Sod Turning to mark new Extension and Building works
A large Crowd gathered at Coláiste Gleann Lí this morning 14/5 which included Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport Mr. Brendan Griffin to the 'turning of the sod' event which marks the commencement of new extension and building works at the school. The exciting new developments at the school include; An ICT/ Creative Arts Centre, additional classrooms to cater for increasing enrolments, new state of the art ASD Units, lighting and changing facilities for the School Astroturf and refurbishment of the Original school building,
EA Robotics Ireland
Congratulations to our students that entered the Irish EA Robotics competition on the 9th May in the Galmont Hotel Galway. Two of our students Kacper Mroczek and Alvaro Moqi finished in third place in the National Finals which was a fantastic achievement. There was 176 robots taking part in the competition and to finish in the top three is testament to the excellent Robotics programme we offer here at the school and one of our many STEM initiatives. Well done to Mr. Michael O' Sullivan teacher over the programme, which is kindly funded by our School Completion Programme (SCP). Coláiste Gleann Lí entered 18 robots and 13 of those ended up in the top 25. Mr. O' Sullivan and the students have put in great work all year and it was great that this was rewarded on the day.
Coláiste Gleann Lí's annual active week took place from the 30th -4th May. The school celebrated the week with numerous events and activities along with guest speakers to promote being active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The week supports all the work we do here in the promotion of wellbeing. Activities included; Swimming, Golf, Tennis, Fruit Trolley, Basketball, Teachers V Students Volleyball Game and much more culminating in a 5k race on Friday. Well done to the PE department here in the school as well as the teachers that helped out all week. Thank you especially to Mr. John Creagh for all his work. Below is a video from the 5K, thanks to Ms. Lowney for putting it together. Please see pics below.
Skills at Work Programme
Coláiste Gleann Lí hosted the ‘Skills at Work’ programme in April. Eileen Fitzgerald of ‘Business in the Community’ and John Falvey of the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority were part of the team that conducted the workshops with our Senior Cycle students. The programme aims to prepare students for the world of work and works in tandem with our LCVP programme. This year students experienced three modules centred on Careers, CV & Interview preparation and participated in a job interview. The SFPA also presented about their work along the coast and brought a variety of fish samples and apparatus for a ‘hands-on’ demonstration. A word of thanks to Ms. Norma Breen, Ms. Myrna Egan and our School Completion Programme Co-ordinator Ms. Norma Thompson.
1st Year -Athletics 19th April 2018
The Rich task event was held in An Riocht Athletics track Castleisland on Thursday 19th April 2018. All KETB schools were invited to participate in an event just for 1st year students. It was a fantastic day for all involved. Well done to all the Colaiste Gleann Li students who participated and put in a great effort. All the organisers were very proud of all the students and the weather and track were in fantastic condition. Congratulations to Tom Quilligan who put in a great performance in the 1500m to finish 2nd on the day.
This day and others like it form part of the excellent Physical Education Programme we offer at Coláiste Gleann Lí. With Basketball, Soccer and Football teams at the school as well as an Afterschool activities club there is wonderful opportunities for students to participate and compete in numerous sports and develop their talents.
Coláiste Gleann Lí- leads the way in presenting the new Junior Certificate Profile of Achievement
Coláiste Gleann Lí presented its current fifth year cohort with their Junior Certificate Profile of Achievement earlier this year. This was a historic event for the school and the town as they are the first cohort of students in an English-medium school to receive the certificates. The school organised a BBQ in their student garden to mark the occasion.
The students were very appreciative of the opportunity to celebrate the many cross curricular and extracurricular activities and learning opportunities that they participated in over the 3-year Junior Certificate Cycle at Coláiste Gleann Lí.
Radio Kerry Piece
A great piece from Radio Kerry's Talkabout programme on our turning of the sod event. Well done to all that took part especially members of the Board of Management, Parents' Council and Students' Council. A great event that has launched an exciting new chapter of education provision at Coláiste Gleann Lí.
Congratulations also to Sophie Foran and Kieran Duggan and their teacher Ms. Regina Casey on representing the school so well at SCIFEST at IT Tralee on Wednesday 9th May.
On Thursday 26th April Coláiste Gleann Lí hosted Dr. Maureen Griffin. Dr. Griffin an expert in online and social media safety spoke to all our students on how to protect themselves online. The talk was a great insight into life online and the importance of protecting yourself. It also sparked great discussion with the student and some great debate.
Adam Harris Visit- Coláiste Gleann Lí
Coláiste Gleann Lí hosted Keynote Speaker Adam Harris on the 27th February to launch Diversity Week at the school. As part of this week numerous events are being hosted to shine a light on difference and to raise an awareness of Diversity. Students and Staff all gathered in the School assembly for what was a wonderful and enlightening session with Adam who spoke about what it is like to live with Autism.
Adam Harris is a 23 year old social entrepreneur, Autism advocate and Founder-CEO of AsIAm.ie, an organisation committed to building a more Autism-friendly society in Ireland. Adam established AsIAm.ie based on his own experiences of growing up with Asperger’s Syndrome, a condition on the Autism Spectrum.
The session led to great questions from our students and lead to wonderful discussions and dialogue on what it means to be different and how no two people are the same. Adam was introduced by our MC and Photographer for the day, student Donald Walsh. The event was funded by the School Completion Programme, and the school wishes to thank Ms. Norma Thompson for her involvement and a special word of thanks to Ms. Margaret Kenny for organising the session and bringing the event all together.
Students in Coláiste Gleann Lí with their song You are recorded as part of a recent music project.
Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement
Shortly students who sat their Junior Cycle exam in Summer 2017 will receive their Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement Award(JCPA). This certificate will include subject results, Classroom Based Assessment (CBA) results and Other Areas of Learning. The Department of Education has issued a privacy notice which outlines how this data will be stored by the school and the Department. Please click here to view.
Students in Coláiste Gleann Lí with their song Heroes recorded as part of a recent music project.