Transition Year Activities


CBS Students go to Madrid – April 2015

The CBS Transition Year Class of 2014/15 recently spent four days exploring the best attractions of the capital of Spain, Madrid. On Saturday 11th April in the early hours of the morning the bus collected 28 students and 3 teachers at CBS Roscommon and carried us all to Terminal 2 in Dublin Airport for Aer Lingus flight EI 592. Anticipation was building as we neared our destination. What would this city be like?? What would we see??

20150413_121623When we arrived to Madrid Airport our guide Monica met us and brought us to a luxury coach for a comprehensive bus tour of the city. We got to see the fabulous gate to the city known as the Puerta de Alcalá, we saw the huge fountain dedicated to the goddess of nature, Cibeles. Monica told us that the Cibeles fountain is an iconic symbol of the city of Madrid and also this is where the Real Madrid fans celebrate anytime the famous football team are victorious. Although recently they have not had the opportunity! We saw the Royal Palace and a Temple of De Bod. We also saw the beautiful statue of Cervantes and statues of his colourful characters Don Quijote and the wise Sancho Panza and a flea market to browse in the square. 20150413_203836

Saturday evening we had the opportunity to visit the Museum of Queen Sofía where there is a mesmerising display of art from the 19th and 20th centuries including the incredible work of Pablo Picasso and his famous painting Guernica depicting the horrors of an air bomb attack on a town called Guernica during the Spanish Civil War under the orders of the notorious dictator Franco.

That night students attended a teen disco in the nearby Teatro Kapital. Spanish pop music was blaring and all were dressed in their finest. At ten o’clock it was time for a well deserved rest after a jam packed first day.20150412_175425

On Sunday 12th April we were brought to the Warner Brothers Theme Park outside of Madrid. There we got to see 3D Cinema, themed amusements, water rides, roller coasters, vertical drops and lots more. That evening we went for a typical Spanish style buffet in the Restaurante Topolino where students could choose from lasagne, pizza, roast chicken, mousaka, roast vegetables, Spanish Tortilla, Gazpacho and not to mention a range of Spanish desserts from jelly and custard to profiteroles. After we went shopping in the busiest shopping area in Madrid, the Puerta del Sol.


On Monday 13th April we travelled by Metro to the Bullring. It was really interesting to see the Metro and it made us watch out in case somebody got out at the wrong stop!!! The Bullring is a really decorative building and it has loads of history.

Then we went to the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and did a tour all around it taking in the trophy rooms as well as the special VIP area and the players changing rooms. That evening we had a feast in TGI Fridays and the waiter was great fun!! He sang to us! Then we went bowling!

On Tuesday 14th April we packed our bags to have them ready and left them at our hotel as we went to see the famous Prado Museum. We enjoyed seeing paintings by Velázquez, El Greco, Goya, Boticelli and more.

We then went to the biggest park in Madrid, the Retiro Park where we had lunch and watched the boats on the lake. After that we went shopping again in Puerta del Sol before returning to collect our bags at the hotel. At 5:35pm we left the hotel for Madrid Airport and said Adiós!!!20150413_152943

Los estudiantes del Año de Transición del CBS Roscommon Van a Madrid

Los estudiantes del año de Transición 2014/15 del CBS Roscommon fueron a Madrid para cuatro días. El sábado 11 de abril por la madrugada el autobús nos recogió en el instituto para ir al Terminal 2 en Dublín para el vuelo EI 592. Estabamos todos muy entusiasmados para el viaje!20150412_175425

Cuando llegamos al aeropuerto de Madrid nuestra guía Monica nos encontró y nos llevamos al autobús para una visita guiada comprensiva por la ciudad. Vimos la antigua puerta de la ciudad, la Puerta de Alcalá, y la fuente dedicada a la diosa de natura, la fuente de Cibeles. Monica nos explicó que la fuente es símbolo ícono de la ciudad de Madrid y además es el lugar donde quedan las hinchas del Real Madrid. Pero hoy día no tienen la oportunidad. Vimos el Palacio Real y el Templo De Bod. También vimos la estatua del autor Cervantes y los de sus carácteres Don Quijote y el sabio Sancho Panza. Justo al lado había un mercado.

El sábado por la tarde tuvimos la oportunidad visitar el Museo de Arte de la Reina Sofía donde vimos una exposición de arte de los siglos 19 y 20 incluído el trabajo increíble de Pablo Picasso y su cuadro famoso, Guernica. En él vemos los horrores del ataque sobre el pueblo Guernica que sucedó durante la guerra civil en España.

Aquella noche los estudiantes asistieron a una discoteca para adolescentes en el Teatro Kapital. Había siete pisos de música variada. A las diez de la noche era hora para volver y descansar después de un día muy larga.

El domingo 12 de abril fuimos al Parque Warner de Madrid. Había cine de 3D, attracciones temáticos, unos cuantos montañas rusas, recorridos acuáticos y mucho más. Aquella tarde cenamos en Restaurante Topolino un buffet con platos tradicionales de todos gustos y postre también. Luego fuimos de compras en la zona más popular, la Puerta del Sol.

El lunes 13 de abril cogimos el Metro para ir a la Plaza de Toros en Las Ventas. Fue muy interesante ver el Metro y tuvimos cuidado no perder a ninguno. La Plaza de Toros es un edificio impresionante y decorativo y nos gustaron las historías.

Entonces fuimos al estadio Santiago Bernabéu, el estadio del Real Madrid. Hicimos la visita por todo el estadio incluídos la sala de trofeos, las sillas de los VIPs y los vestuarios de los equipos. Por la tarde, cenamos bien en el TGI Fridays y el camarero cantó a nosotros!! Después fuimos a la bolera. Fue un día genial.

El martes 14 de abril, hicimos las maletas y los dejamos en el hotel mientras visitamos el famoso museo del Prado. Nos encantamos ver los cuadros famosos de Velázquez, Goya, El Greco, Boticelli y más. Después fuimos al parque más grande de la ciudad, el Parque del Gran Retiro donde almorzamos y relajamos un poco. Luego fuimos de compras otra vez en La Puerta del Sol antes de volver al hotel a recoger las maletas. Alrededor de las cinco y media dejamos el hotel para el aeropuerto de Madrid en el autobús y dijimos ‘adiós’!!




Alcohol and Irish Society Public Speaking Project 2013.

Pictured at the WRDTF Roscommon Schools Public Speaking Competition in the Abbey Hotel were Emmet Major, WRDTF, Gillian Conway, WRDTF, Lee Murray, Carol Hoare, Rory Cunniffe, Fiona Gallagher, Roscommon CBS Principal, Matthew Farrell, John Waters, Conor Shanagher, Martin Lee, WRDTF, Luke Condon and Pat Conway, WRDTF. The students and staff are from the Roscommon CBS. Picture: Andrew Fox

Pictured at the WRDTF Roscommon Schools Public Speaking Competition in the Abbey Hotel were Emmet Major, WRDTF, Gillian Conway, WRDTF, Lee Murray, Carol Hoare, Rory Cunniffe, Fiona Gallagher, Roscommon CBS Principal, Matthew Farrell, John Waters, Conor Shanagher, Martin Lee, WRDTF, Luke Condon and Pat Conway, WRDTF. The students and staff are from the Roscommon CBS. Picture: Andrew Fox









Transition Year Cycling in conjunction with Roscommon Sports Partnership

In conjunction with Noel Feehily and Roscommon Sports Partnership all students in Roscommon CBS are encouraged to participate in our cycling programme. Students are afforded the possibility of progressing to level 4 in cycling proficiency. Below are some photos of the students using theie newly acquired skills as they head off on their Gaisce expedition.


Transition Year Gaisce overnight camping expedition.

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TY students cooking during their Gaisce expedition All TY students are required to takepart in the Gaisce Bronze award programme. Here in Roscommon CBS our students undertake a 120km cycle over two days. The students are required to cook for themselves under adult supervision as can be seen below….


And after darkness fell the story tellers emerged….