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Iveragh Learning Landscapes
Waterville & Caherdaniel, Co. Kerry
Friday 6th- Sunday 8th October 2017
A weekend event bringing together local, national and international expertise on place based learning, outdoor education, nature connection & heritage through talks, workshops and guided trips.
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Irish Basketball Captain
Congratulations to Síofra O’ Shea on an amazing achievement of captaining the Irish U15 basketball team in Scotland. What a proud moment for South Kerry and the school here to have someone as talented as Síofra represent Ireland and moreover captaining the winning team. Síofra played an excellent game and scored 7 pts and 6 steals. Click here for an account of the game.
Congratulations to Rachel O’ Dwyer who captained the Kerry u14 team and players Ellie O’Connell and Shannon O’Donnell on defeating Cork in the Munster final. The game played in Mallow on the 7th May ended on a score of 1-12 to 0.08. The Munster Champions are now through to the All Ireland semi final on June 4th and we wish them every success. Thanks to Bríd Moran for picture.
5km Fun Run
We are organising our annual 5km Fun Run in Coláiste na Sceilge on Friday 5th May @ 13:30 starting in Renard Football Pitch. All students have received their sponsorship cards and have been asked to collect a minimum of €5. We have a change to the format of the race this year.
Each year will have a team, consisting of 5 male and 5 female. The team is selected after the race and the times of the fastest runners home are recorded and the team with the fastest time wins the Trophy. There will be eight teams on the day, 1st,2nd,3rd,4th,5th 6th , Staff and Parents. We have a Perpetual trophy and 10 medals which has been kindly sponsored by Ger Murphy Sports Shop Castleisland and each member of the winning team will receive a €20 sports voucher which will be sponsored by our Parents Council. There will also be a €30 sports voucher for the student who collects the most amount of money on their sponsorship card.
In order to run the 5km Fun Run we are looking for help from parents with the stewarding on the day. If you are available to help out on the day could you please contact Bríd Moran on 087 2229892. We would really appreciate your help to ensure the smooth running of the day.
We strongly urge you to encourage your son/daughter to participate in the run. It is a fun event and so important for all students to try their best, whether they walk or run, participation is the key.
Girls school league
Well done to the winners of the first and second year girls school league and team captain Rachael O’ Dwyer. Pictured with the winning team are Mr. Damien Foley, League organiser and Mr. Maurice Fitzgerald.
Junior Girls Rugby
Well done to our Junior Girls Rugby Team on becoming Munster Champions. The girls beat Abbeyfeale in the final which is an impressive victory if you think of the tradition of rugby in that school and that our Junior Girls’ rugby team have only being playing for less than a year. This would not have been possible without the commitment of both the girls and the Management team. Well done to Ms. Bryan and her management team and to the Junior girls fore an incredible victory. Pictured is students gathered in the upper mall to receiver the winning team where captain Mary Beth O’Donoghue gave a wonderful speech.
This year our Positive Behaviour strategy team and Students’ Council looked to set-up students spaces around the school to promote student well-being and positive behaviour across the whole school. The initiative was also in response to a student survey carried out where the need for student spaces was highlighted. The initiative included the help of both the Students and Parents Councils. After 6 potential areas/ spaces around the school were highlighted a student competition was ran for students to come up with their own designs for the areas with prizes for the best 3 designs. The students council promoted the competition and teachers got behind it by developing plans with their classes. Blank plans were put on stage for students to draw on and display boards there to inspire and guide them. In line with the schools green policy we promoted recycling of materials where possible. Students Council and PBL are now concentrating on outdoor spaces and picnic tables in conjunction with parents council. Below is a picture of winners (Taken in one of the new spaces) with their winning designs and being presented with their prizes by student council members. Pictured also is their art teacher Ms. Holly and School Counsellor MS. Curran.
As part of Engineering week Engineering and DCG students visited Liebherr Container Cranes in Killarney. The company has 890 employees and is a major player on a Global Scale. It was a timely visit as Liebherr has just announced their new Scholarship Graduate Programme. The students were given a wonderful tour of the premises by Declan O’Sullivan former pupil who works in the Liebherr sales division. The trip is part of a Joint initiative between Engineering and the Design Departments here in the school and was a great experience for students to see everyday applications of what they learn in school. Pictured with students is Mr. Declan O’Sullivan and their teacher Mr. Pat Cronin.
Young Environmentalist Awards
Congratulations to our LCAs who have made it to the semi-final round of the YEA 2017. Since 1999, ECO-UNESCO has run the YEA programme to honour the work of young people to protect, conserve and enhance the environment through local environmental projects, making a difference to their lives and the lives of others both locally and globally. Over 40,000 young people have taken part in the YEA since it began, bringing about lasting change to the environment, and reaching countless others with awareness-raising campaigns in schools and communities throughout Ireland.
We hope you enjoy a video of this year’s Iveragh Day. The video really captures the magic of the day. The day is about staff and students getting out into Iveragh and learning all about our area; its business, its scenery, its tradition, its culture, and its heritage.
Seachtain na Gaeilge
Well done to the winners of the 1st year love Poem competition ran by the English Department as part of one of their literacy initiatives. Some wonderful poems were written and these students really showed a creative flair for writing poetry.
Below is a picture of a recent Art and History trip to Dublin. Students visited Collins Barracks Museum and the Hugh Lane Gallery as part of the tour. A big thanks to Mr. Clifford and Ms. Holly for organising the trip.
Below are pictures from the school’s recent tour to Germany. The trip gives students an opportunity to immerse themselves in the German culture including the wonderful markets. A big thank you to Ms. Mc Kenna for organising the tour and to Mr. Clifford and Ms. Klug for giving of their time to make it such a great trip.
A wonderful year full of wonderful opportunities to grow and develop. Click here to access TY brochure for more info. A recent article in the Irish Times outlined its many benefits. Click on image to read full article.
Apprentice Chef cook off
Below are some pictures of TY students’ dishes as part of the Apprentice Chef cook off here in the school . Well done on a great effort made by everyone. Congratulations to Sophie Graef and Tara O’ Riordan who will be representing the school in the next stage of the project and to Casey O’ Connell’s dish which was highly commended. The cook off could not have gone ahead without the hard work of Ms. Áine O’ Connell Home Ec. teacher.
Kerry ETB Awards
Congratulations to our Award-winning students from Coláiste Na Sceilge at the Kerry ETB awards on Friday night at IT Tralee. More details below. Photo by Dermot Crean
Kerry ETB Awards
Well done to Coláiste na Sceilge students past and present who are receiving Kerry ETB Awards on Friday 20th January in Tralee. The awards mark the academic, sporting and social impact our students have made and the hard work and effort they have made. Click on image below to access more info on the students’ achievements.
- Laura Ní Chonchúir -Best Overall Academic Award (Joint)
- Ciara Ní Dhálaigh -Best Overall Academic Award (Joint)
- Cathal Ó Donnabháin -Best Science Award
- Sinéad Ní Chlúmháin -Best Business Award
- Aisling Ní hArrachtáin -Involvement in life of school at JC Award
- Stephen Ó Fógartaigh -Best TY Award
- Tara Whittington -Best JC results Award
- Ciara Maher -Best Leaving Certificate Applied Student 2016 Award
- Cian Breathnach -Award for Involvement in Student Council
- Orla Ní Chofaigh -Peer Mentoring Award
School Milk Programme
As part of our health promoting school Coláiste na Sceilge will be organising for Term 2 a school milk delivery starting on Monday 16th January. We would ask parents to encourage their son or daughter to take part and choose milk in place of fizzy drinks which are high in sugar and calories.
We would like to see our students choose milk as it is high in calcium and 90% of adult bone calcium is laid down by the late teens. We appeal to all those involved in sport to choose milk and particularly encourage girls as three out of four teenage girls are not getting enough calcium during this important bone development stage.
The school milk scheme which is subsidised by the Department of Agriculture offers pupils the opportunity to drink Lee Strand milk at school at a reduced price of 25cent per day.
DETAILS OF THE SCHOOL MILK SCHEME
PRODUCT: Pupils can enjoy the re-closable screw cap bottle filled with 250ml of Lee Strand Milk. The pupil friendly designed bottle can be easily opened and closed by students, therefore reducing any spillages in schools.
PRICE: The cost of the school milk is 25c per day that is only €1.25 per week.
Students pay for their milk in advance and pay for 97 days costing €24.25.
REFRIGERATION: The milk will be delivered twice weekly to the school and will be stored in The National Dairy Council refrigerator which is located in the school canteen.
PAYMENT: Payment can be arranged on line through Way 2 Pay on receipt of application form below.
If you would be interested in having your child sign up to the programme please click on image for application form and additional details. Please return form to Ms. Collison. Thank you.
The literacy team are seeking your support for a reading challenge as part of the national “Wellread Programme”. Several activities to promote reading in the school for 2016/17 have already begun, including a weekly book club called “The Pageturners Club”, a staff book club, a “read wall” for reviews and recommendations. A “Wellread Week” is planned for March that includes a visiting writer for World Book Day.
The team are hoping to involve many readers in our wider community by setting up a “One Book, One Community” challenge from December. The chosen novel is called “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr which won the Pulitzer prize in 2015. It is set during WW2 with really compelling characters. It would be fantastic if you could find the time to read this award-winning book. You could then share your experience of the reading with the people in the community you meet. Please spread the word and share the pleasure of reading around our community.
Finally, when you have read the book the team would like to hear what you thought of it, so you are invited to post brief reviews to our school website anytime throughout 2017, or alternatively send them via your children. Your support of this initiative is greatly appreciated. Enjoy the book.
LCA Breakfast Morning
Well done to our LCA class and teacher Ms . Collison for a fantastic breakfast morning on the 8/12. Below is a synopsis of the breakfast by the LCA’s themselves.
We served Orange juice, cereal and milk, rasher, tomato and brown scones to all first years. We considered the New Food Pyramid when designing our menu and served food from each of the four food groups – The fruit & Vegetable group, Brown Cereal group, Dairy group and Protein group. All First years enjoyed their healthy breakfast. Thanks to our sponsors SuperValu, Centra, Lee Strand and Corkerys. We hope all First years will now eat a healthy breakfast every morning before school.
Rebecca, Anthony & Colin
LCA reach award finals
Well done to our L.C.A. ‘s on reaching the finals of the Young Environmentalist Awards Members of the public have the chance to vote online for their favourite project of the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards 2017 and so We need your help. Click Here to vote. Go to the ECo Health and Wellbeing section towards bottom of page and select ‘Ag Obair le Chéile’ by Kerry Diocesan Youth Service, Colaiste na Scéilge. You can vot as often as you like and it would be really appreciated to get the project across the line.
AIB Lab Team
First years enjoying meeting the AIB Lab team on March 21st in Caherciveen who were visiting the branch from Dublin. Students had a very enjoyable interactive talk with the team on the use of technology in banking.
Kerry ETB FET Fair
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Self Esteem & Resilience day
All-Star Basketball game
Please get behind our amazing Parent’s Council in their drive to raise much needed funds for Coláiste na Sceilge. The hard working team have many initiatives in the pipe line and any support you can give is greatly appreciated.
We Need You!!
Are you interested in writing an opinion piece, fashion page, sports page, film review page etc. for the school website? Whatever your interest, we want to showcase you!. If you have an idea contact Mr. Mc Gill.
Click on image to access booklet. Go to kerrychildrensservices.com for more info.
Click on image to access a handbook created here in the school to promote Literacy. It includes tips on improving literacy across the broad areas of writing, reading, oral language skills and digital literacy. It also has a list of recommended novels to read outside of school, a page with hints for an oral presentation and lots of reminders about spelling and grammar.
Sample group Click here