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J… called me last evening. He is now back chilling with his cousins in Dublin. When I asked how last week went? I got an immediate request to go back next year for 2 weeks!!! Then I got the lowdown on the daily routine and the various “Chuck Challenges” and how well organised an
Irish camp was compared to a French camp. Asked him his favourite bits? He said music making and kayaking and meeting the different people – says they are on Instagram now and that he would show us a few (science) things he learned when we meet up in a few weeks.
Guess that was a success then – thank you to you and your team!
Once again, many thanks,
L… loved the camp and wants to come back again next year so that says it all I think! Thank you and your team very much for looking after him. He’s spoken endlessly of Chuck and how great he was and yesterday he tried to do one of Chuck’s experiments at home!
Thank you very much again.
Facebook June 28th 2016:
“It was the best week of my life, Thank you” Lee Duddy, Student, Kylemore Abbey Summer Camp, June 2016
“Boys want to go next year so send me the dates once confirmed. This is a first for my sons to be so positive about a camp. He slept from 6pm to 11am today!! He was obviously kept busy, I am thrilled. His brother said that every thing he learned was new and looking forward to going back to Kylemore.” Mother, June 2016
“Hi Aengus, fantastic to hear how he’s engaged! I’m spreading the word about the academy among cousins and friends” Mother, June 25th 2016
“Have loved watching the activities this week! So exited to get my daughter’s thoughts after! Just Wow!! So much amazing stuff this is!” Mother, Jody Halsted, Irish Family Vacations (on Twitter & Facebook) June 24th 2016
“Edoardo had a great experience! He was literally enthusiastic with the summer camp! I really wish to congratulate with you for the work done and please extend it to all the staff! We have seen all the photos but Edoardo told us that the real experience was really unique! See you next year!” Prof. Cecilia Chirieleison, Dept of Economics & Business, University of Perugia
“Hi Aengus, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and your team for the fantastic work you did with [my two children] at Glenstal Abbey Maths Camp. They both have improved their skills and understanding in maths and have seen how maths is an integral part of so many things in a practical and fun sense. Also they came away with some great life skills with more confidence and independence which is testament to the activities and structure of the camp. I don’t think we had driven 1km up the road before they were both asking if they could do two weeks instead of one next year. Considering this was the first time they had been away from home made it all the more remarkable. We could not be happier with what was clearly a super fun and enriching experience. Please pencil them in for 2 weeks for next year. Kind Regards”
“Good morning Aengus, How are you???. I don´t know how to express our gratefulness because [my son] enjoyed a lot in your summer camps in Killary. We will see next summer again…I have seen the pictures and it was really exciting. My son’s sister, aged 12 next summer wants to go. I am going to check in your website if there is any camp for her.
Thanks again Aengus”
“Hi Aengus, I am just emailing to say that [my son] had a wonderful time at Glenstal. He’s already hoping to do your Killary or Kylemore Abbey course next year. I would also like for you to pass on our sincere thanks to the Chef as it would not be possible for [my son] to do trips away without their support and co operation. I meant a lot to [my son] and to us too. Wishing all the best for the next few weeks of the summer and hopefully we will be in touch later in the year about 2016 courses. Thanks again. Kind regards”
“Dear Aengus, I’d just like to say that my son had a truly wonderful time at Glenstal Abbey. He enjoyed his week from start to finish and it seems to have given him a great boost of confidence’
“Hi Aengus, glad to hear so many wonderful things about the week!! My daughter is having an amazing time!”
“Hi Aengus, definitely sending my youngest daughter with E (student at Summer Camp Kylemore Abbey) next summer! She’ll be old enough. E had another great time this summer. Well done and thanks to all”
“Aengus, Congratulations on the camp and to have chosen Beatriz to be with the children…she is really lovely and very kind!” Parent of student at August Summer Camp Killary.
“Hi Aengus, How are you? Just two words to tell you that D. (student at August Summer Camp at Killary) is delighted. he is really enjoying himself a lot!”
“Hi Aengus, I would like to mention Aidan and Aisling by name, they were superb and my children talk of them both of them very fondly. You have a great team”
“Dear Aengus, S. here, (US student at August Summer Camp at Killary) I hope you are well. Thank you so much for an amazing time at your camp. I loved it! I had heaps of fun and met a lot of great, interesting people. I really want to come again next summer.”
Students came from Schools across Ireland, EU, UK, Bermuda, UAE, and the US including among many others:
Clongowes Woods College, County Dublin; Blackrock College, County Dublin; St. Andrew’s College, County Dublin; Rathdown School, County Dublin; Mount Sackville Secondary, Castleknock, Dublin; Newbridge College, Kildare,; Educate Together, Wicklow; Sandford Park School, Dublin; College Michel Bousquie, Madrid, Spain; Kensington School, Madrid; Santa maria dela Providencia, Spain; Somersfield Academy, Bermuda; Scoil Mhuire Senior, County Dublin; St. Vincent’s CBS Secondary School, County Dublin; St. Mary’s College, Naas, County Kildare; St. Flannans, Ennis, County Clare; St. Caimins Community School, Shannon, County Clare; Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Houston, US; ; Kinsale Community School, County Cork; Ardscoil Rís, County Limerick; Ardee Community School, Ardee, County Louth; Seamount College, Kinvara, County Galway; St. Louis Community School, Kiltimagh, County Mayo; Clifden Community School, County Galway; Villiers School, Limerick; Cross and Passion College, Kildare; Kilkenny College, Kilkenny;
“it’s hard to match the fun he had at Connemara Maths Academy. We have talked about it daily since and have enjoyed watching the video clips on youtube. You and your team should be so proud of the package you have put together. You set yourself a challenge to inspire teenagers with maths but you did that and so much more.
We were looking for a summer camp for our 14 year old Son and found CMA . Without a doubt it is the King of Summer Camps. What a creative way to rediscover maths and learn how to apply it to life in a fun filled, energetic and inspiring environment. As the days passed and we were updated daily on Facebook and Flipboard we started to wonder if there were more than 24 hours a day in Connemara as the days were full of activities and the photos full of smiling teens and their leaders.
Our son reluctantly left Kylemore asking us if we were sure he couldn’t stay another week. On the car journey home he was making plans to attend again next year, to meet up again with his new friends and introduce his friends from home to Kylemore and Connemara Maths Academy with the only request being ” could he stay for longer next year”, it had been more than he or we had hoped it would be.” C McGovern, Mayo
“When we arrived up to Kylemore Abbey the first day of camp, I was practically pulling my son out of the car. He was not quite as enthusiastic about this camp as I was! However the warm greeting from one of the team quickly erased his fears. By mid week he was telling me he wished there was a second week & by the end of the week we hardly got him back into the car to go home! What a turn around! He has already made me promise to enrol him next year & his little sister is begging to go too. If you’re looking for a camp that will encourage your kids to learn, teaching them real-life uses for the mathematical concepts they learn in school, as well as ensuring they have a whale of a time, this is the camp you want to book!” A. Lennon, Clare
“My daughter thoroughly enjoyed the week and raved about the course and said she will be encouraging all her friends to attend next year.” D. Sheerin, Wicklow
“My daughter hugely enjoyed her week at Kylemore… The tears at the end spoke volumes. Aengus and his enthusiastic team packed so much fun and learning into a week that it will be remembered forever. Cant wait to return…. For longer!!!” N. Guest
“The CMA is a great mix for the inquisitive mind and active body. It said it all when our 14 year old son said “a week was way too short” for us to us to realise he had a super time. He is still talking about Pi and trigonometry and how they relate.”
T. Bean, Dublin.
“My son thought the camp was amazing, he had such a great time and has made some friends for life. It more then met our expectations. Kylemore Abbey really made his experience special. If he could go back tomorrow, he would!” J.Cummins, Dublin
“Many thanks CMA for giving my son such an interesting and fun filled week. We are amazed at how many new concepts and ideas that he experienced as well as all of the Adventures that they had in Killary. Many thanks to the Sisters at Kylemore who looked after him so well. We found the course to be excellent value for money and would highly recommend it”. – A. McMahon, Clare
“Our daughter thoroughly enjoyed her week at Connemara Maths Academy. In terms of Maths, she said that some questions she wasn’t confident answering on the Junior Cert exam paper would now cause her no issue to solve. The tutors were lovely, great at teaching and getting the concept of project maths across. They did a great job of making sure that everyone was ok throughout the week and were really easy to talk to, as it could be a challenge for some kids to be away for an intensive week with people who are new to them. She loved the adventure courses which were really fun and engaging.” M. Phelan, Cork
“Connemara Maths Academy did everything they promised and much more….unbelievable!”
“My son learnt more maths in a week than he did in years!”
“My son thought the camp was amazing, he had such a great time and has made some friends for life. It more then met our expectations. Kylemore Abbey really made his experience special. If he could go back tomorrow, he would!” J. Cummins, Dublin
Testimonials from Students of the June Summer Camp 2014
Photo: Séan O’Sullivan, SOS Ventures with Connemara Maths Academy Founder Aengus O’Connor with annual Scholarship recipients Luke McMahon (2014) & Frans Rosti (2015). CMA present a scholarship to one lucky student every year at the annual Mathletes Final. the Scholarship is open to all participants of the Mathletes Final Day in May.
Many students have an uncomfortable relationship with mathematics which can result in a weak understanding of key mathematical concepts, limiting subject selections, narrowing career choices and stunting academic growth; in many instances the effect can last for life.
Project Maths has been designed specifically to combat such problems and while there may have been some resistance to this initiative, CMA regard this as a great opportunity for students to expand their horizons, and fits very well with our ethos and educational philosophy.
Project Maths is ideally suited to this ethos and our students benefit enormously from our total immersion programmes. Students can become confident in their ability as creative thinkers and succeed in their studies, no longer dreading the mathematics curriculum or any of the mathematically related subjects they may be studying.
At CMA our aim is to overcome these issues, enabling students to free their minds of the rote learning shackles and to become inspired, creative, problem solving students where mathematics becomes a happy and joyful experience, fluency in key concepts becomes a reality and career choices expand enormously. We encourage students to learn through discovery, language and visualisation while making as many world and real life connections with the key mathematical concepts as possible, paving the way for students to acquire a more fluent and confident approach to mathematics and other related subjects.
The Key Fundamental Mathematical Concepts that underpin the Junior and Senior Cycle mathematics syllabus are presented to students in dynamic and interactive classrooms, with a strong emphasis on facilitated learning, group work and stimulating technology centered lessons.
‘Máthēma’: ‘that which one learns’. Learning through Discovery and Visualisation. ‘Máthēma’, the ancient Greek word means ‘that which one learns’ and in modern Greek simply means ‘lesson’. There have been many other definitions since then such as Aristotle’s definition ‘the science of quantity’ up to as late as 1870 with Benjamin Peirce’s ‘the science that draws necessary conclusions’. Whichever definition one prefers, mathematics can be seen as a fundamental philosophy whereby people can understand the world around them enabling them to aspire to be masters of their own destiny, whether it be through a university degree they would ideally like to complete or a career they would love to follow or a business idea they have and need to be equipped to pursue.
Fluency, Confidence and Success When students have grasped the key concepts and are comfortable with them, their career choices are increased many fold, leading to happier and more satisfied citizens. Regardless of whether a student has an academic career path in his/her sights or perhaps a career in a trade or business, having a fluency in the key mathematical concepts will go a long way to achieving these goals. Through our technology centered and facilitated learning workshops and lessons, coupled with our commitment to fluency and confidence in the key concepts supported by our mathematically connected physical and artistic activity based curriculum, students will complete our courses with a renewed enthusiasm for learning and a crucial confidence in their own mathematical ability.
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Founder & Director Biography:
CMA Founder & Director Aengus O’Connor B.Sc., D.L.S., M.Phil., P.D.E. has over 20 years’ experience in education, at both Post Primary and Third Level, nationally and internationally, including as Education Consultant (Technical Bridging) with Saudi Electric; Maths Specialist with the Abu Dhabi Education Council; School Director with the International School of Choueifat Damascus, Syria; Course Director, Senior Lecturer and Head of Audio at the Technology Innovation Centre, Birmingham City University, UK; Project Leader and Head Teacher with the Italian Ministry of Education; Head of Music at IST, Turin, Italy among other roles internationally while also having extensive experience teaching mathematics at Post Primary and Third Level in Ireland. Aengus has worked in many different educational systems including Junior and Leaving Certificates, IGCSE, A Levels, International Baccalaureate Diploma, SAT, AP, Sabis System, Syrian National Baccalaureate and Brevet examinations, and draws on this experience when designing and delivering courses and programmes of learning. Aengus has also worked professionally for many years as a media and sound technologist, electric acoustic composer, producer and musician and brings these experiences to our courses and programmes of learning. This unique approach fosters a stimulating and uniquely dynamic learning environment where students can connect with the key mathematical concepts in many diverse and interesting ways, paving the way for real and meaningful mathematical understanding, where students may gain fluency, confidence and success. Credits: U2 (live at Freedom of City, Studio: ‘Sweetest Thing’); DARA, Sony Records, Abbey Road Studios, Producer Mike Hedges (Manic Street Preachers, Texas); Arranged, Conducted & Recorded Orchestral Score with George Higgs for the Soundtrack of ‘Park’ 2000 – feature film Premiered at Dublin Film Festival, Samson Films, Directed by John Carney (‘Once’ – Oscar Winner, ‘November Afternoon’ – RTE); Dublin Screen Orchestra (co-founder) – Orchestra Soundtrack For The Quiet Man; City Lights Screen Orchestra (co-founder) – performed a newly commissioned score to a screening of Nosferatu, Opening Night Dublin Film Festival, Rückert Orchestra (founder).