On the 26th of May, 6th Class of Newtownmountkennedy Primary School arrived at the Community Centre at 7.15a.m. Accompanied by their teacher Ms Cheevers and Jenny, they piled onto the bus at 7.30a.m. and headed for Carlingford Adventure Centre in Louth. It took them two hours to get there. As they arrived a worker named Grace came to greet them. They went into the building and left their bags in the storage room. After that they headed down to the pier to go kayaking. They changed into their wetsuits, grabbed their kayaks and went to the shore. When Tom, a worker, explained everything to them they hopped into their kayaks and followed Tom out onto a raft. Some students chose to go on the powerboat instead of the kayaks.
They were brought out onto a water trampoline and were allowed to jump off. According to some students the water was freezing. After everyone jumped off they went back to the Centre where they got the instructions for the Centre and the dormitories. After this every student was presented with a Class of 2016 hoodie, the hoodies were blue with yellow writing which included their signatures on the back and their names on the sleeve. The students then put their bags in their rooms and went down to the dining room for lunch. They were served chicken goujons or pasta with chips and beans.
After lunch they were given overalls and guns for laser tag. They walked through the town and up a hill to a forest that had a course for the laser tag. They played five games, the red team won four games and the blue team won just one. They walked back down the hill to the Centre afterwards, had chicken curry for dinner followed by ice cream for dessert. According to Jenny and Ms Cheevers, the students were all exhausted by this stage.
After they had dinner, they stayed in the kitchen and did some challenges with the leaders. The challenges included talking to an apple without laughing (the apple’s name was Bob, Ethan ate him!), stacking shoes and making sculptures with people. They also played some volleyball in the courtyard. After the challenges, they had two hours to relax so most of them went to the game room. Some people played pool or table tennis, the others sat on the couches chatting. By 11 o’clock everyone was in their rooms and were getting ready bed.
At 7.30a.m. the next day everyone was woken up for breakfast. They took their sheets off their beds, threw on some clothes and went for breakfast. There were different types of cereal and toast for breakfast. After breakfast they went back up to their rooms, cleaned up, got changed and went back downstairs. They left their bags in the store and headed to Challenge Island. In Challenge Island they worked in teams to do challenges and collect gems to get off the island. Andrew’s group got five gems while the other groups got three gems and all got off the island.
They then headed back to the Centre for lunch where they were served sausages or chicken drumsticks.
Their last activity was zip lining and high ropes in Skypark. The mentors gave them harnesses and showed them everything they needed to know. When they knew what they needed to do they could go on anything they wanted. There were big zip lines, high rope courses and even a base jump. Ms Cheevers even did the zip lining and was nearly crying! The students had around two hours in Skypark.
After that, they all walked back to the Centre, got their bags and said their goodbyes to the leaders. They headed for the bus and began their journey home. Ms Cheevers reported that it was the quietest bus journey she had ever been on. The students arrived back in Newtownmountkennedy at 7.15p.m. Their reviews of the tour were all great and everyone was praising Carlingford Adventure Centre and their staff.