New ASPIRE Programme in the Marist

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.

ASPIRE Academy recently hosted a one-day programme during the Easter holidays for Transition Year and 5th year students at St. Mary’s College in Dundalk.

ASPIRE deliver specialised programmes for both teenagers and parents of young children to support the development of essential key skills for building lives that flourish.

ASPIRE Teen Academy is an active and engaging 5 day programme for teenagers aged 14-17, designed to further enhance:

  • Communication Skills & Creative Expression
  • Self-confidence, Mindfulness & Well-being
  • Study Skills & Future Ambitions

Students learn and put into practice the practical life skills they will use each day to make their own successes. They become confident that they can work to attain whatever goal they set their sights on whilst maintaining a strong sense of personal well-being. They begin to lay the foundations for building the life of their dreams.

In St. Mary’s College, on Thursday the 13th of April, ASPIRE focused their one-day programme on the areas of spontaneous creativity, strategies to support and strengthen voice for public speaking, developing presence and confidence for interpersonal communication, cultivating mindfulness practice for student well-being, improving study skills and exploring future ambitions.

When asked about their experiences, some of the students’ responses were:

I really enjoyed the mindfulness and well-being because it was nice to connect with your inner-self.

It was fun and helped me up my confidence for speaking.

The activities at the start were quite challenging for me because it was a bit out of my comfort zone to just jump in, but after I got stuck in, it was brilliant.

I really enjoyed how relaxed the activities were throughout the day. The mindfulness section was the most interesting part for me, learning how to realise my thoughts and stay in the moment was really helpful.

ASPIRE are launching their 5 Day Summer Teen Academy in both Dundalk and Dublin this summer.

Information Meetings: Venues and Dates

Dundalk: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Thursday, 4th May, 7 pm – 9pm.

Dublin: Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Saturday, 6th May, 11 am – 1 pm.

Teen Academy Programmes: Venues and Dates.

Dundalk: Creative Spark, 10th July – 14th July

Dublin: Trinity College Dublin, 31st July – 4th August

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.

See for more details.

Conor Clune and Camilla Marks – Course Directors.