Gaisce programme

Gaisce or ‘great achievement’ is a self-development programme for young people between the ages of 15-25 and has been in existence since 1985. To date over 300,000 young people have participated in the Gaisce programme.

Students apply online and complete the tasks during Transition Year. The school “Pal” monitors the students’ progress.

The four key areas are:

  1. Community Involvement

  2. Personal Skill

  3. Physical Recreation

  4. Adventure Journey

With exception to the Adventure Journey, each challenge area requires a minimum participation of 1 hour per week for 13 weeks. The Adventure Journey takes place over a minimum of 2 days and 1 night. Coláiste Muire students can use their week in Cappanalea or Aghado for their Adventure journey.

An additional 13 weeks must be completed in one challenge area of your choice. This could be an activity you really enjoyed, or an activity in which you feel you still have room for improvement. As a result, it will take at least 26 weeks to complete your Bronze Award, however everyone is free to complete the award at their own pace.

About Gaisce

Lá Gasice was celebrated in Colaiste Muire by acknowledging the students who completed their Gasice training in 2020. They are credit to the school and we are all very proud of them. Here is some of their feedback #LaGaisce2020.

Pictured above with Principal, Ms. Doherty and Gaisce coordinator, Linda Gleason Walsh are: Rebecca Deasy, Bebhinn Lombard, Lily-Mai Keohane, Eilis O’Donoghue and Eoin McDaid

The students commented on the new skills they have learned, the importance of being active in your community, trying out new things, time management and challenging yourself.

They said that Gaisce is important because it shows that once you out your mind to anything you can accomplish it. It opens up new possibilites and you get the chance to meet new people

This achievement is even more remarkable because it was completed during the Lockdown period. Students commented that they used Gaisce to remain productive despite being under restrictions.