The Transition Year students were recently put through their paces by the Close Encounters Self Defence group. The 80 students were shown how important it is to be able to protect themselves without doing harm. It was a full day of physical exercise and vital information, but proved to be great fun too! Thanks to the Close Encounters leaders and to Miss Sheil for organising what as always proves to be a highlight of the year for TY students. One TY student, Aobha Brennan, summarized what took place as follows: "On the 5th of December, TY’s had self defence in the sports hall. In the morning before break we focused in on how to stand when someone approaches you looking for a fight, punches and elbowing. We used pads so we weren’t hitting each other. After break we did groin kicks, kneeing and hip drives until lunch. When lunch finished we got to wrestle each other and use what we learned to win a fight we used helmets to protect our faces from being hit.
We then watched a video about punch speeds and how to block a punch."... Sounds exhausting, but fun! Faith Savage, also from TY, added: "I really enjoyed the day and was one of my favourite workshops. I like this the most because we never did anything like that before in school."