The primary focus of our school is academics, however, we will be offering students the opportunity to take part in many extra-curricular activities over the course of the year. Many of the activities will be supervised by the teachers and organised by the student which will help develop leadership and organisational skills.
Below are some of the extra-curricular activities that are made available to students at The Academy:
- Physical exercise groups
- Personal Development
- Debating clubs
- Team building events
- Careers day
- and many more planned activities
We will also be hosting a Debs for 6th Year students post Leaving Certificate.
Our full-time day school students have recently been attending our newly launched ‘Personal Development Club’. The club which is run by Chris Lauder, founder of The Academy, and David Lewis, maths and biology teacher at The Academy, aims to teach students life skills that are generally not thought in schools.
Topics covered to date have been:
- Communication skills
- Morning routines
- How to face your fears and breakthrough
- How to develop lifelong habits
- How to set practical and achievable goals for success
The club has proved very popular with students with numbers attending the 8am club rising week on week.
Speaking on the success of the Personal Development Club, Chris Lauder said;
“It has been brilliant to see the uptake for the club so far. I am a big believer that school is not just about developing the results a student receives but is about developing the person, improving them and letting them realise their potential. This club has been a huge success and has exceeded our expectations for it’s first series of classes. It has shown to us that there is an appetite amongst the students to learn life skills and not just to fully focus on grades. Clubs like this are helping our students manage the stress of the Leaving Cert”
The Dublin Academy of Education has partnered with our neighbours FlyeFit gym to help promote a healthy lifestyle for our students. Full-time day school students can avail of discounted monthly and annual membership of FlyeFit gyms.
As part of our partnership, FlyeFit give talks to our students on nutrition and exercise to help steer them in the right direction.
On Wednesday 9th January 2019 the Academy held it’s first Careers Day for 5th and 6th Year students. The day was jam-packed with a variety of speakers from different industries. Some of our speakers on the day included those from fields such as Law, Medicine, Finance, Education Fitness, and Marketing.
The day was an interactive way for students to get a greater understanding of different areas of study and also discover career paths they may not have considered before. Feedback from the day was excellent and we look forward to hosting many more events like this for our students!
The most popular talk on the day covered studying Law and the various career paths it can lead to. The students heard from two different speakers from two different areas of the legal profession. Stuart McCarron spoke to the students about life working as a solicitor in the fast-paced law firm McCann Fitzgerald. Next up was John O’Regan, to share a different perspective, life working as a Barrister. Overall, the students were given a good overview of what it is like to actually study law as a college course and also the challenges and opportunities, once you have achieved that law degree!
The full list of speakers was as follows:
- Jane Last – Head of News, INM
- Jamie White – Entrepreneur, Leading Social
- Michelle McCarthy – Digital Consultant, Facebook
- Rachel Kearon – Head Pharmacist, Grants Pharmacy
- Stuart McCarron & John O’Regan – Solicitor & Barrister, McCann Fitzgerald & Law Library
- Emily Deasy – Oncologist, Mater Hospital
- Marcus Spring – Financial Services, Ram Capital
- Ross Lauder – Owner, Tech Net Solutions
- Bairbre McGlade – Art Director, Boys & Girls
- Karl O’Sullivan – Trainer, FlyeFit Gym
- Amy Green – Secondary Teacher, Loreto on the Green
To check out all the action from the day, check out the video below: