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Studying in Ireland

Studying in Ireland

Gigi McBride '19 spent a month in Ireland last year as a Holy Child Secondary School student in Killiney, Ireland. After weeks of planning with Gigi’s teachers and the administration in Killiney, she was on her way, spending the middle of November through a week before Christmas break overseas.

Her host family, Jon and Tiffany Alleman, made Gigi’s life comfortable--and culturally enriching. Finding her way around the school, attending class with 15-and 16-year-olds, even getting back and forth to school every day was not so easy. She walked a mile to the local train and rode the train for thirty minutes each day. Some days she rode her bike through town to get to the station. Notwithstanding the challenges, Gigi rose to the occasion…and loved every minute of it. We know, because she wrote on her blog at mobilytrip.com religiously!

Sister school in Ireland

Sister school in Ireland

Gigi discovered some differences…organization of the school day, Gaelic language classes, the local slang, but mostly things were similar to back home, especially the motto of the school, Actions Not Words. She looks back on it fondly, “I am incredibly grateful to have the experience of a different way of life and learning. It showed me just how many possibilities there are in the world, and that I am capable of exploring them and confident in myself to accomplish anything.” Mom and Dad agree. “As parents, we are thrilled with the initiative our daughter showed in pursuing this international educational experience,” they say, “and we appreciate the support and encouragement she received from both Holy Child schools to make this exciting opportunity happen.”

Gigi delivered a Holy Child Tigers flag to the principal, Geraldine Hackett, who was thrilled to have a fellow Holy Child girl from Washington at Killiney. All are hoping it will lead to more formal exchanges across the pond.