Funded and organised by the School Completion Programme (SCP), the Deerpark first-years spent a morning at West Cork Secret, a family-run activity centre in Kilbrittain. The boys navigated an orienteering course in small groups, completed team-work games and embarked on two assault courses designed to challenge and encourage team work and leadership.
“The First Year teambuilding day is an important part of the students’ transition from primary to secondary school and aims to encourage friendship and peer skills among the boys who are coming from a range of schools including Greenmount NS, Morning Star, Glasheen BNS, Gaelscoil an Teaghlaigh Naofa, Togher Boys NS, Bunscoil Chriost Ri, St Killian’s, St Anthony’s, Sunday’s Well NS,” explained Kevin Barry, principal of Deerpark CBS. “We are grateful to the SCP for funding this programme again this year which forms part of an induction initiative that will also cover classwork on bullying, organisation and other issues association with the move from primary to second level.”
Deis Scop SCP Co-Ordinator Katie Burns said the team-building day was a key facet of SCP activities in Deerpark and Bishopstown Community School, two of the nine schools under their remit. “It was great to see the lads working well together and getting to know each other, especially given the variety of primary schools they came from. West Cork Secret really tested them and apart from the team-building and learning aspect, they also had great fun,” she said.
Deis Scop SCP operates in schools in the Greemount, Glasheen, Ballyphehane areas providing a range of supports for students such as homework and breakfast clubs, summer activities and individually tailored programmes.