Developing Schools Enriching learning

Killarney Community College is governed by Kerry Education and Training Board formally Kerry Education Service. In 2008, Kerry ETB developed the DSEL initiative as an approach to school development planning and continuous professional development for teachers and school management. There have been a number of Initiatives across the 8 schools in the county. These have all enhanced the educational experience of the students in our care.

Communities of Practice have been developed in 5 subject areas

  • Gaeilge

    1. Students have been prepared for the Oral Irish Option in the Junior certificate
    2. (40% of their final mark)
    3. Gaelige writers in residence programme was provided to the schools.
    4. Gaeilge teachers have taken part in 8developmental workshops focusing on strategies to teach Gaelige as a foreign language.
  • English/SEN

    With the support of PDST/JCSP support service in Department of Education, the following programme to improve English and literacy have been provided in the school
    1. Regional reading initiative for 1st years • Word Millionaire for 2nd years
    2. Writer in residence for 3rd years
    3. Different groups have had the opportunity of taking part in the writers in residence programme
    4. Students have the opportunity to take part in a Poetry Aloud competition in the Kerry ETB schools
  • Science

    All of the Kerry ETB schools are taking part in a 3-year investigative science project with UL Centre for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and Learning The purpose is to improve attitudes to investigative science and facilitate students to choose their own JC investigative project sooner than the more traditional prescribed model.
  • Junior Certificate Physical Education

    All of the Kerry ETB schools are implementing the JCPE programme. There are county wide sporting rich tasks for each year group.
    1. Adventure activities for all 1st years- orienteering bally seedy woods
    2. Athletics for all 2nd years in An Riocht CastleIsland • Spike ball for all 3rd year students in Tralee sports Complex
    3. Tag Rugby rich task for senior students. The college is working hard to gain our Active schools flag
  • Instructional Intelligence Initiative

    8 members of staff have trained with Professor Barrie Bennett, Toronto Canada. This has been a 3 year programme of developmental workshops on co operative learning strategies.

Restorative practice

Killarney Community college operates a restorative practice model as positive learning approach to behavior management. All the Kerry ETB teachers have received one days inservice on this model. This approach encourages students to take ownership and responsibility for their own behaviour and actions leading to a positive and calm approach to behaviour management.

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