Testimonial for Reading Academy
Our two daughters began in the Summer Columbus Club and when our eldest daughter, now 8, needed help with her reading we started her in the Monday reading class. That was about three years ago and she is now rarely without a book. What Anne Ruane and her staff achieved for her is rare and invaluable; a genuine love for books and reading and it was all done invisibly with great patience, love and skill. The Club has a really comprehensive library and both our children skip there happily every week. I could not recommend the Club more highly.
Taffina & James O’Nolan,
My two boys Trevor, aged nine and Russell aged seven have been attending the Columbus Book Club since its inception. Both boys love reading and look forward to their Monday Book Club experience. The teachers help them to choose challenging books. They chat to them about the content along with the other kids in their group. They encourage them to write book reviews and of course they love the stories read to them by the visiting authors.
Testimonial for Columbus Academy
My daughter and son both attend Columbus Club, to say they enjoy it is an understatement. They attend on a Monday and Tuesday after school. I originally thought that this may have made their day too long this is absolutely not the case. The atmosphere at Columbus is unique, warm, friendly, kind and caring and most importantly each child moves at their own pace guided with genuine encouragement. Their approach has truly given my kids confidence and enthusiasm when it comes to reading, maths and Irish. They truly enjoy reading and the enjoyment they get from finishing one book and starting another is a joy to watch. Their confidence and understanding of maths has grown considerably. Most importantly they get their homework done!
Testimonial for Summer Camps
I just wanted to thank you so much for the great time my son Finn had at the Easter and Summer Columbus Club camps this year. He did the baking club in the morning and the sports club in the afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed it, so much so that he loves baking now and takes a keen interest in what I am cooking. Also the staff were extremely friendly , enthusiastic and helpful and created a lovely safe environment. I particularly liked the way the security system in place meant that no child was allowed out when camp was finished without being signed out by their parent or minder. We will definitely be back for the next mid-term break and Finn is looking forward to it very much (he says it is the best camp he has been to and he has been to lots of different ones over the years).
Testimonial for Animation, Engineering and Computer Camps
Donal had a great time in the Columbus CLub these last few weeks. I would like to thank you and your team for making it a success. The guys running the Animation, Engineering and Computer Class were fantastic.
Míle Buíochas Duit.
Martha de Buitléir
We loved the Columbus Club Easter camp. Our boys (11 and 6 years of age, respectively) came home smiling every day, talking about “Animation” and “Lego”. The camp was creative, fun and our children were very well looked after. We will definitely be back in June!
Both of our sons thoroughly enjoyed the animation summer camp organised by the Columbus Club – so much so that our older son asked to repeat it later the same summer. They have both asked to do another Columbus Camp this coming summer. Anne also organised a birthday party for our younger son. He wanted a medieval theme and the venue looked just fabulous when we arrived. Baz made a wonderful wizard and everyone had a great time with modelling clay and story-boards. Cian said afterwards that it was “magical”.
Testimonial for Multi-Sports & Fitness Activities
My 9 year old son attended Columbus Summer camp for 2 weeks in June 2013. He has been truly a happy camper there. He loved his Mutli-Sports & Fitness activities, made friends with other kids from day one and was talking fondly about his coaches, Aron, Connor and Mathew. The supervising team provided the kids with varied activities that differed from day to day and there was never a dull moment. I learnt from my son that in any one day they played different games and sports both inside the sports hall and in the open air (football, table tennis, basketball, rounders and many more). On sunny days the kids went to a nearby park. It was great to see my child so happy and enjoying himself. When he asked me at the collection times if he could stay longer, I knew we made a great choice by joining this camp. This is the service that we will be using again and will check it out for the activities on offer during the school year. As a parent I loved the secure quiet location in a beautiful green while central neighbourhood of Dublin. I was impressed how professionally the camp was run and supervised, how well organized it was, how every child was receiving personal attention and was looked after. I felt that my child was in a secure place, having a wonderful time, learning, playing and making friends. Special thanks to Anne, who runs and manages this impressive operation so well. Thank you and your team for this great service and a wonderful experience.
Testimonial for Baking Camp
I just wanted to thank you so much for the great time my son Finn had at the Easter and Summer Columbus Club camps this year. He did the baking club in the morning and the sports club in the afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed it, so much so that he loves baking now and takes a keen interest in what I am cooking. Also the staff were extremely friendly , enthusiastic and helpful and created a lovely safe environment. I particularly liked the way the security system in place meant that no child was allowed out when camp was finished without being signed out by their parent or minder. We will definitely be back…