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Pupils are going gaga for Google as they've moved to a new technology which will enhance their learning experience going forward.

Children from Kilcummin NS recently made the move to Google Workspace for Education, a suite of cloud-based productivity and collaboration tools specifically designed for schools and educational organisations.

The move will provide a more efficient and effective way to work together for pupils, teachers, and staff. They'll also be able to access educational resources.

Google Workspace for Education offers a range of powerful tools, including Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Meet, and Classroom, that will allow the school to streamline its educational processes and provide a more engaging learning environment.

"We are delighted to announce that we have moved to Google Workspace for Education," said Kilcummin NS Acting Principal Mike Murphy.

"This move will allow the staff to enhance the learning experience for the children and provide a more effective way for our staff to work together. We believe this will help us achieve our mission of providing our students with the best possible education and that it will future-proof digital learning in the school moving forward.”

The school has also announced the acquisition of new Chromebooks and a Charging Trolley as part of the school’s commitment to delivering the best possible learning environment. This investment will enable the school to integrate more digital learning into its curriculum and enhance pupils' learning experiences in a digital world.

The Chromebooks, which run on Google's Chrome operating system, come with a wide range of educational Apps and online tools that will support the school's curriculum across all subject areas. Teachers will be able to use the Chromebooks, which integrate directly with the Google For Education platform, to deliver interactive lessons, access online resources, and provide pupils with instant feedback. They will be able to use the Chromebooks to complete assignments, collaborate on projects, and conduct research.

"We are excited to introduce this new technology to our school," said Mike Kelliher, Acting Deputy Principal of Kilcummin NS.

"We feel this milestone will provide the children with access to the latest digital resources, which will enhance their learning experience and prepare them for the future. They will now leave Kilcummin NS with effective IT skills and a working knowledge of the Google workspace platform."

This upgrade in IT equipment has been supplied by Perduko Ltd., a leading provider of educational technology solutions with a proven track record of providing high-quality products and services to schools across the country. The school also engaged the services of Perduko Ltd., a Google for Education Partner, for the setup of the school’s Google Workspace for Education domain and for the training of both staff and pupils in the use of the Google Apps.

The school plans to roll out individual pupil Google Workspace for Education and the Chromebooks to all pupils over the coming weeks and will provide training on their new technology.

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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