On Tuesday 21st November 2017, our TY and 5th Year LCA students along with 1,000 students from secondary schools all over Kerry, attended the Axa RoadSafe Roadshow at the INEC in Killarney. It was an informative presentation which aimed at highlighting the importance of road safety to young people. Significant personnel from our community gave key note presentations. It was lead by Mr. Peter McCarthy from the Kerry Garda Traffic Corps, Peter Crowley from the Ambulance service, Dan Keane from the Fire Brigade service. A and E consultant at Kerry General Hospital, Martin Boyd, showed graphic slides of injuries sustained by road accident victims and he also told the student body about the awful task he has to endure when telling parents that it is not good news about their child. An emotional presentation was given by Anne Tydings who lost her son Padraig in a car crash 13 years ago today. The day ended with a re-enactment of a road crash outside the Gleneagle Hotel. Paudie Mangan from the Killarney Fire Service and his team showed the students how they remove a causality from an accident scene. According to TY Co-ordinator Kerri McCarthy “today’s roadsafe roadshow was very powerful presentation, you could hear a pin drop inside the INEC which had more than 1,000 students present. Hearing the real life account from all the speakers had a huge impact on all present with the key message of “slow down and respect the road” imprinted into all student minds”.
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There was a hive of activity as soon as the doors opened when both 5th and 6th class students and their parents were warmly welcomed by the staff and management in the college. Parents and children were free to walk around the school and experience different subject areas throughout the college. The smell of freshly baked cupcakes wafted through the assembly area, while parents and students tasted what was on offer they listened to an impressive talk about Home Economics in the college by Ms. Keane and Ms. Brosnan. Science rooms bubbled while the students made Elephant Toothpaste, they also got to witness and take part in the dissection of hearts, kidneys and livers. The woodwork rooms displayed beautiful creations made by our students. The piano echoed sweet music from the music room. All subjects were on display with teachers talking to parents and students about any aspect of their particular subject.
Principal Stella Loughnane in her address to the 400 plus crowd explained how Killarney Community College is a very progressive school. It is the first school in Killarney to have adopted one hour classes. Killarney Community College provides students with a wide variety of optional subjects such as Home Economics, Metalwork, Business, 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. The principal explained to parents that the first cohort of students just completed their new junior cycle exam and the excellent results that were achieved by our students. This year we have a new fully equipped school gym that is available to students at scheduled times. The rowing machines are a big attraction with the students already this year.
Killarney Community College fully embraces new technologies and has recently implemented the innovative computer system Microsoft 365 which is helping the students be prepared for the future world of learning and work. Currently students are communicating on a daily basis with their teachers through Microsoft 365. 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.
The QQI Awards Certification Ceremony held in Killarney Community College on Friday last was a resounding success, with over one hundred students achieving certification. The QQI Awards were presented to both day and night students of the College. The day students graduated in Office Administration, a fulltime Level 5/6 one year course. Night course Award Recipients had studied Occupational First Aid; Manual & Computerised Accounts; Special Needs Assisting and Healthcare Support.
Mr. John Keane, Director of Adult Education in Killarney Community College congratulated all the recipients and commended them for their commitment and endeavour. Their achievements greatly represent the College Mission Statement of “Excellence in Learning for Life through Respect, Responsibility and Inclusion”. He congratulated the staff members of the College for the effort they put in over the year and thanked them for assisting the students to do so well in their studies.
Mr. Tom Looney, former Director of Adult Education was the Special Guest of the evening. He presented all awards and in his inspiring speech reminded students of the importance of their personal achievement. He commended their dedication and the personal sacrifices many had to make to complete their courses. He reminded them of the importance of QQI Certification and lifelong learning.
The highly successful evening ended with light refreshments and an opportunity for students to meet with their peers and tutors commending their personal success.
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RISING star Jake Carter went from the stage to the classroom on Friday afternoon and sparked great excitement in a Killarney secondary school.
One of the most popular country music stars in Ireland paid a surprise visit to Killarney Community College and performed for students and staff who sang and danced along in the assembly hall.
Music teacher Joanna Hughes was delighted to hear that the talented 18-year-old, the younger brother of chart topping artist Nathan Carter, was paying a visit.
“With the huge uptake of music in the college in the past few years, an experience like this will benefit our music students in their own practical assessment for both Junior and Leaving Certificate,” she said.
Jake has often performed at his brother’s gigs and festivals and has been a great hit with the fans. He has been gigging relentlessly in the UK and Ireland, performing in clubs, restaurants, concerts and private events.
Ref KillarneyToday.com More pictures of his event at the college is on our school Facebook page.
A proud day for our students who received their Junior Certificate Results
The College congratulates all their Junior Cycle Students today. Having embarked on the new English Junior Cycle curriculum teachers saw the majority of students achieving Distinctions and Higher Merits in this new syllabus. This is a landmark day for students in Killarney Community College as English is the first subject awarded new grade descriptors in Junior Certificate results.
The Key skills and core competencies that these students have developed will stand well to them as they enter Senior Cycle. The Junior Certificate is an important milestone in the students’ academic journey and marks the transition into greater independence and focus in subject choices in the coming school years. Teachers are very proud of their students and are encouraging all students to celebrate in a safe manner and to be sensible.
Currently studying Transition Year Karen O’Donoghue achieved 8 Higher Level A’s in her subjects including Gaeilge, Maths, History, Geography, French, Art, Business Studies, Science and CSPE and a Higher Merit in her new English Junior Cycle. Karen hope to follow fashion design in Dublin and is now set to follow her chosen career path into Senior Cycle and beyond.
Twins Rachel and Louise Healy matched each other grade for grade with Higher levels achieved in all subjects. The hard work has truly paid off for this sister team! More pictures are on our school's Facebook page.