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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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Local activities this weekend for National Heritage Week

A number of events will take place in Killarney this weekend as part National Heritage Week 2022 which runs until this Sunday. This year’s theme is biodiversity and sustainability. Tomorrow […]

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A number of events will take place in Killarney this weekend as part National Heritage Week 2022 which runs until this Sunday.

This year’s theme is biodiversity and sustainability. Tomorrow (Saturday) the Life in the Bogs – Family Funday in Cronin’s Yard, Beaufort, runs from 10.30am – 2.30pm.
Activities include; Bog in a Bottle activity – learn about how bogs are made, Plants of the Bog – learn about the different plants in the bog and how to tell them apart, Pond Dipping in Bog Pool – Use nets and find out what creepy crawlies can be found in Bog pools, Birds and Mammals of the Bog – learn about the different animals that live in our bogs, and a Scavenger Hunt. Tickets are free but bring €2 for parking.

On Sunday the Harpers for Heritage concert takes place at Muckross Schoolhouse with Fiachra Ó Corragáin, Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman from 7.30pm to 9pm.

There’ll also be an exhibition from the Killarney National Park Photography Competition based on the theme of ‘Our History, Our Future’ in Killarney House and Gardens while the Me and the Moon will create Bee/Bug hotels and sustainable eco bird feeders today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) from 11am – 4pm at Muckross Schoolhouse.

The Heritage Council is encouraging people to visit www.heritageweek.ie to see what other events are taking place in their locality or across the country. Participants can browse the website and create a bespoke National Heritage Week ‘Events Trail’ to help them plan their week according to their location, their particular heritage interests and their preferred event type, such as a festival, performance, exhibition or re-enactment.

“This year, National Heritage Week looks to the past to create a better future,” Chief Executive of the Heritage Council of the Heritage Council, Virginia Teehan, said.

“The theme of sustainable heritage and biodiversity encourages us all to reflect on how our history and heritage can play a part in protecting our planet. Whether it’s learning a new skill like embroidery, blacksmithing or pottery making; better understanding how to prevent biodiversity loss in our own back gardens or country lanes; or gaining fresh insight into the history of our art, music or the Irish language and sharing this knowledge among friends and family, there are endless ways to get involved. I would encourage people to visit the National Heritage Week website and browse the vast array of events and projects taking place and plan their week.”

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Killarney girl has an important part to play in Rose Festival

By Michelle Crean A little Killarney girl has had her dreams come true after being selected as a Rose Bud in this year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival. Chloe Nott […]

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By Michelle Crean

A little Killarney girl has had her dreams come true after being selected as a Rose Bud in this year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival.

Chloe Nott (7) from Fossa was thrilled to find out that she has been paired with Arizona Rose Sophie Owen.

She’s now super excited as the Festival kicks off tonight (Friday) and is looking forward to being part of the big parades which attract thousands to the streets of Tralee tomorrow (Saturday) and again on Sunday.

“We found out about three weeks ago, she was picked from hundreds from all around the country,” Chloe’s mom Gemma told the Killarney Advertiser.

Last Saturday the Rose Buds came together for the first time in the Meadowlands Hotel in Tralee where they met the Kerry Rose Édaein O’Connell and received their sashes.

Tonight (Friday) they’ll enjoy a party in the Meadowlands and have a busy weekend meeting and greeting people when they take part in the Festival’s activities including a trip to the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium.

“I’m so excited to meet my Arizona Rose,” Chloe, who is going into Second Class in Fossa National School, said.

Gemma and her husband Eric and son Luke (9) went to Reidys in Killarney to tell Chloe the exciting news.

“My mom gave me a rose and told me I was a Rose Bud. After she told me I was bursting with excitement.”

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