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Student Leaders Congress "Cycle Against Suicide"

On Wednesday 15th January, 2014,  a group of students set out in the early hours from the school with their teacher Mr. Jer O'Sullivan, they attended the Students Leaders Congress in association with the "Cycle Against Suicide" campaign in Dublin. The congress was attended by almost 4,000 students nationally to raise awareness of the prevalent issue of suicide in Irish society today. Guest speakers on the day included, Bren Pope, Bressie and campaign organiser Jim Breen. We are participating in the cycle again this year and are currently in the process of organising training for the students to ensure they are in good physical condition to complete the cycle from Cork to Killarney.

Picture includes: Back L - R: Trevor Fleming, Eoin O'Meara, Rossa Foley, Stephen Doherty, Shane Griffin, Brendan Wall
Front L - R: Eric O'Donoghue, Brian Fitzgerald, Conor Harrington, David O'Sullivan

School Uniforms @ Pat Quills

Pat Quills, The Workshop, New Market Lane, Killarney have a full range of stock of all school uniforms which can be purchased.  There is 20% off all uniforms from the 1st February to the 22nd March 2014.  They are currently operating an appointment system for the winter and spring months whereby if a pupil requires any part of the uniform, from a tie to a tracksuit, simply ring Pat Quill on 086 1077803.  The shop will re open for the summer and autumn months of June, July, August and September with regular trading hours.

Garda Youth Achievement Award 2014

Lee Strand Garda Youth Achievement Awards, Friday, January 24th, 2014

Michaela O'Driscoll a senior student from Killarney Community College received a Garda Youth Achievement Award for her tremendous work and care that she gives her grandmother.  Michaela was nominated by her teacher Ms. Kerri McCarthy and was selected as an award winner by the Garda committee. According to Ms. K. McCarthy, "it is a fantastic personal achievement for Michaela and one that she should be very proud of". The awards, which began in 1998, honour teenagers who help others in their community. Twenty-seven young people  between the ages of 14 and 19 received awards at the ceremony in the Ballyroe Heights Hotel in Tralee.
For the first time, the overall winner received the Donal Walsh #Livelife Award – in memory of the 16-year-old from Blennerville who spent his last months campaigning against suicide.

Picture includes: L-R: Ms. Fiona O'Brien, Michaela O'Driscoll, Ms. Kerri McCarthy

Knockreer House - Killarney National Park


On Friday 24th January 2014, a group of second year students and Ms. O’Riordan were invited to attend Knockreer House in the Killarney National park.  They were greeted by the staff of Knockreer House and watched a presentation on Biodiversity.  The promotion of Biodiversity is having a huge impact on the park in a positive way.  There has been nature clubs set up, walking tours – as well as projects within the community to promote biodiversity throughout Killarney.  After the presentation students were given the opportunity to look at insects under a microscope in the Lab of Knockreer House.  Some of these insects have not even been identified yet which proved to be very interesting for students.  The Green Beetle was of particular interest to the students.  Due to their intense work on Biodiversity, Knockreer House received the Green Flag. 







Micheàl Ò Muircheartaigh visits KCC

Students of Killarney Community College were thrilled last Monday to rub shoulders with the legendary Micheàl Ò Muircheartaigh.  Micheàl came to speak to all first year students about a fitness programme called “Scoil Ghníomhach / Active School 2013-2014”

This programme is designed to evaluate and equally engage 1st year students of all abilities in physical activity.  The initiative, which involves two fitness sessions are being conducted 16 weeks apart (November 2013 and March 2014 respectively).

All competitive elements are removed from the programme as the main goal is to see an improvement in individual fitness levels. The Scoil Ghníomhach programme was jointly developed by Kerry Recreation & Sports Partnership CoOrdinator Ms. Córa Carrigg and Mr. Joe O’ Connor Health & Leisure Lecturer at Institute of Technology, also Clare’s Senior All-Ireland Hurling Champions Fitness Coach. 

This programme is run in conjunction with Kerry Education & Training Board. 

During the 16 week period it is envisaged that students will work individually and collectively on improving fitness levels.  By then results will answer the question – “How fit are our young people in Kerry?” Micheál Ò Muircheartaigh as the Chairperson of Kerry Recreation & Sports Partnership has a personal interest in promoting this initiative and is making a visit to the KerryETB schools to offer encouragement to the 1st year students involved.

Stella Loughnane, Deputy Principal, said that this is a unique and worthwhile opportunity for all our students, it fits nicely into the school House System which was introduced this September.  She noted the skill, the hard work and dedication of the PE teachers in the school who make such initiatives happen.

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