TAILOR MADE PROGRAMMES

Equinox Education Services (EES) offers tailor-made exciting programmes here in Ireland in association with our partner schools. It is our policy to do everything possible to make sure students of all ages experience a truly wonderful time through education and cultural awareness. The world today is a global community and we strive to deliver unique cultural and educational programmes.

Sister-School Programmes

Equinox Education Services Ltd has years of experience an excellent track record in facilitating tailor-made school programme here in Ireland and abroad. Some recent tailor-made programmes include:

  • Art & Cultural Programme for Primary School Kids

  • Mukogawa Girls High School Choir visit to Ireland

  • Sapporo Nishi High School Programme at Athy College

  • Kojimachi Girls Junior + Senior High School Programme at St. Brigid’s College

We had the pleasure of arranging a special programme for 15 Japanese children aged between 7 and 14 to come to Ireland and link up with a local primary school for a special one week programme. The children stayed with local host families and took part in school activities. A Special art programme was designed for the Irish and Japanese kids to learn about and produce arts and crafts from each culture.

EES arranged this Japanese High School Choirs performance tour to Ireland in April 2017, which culminated in their winning of The Lady Dorothy Mayer Memorial Trophy at the Cork International Choral Festival.

In 2016 Equinox Education Services Ltd established and facilitated the first Sister-School programme between a Japanese High School in Hokkaido and an Irish Secondary school. Students from Sapporo Nishi High School travelled to Athy College in Kildare for a tailor-made, two-week programme. Students took English and cultural lessons in the mornings and attended regular classes with their Irish peers each afternoon. The Japanese visitors stayed with local host families and took many cultural trips. The programme was a huge success and was repeated in 2017 and for the third successive year in 2018.

In October 2017, St. Brigid’s College, Kilkenny in unique cultural exchange programme with Girls High School from Toyko in Japan.

Transition year students from St. Brigid’s College, Callan had the pleasure of hosting 58 students of equivalent ages from Junior and Senior Girls High School from Tokyo in Japan in a carefully planned, one-week cultural exchange programme, which centred around sharing studies, activities and values from their respective cultures.

Despite the unfortunate timing of Storm Ophelia coinciding with the exchange, the groups were undeterred from fulfilling a very comprehensive schedule, which also included excursion trips to Dublin and Kilkenny, where they had an audience with the Lord Mayor, Cllr. Michael Doyle. At the school, the Japanese girls were fully immersed into the curriculum by taking part in classes and activities to gain a greater understanding of studying and conversing in English. In return the Japanese students imparted many aspects of their culture including calligraphy, origami, choral recitals and Japanese games.

Speaking at the closing ceremony Principal (otherwise known as a Kōchō sensei in Japan) of  Junior and Senior Girls High School from Tokyo expressed his sincere gratitude to Ms. Mary O’Keefe, Principal St. Brigid’s College, her colleagues and the wonderful local host families for the “unforgettable experience that the school had afforded his students”. As a testament to the success of the programme, Mr. Yamamoto confirmed that the programme would be repeated at St. Brigid’s College again in October 2018.

                                                                                     

In 2015 Equinox Education Services was delighted to cooperate with MyStudy from Malaysia to facilitate a tailor-made 4 week high school immersion programme for 12 students from Malaysia. The programme was hosted by St. Leos College and Knockbeg College both located in Carlow. The students spent 4 wonderful weeks with local host families while experience school life with their Irish peers. We went on a full day excursion each Saturday to various cultural destinations in Ireland as well as experiencing all aspects of life in Ireland.