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.
Sligo Grammar School
School DescriptionSituated in the charming town of Sligo in the north-west of Ireland, Sligo Grammar School overlooks the banks of the dramatic Garavogue river. A town with a fine tradition of the arts, which inspired the famous poet W.B. Yeats, Sligo provides an appropriate setting for a school which prides itself on a strong academic and cultural life. In addition to a challenging curriculum, the school’s strong emphasis on extra-curricular activities contributes greatly to its friendly, family atmosphere. Sligo Grammar School promotes excellence in an inclusive and supportive community where each member is enabled to achieve his or her full potential in life and in learning.
At Sligo Grammar School, all practical subjects have fully-equipped specialist rooms, while all classrooms are provided with computers and data projectors. A computer room, library, full size sports hall, general purpose hall and media room are also provided for general use. English Language tuition is provided for international students, many of whom sit the Cambridge examinations in English. A guidance counsellor is available to students to offer advice on their career options as well as offering a professional counselling service.
Sports and Arts
A typical day at Sligo Grammar School doesn’t end with the last class. The life of the school goes on every day until the early evening, with a wide range of extra-curricular activities. These pursuits give students the opportunity to develop skills, make new friends and are essential to their mental and physical health. Among the many activities on offer are hockey, rugby, basketball, golf, athletics, soccer, canoeing, horse-riding, music, choir, drama, debating and art. Theatre trips and cultural field trips of all kinds take place regularly throughout the school year.
Dormitories and Student Life
Boarders are very important to the life of the school, and the separate boarding houses for boys and girls are under the care of House Parents who act in ‘loco parentis’ with the support of resident staff. Boarders at Sligo Grammar School come from all over the world, as well as from different parts of Ireland, making for a diverse and vibrant community. To emphasize the importance of the family in Irish culture, the school closes every second weekend and students spend this time with an Irish host family, as organised by Educatius. The on-site catering team prides itself on the quality of the meals it provides for its students. A nutritious, balanced diet is provided to all pupils, with a choice of options offered at each meal.
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