This learning based programme is modelled around the principle, that through doing & involvement understanding is gained. ORBITAL is an acronym for Outside Resources Brought Into Teaching and Learning. Second year students are brought on an educational trip every third Tuesda y throughout the year. The programme is completely curriculum based and every trip is linked directly to the syllabus requirements of the subjects. It incorporates all three learning styles; Visual, Auditory & Kinaesthetic. Through this our local environment has become a living textbook.

This programme is run in conjunction between Ennis West Partners, LCETB, Burren Outdoor Education Centre & Clare Sports Partnership. It was initially piloted with just one first year class.  Due to its success, now all second year classes take part in the programme. We are the second school in the country to offer this innovative programme.

Some of the trips have included visits to archaeological digs, cheese-making farms, Cliffs of Moher, UL, rock climbing, Bunratty Castle, seashores, the Burren, Seed Savers, and museums.

At the end of the school year, students and teachers invite in pupils from local primary schools to view their projects and engage in activities related to the trips.

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