Last week saw the beginning of TY Activity Tuesday in the school! It was a wonderful day of fun and laughter while exploring our majestic national park. We began with a tour of the exhibition area in Killarney House and Gardens which was truly magnificent. The students got the chance to explore and discover the beautiful diverse landscape of Killarney National Park. The 15 rooms to discover were highly entertaining and informative for the students. The latter part of the day we spent walking to Ross Castle and then back to the school. A great day of bonding for the students as the TY year has kicked off....
Thursday night 16th May was a star-studded occasion in Killarney Community College. Teachers, students, parents and distinguished guests assembled for the annual awards ceremony to honour and recognise students in the college.
Roisin Wall was voted by the teachers as the Student of the Year as during her 5 years in the school, she has endeared herself to everyone through her commitment, pleasant disposition, work ethos and involvement with all areas of school life.
The prestigious Principal’s Award went to Evan Kissane for his overall contribution to the school. Evan has lead the way by showing his commitment to his studies, demonstrating that dedication, hard work and a sense of purpose is a lifelong skill that can achieve so much.
Roisin Wall also received the Senior Sports Awards as recognition of her outstanding contribution to sport in the college and in her respective clubs. Maksims Orpus won an award in the Junior Sports category in recognition of his sporting prowess.
Esel Acun won the Senior Arts Awards, while a number of students who were part of the choir since they joined the college in 1st year received the Senior Music Award. The Design and Technology award was presented Sean O’ Reilly. All students were credited for their incredible talents in these areas.
The Endeavour award went to a worthy recipient, Julie O’ Callaghan and Contribution to the life of the school Award was presented to Ross McCarthy and Darja Puzanova while Chloe McCarrthy and Namejs Balodis were presented with the award for Living the Ethos. Both students been constantly involved in promoting the school ethos of “Respect, Responsibility and Inclusion” throughout his years studying in the college.
Awards were presented to last year’s Best Junior and Leaving Certificate Exam. Students. Laura Bentele received best Leaving Certificate, Best Junior Certificate went to Julia Olabode and Leaving Certificate Applied to Keelin McCarthy.
The night was a great success with entertainment being provided by various musical acts, under the direction of music teacher Ms Joanna Hughes. There was a wonderful sense of occasion felt in Killarney Community College on this most important night for all involved.
Our fantastic Young Social Innovators 'Be Dementia Aware' will be interviewed on Radio Kerry tomorrow at 2.30pm. This group are extremely passionate about this awareness campaign they lead about dementia and are very excited to get their voice further out to Kerry.
They have already raised €506 on Friday last when they hosted a 'Denim Day for Dementia' in aid of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland. They will present their project in Cork City Hall on Thursday for the YSI Speakouts.
Their YSI guide Ms. L Crowley and the rest of the staff here are extremely proud of all the work this group have done throughout the year to raise awareness and help comfort the families of people who have dementia. To find out more tune into Radio Kerry tomorrow at 2.30pm on Wed 13th March!!!
On Friday 8th March, 2019 we held our annual Who’s Got Talent competition. Our judges had great difficulty in picking a winner this year as the standard was so high. Our eventual winner on the day was Rachel Griffin who sang her own song 'Lazy Generation'. Second place went to magician Jamil Khaleel and third place was awarded drummer Jack Ryan Breen. It was a fantastic occasion which celebrated everything our students do both inside and outside of the classroom. Well done to all our organisers, presenters, judges and finalists.
On Thursday 28th of February five of our students attended the Peer Education Programme Celebration evening in the Muckross Park Hotel. The Peer Education Programme involved our students working with Jigsaw Kerry to be trained to deliver a presentation called ‘It’s Time to Start Talking’ to 1st year students. The presentation builds awareness of youth mental health, explores what kind of things help and hinder our mental health, and emphasises the importance of seeking help when feeling down, worried or stressed.
Pictured with the students is Donagh Hennebry of Jigsaw Kerry who oversaw the project. Attending the celebration Principal Stella Loughnane remarked '' we are very proud of our peer educators and know that they will fulfil their new role to the best of their ability'' She also stated'' We are particullary in awe of Karen O Donoghue who spoke at the event, she outlined how important the programme is and how important it is to talk about our mental health''
The three Killarney schools piloted the programme in 2018, with the programme extended to the three Castisland schools in 2019.The Jigsaw mentors who work in conjunction with Ms. D O' Sullivan and the Jigsaw team were the class of 2019, Aoife O’Brien, Caoimhe Fleming, Julia Olabode and Alison O’Sullivan. leading the way in piloting the prorgamme in 2018 where Karen O' Donoghue, Emma Lyne and Natalia Leane. Building on from their work, Karen and Emma now both sit on the Kerry Youth Forum for Jigsaw Kerry with Karen now taking up a position on the National Council for Jigsaw in Ireland.