Marist students take part in new Aspire programme

Marist students take part in new Aspire programme

St Mary’s College were involved in the launch of a new programme called Aspire last week.

Aspire aims to teach students many key skills in the areas of public speaking, creative expression, study skills and mindfulness.

The Aspire Academy hosted a one-day programme in the school over the mid-term for transition year and fifth year students.

In the course students learn and put into practice the practical life skills they will use each day to make their own successes. The programme helps them before confident so that they can work to attain whatever goal they set their sights on whilst maintaining a strong sense of personal well-being.

The course on Holy Thursday focused on the areas of spontaneous creativity, strategies to support and strengthen voice for public speaking, developing presence and confidence for interpersonal communcation, cultivating mindfulness practice for student well-being, improving study skills and exploring future ambitions.

Students said they really enjoyed the programme with several saying the mindfulness section was the most interesting part.

Aspire are launching their five day Summer Teen Academy in Dundalk this summer.

An information meeting will take place in the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Thursday May 4th from 7pm to 9pm with the programme then taking place in Creative Spark from July 10th to 14th.

Aspire will also present workshops in June and July for parents of young children in the areas of positive social and emotional behaviour and language and communication development.

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Pictured above: St Mary’s College students who took part in the one-day programme from Aspire last week. Back Row (l-r): Eimear Kelly, Holly Lambe Sally, Peter Lambe Fagan, Niamh Walsh, Eoghan McGee, Aimee Coburn and Ainnle Kinney. Front Row (l-r): Sadhbh Rafferty, Kerrie Gregory, Nicole Cumiskey, Kerry Lawless and Katie Rice.

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