On Monday 14th October, 2013 Killarney Community College held their open night to prospective students and parents in the Killarney area. It was a tremendous success with over 500 people in attendance. Queues formed outside the college well before the evening was scheduled to begin. Once the doors were opened the college was heaving with excitement and anticipation. Parents and students of both 5th and 6th class were scheduled on guided tours that were given by the teachers in the school. They got to see all the classrooms, practical rooms, IT suites and facilities that the college has to offer. Individual and practical presentations were given in the classrooms to the tour groups, this provided a great opportunity for parents to ask any questions that they might have.
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By: Andrew Brosnan - 2 Máire, Student Council Representative
On Monday, 21st October 2013, students from our Student Council attended a forum at the Institute of Technology in Tralee. Other schools from around Kerry attended on the day too. The day began with a welcoming speech from the Education Officer in Kerry ETB, Ms. Ann O’Dwyer. She informed the students of their new Kerry Education and Training Board (KETB) name. After that Ms. Margaret Godley and Ms. Miriam Galvin gave us presentations about the role of the student council and how the council can be run in an efficient and effective manner. We were also informed of the anti-bullying convention in January and we came up with issues that should be discussed. Finally, the students shared the progress that their council have made in their schools since the last forum. Then the students took down ways that they could improve their own school and we headed home after a lovely lunch.
Representatives from KCC Student Council that attended on the day were; Andrew Brosnan, Daria Sitnik, Stephen Nagle Moriarty and teacher Ms. C. O’Neill.
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.
3rd Year C.S.P.E. Action Project
3rd Year C.S.P.E. Action Project along with their teacher Ms. Mahony who collected and and donated money towards the Shoe Box Appeal Team Hope. Well done to all!
1 Domhnall Enterprise Class - YOLOS
YOLOS was a mini company set up by 1 Domhnall students along with their teacher Ms. K. McCarthy. Over 11 weeks the students learnt about entrepreneurship and how to set up their own mini company. You obviously love our sweets (YOLOS) was ...chosen as the company name. Market Research was carried out with teachers and students in the school along with market research in Killarney Town. Students fulfilled different roles throughout the company. Products were on sold in the school assembly. Demand was high so all investors were delighted with their share of the profits.
3rd Year Car Wash in aid of the Donal Walsh Foundation with their teacher
Ms. D. O'Sullivan
3rd Year English Class who visited the Hugh O'Flaherty statue with their teacher Ms. Fuller
4th Year L.C.V.P. students who visited Liebherr with their teachers Ms. Kissane and Ms. O'Leary