Our mission is to provide high quality, meaningful, valuable, engaging educational experiences for our students by teaching practical internal and external Life Skills which encourages purposeful intrinsic inspired behaviours.
On a practical level, our objectives are to;
1. Provide the opportunity for children to progress and expand their skill set across 4 essential Life Skills in a fun and engaging environment.
2. Foster an attitude of "if it is to be, it's up to me". We expose each child to practical tools and strategies, in a relaxed environment, that helps ground them in their potential during each session.
The 4 Life Skills are Cookery, Self-Defence, Sports Development and Survival Skills.
The course is split into 2 separate but connected terms. Each term is 12 weeks in length.
Within each 12 week term, your child will receive a minimum of 24 hours of exposure across the 4 Life Skills, accumulating 6 hours of tuition in each Life Skill.
The course curriculum will be progressed over the 24 weeks (the two 12 week terms), however, a child can choose to take part in either the 1st or 2nd term or progress from the 1st to the 2nd seamlessly.
The curriculum for each term is different and progressive in nature.
The courses are split into 3 different development stages based on age-appropriate content.
Growth (age 7 - 8)
Proficiency (age 9 - 10)
Leader (age 11 - 13)
The Growth Course, which caters for children ages 7 - 8, commences Saturday the 12th of September 2020. The venues which will be utilised are Blackrock College, Loreto Foxrock and CBC Monkstown.
The Proficiency Course and The Leader Course will commence in September 2021.
Why we use Goal Setting
Goal setting terminology has become synonymously linked with business and a mentality of forcing and striving for success, however, its origin is much more balanced in nature.
Goal setting, in its untainted form, is a self-reflective behaviour that encourages us to think about what we would like to create in our lives instead of drifting with societal norms. It enables us to practice focusing energy and attention on an area of life we wish to transform.
How we use goal setting
Step 1 - Establish what it is that you most love doing. (Dancing, Rugby, spending time with friends)
Goal setting can be frustrating and undermine a person's opinion of themselves if the goals they are setting are not in line with what is most important to them.
That is why it is crucial, when setting a goal, to make sure the person can see how the achievement of the goal is of benefit to them in an area of their lives they value the most.
When we can see how an activity/goal we are engaged in, directly benefits us in an area we really value, the activity/goal itself tends to become more important to us. In turn, we become more resilient in the activity/goal to the inevitable obstacles that appear, and the probability of achieving this goal increases.
In summary, the first step of the goal-setting process is to encourage the children to write down 1 or 2 things they love doing most of all.
Step 2 - Decide on a couple of things you might like to get from the session (make a new friend, get a little better at chopping, ask a question if I don't understand something)
At the beginning of each session, children are encouraged to use their Life Skills Academy Goal Book, to note down a couple of specific things they would like to get better at or accomplish. This is a playful activity, it is child-led and child-centred. The Experts will help the children through the process and be guided by participation levels. Time is allocated at the end of each session to do a short recap and reflection on any goals the children may have set. This time is used to talk through any thoughts the children have in relation to their goals.
Step 3- Think of a few ways how achieving your goal will benefit you in the area of life you most value.
Again this is a no-fuss, playful activity. Children can engage with this as much or as little as they like. As outlined in step 1, this stage is important in order to increase the relevance and importance of the activity in the perception of the person setting the goal. The more we perceive a goal to be in line with something we love doing, the more we increase the probability we will follow through and achieve our objective.
As children, one step at a time, begin to take ownership of little outcomes, the more grounded they become in their ability to control the controllable's. This is a precursor to developing a strong sense of self-belief and self-reliance.
If you or your child wishes, Gavin, Stephen or any of the experts will work with them on an individual basis to set little personal achievement goals based on their ability level in order that they can see and feel real and visible progress.
Time - Saturdays from 12 pm to 2 pm
Locations - The course will be split between Blackrock College, CBC Monkstown and Loreto Foxrock.
Term 1 - €600 - 3 monthly instalments of €200 (12th September, 12th October, 12th November)
Term 2 - €600 euro - 3 monthly instalments of €200
Term 1 and Term 2 - €1000
Fiona Stevens is our lead Expert for cooking during this Life Skills Academy Course.
Fiona is a veteran of the Life Skills Academy and the hospitality sector having worked as a chef in many well-known restaurants in Dublin. Originally trained as a secondary school teacher, Fiona returned to an educational setting working as Head Tutor in Dublin Cookery School. She is currently teaching teenagers in Finglas in a high needs special school.
Children become comfortable navigating around a kitchen. (not just knowing where the cupboard is!)
Children become familiar with the process of turning ingredients and a recipe into something they enjoy.
Fiona carefully selects each recipe for each session based on the needs and ability of the class. Children will experience cooking a wide range of simple, healthy and tasty dishes as well as a couple of desserts that they can share with you at home.
Marcus has been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for the past 8 years. Marcus is Head Coach of the childrens program at the East Coast Jiu Jitsu Academy, teaching over 100 children annually. During his career he has attained the rank of Blackbelt and has won the IBJJF European Champion at Purple Belt, 3 British Open titles and 6 Irish Open titles.
Children learn a set of skills and tools which they can use to de-escalate physical and verbal conflict situations.
Children learn a set of skills and tools to use in a situation where they have been unable to avoid a physical conflict situation.
Children learn to recognise a potentially undesirable situation before it occurs.
For children to feel a sense of empowerment (not foolhardy) in handling challenging situations.
The main focus will be on building a mindset and a practical skillset within the philosophy of self-defense in an engaging and fun learning environment.
The more certainty and self-awareness a person has in their ability to make good decisions in a potentially challenging scenario the more likely a positive outcome will occur.
Scott Lowrie is our lead Expert for Sports Development during this Life Skills Academy Course.
Scott has amassed over a decade of coaching experience in several sports earning a Master’s degree in Sports Coaching & Exercise Science along the way. Currently working in the sports department in St Andrew’s College Junior and Senior school, Scott has been educated under the guidance of the Scottish FA’s coach education pathway and the English FA’s CPD programme.
Develop an appreciation for the capabilities of their physical body irrespective of ability or interest levels in organised sport.
Take part in team challenges designed to give experience playing leadership and team member roles.
The opportunity to experience success and failure and be coached through how to deal with both eventualities.
Experience fun small-sided coordination games that are designed to challenge all ability levels.
A balanced attitude towards the highs and lows which a child will experience through participation in sport is essential for the child to experience the many benefits therein.
Athletically gifted children who have difficulty dealing with success and failure often drop out of sport altogether. The same happens to children who may find themselves out fo their depth among their peers. They label themselves as "not sporty", create a disempowering association and drop out.
As educators, we must try our best to coach children through the numerous pitfalls which may result in children missing the opportunity to experience achievement within the limits of their body's physical capabilities.
Sports development has been created to allow children to perceive achievement based on their individual ability level and to experience "sport" in a more rounded way.
This experience is as important for the star of the team and as it is for the child that feels out of their depth in traditional sporting environments.
Del Logue is our expert for Survival Skills
Del has a background in Education and he is a passionate outdoors man. Del has over eighteen years’ experience as a scout leader in Dublin and has accrued a number of skills and proficiencies including 'The Chief Scout Award'. His passions have taken him on waterway trips in Scandinavia through the Alps and Pyrenees mountains to the Polish wilderness.
To have fun outdoors.
To learn the fundaments of surviving harsh conditions by using what you find in front of you.
Participate in team challenges such as waterproof shelter building, map challenges using Walkie-Talkies and making bow and arrows and traps for hunting in the wilderness.
To gain an awareness of what the outdoors has to offer if all our usual comforts were removed.
Del's approach to learning in an outdoor environment is hands-on with a focus on inclusiveness, participation and fun. Del places particular emphasis on finding aspects of enjoyment for each individual. There will be something for everyone in these sessions.