Orla Sheehan will be a new addition to Marlborough College Summer School this July, leading the Children's Activities Programme. Orla qualified as a teacher in 2013 and has been teaching English for the last four years both in a grammar school and a prep boarding school. She currently teaches at Cheltenham College Preparatory School. Orla aims to use her experience and love for adventure to create a fun-filled, safe and creative environment for our children to thrive in.
MCSS: Orla, tell us about your experience of Marlborough and what excites you most about being a part of this year's event?
Since joining the Summer School programme, I have been to visit the grounds and have spent some time in the surrounding area. Marlborough is a beautiful, quaint town, with a taste of the quintessential, and I am thrilled to be spending so much time here during the summer - I can't wait to get exploring!
I am so excited to be part of this Summer School, and although it is my first time to lead such a large programme, I will certainly use my experience of working in a range of schools, and with various age groups, to bring a bundle of enthusiasm, energy and fun!
MCSS: So, you are going to be heading up our Children's Activities programme. What can our young people aged 6 to 9 years look forward to?
With a child centred approach to this Summer School, our kids are certainly in for a real treat this year! The programme has exciting new additions, and they should be ready for an action-packed week of fun, making friends, and most importantly, making lots of memories to take away and treasure forever! We are spoilt for choice with our location, and we will certainly make the most of exploring the outdoors.
MCSS: Tell us a bit about you and your background.
I am from Dublin, which is where I lived until I moved to England to complete my teacher training at Canterbury Christchurch University, Kent. My first teaching post was at an all girls' grammar school in Kent; after two years teaching English at GSCE and A Level, I made the move to Cheltenham Prep School to teach English. Here, I have been able to develop my pastoral role as a Head of House and a tutor in the boarding house; importantly, I have been able to combine my passion for sports, with my passion for literature and language.
MCSS: What are you up to currently and where can we find you for the other 48 Summer School free weeks of the year?
For the other 48 weeks of the year, you can find me easily during term time: Cheltenham College Prep School, where I teach, and live, as I am part of the Prep's boarding team. If you try to find me during the school holidays (when I'm not at Marlborough, of course) that may be trickier! You are likely to find me spending lots of time with my family and friends in Dublin or Dorset; I also love travelling, and have a long list of places to visit, all over the world.
MCSS: How do you like to spend your spare time?
I am a very sporty, adventurous and active person, so during my free time, you are likely to find me in the gym, running, playing Netball, playing Cricket (a newly acquired skill), or playing my favourite sport, Camogie! It is an Irish sport, and it's fierce! I am a sociable person and like to spend time with friends and family. I also enjoy having some down time to immerse myself in a good book!
MCSS: How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Caring, energetic and fun!
See our Children's Activities pages to find out more and book your child a place at Summer School 2018.