Roaming Schoolhouse was set up by Cate O’Connor in 2006. She realised that with a substantial number of English speaking children in Paris, many were missing out on the opportunity of speaking English in an academic environment and with their peers. She started giving private lessons to some of those children and the word spread. The first summer camp was held in 2007. By 2011, there were 250 children registered with 4 teachers at five different locations.
Cate moving on
One of the children being taught was Alice Ferguson and when Cate decided that she wanted to return to Ireland after 9 years in Paris and close the Roaming Schoolhouse, her Dad was very upset. He then had his “Remington” moment – he liked it so much he bought the company! There were three things that sold the idea to him (other than the fact that Alice obviously enjoyed it so much):
- The teachers – Cate had always insisted on having qualified, native speakers as teaching staff. They bring youth, enthusiasm and new ideas to the classes. Teaching is a vocation and our teachers are passionate about what they do and the children they teach.
- The programme – this was based on the subjects that children would be learning in the UK and Ireland.
- The atmosphere – the style of teaching was very much the antithesis of the French public system. Team work, creative writing, show and tell, enjoyment and encouragement were the order of the day.
The current RSH team very much hold to these same principles and we look forward to teaching Alice’s little brother Thomas when he can join the school in 2015.
What does Roaming Schoolhouse do?
Roaming Schoolhouse operates as a mobile school with classes in different locations throughout the week, depending on demand in the area. The classes are aimed at children growing up in the French education system with English as a regularly used language. We insist that one of the child’s parents be an English speaker. The only exception to this rule are children returning to France after having been educated in an English-Speaking environment for at least a year.
Further to the above, the classes have no more than 10 students. Only English is spoken during the class.
“Some bilingual parents worry endlessly about correctness of grammar, accuracy of vocabulary, not mixing two languages, and skilled interpreting and translating. Instead, the most important factor in raising a bilingual child is to make their language development a pleasure, a positive and enjoyable experience.” – Colin Baker A Parents’ and Teachers’ Guide to Bilingualism.
Our teachers are all qualified native English speakers.
See our teachers' bios.