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Open Night 2016 - A great success

The sweet music and the smell of freshly baked scones greeted parents and students alike to Killarney Community College's 2016 "Open Night". Killarney Community college was looking "smart" last Monday 17th October, 2016.  The school has four brand new uber modern light-filled classrooms and all its bathrooms have been renovated to a high standard. Open Night means that parents and children are free to walk around the school and sample the learning that is on offer.  Science rooms bubbled with experiments, the woodwork rooms echoed with hard work and the music room sang to Ms. Hughes piano. All subjects were on display with teachers talking to parents and students about any aspect of their particular subject.  Stella Loughnane (Acting Principal) in her address to the 400 plus crowd explained how Killarney Community College is a very progressive school.  It is the only school in Killarney to have adopted one hour classes which based on educational research is considered best practice.  Killarney Community College provides students with a wide variety of optional subjects such as Home Economics, Metalwork, Woodwork, Music, Art and Technical Graphics as well as the traditional core subjects of Irish, English and Maths.  The principal went on to explain how the school provides excellent learning opportunities and extra-curricular activities alike.  Killarney Community College has a House System which actively encourages students from all years to work and play together in an effort to win points for their house. The college is to the fore in implementing change having been a pilot school for the new Junior Cert.
Killarney Community College fully embraces new technologies and has recently implemented the innovative computer system Microsoft 365 which will help the student be prepared for the future world of learning and work. Parents on the night commented on the ease of movement around the school and the very obvious connection between teachers and students that is a hallmark of Killarney Community College.  Overall Monday night was a wonderful success due to the hard work and dedication of the management and staff of the college.

30th Birthday Celebrations

30th Birthday Celebrations

1986 – 2016

On Monday November 7th, past and present staff celebrated 30 years of providing education in Killarney.  It was a joyous occasion which was officiated by Kerry ETB CEO Colm McEvoy and Education Officer Ann O’Dwyer who cut the red ribbon to officially open our new uber modern building.  Killarney Community College has educated over 3,000 day students to date along with a vast number of students who graduated from the night school over the years.  Killarney Community College is at the forefront of curriculum change and are leading the way implementing change for our students.  Principal’s since the opening of the school who attended included; Tim Healy 1972, Eamon Fitzgerald 1988, Pat Favier 2000, Fiona O’Brien 2007.  Ms. Joanna Hughes and student Kirill Healy provided the entertainment as an array of delicious food and cake were enjoyed as teachers exchanged many stories of teaching in the college throughout the years.  The sweet sound of laughter echoed throughout the building while reminiscing old times. 


It was all shoulders to the wheel in school before mid-term for the Green Schools Pedal Energy Day of Action. During the presentation on climate change, energy and renewables, students had to power the laptop and overhead projector, by cycling!
Students from first to fifth year got to experience, not just the presentation, delivered by Gavin Harte from Pedal Energy Ireland, but had to show their mettle, peddling, to literally keep the show on the road.
Some were fitter than others, and some were worn out early by bikes in high gears!
Refreshments were available at lunchtime, but again, there’s no such thing as a free lunch, or free energy, and if you wanted a smoothie, you had to pedal to generate it!
It tied in nicely with our Mental Health week, promoting the importance of a healthy mind in a healthy body in a healthy world.
Remember: Reduce, Reuse, Re-CYCLE!

Science Week 2016 - 3rd Year Science Quiz

To celebrate Science Week 2016, the 3rd year students of Killarney Community College took part in a Science Quiz on Thursday afternoon last 27th November. Over 64 students registered for the event and the general assembly area was the venue. After 8 rounds of 6 questions the team comprising of Karen O'Donoghue, Kritik Rosun, Shauna O'Dongohue and Lukas Siembab emerged victorious. the tie-braker round was necessary to separate 4th and 5th teams. The quiz-master was Ms. Steinburn. Questions were prepared by Ms. Spillane and Mr. O'Connell. Principal Ms. Loughnane and yearhead Ms. Hegarty presented the prizes. A separate poster competition celebrating the role of "Women in Science" is also being held this week. Winners will be announced at the end of the week and photos to follow.

Science Week Finale!

To round off Science Week 2016 a poster competition to celebrate the role of "Women in Science" was organised by Ms. Spillane and Ms. Steinburn. The competition was open to both 2nd and 3rd year groups. Great interest was shown by both year groups and the judges consisting of Ms. Mahony (Art Teacher), Mr. Gallagher (Home School Liaison Officer) and Klaus (SNA) eventually whittled the entries down to 9, from which 3 finalists were chosen. The winners received Tesco Vouchers kindly sponsored by the school. The winning finalists were Roisin Wall, Esel Acun and Patrick Dineen. A further award of highly commended entries were presented to; Brian Keliher and Aoibhin Collins. Many thanks to all who contributed and photos of individual finalists are below along with the group photo.
"Imagination is more important than knowledge" Albert Einstein


Christmas Craft Fair

Killarney Community College are hosting a Christmas Craft Fair on the 4th December 2016 to raise funds for our school gym. A wide variety of items will be available for sale by crafters on the day. They range from Ceramics, Photographs, Christmas Cards, Cupcakes, Christmas Cakes, Organic Creams, Timber Snowmen, Children's Hats, Zumba accessories to name but a few. A lovely christmas atmosphere is guaranteed on the day where you can purchase christmas gifts. A surprise on the day might be a visit from the big man himself.....Santa.

A fun day for all the family to enjoy and soak up the christmas atmoophere, free admission, mark it in your diary and we will see you all in Killarney Community College on the 4th December, 11am - 5pm! Ho Ho Ho!

Tables are €20 plus a small spot prize, to book a table please contact Anne Marie 086 - 8902926 or Doreen 087 - 6697342 or drop into the Killarney Community College where we will be delighted to meet you.