St Louis Grammar School
Ballymena
Promoting Excellence, Endeavour and Empowerment

Watersports trip 2019

26 Jun 2019

In the early hours of Saturday 15th June, 90 pupils from Year 10 accompanied by 9 members of staff departed Dublin to fly to Barcelona.  The resort of Pineda de Mar was less than an hour from Barcelona airport and our accommodation was Hotel Checkin Pineda.  After lunch, rooming arrangements were sorted and some time was given at the hotel pool before making our way down to the beach.  Pupils enjoyed cooling off in the sea as well as playing games on the beach.

 

The pupils had 3 days of water activities at the beach which included banana boating, paddle boarding, kayaking, catamaran sailing, snorkelling and body boarding.  Each session lasted two hours and pupils and pupils occasionally were able to relax and sunbathe or cool off in the Mediterranean!  Pupils enjoyed the various water activities and the interaction with their instructors over the 3 days.  Evening activities included pizza night, shopping in town, disco and beach games including Mr Gillan’s highly competitive beach volleyball tournaments!

 

One of the day trips was a visit to the infamous Nou Camp stadium followed by free time at a very impressive shopping outlet just outside of the city which to the delight of many had a McDonald’s in the food court!  On the second last day, we visited Water World in the neighbouring resort of Lloret de Mar.  Everyone enjoyed the thrills and spills of many of the rides in the very impressive water park.  We were able to enjoy some shopping and chill time on Friday morning before we left the resort to return to the airport and make the journey back to Dublin and the school grounds.

 

All 90 pupils (49 girls and 42 boys) must be commended for their behaviour and enthusiasm throughout the week in Spain -  they were great ambassadors for our school and staff agreed that it was a pleasure to accompany such a fantastic group of students.  Sincere thanks to Mr Gillan for leading the trip and the other 8 members of staff who travelled; Mr Morgan, Mr McCorley, Mr McNaughton, Miss C Doherty, Mrs E Doherty, Miss Drain, Miss Ferris and Miss Glavin.  Everyone will agree, it definitely was a trip to remember for all involved!



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