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.
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.