Students and staff of Maria Immaculata Community College were busy recently with Seachtain na Gaeilge. Irish could be heard spoken around the school more than usual due to the extra effort made by many staff and students. Activities were organised for each year and included a very enjoyable Céilí for 5th Years, with some expert dancers within 5th and 6th Year giving a demonstration of a local set.
Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn has announced additional funding for two national schools in West Cork. Summercove National School in Kinsale has been approved funding for additional accommodation, for two mainstream classrooms and three SET rooms; the school which was originally built to accommodate 43 students has an enrolment of more than 200 pupils today.
THE Department of Education has confirmed that a design team has been appointed to progress the extension to Clonakilty Community College some 12 years after first being promised by then Minister Michael Woods TD in 2002. The School which was built in 1980 to cater for 400 students was included in the current five year building plan announced by Minister Ruairí Quinn in 2011.
THE 2014 Wendy Smith Poetry Awards brought yet another successful Open Night to a conclusion at Schull Community College. It was a particularly special poetry awards ceremony this year as, after twenty one years, organiser Nuala Gallwey announced that it was to be the last.
Victor Barry mentors Lisa Buckley (Gurranabraher) and Emma Hanley (Castletownbere) in their national campaign to encourage students to drink responsibly. Lisa and Emma – Two students in the midst of their Masters in Marketing Practice in Cork Institute of Technology, evidently know the role social media plays in student life. The two girls endeavour to create awareness amongst the students of the dangers of drinking. Their idea appears to be
MICC student Mark White who recently received a national award for his outstanding results in last year’s Junior Cert woodwork examination. Pictured (l-r): Ciaran Cannon, Minister for Training & Skills; Denis O’Sullivan, Acting Principal MICC; Mark White and Pauric Crawley, from the Technical Teachers Association.
Pictured at the Kinsale Community School 2013 Awards Night were, guest of honour, Miriam O’Callaghan with Faye Murphy and Aaron O’Sullivan, Head Girl and Boy of the School. Pic: John Allen
PLANNERS in Cork County Council have granted conditional planning permission for the proposed new Skibbereen Community School which is set to replace Mercy Heights, De la Salle and Rossa College and bring them all together under one roof. The new state-of-the-art secondary school will accommodate 900 pupils in a new two-storey building with 30 specialist classrooms, 23 general classrooms, a PE hall, general purpose hall, canteen, offices, and a
Kealkil National School kicked off their St. Patrick’s Day celebrations on the Friday before the St. Patrick’s weekend when they held a “Trashion Fashion” show to raise awareness about recycling and unnecessary pollution.
GAELSCOIL Mhichíl Uí Choileáin in Clonakilty has launched an appeal to families of the school and the community of the greater Clonakilty area to donate old mobile phones to the school which can be turned into a voice for children in the school’s ASD Classes. For every 220 phones collected, Autism Ireland will donate an iPad to a pupil. Since the initial class was set up in September 2011, teachers and