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Parent Council Fundraiser

Last Thursday 22nd November our Parents Council held a Fundraiser for a greener school to help raise money for a bicycle shed for our students.

They held a cookery demonstration with Chef Damien Fitzpatrick, the evening was a huge success with lots of spot prizes - a big thanks to all our sponsors.

College Awareness Week 2018

Second Years took part in an Access 21 workshop as part of College Awareness Week 2018.This programme is run in conjunction with Trinity College Dublin and IT Tralee.  Students from IT Tralee presented fascinating information to students based on their career choices  and the college course they are studying at the moment.  Second Year students heard about careers such as

Ag Engineering
Health & Leisure
Business - Accountancy
Music Technology
Animation and Special Effects
Social Care
Access 21 Coordinator Ms. Marie O'Riordan said that "we are delighted to be involved in the Access 21 programme and working with the IT Tralee and Trinity College Dublin.  This is our second year being involved and has received very positive feedback from our students".

Junior Girls Football News

Well done to our Junior Girls Football Team who won against Killorglin Community College today (12th October 2018) in the first round of their Munster Championship. Final Score 3-9 to 1-2

October - Mental Health Awareness Month

October is Mental Health Awareness month in the College.  There will be a host of activities happening throughout the month in which we hope all students will have the opportunity to take part in.

Mindfulness at Killarney Community College

TRANSITION Year students at Killarney Community College enthusiastically participated in a very beneficial Mindful Teens workshop on Tuesday 11th September 2018, with psychotherapist Harriet McGuigan who taught them new ways to support themselves to help keep some balance in their lives.

She said some teenagers can be distracted by substance misuse, cyber bullying, online pornography, online gambling or self-harm and, more often than not, it is because they are trying to cope in their world and manage their lives.

Inspired by the quote ‘When we know better we can do better’ by Maya Angelou, Harriet created and runs the Mindful Teens programme to inspire and plant a seed in the teenagers she comes into contact with.

During the day they listened and often related to Harriet’s story, working in small groups, and they got to practice and try out the art of different meditations. The group then chatted about the challenges the face and what they enjoyed about taking some time out in a more supportive way.

“A lot of the teens opened up pretty quickly, sharing their concerns and challenges as teenagers growing up in Kerry,” said Harriet.

Topics discussed included support in relation to safe use of social media, maintaining relationships and how to manage anxiety.

Community College Transition Year co-ordinator, Kerri McCarthy, remarked: “It was a great start to our TY school term to introduce mindfulness to our students. It equips them with strategies to deal with stressful situations”.

She added: “Nowadays students lead such busy lives and sometimes they nearly forget to breathe so by taking the time to meditate proved very worthwhile for them”. Ref; Killarneytoday.com