to Barcelona.
Accompanied by Ms McElligott alongside their tutors, MrP Kieran, Mr FMcKenna, MsGFitzpatrick, MsN Brennan and Head Of Year, MsMMcArdle, the early morning Ryanair flight was a lively journey to Girona as the students planned and anticipated the events ahead.
After lunch in the Maremagnum Shopping Centre the group visited the CosmoCaixa Science Museum. This interactive museum allowed the group to take a stroll through the Amazon Forest reproduction, visit the planetarium to contemplate the universe at different stages of its development and take time in the fascinating Room of Matter, which attempts to explain anything and everything – Big Bang, Shakespeare and the Internet – from a science perspective. The bus journey onwards to Salou to their accommodation was no less entertaining, as spirits were high and no sign of jet lag was evident.
Day 2 began with a trip to the beautiful Montserrat, where students walked around the monastery plaza, lit a candle or followed the path to the viewing point. Not only is Montserrat Monastery of significant religious importance but the natural beauty surrounding the monastery was simply breath-taking. The afternoon was spent back in Barcelona with an exciting tour Guide, Conchita showcasing the city sights as the group hopped off and on the bus at Montjuix, the Olympic Village, Espanyol’s stadium and finally La Sagrada Familia. After an evening meal back in the hotel it was time for the ‘House of Illusion’ as magicians and illusionists from the Magic Circle used sleight of hand and glib commentary to entice the audience to reveal memories of goals scored in the back garden, vanishing acts and even a rousing rendition of ‘Happy Birthday!
Day 3 dawned bright and sunny and as the temperatures rose, so too did the excitement of Portaventura. Meandering from the entrance onwards, students and teachers alike joined queues for rollercoasters and boat-trips, stopping for ice-cream and photographs along the way. The day concluded with a competitive game of bowling, with many students and teachers discovering new talents on the lanes!
Thursday morning allowed students to capture the final memories of Salou and Barcelona, with a stroll along the former’s promenade and lunch in the latter before departing on Thursday night. Delighted families welcomed all home to Monaghan in the early hours, tired but content. A wonderful cultural experience, time spent with their peers and teachers, experiencing some of the exciting sights and sounds of one of Europe’s most exciting cities. Thank You to all the teachers involved, Ms McArdle -Head of Year and the School Tour Company.