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Young Social Innovators 2019

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!!!

Who's Got Talent Competition 2019

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.

Jigsaw - The Peer Education Programme

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.

Parent Council Fundraiser

Last Thursday 22nd November our Parents Council held a Fundraiser for a greener school to help raise money for a bicycle shed for our students.

They held a cookery demonstration with Chef Damien Fitzpatrick, the evening was a huge success with lots of spot prizes - a big thanks to all our sponsors.

College Awareness Week 2018

Second Years took part in an Access 21 workshop as part of College Awareness Week 2018.This programme is run in conjunction with Trinity College Dublin and IT Tralee.  Students from IT Tralee presented fascinating information to students based on their career choices  and the college course they are studying at the moment.  Second Year students heard about careers such as

Ag Engineering
Health & Leisure
Business - Accountancy
Music Technology
Animation and Special Effects
Social Care
Access 21 Coordinator Ms. Marie O'Riordan said that "we are delighted to be involved in the Access 21 programme and working with the IT Tralee and Trinity College Dublin.  This is our second year being involved and has received very positive feedback from our students".