On Monday 26th March the Students of VTU 1 who are all completing the Explorer Level of the John Muir Award visited Silent Valley Reservoir. The group learned about the construction of the Reservoir and completed a litter pick along its path while exploring the amazing Mourne Mountains around them. We also discovered some frog spawn and learned about how they will develop over the coming weeks. The reservoir is maintained by NI Water and also runs education programmes in conjunction with the Mourne Heritage Trust. A stunning place and one which we will definitely be returning to.
At the end of February, 17 students from VTU 1 & 2 went on a 3 day, 2 night residential to Shannagh-More. The group participated in a wide range of activities including, Zip Line, Archery, Low Ropes Course, Leap of Faith, Canoeing, Orienteering, Night Time beach Walk & of course a visit to Newcastle!
As you can see everyone had a super time and faced many fears. Year on year our experience at Shanngh-More is nothing but excellent from the Activity Leaders to Kitchen Staff. With lots of tired but happy faces come the end of the stay. A particular thanks to all the staff who volunteered to go on the trip. Without their time and commitment such trips would not be possible!
We are already looking forward to planning next year's adventure!
We are a class of 9 students – 5 boys and 4 girls aged 17-18. We have a varied weekly programme which includes courses at Southern Regional College, Duke of Edinburgh Award, John Muir Award, Young Enterprise, Work Experience, Choir, Drumming, Independent Travel Training and Hazard Awareness. Our aim is to enable our young people to build the functional skills they will need in preparing for life after school. Extending on the excellent work completed in Senior School and helping them to transfer skills already learned into a new setting.
We have lots of educational outings and visits as part of our Duke of Edinburgh and John Muir Awards, including Expeditions in the Mournes and Residentials at Shannaghmore Outdoor Education Centre.
With such a busy programme we also ensure to make it lots of FUN too!!