The primary focus of our school is academics, however, we offer students the opportunity to take part in many extra-curricular activities over the course of the year. Many of the activities are 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:
- Personal Development Club
- Debating Club
- Team building events
- Gym facilities and classes
Personal Development Club
Our full-time day school students have the opportunity to join our ‘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 taught 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”
Our Principal, Michael Ruaidhri Deasy runs the Debating Club at the Academy.
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.
We run several ice-breaking activities at the beginning of each academic year, to help students get to know one another.