We are delighted to welcome Fiona Stevens back for her fourth Excellence camp.
Fiona is a veteran of the hospitality sector having worked as a chef in many well known restaurants in Dublin. Originally trained as a secondary school teacher and wanting to teach attainable cooking skills to the masses, 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.
Fiona is passionate about the importance of equipping children with the skills to eat well for the rest of their lives – teaching them to cook, exposing them to a wide range of different foods and cuisines, giving them a basic understanding of nutrition and above all encouraging them to enjoy food.
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.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a very innovative modern martial art widely known as the most effective form of self-defence. It teaches a smaller person how to defend against a larger adversary by using leverage and proper technique.
By the end of the week we hope all campers will have a greater appreciation and interest in the art of self-defence. A practical awareness of how to defend one’s self has been shown to increase a child’s self-esteem, confidence and discipline as well as developing coordination, balance and fitness.
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, he has a growing respected reputation within Irish youth soccer working within the Cabinteely’s LOI and DDSL set ups.
His methods are built on the strong belief of utilising his coaching skills to help build character and confidence through sport, facilitating the opportunity for children and young people to achieve a sense of accomplishment.
During each of our LSA camps Scott aims to deliver a learning environment that teaches skills to help nurture the unique individual talents and characters of all our campers. Through Sports skills we aim to create the optimal positive learning environment that will bring the campers out of their comfort zone, building confidence and improving coordination, functional movement, balance, reaction skills and their decision-making process.
By the end of the week we hope our campers will leave with an enthusiastic and more confident manner in which to engage in physical activity and sport in their school and social environments.
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 interests include mountaineering, camping, survival challenges, pioneering and backwoods skills. These passions have taken him on waterway trips in Scandinavia through the Alps and Pyrenees mountains to the Polish wilderness.
Del's approach to learning in an outdoor environment is hands on with a focus on inclusiveness participation and fun with particular emphasis on finding aspects of enjoyment for each individual. During the camp Del will introduce campers to the fundamentals of outdoor pursuits. These will include how to build a survival shelter in your back yard, raft making, signalling, map navigation and other specialist skills needed to survive in the wild.
By the end of the week we hope our campers will leave with an appreciation of the outdoors and will have some basic skills which will be helpful if ever stranded in the wilderness!!
Spain Hughes-Fagan is the director of Ripcoder Club in Monkstown where she mixes her interest in coding and engineering with her love of teaching. Spain moved to Ireland from Canada in 1999 after completing her MBA in marketing and IT. Spain worked as a web-developer, building content management systems for websites until 2015 when she set up Ripcoder Club.
It was through her involvement with the CoderDojo movement that Spain first became involved with teaching coding to children.
Spain is also very involved in the Maker community and recently successfully completed a year-long project to established a Maker Lab and developed a Maker, Science-based educational projects program at Explorium, the National Sport and Science Centre.
Spain believes that making classes fun and giving campers a sense of achievement is of fundamental importance when introducing children to a new experience. She believes that teaching code to children should be quite different from teaching code to adults and she spends a large amount of her time developing curriculum for classes, with an emphasis on fun, that kids find exciting and rewarding.
Dave Turner is the owner & lead trainer at Turnaround Safety
Ireland, a new training provider run by an experienced education professional, committed to providing high quality education and training.
First aid is an invaluable life-skill. It helps children become more aware of their surrounding and equips them with the skills to keep themselves safe and help themselves or others if the need arises.
Dave's sessions are active and engaging. During the week campers will be given the opportunity to experience leadership, working in a team, decision making, and above all attain practical first aid skills.
Dave's sessions are designed to entertain campers whilst introducing basic Life-Saving First Aid skills in practical scenarios.