Secondary Schools

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Secondary Schools

We offer a comprehensive programme of activities for Second Level students. Running alongside our wide range of team-bonding adventure activities, we provide field studies, workshops and case-study days designed to reflect and complement themes across Geography, Science, Biology/Ecology, Business and LCVP.

We also encourage schools to take on our exciting adventure activities. We specialise in team-building days with activities that encourage communication, trust, problem-solving and of course lots of fun!

We cater for groups of all sizes (up to 200!). Min. fee for 20 students.

See our Secondary School Brochure.

School Tours

Choose an exciting and educational package from the eight options outlined below:

  • Full-day – from €30 per person (10am-3pm)
  • Half-day – from €15 per person (10am-12pm)

Explore our website to find out more information about each of the activities.

School Packages 2021 - Adventure & Curriculum-linked Activities

Discounted School Saver Rates Quoted (Groups 20+ students)

Package Description: Use your balance and agility to navigate obstacles at 3m and 7m high before taking on Ireland’s longest zipline with stunning views of our beautiful 80-acre woodland and lakes. Minimum height 1.3m.

Duration: 90-120 mins

Price: €20 per student

Kids climbing in the octagon

Package Description: Introductory biking session on woodland trails covering handling, safety, positioning and the mechanics of operating the bike across a series of inclines/declines, cornering, bumps etc. Includes bike hire, helmet and gloves. Group size 10-20 persons. Limited availability, contact for details.

Duration: 2 hours

Price: €20 per person

Package Description: Choose from either Kayaks or Canoes for a water-based activity on our picturesque lakes and take on a range of land-based team challenges to build group rapport. Change of clothes/footwear required.

Duration: 2 hours

Price: €20 per student

Boats & Canoeing

Package Description: Apply problem-solving skills, teamwork and leadership skills to build a giant working catapult using ropes, poles and group communication.

Estimated Duration:  2 hours

Price: €15 per student

Package Description: The ultimate challenge combo – build a group dynamic with a series of Archery target games and a variety of fun, exciting team challenges (physical and mental problem-solving).

Swap Archery for Axe-Throwing for an additional €5 per person.

Duration: 2 hours

Price: €15 per student

Group during team building exercise giant skis

A habitat study of the diverse plant and animal life in our woodland ecosystem using a selection of sampling techniques and methods. The Footprints in Coal interactive multimedia exhibition is also experienced during the Ecology Field Study Day. Here students will see the processes that have shaped the Earth through time and discover more about prehistoric flora and fauna and see amphibian fossils in our fossil room. Groups can choose to do some of our adventure activities also to make the most of the day (additional cost).

Junior Certificate Ecology:
Students will investigate a study site examining organisms including woodland invertebrates and general flora and fauna. A range of techniques and equipment are used (e.g. square and point quadrats, line transect, light-intensity meters, classification keys, sweep nets, pooters and Cryptozoic traps) to observe, examine and record data collected.

The physical and behavioural adaptations of the ecosystem will be explored to aid understanding along with briefly considering the impact of invasive species. An ecology work booklet is provided for each student to record observations and notes to take back to the classroom for further analysis.

Leaving Certificate Ecology:
Students will investigate a study site examining organisms including woodland invertebrates, small mammals and general flora and fauna. A range of sampling techniques and equipment are used (e.g. square and point quadrats, line transect, pooter, mammal trap, classification keys etc.).

The physical and behavioural adaptations of the ecosystem will be explored along with the effect of biotic (living) and abiotic (non-living) factors on plant growth along with briefly considering the impact of invasive species. A variety of environmental factors will be recorded (light, temperature, relative humidity, soil pH, slope angle) to aid further analysis and understanding. An ecology work booklet is provided for each student to record observations and notes to take back to the classroom for further analysis.

Curriculum Areas:

  • Science, Ecology, Geography (Geoecology)
  • Physical Education

Skills Used:
Questioning, Observing, Analysis, Classification, Investigation, Recording, Communication, Selection of Sampling Techniques, Teamwork.

Estimated Duration: 1.5-2 hours

Price: €15 pp

Secondary Schools

Package Description: Follow our maths trail to solve a range of problem-solving challenges in a small team. Practice target skills and teamwork with an Archery session. Swap Archery for Axe-Throwing for an additional €5 per person.

Estimated Duration: 2 hours

Price: €15 per student

 

Woodland Maths Trail – Additional Information

(Activity available as a standalone activity for €10 per student, allow 1.5 hours)

A hands-on, practical Woodland Maths & Numeracy Trail suitable for 2nd level, Junior Cycle students. Informal mathematics education is increasingly recognised as a valuable addition to improving mathematics education in schools (Shoaf et al., 2004). Set in the outdoor space of our 80-acre woodland, this activity aims to engage, motivate and enhance mathematical thinking, numeracy skills and capacities through experiential learning.The trail supports new learning approaches being implemented by second level teachers and offers access to the real-life context required for successful Project Maths learning.

The trail contains a series of student-led challenges across a variety of topics (see curriculum areas below) and students are tasked with completing a number of challenges depending on year group. Students & teachers are encouraged to follow up on their visit to us by devising new challenges to add to the Trail.

The mathematical problems have been devised with input from Senior Maths teachers Carl Lynch (St. Kieran’s College, Kilkenny), Paul Behan (Castlecomer Community School), Jim Marsden and others. We thank them for their support. The research and development of the Woodland Maths Trail was part-funded by the ESB Energy for Generations Fund.

Curriculum Areas:

SECONDARY

Mathematics (e.g. Number line, Triangles, the Circle, Area & Perimeter, Volume, Nets, Coordinate Geometry, Probability, Slope, Trigonometry, Distance-Speed-Time)

Skills Used:
Numeracy, Observation, Counting, Estimation, Measuring, Comparing, Recording, Connecting, Problem-solving, Reasoning, Implementing.

Secondary Schools

Students learn about the development, organisational structure, employment and management of Castlecomer Discovery Park as a Social-Community Enterprise. This is achieved with two components to the day – an interactive context-setting lecture and a guided ‘walk and talk’ through the Park.

Targeted towards the LCVP link modules, this may also be of interest to Business and Tourism students. Specifically for LCVP, the day addresses the following learning outcomes in the Link Modules:

Link Module 1: Preparation for World of Work: Employment in local area, Economic resources in local area, Potential for tourism in local area
Link Module 2: Enterprise Education: Visit to community enterprise, Use of IT by a business

Curriculum Areas:
SECONDARY

  • Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (investigate local business and community enterprises),
  • Business Studies
  • Physical Education

Skills Learned:
Teamwork, Communication, Coordination, Marketing

Estimated Duration: 2 hours

Price: €10 pp. Can add on adventure activities also.

1998 - Castlecomer Discovery Park

Orienteering is available as an add-on activity to any of the above packages for just €3 per student.

Description: Choose from three trail lengths (2.8km, 3.1km, 4km). Navigate the woodland terrain in small teams to find the orienteering posts in the quickest time.

Estimated Duration: 1-2 hours depending on ability.

Price: €3 per student

Two girls Orienteering

Currently not available to large groups due to Covid 19 space restrictions.

Our interactive multimedia exhibition charts the formation of coal through various environmental conditions over 300 million years ago. Students will see the processes that have shaped the Earth through time and discover geology, prehistoric flora and fauna and see amphibian fossils in our fossil room. Students will also hear about the Wandesforde Estate and related historical and industrial heritage. You can even crawl through our mini-mining tunnel to experience the working conditions and methods of a coal miner.

Curriculum Areas:
PRIMARY

  • Social, Environmental and Scientific Education (Geography, Science, History)
  • Discover Primary Science and Maths (Living Things, Natural Environments, Energy and Forces)

SECONDARY

  • Geography (Patterns and Processes in Physical Environment, Patterns and Processes in Economic Activity, Global Interdependence, Culture and Identity)
  • Biology
  • History

Skills Used: Observation, Listening, Interpretation, Communication.

Estimated Duration: 60 minutes

Price: €5 pp

Coal Mining Museum

Booking Terms & Conditions

  • Minimum group fee is for 20 students.
  • Reservations will be held for a maximum of 7 days. You must contact us within 7 days to confirm/cancel your booking otherwise we may release the spaces to another group.
  • Once a booking is confirmed, the teacher/school must submit final student numbers to us at least 7 days before the booking date otherwise we assume the number booked as the final amount. Please note, this is the final number charged, regardless of reduced numbers or refusals to participate on the day.
  • Teachers must accompany students at all times when onsite.
  • Large groups may be split into smaller groups for activities. We will advise you in advance how many groups there will be. Teachers must provide a list of student names per group upon arrival and are responsible for ensuring students remain in their assigned group throughout the day.
  • Schools will be required to complete a Group Acknowledgement of Risk Form and a Group Covid-19 Declaration Form prior to arrival at Castlecomer Discovery Park.
  • All visitors must wear sturdy footwear and bring a raincoat as activities operate regardless of rain. A change of clothes and footwear is required for any water-based activities.
  • If you arrive late, we may not be able to accommodate your group on your chosen activities as we may have another group booked afterwards and it would not be fair to delay their start time. If you are running late, please call us ASAP with a revised arrival time.
  • All students and teachers are requested to bring their own pocket hand-sanitiser and will be asked to sanitise prior to handling equipment. Face masks must be worn in all indoor spaces and whilst safety equipment is being fitted.
  • While there is a private food operator onsite, we advise students and teachers to bring a packed lunch, snacks and water.

Booking

We can combine packages to tailor-make the perfect itineray for your visit. We have no upper limit on groups sizes! To book please contact us today! info@discoverypark.ie or call 056 4440707.