F.A.Q

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Question 1: What is the camp’s philosophy and program emphasis?
Answer:
Our school’s philosophy is to provide an insight into the history, culture and landscape of Ireland & its Celtic past through an international integration and activiites programme.

Question 2: What age group does your camp cater for?
Answer:
Our course is designed for students from 11 to 18 years of age. Students mix in in discrete age groups.

Question 3: How many students does your camp cater for?
Answer:
In 2007 we had 538 student between July 1st and August 27th. The average number of students on-site each day was 188

Question 4: What is your student to supervisor ratio?
Answer:
Last year the ratio of adult supervisors to students was 8:1.

Question 5: What is the average age of supervisors?
Answer:
All of our supervisors have been University graduates who take part in the teaching of the programme. Ages range from 24/25 to 64. (Our most energetic and popular member of staff. We have a small number of young ‘assistants’ whose job is to liaise and socialize with the students. Their role is to assist with minor administrative duties and help students feel at home. They are not in any way responsible for the students.)

Question 6: What is the background of the staff?
Answer:
All of our staff are university graduates, and the management staff have been in this field for a minimum of ten years.

Question 7: Do staff receive an special training?
Answer:
All of our staff receive a full induction and are given a manual that deals with the various eventualities that arise on a summer camp.

Question 8: What kind of medical facilities are available?
Answer:
Although a number of the school staff are trained in first aid, the school’s policy is to transfer students to the hospital which is across the street from the school. In the event where an accident may occur off-site, staff are instructed to apply basic first-aid and wait for professional medical assistance – doctor, ambulance, transfer to casualty/emergency room.

Question 9: How are behavioral and disciplinary problems handled?
Answer:
Students and parents are given a clear copy of our terms & conditions before applying to which everyone is expected to adhere. Minor infractions are usually handled in a good-humuored conversational manner, then progressing to a more formalised corrective action solution in the form of a meeting with the student and course co-ordinator. Should this not be effective, more assertive steps will be taken – (See terms & conditions).

Question 10: What is the ethos of the school as regards discipline?
Answer:
We feel that we have a healthy and pragmatic approach to self-discipline among our students. The atmosphere on campus is generally relaxed yet focused. We have busy schedules and generally speaking, poor behaviour is not common. Students are here to have fun and to learn and we encourage a collegial environment. Issues arising are dealt with amicably yet firmly. In the rare event that a behavioural situation begins to deteriorate, further steps are taken. A full step by step description is available in our terms and conditions.

Question 11: What insurance arrangements are in place?
Answer:
The school is fully insured for public liability. Students are advised to take out personal health insurance before arriving on the course.

Question 12: How does your school handle home-sickness and other emotional issues?
Answer:
All students arriving without a leader are assigned a staff mentor, who makes contact with them on a regular basis. They ensure that the students are adjusting to camp life and are mixing with the other students. They also ensure that students are in regular contact with home, where possible. Emotional issues of a more serious nature will be communicated to the student’s parent(s) and they may be requested to advise on the appropriate response.

Question 13: What is the camp’s ethos as regards special needs?
Answer:
The campus and accommodation are very accessible to those with special needs. Prior discussion with parents may be required in relation to the student’s participation in activities.

Question 14: Does the school have a particular religious ethos?
Answer:
Only of tolerance to all religions, faiths and beliefs. Should parents wish certain practices to be observed, a member of staff will be assigned to assist in this.

Question 15: How is accommodation arranged?
Answer:
There are male and female blocks. No mixing is allowed in the blocks. Infractions will incur a corrective action, such as the withdrawl of certain privileges or access to certain activities. The school management of course prefers that this would not be necessary and would ask students to respect the rules of the school.

Question 16: Is acommodation serviced regularly?
Answer:
Yes. Apartments are serviced once per week; this includes a change of bed linen, towels and a basic tidying of the apartment. We do, however encourage students to keep their apartments in a reasonably tidy condition as this helps students stay in a positive state of mind throughout their stay.

Question 17: What should students bring with them in their baggage?
Answer:
Comfortable shoes and sensible clothes. The Irish summer can be unpredictable and it’s better to be safe than sorry. Although towels are provided in the apartments, it is a good idea to bring a towel if you intend to go to the beach for the day as it is not permitted to remove them from apartments.

Question 18: Are dietary restrictions taken into consideration?
Answer:
On each application form there is a field entitled Special Dietary Needs. Parents should state clearly and fully any medical conditions related to dietary intake, food allergies, etc and what is required to facilitate these needs.

Question 19: What is the schools ethos as regards diet & nutrition?
Answer:
We work with a professional catering company that has many years experience in designing healthy & tasty menus, that are calory controlled.

Question 20: What about portion sizes? Do students ever complain of being hungry?
Answer:
Portion sizes are generous, but if a student is particularly hungry they may request more when being served at the counter. We do not encourage going back for seconds as it presents practical issues.

Question 21: What’s on the menu?
Answer:
Menu is available on request and students can tick their choices in advance so that they can ensure they have their preference.

Question 22: Are there vegetarian options?
Answer:
Yes. There is a vegetarian option with each meal.