The sweet music and the smell of freshly baked scones greeted parents and students alike to Killarney Community College's 2016 "Open Night". Killarney Community college was looking "smart" last Monday 17th October, 2016. The school has four brand new uber modern light-filled classrooms and all its bathrooms have been renovated to a high standard. Open Night means that parents and children are free to walk around the school and sample the learning that is on offer. Science rooms bubbled with experiments, the woodwork rooms echoed with hard work and the music room sang to Ms. Hughes piano. All subjects were on display with teachers talking to parents and students about any aspect of their particular subject. Stella Loughnane (Acting Principal) in her address to the 400 plus crowd explained how Killarney Community College is a very progressive school. It is the only school in Killarney to have adopted one hour classes which based on educational research is considered best practice. Killarney Community College provides students with a wide variety of optional subjects such as Home Economics, Metalwork, 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. Killarney Community College has a House System which actively encourages students from all years to work and play together in an effort to win points for their house. The college is to the fore in implementing change having been a pilot school for the new Junior Cert.
Killarney Community College fully embraces new technologies and has recently implemented the innovative computer system Microsoft 365 which will help the student be prepared for the future world of learning and work. 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.