On Friday 12th December, thirty one 5th Year students were presented with their Gaisce Bronze Medals by Joe Nash, the CEO of Limerick’s Live 95FM and the voice of “The Limerick Today Show”. The Principal Mr. Flanagan, TY co-ordinator Ms. J O’Flynn Murphy and Student Awards Co-ordinator Ms. O’Donnell were also in attendance.
“Gaisce” is an old Irish word which means “ a great achievement” and it was in the spirit of this meaning that the Presidents Award challenges young people to set and pursue goals.
The Bronze Gaisce Award programme consists of 4 challenge areas- Community Involvement, Personal Skill, Physical Recreation and the Adventure Journey. The students spent 2 days and an overnight in the black valley in County Kerry completing a 25km walk last May.
With exception to the Adventure Journey, each challenge area requires a minimum participation of 1 hour per week for 13 weeks. An additional 13 weeks must be completed in a challenge area of the student’s choice.
It will take at least 26 weeks to complete the Bronze Award; however everyone is free to complete the award at their own pace. The students completed their Gaisce Bronze Award in May of their Transition Year.
Congratulations to the 2014 Gaisce Bronze Awardees.
Special Thanks to Clarisabel Keane, Bríd 4 and Gaisce participant 2015, our “keen” photographer for the afternoon.
M. Murphy, Gaisce Co-ordinator