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October - Mental Health Awareness Month

October is Mental Health Awareness month in the College.  There will be a host of activities happening throughout the month in which we hope all students will have the opportunity to take part in.

Mindfulness at Killarney Community College

TRANSITION Year students at Killarney Community College enthusiastically participated in a very beneficial Mindful Teens workshop on Tuesday 11th September 2018, with psychotherapist Harriet McGuigan who taught them new ways to support themselves to help keep some balance in their lives.

She said some teenagers can be distracted by substance misuse, cyber bullying, online pornography, online gambling or self-harm and, more often than not, it is because they are trying to cope in their world and manage their lives.

Inspired by the quote ‘When we know better we can do better’ by Maya Angelou, Harriet created and runs the Mindful Teens programme to inspire and plant a seed in the teenagers she comes into contact with.

During the day they listened and often related to Harriet’s story, working in small groups, and they got to practice and try out the art of different meditations. The group then chatted about the challenges the face and what they enjoyed about taking some time out in a more supportive way.

“A lot of the teens opened up pretty quickly, sharing their concerns and challenges as teenagers growing up in Kerry,” said Harriet.

Topics discussed included support in relation to safe use of social media, maintaining relationships and how to manage anxiety.

Community College Transition Year co-ordinator, Kerri McCarthy, remarked: “It was a great start to our TY school term to introduce mindfulness to our students. It equips them with strategies to deal with stressful situations”.

She added: “Nowadays students lead such busy lives and sometimes they nearly forget to breathe so by taking the time to meditate proved very worthwhile for them”. Ref; Killarneytoday.com


Thursday night 17th 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. The awards night at Killarney Community College has now become an annual tradition in the college and it gives the whole school community an opportunity to reflect on some of the achievements of the students. Awards were presented across a range of categories: academia, technology, culture, leadership, ethos, sports and extra-curricular activities amongst others. It is always a great evening and an opportunity to honour those who have excelled.

On the night, there was an array of special guests including Mark Murphy, the co-founder of the Apprentice Chef Programme. Charlie McCarthy who is a past pupil from Killarney Community College was the special guest presenter on the night. Charlie McCarthy is a Chartered Engineer and is currently a Director of Liebherr Container Cranes Ltd. and in this capacity he is responsible for the Innovation and Design of all products produced in Killarney along with joint responsibility for the management of the company. He gave a wonderful heartfelt speech to the assembled engaged audience and provided food for thought to the award recipients with his tips for life after school.

Colm McEvoy who is the CEO at Kerry ETB praised the college on its work ethic and complimented all involved on the high standard of work. KCC is under the governing body of Kerry Education and Training Board which is co-educational and multi-belief in ethos. On presenting the Awards, the Acting School Principal Stella Loughnane commended all award recipients and the wonderful teamwork of the teachers and staff for the awards night.

Robyn Sheehan was voted by the teachers as the student of the year as during her 6 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 Grace O’ Sullivan for her overall contribution to the school. Grace has lead the way academically demonstrating that dedication, hard work and a sense of purpose is a lifelong skill that can achieve so much.

Kate Stack received the Senior Sports Awards as recognition of her outstanding contribution to sport in the college and in her respective clubs. Caoimhe Crowley and Martha Fitzgerald won an award in the Junior Sports category in recognition of their sporting prowess.

Monika Cepulyte won the Arts Awards, while Ciaran Quigley and Breda Kelliher received the Senior Music Award. The Design and Technology award was presented to Lucas O’ Donoghue. All students were credited for their incredible talents in these areas.

The Endeavour award went to a worthy recipient, Amy Flynn and Contribution to the life of the school Award was presented to Karen O’ Donoghue. David Murrell Musgrave was presented with the award for Living the Ethos. David has 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. Sarah O’ Riordan Clifford received best Leaving Certificate, Best Junior Certificate went to Karen O’ Donoghue and Leaving Certificate Applied to Shane Courtney

There was special recognition given to students involved in the pantomime, Rapunzel who put on an outstanding performance last December. Natalia Leane in Transition Year who recently won the All- Ireland Apprentice Chef 2018, was recognised and awarded by the college for her outstanding performance. The night was a great success with entertainment being provided by various musical acts, including the staff choir, under the direction of music teacher Ms Joanna Hughes and Siobhan O’ Brien.

Acting Principal Stella Loughnane concluded the night with a sincere speech when she spoke about the college being part of a larger learning organisation, Kerry ETB that seeks to promote and celebrate leadership and empowers endeavour. She referenced Steve Jobs from Apple who celebrated and promoted all talents. Technicians and engineers were fundamental to their organisation but so were poets, musicians and artists. All talents just like tonight in the college, were acknowledged, celebrated and given room to be influencers. Tonight Killarney community College we acknowledge and celebrate our influencers for tomorrow. A wonderful sense of occasion was felt in Killarney Community College on this most important night for all involved.

Natalia is a WINNER!! Apprentice Chef 2018

A KILLARNEY student, hugely talented in the culinary arts, was named Supreme Apprentice Chef despite stiff competition from secondary school students from across Munster. A stunning dish of pan-seared Skeaghanore duck with a sweet orange glaze earned Natalia Leane from Killarney Community College the coveted Supreme Apprentice Chef title in the high-profile competition final at IT Tralee. The finalists cooked up some real treats in the college’s state-of-the-art kitchens in the Flogas Ireland and Fáilte Ireland supported contest. Earlier this year each finalist was assigned an experienced chef to provide mentoring to help them design and create a unique signature dish using locally sourced ingredients and the discerning judges were overwhelmed by the exceptional standard. Mark Doe: established the competition. As the winner, transition year student Natalia, who celebrated her 17th birthday the next day, walked away with a prize package that included a set of professional knives from McDonnells, €1,000 equipment for her school, a year’s subscription to Easyfood Magazine and a professional food styling session at Easyfood Magazine HQ this summer. In addition, she received the specially commissioned Supreme Apprentice Chef perpetual trophy. Oliver Sullivan, Hospitality Manager at Fáilte Ireland, said the competition was a fantastic opportunity for young people who want a culinary career to showcase their talent and potential. “It is an excellent way for younger chefs to set a standard and define their own style and I’ve no doubt that today’s winner and indeed all those who entered will find a rich and rewarding career in Ireland’s hospitality industry.” This is the sixth year of the Apprentice Chef Programme which was established by Mark Doe of Just Cooking Cookery School and Mark Murphy, lecturer in Culinary Arts at IT Tralee. Ref: killarneytoday.com

Senior Ladies Munster Final

The senior ladies team suffered a heart breaking loss in today's Munster Final against a physically stronger and imposing Ennis Community College. Our girls went into half time just one point down on a score of 2-5 to 1-7. We got hit with 2 quick goals at the beginning of the second half and were on the back foot from there on in. In all fairness to our team they rallied and showed great character to chip away at the lead and led by 2 points with 15 minutes remaining. Unfortu...nately the strength and experience of the Ennis team allowed them to finish strongly with our girls fighting hard to the end and narrowly missing a goal chance to set up a deserved equaliser. The final score was Ennis CC 5-11 Killarney CC 4-11.

Unfortunately ,it simply was not our day but there were some outstanding performances on our team. Carmel Looney game was an exhibition at full back while the dynamic stack sisters caused havoc with Niamh (player of the match) scoring 1-4 from play and older sister Kate also contributing 1-4.Martha Fitzgerald scored 2 classy points from play while Molly O’Connor and Ciara Kearney both managed to raise the green flag in the second half.

Well done to all 25 players, Ms Louise Mccarthy and Ms Edel Cronin for their expert guidance throughout the year. The 70 supporters who travelled were in full voice for the whole game and did themselves, their team and school proud. A special mention to Ann Maire for all her hard work decorating the school, making flags and raising school spirits. This won't be the last we hear about this group of girls, we are extremely proud of their achievements and raising the profile of sporting achievements within the school.

Missing from photo: Orlaith Murphy