Memories from the 2015 July summer school

Ruairi and Alan wrote about their experience of the July 2015 summer school. Alan who is 14 years old produced the Belfast Lough Sailability and Tall Ships short films featured on this page on his Go Pro. Ruari who is 18 years old and will be starting a degree course in Catholic Theological Studies in Trinity College, Dublin at the end of September.

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Alan, July 2015.

First up is Alan who is 14 years old produced the Belfast Lough Sailability and Tall Ships short films featured on this page on his Go Pro.

Alan said, I am 14 years old and have been coming to the summer School for the last 12 years now.

The reason I love the summer school is because it gives me an opportunity to have fun with people who are in the same boat as me. It is also good because while there is fun there is also exercise but because there is a nice balance between fun and exercise it doesn’t feel much like work. The summer school is set in a very friendly vibe where everybody is so nice and at this point it kind of feels like another family in a way.

The conductors and helpers/assistants that work with us are all great fun and year after year without fail we always manage to keep getting new and nice people to join us.

Alan’s favourite bits about this year’s summer school (there were quite a few!) were:

  • The conductors had us bake something every week and we all had different roles to play in the process.
  • We also went on a lot of outings like visiting the tall ships, sailing, bowling and much more.
  • This years summer school felt much more inclusive for everybody we started our own Facebook page where all the people could take turns writing up reports and other things about outings and stuff we did during the day. I for example did and enjoyed doing two videos with my GoPro camera for the page.
  • This year we also did a lot more stuff with the assistants that was locally based around Donaghadee, which I really enjoyed. We went to get ice creams at Mauds and shopped for our ingredients for the baking.
  • On the second to last day of the summer school in the July group we hosted a quiz for the parents. We each came up with a few tricky questions and were assigned different rounds to call out.
  • But the last day while sad was the most fun of all. Most of the assistants came in their P.J’s and we got to turn the tables on them, as we were the conductors for the day and the assistants and real conductors had to do all the exercises we told them.

So thanks for another great year, I am already looking forward to next year.

Roll on 2016!

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Ruari, July 2015.

Next up is Ruari who is 18 years old and will be starting a degree course in Catholic Theological Studies in Trinity College, Dublin at the end of September.

Ruari wrote, having had a week to reflect on this year’s July’s school, I conclude that once again it has been a resounding success with me personally being stretched to my limits by the lovely conductors Eszter and Dora.

Throughout the month, they demonstrated a dedication to their craft and also a deep kindness and concern for us, the pupils. In addition this year also saw assistants old and new aid us in our endeavours and in this task they demonstrated a commitment to hard work as well as a great sense of humour. All these skills helped make this year another great and memorable one.

Throughout the month we all engaged in various fun activities from our long banter filled walks to the shops to gather ingredients for our messy but tasty cooking through to the general chit chat that saw us through the hard work of the day.

Ultimately my experience this year as always was a positive one and I look forward to seeing what next year’s 20th Summer School will bring.

Finally big congratulations to:

  • Ruairi, on getting into Trinity into the course of his choice
  • Ruairi’s twin brother, Conor, who for several year’s was Joan’s July PA. Conor is starting in September at Dublin City University where he will study Metronic Electrical Engineering
  • Colin, who is Alan’s brother and our DJ, is going to study Marketing at NUI, Maynooth.
  • And last but not least, April Parker is a past pupil of the summer school and a loyal follower of our Facebook page. April is going to UCC to study Politics and French.