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Eilish O'Leary,Killarney Community College deputy principal, and Stella Loughnane, Killarney Community College principal.

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SURPRISES were on the timetable at Killarney Community College as it opened its doors for the new school year. Not only has there been a dramatic change in class duration, but on their return to the classroom, students were greeted by a new principal as well as finding themselves enjoying much more space in the beautifully extended premises on New Road.

Stella Loughnane, who has been deputy principal for eight years, has replaced Fiona O’Brien as principal, with Fiona being seconded by the Department of Education in a leadership capacity to roll out the new Junior Cert programme.

Meanwhile the college welcomes Eilish O’Leary as new deputy principal and six new teachers in a variety of teaching capacities.

Of its impressive new extension, Stella said: “Due to growing numbers in the college we were granted four new classrooms by the Department of Education and Skills. These rooms will be fully equipped with Wi-Fi and data projectors. The parents’ council fund-raised to create a foyer or meeting space between the rooms along with a corridor out into the new wing. We have a beautiful tree on the property that was important to us to preserve so we took this into account when planning, and also designed a walled window so that the tree is now a focal point of the foyer.”

Killarney Community College is also the first school in town to move to one-hour classes. “Because of this, room for teachers and students to participate in active classroom methodologies and instructional strategies is now of paramount importance,” said Stella.

“The building was also designed to be 'future proofed' so that if we are ever fortunate enough to receive more funding in the future we will be in a position to continue this style of modern build. The college has also just completed a comprehensive renovation of all bathrooms, all are now brand new!”
 


 
Above: Killarney Community College principal Stella Loughnane, right, and deputy principal Eilish O'Leary.

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Comedy drama ready for the stage

By Michelle Crean Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage. What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy […]

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By Michelle Crean

Get out your diary and book in these December dates as Dochas Drama Group is ready to take to the stage.

What does a hypochondriac, a grumpy father and a confused visitor to the dentist, all have in common? You’ll have to come along to the Killarney Avenue Hotel on Monday, December 12, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 at 8pm to find out.

The popular drama group will present their three new comedies featuring the work of playwrights Brian Bowler, Ger Madden and Mary Quirke.Come along for a night filled with fun and laughter. Just the right beginning to the festive season. Doors open at 7.15pm and tickets are available at the door. All tickets; adults, seniors, students and children are €10. Don’t miss a great night out.

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Teens theory is a national winner

Watch out Dallas as three local students are ready to take their science theory and blow the competition out of the water. Liam Waldron, Rachel Griffin and Luke O’Sullivan, Sixth […]

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Watch out Dallas as three local students are ready to take their science theory and blow the competition out of the water.

Liam Waldron, Rachel Griffin and Luke O’Sullivan, Sixth Year students from Killarney Community College, were named SciFest STEM Champions 2022 for their Group Theoretic Approach to Pythagoras’ Theorem.

The national finals of SciFest Ireland were held at the Marino Conference Centre in Dublin last Friday and they were attended by finalists from across Ireland.

The amazing trio will now go on to represent Ireland at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (Regeneron ISEF) which will be held in Dallas, Texas in May 2023.

The students secured their place at the national final after they won the overall prize at the SciFest regional competition at MTU Kerry in May this year.

Their project takes possibly one of the most well-known theorems that everyone remembers from school, Pythagoras’ Theorem. It provides an alternate proof of it, while also highlighting how right-angled triangles naturally provide a link between two coordinate systems and how this special case can naturally recreate the Pythagorean Theorem.

Supported by Intel Ireland and Boston Scientific, SciFest was set up 17 years ago by Sheila Porter and her husband George.

It is the largest, most inclusive STEM fair programme for second-level students in Ireland.

“The aim of SciFest has always been to develop a love of STEM and of inquiry-based learning and every year it is refreshing to see how the students of today continue to love and enjoy immersing themselves in science, technology, engineering and maths,” Sheila Porter, SciFest CEO, said.

“As SciFest grows each year, we grow more excited to see what new experiments and technologies are thought of and created. This year, students have shown incredible innovation in how STEM can make a positive impact on society, with initiatives in farming, space exploration and healthcare.”

Each year SciFest awards a ‘Teacher of Excellence’ and this year Máire Spillane was the recipient for her work with Luke, Rachel and Liam. She accompanied them to both finals and could not be prouder of this huge achievement at national level.

Killarney Community College held a whole school assembly to congratulate the SciFest champions in school and the SciFest STEM Champions 2022 were met with rapturous applause from all students and staff.

Ms Spillane spoke about the importance of STEM subjects and acknowledged the fact that Killarney Community College offers all students the opportunity to study all four of the disciplines, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and how our students are encouraged to submit projects every year into SciFest. It may be a competition run by science teachers, but in KCC cross-curricular co-operation by teachers of all subjects, is practiced on a daily basis.

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