Due to generous funding, a group of Stlouis and Kilkeel high students had the wonderful opportunity to spend four days together on a residential.
The event took place in the Shared Village, Enniskillen, starting Tuesday the 10th of October. The aim of the trip was to increase good relations between the students as there were originally none because of the instilled historical divide caused by religion. While we live in a modern era and young people usually ignore this divide, unfortunately, there are still prejudices within our community and projects like this aim to bring both sides of the community together to foster mutual understanding.
Upon arrival we were separated into groups. This allowed us to mix with each other and make friends. From this point we took part in a range of team building activities that were not only fun but taught us a lot about the importance of communication and teamwork.
Afterwards, we were treated to a delicious dinner provided by the centre, which was much appreciated by the group after those tiring activities!
Thanks to the teachers and staff who came with us from the schools we had a great night packed with quizzes, prizes and even a dance battle. If that wasn’t enough we ended the night with an activity organised by the shared centre staff. This bizarre activity included each student being blindfolded and walking through the forest in a line joined by hands on shoulders.
Over the next three days we took part in a range of activities, from water sports to rock-climbing. Personally Kayaking was my favourite, as I have never done it before.
For me, the trip was about new experiences, I got over my fear of heights and climbed to the top of the wall, I mountain biked when I haven’t been on a bike in years and it was my first time ever doing water sports and I enjoyed every second of it. My friends and I commented on how helpful and patient the staff were, they understood that some people may have been anxious and talked us through each activity and made us perfectly aware of the safety precautions. No one was forced into doing something they did not feel uncomfortable doing.
The site was great, there was plenty of space for us and for our activities. I have already commented on the food, but it was great, although I would have preferred more vegan options, what they supplied me with was delicious.
Here are quotes from three pupils who attended the residential:
“It was a worthwhile experience, I enjoyed learning about different cultures especially in our own town.”
Chloe Murney, St Louis Grammar School.
“It was good meeting new people from a different community and getting to know them”
Ben Berry, Kilkeel High School.
“I liked interacting and working with students my own age that I wouldn’t normally hang out with.”
Jodie Knox, St louis Grammar School