Home Economics Italy Trip 2019

The annual Home Economics trip to Sorrento, Italy took place between the 20th-23rd March 2019. A group of 36 students and 4 teachers participated in the trip this year. The trip began in Rome, where students took in the sights of Vatican City, Colosseum and lunched by the Trevi Fountain.

The group moved onto Southern Italy to the breath-taking town of Sorrento. Students had the opportunity to experience the tastes and culture of Sorrento during their stay. The trip included visits to a coffee roasting factory, honey farm, olive oil factory, gelato producer and a mozzarella factory. These visits introduced the students to the importance of family run, artisan, small scale factories which emphasise the natural products found in the region of Sorrento. The students thoroughly enjoyed all the tasting sessions in the various factories, and plenty of coffee, honey and olive oil came home to Ireland with them.

Along with the visits to producers, students had the opportunity to enjoy some cookery classes with Mama Lucia in the Alexia Cookery School. Here they learned how to make ravioli, egg pasta with ragu and the highlight for many, oven-fired pizza. Everyone got great tips from Mama Lucia in the Italian art of pasta and pizza making, which they have promised to practise at home. The cookery school also put on a night of entertainment for the group, dressing up in traditional Italian clothes, playing traditional instruments and showing us some Italian dance moves. Even the teachers got to show off some of their dance skills.

The group also visited the archaeological ruins of Pompeii and learned about the history and ongoing discoveries being made in the ruins. The trip was

rounded off with a well deserved trip around one of Rome’s biggest shopping centres on our way back to the airport. The trip this year was a great success as a result of the cooperative and polite students who participated on the trip, along with the fabulous weather. Huge thanks go to the supervising teachers Ms. Kavanagh, Ms. Redmond and Ms. Whelan with particular mention going to Ms. Browne for being chief organiser. We look forward to the next Home Ec trip......Andiamo!!!

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Art Tour - Florence, Milan and Pisa.

For the past five years Mr. McCloskey has organised a very popular six day art history tour to Florence. Florence is a spectacularly beautiful city with a long and colourful history.  During the 300-year period the wealthy Medici family ruled the city. Florence flourished under the influence of the Italian Renaissance and quickly became the artistic and cultural centre of Europe.  Artists such as Donatello, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci lived and worked here and their masterpieces now adorn the city in unashamed brilliance. Florence is undoubtedly the city for lovers of art. We have visited the Bargello Museum, Accademia, Pitti Palace, Brancacci chapel, Santa Maria del Carmine, Santa Maria del Fiore as well as seeing the last supper by da Vinci in Milan and a visit to the leaning tower of Pisa. This is a fun and exciting tour with fantastic evening activities for our students.

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C.S.P.E Annual Tour

Students in Third Year must undertake an “Action Project” the reporting of which, is worth 60% of their total points in the Junior Cert exam. This year, approximately 200 students went to visit The Curragh Army Camp. The students really enjoyed the visit. They learned a lot about the Irish Defense Forces, and their role in the U.N. peacekeeping missions. They were shown by the soldiers different pieces of military equipment and they were particularly interested in the robot used by the Bomb Disposal Unit. It is our intention to run similar trips every year.

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History Tours

The History department has organised various trips over the years.Initially working in conjunction with the German department, we organised a visit to Wurzburg in North Bavaria.  On the trip were students of both the German language and History. The tour included a visit of the historical sites of north Bavaria - a highlight of which was the grounds of the infamous Nazi rallies in Nuremberg.  On that trip students also visited Dachau concentration camp, situated just outside the city of Munich. Another History trip was to Poland, specifically the Old Jewish town of Radzymin.  Again students were treated to a tour of the historical sites of the town, an unforgettable visit to the Polish capital Warsaw (visiting thesite of the Ghetto, the Resistance movement museum among several) and a tour of Heinrich Himmler's pet project; the death camp of Majdanek.This April, 4 History teachers and 40 History students will visit the German capital Berlin.  To be included on this trip will be a Third Reich Tour, a visit to the concentration camp Sachsenhausen, a visit to the Jewish memorial and museum plus highlights from the city's Cold War history such as the Checkpoint Charlie museum.'

Click HERE to read about this years tour to BERLIN 2015.


French Tours
Paris Trip -
The French Department believes it to be infinitely beneficial to senior students of French to visit Paris, the capital city of France. While on the trip, students are encouraged to use as much French language as they can and to always be aware of the language around them on billboards, posters and elsewhere. When in Paris, the students spend four days sight-seeing around Paris and soaking up the atmosphere, along with the culture, of the city. They visit a whole array of sights including La Place de la Concorde, the Louvre, the Jardin des Touillières, Invalides, the Eiffel Tower, the Bastille Market, Notre Dame cathedral, and the Champs Élysées. The whole experience is rounded off by fun activities like a boat trip on the Seine in the famous Bateaux Mouches and a day trip to EuroDisney.
If you wish to view the hotel we will be staying in on the 2015 trip, click here.


Spanish Tours


The Spanish department organise a week long trip every year in December to the historic university city of Salamanca in Spain.  Students stay in pairs with host families who live near the language school.  There are classes in small groups every morning and cultural activities in the afternoons and at night.  Students have gained great confidence in their spoken Spanish and it is an invaluable experience for their oral exam.  The trip is open to TY students and 5th year students.

Classical Studies
An epic journey awaits you on a Classics trip……

Have you ever dreamed of walking in the footsteps of the Gladiators as they entered the terrifying arena of the Colosseum or climbing the rocky heights of Mount Vesuvius? Imagine visiting Apollo’s temple in Delphi to hear his oracle and message for you or the dizzying columns of The Parthenon in Athens,temple of the warrior Goddess Athena.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to stroll down the ancient streets of Pompeii and Herculaneum past theatres, baths, bakeries, shops and houses or to visit a magnificent Roman villa and the palaces of the mighty emperors?
Are you brave enough to venture out across the battlefield of Troy in Turkey where the mighty Achilles and noble Hector fought to the death? Can you imagine standing by the black waters of the River Bosphorus in Istanbul where Alexander the Great set his eyes on Asia and conquering the world?
The Classics department in GCS invite and encourage all their Classics students to take part in the amazing opportunities which our annual Classics trips have to offer. These will bring to life for you, aspects of your studies through a fun and exciting educational journey which you will never forget. Like the emperor Julius Caesar, you will be able to boast” Veni, Vidi, Vici” or “I came, I saw ,I conquered” when you take part in our annual epic expeditions!
School Tours
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