Well done to the U16 girls basketball team who beat Mounthawk in the regionals. Congratulations also to their management team of Marie Tehan and Bríd Moran.
Science Week a great success
Well done to the students and teachers that made Science week a great success this year. The week was action packed with several interesting talks and visits scheduled. 1st Yr students had the reptile show; 2nd Yr students had the Pirds of Prey exhibition; 3rd Yrs had guest speaker Lucy Hunt on sea life and the environment; Tys had a visit to the Dingle Aquarium and 5th Yrs visited Kells Gardens. Below are some pictures.
Congratulations to former Coláiste na Sceilge student Ciara Daly on receiving an All- Ireland Scholarship.
This term three students represented the school at ‘Poetry Aloud’, the all-Ireland poetry speaking competition. In October, second year student Rachel Houlihan and two TY students, Stephen O’ Sullivan and Tara Whittington, travelled to Killarney to partake of the initial stage of the competition. On the day, judges remarked on the enthusiasm and dedication of all participants, resulting in an extremely high level of competition. Tara succeeded in being chosen in her category to proceed to the semi-final at the National Library in Dublin on November 18th. Despite delivering a polished performance of Thatcher by Seamus Heaney and What Were They Like by Denise Levertov, Tara was unsuccessful in advancing to the final this year, but enjoyed the experience and hopefully will try again in 2017.
Well done to Coláiste na Sceilge student John O Connor on achieving a top ten Junior Cert Higher Level Metalwork result. John achieved sixth place out of the 6,257 students who took Metalwork at higher level. It is an amazing achievement. Well done also to John’s Metalwork teacher Mr Pat Cronin for all his guidance. Pictured is John receiving his award with his teacher Mr. Pat Cronin.
IGC Careers Fair
Pictured are Coláiste na Sceilge students who recently attended a careers fair at The Malton Hotel, Killarney on Wednesday 16 Nov 2016.
Students from TY, 5th Year and LCA attended the Fair where they met with representatives of Institutes of Technology, Universities, Colleges of Further Education and Study Abroad options.
Ireland Basketball Team
Well done to Coláiste na Sceilge student Síofra O’ Shea on being successful in making the U15 Ireland Basketball Team. Following some hugely competitive Open Trials and an Inter-Regionals tournament, 38 players have been selected for the Ireland Under 15 Women’s development squad. This success follows on from a Blitz that was held in Tallaght at the National basketball arena in late October where Síofra and Rachel Dwyer both represented Colaiste Na Sceilge in the Southwest Team. At this blitz both students were a credit to their school, club, parents and families and worthy winners of silver All Ireland medals. It was at this event that Síofra’s talent was spotted and was invited to attend trials for the Irish U15 Basketball Team. Well done to both girls on their fantastic achievements.
Parent, student and teacher meetings will take place in the Sports Hall at Coláiste na Sceilge on:
Wedneday, 19th October for surnames A to K inclusive from 4.15pm to 6.45pm. Parents should arrive no later than 5.15pm to ensure they see all the relevant teachers.
Tuesday, 25th October for surnames L to O’Shea inclusive from 4.15 pm to 6.45 pm. Parents should arrive no later than 5.15 pm to ensure they see all the relevant teachers.
Thursday, 10th November for surnames O’Sullivan to Z inclusive from 4.15 pm to 6.45 pm. Parents should arrive no later than 5.15 pm to ensure they see all the relevant teachers.
Please note that school will close at 3.35pm on each of the above days as instructed by the Department of Education & Skills and also that students English surnames have been used for the above division.
Teachers are located in alphabetical order around the Sports Hall.
Please note Ms. Mary Devane is on leave.
The Principal, Mr. John O’Connor will be available throughout and will be happy to answer any questions you might have. There will be a Suggestion/Comment Box in the Hall and as a major partner in Coláiste na Sceilge we will be happy to hear from you.
To ensure the above meetings are of the greatest benefit to parents, students and teachers we wish to make you aware of the following:
* Parents should register on arrival and pick up a blank report card for their son or daughter which should be completed as they meet the respective teachers.
* Pupils should accompany their parents to the meeting.
* The presence of the three key parties in education: teacher, student and parent will ensure worthwhile and clear communication taking place and prevent the confusion that can arise if the student is not present.
* Should a parent or teacher wish to communicate something of a private nature the student can be asked to stand aside for a moment.
* If for any reason your son/daughter is unable to accompany you please ensure you have a list of their teachers.
Teas and coffees will be available in the hall during the meetings.
We realise that having your son/daughter accompanying you to the meetings may be inconvenient, however, we believe that their presence will make for a more worthwhile and meaningful meeting for all the parties.
Unclaimed clothing and equipment will be on display in the lower mall throughout all the meetings. Items still unclaimed by November 11th will be sent to the local charity shop.
We look forward to your co-operation and seeing you all.
Boys U16 & U19 Basketball
Coláiste na Sceilge hosted ISK Killorglin today in what was a disappointing day for both our u16& u19 boys basketball teams. The boys played well and should be proud of their efforts but in the end failed to secure a win. Both teams are coached by Mr. Paudie O’Shea and Managed by Mr. Shane O’Neill.
Arie Rommers from Holland paid a visit to our school on the 20th September. He met with classes and told us his story about losing his hand in an explosion when he was just 13 and how he was fitted with the most advanced bionic hand in the world, the Bebionic 3. He spoke about prosthetic limbs throughout history and students were also afforded the opportunity to see developments in robotics, with Arie encouraging those interested in engineering to carry on this work. He also told us the hidden story of how he was bullied in school after losing his arm and relayed the important message that no matter how difficult life becomes that there is always a way forward, not to be afraid to ask for help and to never lose your smile. He was an inspiration to all those who sat in on his talk. A big thank you to Arie and Ms. Casey Burns for organising his visit.
Coming soon … Science Week
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..
A show not to be missed!!
Thought of the Week
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.
Click on image to access booklet. Go to kerrychildrensservices.com for more info.