“There is clear evidence of excellent management, teaching and learning in this centre” (ACELS Inspectors)
“At St Tiernan’s great care is taken to match students to their host families. There is a very good level of pastoral care through a system of supervisors.” (EAQUALS Inspectors)
Our Homestay Junior Programme is located in St Tiernan’s Community School, Dundrum, Dublin 16. Dundrum is a safe, middle class residential suburb of Dublin located 25 minutes south of city centre.
The location of Dundrum offers the ideal setting for a language school for juniors. All our host families are within walking distance of the school so students can come and go to school on foot, in groups each day.
Dundrum itself is home to one of the biggest shopping centres in Dublin – the aptly named Dundrum Town Centre – as well as offering a number of beautiful green parks surrounding the homes where our students stay.
On Sundays, many students and leaders take the LUAS (Dublin’s tram system) into city centre. There is a direct link from Dundrum to Stephen’s Green and the journey takes approximately 20 minutes.
The school is a large, single storey building which can accommodate up to 650 students during term time. We use up to 15 purpose built, bright and airy classrooms. There is also a large assembly hall, dedicated table tennis room, computer lab with internet access and extensive playing fields outside for sports.
The playing fields outside allow students to participate in a number of sporting activities in the afternoons such as football, basketball, volleyball or baseball, not to mention the typical Irish sports of Hurling and Gaelic Football which we also teach the students.
For non sporting students, we also offer activities such as art, table tennis, videos, board games, quizzes and indoor party games.
In our Homestay school, we also offer students the opportunity to take part in an Intensive English programme. Students join the regular morning classes and, instead of taking part in campus activities on two afternoons a week they take part in extra English language classes in small groups of maximum 6 students. These classes serve as an addition to our morning classes and focus on fluency development, giving students the opportunity to practise more speaking and listening in a classroom environment.
All our host families are within walking distance of the school and students can walk to and from the school with their other friends who live in the same areas.
In general, our junior students share a bedroom with another student in the school. We maintain a policy of one student per nationality per house, unless requested otherwise.
A handbook is issued to families at the beginning of each summer which outlines clearly their responsibilities to their students and our expectations of them. Families are visited regularly and, as our accommodation officer lives in the same area we have regular contact with them even outside the summer period.
Many of our families have been welcoming our junior students for more than 10 years and often students return to the same family for two or three years in a row and form strong relationships with their “Irish Family” during the rest of the year.
Families provide full board accommodation – breakfast, packed lunch and evening meal each day.
In our homestay school we arrange three evening activities per week. These activities are designed to give students more opportunities to have fun while practising their English.
Typical evening activities include Irish dancing, karaoke, ultimate frisbee, football or arts and craft. We also arrange a disco for the students every two weeks.[/vc_column][/vc_row]