Monday March 11th saw 43 leaving cert biology students and their teachers , Ms. Spillane and Mrs. Brosnan head off to Knockreer House Estate to complete their Ecology Field Trip. A complete guided field studies course is available for post-primary schools visiting Killarney National Park and the Ecology course given here fulfils curricula requirements and is designed to allow the student to practice a variety of field techniques. The students started by checking the Longworth small mammal-traps that had been placed out overnight. Voles and fieldmice were discovered inside and after studying the animals physical features in detail, the students released them to the wild again! Students learned about the capture/recapture technique of mammals.
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On Friday 8th March, 2013, The Kerry Garda Chief Superintendent visited Killarney Community College. He met with the five students that received Garda Youth Achievement Awards for Kerry. They attended the Lee Strand Kerry Garda Youth Achievement Awards 2012 in the Ballyroe Height Hotel in Tralee on Friday 15th February 2013
Back L-R: Ms. K. McCarthy, Adam O'Brien, Niamh Sheehan, Mr. Pat O'Sullivan (Chief Superintendent for Kerry), Ms. Fiona O'Brien (Principal), Joanne Kerins
This Lent, Trocaire launched a 'Connecting for Change' campaign. On 7th and 8th March, schools across Ireland were encouraged to connect with their classmates and create change by fundraising for Trocaire's important oversea's projects. So, last Friday, a fourth year Religion class in Killarney Community College decided to come together and run a marathon - as a class. 25 students and their teacher, Andrea Thornton, togged off and each ran a mile around the Domain in Killarney. When everybody passed the finish line, the entire class had run a marathon, together.
On 5th March 2013, First Years from Killarney Community College spelled their way to success on World Spelling Day. Initially competing within their classes, nine super spellers later battled it out in a 'Spell-Off' Final in front of their peers. After five tense rounds, we were left with two top spellers who continued to spell spar for a further four nail-biting bouts. But in the end, it was ironically the word 'disappointment' which saw Oisin O'Shea bow out of the competition. Spelling Champion Sarah O'Riordain won a voucher for The Dungeon bookshop in Killarney.
Killarney Community College had Oscar fever this week as students took on the challenge of film making for themselves. As part of the Junior Certificate Schools Programme 20 Second Year students wrote, filmed and edited their very own film. Having received funding the students set about brainstorming film ideas and script writing with local writer John W. Sexton. Under the guidance of Mr Sexton students created not only one possible film script but six in total. After a deliberation process students finally decided on the Film ‘Milk’ written by all 20 students involved in the programme.