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Cappanalea NCOET can provide the expertise and specialist equipment to meet the needs of schools, in orienteering skills, land based or water-based activities, camping or team challenge initiatives.

Cappanalea NCOET offer an extensive programme for post primary schools. We run specific programmes for Junior Cycle students, Transition Year students and Senior Cycle students to include aspects of the national curriculum. Below you will find details of our most popular second level school programmes, but the courses we run can be specifically designed and tailored to meet individual school needs.

The Cappanalea NCOET five-day EXPLORE Course is one of our most popular courses designed for Transition year students. Over the initial three days, students learn the various skills necessary for the completion of a two-day expedition over the lakes and hills of Kerry. On the fourth and fifth days the students tackle this expedition under their own steam. During the expedition, the students must cope with the stresses of an arduous journey in a wilderness environment. They must confront the physical challenges of mountain climbing, abseiling, canoeing and camping. They must work as a group to reach collective decisions, share the skills and the chores of expedition, and assist weaker team members so that everyone succeeds. Following the expedition there is a period of reflection, where parallels are drawn from the experiences encountered on the expedition and with those found in everyday life: -

The value of training and learning in order to achieve higher goals

Confronting Challenges in life

The ability to contribute to and reach decisions

The need to work together

An individual’s contribution to the overall aim of a team

Respect for a unique and unspoiled environment.

Year after year, students and teachers tell us that the week in Cappanalea NCOET on the EXPLORE Course was the best week of their schooling. We have no doubt that the week will provide everyone with lifelong lessons and memories standing to them long into adulthood. EXpedition in Personal and Life Skills through OutdooR Education
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Cappanalea NCOET can tailor team building courses to suit the needs of the school. Whether as a teambuilding introduction for amalgamation of classes into transition year, or to bond with new school entrants, no team is too small, or no school group is too big. Cappanalea NCOET has successfully delivered exciting team building events to class groups, year groups and multi school groups.  
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Cappanalea National Centre for Outdoor Education and Training, on behalf of Kerry ETB, run an adventure expedition for Senior Cycle students throughout our schools and Centres in Kerry.

This expedition is part of the Kerry Active School Programme. The expedition is open to students, who are involved in the PE programme.

The expedition is normally run over the Easter break,

A group of ten or twelve students, aged 15 to 17 years old, will be invited to engage in the Adventure Expedition. It is a five-day self-contained wilderness journey. Students, along with two instructors from Cappanalea NCOET, will pack and carry everything necessary for 4 nights camping. They will also

undertake projects and compile journals as a means of recording the expedition. PE teachers would be welcomed to participate in the full expedition or undertake a part of it.

The Wilderness expedition and remote camping creates an indelible impression in the minds of young people. Here in Kerry, we have a strong and rich tradition of expedition. The unique wilderness environment lends itself to outdoor adventure. The expertise in Cappanalea and throughout the county can be harnessed to expedite this educational and adventure initiative.

TAKE THE NEXT STEP – If you are a Senior Cycle Student and are interested in joining this Adventure Expedition, you are invited to submit a letter/email of expression of your interest in the expedition and the benefits which your involvement will bring to the adventure. Please make sure to identify your school or centre and your year group in your letter or email

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Cappanalea NCOET is well positioned to support teachers in the delivery of the Adventure Activities Module of the Junior Cycle Physical Education Curriculum.

The Kerry ETB inter-schools JCPE Rich Task Orienteering Event is now an annual event. There are over 600 students taking part in the orienteering event. These comprise of both of Kerry ETB schools and other Kerry secondary schools, who teach the JCPE model.

     
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Cappanalea NCOET continues to prove itself to be one of the premier providers for Transition Year outdoor education programmes. The popular Outdoor Challenges (see Outdoor Courses) and the Explore Courses give students unique opportunities to use the outdoors as a medium for learning. The memories students create from adventure challenges and expeditions will last them a lifetime. Cappanalea NCOET can tailor team building courses to suit the needs of the school. Be it a teambuilding introduction for amalgamation of classes into transition year, or to forge bonds between new school entrants. We cater for groups sizes big or small. Cappanalea NCOET has successfully delivered exciting team building events to class groups, year groups and multi-school groups.Cappanalea Transition Year Programme
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