Outdoor Chill-out Spots in Cork city

Cork has been experiencing some beautiful sunshine and balmy temperatures throughout the past week. To keep our students informed of some of the hidden gems across the city, we have compliled a short list of places that are ideal for chilling out on a sunny day.

 

  1. Fitzgerald’s Park

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This beautifully kept park is Cork’s best secret.Here is what some visitors to Fitzgerald’s Park said on Tripadvisor:

“Hidden gem of Cork. Spent a lovely sunny afternoon by the river. Beautiful and so well-tended. Generations of Corkonians have enjoyed the beauty and tranquility of this lovely 18 acre park in the heart of the city”

“Much is on offer for free: spectacular views of Sundays Well, the Mardyke and the river Lee, a very popular Café, an interesting Museum, beautifully manicured gardens, swings and slides, lovely trees and shrubs, interesting sculptures and above all a serene ambiance pervades this lovely facility. A visit here is surely a highlight of any visit to the real capital of Ireland”

“Lovely little park with access to the “shaky bridge” and Cork Jail. There is also a cafe and nice outdoor sculptures – really worth visiting!”

For more information check out the following website links.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fitzgeralds-Park/152297411493555?rf=398925493496035

http://www.discoverireland.ie/Arts-Culture-Heritage/fitzgerald-park/44826

 

  1. University College Cork campus

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The magnificent green campus of UCC is an excellent spot for soaking up some summer rays. Toward the end of the academic year the lawns of UCC are dotted with students relaxing, playing frisbee and generally doing anything to avoid studying for end of term exams!

 

  1. The Camp Field on Patrick’s Hill

Patrisk's Hill  GreenThe Camp Field is a lesser known green area at the top of Patrick’s Hill. It’s likely that you will have this area all to yourself!  You can enjoy a panoramic view of Cork city form this gorgeous green site.

 

  1. The Triskel @ Christchurch

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 According to Tripadvisor:

“This is a gem in the heart of Cork City. A must for all visitors”

“Delightful venue for song and dance evening of traditional Irish music. Events on throughout the year. Pleasant bar for interval drinks and outdoor area with seating”

 “Perfect place to hang out on a sunny day they have a fantastic outdoor area which gets the sun all day long”

“Situated in the heart of the old medieval quarter and is the site of the Hiberno-Norsk settlement and origins of the city. A must see”.

“A trendy spot, with the really cool Gulp’d café on the ground floor. On Thursday nights there’s live acoustic music! This is a nice alternative spot if you want a coffee or beer in a nice atmosphere!”

 For further information check out the following website links.

http://triskelartscentre.ie/

https://www.facebook.com/triskelartscentre

  1. Bishop Lucey Park

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Located right in the city centre off the Grand Parade (opposite the English Market) this beautiful park is a perfect place to relax on the grass on a fine day. On sunny days this park is packed with students and office workers soaking up the rays on their lunch break.

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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

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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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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!!

 

Fundraiser held at ACET in aid of The Irish Heart Foundation

Red Hot Day @ ACET

Irish Heart Foundation fundraiser

Last Friday 13th of February ACET students and staff dedicated some time during their lunch break to raise money for a very worthy cause, The Irish Heart Foundation. The fundraiser coincided with the beginning of Valentine’s weekend and was fittingly called Red Hot Day!

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Some familiar ACET faces Michael, Patrick, Oisin and Kevin from the teaching staff underwent a makeover in what we called ACET’s Next Top Model. Once the beautification was complete, all four modelled on our ‘catwalk’ at reception and entertained us all.

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The winners of the raffle were also announced last Friday. Some excellent prizes were kindly donated by our neighbours on MacCurtain Street including vouchers for Gourmet Burger Bistro, The Shelbourne Bar, The Cork Arms, Pronto Cafe, Paddywagon Tourism and Greene’s Restaurant. Tickets were sold throughout the week and the response from students and staff was excellent.

 

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Great fun was had by all and a significant sum was raised for The Irish Heart Foundation. A huge THANK YOU to all who supported and participated in the ACET fundraiser.