' TEN KILOMETRES to celebrate 10 years' was the inspiration for a sponsored walk involving more than 600 staff and students from Coláiste Chraobh Abhann school in Kilcoole last week.
The walk was the first activity to mark the start of the year-long celebration of the school's tenth anniversary.
Students and staff departed from the school in high spirits, taking a route down towards the beach at Kilcoole.
At the beach, junior students took a route through Newcastle and senior students walked along the coast to Greystones and back to the school via Charlesland.
A small number of students with reduced mobility walked to the graveyard in Kilcoole.
The outing was hugely enjoyed by everyone. 'It was really good fun, and a bit easier than we thought,' said Emma Kavanagh and Jessica Scott, two Transition Year students who took part in the walk. The walk along Kilcoole beach was the most enjoyable part, they said. Shane Eivers, principal of Coláiste Chraobh Abhann, said the walk was a truly memorable occasion for the school. ' The sponsored walk was thoroughly enjoyed by all members of our school and wider community who participated in the event,' he said.
Everyone was looking forward to the remaining activities planned to celebrate the school's 10th Anniversary, he added.
'It's a great way to kick off the tenth anniversary celebrations,' said Tom Fortune, chair of the Coláiste Chraobh Abhann board of management, who accompanied staff and students on the walk. Members of the school's Parents Council also accompanied the students on the walk, and worked as marshals at important points along the route. They also welcomed the returning walkers with refreshments at the school. The organising committee, chaired by Ms Sharon Smith, carried out extensive preparations for the event. The next event celebrating the school's decade will be an open night tomorrow (Thursday.)