Hi, my name is Gabriella. I'm from southern Italy but now I'm in Ireland for an exchange semester. I left Italy on August 21st, so I've been living in this enchanting country for over a month already but what makes this adventure extraordinary is the fact that you never stop learning from the first day to the last. I tried to think about the things I learnt the first week of my life as an exchange student and I would like to share with you the five most important.
School DescriptionLocated on the banks of the picturesque River Shannon, just outside the city centre of Limerick, Villiers School is a co-educational private day and boarding school. Founded in 1821, the school is one of the most highly-respected educational institutions in Ireland. Despite almost two hundred years of history, the main campus consists of modern buildings: science laboratories, IT centres, art and technology studios, a large library and bright, spacious classrooms. Through a stimulating curriculum of Transition Year subjects, Leaving Certificate subjects, the prestigious International Baccalaureate and a wide range of extracurricular activities, Villiers students are prepared for top universities worldwide and nurtured to grow academically, creatively and socially.
Sports and Arts
Sports are integral to life at Villiers School and the AstroTurf football pitch, new sports hall and state-of-the-art fitness gym mean that students have the very best facilities on offer to them. School sports on offer include boys' and girls’ hockey, rugby, basketball, athletics, badminton, table tennis and soccer. Striving to maximize the full potential of each student, the school also offers a wide variety of study options and extracurricular activities. Students can learn to play the saxophone, piano, percussion, flute or guitar. A modern studio for design, technology and art has been built recently, and along with the school theatre it offers students the perfect environment to immerse themselves in preparation for much-loved annual drama productions and fashion shows.
Dormitories and Student Life
Attending Villiers School as a boarder is always a popular choice with both international students and local students alike. There are 3 comfortable and homely boarding residences on campus. About 40% of the school’s boarding population is international and the rest are Irish students. School staff provide great pastoral support, creating a home away from home for the duration of the student’s stay. To emphasise the importance of the family in Irish culture, Villiers School closes every second weekend and students spend this time with an Irish host family, as organised by Educatius.
The school has a long tradition of welcoming international students from around the world, and promotes a culture where everyone’s contribution as both an individual and a representative of other cultures and customs is highly valued. In return the school offers international students the opportunity to sample Irish culture and hospitality and make memories and friends for life while receiving a first-class education from one of the top schools in the country.
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