This week, First and Second year students in Killarney Community College had the great opportunity to take part in Graffiti Workshops as part of the UCC Plus+ Programme. Graffiti is a professional theatre company which specialised in making exciting theatre for children and young people. Outreach facilitators included Mr. Fionn Woodhouse, Mr. Aiden O'Brien and Ms. Donna Keeley.The main aims of the workshop was to remind students that they have started a journey, to help them to become aware of their potential, to encourage them to aim for success in their lives, to make them aware that they need to take responsibility for their own success/failure and to explore the idea of "contracting in" to their education. Students participated in activities to involve the fore mentioned aims. The UCC PLUS+ Programme seeks to target students and to provide motivational and educational assistance to them throughout their secondary schooling to enhance their ability to compete for third level places. Students took part in many group activities and reflecting on their own aims and goals in their education. Killarney Community College is delighted to be linked to the programme.
Back L-R: Ms. Fiona O’Brien (Principal), Ms. Donna Keeley, Katie Healy, Trevor O’Shea, Mr. Aiden O’Brien
Front L- R: Darren O’Connor, Katie Gaffey
Klaudia Chamera (15), a third year student in Killarney Community College won the 2nd Level Schools Essay Competition as part of the Hugh O’Flaherty commemorative celebrations. Klaudia based her essay on the very serious issue of Bullying and how Monsignor O’Flaherty’s bravery has inspired her to stand up against bullying. In Klaudia’s words “we shall all stop hating, start respecting each other’s feelings and become more responsible for our own actions, just as Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty did”.
Mrs. Mary Fuller her 3rd year English Teacher said the class watched the film “The Scarlet and the Black” and all were deeply moved by it. This is a fantastic achievement for Klaudia and she has inspired others to reflect on humanitarian issues”. Klaudia’s essay is currently on display in Killarney Library.