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Start Back Dates

We are looking forward to welcoming our students back on the following dates.

Tuesday 1st September- 1st Years 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Wednesday 2nd September- 1st Years 9 a.m. to 3:05 p.m

Thursday 3rd September- 1st and 3rd Years 9 a.m. to 3:05 p.m

Friday 4th September- 3rd and 6th Years only 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Monday 7th September- 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 6th Years 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Tuesday 8th September- All Years 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.


Covid-19 advice

Dear Parent/ Guardian, We wish to support the health and safety of all the school community and take precautions to prevent spread of COVID-19. Please find link to relevant info on school website at and facebook. Make sure to encourage regular handwashing with your child, you will find a helpful video link above.

Introducing our newly appointed Home School Community Liaison Co-ordinator

Dear parents/guardians, my name is Maryanne Lowney and I am the newly appointed ‘Home School Community Liaison Coordinator’ (HSCL Coordinator). My role in Coláiste Gleann Lí is to support you as parents/guardians to help your child get the most out of his/her education. I will support and work with parents to strengthen the link between home, school and community. I will be encouraging parents to feel part of the school community as an essential partner in the education of their children.

I appreciate that the transition back to school following school closures last March may be challenging for some parents/guardians. Please feel free to contact me if you need my support. You can reach me on 0868279230 or via email on

Ordinarily we would plan to run a number of courses for parents/guardians in the school over the coming year. Please take 2 minutes to complete the parents/guardians’ survey by clicking on the link below or scanning the QR code below on your phone.

I look forward to working with you over the coming year!


Thank you

Thank you to all our Parents, Students and Staff for their work and commitment over the last few weeks of school closures. You all have embraced remote learning with great dedication and commitment and you all deserve a big well done. Enjoy the Easter break and stay well. Above all, continue to co-operate with HSE guidelines especially in relation to social distancing. Please click on image below to read a letter from Director of Schools, youth and Music with Kerry ETB, Ms. Ann O’Dwyer.

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, an organisation committed to building a more Autism-friendly society in Ireland. Adam established 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.

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.

New Junior Cycle

Click on image below to view information on the new Junior Cycle which includes info on the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement Award which will issue for the first time this year.

Best of Luck

Best of luck to student Finn Healy representing Ireland at the World Shore Championships in Portugal. Congratulations from all at Colaiste Gleann Li, what a fantastic achievement to represent your country.

2nd in the World

Congratulations to Finn Healy who came second in the World with team Ireland in the World Shore Championships in Portugal. A fantastic achievement and we are all very proud of him here at Colaiste Gleann Li. Well done Finn.

Vex Robotics Finalists

Well done to our 5th Yr Engineering students Gavin Mulvihill, Max Anhalt and Kian Lydon who were finalists in IT Tralee’s Vex Robotics Competition. The students were mentored by their Engineering and Robotics teacher Mr. Michael O’ Sullivan. As part of the competition the students built and coded their own robots. Well done all.

Best of Luck

Best of luck to all our students in their upcoming exams. May you get the results you deserve.

Kerry ETB Awards

Congratulations to all our students that received a Kerry ETB Award. Our Award winners were; Snjezana Herbsts – Exceptional Leadership in the School Council, Clodagh Quirke – School Academic Excellence Award, Donald Walsh – Peer Mentor Award, Gavin Mulvihill – Junior Certificate Academic Award, Aodhán Quirke – Junior Certificate Academic Award, Aleksandra Skotak – Exceptional Involvement in the life of the school at Junior Cycle, Ethan Byrne – Adventure Expedition 2018 Award, Tomás Lynch – Adventure Expedition 2018 Award. The Kerry ETB award ceremony was a great occasion for the students, their Parents and Coláiste Gleann Lí. The awards acknowledge the great success of students across Kerry ETB and the many successes and achievements of Colaiste Gleann Lí students in the last year.


Check out the exciting new Spring Programme.

Girls Football

Well done to our girls football team that traveled to Listowel today to play Coláiste na Ríochta. The girls played brilliantly. Well done to the management team Of Ms. Reidy, Ms. Lynch and Mr. Barrett.

Open Day

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow at our Open Day 10a.m. to 1 p.m. Come along to see what the fastest growing school in Tralee is all about. Top quality teaching and learning, innovative teaching practices and cutting edge ICT innovation. A school for all promoting Learning, Caring, Respect and Inclusion……..The school staff and students are all ready to welcome you tomorrow morning!!

Tag Rugby

Well done to Mr. Creagh and all our students that took part in the Tag Rugby Blitz in Tralee last week. Nice write up in The Kerry’s Eye.


Well done to our 1st year girls Futsal team who played excellently today in Killorglin and were unlucky to lose their their final game. Thanks to team manager Mr. Creagh.

A Great Year

It’s been a great year at Coláiste Gleann Lí. This video is just a small glimpse of life at Coláiste Gleann Lí.

School Awards

On the 24th May Coláiste Gleann Lí held its annual awards. This year’s award ceremony  celebrated the school’s successes and also celebrate the varied achievements of Coláiste Gleann Lí second level students over the past academic year. The awards reflect school policy which strives for the holistic development of each student and will recognise students’ multiple intelligences with specific awards for attendance, diligence, academic improvement, contribution to school life and sport.

STUDENT OF THE YEAR; Jasmine Griffin







1st year – Karolina  Szlapka & Kelsey O’Mahony

2nd year – Sophie Foran

3rd year – Hannah Mullins & Aodhán Quirke

5th year – Blanka Siekaniec & Tomás Lynch

6th year – Clodagh Quirke

A big thank you as always to Photographer Mr. Dominick Walsh for some great shots.

Active Week

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.

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.

Night Classes

Click on image to view some of the exciting opportunities to upskill with our new Spring Programme.

School Fundraiser

Don’t miss out, get a team together. A great night guaranteed.

Parents’ Council Events

We are very lucky at Coláiste Gleann Lí to have such an excellent and hardworking Parents’ Council. Here are some of the many initiatives they are working on at the moment, please support if you can.

Children of the Digital Age

We here at Coláiste Gleann Lí are aware that there are many different forms of digital devices and countless social mediums available to students today. We recognise the potential dangers students can be exposed to online, every time they use this technology. These dangers are currently very topical in the media, with several children in Ireland recently experiencing exposure online.

With this in mind we have organised a workshop around this topic for all students. This workshop will take place on Tuesday next 21 November 2017. The programme, which is age appropriate, will consist of the most up to date and relevant information on Internet Safety.

If you do not want your son/daughter to participate in the workshop please inform the school otherwise we will assume that you give permission for your child to attend.

We would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation of your interest and support.

For more info click on image.

Opportunity to study Applied Maths

A new Kerry ETB initiative which will allow 5th Yr students to study Applied Maths as an additional subject outside of school hours will be starting shortly. The course will have four online sessions (from home) and one face to face session a month. Please click here for more details. Interested students should let Ms. Breen know by 17/11.

Our Physical Education Programme

Music Project

Students write and record an original song “We Believe We Are One (February 2016)” as part of the GMC Beats Rap Workshops here at Coláiste Gleann Lí.

Engineering awards

Two talented Coláiste Gleann Lí students scooped highly sought after accolades for their Junior and Leaving Certificate Engineering projects. Paul McCarthy, Tralee received the honour for his higher level Junior Certificate Engineering project. Zahra Al Saedi received an award for her Leaving Certificate ordinary level project. The awards were sponsored by the Institute of Technology, Tralee on behalf of the ‘Engineering Technology Teachers’ Association’ (ETTA). The projects were judged by Mr Brendan O Donnell, Head of Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at the Institute of Technology Tralee, who commended the students on their engineering abilities.

Teacher at the school, Michael O’ Sullivan congratulated his students saying “These students worked extremely diligently to bring their projects to fruition; they produced expertly crafted pieces and are very deserving winners. Coláiste Gleann Lí has forged a reputation for excellence in engineering”. ETTA promotes the subjects of Engineering, Design & Communication Graphics and Technology at second level and awards excellence displayed by learners.The winning students receive an engraved plaque.

1916 Commemoration

Coláiste Gleann Lí held a massive commemorative ceremony to honour the patriots of the 1916 Easter Rising on Wednesday 16 March. The event was commemorated by all students and the spirit of cooperation and inclusivity, across the multicultural population, lived out the sentiment and vision of the 100-year-old proclamation. It was a very colourful and entertaining celebration with food, artistic backdrops, rap songs and orations prepared and presented by the students on the day. Students led the ceremony in song and many recited their own poetry which they penned to mark the occasion. Special guests included: storyteller Gabriel Fitzmaurice and a range of traditional musicians. The event was a complete success and highlighted the outstanding commitment of students and staff to marking the historic event appropriately.

Lights, Camera, Action!

This year marked the introduction of a filming course at Coláiste Gleann Lí, where students were offered an opportunity to conceptualise and create their own short film. Since January a group of 2nd and 5th year students advanced their idea, from script to screen, with zeal and enthusiasm. The piece centres around positive mental health and issues affecting young people in modern society. The filming initiative has been deemed an overwhelming success by all involved and the entire school community look forward to the premier which is due to take place at the end of May.

The theme of positivity was also explored through music before Christmas when a group of talent students composed and recorded a contemporary rap song entitled ‘You Are’. The rap features gripping lyrics which are explored through a range of solo voices and harmonies. The rap is also due to be released in May as part of our Coláiste Gleann Lí summer celebrations.

Robots and Programming Course

Coláiste Gleann Lí’s ‘Arduino Robots and Programming Course’ in association with Michael Davern of IT, Tralee has been a major success with students. The course has been offered weekly in our cutting-edge Design Communication Graphics (DCG) facility. The course has provided students with the fundamental principles needed to pursue further third level study or training in robotics and/or programming. This initiative is part of our Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) strategy where our school is engaging and linking with STEM industries in the region. This strategy has enabled Coláiste Gleann Lí to link with and visit Kerry-based multinationals such as Liebherr in Killarney and Kerry Group, Tralee and Listowel.


Coláiste Gleann Lí- flying the flags for anti-bullying and positive mental health promotion

Coláiste Gleann Lí has become the first school in Kerry and one of only 5 post-primary schools nationally to be presented with the ISPCCs ‘Anti-bullying’ flag. The accolade is presented in recognition of the school community’s commitment to strengthening their preventative and proactive approach to bullying. The prestigious flag was raised by Kerry player and School Mentor Darren O’ Sullivan on the 8th of February last to the applause of the students and staff of the post-primary school.

The ‘Anti-bullying Flag’ is an honour bestowed on schools that have made concrete efforts to ensure the implementation of an evidence-informed approach to the management and prevention of bullying. The flag is awarded to schools and clubs that not only fully implement the ISPCCs Shield Campaign but fulfill six additional criteria, such as: completing the ISPCC Shield My School of Anti-Bullying Toolkit; ensuring a dedicated Anti-Bullying coordinator is assigned within the school; installing the ISPCC ‘Stand Up’ Report (online) Tool to their web page; as well as a range of cross-curricular events and activities. One of the most noticeable visual reminders of the school’s proactive approach to positive mental health is the large anti-bullying wall that greets you as you enter the main corridor. This wall was created by the students and is regularly updated with information and supports available to students.

At the official launch, the ISPCC’s Sinead McKee commended the staff and students of Coláiste Gleann Lí for their continuous efforts to prevent and combat bullying in the school. She explained that “All too often within the ISPCC we see the damage and impact bullying can have on a young person’s self-esteem and confidence. The experience of bullying can prevent a young person from reaching their full potential in childhood and can have long lasting negative effects into adulthood. The ISPCC are extremely proud of Coláiste Gleann Lí for taking a preventative and evidence informed approach to bullying. They are now leading the way in the Kingdom, as shining examples on working that extra mile towards the Flag”

The Anti-bullying flag was raised in tandem with a recently awarded ‘Amber Flag’ for positive mental health promotion. The Amber Flag was presented to the school for its relentless work on bringing about a cultural change in the promotion of positive mental health within the school context. This initiative was coordinated by Kerry ETB’s Ms. Niamh Mulligan.

The school’s characteristic spirit has been commended for promoting mental and physical health and for breaking down barriers to inclusion by combatting racism, bullying and isolation. Many of the speakers at the launch commented on the positive feeling they got on entering the school. Youth and Community Engagement Worker with Jigsaw Kerry, Donagh Hennebry captured the sentiment when he commented on the ‘warm, welcoming and open atmosphere that captured him’ when he first came to speak with students a number of years ago. The relationship with agencies, such as Jigsaw has proved invaluable to realizing the school’s objective to lead the way in creating a positive learning environment

Coláiste Gleann Lí stands up to bullying

Coláiste Gleann Lí stands up to bullying and launches the ISPCC bangle in Kerry

The ISPCC has launched its 2016 Shield Campaign, raising awareness of the need to Stand Up Against Bullying, and asking the public to support the campaign by buying a bangle in Penneys’ stores nationwide. Last year, the Penneys bangles raised over €36,000 for the Shield Anti-Bullying programme.

You can support this campaign by simply purchasing a Shield bangle in Penneys Tralee. The ISPCC bangle features the shield pendant with a bangle for women and a band for men, both featuring the blue Shield colour. The bangles cost just €2.50 and you can also buy Shield pins, which cost €2, at all Penneys outlets nationwide. All profits will be donated to the ISPCC Shield programme.

Coláiste Gleann Lí, who were the first school in Kerry to receive the Shield Flag as part of the Shield Anti-Bullying programme, will launch the Shield bangle in Kerry.

IPSCC Chief Executive Grainia Long stated: “In 2015, 7,048 contacts were made to Childline about bullying. The young people we work with in our mentoring and emotional and behavioural support services in the community also bring up bullying as a key issue for them.* The Shield Programme is available to schools, clubs and other groups working with young people, with a range of supports to help them to tackle and prevent bullying – Shield My School Toolkit, Shield My Club Toolkit, Shield Flag and the Shield Youth Award; all developed by the ISPCC to support our communities.

Coláiste Gleann Lí’s Assistant Principal Maryanne Lowney stated: “Colaiste Gleann Li were the first school in Kerry to receive a Shield Flag so we are hoping to encourage other schools in the area to get involved in the anti-bullying campaign. We are delighted to be involved in the Shield campaign and continue to stand up to bullying.

“What you wear can make a difference. Buy your bangle in Penneys Tralee and help support a really good cause.”

Coláiste Gleann Lí Newsletter 2020

Please click on image to access this year’s school Newsletter. A big thank you to Ms. Egan and Ms. Doody for their work in compiling the publication. In this issue you will see all of the activities going on in Coláiste Gleann Lí with some fantastic articles from our students. Hope you enjoy reading about our busy year.

Student Spaces

This year the JCSP team looked to set-up students spaces around the school to promote student wellbeing and positive behaviour across the whole school. Below are some pictures of the newly developed spaces which includes a reading area.

2nd in the World

Congratulations to Finn Healy who came second in the World with team Ireland in the World Shore Championships in Portugal. A fantastic achievement and we are all very proud of him here at Colaiste Gleann Li. Well done Finn.

Maths Week

First year students enjoying a ‘drop everything and Suduko’ event as part of Maths Week at the school. Well done to the teachers involved; Ms. Hegarty, Ms. Hayes and Mr. Dineen.

Cappanalea Trip

First years enjoying their trip to Cappanlea on Wednesday 30th June as part of our Wellbeing Programme and Junior Cycle PE

Online Creativity Workshops

Wonderful Opportunity- A summer series of creativity workshops live-streamed by Kerry ETB. Click on image to read more.

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.

Internet Safety

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.

Winners in Robotics

Coláiste Gleann Lí offers modern courses in ICT, Robotics, Programming and Creative Media to prepare students for highly sought after third level courses and careers in these areas. The fruits of the students’ labour in these areas was demonstrated nationally in the 2018 EA Games where two third year students, Kacper Mroczek and Alvaro Moqi scooped the coveted prize for their robotics projects. These and other initiatives driven in the school by our Science and Technology departments offer students excellent opportunities and help make Coláiste Gleann Lí a leader in innovative STEM development

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.

Night Classes

Click on image to view some of the exciting opportunities to up-skill with our new Autumn Programme.

Music Generation- October Midterm

Music Generation Kerry is running Online Ukulele and Music Technology courses over three days this Mid-Term Break at a cost of just €10 per participant.

 The courses are as follows:

 26th October – 28th Oct

Junior Ukulele (8 – 12)                    10:00 – 12:00

Senior Ukulele (13 – 15)                 13:00 – 15:00

 Junior Music Production (8 – 12)                10:00 – 12:00

Senior Music Production (13 – 15)            13:00 – 15:00

 Ukuleles are available to borrow for the courses, and the music technology programmes require only basic PC/Laptop/Mac and are web-based – no downloading.

 To apply for one of the limited places available, parents simply need to message me on the Facebook page, email or complete the form below:

 Mid-Term Music Generation Online Courses

Study Skills Workshop

‘She Runs’ Paris Trip

Coláiste Gleann Lí students enjoyed a week in Paris last week as part of the ‘She Runs’ Athlethic Programme. Our students represented Ireland at the event and had a great time across the four days. Well done to teacher Mr. Creagh for all his work in organising the trip.

She Runs is a year-long sport and education program, which flagship event took place in Paris from 11-15 March during the week of the International Women’s day 2019. It aims to promote physical activity among young women, using the school sport environment as a levier for girls’ empowerment.

Rap Project

Students in Coláiste Gleann Lí with their song You are recorded as part of a recent music project.

Music Project

Students in Coláiste Gleann Lí with their song Heroes recorded as part of a recent music project.

Office 365 for Parents

A request was made by our Parents Forum, which is comprised of representatives from each of our 8 Post-Primary Schools, to provide parents with an introduction to Office365 and how it is being used in Kerry ETB schools for teaching and learning.

As a result we have organised a short course in Tralee for parents and guardians from Coláiste Gleann Lí and Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí to learn about this technology.

The Course, which is being run in conjunction with the Kerry ETB Community Education Programme, will take place in Kerry College, Clash Campus, Tralee.

There will be two sessions, the first will take place on Tuesday January 14th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm., and the second session will take place the following Tuesday, January 21st from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

Session 1 will cover individual tools and will give an overview of Office365 plus an introduction to Outlook, Calendar, OneDrive, Outlook Mobile, OneDrive Mobile and Office ProPlus.

Session 2 will cover collaborative tools, giving an introduction to Teams, Forms, OneNote, OneNote Class Notebook and Immersive Reader.

Presentation on IEPs

Well done to sixth year student Yann O’Carroll who presented on the importance of IEPs at a briefing in Leinster House in front of TDs and Senators asking ‘Please don’t leave us behind’ in Down Syndrome Irelands campaign to ensure full inclusion in our nation’s classrooms. Yann told them about his educational journey, outlining why Individual Education Plans are so critical for him to reach his full potential so he can access further education and meaningful employment in the future.

Click here to watch a video of Yann’s presentation

Girls Basketball

Congratulations to our 1st yr Girls Basketball team that took part in a local Blitz in Castleisland on Friday 14/12. Well done to the team and Mr. Creagh the team manager.

Science Quiz

Second year students were first to kick off Science Week in Coláiste Gleann Lí taking part in a Science Quiz. Winners of the Quiz will be presented tomorrow with their certificate and voucher. Winners were Gearóid Costello, Michael Rowe, Cody O Brien and Nico Misztal. Well done to the winning team.

Science Week

As part of Science week, we had Catherine Daly a facilitator from SEAI giving our 1st years a workshop on energy and sustainability. The students engaged in a very interesting and informative workshop on energy changes and the students even got an opportunity to make their own device that transforms energy from one form to another which is part of Junior Cycle Science.

This is linked also to our Green Schools Team as we are currently working on our energy flag. Well done to all the students involved and to our Science Department of Ms. Regina Casey and Ms. Aoife Reidy.

Well-being Week

Below is an outline of some of the exciting activities going on in the school next week (12th – 16th Nov) as part of our annual Well-being Week. The focus this year will be on relaxation, mindfulness and maintaining a healthy mind and body. The week will also look at how we can effect others well-being in a positive way.

Green Schools Event

Gavin Harte from Pedal Energy Ireland ran a workshop on energy where students pedalled bikes and powered the projector, microphone and speakers. This was for our Action Day for the energy flag for Green schools. The talk informed the students about renewable energy and the importance of monitoring our energy usage. The workshop was funded by the environmental section of Kerry County Council.

Well done to all the students who worked very hard powering all the equipment and got to benefit from smoothies at lunch that were made from the power created from pedalling!!  A big thank you to Ms. Casey for bringing it all together.

Competition Winners

Sport is a big part of life at Coláiste Gleann Lí and an important part of that is our after-school sports clubs. Below our P.E. department of Mr. Creagh and Mr. Barrett are presenting the winners of this years’ sports club competition with their prizes at our Astro Turf pitch. Well done to all our winners.

Orienteering Event

This week our 2nd year students went orienteering in Ballyseede Woods as part of the Kerry ETB Rich Tasks Events. The day was topped off with a visit to the Bowling Alley.

Positive Behaviour Festival

A big thank you to the Students’ Council for organising a wonderful event for all our students to mark the end of a great year. Students spilled into the Basketball courts to sample Ice-cream, Face painting and some great music. It was a great event and one the many Positive behaviour initiatives running in the school. Our new picnic benches also got great use. A big thank you to all that helped out.

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.

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,

Coláiste Gleann Lí creates a Christmas CD for the ISPCC

Students of Coláiste Gleann Lí have created and produced a CD in support of the work of the ISPCC this Christmas. The CD consists of five tracks which showcase the talent among the student body at Tralee’s fastest growing post-primary school. The tracks consists of an eclectic range of musical talents and commences with a remix and modernisation of the old classic Jingle Bells featuring Jasmine Griffin (6th year) and rappers Daniel Burke (3rd year) and Ian Begley (2nd year). The CD also features an instrumental solo on the Guitar by Gavin Mulvihill (3rd year) among other not-to-be-missed original tunes.

Coláiste Gleann Lí has an ongoing association with the ISPCC since it became the first school in Kerry to fly the ISPCC Anti-bullying flag in 2015. The flag was awarded in recognition of their work in strengthening their preventative and proactive approach to bullying. While several schools in Kerry have positively engaged with the ISPCCs Shield Campaign, Coláiste Gleann Lí is the first in the county to take the extra steps to reach the six necessary criteria to attain this award. Some of these steps include completing the ISPCC Shield My School of Anti-Bullying Toolkit , ensuring a  dedicated Anti-Bullying coordinator is assigned within the school and installing  the ISPCC ‘Stand Up’ Report Tool( an online reporting tool) to their web page. The school attributes much of its increase in enrolments to these initiatives and the safe and respectful learning environment which it strives to create.

Soccer Opportunity

St. Brendan’s Park fc are hoping to facilitate girls soccer for the under sixteen age group. They will be holding an information meeting on Sunday 19/11/17 at 3.30pm in Christy Leahy Park for parents followed by a training session at 4pm. Any Girls born in 2001/2002/2003 interested in playing soccer in Tralee or the surrounding areas contact Padraig McCannon ,director of football, 0872606538 or on

Autumn Night Classes Programme 2017

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Anti Bullying

Coláiste Gleann Lí was selected to launch the ISPCC’s Anti-bullying Campaign earlier this year. The campaign launch took place in conjunction with Penneys stores throughout the country. Coláiste Gleann Lí was chosen by the ISPCC as it is the first in the county and one of only 6 nationally to be awarded the Anti-bullying Flag.

At the launch, the ISPCC commended Coláiste Gleann Lí on their continuous efforts over the last few months and on reflection of this experience Sinead Mckee stated that ‘All too often within the ISPCC we see the damage and impact bullying can have on a young person’s self-esteem and confidence. The experience of bullying can prevent a young person from reaching their full potential in childhood and can have long lasting negative effects into adulthood. The ISPCC are extremely proud of Coláiste Gleann Lí for taking a preventative and evidence informed approach to bullying. They are now leading the way in the Kingdom, as shining examples on working that extra mile towards the Flag to which their schools, clubs and early years’ services in Kerry.

Biggest Open Day Turn-out Yet for Coláiste Gleann Lí

The school’s 2016/2017 Open Day saw unprecedented numbers attending. The staff put on a wonderful range of taster programmes and demonstrations for the potential students in attendance. The Parents’ Council and Students’ Council played a support role by welcoming parents and guardians and their children. Coláiste Gleann Lí has seen a steady increase in enrolments since it was established in 2014.

Coláiste Gleann Lí -study skills programme

A team of teachers have rolled out a comprehensive study skills programme for all students in the school. This programme involved workshops in ‘Learning to Learn’, ‘Planning for Success’ in tandem with the schools Home Work Club which runs three days per week. In addition, supervised study was facilitated two evenings per week after school which proved to be a great success with a strong uptake weekly. Thank you to all the teachers involved in this worthwhile programme.

Coláiste Gleann Lí- creating a Mindful School!

This year marked the introduction of an initiative to create a culture of ‘Mindfulness’ in Coláiste Gleann Lí. The ‘Dot Be’ programme centres on introducing mindfulness to students and has been facilitated by our school. The first strand of the programme was implemented for 2nd years in term one. The feedback from the programme was generally positive and many students commented that it was a great help to them in times of emotional stress. The second phase of the initiative has involved examination classes for Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate students and fifth year students. This phase commenced in late February at the request of the Students’ Council. The students have responded positively to the programme and it will continue to run weekly in school until the State examinations commence.

EA Robot Games

Coláiste Gleann Lí to enter the 2016 EA Robot Games Ireland.

Excitement is building as our second year students perfect their robots for entry into the ‘2016 EA Robot Games Ireland’. Our second year students have prepared two robots for battle!, under the watchful eye of their teacher Mr. O’ Sullivan. The two robots, named MARS and JaM will competing to dominate a circular platform at the games which will be held in Dublin in May. MARS (the red bot) was designed by students Melanie Smith, Aislinn Quirke, Rachel Dunne and Snjezana Herbsts and the other robot named JaM was created by John Bailey and Michael Laleye. Best of luck to our two robots and their makers!


Coláiste Gleann Lí held a massive commemorative ceremony to honour the patriots of the 1916 Easter Rising on Wednesday 16 March. The event was commemorated by all students and the spirit of cooperation and inclusivity, across the multicultural population, lived out the sentiment and vision of the 100-year-old proclamation. It was a very colourful and entertaining celebration with food, artistic backdrops, rap songs and orations prepared and presented by the students on the day. Students led the ceremony in song and many recited their own poetry which they penned to mark the occasion. Special guests included: storyteller Gabriel Fitzmaurice and a range of traditional musicians. The event was a complete success and highlighted the outstanding commitment of students and staff to marking the historic event appropriately.

Sports Capital

Coláiste Gleann Lí post-primary school, Tralee was the biggest Kerry benefactor in the Sports Capital programme grants earlier this year. It also had the honour of being the only school-based application that received a grant in the county. The Clash-based school received 90,000 euro to build a changing room and associated facilities for its existing onsite astro turf pitch. The announcement was welcomed by students, staff and management as an endorsement of a school ‘on the rise’ in Tralee town.

Coláiste Gleann Lí has got the G’Lí Factor!

This year’s Christmas talent show was a resounding success; warming the hearts of all students, SNAs, teachers and parents who gathered together in song. The event was hosted by Ms Myrna Egan and Mr John Creagh in tandem with renowned author, poet and musician Mr Gabriel Fitzmaurice who kept young and old entertained with lively tales and tunes. The entire show was saturated by talented singers, musicians, dancers and comedians and all assembled soaked up the heart-warming Christmas atmosphere.

There were some classic impromptu performances that cannot go unmentioned. Mr Lawlor kindly obliged some polite hecklers, imploring him to sing, by melodically voicing ‘I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas’. Meanwhile Mr Creagh took on the uber-talented Zdenek Zupko in a dance-off! Neck in neck, Mr Creagh clinched a last-minute win by unleashing his signature dance routine- the chicken dance- amid a spectrum of student gasps that ranged from disbelief to admiration. A big thank you to everyone who got involved and made it such an unforgettable day.

Sam Comes to Visit

KERRY stars Kieran Donaghy and Barry John Keane paid a joyous visit to Coláiste Gleann Lí with the Sam Maguire, earlier this academic year. While students got a chance to get their hands on Sam, it was also an occasion for the players to officially open the school’s brand new astro turf pitch. The pitch has been a major asset to the school, especially in their regular training sessions with Kerry Minor Manager Jack O Connor.