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ACET Students Prepare for Upcoming Christmas Production

ACET students are busy preparing for an upcoming Christmas production due to take place in the school prior to the holiday break .

The first meeting took place at break time on Wednesday, and those in attendance were buzzing with enthusiasm and wonderful ideas. With such a great number of students involved, we have an ample supply of actors, stage assistants and set designers.

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The production ‘Twas the Night before Christmas in Cork, like’ is scheduled to take place on Thursday 10th of December. The play is based on the nativity but with a twist, and a prominent Cork slant. Further details will be announced closer to the date.

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Watch this space for further information in the coming weeks!

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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Momentum is building for the St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Cork city

The annual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations kick off in Cork city this coming weekend. Throughout 14th-17th of March the city is guaranteed to be a hive of activity and buzzing with culture.The organisers of the St. Patrick’s celebration in Cork city have prepared an excellent schedule of events that will appeal to all ages. We encourage our students to take part in the festivities and to check out the many free events that are taking place.

A full programme of events is available on the following website link

http://www.corkstpatricksfestival.ie/

 Our pick of all the activities is the St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 17th. The parade sees thousands of spectators line the streets and entertained by a range of theatrical groups, international bands and various art and community groups.

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 Today St. Patrick’s Day around the world is mostly associated with parades, wacky green hats, shamrocks and Guinness! This modern take differs hugely from the historical religious celebration of Ireland’s patron saint. We have decided to inform you of some of the lesser known facts about St. Patrick.

 

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  1. Patrick wasn’t actually Irish. He was Welsh.
  2. Patrick was actually a slave. He was kidnapped by raiders from the coast of Wales and brought to Ireland.
  3. Legend says that St. Patrick drove all the snakes from Ireland. However, there were no snakes in Ireland.
  4. The original colour associated with St. Patrick is blue, not green as commonly believed.
  5. The Shamrock is not the symbol of Ireland, it is the harp.
  6. The very first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in Boston in 1737. It was organised by a group of Irish emigrants who wanted to commemorate their heritage.
  7. It’s unlikely that St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland. The first Christian mission to Ireland, for which we have definite and reliable data, was that of St. Palladius.
  8. Patrick’s Day was a dry holiday in Ireland until 1970. Today apart from the colour green, the activity most associated with St. Patrick’s Day is drinking. However, Irish law, from 1903 to 1970, declared St. Patrick’s Day a religious observance. That meant no alcohol was served throughout the day. The law was overturned in 1970, when St. Patrick’s Day was reclassified as a national holiday and not a church holiday.
  9. Guinness sells about 5.5 million pints of Guinness on any given day, however that figure rises to an astounding 13 million on St. Patrick’s Day.

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All the team at ACET wish you a great weekend and we hope that you enjoy the festivities!

Exam Tips

Exams are lurking just around the corner for many of our students. Teachers and students are working hard to ensure that our group of high achieving students will reach their goal.

We have complied a list of exam tips that may be useful for those who are approaching exams in the next few weeks.

 

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  1. Give yourself enough time to study – Last minute cramming is less effective than information that is ingrained in the mind through studying in advance
  2. Practice on old exam papers – Previous exam papers are a useful insight into what your actual exam will be like and are also useful to identify areas that need improvement.
  3. Productivity – Make every minute of study time count. Avoid procrastination.This is when you do everything else but the task you need to do! You can reward yourself afterward if you are productive during your designated study time.
  4. Take regular study breaks – Allow yourself to take a break from study sessions. Your concentration levels will wane as your brain becomes tired.
  5. Eat well – Eat food that is known to assist with brainpower and try not to be tempted by junk food.
  6. Hydrate – It’s a well-known fact that dehydration has a negative effect on the brains’ performance, so make sure to drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated.
  7. Work Space – Organise your work space so that it’s tidy and comfortable. It is much more enticing to study in an environment that is suited exactly to your personal study needs. For example, make sure that you have a suitable chair, table and adequate lighting.
  8. Sleep – Make sure that you get adequate sleep. You cannot study or perform well in an exam if you are sleep deprived.

 

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The Day of the Exam

1. On the morning of the exam, allow yourself sufficient time to arrive at the exam centre. You do not want the added pressure of rushing on the morning of an exam.

2. Make sure that you have read all the exam guidelines in advance and that you have all the necessary requirements to enter the exam room, for example, your photo identification and any other necessary documentation.

3. Try to forget about everything else that is going on in your life for a few hours and channel all your concentration solely on the exam. Go in with a clear mind and a positive attitude. YES YOU CAN!

 

All the team here at ACET want to take this opportunity to wish all our students the very best of luck in their upcoming exams. We know that you will all do great!!