Speaking the Language
Students must try to communicate in the course language at all times. Failing to make a good effort will mean a poor result for everybody.
Help and encouragement as well as written visual aids will be given – students will be expected to attempt a percentage of the sentence in the course language and to gradually increase that effort as their confidence grows.
Junior students who have only one or two years language practice will be given extra help to form sentences, ask questions and attempt to converse with our staff in the course language at every opportunity.
Junior and Senior students who need extra help will find there are many opportunities to share one-on-one conversational practice with our Animator team.
Please note that Adventure Sports instruction on some days is given partially in English for safety reasons, but using the course language is still mandatory between students and staff at all times.
Students who do not make an effort to speak the course language will receive a formal warning; if the behaviour continues and no improvement or effort is made, the student may be asked to leave the course.
In this case, it is the responsibility of the parent to pick up the student from the camp in Achill. No refund will be given on course fees.
For the benefit of all students and staff, a respectful attitude and courtesy towards others is required at all times on the course. Abusive language, theft, vandalism, illegal activity and violence or any kind of threatening behaviour will not be tolerated. Student should obey the directions of school management and staff.
Language Camp West acknowledges bullying as a category of abuse. Bullying of any kind is not acceptable. If bullying does occur, students, staff, parents and/or guardians should know that incidents will be reported and dealt with promptly. Incidents will be reported to the Camp Supervisor and the School Manager at Language Camp West and will be dealt with immediately.
If a student repeatedly refuses to follow these rules of behaviour he/she may be dismissed from the course without refund.
Use of Mobile Phones
Mobile phones will be held by the Animator Team Leader and students will be allowed the use of their phone for about half an hour each night before bed. If there is any abuse of this rule school management reserve the right to confiscate the phone and hold it until the student’s departure from the course. Please note there can be no exceptions to this rule.
It is not recommended that students bring large amounts of money to camp. There are no shopping malls on Achill Island but some pocket money to buy souvenirs, treats etc. will be necessary!
In addition to the general rules of behaviour, students:
-May not leave the language camp site without permission and unaccompanied by school staff.
-May not enter bedrooms of members of the opposite sex at any time.
-May not bring knives, weapons, lighters or flammable materials of any kind to the school.
-May not bring ipods, mp3 players, games consoles, notebooks, laptops, tablets, expensive electronic equipment, skate boards, roller skates or large amounts of money to camp.
-Must follow the out-of-bounds rules of the school whereby students are not allowed in certain areas of the grounds at certain times of day.
-Must not swim unattended at any time and without the permission of Language Camp West.
-May not store or consume food or drink (other than water) in the dormitory rooms.
-May not disrupt the sleep of others in the dormitory rooms, nor keep other students, staff or Animators up at night with excessive talking, noise or any other kind of disruption.
-May not damage, deface or interfere with any furniture, fixtures or fittings in the hostel residence.
Alcohol, Smoking, Drugs
Possession or use of alchohol, cigarettes and drugs of any kind (other than permitted prescription medication) is not allowed. Students found in possession and/or using these substances will be dismissed without refund from the school.
Although some parents may allow smoking and or limited drinking for older teenagers in their own environment, please note Language Camp West cannot make exceptions to this rule.
Any student expelled for any reason must be collected
by the parent/guardian. The return transport home of an expelled
student is not the responsibility of Language Camp West. Full or partial refunds will not be given on course fees in the case of expulsion from the school.
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