There was a hive of activity as soon as the doors opened when both 5th and 6th class students and their parents were warmly welcomed by the staff and management in the college. Parents and children were free to walk around the school and experience different subject areas throughout the college. The smell of freshly baked cupcakes wafted through the assembly area, while parents and students tasted what was on offer they listened to an impressive talk about Home Economics in the college by Ms. Keane and Ms. Brosnan. Science rooms bubbled while the students made Elephant Toothpaste, they also got to witness and take part in the dissection of hearts, kidneys and livers. The woodwork rooms displayed beautiful creations made by our students. The piano echoed sweet music from the music room. All subjects were on display with teachers talking to parents and students about any aspect of their particular subject.
Principal Stella Loughnane in her address to the 400 plus crowd explained how Killarney Community College is a very progressive school. It is the first school in Killarney to have adopted one hour classes. Killarney Community College provides students with a wide variety of optional subjects such as Home Economics, Metalwork, Business, 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. The principal explained to parents that the first cohort of students just completed their new junior cycle exam and the excellent results that were achieved by our students. This year we have a new fully equipped school gym that is available to students at scheduled times. The rowing machines are a big attraction with the students already this year.
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 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.