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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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Killarney twinned with Italian town

By Sean Moriarty It has taken 10 years but the Italian town of Casperia is now an official twin town with Killarney. The idea to twin the picturesque town near […]

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It has taken 10 years but the Italian town of Casperia is now an official twin town with Killarney.

The idea to twin the picturesque town near Rome was first mooted by the old Killarney Town Council.

However, when town councils were discontinued in 2014 the task was handed over to Killarney Town Twining Association and was supported by the elected Killarney Municipal District members of Kerry County Council.

A delegation from the association and the council visited Casperia in 2019 to sign the Italian side of the twining agreement.

The pandemic further delayed the process but on Thursday last Killarney Mayor Niall Kelleher and Casperia Mayor Marco Cusso met to formally sign the charter in Killarney.

“This was honouring a commitment made by the former town council to establish a twinning under European guidelines back in 2014,” said association chairman Sean Counihan.

“Unfortunately the town councils were abolished and Killarney Town Twinning Association pursued the matter.

“We are delighted that the municipal authority saw fit to move the beautiful town of Casperia near Rome from association status to full twinning with Killarney.

“We deeply appreciate the members’ positivity in honouring the former Town Council’s decision.”

The signing between the two mayors took place over the St Patrick’s Festival weekend when Killarney Town Twining Association also welcomed groups from other towns like Pleindfeld in Germany and Concord, North Carolina, USA.

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Music and fun at Fossa Rambling House

By Sean Moriarty The Fossa Two Mile branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann held its first Rambling House night of music and dance on Saturday night. Their return to the stage […]

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The Fossa Two Mile branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann held its first Rambling House night of music and dance on Saturday night.

Their return to the stage was timed to coincide with the St Patrick’s weekend celebration and also marked the first big event at the Castlerosse Park Resort since it re-opened on Thursday night following its winter break.

As well as a feat of Irish music, dance and poetry, Fossa-based Ukrainians gave performances in their native language too.

“What a great night we had at our CCÉ Rambling House last Saturday night,” Chairman Tim Kissane said.

“There are so many people to thank that we apologise in advance if we miss anybody out. Firstly, to the management and staff Castlerosse Park Resort for hosting our event and the wonderful service they provided.

“To our very talented stalwart musicians Mike Jack, Noreen and Maura who entertained us all so well from start to finish.

“To all our guest performers, from The Racing Pigeons to the Biddy Group and all the singers, musicians and storytellers in between go raibh mile maith agaibh. Special mention to our Ukrainian singers who performed two songs in their native language for us on the night. Thank you to all our members and supporters and to Fear an Tí, Mick Myers agus Bean an Tí, Theresa Kissane who kept the night flowing. Our fireplace display was kindly lent to us by the Beaufort Pioneers and adorned with ‘things of old’ from Brendan O’Sullivan.”

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