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We are all behind the class of 2020

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Just like any other year we describe the Leaving Cert as a marathon.
However, this year has been like no other as your training routine has been interrupted, you have been thrown the most mammoth of curveballs in the shape of the COVID-19 crisis.

You have been forced into only engaging with your friends, classmates, extended families and teachers at a distance, you have had to adapt to learning in a different way and to spend many working hours on your own. Well done on a super job! Your teachers have been working hard too and I know that they are very proud of your sustained efforts. Remember, we are all behind the class of 2020!

Starting the Easter holidays may be a lot different this year without the usual catch-ups, hobbies, social life and gatherings to look forward to, so let’s focus on what might help exam students at this stage.

Reflect – Think about all the hard work you have undertaken in the past three weeks and give yourself a giant pat on the back. You have clocked up many hours of valuable work, have kick-started intense revision, and you have stayed focused in a time of great uncertainty.

Recharge – Take a break! At this stage most students have kept a school routine going and in fact have gone beyond that, so it is very important to take a breather. The intense study and increased use of technology takes its toll on the brain, so taking some time away from the books will refresh the mind and re-energise you. This will help concentration levels during the holidays and in the final term. Regardless of the current restrictions, do more of what you enjoy and helps you to relax – play or listen music, exercise, read, watch films, draw, journal, cook, so some DIY work, etc., and get plenty fresh air!

Review – Take stock of what you have done at this stage. Make a list of all topics in all subjects under the following headings – Topics I know well, Topics I need to revise, Topics that need attention. For the next two weeks, focus your attention on the latter group. You now have plenty of time to give the topics that you have put on the long finger. De-clutter by getting rid of notes you don’t need at this stage.

Reset – Once you have taken a break (I recommend taking each weekend of the holidays off), refocus your efforts on working the equivalent of a school day or more if you feel the need to, and maintain a good study routine from Monday to Friday. Plan ahead what subject/topic you are going to focus on each day and try to vary the plan from day to day.

Keep it going – it will be worth it in the end!

Niamh Dwyer, Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore & PRO of Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors.
Any parents or students with queries can email Niamh on careerfocusnow@gmail.com.

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Soroptimists fundraising efforts not “hampered” by COVID

By Michelle Crean COVID didn’t “hamper” their efforts this year as members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club came together and gave generously to charity. Members of the group couldn’t hold normal meetings this year due to the ongoing restrictions but pulled together to continue supporting a women’s aid countywide service. Along with family and friends […]

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By Michelle Crean

COVID didn’t “hamper” their efforts this year as members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club came together and gave generously to charity.

Members of the group couldn’t hold normal meetings this year due to the ongoing restrictions but pulled together to continue supporting a women’s aid countywide service.

Along with family and friends they created Christmas hampers for the third year running and donated them to the ADAPT Centre in Tralee on Tuesday.

There, they presented them to Catherine Casey, who is the Manager of ADAPT Women’s Refuge Centre.

“It is wonderful to be in a position to donate these Christmas hampers to ADAPT once again this year,” Killarney Soroptimist Club President, Teresa Irwin, said.

“Due to COVID and not being able to hold normal club meetings we were unsure what we could manage. We are thrilled with the response since we decided to go ahead and amazed at the generosity and the number of hampers. We wish to thank all those that donated. Hopefully the residents of ADAPT will enjoy them.”

Catherine said that they were once again very grateful to all the members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club.

“We recognise that there is a lot of organising and work done by the Club President Teresa Irwin and all the members in collecting and putting the hampers together. It is heartwarming to see the support and generosity of the club. ADAPT Kerry and the Killarney Soroptimists have built a very good relationship over the last number of years and they have lead many campaigns to highlight our service in the Killarney area, including taking part in the ‘Safe Homes, Safe Communities’ initiatives. There is no doubt that their work raises awareness of our service and has contributed to many more women making contact with us for support by phone, through our outreach service and availing of refuge.”

If you would like to talk to ADAPT Kerry please ring 066 7129100 anytime.

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Time to get your Santa letters posted!

We hope you have your Christmas letter written – and checked it twice – because Santa is waiting for it to be posted! And thanks to the Christmas in Killarney committee it’s now so much easier to get it to him with the special Santa post box on College St. just outside Lana. His elves […]

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We hope you have your Christmas letter written – and checked it twice – because Santa is waiting for it to be posted!

And thanks to the Christmas in Killarney committee it’s now so much easier to get it to him with the special Santa post box on College St. just outside Lana.

His elves will collect the post every night at midnight and bring them straight to the North Pole.

After taking part in the magical parade in town on Saturday evening, Santa spoke to the Killarney Advertiser and said he is so excited to deliver the toys later this month.

“Season’s Greetings to everyone,” Santa said.

“I would like to remind all the boys and girls in Killarney and Kerry to write and post their letters to me as soon as possible. They can use the green post box on College St and my elves will collect the letters every night when everyone is asleep! I can’t wait to get in my sleigh and deliver all the fantastic presents on Christmas Eve. Remember, be good, the elves are watching!”

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