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Establish a good final year routine

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By Niamh Dwyer, Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors

Establishing a good routine at the start of the school year is key for Leaving Cert students.

The beginning of the school year is met with very mixed emotions by everyone. While it is nice to get back to meet everyone again, it is hard to leave the lazy, hazy days of summer behind as students and teachers try to click back into the routine of early mornings and busy school days. For Leaving Cert students it can be overwhelming and stressful thinking of the busy year ahead, the amount of work to be done, and the important decisions to be made. That’s totally understandable. It may seem that June 2022 is a long way off but if you talk to students who have gone before you they will tell you that time moves very quickly in your final year of secondary school so the earlier you establish a good routine for yourself the better. Get out of those starting blocks early! The work that you do between this and the midterm break is critical to lay the foundations for further revision later on. Amendments have been made to the exams in each subject for 2022 so make sure you familiarise yourself with them at the start of the year. You can find all the details on www.gov.ie by searching Leaving Certificate 2022.

Time Management

Once you see your timetable you will have an idea of what days are likely to be more demanding than others. It is really important that you put together a workable time plan right from the start. You will still be working on completing Leaving Cert courses in all of your subjects while also working on project work; and on top of this you will need to incorporate some study and revision. Managing the demands of completing homework assignments and project work with grinds outside of school if you are doing them can mean that study and revision are often not prioritised early enough in the year. To avoid this my advice is to spend some time in the first week getting yourself organised and focused on a weekly timetable that is workable. Make sure your have all you notes, exam papers and other resources well organised and if you are missing any sections from Fifth Year ask your teachers or classmates for these resources. Teachers will be busy trying to finish courses so they may not get to revise the material from Fifth Year until right before the pre-exams in late January.

Daily Routine

Try to get into study mode now. Make it part of your daily routine from Monday to Friday and choose one day over the weekend to catch up on revision. Use any free time in school as an opportunity to get some work done in a structured environment with the support of teachers and classmates. Keep in mind the end goal of giving your very best performance in the exams in June and work towards that. If that seems difficult, break down the year in more manageable sections:

September to midterm – eight weeks
Midterm – Christmas – seven weeks
Christmas – midterm – six weeks
Midterm – Easter – six weeks
Easter to June – five weeks

All the best athletes do their heavy training in the early stages of the season – follow that lead. It is not without reason that the Leaving Cert is described as a marathon; make sure you are in good shape facing the finishing line on June 8, 2022.

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore, and Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors. She is also a Careers Advisor - For details see www.mycareerplan.ie or follow @mycareerplan on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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Vaccination centre leaves basketball club homeless

By Sean Moriarty With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre. The local side play Limerick Celtic away on […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre.

The local side play Limerick Celtic away on the weekend of October 8 and 9 and their first home game is set for October 16.

Currently their home venue at Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre is unavailable as it is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre and according to the Health Service Executive (HSE) this week, there are no plans in place, as of yet, to move out.

Killarney Cougars, the town’s newest addition to the National League, has secured the use of the gym at St Brigid’s Secondary School in the town centre but, as it stands, St Paul’s remain homeless as the season opener looms.

“It is ridiculous at this stage,” said head coach Jarlath Lee. “If you look at what is happening at the Sports Centre, there are very few people in and out of there now compared to the start [of the vaccination roll-out].”

The HSE when contacted by the Killarney Advertiser this week said that they would not be adding to a previous statement issued earlier this month, which said: “In relation to Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre, we are very grateful to staff and management for the use of their facility as a vaccination centre.

“Planning work is well underway for the next phase of the vaccination programme, locally and nationally. This includes a review of where vaccinations are administered in future, but we cannot confirm any decisions in relation to any particular location at this point in time.”

However, the HSE did confirm this week, that the Tralee Vaccination Centre, located at the Munster Technology University, will re-locate to the recently vacated Borg Warner factory in the town. The move is expected to be completed within the next week to 10 days.

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Triple treat for car lovers this weekend

Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days. Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town. Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part […]

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Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town.

Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part while raising funds for the HOPE Foundation.

The cars will leave Kenmare at around 11.30am and will travel via Moll’s Gap to Killarney and onwards to Farranfore and Tralee.

“The cars will not be stopping in towns this year to avoid gatherings,” said an event spokesperson, but the Killarney Advertiser understands that the high-powered convoy will be stopping in Tralee for a lunch halt before making their way to Tarbert and the Shannon Ferry.

On Sunday, and as revealed by the Killarney Advertiser last week, the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will host its annual classic motorshow at the racecourse from 11am. This event will raise funds for St Francis’s Special School in Beaufort.

Cars n’Coffee Killarney will join the vintage club on Sunday. After a successful 2019 season at KC Print, Cars n’Coffee is looking for a new home in Killarney, and Sunday’s collaboration with the vintage club could pave the way for further events at the racecourse.

“Having events of this quality in Killarney shows that the town could soon become the car culture capital of Ireland,” said Cars n’Coffee organiser Ger Neeson.

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