Secondary Schools

Fun Activity Programme

Teenagers Chatting Around TableEvery year thousands of Irish teenagers got back to their roots here at Causey Farm – this is a brilliant programme for team-building and fun, and is suitable for all secondary school classes.

They all really love getting down to basics, eating their own home-made bread after a busy day on the farm and bog. The programme lasts for 4 hours and includes:

Bodhrán Session

Each student plays a traditional bodhrán and learns to accompany the different rhythms of traditional Irish music including jigs, polkas and reels.

Céilí Dancing

BTTB_Seige2We can teach any group The Siege of Ennis – it is a fabulous class bonding activity and even the most reticent of classes are laughing before long.

Team-building Challenges

Activities designed to encourage people to stretch their capabilities and to embrace teamwork.

Trip to the Bog & Traditional Turf-Cutting

Tractor-Trailer ride down to the bog, where students discover how the bogs were formed, and the history surrounding them. Optional Bog-jumping (change of clothes required).

Sheepdog Demonstration

See how our dogs control the sheep and how they help the farmer with his work.

Farm Visit

Meet the farmyard animals and maybe even milk a cow.

Make Soda Bread

Everyone makes their own brown bread and we eat it later with butter and jam and drinks.

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Junior Cert Geography Field Trip

Curriculum-Based Farm Study

Students are introduced to the work on the farm. We discuss the inputs and outputs of the farm production cycle, and the work carried out from season to season. This 300 acre farm produces beef cattle, sheep, wheat and barley. We provide a study document to each student which has a number of questions to trigger their enquiries and over a morning spent visiting the fields and sheds, they can find the answers to all these questions. The information gathered will form the basis of their field study report. Download Farm Study Document here.

Bogland Visit

Students visit a raised bog and are introduced to the history and geography and flora of Irish bogs.

s-henbodhranCultural Activities

Céilí dancing, bodhrán Workshop and optional Brown Bread-making.

The programme lasts 4 hours, and includes the Farm Walk, Bogland Visit and some fun cultural activities – Céilí dancing, bodhrán workshop and optional bog-jumping.

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Junior Cert Ecology and Physics Field Trip

Scientific Study of an Eco-System

Students are led in a detailed investigation of both the plants and animals in the habitat, using keys to identify each. This leads to the identification of a food web. We also look at the possible threats to this habitat and the individual plants and animals growing there. Students use investigation equipment including pooters, a line transect, quadrants, magnification boxes, beating trays and a pitfall trap.

Physics Experiments

To Show that Light Travels in Straight Lines and to Explain How Shadows are Formed – A blackened out room gives these experiments real meaning. To Demonstrate and Explain the Use of a Simple Periscope – Students make a ten foot high periscope which enables students to see things outside a very high window.

The programme lasts for 4 hours, which includes the above science programmes and an hour of farm fun – bog jumping, céilí dancing or farm visit.

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2 Day Transition Year Team-building Trip

A Programme of Fantastic Adventure, Personal Development and Teambuilding. The 2 day programme includes:

  • A visit to Causey Farm, where the group will take part in numerous fun, educational and cultural activities – turf-cutting, céilí dancing, bog-jumping, making brown soda bread as well as fun and energetic team bonding exercises
  • Guided tour of Slane Castle
  • Overnight in Slane Farm Hostel – a beautifully converted coach-house and stables on a working farm www.slanefarmhostel.ie
  • Hike up to the Hill of Slane
  • Visit the Battle of the Boyne Site – a landmark in Irish history
  • Visit Newgrange – our 5,000 year old World Heritage Site in the heart of the Boyne Valley
  • Bowling at Funtasia, Drogheda
  • Bus transport to and from any school within fifty miles of the Boyne Valley and all bus journeys throughout the two days.
  • Lunch and Dinner on Day 1 and Breakfast on Day 2

The total price for the above is €99 per student based on a minimum number of 25 students.

We have used Causey Farm to induct students in new programmes, enhance relationships with students from our twin schools in Germany and France and as incentive trips to encourage positive student behaviour in the classroom. The friendly educational and fun-filled format works every time.

Tullamore College

We are writing this letter to you on behalf of everyone in our transition year group at Ashbourne Community School. Our entire group, teachers included, all agreed that it was a fantastic experience and we all got in touch with our inner culchie as promised! We really had a brilliant day!

Ashbourne Community School

We brought Transition Years to Causey Farm not really knowing what to expect. We had a fantastic day and we’ve been back several times. Fun, educational and a great bonding experience. An absolute must for city students.

St Colmcilles Community School, Knocklyon