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College Awareness Week November 2019

College Awareness Week in Killarney Community College ​11th to 15th November 2019

All of the students in the college will be fortunate enough to learn more about their perspective careers during our upcoming'College Awareness Week'.

Some of the events include: 

*One to one sessions for all 6th years (Sept to Nov)​

*College talks from UCC 14th November​

*Hear Workshops on 14th November + Parents​

*IT Tralee 5th and 6th years and LCA’s 1 & 2 talk ​

*Posters Competition re Career investigation for Junior Cycle students (11th -15th Nov)​

*Career Decision Making Testing 2018 - 5th Years (13th+15th Nov)​

*CAO session – Leaving Certs (11th Nov)​

*Portfolio and Interview sessions for Leaving Certs (12th Nov)​

*Careers and College Stand for all students (11th – 15th Nov)​

*Stress management and study Planning Prep 3rd & 6th years (11th Nov)​

*Study skills with first yrs 2nd yrs in sphe classes​

*Return Leaving Certs to talk to LC’s and LCA’s​

*Access 21 speakers into 5th and 6th yrs​

*Liebherr speakers visiting the college 

OCTOBER School News 2019

Monday 14th October 2019 - Open Night

Open Night 2019 – Killarney Community College

Killarney Community College opened its doors to the community on Monday 14th October. The large volume of parents and students through the door at 6:30pm was magnificent. The smell of freshly baked cupcakes wafted through the assembly area from the Home Economics room as everyone experienced all the various subject areas and modern facilities. Science rooms experimented with light and students also got to witness and take part in the dissection of hearts, kidneys and livers. The practical rooms displayed beautiful creations made by our students. The grand piano echoed sweet music from the general purpose area throughout the evening. Our music students showcased their talents while rehearsing for the upcoming Pantomime ‘Beauty and the Beast’. The PE Department showcased the method of assessment that is now used in the Short Course in Junior Cycle. Students demonstrated their gymnastic abilities while Ms. Maher explained to the parents how this assessment is recorded and graded using the Colleges new ICT devices. Resource area three was a hive of activity with students demonstrations of the Vex Robotics designed and coded by our students. All subjects were on display with teachers talking to parents and students about different aspects of their particular subject.

Principal Stella Loughnane in her address explained how Killarney Community College is a very progressive school, highlighting the curricular development in Computer Coding in the new Junior Cycle, and the colleges involvement as a consultation school for the new Senior Cycle among other areas. Mrs. Loughnane went on to explain how the school provides excellent learning opportunities and extra-curricular activities alike. She explained to parents the high level of results achieved by our recent Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle students.

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 rapport between teachers and students including the warmth and caring environment 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.

Look at our Facebook page for images of the night.


Friday 4th October 2019 - Junior Certificate Results

We were delighted to celebrate our fantastic Junior Cert results with our students and staff. There was a real sense of satisfaction and fulfillment as students opened up their brown envelopes to reveal their results. They exceeded expectations. We are proud of all our students achievements and we hope they are a stepping stone towards even greater success in their respective Leaving Cert programmes. A special mention for all the parents who guided, nurtured and gently prodded their sons or daughters into doing so well. Enjoy the weekend, celebrate safely and responsibly. Pictures on Facebook and Instagram.

Friday 4th October 2019 - House System Leaderboard

Another fantastic, colour and fun-filled day was had on Wednesday in KCC.  Our 5 House Groups dressed up in their colours for our annual 5k Run/Walk. The following points were awarded:

Best Fundraisers:

1st Sean Daly (Titan)

2nd Stephanie Carey (Titan)

Joined 3rd Karen O'Donoghue, Amy O'Donoghue, Shauna Edwards

Fastest Runners Junior

Girls Boys

1st Aoibhinn Gleeson (Gael) Michael Fitzgerald(Viking)

2nd Tamika Heaphy (Celt) Aidan Courtney (Spartans)

3rd Leyla Abdurahmanova (Spartan) Darragh Murphy (Viking)

Fastest Runners Senior

1st Caoimhe Fleming (Titan) Burim (Celt)

2nd Neidin O Sullivan (Titan) Stefan Lejtrar (Gael)

3rd Shauna Edwards (Ttian) Max (Viking)

There were complaints by teachers that ran the distance as if their life depended on it and not received any points for their house. So a big call out especially to Ms Duggan (hip hip hooray) But final call is no extra points given, get over it and move on!

Best fancy Dress

1st Leah McDonnel (Gael)

2nd Amy Healy (Gael)

3rd Katelyn Nolan (Celt)

4th Natalia Leanne (Titan)

5th Karolina Gunia (Viking)

So the Titans ran away with it this year and took an overwhelming lead ahead of the Celts and Gaels, while Vikings and Spartans are tactically waiting in the long grass and plan to creep up the table over the whole year. Remember: It is not a Sprint – it is a Marathon.


Thursday 3rd October 2019 - TY Business Class

"On Thursday, Ms. McKenna’s TY Business/Mini-Company class had a talk on how to turn your hobby into a business. Veronika set up her business ‘Jumping in Kerry’ over 2 years ago where she runs adult Jumping Fitness classes and more recently has started teen and kids classes. Veronika spoke about the challenges she has faced, the funding and costs required to set up and run a business, the crucial role social media plays in promoting her classes and the importance of constantly upskilling and educating yourself in order to run the best business possible. She spoke about how you need to be “a little bit crazy and naïve” to start your own business because it is hard work but in the end it is worth it because you get to do what you love every day. No doubt the TY’s learned a lot from the talk and hopefully will put some of this into practice when they create and run their own mini-companies over the following months. If anyone is interested in learning more about Jumping Fitness classes, have a look at the social media pages for ‘Jumping in Kerry’ or contact Veronika at 083 8771386."

Wednesday 2nd October 2019 - Annual Walk/Fun Run

In perfect weather conditions, the school's annual walk/fun run took place across the road in the stunning surrounds of the National Park.  Runners from all years and houses dusted off their trainers to run the picturesque and challenging route.  Others simply dressed up in their house colours and enjoyed a leisurely stroll through the park basking in glorious sunshine.  There were house points up for grabs for runners and best fancy dressed participants.  There were also prizes for those who raised the most money through their sponsorship cards.  A great day was had by all.  Every house gave all their points were assigned to the overall house competition.  Well done to Mr. Hehir's 5LCA class for organising the event and making sure everyone went the right way. Klaus hosted the award ceremony after the run where prizes and points were awarded for best dressed and fastest finishers.

SEPTEMBER School News 2019

29th September 2019 - European Day of Languages

Killarney Community College celebrated European day of languages on the 26th September 2019 with a series of events.  Representatives from each European country from the school gave a greeting in their mother tongue.  All classes participated in the European Quiz.  Students were able to taste food from different European countries at lunch time.  Winners of the quiz are Karolina, Jessica and Natalia in Leaving Cert.  Well done girls!

25th  September 2019 - Sports News

Today, our Senior Ladies Football Team had a comprehensive victory over Milstreet Community College winning 6-11 to 2-7 in the opening round of the Munster Championship.  While Milstreet battled hard and it was a very competitive game with great scores from both sides, we pulled away in the later part of the 2nd half with an outstanding team display.  Stand out players on the day were Aoibhin Gleeson in 1st Year with a personal tally of 3-3 at full forward and Ciara Kearney centre forward who contributes 1-5.  Well done!!!

20th September 2019 

Today, our three Killarney secondary schools came together to highlight their concerns about climate change and came together to form the word NOW urging world leaders to take action immediately in relation to climate change.

19 September 2019 - Strickeen Mountain Climb

What an amazing day our 5th year students had! They climbed Strickeen mountain in beautiful sunshine as a wellbeing activity at the start of their school year.  The trip was organised by their year head Mr. D. O'Sullivan and ably assisted by Ms. Kissane, Ms. O'Leary, Mr. A. O'Sullivan and Ms. Mulligan.

18 September 2019 - TY News

Today, TY students with Ms. K. McCarthy & Ms. D. O'Sullivan had the most fantastic day at Deerpark Pitch & Putt.  Extreme skills were displayed by one of our students Artur who is off a very impressive handicap of 7 in Barcelona! His sheer class and enthusiasm for the sport urged all of us amateurs to participate and to have alot of FUN!  Thanks to Paula and Ciaran for looking after us so well.  Next weeks Tuesday activity is Film Making with Mieke Vermechelen.

13 September 2019 - KCC goes green. 

Students showed their support fo the Kerry team by wearing their Kerry colours to school today. Brian Kelliher from the student council presents a prize to the best dressed Kerry supporter to Ethan Brennan in second year. Congratulations Ethan.  Well done to Oisin Malone Walker and Tamika Heaphy who won the draw for two All Ireland Final tickets today. 

We in KCC are very proud of our very own Kiril Healy 5th Year Music Student who has won the coveted Mike Kenny Musician of the year 2019 award.

11 September 2019 - Auditions began today for our Chirstmas panto "Beauty and the Beast".

Mr. Shane Enright (Bank of Ireland) gave a very informative talk about understanding your relationship with money to our 3rd year students. They also learned how to manage their money in their future, along with how to save in the future.

Tuesday 3rd September 2019 TY NEWS

Last week saw the beginning of TY Activity Tuesday in the school! It was a wonderful day of fun and laughter while exploring our majestic national park. We began with a tour of the exhibition area in Killarney House and Gardens which was truly magnificent. The students got the chance to explore and discover the beautiful diverse landscape of Killarney National Park. The 15 rooms to discover were highly entertaining and informative for the students. The latter part of the day we spent walking to Ross Castle and then back to the school. A great day of bonding for the students as the TY year has kicked off....

Awards Night - 16th May 2019

Thursday night 16th May was a star-studded occasion in Killarney Community College. Teachers, students, parents and distinguished guests assembled for the annual awards ceremony to honour and recognise students in the college.

Roisin Wall was voted by the teachers as the Student of the Year as during her 5 years in the school, she has endeared herself to everyone through her commitment, pleasant disposition, work ethos and involvement with all areas of school life.

The prestigious Principal’s Award went to Evan Kissane for his overall contribution to the school. Evan has lead the way by showing his commitment to his studies, demonstrating that dedication, hard work and a sense of purpose is a lifelong skill that can achieve so much.

Roisin Wall also received the Senior Sports Awards as recognition of her outstanding contribution to sport in the college and in her respective clubs. Maksims Orpus won an award in the Junior Sports category in recognition of his sporting prowess.

Esel Acun won the Senior Arts Awards, while a number of students who were part of the choir since they joined the college in 1st year received the Senior Music Award. The Design and Technology award was presented Sean O’ Reilly. All students were credited for their incredible talents in these areas.

The Endeavour award went to a worthy recipient, Julie O’ Callaghan and Contribution to the life of the school Award was presented to Ross McCarthy and Darja Puzanova while Chloe McCarrthy and Namejs Balodis were presented with the award for Living the Ethos. Both students been constantly involved in promoting the school ethos of “Respect, Responsibility and Inclusion” throughout his years studying in the college.

Awards were presented to last year’s Best Junior and Leaving Certificate Exam. Students. Laura Bentele received best Leaving Certificate, Best Junior Certificate went to Julia Olabode and Leaving Certificate Applied to Keelin McCarthy.

The night was a great success with entertainment being provided by various musical acts, under the direction of music teacher Ms Joanna Hughes. There was a wonderful sense of occasion felt in Killarney Community College on this most important night for all involved.

Young Social Innovators 2019

Our fantastic Young Social Innovators 'Be Dementia Aware' will be interviewed on Radio Kerry tomorrow at 2.30pm. This group are extremely passionate about this awareness campaign they lead about dementia and are very excited to get their voice further out to Kerry.

They have already raised €506 on Friday last when they hosted a 'Denim Day for Dementia' in aid of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland. They will present their project in Cork City Hall on Thursday for the YSI Speakouts.

Their YSI guide Ms. L Crowley and the rest of the staff here are extremely proud of all the work this group have done throughout the year to raise awareness and help comfort the families of people who have dementia. To find out more tune into Radio Kerry tomorrow at 2.30pm on Wed 13th March!!!