So it's the end of our lovely Italian boys' first day full day in Ireland, and Leo, Matteo and Ale have settled in well!
Last night, we went to the cinema to see Jurassic World which we all agreed was excellent but a bit scary! Thank god, there are no T-rex in Celtic Bridge!
Today, the boys and Dad went to Ferns Castle to discover the history of Ireland in the 11th century! Larry, the tour guide told lots of interesting stories about the Castle and its' former residents. That man is a magnificent story-teller!
After that, the boys got to explore Gorey town, our local town (it's very very safe, don't worry Italian Mammas!).
Check in tomorrow to see what other adventures the boys are having!
In Ireland, when the sun comes out, everyone goes bananas! On good sunny days, it's common for businesses like Google and Dell to allow their employees to go home early!
Last Saturday, with the return of the beautiful sunny weather, Juanito decided that he wanted to try swimming in the river, but only lasted 30 seconds in the icy, cold water! So, I decided to make a waterslide in the front garden for the students, so that they could keep cool in the hot weather!
The boys in particular had lots of fun on the slide, and enjoyed using all of the Fairy Liquid to make them slide even faster! Unfortunately, Goncalo didn't listen to me when I told him to let his sunscreen dry, so he got sunburnt!
Sebas and I went out and bought an ice-cream, and then we spent the afternoon trying to find a good place for our swing. As it happened, Sebas found out that he had a talent for climbing trees and ended up spending half an hour sitting in a tall tree, admiring the view!
A good day was had by all!
I know I keep saying this on this blog, but we are so blessed with the students we have this year! They are kind to each other, respectful, polite and have a great sense of fun. I'm proud to say that they are very much like having six wonderful younger siblings!
When Dad and Mum are out for the evening, it falls to me, Maria, to be the responsible adult... For those of you who know me very well, the term "adult", while correct in terms of my age (I'm almost 25!), does not really reflect the way I act at times! I watch a lot of Disney movies and will talk about fictional characters as though they are real! Most teenagers would take advantage of the "real" adults being out for the evening, but these students and I have such a wonderful relationship that they know that if they do what they are told, they will be in for an entertaining evening.
After a dinner of takeaway pizza (something I treat them to when I can!), we were watching YouTube videos in the kitchen when we came across some Try Not to Laugh challenges. These particular videos involved keeping water in your mouth while trying not to laugh at a series of funny videos. We decided to try it for ourselves and had so much fun trying not to spit our water onto each other!
It's this kind of activity that is only possible when there is a strong relationship between the students and I; I certainly wouldn't have attempted it otherwise!
As you can imagine, we all failed miserably, and the kitchen floor got so wet that Sebas even took out a mop to dry it, which surprised everyone, as we didn't think he'd know how to work one! :) Take a look at the video below!
We are so proud of our wonderful Portuguese student, Goncalo (front row, 4th from the left), after his team won the Leinster provisional rugby final today!
The match was played against Dundalk Grammer School, in Donnybrook, Dublin. It was a challenging match but Gorey came out with the win, with the help of Goncalo! Three of our students, Dori, Carlota and Luana went to Dublin to support him and his father even came over from Lisboa!
Goncalo has been playing with the Gorey Community School senior rugby team since the beginning of the year and is a valued member of the team! We are very proud of him!
So...who wants an early-bird rate for 2018?
Okay, okay...we hear you - but you better hurry!
The first 18 deposits of €500.00 received by April 1st, for a Summer Camp place in 2018, will receive a 10% discount!
After hours of trawling through hours of videos and photos, here it is! Check out our new SUMMER 2018 video!
January 6 is 'El Dia de Los Reyes'!
We are celebrating too, with a special 10% discount on the first 3 HomeStay bookings received in 2018! [full year only].
So hurry, hurry!
Get on your camels now and apply here!
Christmas is a time for family and decorating the house for Christmas is an important family activity here in Ireland.
Over the weekend, with the help of the students and my young cousins who were down for the weekend, we decorated the house from top to bottom!
As the song goes, "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!".
While clearing out my computer, I came across some wonderful videos and photos from our lovely Camp 2 students. This one made me laugh so much! Teaching the students Irish dancing is always one of my favourite activities. It never fails to amazing me how good some of the students are... and how *ahem* interesting *ahem* others' interpretations are!
Featuring the witticisms of Maria and the enthusiastic musings of our students
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