The ACET Easter Hunt

 

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The annual Easter Treasure Hunt took place at ACET today. Students arrived full of enthusiasm and were eager to earn the prestigious title of Winner of the ACET Easter Hunt!

With a mountain of chocolate, Easter eggs and treats to be won, there was certainly an incentive to get involved. Laura prepared challenging and witty clues and throughout the morning students set off in search of treasure.

Check out some of the photographs below!

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All of the team here at ACET hope that you have a relaxing and enjoyable Easter Weekend.

We look forward to welcoming back both our current and new students after the weekend.

 

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Brazilan Culture Day @ ACET

Group Capoeira Photo

Last Friday, a Brazilian Culture Day was held at the school. The aim of the day was to explore and celebrate aspects of Brazilian culture right here in the middle of Cork! As part of our Brazil Day everyone in the school was encouraged to wear Brazilian colours, so green and yellow dominated throughout the school for the day!

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 Throughout the day we sampled some Brazilian treats and our students from Brazil were delighted to have a day at the school in celebration of their culture. The highlight of the day was Patrick’s Capoeira demonstration in The Wellington Room after class. Patrick from our teaching staff is a Capoeira enthusiast and participates at national level for Ireland. He gave an enthralled audience an insight into the history and background of Capoeira followed by an impressive demonstration with his sidekick, Gringo. Those in attendance got an impressive display of the martial art and some students even expressed interest in taking up Capoeira as a result!

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Love Is In The Air!

Love is in the air at ACET this week! 

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Today in Ireland we associate Valentine’s Day with customs of purchasing flowers, chocolates, jewellery and the exchange of greeting cards. However these customs have only come into existence in the second half of the 20th Century. February 14th was originally a day in recognition of a third century Roman martyr, Saint Valentine.

 We have asked our students from around the world if Valentine’s Day is celebrated in their country and what traditions they have when celebrating it.

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Out Catalan students tell us that in Catalonia the legend of Sant Jordi is celebrated on the 23rd of April each year. This celebration surpasses Valentine’s Day in Catalonia. A book or a single rose is often exchanged between couples and also friends.

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Our Omani students say that Valentine’s Day exists in Oman but it is not as commercialised an event as it is in the Western countries.

 Our students from France say that the French Valentine’s customs are similar to those in Ireland.

Our Swiss students have said that Valentines is also a big day on February 14th, but that   a singles day on the 13th February is also on the rise!

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Our Korean students say that while Valentine’s Day takes place on February 14th  there is a different custom in Korea. Women give presents to the men primarily. There are also several other special dates in Korea. For example White Day on March 14th is the day when men  give gifts to women.  Black Day takes place on April 14th. This is day for single people to celebrate!

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Our Brazilians say that in Brazil Valentine’s Day occurs on June 12th . Similar to here it is a commercial event which sees restaurants, florists and hotels offering Valentine’s weekend offers.

In Venezuela , people meet with friends and exchange small gifts quite similar to the Secret Santa custom at Christmas time. This way everybody gets a gift.

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We hope that you enjoy Valentine’s weekend.

Lots of love from the ACET team !!

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Winter chill arrives in Cork

As we are experiencing a particularly cold spell of weather around Ireland this week, we asked our students how they are adjusting to the Irish weather.

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Our Swiss students have no fear of the cold weather! Here they are seen enjoying the snow.

 Andrea  Hernandez Arzola – Venezuela

“I think that everyone expects that there will be constant rain in Ireland. However when you actually arrive here, you are pleasantly surprised. You can see the sun, mist, rain and blue sky all in one day in Ireland.  I remember looking out the window at the snowfall and thinking how beautiful it looked, so I took this photo. I saw that the temperature on my phone said 1 degree. I climbed back into bed!”

Andrea Cork City snowfall night

 

 

Lyncoln, Douglas & Gerson – Brazil

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“The air is so fresh, it is amazing.The air is cool unlike the 35 degrees heat at home in Brazil at the moment. We are used to such warm temperatures. This is new for us, but it’s not a problem. When you buy a warm jacket and invest in a pair of gloves then it is all good”.

 

 

Aurelio Bauer – Switzerland

“Cork weather at the moment feels just like home to me! Only, I wish I had my snow board with me to tackle some of the snow covered hills that I see around the edge of the city. I love to snow board in Switzerland.”

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A mid-air shot of Aurelio snowboarding in Samnaun in Switzerland.

Mohammed Al Quasmi – Oman

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“It was a big change when I arrived in Ireland last year. This winter is my second time ever seeing snow. I studied in Ireland last year also so I got my first introduction to snow then. Now in Oman the temperatures are about 23 degrees in the day time and it drops to about 17 degrees in the night time.”

 

  Mercé & Dolors – Spain

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“The weather in Cork now is similar to the temperatures at home in Catalonia right now. In the mornings here, there is frost on the grass and footpath around the house of my host family. We look forward to visiting Blarney Castle at the weekend. We have seen spectacular photos of the castle in the snow.”

Blarney Castle in the snow

 

 

All the ACET team hope that you have a wonderful weekend!

 

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So much to do, so little time!

We asked some of our students about their experiences in Ireland and where their adventures brought them to this week.

 

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Carolin Kiper “ I visited Galway at the weekend. It is a small city filled with Irish culture. I have always wanted to visit Galway, even since before I arrived in Ireland. It was magnificent to see the ocean and walk along at Salthill. I got to visit and see Connemara which is beautiful. It was a great weekend but now having visited Galway, I know that I prefer the atmosphere of Cork.”

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The Cambridge Advanced Exam Class

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“A group of us from class decided that Paintballing was an activity that we all wanted to do. The school booked an appointment for us for Wednesday afternoon. Wednesday is student day. We arrived to the centre by a mini bus that we took from the school. Overall 15 of us went from two classes and we really enjoyed it. We are bruised and sore from it but it was such good fun.”

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Paintball Cork is an indoor adventure centre located 5 minutes from the city centre. There are reduced rates available on Wednesdays for students. For more information check out their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/PAINTBALLCORK

 

 

 

Mercè, Dolors, Núria & Germán

ACET Challenge 4 x work experience“We are going to study for three weeks so we have begun the ACET Corkonian Challenge in order to visit and explore all the landmarks of Cork city. We will let you know when we have it completed!”

 

ACET Challenge

Anyone interested in completing the ACET Corkonian challenge can ask at ACET reception for the task sheet.  Once all the tasks , and you have photographic proof of your visits to the landmark posted on the Acet Facebook page, you will be made an honorary Corkonian (Cork person) at a fun ceremony at the school!

All the team here at ACET wish you a wonderful weekend!

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