1st Year Parent Programme
Supporting your child through secondary school. Coláiste na Sceilge, in association with the Kerry ETB Community Education programme, have organised a 6 week course to help you ensure your child gets the most from their new school. The course will run on Tuesday nights with the exception of the final night from 7.00 pm to 8.30 pm including break for tea/coffee, starting Tuesday September 20th and finishing Monday October 24th.
Our tutors work exclusively with adults and there will be a relaxed open learning environment. The course will cover the following topics:
Week 1 – Tuesday September 20th: Getting to know your school.
Week 2 – Tuesday September 27th: Using VS Ware/ Way to pay. Literacy and numeracy
Week 3 – Tuesday October 4th: Managing digital and social media.
Week 4 – Tuesday October 11th: Keeping your teen healthy and fit.
Week 5 – Tuesday October 18th: Communication and positive behaviour. Homework and getting the most out of study.
Week 6 – Monday October 24th: Support services in the wider community – Where to next?
Protecting yourself online
A presentation for Parents by Jason O’ Mahony which outlines how students can protect themselves online will be held at the school on 3rd October 7-8:30 for parents of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th Yr students and on the 4th October 7-8:30 for 1st Year Parents. The first half of the presentation focuses on Online Safety for parents themselves. The second half is aimed at the education and protection of families on line. There will also be a question and answer session. Click here to access more information on the presentation.
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.
Best of Luck
Best of luck to all Coláiste na Sceilge students receiving their results tomorrow. May you get everything you have hoped and worked for.
It’s that time of year again. Time for us to get out and enjoy the beauty of our area. Friday the 16th September will be the date for this year’s Iveragh 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. Find out more by clicking on image.
Welcome back to all staff and students..
Junior and Leaving Cert Examinations
Ahead of the upcoming Junior and Leaving Certificate exams, we would like to bring the following to your attention:
- We advise that your son/daughter arrive to their examination centre at 9.00am on Wednesday 8th June to avoid unnecessary stress and at least 15 minutes before the start time of every examination thereafter.
- Please ensure your son/daughter has the correct and relevant equipment/materials for each examination.
- Pens and spares
- A working calculator
- Drawing equipment
- Colouring pencils
- Mathematical sets
- Masking tape for drawing
- A watch for the important timing purpose!
- Students are not required to wear school uniform – comfortable clothing is advised.
- However, school rules do apply. Good behaviour is expected at all times.
- Students are asked to be mindful of their fellow students doing exams.
- We also advise students to make full use of the time allowed per exam.
- Students who leave exams early should also leave the school as virtually all rooms are being used for exam purposes and quietness is imperative.
- Please be advised that the buses while running during the duration of the exams will follow the Leaving Cert timetable. They will arrive as normal in the morning and leave on completion of the afternoon exam for Leaving Certs.
Finally we would like to take this opportunity to wish our students the very best of luck in their examinations. Go n-éirí an t-ádh libh go léir.
Showing students practical everyday examples of the skills and knowledge they develop in class is a critical part of education here in Coláiste na Sceilge. Fifth year students were given such an opportunity on May 10th when they visited Liebherr Container Crane manufacturing plant in Killarney. In a joint initiative between our Engineering and Design & Communication Graphics Department, students got a wonderful opportunity to tour the facility which included both the design and manufacturing elements.
On April 19th instructors from the local First Responders group visited our school to train TYs in how to use a defibrillator. This was part of our youth for justice project which aimed to raise awareness with regards to heart diseases and stroke. Well done to all involved and to the local First Responders group for volunteering their time.
Congratulations to all who took part in the school 5K Fun Run on Thursday, April 28th.The PE Department would like to thank the Parents Association, Renard Gaa Club, the parents who helped with stewarding on the day, Kerry County Council, Walsh’s Supervalu, the TYs who helped out, DJ Kian and the staff and management of Coláiste na Sceilge. Well done to all especially the P.E department who put it all together. Click on image to access times.
All- Ireland Semi-Final
Best of luck to the 1yr Boys Basketball Team who will compete in the All-Ireland Semi-finals in Tallaght on the 5th May. Coláiste na Sceilge will play Cnoc Mhuire Granard, Co. Longford and we wish them and their management team of Mr. Shane O’Neill and Mr. John Tehan the very best of luck
Race Night School Fundraiser
This Year we are very grateful again to the work of the Parent’s Council in organising the Coláiste na Sceilge Race Night. The fundraiser will raise some much needed funds to update the IT infrastructure in the school providing high quality wireless Broadband to further enhance the exceptional teaching and learning experience each student receives in this school. The Student’s Council have also been working hard selling horses for the night. It would be very much appreciated if you could buy a horse for €20. Race cards are being sold by Parent’s Council members or you can drop the money into the school office by Wednesday 27th April. Thank you.
Salters Chemistry Festival
On April 20th 2016, First Year Students Emmet O’Shea, Rachel Devane, Laura McCormick and Nessa Walsh took part in the Salters Chemistry Festival in UCC. The four students represented Coláiste Na Sceilge in UCC competing against a host of other secondary schools from all over Ireland. The Salters Festival is a chemistry based competition where students work in teams to solve a murder mystery. They gather and analyse evidence, and perform tests and experiments. They use all their findings and problem solving skills to logically seek out the murderer. Our four young, talented students represented CNS powerfully on the day and returned to South Kerry with Second Place overall. What a wonderful achievement for the students and what fantastic ambassadors of science they proved to be for Colaiste Na Sceilge and the Science Department. Congratulations to them and their teacher Ms.Katie Murphy.
A huge congratulations to Transition Year Student Karen Stapleton on winning the features category in this year’s Press Pass Competition. Well done also to her teacher Ms. Janette Condon.
Coláiste na Sceilge had their second outing this season with a blitz being held in Tralee rugby club. The girls took on established rugby schools from North Kerry and West Limerick and performed exceptionally well. Last time out they lost 3 and won 1 but this time around they put in an even better performance and ended up winning 2 of their 4 games. The opposition coaches all commented on the rapid improvement of the team. It is a testament to their dedication and hard work that our girls have been invited by Abbeyfeale Rugby Club to travel to West Limerick on the May weekend to combine with them and take on the Ulster champions who are touring Munster. To top off a great day all around 3 of our players , Lea Turner and Kate and Patricia O’ Sullivan have been invited to train with the Munster squad. This is a truly remarkable achievement as girls rugby in the school started before Christmas and this is only their second outing. To put it in perspective only 5 girls from the entire county of Cork are training with the Munster squad and we have 3 from Coláiste na Sceilge. Of course we must also thank their coaches Tony Cournane, Seamus Curran and Rob O’Mahony for their hard work and commitment, as well as all the parents and supporters who helped out along with their Manager Mr. Paul Clifford.
Well done to Orla Coffey, Leah O’Sullivan and Áine Daly who participated in apprentice chef in IT Tralee on Thursday 7 April and to their teacher Ms. Áine O’Connell.
As part of our 1916 Commemorations there are many displays around the school to acknowledge the history and people of this time. Great credit must go to Ms. Holly and her art students for the amazing artwork they have created. Below is just a snapshot. Click to enlarge.
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.
Well done to all students and staff who gave up for Trocaire during Lent and fasted for 24 hours. You helped raise over €1000 for communities around the world that have been affected by climate change. This money will help Trocaire in their fight for justice. Helping the less fortunate is a big part of what we do here in Coláiste na Sceilge.
Song writing Workshop
Check out some of the amazing songs created by students here as part of World Book Day 2016. All of the songs are based around the 1916 Rising. A big thank you to Andrew ‘Skatz’ Skattergood for donating his time and talents.
Click on image to access booklet. Go to kerrychildrensservices.com for more info.